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Member Since: 06/14/2010

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Re: Enter to Win an Oliso Pro Smart Iron!

When pressing a looser weave fabric let it cool before moving it. This helps prevent the piece from stretching and losing it's shape.

I would use the Oliso iron for everything. My next project is school clothes for my granddaughter.

Re: Mega Quilt Giveaway

Money was tight and my niece"s birthday was coming up. I wanted to give her something special but hadn't a clue what to give. I was going through a box of fabric scraps that had belonged to my mother, who died in 1968. There were some corduroy strips and I recognized them ... they were the cuff's from my brother's (my niece's father) pants. My mother always had to shorten his pants. As I looked at the scraps I recognized scraps from my father's wool pants and flannel shirts, from dresses she had made for me, for my grandmothers' and for herself. I decided to make a bear for my niece piecing together the pants cuffs and other fabrics. I sent the bear with a written history of what fabric represented what family member. Since then I've made over 20 bears, some for family members using those same scraps, others for friends and colleagues. Each bear tells a story through the fabric it was created from. I'm not a traditional quilter, but my fabric scraps do tell a story.

Re: Book Giveaway: "Schiaparelli & Prada: Impossible Conversations"

The wealth of genius available in one book would be so terrific to have. Just think of all a person could gleen.

Re: Enter for Your Chance to Win a SUEDEsays Pattern!

Would very much like on of his patterns.

Re: BOOK GIVEAWAY: "Couture Sewing Techniques" by Claire B. Shaeffer

This book would be a fantastic resource to have, whether or not a person plans to sew haute couture. There is much to learn that can be applied to one's sewing projects. It would make a wonderful addition to my sewing library.

Re: BOOK GIVEAWAY: "Underwear Fashion in Detail"

Everything has changed from the 50's when I became old enough to be concerned about under garments. Learning to put on a garter belt or girdle, then putting on nylon stockings, working to make the seams straight, and not poking a hole in the hose, was a formidable challenge.

Re: What Makes a Sewing Space Great?

I converted a walk-in closet into my creative haven. Before converting it I made sure it was large enough for my chair to be pushed away from the machine. And, there had to be enough room to make a counter that would hold my sewing machine and serger comfortably. I also wanted shelves to store fabric, sewing manuals, notions, and all the things that one needs.

My space isn't fancy but efficient. I had counters installed along the walls in the form of an "L". The shorter one is a higher height and the top slides off to reveal a light table. I can just swivel my sewing chair and work at either counter. I also had a 20" shelf unit installed along the long wall that has my machines, which has drawers to store my threads& misc.

Above the counters I have shelves to store all the items a seamstress/crafter accumulates. The shelves are wire ones purchased from a home improvement store.

In order to improve my lighting (I have a florescent light in the ceiling) I purchased small florescent lights and attached them to the wire shelves with nylon tie downs.

I also hung a curtain rod under the bottom shelf and have curtain clips where I can attach patterns or other items I want in front of me.

The blank wall has a sturdy rod that I use to hang projects in the making on.

This space is a work horse ... no corner is unused, and may look cluttered and small to a visitor. But, it is organized for the way I do things and what is comfortable for me. I know where everything is, I can sew/create without having to put everything away.

The only thing I would do different ... I would not have carpeting on the floor.

Would I like a bigger space with a cutting table, etc. Absolutely. But I've carved out a studio that is perfect for now. And, when I move it can be converted back to a closet with ease.

Re: Book Giveaway: "Threads Sewing Guide"

I have no doubt that THREADS SEWING GUIDE would be a valuable addition to any sewers library. Through the years I have learned much from THREADS and am confident the book would be a good resource.

Re: Book Giveaway: "Embroidery Companion: Classic Designs for Modern Living" by Alicia Paulson

I do machine embroidery and counted cross stitch ... both limited by the time I have. I embellish household items (linens, towels, etc) to clothing using machine embroidery. It adds demension and gives the item its own style. For Christmas I make a small sock the size of a Christmas ornament using a counted cross stitch pattern. I make one for each of my grandchildren,and great nieces and nephews .. 17 in all. All the kids look forward to seeing what the new design will be and hanging them up on the tree.

Re: Create a Custom Dress Form

A friend of mine and I created duct tape forms on a sewing weekend. We laughed a great deal as we created ourselves. We stuffed our "bodies" with all kinds of old batting, shoulder pads (great for the bust), etc. Our forms really were a double of our bodies and I found mine to be quite durable. I made a knit cover for mine which made it look more like a purchased form and aided in pinning on fabric for fitting.

I've changed sizes (again) and am in need of a new form. I'd be interested in hearing from others who have used the spray foam, and what results have they had. One comment was that it deteriorated. I'd like to hear from others, and what type of spray they used. I understand there is a variety to chose from.

Re: Book Giveaway - Sewing For Children

I loved teaching my children how to sew and now my grandchildren. The book sounds like it would be a helpful resource.