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margaretsews | Posted in Gather For A Chat on

Hi everyone:

My name is Margaret.   I have just joined the group this morning.  I live in PEI Canada, and I also am a fabricaholic.  I have been sewing since I was 6, started with embroidery,  progressed to sewing practically all my clothes , along with those of my daughter.  About 15 years ago — when the quilting bug caught me, I got hooked, and garments were put aside for the time being.  I am now retired from going out to work for pay everyday ( you know the kind I mean )  and I have been getting back into garment sewing  —  with thanks to Timmels Fabrics ( Halifax ) weekly newsletter and online fabrics, and also attented a full sewing/fitting  week with Sandra Betzina,  I am now on my way to burning up the sewing machine.   I have lots of quilting buddies, unfortunately that is not the same when it comes to garments, so I am delighted to be part of this group 


  1. MaryinColorado | | #1

    Welcome to the forum!  I would love to learn fitting from Sandr Betzina!  Wow!  That must have been inspirational!  Glad to have you on board, look forward to chatting.  Mary

    1. margaretsews | | #2

      Hi Mary

      thank you for your kind welcome, I am new to message boards   so I wasn't too sure if I had posted correctly??     Perhaps someone could give me hints ???   Yes Sanda Betzina was a once in a lifetime sewing week for me.  she was sponsored by Timmels Fabrics of Halifax NS and I registered as soon as it was posted.   It was a dream week --- in the class there were 11 students with the common interest in sewing.  We arrived with our patterns, muslin, cheap fabrics,  sewing machines  -- and for a whole week we made fittings and mock-ups. Sandra personally took our measurements and advised where we should be looking at alterations and we went from there. I was able to work on 7 different items.  Hopefully I will be getting all these garments sewn up before too long.   thank you again Mary and I'm looking forward to meeting lots of sewers on this site


      1. solosmocker | | #4

        Welcome, Margaret! Glad to have you here. A week with Sandra Betzina - Wow! That sounds like a sewist's fantasy for sure! I can see why you are ready to let that machine whirr away. Hope to see you posting often.solo

        1. margaretsews | | #6

          Hello Solo:

          many thanks for your message

          yes a week with Sandra Betzina was a sewers dream ---- she is such a faboulous person, I would do it all over again if I had the chance .   It was very motivating -- since then I am not so timid in altering patterns to fit myself -- actually I have now become a fan of doing muslins, that way I know that garments will fit before cutting into the good fabric.

          Happy sewing and have a great day


          1. 2tallct | | #14


            I am new to the boards.  How did you get a week with Sandra Betzina?  I am looking for something just like that to get me motivated and re-learn how to sew for myself again.  Major fitting problems, very tall, etc.

            I'd love to hear more about it.


          2. SewistKitty | | #15

            To find out about Sandra Betzina's workshops and classes you can Google her name and information on her will come up. At the top of her page you should see some choices such as patterns, books, and workshops. Click your mouse on her "workshops" or classes and you will see her schedule. She does teach out of San Francisco as well as on the road.
            Hope this helps.

          3. margaretsews | | #16

            Hi 2tallct:

            So nice to hear from you  ---- yes a week sewing with Sandra Betzina was in my opinion a dream come true .   I live in Atlantic Canada , and she just happened to be coming to Halifax, Nova Scotia courtesy of  Julie Culshaw of http://WWW.Timmelfabrics.com  --- so I treated myself and took the oportunity.   I'm not sure where you live ------ however she travels and teaches at various cities accross the USA and some in Canada too ---- and she helps out at a training school somewhere in Africa ( she's a busy womam )  if you look up on her website http://www.sandrabetzinaonline.com  you can access her teaching/travelling schedule , she also teaches at home in San Francisco on a regular basis.   I also have purchased some of her books , my favourite is "Fast Fit" ( easy pattern alterations for every figure ).  Since my week with Sandra  I always make up a muslin if I am using a pattern for the first time -- that way I know it will fit when I cut into the good fabric, it takes a wee bit longer, but the end results far outweight that extra little bit of time involved. 

            Hope some of this info is useful to you and let me know how you make out.

            Have a great day and happy sewing

            Margaret in PEI



  2. Cherrypops | | #3

    Hello and welcome Margaret.

    How are you finding this site. Learning a lot I suppose.?

    If you need help with anything just ask.

    CherryPops (sydney australia)


    1. margaretsews | | #5

      Hello Cherrypops:

      So nice to hear from you and thank you so much for the kind welcome --- I must confess that I haven't been using the site as much as I had anticipated  -- I guess life just gets in the way at times, however I must look it over again and re-aquaint myself how to post on diff subjects.  

      I had no trouble registering, but I don't seem to remember how to navigate around it. I would be grateful if you could give me a few suggestions and tell me where to start.

      Summer has finally arrived here on PEI ( Atlantic Canada )  What is it like in Sydney?

      Happy Sewing



      1. Cherrypops | | #13

        Hi Margaret,

        The best place or discussion to start with is up to you. Where do your interests lie? General Sewing info is excellent. The Photo Gallery is a wonderful source of inspiration. If you want to branch out a little read Creative Machine, lots of hints and advice regarding felting and free motion embroidery.

        I started this thread for general chatting. 6834.1 .. Please take a peek gloriasews is also from canada, you can share with gloria and learn about other members too.

        Cherrypops ( rainy and cold in Sydney again)

        1. margaretsews | | #18

          Hi again Cherrypops:

          thanks for the info ----- I will take your suggestion and join in from time to time.

          Beautiful day here in Prince Edward Island  --- I'm frantically trying to stay ahead of the weeds in my flower beds

          Hope everyone is having a great summer

          Margaret in PEI

          1. Cherrypops | | #20

            Thank you. From the images I have seen on the websites PEI is a gorgeous place.

            Summer, i wish!  Australian winter is upon us and it is chilly and rainy. A better day today with clear blue skies and sunshine..

            Its interesting reading and seeing all the new summer fashion overseas.

    2. happymom | | #7

                            Wher can I fins an stand up poster board and a dollie for all my skirts and all dresses yes it needs to be a small size,and Quilting question give me a batting piece for a round bed and how do I do sides and measure 4"or help if can

                    Thanks Happy mom Loving to learn new and here's something for you.


       Website superbuzzy.com Japanese patterns Enjoy

       Glad to meet w/you

      1. Cherrypops | | #8


        firstly welcome.

        secondly, I would ask you to create a new post within Quilting and Home Decor Section/Discussion topic.

        You will find it in the left hand column on the main reading page. Address it to ALL members.

        I am not a quilter. There are other ladies here who do quilt and may help if they see your question.

        again, please post a new message regarding your 'Stand Up Poster Board and Dollie' under Equipment and Supplies.

        I am in Australia and I cannot imagine what the purchase costs and shipping costs would be like for these items to be sent to you. Another member closer to your location ( where are you? Japan?, i'm guessing because of the website you added and no location is showing in your profile here.)

        Please post questions in their correct category. You will receive more answers.






        1. happymom | | #9

                 Good Morning

          Thanks for information you gave me,I live in Inkster Mich 48141 is the different Detroit area Mrs DONNA Towns and I have two grandchildren who;s14yrsold and a two year old who's busy .Nice to introduce our selfs too.Smile cherrypops

          I have cut out 2 skirts,1 wing sleeve blouse and 1sun dress so far this season,I had a little March 2007 medical celebrex fall at home and broke my wrist and now it's physical therapy time with me.I am 50 years old and it a lot better,yes it's helping in the last 3months,Plus I work in a print  shop and in February2007 I helped assembled 1million and 5000.00 Michigan Maps and box making and packaged for the traveling agencies here and Library.My job is doing feeding 4 slots of Machine operator and calendars daily Moving to 8000.00 or what we ship out on a daily basic.I love my day job 6:00am until2:30pm 5 days a week ,then I sew clothing.

          My business has been successful (A Style Is Not The Size Mrs.Fancy"s)

                  Welcome again and Nice chatting with You,Yes I quilt and keep them.

          Doing a White Bed throw for myself until I heal completing.

                    May god bless you              Mrs.Donna  Towns 


      2. MaryinColorado | | #10

        Hello!  Welcome to the forum!  It is always nice to "meet" new people here who love to sew and create!

        Craft or Art Supply stores will have posterboard.  Here we have Michaels and Hobby Lobby and several privately owned ones. 

        For dollies, I think Bed, Bath, and Beyond, Linnens and Things, Home Depot, Lowes, Target, Wallmart, and Kmart. 

        Good luck!  I hope you find what you are looking for.  Mary

        1. user-217847 | | #11


          Hi and welcome aboard, I hope you enjoy the forum as much as we all do and I hope we can help with all your questions.

          wombat (Australia)

  3. AmberE | | #12

    Hi Margaret: I've always wanted to visit PEI. Welcome from the editor!

    1. margaretsews | | #17

      Hi AmberE:

      many thanks for your kind welcome,  if you ever come to PEI --- be sure to let me know -- we'll meet for a cup of tea

      many thanks again and have a wonderful day


      1. AmberE | | #19

        Will do--wish I were there now! Bet it's beautiful!

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