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sewhat | Posted in General Discussion on

Hello.  I am a new member, and this is the third forum I have located and joined.  I have a question I hope someone will answer for me.  I am no computer whiz, but I manage to plug along.  How do you add the little sayings with your name, the icons throughout the posts, etc.  All I know how to do is basic wordprocessing stuff, and have not been able to locate instructions on how to do the other things.

I am most impressed with this forum.  It seems to get greater participation than the previous two I had tried.  Had been really disappointed with forums until I reached this one.  My husband enjoys a great woodworker’s forum, and I have been wanting to locate a similar forum for myself.

Thanks for any advice you can send my way about using this forum.  Have a great day, and keep talking.




  1. carolfresia | | #1

    Hi, Ckaya, and welcome to Gatherings. To add a signature, click on "My Forums" at the upper right of the screen, then click on "my preferences" in the left column of the screen. Scroll down, and you'll find a window where you can add your signature. You can also change other preferences on this screen. 


    1. sewhat | | #2

      Thanks, Carol.   I will give it a try.


      1. SisterT | | #3

        Welcome!  I hope you continue to enjoy this discussion group.  What is your interest in Threads?  Sorry--first cup of coffee out here in California--do you sew, weave, embroider, etc.?  When I wake up I'll figure out a better way to phrase that...!


        1. sewhat | | #4

          Thank you.  Your phrasing is fine.  I have been sewing for over 40 years--since I was a young teenager.  I have two adult daughters who I sewed for as they were growing up.  I have a new Brother CS-8072, which I love.  Until the Brother, I had always been a "Singer" person.  I also have a Singer which I recently sent to my oldest daughter in hopes of spawning some interest in sewing.  Can't imagine how I managed to raise two girls and neither of them sew.  I have a serger, Singer, which is old as the hills but works well.  Am waiting for computerized sergers to come down in price so I can replace the old relic.  I also knit (by hand) and embroider, and recently got interested in quilts.  Am about to finish a queen-size quilt which I pieced and quilted by hand. 

          After years of sewing based on knowledge gleaned from high school home economics years ago and what I picked up from occasional classes, reading, etc., I am on a mission to "polish" my skills and find better ways of doing things.

          I am finding this forum to be very worthwhile and friendly, and look forward to becoming more familiar with everyone in the future.


        2. rjf | | #5

          I've been away for a few days so I'm a little behind in reading messages.  Does your note from California mean the dissertation is done?  I thought of you when I was away.......saw rattail in zillions of colors at Haberman's in Detroit.  And in various weights!         rjf

          1. SisterT | | #8

            Thanks for your note!

            I am back in California.  My dissertation is well underway, but not finished.  I am working on "style"--MUCH, much easier on a cutting board than in a word processor....  The two months in Maryland was a great help in getting me back on track.  I am still aiming for completion this semester or very early in the next semester.

            The braid embellishment project is slowly disappearing as I find fun ways to use the braids and rattail that I had collected.  I have found that if I keep my eyes open it is not so hard to find as I first thought, and if I see a color I like I buy it on the spot! 

            Back to the dissertation...


          2. sewhat | | #9

            Good Morning.  I don't want to display my ignorance, but have been reading the follow-up from my original post, and hit the conversation about braids and rattails which has really thrown me.  What are rattails?

            Don't you love this forum--you can learn a whole ton of new tricks and great information just by sitting in front of your computer.  Sometimes I get so lost reading the posts that it cuts into my sewing time!

            Have a great day, and happy sewing (or braiding).

          3. GoodFibrations | | #10

            Rattail is a cording found in the trimmings section of the fabric store.  It is typically shiny satin looking (but not always)  small (1/8" or smaller )cording.  It is very flexible and can be manipulated into the tightest of curves for surface embellishment.  Commonly used for soutache.

          4. SisterT | | #11


            Sorry about that. There are a some ongoing conversations that pop up on occasion in totally unrelated discussion topics.  You just stumbled across one of them!

            In the August/September issue of Thread there was an article on braid embellishments.  I was, at the time, heading off for two months to a land of exile (that is, away from my beloved sewing machine) and looking for a project that I could pick up in the evenings.  The braid embellishment technique caught my eye.  I ended up with all the supplies, could not settle on one project, and now that I am home the goodies are being used for other projects.

            Rattail is a trimming that looks like a shiny shoelace.  I have seen it used to outline things on large pieces.  Craft stores sell it in a couple of standard colors, but I am finding that some fabric stores have it in a whole rainbow of colors.


          5. sewhat | | #12


            No problem with the subject wandering from first post--that is how you learn.  Thanks for the info on rattails.  I live in a town that has had very limited fabric stores over the years, and haven't stumbled into rattails.  We do have a fairly new Hancock's, however, so I am going to look there, as what you described sounds great.  I live about an hour or so north of Nashville, but just don't get down there to shop. 

            What type of dissertation are you working on--master's thesis, Ph.D. --or something else?  My husband is close to retirement after many years of being a college professor--and I do recall the dissertation period of our lives.  What a major hassle.  We had already moved out of state when he got to that point (abd), but fortunately he had a very cooperative committee and was able to knock that dissertation out in less than a year.  That was before the days of pc's.  I hope you are as lucky as he was.

            Thanks again for the information, and good luck with your work.

          6. SisterT | | #13

            People like your husband make me want to go hide somewhere.  I won't tell you how long I have been abd.  My degree work is in Theology, and my doctorate work has been at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.  I am a Catholic Sister from a community in Los Angeles.  A job opened out here, I got it and taught full time ... and thought it would be no problem to just write that dissertation in my spare (hahahahaha!) time.

            I left my job a year ago, got immersed in community stuff, and now I am back to working on my dissertation.

            My grandmother lives in rural Ohio.  I know what you mean about having to drive for miles to hit a decent fabric store.


    2. rjf | | #6

      I could get to "myforums" once but no longer.  If it's in the upper right, apparently my screen isn't big enough and I don't see a scroll bar to move over.  Any suggestions?  Whoa!  There it is! on this page!  I'll try it now.    rjf

      If I go there now, this message will be lost.  I'll send this and come back   rjf

    3. rjf | | #7

      Okay!  Let's see if it shows up.     rjf

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