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Seattle, WA, US

Forced into semi-retirement due to health issues, I reconnected with my teen-age sewing self. Trying to absorb all that has changed in 25+ years. I do fashion sewing, craft (bag) sewing, crochet, and am just taking on machine embroidery. I love my new top of the line BabyLock serger!

craft interests: crochet, embroidery, fashion, knitting, quilting, sewing

Gender: Female

Birthday: 08/19/2017

Member Since: 09/26/2011

recent comments

Re: Video: How to Make Thread Bars and Chains

I am a crochet artist as well as a sewer, and have used thread bars and chains many times in my sewing. I've crocheted loops for keyhole buttons, strap-catchers (with very small snaps) on the velvet gown I made to wear to officiate my son's wedding, and loops for hooks many times. I have a variety of weights of crochet thread so can match the weight to the use. Generally I find size 10 thread to be the most useful but I have been known to crochet size 40 rayon embroidery thread to match a fabric, since I have hundreds of colors of that. I've also crocheted elastic thread to make a button loop for a clutch.

Re: Book Giveaway and Free Pattern Downloads: "The Magic Pattern Book"

I'm learning how to fit patterns and I'm quite sure this book would help.

Re: Simplicity Pattern 1664 Giveaway!

I would make the jacket and skirt I size 12-20 in a sage linen/cotton blend.

Re: Magazine Giveaway: Threads Issue no.173 (June/July 2014)

I wish I had not stopped sewing for 20 years while juggling career and kids. I feel like I am having to relearn so many things that I think I did by instinct when I was in my teens.

As far as fabric, oh dear. I have filled a 15x15' storage room with bins of fabric. I will never be able to sew it all. Bless deal husband for not killing me....

Re: Enter to Win "Bag-E-Bottoms" Bag Liners

These look like perfect solutions to finishing the diaper bag I'm making for my first grandchild...

Re: Book Giveaway: "Threads Sew Smarter, Better & Faster"

For slippery fabrics, use a 505 spray adhesive to hold them together for sewing seams. But test it with your fabric first! I always wash my silks so I don't have any problem with spraying them. The adhesive dissipates over time; as long as you only spray lightly you can open the seam as soon as you've sewn it.

Re: How to Interface a Hem

I could see using this when bagging a jacket lining, by sewing the lining bottom edge between the two pieces of interfacing, then proceeding with fusing the interfacing inside the fashion fabric hem.

Re: Win a Copy of Smart Fitting with Kenneth D. King on DVD

I'm just getting back into fashion sewing after taking 25 years off to have kids. My shape just isn't the same as when I sewed my formal dresses back in high school -- I need HELP to fit myself...I know KDK can help me...please???

Re: How to Sew Inseams

GMterrie, for turning points use a surgical clamp for grabbing that folded-over seam. They grab and stay that way until you release them, makes it much easier.

***Apologies for going slightly off topic there ***

Love the hints on the inseam. I think I always just trimmed off the extra at the hem. I'm about to use some very nice wool fabric for slacks and will add this to my techniques. I'll probably try a combination of steam-fitting and easing.

Re: A Trick for Working with Raw Silk

To user1111... and Kenneth: One fusible that might work on the silk dupioni is a stabilizer called "Dreamweaver" from Floriani. It is designed to be fused to delicate silks and similar fabrics before you sew. It is very light and drapey, and it might be something to try.

Re: Video: A Fast Look at Pattern Drafting

Can't wait to give this a try...hoping my husband will be patient enough to help with the measurements.

Re: Trending at the 2013 Golden Globes

Forgot to say, man, I'd love to get a chance to look at the insides of those dresses, see how they were put together.

Re: Trending at the 2013 Golden Globes

I saw a lot of narrow, deep plunge necklines. Almost too many, in fact - it seemed like every other dress was cut down to almost the base of the sternum. Have to give Katherine McPhee's folks a nod, they did a great job with the tape!

I thought the idea of Anne Hathaway's dress was great, and the skirt looked fab, but the top did not fit her well and looked more like a cast. It was tight up under her underarms, needed to curve gracefully around her back instead.

Agree that Lucy Liu's dress looked terrific, but was she the right one to wear it?

And Nicole Kidman is looking great again. That midriff, especially in the back, was stunning.

Jodi Foster looked better than I've ever seen her, even though that navy blue was a bit severe it sure complimented her eyes.

Finally, Claire Danes. OMG, she just had a baby? Loved the tucks at the waistline, they could camoflage a bit of baby belly even though it didn't look like she had any. And that color was perfect.

Re: DVD GIVEAWAY: Industry Insider Techniques with Louise Cutting Volumes 1-4

Would love to expand my knowledge with this series!

Re: How to Make a Precision Placket

Wow, so very clear! I nearly tore my hair out over the placket the first time I made a man's dress shirt. This will become a staple technique for me, I am sure.

Re: New SewStylish Pattern

Wow, talk about retro! 1784 looks exactly like what I was sewing in the 1977-1982 timeframe. Had to laugh at that. No more bow-tie blouses for me, been there, done that. That dress style in 1777 is enough before my time though, it is beautiful. If it were in plus sizes I'd be all over it with a beautiful wool jersey I have.


Re: Book Giveaway: "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty"

I would love to have this to inspire me.

Re: Giveaway: SewStylish Spring 2012 Fashion Sewing Guide

I have quite a stash of lace fabric and need more ways to use it, so "Custom Lace Top" is a natural for me. I'd love to get a copy of this issue!

Re: The Sewing & Stitchery Expo is Just One Month Away

I will be there, taking classes on Friday and Saturday.(NancyNancy, sorrly I will miss seeing your evening suit.) I've been before, but just for the Expo; this will be my first try at taking classes. I'll be driving an hour each way both days, so I sure hope they are worth it! I know that a lot of classes are already sold out.

I'm looking forward to the event, and talking to many vendors I work with in person. My only concern is how much money I'll end up spending ;-)

Re: How to Use Pins the Right Way

I learned perpendicular pin placement from my mother about 40 years ago. Then I stopped sewing for 25 years and when I started again recently all I heard about was parallel placement. Thanks for letting me know that I'm not just doing this because I'm stuck in the last century :)

Re: Sleepwear patterns

Jan Bones has been at the Sewing Expo (March, Puyallup, WA) the last couple of years. I love the Nice Nightie and the Curvy Camisole patterns - possible to make them fit even the most Rubenesque woman :)

Re: DVD GIVEAWAY: Threads Magazine Archive, 1985-2011

My son was born in 1985, and that's when I took a 24-year hiatus from sewing. Having the entire Threads archive would allow me to catch up on everything I missed, now that I am trying to get re-started with my sewing. I feel like I have missed so much - new fabrics, new threads, new vendors - and I really need a good way to catch up. If you would only choose me...please?


Re: MAGAZINE GIVEAWAY: "Quick Stuff to Sew"

I'm making tote bags for my mother and sister, and another shirt for my son in addition to an aloha shirt for my husband. I am excited to use my new embroidery machine to add even more custom touches to these pieces. I'll crochet doilies for several of my cousins as well.