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Title: Still Sewbusy (TSF) but not so busy these days.
Post by: Sewbusy on November 07, 2018, 16:35:37 PM
Hello everyone I've looked at the forum for a while although I haven't done any sewing for a quite some time.

There are quite a few names I remember from TSF and it's good to see what some members have been up to. Looking forward to catching up with you and also meeting new people.

Pat
Title: Re: Still Sewbusy (TSF) but not so busy these days.
Post by: Iminei on November 07, 2018, 16:40:35 PM
Welcome, look around, join in and enjoy!!!
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Post by: fajita on November 07, 2018, 16:57:05 PM
Hello, @Sewbusy welcome  :flower: :drink:
Title: Re: Still Sewbusy (TSF) but not so busy these days.
Post by: Elnnina on November 07, 2018, 20:07:49 PM
As soon as I spotted the newest member Sewbusy I knew it was you - so welcome to our new TSP and just enjoy.  We truly do have a lovely forum and our members are very welcoming and helpful in so many ways.  Look forward to reading what you have been up to over the last couple of years.
Title: Re: Still Sewbusy (TSF) but not so busy these days.
Post by: Greybird on November 07, 2018, 22:37:37 PM
Welcome @Sewbusy - where in Wiltshire are you?
Title: Re: Still Sewbusy (TSF) but not so busy these days.
Post by: Sewbusy on November 08, 2018, 06:56:23 AM
Thank you for the welcome.

@Elnnina I have done nothing for the last three years or so, sewing or otherwise. Rheumatoid Arthritis hit me  and it's taken until a few months ago to even want or be able to do very much at all.  Then I got a double whammy 'smack' with bilateral cataract diagnosis!

Suffice to say that medication has eventually helped with the arthritis and  I've had the first cataract operation with good results, hoping the second on will be soon and equally successful.

@Greybird I'm in Swindon, so not too far away from you.
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Post by: Silver Rose on November 08, 2018, 09:16:49 AM
Welcome @Sewbusy
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Post by: Nevis5 on November 08, 2018, 11:15:19 AM
Welcome, @Sewbusy  from me, too!  :toast:
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Post by: Kenora on November 08, 2018, 13:58:53 PM
Welcome from me too. I'm one of the relatively new ones because, although I lurked on TSF, I never got around to joining. This is a lovely, friendly forum and it's great to "meet" you. :)
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Post by: Surest1tch on November 08, 2018, 21:02:39 PM
Hello Sewbusy, welcome from me too 👍
Title: Re: Still Sewbusy (TSF) but not so busy these days.
Post by: Elnnina on November 10, 2018, 16:53:58 PM
Hello Sewbusy, sorry to read about your arthritis – not at all nice to have to contend with, hope you get periods of time when you can manage to get sewing as I remember you were a prolific seamstress.   Also sorry to read about your eyes – good luck with the  next cataract operation  hope you do not have to wait too long.

Now with this year’s hot summer, if you still have it, was your ‘sail sunshade’ that Tiggersew made you useful?

Look forward to reading more of your posts.
Title: Re: Still Sewbusy (TSF) but not so busy these days.
Post by: hernibs on November 10, 2018, 17:46:49 PM
Welcome from me too.....I think I am beginning to suffer arthritis so have a little (very little gladly) of how you might feel.
Hope the second eye op goes as well as the first.
Title: Re: Still Sewbusy (TSF) but not so busy these days.
Post by: Sewbusy on November 10, 2018, 19:11:38 PM
@Elnnina  Sewing has really been a no-no since the onset of RA and unfortunately I had to take quite large dosses of steroids resulting in a weight gain of 3 stones, being only 5feet tall  it was very obvious, very demoralising and for me embarrassing,  none of my clothes would fit and of course I couldn't make anything. Gave nearly all my wardrobe to charity and bought just what I could bear to wear. Now, been off the steroids for quite a while and take various DMARD's to control the RA and am  back to 7 1/2 stone (Yipee),off course the clothes I bought are too big and frankly even if I get back to sewing properly they are not really what I want to wear so they are off to the charity shop. a couple of weeks ago I managed to shorten some Jersey trousers 13/14 yr old size from ASDA which aren't too bad for everyday wear.

Enough gloom and doom I am much much better so onwards and upwards.

The garden sail which Tiggersew made is sadly no more but it was fantastic and I hope to have another one for next summer. Tiggersew is such a talented man and he's been doing quite a lot of DIY jobs for me so I will be able to get around to doing proper sewing fairly soon. Need to sort out my sewing room first though, I had fabric in the sewing room, kitchen, and sitting room, dressmakers dummies as well not to mention sewing machines and all the other items that go along with sewing.
Title: Re: Still Sewbusy (TSF) but not so busy these days.
Post by: Greybird on November 11, 2018, 15:01:32 PM
Sorry to hear you've been through so much @Sewbusy . I do hope life gets easier for you now. Why is Tiggersew not a member here? The last I heard was that he was thinking of applying to the GB Sewing Bee.
Title: Re: Still Sewbusy (TSF) but not so busy these days.
Post by: Sewbusy on November 11, 2018, 15:25:52 PM
@Greybird  Tiggersew still sews but he also does other craftwork at which he's extremely good, he's also a superb photographer. Think he's been so busy helping me out (alongside his other commitments) that there's not a lot of time left over in his day!

Talking of the GB Sewing bee, we were having a laugh the other day, visualising Demented Fairy being on the show, daren't spell out on here what we envisaged I'll wet myself, suffice to say DF was a resounding winner and that was nothing to do with the sewing results!
Title: Re: Still Sewbusy (TSF) but not so busy these days.
Post by: maliw on November 11, 2018, 15:43:24 PM
Hello @Sewbusy  I remember you (and Tiggersew) sorry to hear you've had such a rough time and glad you are now feeling better.
Title: Re: Still Sewbusy (TSF) but not so busy these days.
Post by: Ellabella on November 11, 2018, 16:18:18 PM
Welcome back @Sewbusy, its lovely when people from the old place find their way here.

Sorry to hear of your problems but hope things are on the up.
Title: Re: Still Sewbusy (TSF) but not so busy these days.
Post by: Elnnina on November 11, 2018, 18:30:02 PM
Oh Sewbusy, you have had a horrible time, steroids might help our ailments but the side effects are not so good.  It is good that you have managed to lose the weight gained, and now you can look forward to a lovely new wardrobe, bet your sewing machines are itching to help you.

It was good to read that Tiggersew is still around and has been helping you with odd jobs.  Hope he is still sewing – he was very talented.
Title: Re: Still Sewbusy (TSF) but not so busy these days.
Post by: Mamashep on November 28, 2018, 13:11:50 PM
Sorry to hear of your problems Sewbusy. I have Fibromyalgia and Osteo Arthritis and have also been diagnosed with bliateral fast developing cataracts. I have been waiting since July for an opthalmology appointment, and was told the waiting list is 50 weeks, with a further 50 week wait for surgery. I have very little sight in my left eye at present, and expect to be totally blind by the time I get the cataracts removed. I have the option of going to a hospital some distance away to be seen faster, but I can't drive there now as my eyesight is too bad., so would need to have an appointment when DH is home to drive me there.  Meanwhile it's back to the opticians to spend yet another pile of money on glasses that  will only last a few months
Title: Re: Still Sewbusy (TSF) but not so busy these days.
Post by: Sewbusy on November 29, 2018, 07:07:50 AM
Apologies for this long post.

@Mamashep  I understand so well how devastated you must be feeling. At my regular eyetest in Oct 2017  the optic said,I had bilateral cataracts developing. Never having been blessed with good eyesight a new prescription affords me with what was at the time  eyesight which was normal to me, having worn variafocals lenses for too many years to remember so I was happy that I could 'continue'. One of my RA meds can cause visual problems but I was assured that aspect was fine. Forward 6 months and I felt my sight had deteriorated, particularly for driving and my night vision plus  when awakening I felt I had to 'peel' my eyelids open! I could still read and daily life was OK though hadn't done any sewing for years due to the RA.

So, urgent appointment with optician who said dry eye syndrome,- eyedrops will sort that, but your eyesight is "not legal to drive'. I live alone and the RA limited my driving but I had better days so I worked around them for appointments, etc. and when really bad I do have family who are supportive but they do work full time. But this was like a punch in the face and I reeled mentally, my freedom and independence gone.

I was quoted approx £2.500 per eye to have surgery privately, first operation 2 weeks for surgery.  29 weeks was the waiting time for an initial appointment at local NHS hospital and other hospitals within a 40 mile radius. I saw my GP who fully appreciated what this had done to me and she referred me  for urgent appointment and I had the option to see a specialist at a local Private BMI hospital who undertook NHS treatment. First appointment late July and he made provision for the first op late October. Surgery went fine, 31/2 hours stay and home now waiting for 2nd operation which I believe will be early new year.

I didn't appreciate just how bad my eyesight was until after the first op (on what was always my 'bad eye'). Two days and I could see individual blades of grass and the frost on them! It's a tad disorientating with the odd vision but.
I'm adapting and I can drive  I've also have managed to thread the needles on my sewing machines and thread the overlocker!

Do please ask your doctor for an urgent referral. 

I remember so well the fabulous kilts you used to make and hope that you will one day be able to sew again albeit only when you can.

Pat.