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« Reply #200 on: November 20, 2009 08:23:27 AM »

It sounds harsh to say that I don't do alterations or repairs: I admit it.  But, I don't.  I enjoy making new stuff. I don't enjoy repairing or altering. Plus, people don't appreciate alterations or repairs as much as new stuff. (Yes, I'm often in it for the praise ...)
That just reminds me of a letter I read in the Tightwad Gazzette, that started something like "Sewing is a great way to save money.  Don't like to sew?  Who said you had to like it?"  I thought it was somewhat humorous.

Like I said, I understand not doing particularly difficult or time consuming jobs, or ones that require special tools.  That's not really worth the effort.  On the other hand, I will take the 45 seconds to sew a toe seam closed on my husband's socks, because it is both cheaper and takes less time than going out to the store and buying new ones.
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« Reply #201 on: November 20, 2009 11:07:53 AM »

I dunno... It can take me a lot of time to find a needle and thread, or find the right color thread and wind a bobbin.

That said, I'll do it if I'm in the right mood. It's not often, but it does happen every now and then.  Smiley


Where did all this fabric come from? I CAN'T have bought THAT much!
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« Reply #202 on: November 28, 2009 07:08:51 PM »

Ashling, I remember that Tightwad Gazette article! I think Amy Dacyzyn said the letter writer had lived through the Depression, which figures--people were tougher back then!  (And, off-topic, your Yotsuba avatar is cute.)

Muria, I've coveted that Birch Street pattern organizer you linked since I first saw it, but I don't have a filing cabinet in my sewing area and, until a few lucky thrift store trips last year, I didn't have many patterns anyway. What I'm currently using is more of a low-rent option. Grin Those cardboard boxes that supermarkets store the microwaveable ramen in fit standard size pattern envelopes almost perfectly and will hold thirty or more envelopes. I added some hastily-cut (from old notebooks) category dividers and made brown kraft paper envelopes for some things that weren't in envelopes or had envelope problems. None of this is pretty, but it's more fun to browse my patterns now they're stored upright rather than stacked flat on top of each other.

However, many more patterns and I'm going to consider going the filing cabinet route. I forbid myself from buying any more, but my mother called a couple of days ago to say she'd picked up a bunch of sewing stuff for me at an estate sale. If I want to keep many of them, the ramen box system may become inadequate.

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« Reply #203 on: November 29, 2009 03:34:20 AM »

While the cabinet doesn't arrive, you could line the ramen boxes with pretty paper or fabric to make them prettier.  I lined a box with fabric on the outside - one of those pretty leftovers I never know what to use for but I don't want to get rid of - and the inside with some letter paper I have, which is very beautiful, recycled and silky ... and so much textured that it is difficult to see what you write on it, so I don't use it either.  It came out lovely and I use this box to keep my daily make-up essentials together, it's really handy.  So I thought I could do the same with the sewing essentials.  I do have a little table that is also a sewing box, but I tend to have things on it often and I have to move them every time to get anything.  And it's becoming insufficient.

I tend to use empty laundry tablets boxes and the likes, because they are sturdy, but this time I tried something different.  At work we use loads of envelopes and there are these cardboard protectors the same size as the envelopes, sturdy and all identical.  I put some together and made a square box with a division in the middle, lined it all with fabric scraps, then made some little holes on the sides and passed some nice string through, which decorates it as well as serving as holder.  I put the cardboard pieces together just with cellotape, but it holds perfectly well.  It's now a great, handy sewing box easy to move and that holds everything that I use often while I am sewing so I don't have to rummage in the sewing cabinet after having to move anything that I've settled on top.  I'm delighted!

I am thinking that, making the box longer and with more divisions, it would make a lovely archive for the patterns.
I am collecting more of those cardboard pieces, I am sure I can put them to good use.  The other day the informatics system didn't work for hours and I was desperately bored at work... put some of those together and made a miniature wardrobe.  I don't know what to do with it, honestly, but if it looks cute now, wait until I line it!
Uh... did I stray from the topic too much?
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« Reply #204 on: November 29, 2009 07:56:58 AM »

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« Reply #205 on: January 03, 2010 09:37:22 PM »

    - Before you haul your sewing machine off to be repaired, make sure that the reason it isn't sewing is an actual problem, and not that you left it in bobbin threading mode.

Or before you think it needs to be repaired because it isn't sewing, make sure that you've turned it on failing that make sure it's plugged in before you turn it on. (In my defense, I was tired)

Keep the presser away from your foot before you start threading the surger, especially when you need it to be on so you have light to thread it. Surging you finger is actually (amazingly?) more painful than just sewing through your finger.

If you set the shears down on the table, make sure that they are closed or someone will close them as they pick them up nicely giving you a hole in your fabric.
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« Reply #206 on: January 19, 2010 09:50:46 AM »

If you have spent 2 hours perfectly cutting out, marking, and tailors tacking that expensive 4 ply silk crepe fabric, KEEP THE CHIHUAHUA PUPPY OUT OF THE ROOM!!!

He will find his way in there when you're not looking and pee smack dab on it and you will be tempted to turn him into taco meat!!!

**learned this last night** Thank god for always buying more fabric that I think I'll need.
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« Reply #207 on: January 19, 2010 06:25:34 PM »

Where do you want me to start?Huh???R
« Reply #208 on: February 22, 2010 07:50:36 AM »

If you buy fabric with a specific project in mind, the longer you wait to start on it, the more it will seem like work and the less you will want to do it.  If you buy a random amount of fabric because it looks neat, it can sit in your stash for years with no guilt.  Once you do get around to using it, you will be excited that you have something to do with it.

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« Reply #209 on: April 13, 2010 08:32:02 PM »

Keep only sharp seam rippers.  They're just as important if not more than a good sharp pair of fabric scissors. 

I read a quilting book that said if the machine's tension is wonky then make sure there's a sharp needle and the machine is well oiled.

No matter how wet the pressing cloth is or how hot the iron is, fusible interfacing just does not stick. 

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An animal that eats tin cans and gives back steel wool.
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