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The Creative Machine Newletter

Cherrypops | Posted in Creative Machine on

Hi Everyone,

I came across this info while searching (yes again) the internet.

It is a yahoo group for all interested in Creative Machine. Apparently administered by Threads Magazine many moons ago.

I have enough to do at present to sign up to more groups, just thought some of you may not know of it.


Search Yahoo Groups for Creative Machine:


The description states: The Creative Machine Newsletter has been a fixture of the sewing world for many years. It was founded by Robbie Fanning, and was mailed to sewing enthusiasts until her retirement in 2002. The printed newsletter was supplemented by an online email group.

This Yahoo group continues that tradition in Robbie’s honor, offering an online discussion forum for sewing enthusiasts, free of commercial sponsorship or advertising. Members share their creative energy and encourage other members to explore and expand their creative boundaries.

Once a month, the list welcomes a different Guest Host to lead the conversation. These hosts include luminaries from the sewing and textile world, including pattern designers, specialty retailers, fabric artists, authors and more.

You are welcome to join in the conversation and let your creative side shine!


  1. solosmocker | | #1

    Thanks so much! I used to get the newsletter and it was wonderful. I will check this site out.


    1. Cherrypops | | #2

      Hi Solo,

      You're welcome, and please let us know what you think of the group.


      1. solosmocker | | #3

        There seemed to be some good info there with some recognizable sewing celebs posting. I have been on various types of forums for the past ten years, sewing, cooking, etc... and I have never seen one so difficult to navigate as Yahoo. Am I just not getting it? It is very hard to follow a thread and it seems to require a great deal of back and forth clicks to follow one, not just scrolling. I have tried numerous times. I would love to participate in this forum and a couple others that are machine specific but I got too frustrated. solo

        1. suesew | | #4

          I agree. I gave up on that group years ago because I also found it very hard to navigate the site and discussions. Perhaps it has improved. It was a wonderful newsletter - much more informative - and no advertising. No magazine comes even close to what that used to offer.

          Edited 10/14/2007 5:26 pm by suesew

          1. Cherrypops | | #5

            Glad you got a reply from someone who has used this group.

            Yahoo groups are set up quite differently.

            I used to get 'email notification' when new messages were posted. that became ridiculous. every new message meant a new email. one day there were 113 there. I gave up and now just read the new messages online at my leisure.

            The groups I am in don't have specific discussion titles like Gatherings do. you are correct about back-forward clicking to find replies. I think all Yahoo Groups are like this.

            I usually begin at the new message at the top, look at the date beside it. Click on this message, and then read the responses at the bottom.

            At the very bottom of the screen, Previous Topic - takes you to another question and all replies are at the bottom.

            It does take a little getting used to, but you can find hidden gems within.



          2. solosmocker | | #6

            Thanks,Cherry pops. It would be nice if there was an explanation on the board itself. I try to budget my time to get accomplished what I want to, probably like most of us. There are many sewing boards and blogs and I think I will continue to navigate those that don't frustrate me. Life is too short. Thanks so much, anyway. solo

          3. Cherrypops | | #7

            You are welcome and I totally agree with you.

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