knitting, quilting, sewing
Member Since: 10/11/2010
The architectural elements in Schiaparelli designs have always been inspiring to me, and I would love to see some of them examined in detail.
Pictures in a book or magazine, no matter how detailed, don't always show me clearly enough how to do it "just so." I have learned something new from each of the excerpts of the DVDs that I have seen so far. It would be wonderful to have them to view whenever I want.
In my family, all of my siblings draw names, so that each of us is only responsible for one sibling gift, and it has to fall below a certain dollar amount. This year, with 2 family weddings and the sibling gift in sight, I cut up my "Christmas stash" of quilting fabric into 2 1/2 strips. there are hundreds of patterns out there for "jelly roll" quilts, and I was able to make Christmas throws for each of these occasions. I was very happy with the results, and from the comments I received from the newlyweds, they were very pleased to have something to mark their first Christmases together. I hope to get the same reaction from my sister!
Buy from a dealer, and establish a relationship with the dealer. If you are new to sewing, buy the best quality machine you can afford, not necessarily the one with the most features. I taught costuming in one of the local high schools, and found that the frustrations of "fighting the machines" turned many of our students off from learning how to sew. When we replaced the cheaper machines with basic machines of excellent quality, many more of our students took to sewing. An excellent machine doesn't have to be new. A well-maintained machine can last for more than 50 years of regular use. In many cases, sewing machine dealers offer unclaimed machines or trade-ins for sale. You can get a top-of-the-line machine for its time with decades of life left in it for a very reasonable cost.
My go-to book is my '70s-something edition of "The Vogue Book of Sewing." It is my source of information on little-used techniques that have leaked out of my head over the years. A couple of years ago, I wanted to make over a damaged vintage suede coat with a beautiful mink collar into a jacket, but I couldn't find anything current about sewing with real fur. The instructions given in that book made the whole project much less scary, and the results were amazing.
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