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Posted on 06/16/2014 2:02:05 PM PDT by Roos_Girl
I've been dabbling in sewing off and on (mostly off) for a number of years. Mostly what I would call simple things like panel curtains, dog beds, etc. With a 2 year old outgrowing clothes so quickly I thought I might try my hand at making some simple items for him. We have weekly gardening threads and semi-weekly recipe threads. I was wondering if anyone might be interested in a weekly (or semi-weekly) sewing thread?
I’ve been sewing since I was old enough to sit at my mom’s old machine. She used to put the pedal on a stool for me. But yes, I’d like to participate in such a thread.
I have how to quilting videos online and have been garment sewing for the last 50 years. OMG, how is that even possible?? I would help.
I love to sew. I made an A-line sleeveless dress and loose jacket of the same fabric recently. I’ve made several versions of the jacket with different fabrics. I’ve thought of starting a sewing thread myself, but my “thing” is fighting the “global warming”/climate wars. Put me on your ping list if you are going to start a list. Maybe we could post photos of our projects.
My quilt made from my old BDUs. I probably could have used your advice when I was putting it together.
Why, you old sew and sew you! :-D
Looks like most of the responses are from women. I have to confess to being a long time closet male sewer. My best friend and sewing buddy was an active Navy seal.
I have a SailRite commercial sewing machine. I don’t sew much these days, but I make things as I need them & am always looking for sewing tricks.
I’m in favor. Sewing most of a long life. Do hand quilting now and machine things too.
Sute...maybe it’ll help me use up all the fabric I have (sewing people know what I’m talking about)
Sute = sure
Count me in! Began sewing at 9 years old at the Sears store sewing school. Can you even imagine that today? Over the years I’ve sewn clothes, quilts, curtains and slipcovers. Children’s clothes are great because they don’t have to fit perfectly. Elastic waist pants/shorts and simple pullover tops.
Sign me up. I’ve been sewing for a long time, but not so much lately. Want to get back to it. I have a brand new machine that I have done nothing with but set the tension. My favorite thing to do is take something old or worn and make something new and useful. Quilts are the first thing most people think of but the possibilities are only limited by imagination. I made my two boys lots of clothes out of their dad’s old stuff. Made my granddaughter a patchwork nightgown that she wore to rags by lengthening an old shirt pattern and adding pockets. She carried her guinea pig in the pocket! Take towels with holes in them and cut them down to washcloth size and zig zag the edges. I grew up with a sewing mother, grandmother, and aunts who lived through the depression. You can save dollars and have some fun if you put your imagination to work.
Darn it! Stitch together a sewing thread? That might rent the fabric of FR. There are a crazy quilt of opinions here. Not to needle your point on sewing, but I don’t think you can knit one here Pearl Too.
That sounds like a good idea. I just recently bought myself a new sewing machine (now that I’ve retired), so I can do some altering and mending of a half-closet full of things I can’t wear. I figured with these additional items, I wouldn’t have to buy clothes for quite some time.
Also, some of the most recent pairs of jeans need to be hemmed - and this would be my first project.
However, I wouldn’t be starting that project until I finish the final chapter of my book.
So, let me know what you’re thinking to do with a “sewing thread”.
I am a member of Fabric Hoarders Anonymous too. Add me so I can lurk.
Count me in! I’ve been sewing for over 40 years.
Any Project Runway viewers out there? I love watching the design and construction. The drama I can do without. I frequently yell at the screen: Shut up and sew!
Uncle Miltie! A crazy quilt of opinions ain’t the only crazy round these parts. Your post had me in stitches!
I’ve been sewing since I was 10. I learned at my mother’s knee and her old Singer. I have sewn everything from baby clothes, to a silk brocade evening dress that was completely lined, men’s pants, etc. I made my first dress when I was 12 and made most of my clothes from then on, into my 40s.
When my son was little, I took in sewing and alterations for extra money. I still have a sewing machine and “stuff” to go with it, but the arthritis in my hands is getting beyond intricate and/or delicate work. However, I can certainly give hints and if necessary, consult on difficult projects and fabrics.
Been sewing about 55 years or so, count me in, too!
Would enjoy that!
Fourteen or fifteen of those 33 x 20 x 14" plastic containers... and that's just the fabrics. Not the equipment, notions, batting or knitting stuff.
Put me on your ping list...
Same here. I was worried when I went off to college and got assigned an ultra-rich roommate. One time after I had gotten a dress from Good Will for $3 and altered it to fit perfectly, she sighed and said, "I don't understand it. I spend a fortune, and you look better than me." I didn't necessarily agree; but it did make me feel more at ease.
Love your screen name — “Eat and keep quiet!” LOL! Sounds like my Irish grandpa, only a different language.
I see what you did there!
Long, long time ago my Marine Corps issued me a ‘house wife’ that I still use for buttons and small rents in sox etc.
Would read up for information as to ‘how to’ because I’ve saved projects and repairs that are daunting given my current sewing assets...so put me in the list (might learn something)
Which is why I don't watch it.
Please add me to your ping list. Thanks :)
I would enjoy a sewing thread. I do mostly alterations these days because I am so short. I usually have to shorten both shirts and pants. I also love the idea of taking something old and reforming it into something new. I alter t-shirts a lot and make nightgowns out of pillowcases for my grand-daughter.
The Goodwill comment reminds me of the time my mother thought she would join the snooty senior citizen center in town. She wore a new pair of sandals and one of the women gushed over them and asked her where in the world she got those darling sandals. My mother said she told her she got them at Goodwill. The woman looked at Mother like she had slapped her in the face, turned around and never spoke to her again. Mother thought it was hilarious and also decided she didn’t want to join the senior citizens center afterall. We had a good laugh over that. My sisters and I have many fond memories of the neat stuff we got at Good will and like you we had to rework some of them. My granddaughters, 8 and 14 love to go to goodwill and poke around. I’ve bought sheets there to make curtains, I’ve bought crappy looking clothes just for the buttons. Men’s shirts to cut up for quilt pieces. Ladies dresses for the fabric for doll clothes. The possibilities are endless
Count me in if you start a ping list.
Eventually I found I could also do repairs and save even more, then I started actually making stuff, and spun over into leather work.
Start the thread...I'll play :-)
Thanks for the ping!
I love sewing. Haven’t been sewing much these days. Used to sew most of my son and daughter’s clothes. Now I am waiting for grandkids to sew for (I have a few years to wait - son getting married in October). Haven’t made a quilt in a while - you’ve got me thinking about starting one. Maybe a wedding gift for son and his bride-to-be?
When my daughter was young, I made hundreds of doll’s clothes. She couldn’t possibly use all of them on her dolls, so I sold them at craft shows.
I’d love to talk about sewing
I love your quilt! My dad (also a Freeper) is a big man. He lost over 100 pounds! His daily wardrobe of plaid flannel shirts became way too big!! My sister took all those shirts and made him the best flannel quilt. Your quilt reminded me of her creation.
That’s a great idea! Please put me on the ping list!
Indeed. The AAFES sewing shops, or even off-post places were frequently $2.00 x patch. A few uniforms and that $60 Brother sewing machine paid for itself...
Cool! Love the buttons idea! I also look for nice-fabric in clothing from Good Will, Salvation Army, AmVets or similar stores to supplement my color palettes for quilts or rag rugs. Also, our local JoAnn store offloads its damaged knitting skeins at Good Will. If you hit it right, you can get a garbage-sized plastic bagful of acrylic skeins that couldn't be sold because the label was torn, or a customer damaged the winding -- for $10 that would have retailed for $200 to $300. If you get two decent skeins out of it, you've broken even, and the rest can supplement other crafts or be donated to schools, nursing homes, etc.
You okay with us doing this?
Ok by me.
I’m laughing at the memory. In 1954, a PO2 in my division brought a BROTHER sewing machine onto the ship. Present for his wife. We teased him because at THAT time Japanese articles had no prestige or respect. Told him to try it out.
He did, and was able to alter his uniforms. Then for other guys, then really altering uniforms even for officers.
Made enough money to buy another machine to actually give to his wife. He was still sewing/making money when I transferred off.
I grew up with a sewing mom - she made entire wardrobes for me when I was little (as well as for my barbie dolls), made my prom dresses and my wedding dress!
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