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SewistKitty | Posted in General Discussion on

I have been posting for a few years but haven’t said much about myself.
I am a retired teacher who is returning to sewing after many years. I spend quite a bit of time surfing the net, doing research, and investigating websites. Our local paper had an article about how many home bound people could see the world using the web. I am not home bound but find it much more difficult to get out because of lack of energy and various other health problems. The computer has helped me find new sewing friends, keep up with new techniques, and find new sewing supplies that I didn’t know that I needed. (lol) laughing out loud. I am also active in our local chapter of the American Sewing Guild. I write sewing book reviews and evaluate fabric websites. In addition I do charity work such as chemo caps and bib construction for our local citizens in need. I head the UFO (Unfinished Objects) group and have even finished some things along with my sewing friends. Our city of two million consists of quilters, mostly rather than garment sewists. Therefore we have lots of quilt fabric stores and one quality, non-cotton fabric store. I own a Bernina 930, Activa 240 and a Bernina serger. I also have a Bernette sewing machine which I would like to get rid of. My goals are to make clothes that fit and flatter my mature body. Until then I will keep making those muslins.


  1. Gloriasews | | #1

    A belated welcome to you!  What an interesting life you lead!  Do please join us with your comments!


    1. solosmocker | | #2

      Welcome back to sewing, Gloria! You certainly have an active retirement. Isn't it wonderful how this internet tool connects us? Hope we see more postings from you. solo

      Edited 10/26/2007 6:46 pm ET by solosmocker

      1. Gloriasews | | #3

        It was LasVegasKitty25 who has come back to sewing, not me :)  I have posted quite a bit in the past few months on various threads.  I, too, am retired, but not leading near as interesting a life as Kitty :)


  2. MaryinColorado | | #4

    Hello, I live a pretty isolated life, except for my grandchildren and two children.  I agree that the web helps me to continue learning and thinking about things.  I love this forum and the comraderie and support of these wonderful folks! 

     I do try to get outside as much as possible, it raises the spirit to get out with nature.  I will take a drive around the neighborhood or drive to a park and walk as much as I am able.  It has gradually increased my stamina and energy, I'm a bit aprehensive about the winter months.  I am glad to be sewing alot more these days.   

     I applaud all that you do for others.  You sound like a very giving person.  Mary

    1. SewistKitty | | #5

      Thank you for all of the kind words. I have posted some messages if I know of a website that may be useful or of someone inquires about using websites to buy fabrics safely online. I do tend to research almost everything I purchase which sometimes drives my friends crazy but that's okay.
      I, too, am learning many new things about the way that people live around the world. I live in a desert city where we are forced to conserve water all year around. Many tourists visit Las Vegas and think that all of us living here live on the Strip where the casinos are. Most of us have normal working lives. We do have access to quite a bit of entertainment and celebrities performing here. Many of us selectively choose who we want to see. Our performers charge a lot of money for tickets compared to many other areas around the country.
      I have lived here nine years and am a transplant from upstate New York where my husband, son and I went to school at separate times. The sunshine and lack of precipitation drew me to this area. When I came I needed a full-time teaching job which I easily obtained here.
      Enough about me.

      1. ldm55 | | #6

        Introductions are a great idea, and good practice for a "shy person" like me.  I've been sewing mostly garments for 15 or 20 years.  I kept to pretty basic projects until the past few years, trying to develop more skills with details and techniques, lining, welt pockets (urrghh!), etc.  I love designer details from the 20's and 30's.  I grew up in New York City and Long Island and have lived in Western Massachusetts since 1979.  Despite always wanting to be a fashion designer or artist, fear didn't allow it and I got a masters degree in social work.  I occasionally draw, paint, do stained glass, fabric and multi-media dolls/figurative sculpture, and even less occasionally sell some of it.  For a time, under the name, Dogged Pursuits, I was sewing and selling fleece dog jackets.  I'd love to have a business, but seem more interested in designing prototypes than doing production.  I'm really grateful that this community exists.  I've felt guilty when I've asked for help, but haven't given any.   - Lisa

        1. Cherrypops | | #7

          If you all would take some time to read 6481.1 you will find many more introductions and a lot more about our lovely members.

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