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Fayetteville, NC, US

I love to sew, but mostly self taught. I keep hoping I will eventually have time to do all the things I have in my head. I would love to sew in the evenings after work, but my sewing mroom is cold, so I mostly try to sew on my days off, during the afternoons.
I love to make handbags, but save the clothes for me. I'm too uptight about mistakes to sew clothing for others. Plus I have a funky figure (8 waist, 12 bottom)that is hard to fit with ready to wear, so I make almost all of my skirts, and buy multiplkes if I find pants that fit!

craft interests: embroidery, sewing

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Member Since: 12/29/2008

recent comments

Re: Video: Two Great Seam Finishes

Has everyone forgotten about "Hug Snug" Seam Binding by Lawrence Schiff Silk Mills? It's available in a multitude of colors, and is far superior to Seams Great in my book. Granted I wouldn't put it on a quilt for a binding, too narrow and fine, but it works wonderfully as a seam finish, and is very affordable. Most fine fashion fabric stores carry it.

Re: Custom Pants Pattern Workshops at Your Request

@ theTailor~ points well made. Amen & Amen!

Re: Custom Pants Pattern Workshops at Your Request

Is no one considering how much it will cost for her get to your location, and her accommodations while there? What about the extra baggage fees for the supplies she may be bringing? Not to mention the taxes she will have to pay on this income as well, average 30%. This lady is trying to make a living at teaching sewing, something we all obviously love to do.

I own a small fabric boutique and teach sewing classes. We have offered just such a class over the past year, and hardly have any takers, and we only charge $100. That's just what I pay the instructor for an 8 hour course. Yet the information and her expertise is priceless! Our classroom only holds five students, but we only let four sign up for these detailed tailoring classes so everyone gets one-on-one attention. Yet people would rather go the community college and be in the herd of twenty for $25 two hours with one instructor.

Good thing I'm not a quitter. Joyce Murphy is welcome at my shop anytime!

Re: Needle Me: Pick the right needle and thread

OK, I was always taught to match your thread fiber to your fabric. Cotton thread to cotton fabric, silk thread to silk fabric, and poly to poly, etc. Also that most American made threads are made wound to the right and therefore that is the cause of most of the lint build up in machines (and fuzzy fabrics) whereas European threads are wound to the left and spool through the machines to the left causing less lint. You can feel the difference in the short spun fibers of the American made threads vs the European made threads if you run your fingers down the length of them. I too agree with lindacasey about putting poly threads on a cotton project---bad idea. It will get cut up over time.
As for the needle, my experience has been that on most everyday woven projects a good Schmetz Universal 80/12 needle is great. They have wonderful training resources too to educate about all kinds of needles for different uses. Even metallica!

Re: The International Textile Expo Hits Las Vegas

It truly was an amazing event to attend! Row after row of fabric, trims, patterns and accessories. As a new independent fabric store owner this is where I do my bi-annual shopping. So to answer abfababfabs question, look around locally for these wonderful fabrics. Many of the vendors at this market don't sell to large retailers, but to us smaller shops. My little shop is in Eastern NC, and I don't sell on-line, just locally, however many other small retailers do. I did see Judith Neukam there when I was coming out of a training session. I felt like I was in the presence of a celebrity!

Re: Book Giveaway: "Horrockses Fashions: Off-the-Peg Style in the '40s and '50s"

How exciting! Are any of their fashion patterns available today? I can't wait for this book to be available! I'm adding it to my Christmas list right now just in case!

Re: What were you sewing in 1985?

Maternity Clothes! We were stationed in Germany and I was still active duty back then. I don't think German women have thighs, so I was in big trouble. Fortunately I had taken my sewing machine, a Kenmore 10, when I went overseas, and our little PX sold a few fabrics. I made a few mix and match tops and a jumper. I found an expandable front panel and made some shorts, and I was set.
I also made a layette set for the baby, a cover for the bassinet, quilt, and a few extra's while my husband was in the field and I was stuck in waddling around the rear on CQ duty.
In fact, I used the scraps to make a sewing machine cover that still I use today on my Janome 10000! My Kenmore is fondly referred to as 'old faithful'!
I was pregnant on our second tour in Germany five years later, and did the same thing again-sewed my heart out!
Now both boys are grown. One is a prior service from the Coast Guard and now a Sheriffs Deputy, the other is headed to the Army in November!

Re: Aprons, Aprons, Aprons

How fabulous for you! Congratulations on trying something new! I too love aprons, never have figured out why we don't actually wear them any more. I collect antique aprons, but have tried to make a few too. Keep up the good work. Every project helps you learn, practive makes perfect!