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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Looking for some "friends" to hold my hand and translate, TBI on: May 15, 2010 07:03:34 PM
Hello folks! I've been a member of Craftster for awhile, but suffered a debilitating accident in 2008. Among other things, I have a brain injury now. I still enjoy crafting, but my abilities have gone down. One of the features of my brain injury is the loss of knowledge and memories. See, if I have a skill I've had for a long time, like sewing, I don't remember the how-to, but I can do it with my hands. Like...if you told me to machine baste and gave me instructions, I would draw a blank. But faced with a machine, thread, and fabric, I could actually do it because my body remembers the skill, not the memory. I also have a hard time following written and printed instructions. Do you understand? I often don't make sense even though I try hard to get the point across.

I am going to start on a very simple project, sewing a costume. I used to be able to do some pretty awesome things, and it makes me sad that my last pre-accident costume was AMAZING, and now I can't do a darn thing. But right now I need a confidence boost. I would like to know if there are any friendly sewers out there who would be willing to step in and hold my hand as it were, and provide translation if I need it. Maybe I could type in what the instructions say and include a scan, and you could translate it in to a lengthier description? I used to be able to do all sorts of things. And I have 4259082 feet for my machines. What do they do? I don't know anymore. My first post-accident sewing was making curtains. I can't hand sew anymore because I don't remember knots or techniques (because I didn't have that much experience with it and lost the memory).

Your job would be to hold my hand and help me get back to what I've done in the past, even though I have the skills of a newb. It is hard for me, knowing what I used to be able to do, compared to the little I can do now. Its not just sewing, it is everything in my life. But right now I just need your help with sewing.

Reaching out,
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