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sewhappy123 | Posted in General Discussion on

Hi everyone, I am pretty new to everything here. I am a late starter and have taught myself the sewing that I do do. I have learned to love it and have jumped into lots of books, magazines, DVDs, etc. I have a Husqvarna Viking SE. that my husband got for me a year ago. Still working on the embroidering part, but have been using all kinds of the stitches. Have made purses and totes mainly. Made my grandson a pair of shorts out of a tee shirt and two nightgowns out of a tee shirt for my grandaughters. kinda made my own patterns. Lots of pillows and things like that.  Two weeks ago I acually made an outfit for myself from a store bought pattern for the first time. It could of been somewhat bigger considering I am not small. LOL. But all in all it turned out good. As far as questions, I am sure I will have plenty and am looking forward to getting all your input. Well, I was told to introduce myself, so this is it. I have never posted anything before, not sure exactly how this works but I will learn. Hope to make some new sewing friends. I guess I just post this now. LOL.


  1. Cherrypops | | #1

    Hello and Welcome, I am pleased to meet you.

    You have come to the perfect place.....and you will love it so much, not much sewing will get done. I can vouch for that!

    There is humour and tears, Lots of advice. We are a great bunch.

    Ask as many questions as you need. If some have been answered previously - this forum has been around since 1999, there is a wealth of information, just need to find it. ( or ask me, that's my specialty, according some if not most members, I am the Whizz kid at internet searching)

    A few ladies have the SE so they no doubt will be able to help you out.

    Great to read you've "kinda made your own patterns...you're a Designer now.

    In time you will learn to post photos in the photo gallery, everyone loves showing off and reap the postivies. Makes our Day!

    Enjoy reading and have fun!

    Cp - Sydney Australia

    1. sewhappy123 | | #10

      Thank you for your reply. I don't get on here alot, but when I do I will be sure to get on this site. I hope I can get around on here. I am also new to posting. Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks? LOL. Talk to you later. Thanks again.

  2. katina | | #2

    Hello and welcome

    Cherrypops is exactly right - this is a most vibrant and interesting site. Very inspiring too. And yes, she is our Whizz kid - can point us in the right direction every time. You'll like it here with us as we're certainly not boring.


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    ThreadKoe | | #3

    Hello Sewhappy! I was a newbie not so long ago also. This is a great place to learn new things. The best part is meeting and making new friends. I'm still reading through the archives too. Cathy

  4. Mo_in_MO | | #4

    Hi, All.

    I am new to the site also.  I have been sewing since the age of 5, starting with hand embroidery, crochet, machine sewing then knitting.  I made all the clothes for the family growing up.  I am a retired RN and use Berninas, have 2 weaving looms and large stashes of fabric and yarn.  I had sons and have grandsons so make frilly things for the porcelain dolls I make. I have taken the Threads Mag for years but for the past decade had been doing more quilting and machine embroidery .  I was very impressed with the new Sew Stylish mag I just bought and so have come to this site.  So great to get an update on the clothing side.  I have started sewing for me again as the fashions are not for my age bracket.  I am still  a petite size and now use Sandra Betzina's Todays Fit measurements.  I really like the articles on adjustments as I am no longer a twig shape but now have curves.lol.  This area is big on crafts and quilting but few really sew garments and the fabric stores are chain outlets with more crafts and quilting supplies.  So I turned to the internet  to look for supplies and sewing friends there.

    Thanks Amber.  Your red dress for your draping class is outstanding and  fabric manipulation is something I love also.  Since I have been retired 9 years I don't take classes but rely on articles to increase my knowledge.



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      ThreadKoe | | #5

      Hello Mo, You will find, like I have, that the wonderful people here are friendly, smart and creative. And FUNNY. Welcome to Gatherings. Cathy

    2. katina | | #8

      Welcome! You'll have a good time on this site - lots of people with really super ideas and a huge wealth of knowledge.


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    ThreadKoe | | #6

    I guess I never really introduced myself properly to everyone either. I am a Home Economist who trained in Textiles, Dressmaking, and Patternmaking. I worked in Fabric Retail and Commercial Embroidery for several years while raising my family on a Dairy Farm in Eastern Ontario. I am now semi-retired, and starting my own business in teaching textile arts and embellishment. I have a huge stash of fabric and yarn that I am working my way through. Gatherings has been a lifesaver for me, as I am not as lonely or depressed since I found all these lovely people to communicate with. Cathy

    1. katina | | #7

      We don't let anyone be lonely or depressed here - too much going on. I'm delighted to hear that you have huge stashes - I'm not alone! Good luck with your new business.


  6. Jaytee | | #9

    Welcome to the gab line and the scrren name you have chosen says it all.  We all have a start place, and some of us have the same 'groooves' so sharing is good.  About the Viking SE, did you take the 'sewing' class to familarize yourself with the new machine? And when you do, pay attention to that 'wing' needle.  Some of my best projects really look spiffy with that application.  I sew everything, men's wear, grandkids, mine, church stuff, domestic needs, and once an awning, no lie.  Hang in there and ask a question. Jaytee

    1. sewhappy123 | | #11

      Hi Jaytee, good to meet you. I did take the classes. I like to think of them as short but informative. LOL. I still call them and I am sure they know me by heart. I would love to pay for some of their other classes but I live so far from everything that with this gas buisness, I just can;'t pay for classes and gas too. So I am going to learn from people like you. Do you have the 4D embroidery extra. I got the works cause it was a gift from my husband for my birthday and they just talked him into everything. I laugh everytime I here him talk about how much those ladies made him spend. If you knew him you would laugh too. He said he will never go into a womans store without me again. LOL. Anyway. I have not tried the wing needle yet but I did read about it and am anxious to try it out on something. Anything you can throw my way is very accepted and appreciated. I am not proud. Hope to talk to you soon.

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