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Dayton, OH, US

craft interests: embroidery, knitting, quilting, restyle, sewing

Member Since: 09/08/2009

recent comments

Re: Video: How to Attach an All-in-One Facing

I can't tell you how many times I've done facings like this and forget to use this (or similar) method. I know better but I forget when I'm in a hurry to finish a simple pullover top! In a hurry always takes longer, doesn't it? That's when the seam ripper is our best friend. Thanks for the reminder. If you've ever made ladies briefs, this method works for making a smooth crotch seam without exposed seam allowances. Comfy!

Re: Video: A Secret to Threading a Needle

Some threads are just not cooperative. It may sound gross but one trick that seems to work is to wet your finger and wet the eye of the needle. (it's your spit and your needle - who cares!) It seems to pull the thread into the eye. Works for sewing machine needles, too. Of course, we all know that it works better to cut the thread at an angle in the first place. Happy sewing!!!

Re: Book Giveaway: "Secret Garden Embroidery" by Sophie Simpson

I like the birds because of all the colors - also flowers and butterflies. I've done more applique recently but I do like embroidery (when the light is right!) This book might inspire me to get back to that.

Re: Learn to Make a Vintage-Inspired Neckband

Do you have any suggestions on how to keep the "ladder stitches" even? I thought of paper backing but the curve might make it hard to do. Cut a paper backing from the pattern? What do you suggest?

Re: Kaffe Fassett Book Giveaway

I'm inspired when I can utilize my stash to create something that is useful such as place mats, cushions, table runners, etc. But I also like to use leftover fabrics in quilts. When I look at them I can see the clothing I have made from the original fabrics. Some new patterns (and methods) would be great to work with.

Re: Enter Our Huge Quilting Giveaway

My first quilt was a sampler. I made it with fabrics left from making our clothes. A purist would not like it! It has a lot of different kinds of fabrics in it.
I HAD a book with pieced quilt labels but it has somehow gotten lost between me and my daughter. I'd really like to have some unique for labels.

Re: Book Giveaway: "Suede to Rest"

I really like to read light mysteries and this sounds like it fits (pun intended). I love the name of the "star" of the series.

Re: Win a Copy of the All-New The Couture Skirt Book & DVD Set

This would be a great book to add to my "library." But the best would be the DVD. It's so much easier for me to learn by watching a demo of a technique. Thanks for the offer!

Re: Enter Our Three-Book Giveaway!

If it can be sewn for the home, I've probably made it - curtains, lined drapes, slipcovers, cushions, quilts, wall hangings, etc. Currently working on a quilt. These books look like they would have some great ideas.

Re: Video: How to Sew Knits

New sewers have a tendency to hand sew hems in a tight stitch, reasoning that it will hold better. In truth, the looser catch stitch is perfect because it is flexible. It will hold better than any tight stitch and it is almost invisible from the right side.

Re: Take a Tour Inside a Chic Couture Skirt

Maybe that waistband would look more attractive "in person". It does seem to have a soft appearance on the outside.

Re: Take a Tour Inside a Chic Couture Skirt

I think I would like the appearance more if the waistband would be concealed. It would show off the fringe a little better. I wonder if the chiffon was added to lengthen it just a bit.

Re: Pattern Giveaway: Simplicity SewStylish 1699

This looks like a really versatile pattern I like the simple jacket and I could probably wear the dress, too. Princess seams are preferred for fitting. Size 16-24.

Re: Enter the 2014 National Sewing Month Giveaway

I need a new fleece jacket to replace the old one. I've had the fabric all summer and now it's crunch time! Threads is such an informative magazine/resource.

Re: Enter Threads Storage Solution Giveaway Sponsored by

I have a lot of fabrics in storage bins but open shelves would really make it easier to find the ones I want!

Re: Pattern Giveaway: Simplicity SewStylish 1542

I like jacket A & B. Princess seams make it easy to fit. Size 14-20, please.

Re: Simplicity Pattern 1664 Giveaway!

Linen or linen blend for casual or silk dupioni to really dress it up. The style would work for both. I could even see it in a light weight denim! (size 12-20)

Re: Christine Haynes Pattern and Book Giveaway

The Emery dress looks practical and flattering - and I do like a pocket!

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

I make my own pj's using a pattern I've had for years. As it begins to wear, I use another piece of tissue under it, place a piece of dry cleaner bag plastic between the two tissue pieces and iron to melt them together. Strengthens the places where you use pins.

Re: Book Giveaway: "Patternmaking Made Easy," Third Edition by Connie Crawford

Connie Crawford is a great instructor so her book would be like having her visit at home for a one-on-one instruction. I make most of my pants/slacks because I'm hard to fit. Some help would be appreciated!

Re: Video: Sew Perfect Collar Points

It's funny how something you've done for years (and seems so routine) is something new to someone else. It just means we all need to share those little hints that make sewing easier.

Re: Second Annual National Serger Month Celebration and Giveaway

My daughter and I shared a serger for years. Then my husband got the bright idea it would be nice not to have to carry it back and forth so he bought me one of my own. So she "inherited" the shared serger, which was our second one. I use it mostly for edge finishes but also make pajamas with it a lot. I love the speed in sewing with it. I also know it would do so much more if I knew how. Maybe this would help me branch out.

Re: Book Giveaway: "The Complete Photo Guide to Clothing Construction"

I've always found something helpful in any sewing book I've had. I'm sure this would be a good one to add to my library.

Re: Clean-Finish a Curved Shirttail Hem

I've used her technique before and it sure improves the look of a curved hem! Certainly easier than a lot of other ways.

Re: Magazine Giveaway: Threads #171 (February/March 2014)

I, too, use the Reader's Digest Guide to Sewing. It is a good reference book when I forget the best way to sew something. I've been sewing for over 60 years and still need help sometimes! Threads magazines are great for new ideas and updates on old ideas.

Re: Great Sewing Books

I have the Reader's Digest sewing guide and have found it to be a real help on basics. Also have one of the Singer sewing books but I'm not sure which title. Both are really good reference books, for beginners or experienced (when I forget a technique).

Re: Book Giveaway: "Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing"

My granddaughter is a big fan of vintage fashions. She would love this book.

Re: The Kilim Carpet Coat : Adding the Collar and Sleeves

I would think the physical effort of cutting and handling the carpet would be daunting but it turned out great. I've upcycled several garments and accessories. Denim jeans are great for a multitude of uses, including making a new jacket out of old jeans. The different shades of blue are great together. Also made purses, totes and duffel bags, plus a "yard quilt". It's great for outdoor concerts, picnics, etc. Can't hurt it and it's washable. I made a suede coat out of several discarded suede jackets. Lining was a taffeta shower curtain that just happened to be the right color. Wool coat was made for one college son from several old wool coats. Bathroom curtain made from a beautiful fine linen embroidered, shadow appliqued tablecloth. I used one corner of the second tablecloth for a lapel facing. Thinking outside the box!

Re: Get Creative with Heirloom Buttons

I love the idea of "harvesting" off of thrift store buys. I've done this many times, but didn't think of it as harvesting! We "sew" what we reap?

Re: YSL Mondrian dress

This is so retro it's back in! Looks like a fantastic job and the colors are so clear and clean looking. The mirrored image is nice to see the back and front together!

Re: How to Identify Fabrics with a Burn Test

I've used burn tests many times. It is invaluable. I've used it a lot to test knitting yarns where I've lost/misplaced the label. It's really helpful to know whether the yarn is wool or not!

Re: How to Widen a Slot-Seam Opening

Just had another thought - this would be a good way to add just a little ease when a garment is feeling a little too snug (weight gain, maybe?).

Re: How to Widen a Slot-Seam Opening

I've never used a slot seam either but it would be a good technique for an accent. If you have already cut out the garment and didn't cut extra, why not just sew closer to the original seam line? An edge stitch wouldn't detract from the accent fabric.

Re: Fabric Giveaway: Celebrating Grand Central Terminal's 100th year

I've never been to New York - didn't have the nerve to travel alone there! My daughter has been several times and really likes to visit the garment district. The fabric would be a great way to see the sights. We lived near Chicago so that was the "big city" we visited.

Re: How to Add Mock Cuffs on Short Sleeves

I discovered this method on commercial shirts over 30 years ago and used it many times on shirts for my husband. I'm still using it on shirts for myself. I do add a stay stitch in the ditch on the underseam to help keep it in place.

Re: Sewing Rooms in Shelters Offer Hope

Completing a project you can wear is really satisfying. But learning how to mend or alter is really a life skill. Having someone show how to fix a seam or hem is something that can save money for anyone. Even without a sewing machine, you can learn to do that. Having the availability of the sewing machines is terrific. Keep up the good work.

Re: Win a One-Year Threads Insider Membership!

I have been sewing for over 60 years and still need to learn! Several times I have looked at hints on the website and thought it might be good to be and "insider". This would be a great way to test the waters. I'm sure I would benefit from the information.

Re: Book Giveaway: "Creating a Successful Fashion Collection"

I would probably never achieve the results in this book but I can admire someone else's skills. My more creative daughter could probably get some good ideas. Your books are entertaining and instructional.

Re: Magazine Giveaway: How does fabric influence your designs?

Fabric does speak to me. The design sometimes suggests the garment. However I have also had buttons speak to me. I've decided to make something just based on a set of buttons I wanted to use.

Re: Book Giveaway "Vintage Lingerie"

I do like looking at old garments and seeing how they are made. I always enjoy reading about the garments featured on the back page of Threads. This would be a great addition to my library (of things I'll probably never make).

Re: Magazine Giveaway: Sew Home

maybe it would inspire me to make the curtains for my kitchen - before the material deteriorates!

Re: Book Giveaway: "Quilt Love"

Quilt Love? What a title! Should be "Love Quilts" for me. It's almost hard to give them away because they feel like such friends when I'm done with them. I've made quilts for all my (7) grandchildren and all my (3) children, plus others for me. First one was probably over 30 years ago and I have improved somewhat since then! Quilt books are some of my favorite reading material. I know I'll never make all of them but I can admire someone else's work.

Re: Identifying Vintage Sewing Machines

Great resources. I bought a Davis treadle machine at auction many years ago, because that was my maiden name. Unfortunately, a key part is missing. Even though I acquired several boxes of parts at the same time, they didn't have the right part. There were several Wheeler & Wilson parts. I later sold those boxes but kept the machine. I use the extension table for my serger so I can enjoy the machine. It also had the original sale bill in the drawer with the serial number.

Re: Enter the Thrift Store Runway Fashion Contest!

I often shop the thrift stores, sometimes just for fabrics to fill in a color on a quilt. The last dress I bought for my mother was from the thrift store. It was a long length red linen with random batik style turtle and fish motifs. Since it was too long for her, I altered it by cutting off the bottom and re-hemming. Couldn't bear to throw away the motifs so I saved them and used them as centers for a quilt block. The quilt was a memory quilt (using attic windows pattern) with fabrics acquired on different vacations. So the one block was in memory of mother, with her dates embroidered on it. It gives me pleasure every time I see it on my bed. Reminders of different places we visited.

Re: Project Runway Episode 6: "Fix My Friend!"

I don't get to watch the show but the comments sure gave me an idea of the content. Fabio's design is fine, but the shoes don't add to a finished look, even if the model does like them. Christopher's design looks like something a normal person could wear. If a person is on the "plus" size she doesn't need to wear something that divides her in half and is too short, too. Elongating the look would improve it. Ven is way off base as a designer if he can't make clothes that flatter any size.

Re: Book Giveaway: Summer Mystery Reading for the Sewing Enthusiast

Terrific! Two of my favorite pastimes in one! A book and sewing together. Pick me!

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

The art in is work is addictive. I'd love to s3e all the illustrations in this book. Maybe relive some of the ones I've seen before.

Re: Don't Miss Your Chance to Enter the Quilt Your Stash Contest

I received the book ( plus a copy for my daughter in law). Now I need to work on the stash! Just completed a small quilt/wall hanging from some old blocks in my stash. I'm not sure where they came from but there were over 30. They appear to be 1930's feed sack fabrics. I even had some feed sacks to use for the backing. (still have some left, too) I looked in lots of books but never could identify the pattern. They were all hand sewn and done very well. I'd love to add the machine to my workroom, too.

Re: Book Giveaway: "The Chronicle of Western Costume" by John Peacock

For myself I'd love to see the fashions of the mid 1800's. For my granddaughter, she loves the 1960's. Wish I hadn't gotten rid of my patterns from that era. I still had a few she has actually used, plus some of the clothes I had made of that era. After I browsed the book, she'd probably get it.

Re: Magazine Giveaway: Threads Issue #159, March 2012

Any issue would be great. I currently read my daughter's issues! Sew Frugal sounds interesting to me - also info about new machines to wish for.

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

You can tell from all the comments that EVERYONE wants this set. WOW! What a resource. Can't you give away more than one to give more of us a chance!! Thanks for great ideas and thanks for the chance to have them always handy.

Re: MAGAZINE GIVEAWAY: "Quick Stuff to Sew"

I only work part time. My children are on their own. Where does the time go? I need something for quick sewing! Years of sewing have helped me cut down on the time involved but we should never quit learning.

Re: Shape a Sleeve with this Easy Fold-Over Placket

This one is an easy one to adapt to whatever I'm making. Thanks for sharing.
Since someone mentioned a short sleeved shirt, I'll share more hemming idea. I turn up the hem to the finished depth, press the fold in sharply. Turn again where the raw edge lays. Press that fold and then edge stitch about 1/4" depth to enclose the raw edge. Press the seam up and you have a cuff effect.

Re: BOOK GIVEAWAY: "Underwear Fashion in Detail"

This would be a fun book to read - surely don't intend to make any of the garments! I remember panty girdles and hose. Haven't given in to the Spanx yet - just let it all hang out!

Re: Spruce Up Your Shirt Hem

Either of the first two suggestions works but, unless it is a really formal application (which this isn't), I usually just use a zig-zag stitch. This you can stitch in one step, catching both edges of the folded bias.

Re: What will you be sewing this summer?

I have a pair of pants cut out from light blue linen type fabric. It may be done before summer is over. I'm afraid they won't be as cool as I hoped because they will probably have to be worn with a liner. I've made a separate liner so I don't have to line all the pants. It works well with a pair of light natural linen pants made earlier. Right now I'm working on a pair of a gabardine type fabric pants that should have been done for late winter/early spring. Had to figure out how to make a slanted pocket that wasn't part of the pattern. That part is done. The rest won't take long. They'll be done for fall anyhow!

Re: Book Giveaway: "Threads Sewing Guide"

I have a lot of books with sewing helps but I'm always looking for more. I nearly always find something useful whenever I get another book. Threads has always been helpful on learning new skills and improving old ones.

Re: Australian Woolgrowers Dress Prince William

I'm using a Merino wool blend yarn now knitting socks. Merino is wonderful wool - not the scratchy kind as some others are. Wool clothing is as stated - warm in winter and cool in summer. It's great for camping - warmth without weight and protective even when wet. I can't vouch for Australian sheep growers but mistreating your animals certainly isn't cost effective! Why would you "cut off the hand that feeds you?"

Re: MAGAZINE GIVEAWAY: "Designer Techniques"

I like the early Edith Head designs - not that I could wear them! Just examining good clothes always is good for learning. I'm sure this would be a good resource.

Re: Book Giveaway: "Draping Basics" by Sally M. Di Marco

I've never tried draping. My daughter is much more adventurous than I am. The book would benefit both of us!

Re: Inside a Silk Charmeuse Jacket

Beautiful!! My daughter has used brocade for lining a couple of coats. Doesn't show often - but you know it's there and that adds to the enjoyment.

Re: McCall's Sees "Fresh and Fabulous" Changes for Spring 2011

I agree on M6280 - I see natural linen and the black top-stitching would look really good. Don't think my shape would be good for the design but I like it - again I agree in solids rather than different prints - maybe one extra print would be ok as an accent but not in several places. Really didn't find any that inspired me to want to make something new for spring.

Re: What is the strangest project you have ever sewn?

I made a turkey costume to be used in a parade. I was working for a turkey farm at the time. To hold the tail erect, I sewed in channels and cut wooden yardsticks to fit. The costume was complete with large yellow "feet" to fit over shoes. Also complete with hood shaped head cover.

Re: Playing with Pegboard

I've been wanting to mount pegboard on the side of a set of wooden shelves I use in the sewing room. I used old nuts (from bolts) as spacers for pegboard in my old kitchen (before I moved). I've looked in hardware areas of stores for mounting sets and haven't found any yet so I may resort to large nuts again. I'm still trying to put the sewing room together so I can find things since I moved!

Re: Book Giveaway - Sewing For Children

I sewed for all three of my children. Two of them being boys, I didn't teach them to sew. But my daughter learned by osmosis and 4-H leaders. She has surpassed any of my skills! I've made a few clothes for my great-granddaughter. Her mother also sews for her and this would be a good book for her.

Re: How did you learn to sew?

I haven't seen anyone mention the earlier patterns which were not printed but on plain tissue with holes punched in for darts, matching, etc. They were much harder to follow. My first project was an a-line skirt with side zipper. I had a piece of iridescent chambray. The zipper was the hardest part - no zipper foot at the time. My mother sewed and I had an aunt who was a home-ec teacher so I did have some help. Mother's sewing machine had a knee lever which I still prefer, but have only owed portable machines for myself so I have to use the foot pedal. I have since made many clothes for me, for my children, grandchildren and others. Now I do a lot of craft sewing - quilts, pillows, stuffed animals. I think everyone should have a sewing machine just for mending! How many clothes could be "saved" if people could learn to mend. I am so pleased that my daughter has been bitten by the bug. She does much more advanced sewing than I ever did. Her latest project was an authentic kilt for her son to wear to the prom! That takes a lot of confidence for a teen age boy to wear a kilt! It was a beautiful project.
Keep on sewing!!!

Re: Book Giveaway: Successful Serging

Just had my serger serviced for $99! Wish I had some simple directions on maintaining it myself. However the timing was off so that's probably not part of simple maintenance. But any book that expands the use of the serger would be good. I really use it quite a bit.

Re: Mystery Sewing Machine Foot

My first thought was a ruffler but she says it moves side to side so I'd vote for a zig-zag attachment. I had one that looked more like the old Griest buttonhole attachment. Good luck!