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« on: June 05, 2011 04:32:27 PM »

I just picked up four paper grocery bags FULL of very decently sized fabric remnants, old clothes, some dress patterns, a couple of zippers, a bunch of buttons and pins, extra sewing machine needles and about two dozen (mostly unused) spools of yarn (including wooden ones from a company that hasn't existed since the 1950s).

I recently bought my first sewing machine so I wanted some scraps to practice on. I figured people would give me an old stained table cloth or two -- which was fine by me -- so I was SHOCKED that I came away with far more fabric and materials than I made room for in my office/closet/craft room/general playpen. People are so nice! One woman was especially generous: she's a seamstress so she she had a lot of extra fabric (like, yards of fabric, not just scraps) lying around. Because she knew I was a total beginner, she also threw in a paper tape measure and a pin cushion and warned me that stretchy fabrics needed to be sewn with a zigzag stitch. Smiley

Man, I'm so glad I made a strict rule for myself that I wouldn't buy new fabric unless I had a project that absolutely needed it! 

A lot of stuff I would have never gotten for myself but I think of it as a crafting challenge: I have this fabric, now I have to make something out of it. If nothing else, I'll end up with a lot of small polyester drawstring bags in many colors... all the better to store buttons and other sewing related things. Smiley

I will be sure to be listing a lot of the stuff I don't have use for on Freecycle this summer. One needs to pass on the generosity, no? (Also, I need to make room for all this fabric.)

« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2011 08:21:39 AM »

Awesome for you! I'll have to check out Freecycle. Fortunately for me, my grandmother sewed and I have lots of free fabric to learn on.

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« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2011 12:34:41 PM »

Wow! I've never even heard of Freecycle! Googling now ... *I hope there's on in the Philly are* Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2011 03:31:55 AM »

Yeahhhh I love freecycle too! I've gotten SO much fabric it's unreal, a wedding dress, wellies, typewriter and typewriter ribbons, furniture..

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Do you have an ever increasing pile of scraps waiting for the perfect project? Why not join in our Altered Fashions sew-along! http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=354356.0
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2012 11:26:58 PM »

I just joined freecycle! I had forgotten all about it. I had an account a couple years ago but never used it. Hopefully I can get rid of a few things (still going through my late grandparents things) and get a few neat things too!
« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2012 07:04:50 PM »

Oh thank you I'm going to check out FreeCycle too!  I'm fairly new to sewing also.  Have fun! Grin
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« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2013 04:52:40 PM »

I googled the link and there is a group right by where I live....thank you for posting the link!!
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