My profile – new member from England
I have just joined this group and did it wrong! When I put a question up and looked for answers only saw a message to say that I had not done a profile. Sorry, girls! I discovered the group through trawling through Threads website and it looks very interesting. I live in Derby, England – right in the centre. I am at an age when I should have grown up and stopped spending a fortune on sewing equipment, but it’s more fun the other way. I have a wonderful stack of all the Threads from issue 16 and when I was at work I told myself that I would do all the great projects etc., when I retired – but being fit, seem to spend my time out walking on the hills with my husband, and supporting him in charity work for the local Children’s Hospital, the local church (where, as churchwarden he is right now trying to dry out the carpet following the wettest July for yonks!) and many other things. I started my sewing interest 30 years ago when I did a mature student course on ‘Creative Fashion’. I then moved over to Machine Knitting where, for the past 25+ years I have been involved in that area – giving talks, workshops, teaching, organising knitters produce knitwear for export (some to America) and selling machine knitting kits. If anyone has any machine knitting questions, I may be able to help – but I am more experienced in design and construction than techniques on the machine, like jacquard etc! I am now back with the sewing and loving it. I have 2 machines – one a Bernina 1260 for main sewing, and a Bernina 180 for embroidery. I am taking over a machine embroidery class in the autumn so am trawling the web for interesting and useful projects for my students to do. I am also wanting to go back to sewing clothes for myself – at least the basics. Having reached the age where my figure does not fit neatly into standard sizes, I have bought Fittingly Sew and will be happy if I can at least use it to make well fitting skirts and pants. I also have a copy of Wild Ginger’s Click and Sew blouse program, and am trying to compare the 2 – whether to go for WildGinger’s Boutique program, or carry on with the FS. AT the moment my feeling is – the FS sloper is showing superbly fitting pants – is not as simple to use as WG, but if worked on, could have a greater ability to ‘do you own thing’ with CAD design. Does anyone out there have any opinions? Sorry about the above – you asked for a profile – not a book! Pleased to meet you all – I think that Threads is the most wonderful ‘extra’ in my workroom. We have nothing of that quality over here – I am torn between telling everyone about it – or keeping it to myself so that everyone thinks I am brilliant! So many of the things in it have been made, adapted etc., and are now part of my life.