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We have a volunteer. :)
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I've been trying to come up with the new rules for the last few days, but to be honest I've had no enthusiasm, and no inspiration.  Looking 'round at the various fashion sites that used to make me drool and dream, now just leave me feeling a little...dated and unimpressed.

I think I may have reached the age where it's really time to pass this baton to someone more fashion conscious and more interested in the current and upcoming styles.

So I'm asking if anyone else wants to take a turn coming up with a plan and deciding what the rules will be?

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SWAP 2016 / MOVED: Swapping, where?
« Last post by DragonLady on Today at 05:19:06 AM »
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Ruth wrote about the technique she used on a raincoat on her blog Core Couture a couple of years ago. Here's a link to the post:
https://corecouture.wordpress.com/2013/02/10/rainy-day-welts/
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Vicki, I've seen it on an old Koo's jacket pattern. I have it but I've been looking for where I hid it for the past year. Maybe someone else has it and can find the how to for you.
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Actually Karendee, my tablet auto rotates so if its on its side it stays that way. No problem. I just laid down on the bed next to the tablet so I could admire the lovely photos. :)
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Sewing Machines / Re: What machines do you have?? 3
« Last post by Manuela in Hong Kong on Today at 04:29:36 AM »
Tidying up the sewing room, I took pictures of my little flock

 Loralie, a Singer 337K from 1964
Loralie, a Singer 337K from 1964, a workhorse that does beautiful zigzag and buttonholes by Manuela Fridrich, on Flickr
Loralie, a Singer 337K from 1964 by Manuela Fridrich, on Flickr

I tried the Singer Professional Buttonholer on her, it works a treat  :smug:
Loralie and her first buttonhole (I used a Singer Professional Buttonholer for low shank zigzag machines, not on the picture) by Manuela Fridrich, on Flickr

Bellatrix, a Singer 201K from 1948, a true workhorse that topstitches beautifully and sews through everything. I can use either a foot controller or a knee lever to operate her

Bellatrix, a Singer 201K from 1948, my main work horse by Manuela Fridrich, on Flickr

I sanded down the Bentwood lid (bought separately, the machine came without a case) to restore it to it's real beauty

Bellatrix can be operated with a foot controller or a knee lever (see the hole in the bottom part). She came without a case, I found an old bentwood lid at a flea market and vamped it up. by Manuela Fridrich, on Flickr

Trixie, a Singer 221K from 1955, she is well travelled  ;)

Trixie, a Singer 221K from 1955, she usually travels with me by Manuela Fridrich, on Flickr
Trixie, Singer 201K from 1955 by Manuela Fridrich, on Flickr

Bella, a Singer 222K from 1955, I had her repainted earlier this year after discovering aluminum rot (the original paint started to bubble up in two places)

Bella, a Singer 222K from 1955 - she suffered from aluminum rot, so I got her repainted by Manuela Fridrich, on Flickr
Bella, a Singer 222K from 1955 by Manuela Fridrich, on Flickr

Bella's case looked really tatty, so I removed to fake leather and discovered it was made of solid hard wood. I sanded it down, Mr Manuela waxed it, now thinking about vamping up the interior...

Bella's case by Manuela Fridrich, on Flickr
Bella's case by Manuela Fridrich, on Flickr

Esmeralda the Pink, underneath the pink exterior is a basic Janome

Not exactly a vintage Singer, but excellent with twin needles by Manuela Fridrich, on Flickr

I have another 222K Featherweight, but we never really bonded. In time I'll probably sell her or pass her on to either my niece or stepdaughter if one of them ever takes up sewing.

The Singer 8280 I used for many years, I gave to a local charity that helps foreign domestic helpers in Hong Kong.
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Chatter / Re: How to find an adult dog to adopt?
« Last post by lessalt on Today at 04:22:45 AM »
In the Bay Area they have an excellent adoption service for adult dogs. They are called Muttville.

My husband and I just joined friends of ours for Poodle Day in Carmel. It's a fundraiser for NorCal Poodle rescue. They have taken many older dogs that weren't super adoptable. They have two rescues but when they showed up they had a third, a 14 year old Poodle/Bichon mix. My friend said she kept checking the website and no one was volunteering so they felt they had to rescue it.
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Chatter / Re: PayPal
« Last post by FrancesGrimble on Today at 03:52:55 AM »
Customer service is very expensive. If you are an overly demanding customer, yes, you may well not be worth keeping. You really have no power over companies by slamming them online. They already know some people do that and they don't care.  There often is a huge number of other customers.

Being a customer means you get whatever the company contractually promised you in terms of products and support. Anything else is gravy for you and a marketing expense for them--one that may or may not be worthwhile. They don't owe you jack other than what they promised. There's a lot of entitlement attitude out there, customers and prospective customers feeling they ought to get numerous kinds of support and byproducts they did not pay for.
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Hello Great Hive Mind,
Does anyone have instructions for assembling a single welt pocket on one side, opening to a patch pocket on the reverse side, done on a reversible garment? I've seen it on a garment, but can't quite dredge up all the details and didn't think to photograph it at the time. Thank you in advance!
Vicki
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