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dsrtrt2 | Posted in General Discussion on

My name is Terry and I am a new member here also although not to Threads.  I am from Queen Creek, AZ, just outside of Phoenix.  Not far from you, Old Lady, in Tucson.  I have been sewing for over 40 years and it still amazes me how much there is to learn.  I am semi-retired so I spend alot of time in my sewing room working on my projects.  I am happiest when I have about 4 projects going at once.  I work one for awhile then switch over to another.  I find that it helps to take a break and go back to something and it keeps things interesting.

Mostly, I enjoy sewing, beading and cross stitching.  I like to learn new things.  I have learned so much just in the short time I have been here.  Most of all, I enjoy your sense of humor!  It’s nice to talk to people who clearly enjoy their craft but don’t take themselves to seriously.




  1. MarshaK | | #1

    Hi Terry, welcome to the gathering. You say there are so many new things to learn in sewing, yes, I agree with you. All the new fabrics, new tools, and new sewing machines that come onto the market have us learning how to sew and create with them. But sometimes I think we are 'learning' because we've forgotten we knew it in the first place! MarshaK.

    1. dsrtrt2 | | #2

      Hi Marsha,

      I agree with you.  All the new "stuff" is great but I have found myself doing things the old fashioned way because it just flat does a better job.  My grandmother & her grandmother basted EVERYTHING.  I grew up in the no basting generation.  Ya know the machine will do it all.  As I got older I realized the machine can't do everything & I started basting just like my grandmother did.  It works better than pins or machines.  Takes more time but its worth it.

      Thanks for saying HI.


  2. Alicia | | #3

    Hi Terry:

    Welcome, I am also a new member of this discussion group and have had  wonderful response from the members.  Just reading all the messages is interesting.  Isn't Threads a great magazine?

    1. MissMary | | #4

      I am also a new member. I joined today. I have been sewing for almost ~ sigh ~ 40 yrs. I have made everything from baby clothes and maternity to a vinyl boat cover. Now I sew mainly clothing for myself. I hope to learn lots and meet everyone.

  3. LSC | | #5

    I am also new to this forum. I have been sewing just about all my life having a mother and aunts and older sisters who all sew. It was years and years before I realized that clothing could be purchased in stores instead of designed and sewed at home.
    I am recently retired from teaching and am looking forward to doing more sewing. My problem is I do too many types of sewing. I am a living historian and do period clothing, theatrical costumes, home decor, crafting, and sewing for myself and family. I am in the process of expanding my sewing room and making use of larger space. I enjoy sewing by hand as well as own a Janome 9500,with embroidery capabilities, a Janome/New Home 6500, a serger, an old war horse Singer, smocking pleater and way too much fabric, trim, thread, patterns and unfinished projects.
    I have taught my daughter (19)to sew and we have spend many hours together in the sewing room. It has bonded us and we have a very positive relationship as well as the joy of sharing our creative side.
    I am also teaching two young ladies to sew on their new machines. This has been a real eye opener for me as my daughter and myself were brought up in a home where sewing was just something you did, these poor girls know absolutley nothing about sewing and we had to start for the first step basics. They sometimes ask questions or give me that wide eyed stare when I tell them to do something that I have taken for granted. It has been fun and rewarding to see these girls skills grow.

    1. dsrtrt2 | | #6


      Your sewing room sounds like my sewing room--constantly expanding!  The more I do, the more things I find to do.  You are very fortunate to have a daughter to share this wonderful, versatile craft with. 

      I was amazed when I went into a fabric store and a young lady was going to make her boyfriend a blanket from panel fleece using the No Sew stitching.  She had no clue about sewing whatsoever.  For awhile, I was beginning to think that sewing was becoming a lost art but since coming to Threads I realize there are still a great many who do.



      1. LSC | | #7

        Thanks for the quick note. I always enjoy sharing my love of sewing with like minded people. I cannot imagine my life without this hobby. I have two close friends that I have taught with for years and neither one of these lovely ladies has any hobbies. Their idea of sewing in that it is torture. They cannot understand that it is something joyful I do for myself with beautiful bi-products like garments and home decor and a creative outlet for me. I feel quite sorry for these women as they have no creative outlet other than the classes they teach and their own children. I cannot tell you how many times they have come to me and asked me to hem or sew something for them but I cannot intrest them in learning how to sew.

        1. dsrtrt2 | | #8

          You know you are right.  I have had similar experiences.  To us, it's hard to remember when we weren't sewing.  But look how long most of us have been at it.  To someone who doesn't sew, it must seem an awesome task.

          I just had a thought.  Wouldn't it be interesting to see how many years all of us have been sewing, collectively. I've been sewing for 40 years this November.  I remember it well.  I took a Singer sewing class and didn't learn a thing.

          How about you?


          1. LSC | | #9

            You are right it would be interesting to know how many years of sewing we have collectively.I may as well say I have been sewing since I left the womb. My mom sewed, and her mother before her. I have memories of sewing on my moms old singer sewing machine when I was 6 (I had the best dressed Barbie on the block),quilting with my Dad when he was laid up with leg surgery when I was 10, sewing as the college costume mistress at age 20, and it just spring boarding from there into a way of life. Now at the age of 55 I can't really remember when I didn't sew. That makes 49 years for me.My daughter has been sewing since she was 4 with sewing cards and plastic needles. She now sews, quilts, cross stitches, knits and pretty well keeps up with me. Susan is now 19 and working on a Christmas stocking for a friends new baby, has a new dress cut out, and is working on a friendship star quilt in blue and cream. Guess the apple doesn't fall to far from the tree. That makes her 15 years sewing.You = 40
            Susan=15Total 104 years so far WOW we are awesome!!Linda Sue

          2. dsrtrt2 | | #10

            I have a feeling the total number of years would be amazing.

            I think I will start a new post and see how many responses we get.  Be sure to add yours & your daughters.


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