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Where is everybody?

Josefly | Posted in Gather For A Chat on

Where are all the old friends from this forum?  Well, I don’t really mean all – I appreciate those who’ve stayed active on Gatherings, and the new names, too.  But I do miss the frequent, sometimes more than once-daily, participation of so many regulars we used to have BTC (before the change).  I loved that you could get on the forum, and in just a few minutes, new questions/comments/replies would be flying, as you were reading.  Now  when you look at the list of recent topics with the time of posting and the times of replies, you see very few that were posted on this same day!  – Most have dates of weeks ago, not hours  or minutes ago.  Wow, what a difference!  It makes me sad.

Just wondering – is there another sewing forum, one which perhaps uses the more user-friendly format we were once blessed with here – where those old friends are now posting/browsing/visiting?  I know a bunch of people who were regulars on the Over the Fence have gone somewhere else, but I haven’t “shopped around” yet for another site.  Any tips?



  1. Ralphetta | | #1

    where is everybody?

    There used to be a lot of laughter in addition to the good sewing advice.  I know we did frequently get off topic, but there was a lot very, very helpful information communicated along with the crazy stories.  I really miss some of the wonderful sewing experiences that used to be routine.  This site has become dreary and dry.  I don't believe I ever received any comments when I mentioned the fact that some consideration should have been given to the fact that some of  the most experienced, helpful, articulate,  seamstresses wanted a forum that was easy to use. The number one topic of discussion was always the fact that fewer and fewer young people are interested in good sewing.  I'm not saying that there aren't intelligent people still on the site, just that we've lost a lot of energetic and colorful ones.  I'm hoping the current readers won't be offended by this.  If they used to go to the old site, they'll understand what I mean.

    1. Josefly | | #2

      I really miss those experiences, too Ralphetta.  Though some of the kinks have been worked out, and improvements in the page design and colors used, etc.,  I still find the new system too cumbersome and time-consuming.  But most of all, I miss the contributions of the once-frequent users of the site.  It's quite disappointing to log in and find only a handful of messages have been posted in more than a week.  Used to be, if I waited a whole week to check in, there would be so many new messages I couldn't read them all. 


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        JunkQueen | | #3

        How Nice...

        How very nice to check in and see your names here.   I, too, miss the old coffee klatsch feel to this forum, and yeah, we did get off topic from time to time.......   Sadly, it's just not the same.  I've a feeling the advertisers will lose interest also since there are so few of us posting these days and that translates to a lot less referred business for them.  Anyhow, I for one hope you stick around.  I'm trying to.

        1. Josefly | | #4

          It's frustrating...

          I'm glad you decided to "stick around", too.  I'm curious about what other sewing sites our many former participants have been drawn to.  I've been spending most of my computer-play time reading individual sewing blogs, but the back-and-forth is missing.   I hope that the lively give-and-take, support, shared expertise and shared frustrations, all will return.  But - not to keep beating a dead horse - it's just so difficult to scan the boards now, largely because of the way the topic list scrolls with the messages, and after reading a thread, it requires re-scrolling to find the list, and re-clicking to get the list of recent threads under each topic heading.....well, just phooey.  :>)   

          1. sewfar | | #6

            where is everybody

            I used to look at Gatherings daily but find it so disappointing now.  No site will be as vibrant as Gatherings was but I found that this one approaches our old ease of use and give and take.  I posted a couple of topics and was glad to get several quick replies and some got me giggling again.  Yup, us die hard  sewists can be serious and fun at the same time.  Give them a look at :


          2. Josefly | | #8

            sewfar, sew good

            Excuse the subject line, I couldn't resist.  :>)

            Thanks so much for responding to my message.  I will check out the link you provided.

            I'm finding this site slightly easier to use, now that I can format the messages in chronological order, though overall I still find it cumbersome and difficult to browse.  Isn't it ironic that, though we have the ability now to decide how many messages appear on the page, the only post-change discussions that require more than one page have to do with complaints about the new system?  I agree there's not much going on here now, but remain hopeful that it will revive itself.

          3. lou19 | | #53

            whereis everybody

            100% agree with you, sewfar.

            Almost didn't reply because it was so cumbersome to do this.

            very disappointing.


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    ThreadKoe | | #5

    Where is everybody?

    Hello to my dear friends!  I check in once in a while, but miss the energetic, funny, informative stuff that used to go on here also.  I do not frequent any other sites.  The "Old Gatherings" was the perfect format for me to chat, learn and explore ideas on.  I enjoyed the simplicity and warmth there.  I checked in frequently, often several times a day.  I just don't like the way the whole thing changed.  I was one of many who very strongly urged that the format and ease of use stayed the same.  I feel like I wasn't listened to, as many others do.  I am still a subscriber to the mag, but miss the community that was here.  I now exchange email or facebook messages with several past members, and love them dearly.  I miss being here, and sharing my knowledge.  I am sorry Josefly, and all the others who I miss sooo much.  I tend to lurk when I am here.  (((HUGS))) 


    1. Josefly | | #7

      Happy to see you

      Cathy, it's so good to see you're there.  You do have so much to offer, and you're sorely missed.  I understand how you feel about it, though.  The change has been a loss, hard to swallow, and not made easier by the attitudes of some individuals associated with it.

      I've opted to read the messages in "flat" format, as opposed to "threaded" and find it somewhat more to my liking.  Other frustrations remain, though.


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        ThreadKoe | | #11

        Thanks Joan, good to chat with you again also  :)  I took your advice and changed to the flat format, and like what I see much better.  I also made the font size bigger, and am finding it much easier to read.   It also looks a little more like the old way.  I am slowly adjusting on each visit to the changes,   Cathy

        1. Josefly | | #13

          slowly adjusting, also

          It's taking me a long time to learn about this new system, and it's still frustrating.  But I'm relieved by the improvements that've been made, and hopeful there'll be more. 

          I'm actually going to try to do some sewing today!


  3. decoratrice | | #9

    gather for a chat

    I, too, miss the old community feeling.  The site now has a "dry" look and feel.  Part of this is due to the font, part to the color and linearity of the page design.  What genius picked out the brick red?  Trust is fostered by dark royal blue; it couldn't be that hard to change it.  Unfortunately, the ease of use/flow issues remain.  A few days ago I accidentally discovered that if I double click on the recent discussions topics , the specifics come up in a friendlier form than if I single click.  How was one supposed to know that?  I don't check in as frequently as I used to, but I still have hopes that the IT folks will listen and get these issues resolved.  Attracting younger sewers concerns me also.  Maybe they , being more tech savvy, find the site easy ennough to use, but I see little evidence of their presence. 

    On a happier note, last week I felted 4 sweaters and a boiled wool jacket and made a killer new jacket.  Not haute couture, nor even conventional construction, but fun, fun, fun!  Let's see if I can attach a photo........Yes!  This is more along the lines of the type of sewing being featured in the new sewing instruction books.  Maybe there is a place for this type of thing in Threads, occasionally?

    1. Josefly | | #12

      Sounds like fun

      Your projects do sound like fun.  I clicked on your photos to enlarge them, but they were taking quite awhile to download (upload? whatever), so I'll come back and look more closely when I have more time.  My attempts at felting weren't successful - I bought some wool sweaters at thrift store to try the process, and they must've been treated wool, because after many washings in hot water, they just produced a LOT of lint, no shrinkage.  No indication of that on the label.  Not much of a loss, though.  I'll try again sometime. 

      I am learning more about navigating this site, but it's taking a lot of time.  I hope the FAQ will be updated so it will be more helpful to us.  There is almost nothing there now to help figure this stuff out.  A glossary would be helpful - "pagination" and "bread crumb navigation" are terms that seem bewildering, and where to find the options for message order, etc. would have been useful.  (When I began computer programming and systems design many, many years ago, I was warned not to use the "lingo" with people for whom the systems were being designed - it just adds to the frustration of adjusting to changes. )  I'm having some other frustrations with kinks in the system, today.

      About attracting younger sewers.  I wonder if the format of the entire Threads site discourages newcomers from discovering Gatherings.  I think new people coming to the site might be confusing the comments (on the articles on the Threads home page) with the more responsive, friendly, and therefore more helpful discussions here in Gatherings.  

      Anyway, it's wonderful to see your photos and hear about your work.  Glad it's fun for you.


      1. Ralphetta | | #14

        new sewers

        New sewers may not have any trouble navigating the site, but my concern was that the site has lost a lot of the patient, well-informed veterans who were able to help and encourage the newbies. A valuable asset has been lost.

         There used to be a spellcheck option on the other site but i can't find one here.  Can anyone help me?

        1. Josefly | | #15

          I believe Vicky North has mentioned that there is no spellcheck function with the present system, but that they are hoping to add one.

          I agree about the loss of valuable help.  I hope some of those veterans will return to us.


          1. Ralphetta | | #16


            thanks for answering!  I thought I might have just overlooked it. 

  4. decoratrice | | #10

    Oh, apologies to IT

    Well, It looks like single-clicking on the Recent Discussions topics does the same thing--post hoc, propter hoc, and all that!

  5. sewelegant | | #17

    Where Is Everyone?

    Yes, it is unfortunate that we cannot enjoy the good things in life forever!  I, too, was a daily visitor and found it so easy (maybe too easy, sometimes) to respond to a post.  However, I think that was the very reason we heard from so many good sewers.  When you wait to respond you begin to think maybe there are so many others more qualified to answer and I will just look ignorant... but it seems that most of us, self taught, especially, know more than we think we know and it may give others more self confidence to know everyone else is not so proficient or maybe they excel at one thing that others struggle with and sharing our experience and know how helps to keep the art alive.

    This new Gatherings is getting more friendly to me, but like all of you, it is a struggle to figure it out.  I do not know what you mean by "flat" viewing, for instance.  I just go with whatever comes up when I turn the site on.

    P.S. I find it quite satisfying to know that I have been able to edit this post at least 2X and did not have to go through all the rigamarole we did in the old version and there are no notes to imply I did edit.  My edits were for typos I noted after reading the message after It was sent in.  Spelling is another matter, but, for me, that is not much of a problem.

    Mary Ann

  6. sewelegant | | #18

    Just Checking

    Your note was right here as I am checking in on the posts today and I am also noting that I do not  have to sign in to make a reply... so, now I am thinking... maybe all is not lost and soon we will begin to recognize our old Gatherings again (or a good facsimile).  Now I will have to work on sending a picture.  Tried that and hit a brick wall a time or two, but maybe the next time will be easier.


  7. Ceeayche | | #19

    Even for a techie like me....the new system is not as intuitive as it was before hand. And, I've been slammed by work... so doing something that requires so much effort has not as appealing as the easy breezy way we were.

    But I'm still here!  And, I'm glad you are too!

    I treasure my time on Gatherings and I'm trying to stick with you all!  I've learned so much-- and if Threads is listening it's made me even more of a Threads fan.  Even when folks post about the arrival of the latest issue long before mine arrives here in VA!  I used to think we should paste "spoiler alert".  But then I came to enjoy the postings as a tantalizing tease until the magazine arrived.

    1. Josefly | | #20

      I've got an idea!

      Hi, CHL.  Yes, I agree the new system is non-intuitive.  And for me, there are too many "clicks" required to browse the messages, whereas before, you logged in and presto, there were all the recent topics listed right there for you, the list stayed there while you selected an individual topic, and you didn't have to do all this long, slow scrolling.  I imagine I'm missing some tips and techniques that would shorten the process for me, things I haven't yet learned by "trial and error".  There may be tips scattered around under different topics, which I've missed.  Which leads me to my idea...

      Since the FAQ section has precious few tips on navigating the system, at least the last time I looked, we should start our own "System Tips" topic, where we can post what we've each learned about this new system, explain what some of the terms mean, the locations of "options" for formatting, etc., and any short cuts we've discovered.  I haven't tried to post any photos yet - is it different from what we did before?  Questions like that could be answered.  What do you think?  Has somebody already started a thread (or topic, or forum - what's the right word?) on this, and I've just missed it?  

      Under which discussion category would such a topic be most accessible?  "Talk With Us" seems to have been created so that members can address topics with the editor of Threads, so I'm not sure that's the right one.  "Feedback on Threads" is associated with the magazine itself.  Would "General Discussion" be the place, "Gather for a Chat", or something else?


      1. Ceeayche | | #21

        Idea about System Tips

        I think it's a great idea.  However, intuitively I think it goes under FAQ.  And, I share the opinion that the systems folk at Threads should help create and maintain this new feature even if it's receiving and editing our suggestions on tips to include.

        1. Josefly | | #24

          system tips

          Yes, I agree, CHL, after thinking more about the idea of a "Tips" forum, that it's something that should be created and maintained by the administrators of the Taunton sites.  After posting an experimental tips topic (under the "General Discussion" topic heading), I could see how difficult it would be to search for answers to a particular question.  Since different people would be contributing their tips and definitions,  there would be no real way of organizing the information to make it easy to use.

          Thanks for your comment.


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        ThreadKoe | | #45

        What I miss the most...

         And for me, there are too many "clicks" required to browse the messages, whereas before, you logged in and presto, there were all the recent topics listed right there for you, the list stayed there while you selected an individual topic, and you didn't have to do all this long, slow scrolling.

        Thanks for putting into words exactly what my problem with the site is!  Hate to continually complain, but what is wrong with the simple way of doing things.  I really miss everyone, and the chatty stuff.  I keep coming by, but no one to really chat with, unless we are complaining...

        I dunno if I qualify as an "old timer", but some of this newfounded stuff confounds me.  When we were asked what we liked about what we had, all the stuff we liked dissapeared.  Like the easy to navigate and click on lefthand menu that you could scroll through quickly for the topics and replies. 

        Hope to catch y'all later, got to go mow the lawn...again...  Cathy

        1. Josefly | | #46

          This newfangled stuff...

          Yes, this newfangled stuff is very frustrating.  I feel very sad when I see questions going unanswered for days, because either we've lost readers, or they're not posting because it's so darn hard to get around, and the bugs aren't gone yet.

          I keep trying to get adjusted to the new system - I really hate to let myself be robbed of what was a good thing just because it's difficult-  but more and more I realize it's not just the unfamiliarity of it, but the built-in difficulties which remain frustrating no matter how familiar I become with it.

          Still, I can't let go of a good thing.  I'm always so glad to see your comments on a post  - so informative and helpful. 


        2. sewthatsit | | #64

          Where have all our lovely chats gone?

          I was one of those who lurked on a regular basis and learned so much.  Much more this site gave me the impetus to keep sewing as I know no one else who sews. The knowledge that one is "not alone" is a great help.   I regularly logged on at home and now and then added my tuppencehapenny worth.   

          Since the site was "upgraded?" I can no longer log on at home as the site crashes as soon as I try to access it.  So this, I'm afraid will be my last visit as I have logged on a borrowed computer where I do some voluntary work so I can't do this again.  I am so disappointed to miss the friendly informal chats and I want to take this oppertunity to say goodbye and thank you.


          1. Josefly | | #65

            site crashes on access?

            Just wondering - have you tried using another browser on your home computer, to access the Threads Gatherings site?  I'm not at all sure it will make a difference, but since you can access the site on a borrowed computer, check to see what browser is being used on that computer.  I know that my preferred browser doesn't work perfectly with this site, either.  I don't crash, however.  Good luck - hate to lose participants here.


  8. jane4878 | | #22

    Still Lurking

    Part of the reason, I rarely post is that my work  was merged into one entity and they are REALLY nasty about us going on the internet at work, even on our own time.  I can't breeze in and check frequently anymore.  Then the posts pile up and I start to procrastinate about reading them.  The site has become easier.  I prefered the old site, but compared to the unbelievably slow programming I use at work--this is a breeze.  I DO miss the chatting.  I'm quite novice and don't feel comfortable about posting unless I have a problem.  I'm working on a kilt right now (all hand sewn) and finding out how lousy my hand stitching is!  I should start an UFO posting.  I bet I have more UFO's than anyone else.  My sewing table is stacked with piles of fabric with the corresponding patterns.


    1. Josefly | | #23

      UFO Champion?

       "I bet I have more UFO's than anyone else. " ...That's certainly questionable.  I think I could out-do you in that respect, and a few others here might challenge us both!  I agree though - a UFO topic would be a good thing to start in Gatherings - it might spur some of us to get busy and wrap up some of those projects.  Actually, for me, even counting my UFO's would be time-consuming, since they're stuffed in all sorts of places around the house.   

      Is it traditional to hand-sew kilts, or is there some other reason you're doing that?  I'd love to see a photo of your finished kilt.


      1. jane4878 | | #25



        Kilts are supposed to be handsewn--otherwise the stitching shows.  A kilted skirt or "kiltie" is often machine sewn.  I have the the book "The Art of Kiltmaking" that explains step by step how to make one..  I have a DD starting Highland Dancing--her first competion is May 8th.  I started this ages ago and keep picking at it.  I'll post it when it's done.  I made the velvet vest last year--now that was HECK!  I'll take wool over velvet any day!  She's almost outgrown the vest already, even though I made it extra big.

        I've only been sewing about 4 years now, so I guess if you prorate my UFO's I'm still up there!  My imagination outstrips my ability and time.


        1. Josefly | | #26

          Kilt sewing

          "My imagination outstrips my ability and time."  What an apt expression of the plight of most of us who sew!

          Interesting about the kilt sewing.  I'm afraid if I hand-sewed one, the stitches would show much more than machine-stitches.  And about the velvet - many years ago I made a velvet dress and jacket for myself - I was young enough to think I could do anything - and though it turned out well enough for me to be proud of wearing it, I remember the process was a nightmare.  I didn't have a needle-board to press the seams, and had to re-cut a piece of the jacket after putting the iron to it and leaving a nice shiny imprint in the nap of the velvet.  I haven't sewn on velvet since then.  Velveteen, yes, but it's not really an adequate substitute, is it?

          It's wonderful you can tackle these projects for your DD.  She'll treasure the memories of it.  Good luck to her in the upcoming competition.


          1. jane4878 | | #27

            Kilt sewing

            Thanks Joan,  I hope the little monster does appreciate it!  She thinks my sewing is wonderful--which always perks me up.  They're so sweet when they're little and then they turn into teenagers.  My 16 y.o. DD is not so appreciative sometimes.

            My handstitching is pretty ghastly.  The book I mentioned has pages and pages of kilting error photos.  After reading that I have visions of pleat nazis checking out my poor handiwork!  I've ripped some of those pleats out at least 3X.  At least I'm not paying hundreds of $$ for even crappier work.  It's not a garment that can be made quickly or cheaply.  I just figured she's little, only a beginner and I can improve as I make larger ones.  I can go around at Highland Games and be a pleat nazi as well now.

            The vest was made of 100% cotton velvet.  I hand basted it to Tailor's Pride hair canvas.  I used a fluffly towel for pressing.  It went together alright, but it slid like mad (even with a walking foot) when I had to sew the front boning in.  The boning is sewn through the velvet and canvas on each side of the front and then metallic braid has to be sewn through it as well.  The basque points are on the bias, so one side went wonky.  I was told after that I should have hung it first.  The lining was really miserable too.  No amount of basting and pinning helped.  I tried with Ambience, ripped it out and switched to quilting cotton.  Of course she went and grew, so she looks a bit stuffed in it now.  I think the DD will do alright.  She's competed in jazz and ballet groups for years, but this is the first time she'll be solo.  It's a pity velvet is so miserable to sew--it's such beautiful fabric.

            My husband and I are going on a trip in Sept., so I'd like to get some clothes made for that--we'll see!

            We had a lovely little snowstorm yesterday--the highways were closed, power poles downed and we sat in the dark all day.  Getting a little tired of this.  We had snow on April 14, including a blizzard to the east of us.  They sat in the dark then, so I guess it was our turn.


          2. Josefly | | #29

            Kilt book

            I'm going to see if I can find the book you mentioned at our library.  You make it sound quite interesting; I'd love to see the photos of incorrect hand stitches.

            The velvet vest really does sound problematic, with the boning and metallic braid.  I'll bet it's beautiful, though.

            Snow?  Wow.  It has been a very long winter, hasn't it?  Ours was unusually cold, too, but the biggest problem in April has been that all the flowering trees and shrubs that were delayed by the cold, suddenly bloomed all at the same time.  Our pines and oaks began releasing their pollen in great wafts of yellow dust  - it looked like smog.  Mostly gone now, though, and everything is green and fresh-looking.  I swept our patio off today, though - big mats of the oak pollen pods had accumulated, and by the time I finished, I was sneezing mightily.  I prefer the pollen problem to snow, though!

            Keep us posted on your September wardrobe project. 

          3. jane4878 | | #36

            More snow!!!!!


            I AM SO SICK OF WINTER!!  We started with -20 C weather and snow on Canadian Thanksgiving (2nd Monday in Oct.), had a wild blizzard the first week of Dec.  Probably 40-50 cm with that one.  It took days to dig out of that one and now in April and May we've had 3 big snowstorms.  In between was mild--but I'd appreciate getting winter during WINTER.  We had another storm this week and it's still snowing.  It's right around freezing so it's snow, slush and rain with howling winds depending on were you are and the time.  Dozens of power poles were blown down last Thurs.  Some rural farms had no power for 87 hours.  The stress of not knowing if you can travel or if your staff can make it in to work is killing me.  That's my rant for the day.  Everyone in south-central and southern Alberta feel free to rant too!

            As for the kilt--I'm not sure I'll make it, but I do have a loaner in case.   I will say that this has really improved the speed and quality of my handsewing.  I have to baste the pleats in place and start the tailoring on the inside back.  Tailor's Pride is pad stitched to the back of the pleats and then covered with a lining.  I'm learning a lot of new stitches with this.  One good thing--my DD grew an inch plus since I started in early March, so I don't have to hem the thing now (6 yards of hemming).  Yayyy. It'll be slightly long, but I'll hike it up under her vest with suspenders.

            Looking forward to heat and sunshine,


          4. Josefly | | #37

            Holy cow!

            Jane, I can not imagine having a snowstorm in May.  Good Grief, and bless your hardy Northern soul!  :>)  We are expected to have temps in the 90's this weekend - where did spring go?  If you want to come this far south, we'll share our heat and sunshine with you, but you might not like the humidity!  Not to rub it in too much, but I've spent several lovely hours working in my back yard today.  In a short time, though, it'll be too hot and too mosquito-infested to be out in the yard, and I'll be wishing I were in Alberta.  There has already been a case of West Nile Virus reported in our state - very early for that.

            Your daughter certainly IS growing fast.  Very cooperative of her to do it before you hemmed the kilt.  I guess she must be getting excited about the Highland Dancing competition?

            I am actually going to start a sewing project today - I have a batik cotton I want to make some Bermuda shorts from, and I have to first make a muslin to fit myself.  It's going to be like starting at the beginning for me, since it's been so long since I've made pants for myself.


          5. jane4878 | | #47

            Looking forward to a warm weekend.

            Well, I've survived a hellish weekend.  Last week I was on-call, so I didn't get a whole lot of sleep.  My poor 10 y.o. had to travel with her school choir to Edmonton to sing in the provincial music festival and turn around and drive back.  She left at 05:00 Friday and returned at 01:00 Saturday.  Then she had to be at her Highland Dancing competion at 08:30.  I was so sleep deprived, that I ended up with a stomach bug and really sick all weekend.  We went to the competition--her first.  I didn't finish the kilt.  She flubbed one of the steps on the Fling and was clean on the Sword dance.  She was a bit disappointed, but I'll enter her in another one later.  She'll do better if she's rested and we're all less stressed.  Then I went home and slept all weekend. 

            Now I have to get her through her dance (jazz/ballet) recital this weekend!  Why do mothers get sucked into this?  It's supposed to be 23C (low 70'sF) and sunny this next weekend--I can hardly wait.  I can live without humidity though.  I grew up in Ontario--well aquainted with 100% humidty and various bloodsucking insects.

            I'd be interested to hear how your Bermuda shorts go.  I have to start making pants at some point and the fitting terrifies me.  I love Batik, I have some destined to be made into a girl's dress.  Back to the kilt, now that I feel better.


          6. Josefly | | #50

            Glad you got some sleep and are feeling better now.  The end of the school year seems to bring all the recitals and concerts, along with all the stress that comes with that, doesn't it?   My kids are grown now, but I remember that I welcomed the summer break as much as they did.  

            The 70 degree temps you expect this weekend should be welcome.  Whew!  It's about time!  Friday was too hot for us, for this time of year, but it cooled off a lot so that by Sunday, we had our heat back on in the house.  A little strange for May.

            I didn't get to start my Bermuda shorts project - company "dropped in", and then I got busy with other things through the weekend.  Hopefully I'll get started this week, but I'm getting ready for another houseguest - who'll occupy my sewing room - so I'm not sure when I'll start it.  Procrastinating again.


          7. regatta | | #51

            Please finish your kilt

            Hi Jane

            I have been following your kilt saga. I hope you know that as well as making a kilt you are making memories.

            I have just finished reading the Outlander series of books (for the second time) and am in love with everything Scottish.  I did think I might have to make something out of tartan myself but have satisfied my Scottish  craving by following your thread.

            Hope you post a photo - UFO is OK if you are sick of it.


          8. jane4878 | | #62

            Thanks Marika,

            I WILL get the kilt done-smile-  I'm over the hump--the pleating is done.  And I will post when I'm done.  My mom was a highlander--a 7th generation Canadian that only spoke Gaelic until she started school.  Sadly she lost her ability to speak it as an adult.  She's gone now and I really miss her.  She was an amazing English smocker. She would've been so thrilled to have a grandaughter do Highland Dancing.  My DD reminds me that she IS watching her dance from heaven! and, yes I'll post the finished kilt.

            I've heard the Outlander series is quite good.  If my life ever settles down, I'll have to read them.


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            ThreadKoe | | #61


            Hello Jane, nice to hear from you.  I have been following your progress on this project from day one.  Way to go girl!  Keep on going!  I know this will be worth every stitch and drop of sweat you put into it!  Can only improve as you go along, as practise makes perfect.  Hope your weather has improved!  Our crops are almost all in already, and we are waiting for warmer weather and the rain that always seems to come mid May, lol.    :}  Cathy

          10. jane4878 | | #63


            Thanks Cathy,

            I need the encouragement!  I've gotten through the dance recitals on the weekend and a clarinet recital for the older DD last night.  The end is in sight--2 Highland dancing recitals and 1 vocal recital and it's over for a year.  The kilt is easier than the rest of my life!  I cleaned out my sewing room on the weekend, so my life's more organized.  I'll get the kilt done and then I'll have to make or buy a larger velvet vest--the horror the horror.  I could barely close the hooks on it at the May competition.  She's got to stop growing!  Her blouse is too small now as well.

            It's been gorgeous lately--sunny and warm.  It's supposed to rain on the long weekend though.


      2. pansy22 | | #69

        hello everyone..i am new to this forum..nice discussion.i think i am late to join this forum..kindly guide me...

  9. Teaf5 | | #28

    We're lost and confused

    I'm not visiting other forums; I just have a hard time finding anything on this one any more!

    I, too, miss the old forum; I'm about to start making my dd's wedding dress, and I'm panicked that I won't have that nearly-instant good advice at hand anymore!

    1. Josefly | | #30

      Ooh, a wedding dress...

      I'm so glad to see you're still here.  Your contributions here have always been so helpful.  I know - it's so hard to browse, and there just isn't the participation on this forum that there used to be, so you can't be as sure of getting useful replies as quickly as we once could.  Still, it appears from some of the answers I've received in this topic that some old faithfuls are checking in, but not posting.  So maybe a question from you would be addressed by some of those who would otherwise just lurk.  

      I've found that if I don't log in, I don't get the info about new messages added to the lists, and I don't get the option to click on the word "new" to take me directly to those recent posts.  And, I'm still encountering some peculiarities with the system - e.g., my log-in seems to be lost under certain conditions, making it impossible to post.  Very frustrating. 

      I'm sure your dd's wedding dress will be beautiful.  Please share your progress with us.  When is the wedding planned?


    2. KharminJ | | #31

      Dear Teaf - I hear you on

      Dear Teaf -

      I hear you on the hard time!

      Please, come back (when you get to that point) and edit your post, above, to include the "thread crumb" to your new topic about the wedding dress (that's the line in white type, right below the header - I think it'll show up as a clickable link to your new topic). At the least, then, those who are getting email notice of new posts Here, will know where to look for that one.  We'll do what we can to help!


      I think a big part of the lost friendliness comes from the very different mechanics of the Left Column - no frame, and default:closed for the Discussions, instead of the old default:open. (I've mused at more length at HomeForumsGatheringsGeneral Discussion if you care... ; ) )

      Bright Blessings, my friend!


      edited to include "breadcrumb" - let's see if it works!  K

      edited again: Hmmm, not quite what I had in mind. Let's try this one: Forum Transfer Status Update. Getting warmer...That's the name of the topic I posted in....  sigh!

      One more time ~ here's my specific Subject line: Part of previously "user friendly" = Left Column / Frame? That should lead you directly to it!

      Gee, glad I had a 45 minutes available to pfutz around with this - NOT! (sorry - snark hat OFF now)


      Great Good Sewing JuJu for your DD's dress - are you using a pattern, designing from scratch, or a combination?  Hugs, anyway! K

  10. gailete | | #32

    I know I haven't been here for a while. Even now, I thought I was signed in but couldn't find a way to post so ended up signing in again. I have started feeling better but that made me busy and I didn't have the time I had before. I want to get back into visiting here to get my enthusiasm up!

    I need to go finish making a skirt and a top that is cut out. I'm making it out of turquoise linen. My son gave me a gift certificate to Fashion Bug for Christmas and by the time I was able to get there (we had tons of snow this year) all they had out were spring cloths in turquoise, orange and melon. So I ended up with a couple tops that had turquoise in them but nothing to wear on the bottom. If I don't get the skirt finished soon, summer will have come and gone without being able to use these new tops. I was only going to make the skirt, but with some fancy arranging on the fabric I managed to get a top cut out by deciding to put a seam down the back. As I have made the top several times, I knew that should work.

    1. Josefly | | #33

      Glad you're back!

      Gail, it's so good to hear you're feeling better, and that you're back to sewing, and back to Gatherings.  

      The turquoise linen sounds wonderful for summer.  That's one of my favorite colors, and definitely a favorite fiber.  Are you going to line the linen, or does the skirt not need it? What pattern are you using?  

      I have an  embroidered linen in my stash, ecru embroidery on black, and I'm thinking of a gored or simply flared skirt and, if I have enough fabric, a short-sleeved high-hip-length shell.  If not enough for the top, maybe there's enough to trim a top made from another fabric - though I look better with top and bottom alike.  It's one of those fabrics I found on sale - most of them are! - and just couldn't resist though I had no pattern in mind.  Any ideas?


    2. Ceeayche | | #34

      Glad you're back


      I'm glad you're feeling better.  sounds like your'e getting some great projects finished!  Happy sewing!

  11. Teaf5 | | #35

    Still lost...

    Thanks for the encouraging words, but my dilemma continues; the "Reply to Post" button doesn't appear on the entries on the second page of this thread, and I didn't even realize that there WAS a second page until today, so I didn't realize anyone had responded to my lament. 

    Unfortunately, I don't have an extra 45 minutes to figure out the breadcrumb feature, even if I understood what it does or how one might utilize it  (though I did read through the participants' explanations of it) much less take the hours or weeks necessary to understand the basic workings of this forum.  

    I'd rather spend those minutes, hours, or weeks asking or answering questions about sewing rather than learning a non-intuitive navigation system unlike any other website I've ever seen.  I will check back occasionally but doubt that I will be able to contribute very much because I can't use many of the elements of the forum.

    1. Josefly | | #38

      Yes, frustrating...

      Boy do I know how you feel.

      The same thing happened to me, more than once, now.  This is clearly a bug, not just our inexperience or lack of technical know-how.  Makes you wonder how much this system was tested, if it was tested at all, before replacing the far-superior system Taunton had before.  I would love to find another forum which is like our beloved old Gatherings; sadly, it appears the best hope now is that at least the bugs will be fixed in this one. 

      I resolved this  particular "Second Page" problem rather simply, by re-setting the "Pagination" button, which appears immediately under the first message of each topic, to a higher number, thus allowing more messages per page, and circumventing the "second page" issue.  After making the change, you must also click on the "Save settings" or "Save changes" button - I forget exactly what it's called - which appears to the right of the "Pagination" button.  Of course, there's a trade-off - if you extend the page length, it takes longer....... and longer....... and longer...., to scroll back up to where the Discussions Topics are listed in the left column of the page.

      Well, keep checking in.  Maybe the bugs will be worked out.  Meantime, have fun with the wedding dress.

      Edited 5/6/10, 1:15 pm est:  Well, oddly enough, I just fiddled again with the Pagination button, resetting page-length to 30 messages, and re-creating a second page... and lo and behold, I can both edit and reply to posts on the second page AND my user name appears at the top left column - login not "forgotten" I guess.  Was the bug fixed, do you think?  Or just waiting to confuse me later.


      1. Ceeayche | | #39

        Wedding Dress


        Although I'm not a professional, I made my wedding dress (appliqued lace from my mama's dress over gold lame in my own design); a princess di clone for a family member and another vogue dress for a church friend.... all within two years of each other.  I was crazed at the time, learned a lot, and am living on the other side to tell the story!

        Relax.  Take your time.  Do a muslin-- it really is worth it.  And have fun!  Despite the frustrations with the new system, we your core die hards, are still here on the site for the late night frustrations.

        Good luck!

  12. SAAM | | #40

    Hi Joan and other Gatherings members,

    I've been away because of life issues that have filled my time and attention.(Ill daughter, husband lost job, grown children moving back home, etc, etc.) Coming back for the first time in many months, I shocked by all the changes. I, like many of you, was confused and annoyed by the non-intuitive nature of this new system, and especially by the computer-ese used in the explanations of the system and the FAQs. I still haven't figure out what a "breadcrumb" is. What the heck does that have to do with sewing? I also agree that the Recent Discussion menu that continually closes itself up is an aggravation.

    That said, I've missed all of you, and listening in on, and sometimes participating in, the discussions of my favorite pastime. I've missed sharing ideas. I've missed the creativity and the companionship. I'm determined to overcome the difficulties of this new site, and I hope others will be too.

    As for sewing, as life slowly calms down, I'm remaking the top of a dress my oldest daughter bought so it fits her properly (a whole new bodice of a patterned fabric to coordinate with the solid skirt), I'm sewing a dress for myself from Simplicity 2549, and have recently found fabric for a Vogue blouse 2850 (I'd been looking for more than a year for just the right fabric for this pattern.). As usual, I have way too many projects and not enough time to complete them all.

    Sherry (SAAM)

    1. KharminJ | | #41

      Have a Happy Mother's Day!

      Dear Sherry!

      Glad to see you back, and Big Zen Hugs for all that you've been through lately! (For everybody else, too ~ there's lots of us here)

      Bright Blessings (also NOT a zero-sum commoditiy!)


      1. SAAM | | #43

        Dear Kharmin,

        Thanks for the welcome back, and for the Zen hugs. I think this past year has been one that's called for them for a lot of people. I'm looking forward to a better, more creative, more prosperous year.

        Sherry (SAAM)

    2. Josefly | | #42

      Welcome back

      Glad to hear from you, and that you've found your way back to sewing and Gatherings after having a quite full plate, as it sounds.  I hope you'll share your sewing projects with us.  


      1. SAAM | | #44

        Dear Joan,

        It's good to be back. I will definitely share my sewing projects. I'm hoping to spend the summer finishing several unfinished projects and, of course, starting many more.  :) 

        Sherry (SAAM)

  13. jane4878 | | #48

    Hi Heather,

    That Highway 2 Airdrie to Red Deer stretch is miserable.  I'm glad to hear you're OK.  We had dozens of power poles down, so that's an ongoing thing.  It's warming up a bit, but it's REALLY wet.  We'll have to take a scythe to the grass if it gets much higher.  If I do a half decent job on this kilt, I might tackle making myself a kilted skirt later on.  It uses half the material and isn't as densely pleated.


    1. sewluving | | #49

      Hey Jane

      You following me around??  LOL  I was born in MB but grew up in Ont with the humidity too.  Been in AB though since 1966 so am used to the dry too.  However, would love the warmth.  Can't even think about annual plants or even going to the garden centers with the weather so nasty.  I keep watching for the warmer temps and see it is going to be warming this week.....  Yah.

      If you get the kilt done try and post a photo if possible.  Would be good to see.

      Yep, parents nowadays seem even more sleep deprived than when I was raising my kids years ago.  (they are now 42 and 39). However, now there are grandchildren.

      Heather in Calgary

  14. victoria0001 | | #52

    Where Is Everybody?

    I haven't checked in for ages but I am in agreement with what everyone has been saying about the new Gatherings set-up.  It's not user friendly and gets to be frustrating.  I don't feel as if I'm connecting with a subject or a person so I just peek in every now and then.  I must say that it is wonderful to see some of the past members still hanging in with the forums.  I'll try a little harder but I wish it would return to the previous format.

    1. Josefly | | #56

      Where is Everybody?

      Glad you checked back in.

      I don't think the powers that be are going to return to the old format, however much all we users wish they would.  Perhaps it doesn't matter as much to them as it does to us that it's so difficult to use and that so many valuable former participants have given up.  But, I think the site will only be as valuable as the users make it - maybe it will recover and maybe not.  I'm hoping it will.  


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    VKStitcher | | #54

    Where is everybody?

    Today is the first time that I've been here in a while.  I used to be here several times a day, but now it's good if I check in here several times a month.  :-(   Although the format of this site seems to be getting better, it's still cumbersome to navigate.  I miss having all the topics listed along the left-hand side.  And, like everyone who's replied to your message, I miss the lively conversations and information that everyone freely shared.

    There are several other sewing sites that I've visited, but none that I go to regularly.  Now that I'm not working as much, I'll try to stop in here more frequently.  It's good to see that there are still familiar names here!

    Vickie  :-)

    1. Josefly | | #55

      Where is Everybody?

      Thanks for checking in, Vickie.  Nice to know you're here.

      Done any sewing lately?


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        VKStitcher | | #57

        Where is everybody?

        Hi Joan,

        I usually have several projects going at once--something to sew and something to crochet.  In the last couple of months, I've made a top from Slinky knit (Vogue 8597), a pair of pants which actually fits pretty well (Butterick 5222), and I'm getting ready to make a new purse for the summer.  I've also been busy crocheting afghans and making quilts for Project Linus.  A couple of months ago I helped my mother-in-law make a sweatshirt jacket.  She doesn't sew very much, but was really pleased with how it turned out.

        How about you--what are you sewing now?

        Vickie  :-)

        1. Josefly | | #58

          Great sewing

          Sounds like you're really busy sewing.  Good for you.  As for me - nuthin' much.  Working on a boat-bag project with my grandson, but that is episodic - whenever he comes to visit.  And some mending.  And I promised myself to make some Bermuda shorts - but haven't started yet - will have to do a muslin and start the fitting from scratch, and waiting to get my sewing room back from houseguests.

          I'd love to hear about the purse you're going to make.  I bought some dull-silver soft vinyl I'm hoping to experiment with.


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            VKStitcher | | #59


            The purse pattern is the "Out 'N About Tote" from Ellen Medlock.  The fabrics are coordinating blue/green/white Michael Miller prints--nice summery colors.  I got the pattern at a local quilt shop, but there are lots of neat patterns on her website, http://www.ellenmedlock.com.

            Silver soft vinyl...sounds interesting!

            Vickie  :-)

          2. Josefly | | #60

            purse site

            Hey, thanks, I hadn't seen that site before.  Some nice purse hardware, and nice patterns.  Your tote looks like a good one.


  16. Gloriasews | | #66

    Where is everybody?

    Hi, Joan!  I have to agree with Vickie - I've been lurking since the change.  It was such a drastic change & I think a lot of us were left rather speechless (pun intended), as our social community seemed to come to a halt.  There were just too many techy things to deal with at the beginning & they were very confusing.  Things are actually picking up & getting better.  I was surprised how easy it is now to post, compared to what it was at the beginning.  One thing I really miss is that, each time we came to Gatherings & clicked onto a topic, we would come directly/automatically to the latest comments since we last read it, rather than having to scroll all the way to the last place we have read now.  That takes time.   I think that others are also lurking about & may eventually be heard from - I hope!   It's nice to see that so many have already hung in there.  Happy sewing!


    1. sewluving | | #67


      If you go to the top of the page you can request that you receive the messages in date order.  I put the newest first and saved the setting.  It helps as I get the new messages first now. 

      Heatherin Calgary

    2. Josefly | | #68

      glad to see you

      It's good to see your name again, Gloria, and good to know you're still checking in here.  I agree, some things have improved about the new system, and in other ways it's still very disappointing.  Unfortunately, Gatherings hasn't recovered from the enormous drop-off in posts, as I'm sure you've seen, and it's been saddening to see the messages from treasured former posters who, frustrated beyond measure, have declared they're logging out permanently.  Ever the optimist, I still hope it will become the lively, very informative and helpful site it once was.  

      Thank goodness for those who've stayed around - at least it is possible to get answers to sewing questions, if not as quickly.

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