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What to keep?

Sewingsue

What to keep?
« on: September 03, 2019, 19:58:11 PM »
I have been moving some of my books around and found myself wondering whether a cull might be a good idea.
I would be grateful for any comments about which of these are definitely worth hanging on to -

Singer Sewing Reference Library. 101 Sewing Secrets 1989
Ladbury, Ann. Make the Most of your Sewing Machine. Batsford 1987
Aldrich, Winifred. Metric Pattern Cutting. Mills and Boon 1976
Bray, Natalie. More Dress Pattern Designing. Crosby Lockwood 1970
Woolridge, Anne (Ed) Encyclopedia of Advanced Dressmaking. Marshall Cavendish 1978
Betty Foster’s Adapting to Fashion. Macdonald 1980
Foster, Betty. Creating Fashion. Macdonald 1983
Garner, Lynne. A Perfect Fit. David and Charles 2009
The Perfect Fit. A practical guide to adjusting patterns for a professional finish. Creative Publishing Int. 2005
Bernina Aurora 440QE, Brother BC-2500, Singer 99K (1938), Juki MO-654DE overlocker, Silver Viscount 620D overlocker.

Morgan

Re: What to keep?
« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2019, 20:16:54 PM »
Which ones are you likely to use? 
If none, then let them all go.

BrendaP

Re: What to keep?
« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2019, 21:53:07 PM »
Only you know which ones you are likely to want to refer to again - all of them or none of them or somewhere in between.

I'm a squirrel and would keep them all.  :)
Brenda.  My machines are: Caroline a Singer 201K-3 born 1940, Thirza a Featherweight 221K born 1949, Azilia a Singer 201K born 1957 and Vera, a Husqvarna 350 SewEasy about 20 years old. Also Bernina 1150 overlocker and Elna 444 Coverstitcher.
http://paternoster.orpheusweb.co.uk/

Goth Gardiner

Re: What to keep?
« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2019, 21:54:50 PM »
That's only 10 books. No need to cull until you have 100.
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Sewingsue

Re: What to keep?
« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2019, 22:03:02 PM »
That's only 10 books. No need to cull until you have 100.
That's only some of the sewing books.

I have no intention of counting the craft ones.
Bernina Aurora 440QE, Brother BC-2500, Singer 99K (1938), Juki MO-654DE overlocker, Silver Viscount 620D overlocker.

Lowena

Re: What to keep?
« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2019, 22:06:21 PM »
If you haven't used them in the last 6 months, get rid!
Triumph of hope over experience :D

wrenkins

Re: What to keep?
« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2019, 07:35:02 AM »
If you haven't used them in the last 6 months, get rid!
Books don't work like that. If they did, libraries would be empty!  :o
Fashion fades, style is forever!

Efemera

Re: What to keep?
« Reply #7 on: September 04, 2019, 07:46:41 AM »
Get rid of Ladbury and Foster, keep the rest.

SkoutSews

Re: What to keep?
« Reply #8 on: September 04, 2019, 09:26:57 AM »
Oh definitely keep them!  They don't eat anything (as my mother used to say).  15 years or so ago I had an attic clear-out and threw out all my old 1970s and early 80s sewing patterns and my books, thinking I'd never take up sewing again.  I regret it.

Nevis5

Re: What to keep?
« Reply #9 on: September 04, 2019, 09:30:38 AM »
I'm the same, @SkoutSews  .  I agonised for days over whether to get rid of my 15 years worth of Burda magazines when we did our renovations a few months ago.  In the end I let them go.  Have already regretted it :(  I have about 20 sewing books but I do refer to them quite a lot as my memory isn't what it used to be and I like to refresh my sewing brain if doing something I've forgotten.

I did chuck the craft books (took them to a charity shop) because I just don't have the time any more. 

wrenkins

Re: What to keep?
« Reply #10 on: September 04, 2019, 09:33:02 AM »
I keep my reference books...for referencing.  :[ Sometimes one will explain something better than t'other.
Everything else is fair game.
Fashion fades, style is forever!

Lowena

Re: What to keep?
« Reply #11 on: September 04, 2019, 10:47:47 AM »
Books don't work like that. If they did, libraries would be empty!  :o

It works like that in my world. I don't run a library :D
Triumph of hope over experience :D

BrendaP

Re: What to keep?
« Reply #12 on: September 04, 2019, 11:10:20 AM »
Fiction and other stuff that's read once and that's it can go.  Reference/instruction books stay.
« Last Edit: September 04, 2019, 15:43:10 PM by BrendaP »
Brenda.  My machines are: Caroline a Singer 201K-3 born 1940, Thirza a Featherweight 221K born 1949, Azilia a Singer 201K born 1957 and Vera, a Husqvarna 350 SewEasy about 20 years old. Also Bernina 1150 overlocker and Elna 444 Coverstitcher.
http://paternoster.orpheusweb.co.uk/

b15erk

Re: What to keep?
« Reply #13 on: September 04, 2019, 11:12:28 AM »
Same here @BrendaP .  I buy a lot of books from the Credit Union locally - a sewing friend works there and it raises funds for local charities.

Jessie
Jessie, who is very happy to be here!!  :),  but who has far too many sewing machines to be healthy, and a fabric stash which is becoming embarrassing.

jintie

Re: What to keep?
« Reply #14 on: September 04, 2019, 14:27:33 PM »
I keep my reference books (sewing, archeology, geology) and the rest has a temporary home until it goes to the local big charity bookshop. This functions mainly as an extremely cheap middle class book exchange, and, after running expenses deducted, has a few hundred pounds a year left to donate.
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