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Lincolnton, NC, US

I have sewn with a sewing machine, since 4th grade, when I took 4H and Mrs. Fisher taught us girls to sew on her treadle sewing machine, taught us to cook on her wood burning cook stove, and let us play her pump organ. I have sewn most of my clothing since then, as well as sewing for my hubby, daughter & son. I've sewn everything from clothing to curtains & quilts, hot pad holders, aprons, I even darn socks!

I am a fabric hoarder, have a "herd" of approximately 30 mechanical sewing machines that I have revived, or brought back from the dead, or found for a steal of a deal, that I just couldn't pass up! I wanted to find out what was the very best sewing machine, get all of the accessories for it, then sell the rest of them. Unfortunately, I'm hooked on most of them, so it is only financial necessity that gets me in gear enough to sell one on eBay once in a while! LOL!

Neurofibromatosis 2 (NF2) is winning the battle keeping me in pain, and stopping me from doing much of anything anymore, so I am having to get serious about selling most of my sewing machines, while I can still walk a little, and am not tied to a wheelchair.

Sewing and sewing machines are my hobby, besides reading cookbooks. I wish I learned as much about machines & sewing as I know now, before I had kids, I would have enjoyed sewing even more, and would have shared it with more people. Discovering all of these incredible machines, and their accessories, and the sewing books available through the internet, I am absolutely amazed how much sewing information is available, that would have made sewing so much faster & easier, and even more enjoyable!

craft interests: crochet, fashion, knitting, paper-crafts, restyle, sewing

Member Since: 11/19/2011

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Beloved muumuu dress pattern is sewn more than 40 times! Butterick 3313 & McCall's 2537

The pattern I have used the most, my square necked muumuu dresses, is the same pattern I used for my wedding dress, although I used sleeves from a blouse to get the long lace cuffed sleeves...

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Re: Book Giveaway: Seventeenth-Century Women's Dress Patterns

I've always been interested in historical clothing, as well as historical re enactments. I moved to North Carolina 6 years ago, and now I have far more opportunities to participate in re enactments from more than one century! I have always loved dresses, too, & the older style of "traditional" costumes that women wore in different cultures around the world. I recently purchased an 1889 book on sewing, and was surprised at the complexity of sewing details before the sewing machine! When everything was done by hand, and therefore took much more time, the clothing was far more complex & detailed than what we wear today! While I tend to prefer the more simple styles with empire waists, due to my figure. I remain enthralled with centuries of incredibly crafted clothing, and will relish any opportunity to study the details! I just met another lady who participates in some of the reenactments for the civil war in NC, & she not only was wearing hand sewn traditional clothing true to the period, she had the correct sewing accoutrements, & showed me her wonderful sewing tools, her hand sewn jewellery containers, as well as other items she had sewn by hand. I would LOVE to make some of these for myself! What a wonderful way to share our history, as well as the talents of our ancestors!