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user-178279 | Posted in General Discussion on

I am brand new at this – I’ve never even been on any discussion board before so help me out when needed.

I am probably an experienced sewer, but I love to know what everyone else is working on and I enjoy learning new techniques so I am looking for to the discussions.


  1. AmberE | | #1

    Welcome Jelly Bean! I'm the editor at Threads and delighted to have you on board. You'll find this community very welcoming and full of great information. Enjoy!

    1. thimbles1260 | | #2

      Hi Jelly Bean!  You certainly came to the right place!  The sewers here are friendly, helpful patient and experienced!  Welcome!  I'm looking forward to getting to know you and hearing about your projects!

      1. user-178279 | | #5

        Hi! I am quickly finding out how friendly everyone is.  I love to sew - my fingers seem to itch if I stay away from my sewing room for a couple of days. 

        I am a grandmother and sew mostly children's clothes. I wish my size was a little smaller and I would enjoy sewing for myself again.  That's something I'll have to work on.  (The sewing part!)

        I live in Mississippi and I would love to hear what goes on in other palces. What everyone is working on just now.

        My current project is a Mermaid costume for my soon to be 5 year old granddaughter's birthday. She thinks up the costume she wants and then I get to make it.  I think she is mostly interested in the tail - that's been a challenge, but I just cut the dress and now I am on the tail.

        Has anyone made a mermaid costume?

        1. mygaley | | #6

          Yes, I made one for my dgd when she was six.  The tail was just basically a slim skirt with elastic waist and a curved slit from the cf floor up to about her knee; the skirt back was extended to lie on the floor in a fishtail shape, maybe 12 inches.  I wanted to make different color "scales" so I cut U shapes with a closed top, slightly bigger than my hand and sewed them on with straight stitch in horizontal rows.  If you do this, sew the scales on before you sew up the last seam; it's a lot easier to work flat.  I used a stiff, shiny, sheer found on the sale table for the scales; they didn't fray because I edged them in sequins.  I know now that overcasting the edges with zig-zag would have done just as well.  The inspiration garment called for a sleeveless satin bodice with the shell bra part appliqued on the outside and it tucked into the skirt.  This was very modest and extra shirt length allowed for growth.  She wore it and played in it two years and then passed it down to another little girl who also loved it.  God bless you.  Galey

        2. cafms | | #7

          Where are you in MS?  Do you have any fabric stores in your area?  I'm in the Jackson area.

    2. user-178279 | | #4

      So glad to hear from you. I love Threads - especially the couture sewing techinques.  I have almost ALL of the magazines and I enjoy rereading them.


      1. AmberE | | #8

        We both share that love of Threads

  2. Angels | | #3

    Hello and welcome!  I have seen people come to each other's aid when there is a question and the frequent friendly exchanges in these discussions.  It is good to be in touch with other sewers.  Marie

  3. user-167104 | | #9

    It's a great place to find answers to questions quickly and know that there is SOMEONE who knows SOMETHING about your question or dilema. I have appreciated the help I have gotten and so many willing to help.

    I am sure that someone will help you, and you, no doubt will be able to help someone.

    It's especially helpful, because you feel like everyone's friends when you don't have many people in your area that sew, or at least sew to the extent that you do. I am surprised when people find that I sew that say "I can't even sew on a button!" Kind of sad that we are losing so many abilities and talents because we are so "busy."


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