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Current Projects / Re: Cat Sac's
« on: Today at 01:13:37 »
Kitty treats on-the-go?.

They're cute!

Patterns Discussion / Re: sweatshirt with placket
« on: Yesterday at 19:49:08 »
@Acorn I was going to suggest just drafting a new collar for the style arc - it would be so simple, but then I looked at the detail photos. The shoulder seams miss the model's shoulders by at least 2-1/2"! As a majority of us have forward shoulders these days, I was surprised to see no allowances made. Definitely not worth the trouble.

Patterns Discussion / Re: In search of jacket pattern
« on: October 21, 2021, 20:49:33 PM »
I agree wholeheartedly with everyone that has recommended historical/Victorian patterns, as the shoulder cut is definitely from that time period. That said, at no time (or weight :rolleyes:) in my life would that cut have looked good on my very narrow shoulders.

If that cut appeals to you, I'd definitely go that route, but if not a more contemporary cut will also work and provide the same feeling.

That's just how I would decide between vintage or historical FWIW.

The Haberdashery / Re: spring action scissors
« on: October 21, 2021, 03:16:23 AM »
My arthritis is just bad enough that my knuckles make using my Gingher tailor points for trimming an absolute pain. Had to use my left hand to remove them from my right.

So a few years ago, I treated myself to Kai 9-1/2" dressmakers shears for my Merry Christmas to me. I loved them! Two weeks later, on Christmas, my sis gave me a pair of Gingher shears. Had to pretend I was excited. But then....

It turns out, using each pair of scissors slightly differs the way hand muscles are used, and they place pressure on my joints in different ways.So I switch between the two- and my hands appreciate it!

Even if you find spring action you like, having 2 or three different pairs to switch between can really help.

Patterns Discussion / Re: PyjamaTops
« on: October 20, 2021, 07:46:12 AM »
I made the Rebecca Taylor pattern right after it came out. I would not bother with the pleats and just use gathers instead. The pleats are not laid out to accommodate  breasts at all. Even gathers looked odd but not as downright weird as the pleats. Boobs just don't grow that way - if you have them. :rolleyes:

In the wardrobe / Re: Paper fusible interfacing?
« on: October 18, 2021, 20:42:51 PM »
I like to support local whenever I can, but not to the point that I can't get what I need.

Ordering sewing supplies online usually means ordering from a small business that is local to other people. You are still supporting a smaller business that will continue to stock what you need.

I don't hesitate to do that.

As for ordering from the Big "Amz": I have a "3 store rule". If I try 3 locals and can't find what I need/want, I turn to Amz. Anymore running around and I'm wasting far too much time and money.

Vintage Machines / Re: Sharing my treadles
« on: October 18, 2021, 02:06:53 AM »
@kowgiirl.up I think that may be the prettiest 127 I've ever seen! It's in amazing shape.

It explains why your husband considers your 66 to be a "boat anchor". It's one of the nicest red eyes I've seen. Oceans above boat anchor category. ;)

He'd have a kiniption fit over my 15-88. It looked great when my Mom purchased it 18 years ago - though not as nice as your 127. Someone had already refurbished it nicely. However sitting unused in its cabinet in the dark, in Mom's climate controlled dining room, I opened for 15 years, she somehow managed to craze and chip dreadfully. Still sews beautifully, but she's slated for a paint job and new decals in the near future. A task I'm not looking forward to. You'll not have that problem with either machine. Lucky you!

Sewing Machines / Re: My new Machine
« on: October 17, 2021, 23:17:29 PM »
Congrats on the new machine! Buying local on a machine makes so much sense to me, especially given your circumstances.

Naming machines seemed foreign to me in the beginning. But now, it makes sense - especially if you wind up with a herd. To me, it helps me remember to give them the attention they need to perform well. At first, my names were uninspired. My Kenmore = Kenny. Serger = Serge. Morse =  Morris. Then I got my Singer treadle and was stumped, until I thought, " Whose my favorite Singer? Easy: Anita Baker. Boom! Anita! That one stuck easily. Now the Serger is Sergio and I've already named the donor machine I plan to buy for Kenny: Griffey! (Brownie points to anyone that figures out that one!)

For a girls name: Something tropical island related. If I bought a Brother, I'd name it Norman. (The brother of 2 good friends I was crushing on back in the day- definition of Tall, Dark and Handsome!) Any secret crushes?

Not to get into anything political, but on this side of the pond there is an issue with women over a "certain age" and of a particular skin tone that have had a moniker assigned to them beginning with the letter "k". When said women, as individuals, misbehave in public, it has become an acceptable " trend" to declare these events to be actual "news". Make no mistake - the behavior is usually egregious and virtually never happened as little as 20 years ago - but this particular group of women are absolutely not alone in their refusal to behave properly in today's society - yet only these women are singled out for national news coverage. I try not to look most days, but it's like someone is plopping a bloody car wreck at your front door. (I'm using the U.S. meaning of "bloody" in this instance, but it could work both ways)

Anyhow, today's k-word catastrophe involved a verbal explosion directed at a retail worker. Said anti-social woman allegedly screamed at the worker that she - the worker - was "worthless". ><

I personally have years/decades of retail customer service under my belt, and I have had lying, literally thieving, customers slander me to our corporate office. (No one believed the customer) and I even had a man strike me with an object when he was unhappy with a new store policy. (It was Christmas - I just excused myself to the long queue at my register and went to the stockroom and cried for 15 minutes. My boss later said not one customer complained - they just all moved to the ends of the other long lines!)

@Catllar I have ran into the type of worker you described - SO MANY TIMES - over the last 2 decades! It really begins to feel as if we are existing in an alternate reality.

Nope. With today's k-word catastrophe, I'd have to see the entire altercation in order to determine if the word "worthless" was used incorrectly. Rude? Yes. Dumb? Of course - if you're still expecting service. Possibly 100% true? Oh yeah. I've met far too many "workers" that fit that definition in recent years. I just mostly keep my mouth shut - except for the small amounts of acidic sarcasm I must quietly release in order to properly maintain my blood pressure. :rant:

In the wardrobe / Re: Altering a winter coat for beginners
« on: October 16, 2021, 04:16:33 AM »
I'm with @mudcat on this one. If you don't feel comfortable with it, I wouldn't do it.

I only have one friend I would do this for, and it wouldn't bother me to do it, as I have the experience. But we've known each other 50 years, she's closer to me than my sister, and even though she doesn't sew, she trusts my judgement regarding sewing implicitly as I trust her on any engineering matters. We truly know and understand each others strengths and weaknesses.

With any other friends, I could see the ability for something to go wrong and end the friendship.

Plus once you cross the "could you just?....." line - it gets harder and harder to say, no. :rolleyes:

The Haberdashery / Re: Overcooked the thread storage
« on: October 15, 2021, 21:22:49 PM »
I think if I did a tremendous amount of quilting or fabric crafting, I might want my thread out on display as I am very color conscious. And I would want and use a collection. But with garments and home dec, there is truly no need. I never need quick access to more than 3 or 4 colors at a time and rarely more than 1 or 2. To have this type of rack on the inside of a closet door would/could be convenient.

Mostly, my bucket list includes not collecting massive amounts of thread on cones. I only have 4 at the moment- probably 45-50 years old from my Grandmother. I'll probably have at least 3 of those to leave to my neice and nephew.

Being with my Mom so much during covid - a major element on my bucket list now is decluttering and not accumulating. I so dread dealing with Mom's "stuff".

Sewalongs and Competitions / Re: Autumn / Winter 3-piece Sewalong
« on: October 13, 2021, 09:50:33 AM »
Awwwwwww! @Bumblebuncher how adorable was that! I still remember Grandma making my sister and I matching flannel nightgowns when I was 11 and she was 7. Dad was stingy with the heat back then so we LOVED them -especially since the quality of the flannel was devine!

In the wardrobe / Re: Winter Coat
« on: October 12, 2021, 02:23:42 AM »
@Ploshkin I last purchased a winter coat in February of '92, because I needed to spend 3 days in Chicago on business. It was a amazing coat, perfectly purple wool with a gorgeous shawl collar, lined and interlined - made in Russia. Kept me toasty warm in Chicago. Didn't wear it for another 7-8 years in Tennessee, when my niece was old enough to be in the Nutcracker. After 20 years, I forgot to put it in the cedar chest over the summer and moths got it.

A shorter wool coat is nice for driving. But at the mention of trench that 7 coats in my stash. :rolleyes:

In the wardrobe / Re: Men's shirts
« on: October 11, 2021, 18:39:32 PM »
Excellent job @CCL ! :thumbsup:

Embroidery Machines / Re: Bobbin thread is coming up
« on: October 11, 2021, 18:32:04 PM »
I've heard others mention having problems with pre-wound bobbins from time to time. The bobbins themselves are usually not of the greatest quality and the slightest deviation in the moulding process can cause an issue.

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