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Fabrics / Re: Fabric options for stretch business wear
« Last post by Elephun on Today at 04:43:35 AM »
I almost always wear pants and I really like the pair of stretch suiting pants I have. They don't wrinkle too much and they have some nice give. Fashion Fabrics Club has a really nice selection of stretch suitings.

How are they with shipping these days?  I bought from them many years ago, never anything I needed right away as they never shipped quickly, but it seems then for a long time there were pervasive issues getting what you ordered, resolution, or communication. They'd dropped out of my mental inventory of fabric sources some time ago so just wondering.

I had taken a break from ordering from Fashion Fabrics Club because of long shipping times followed by some fabrics that were not what I expected, mainly in terms of color. Since then, I decided to stick with ordering black, white, different grays, and navy from them, unless I can order a swatch or 1/8th yard to check the color ahead of time to save me disappointment.

I ordered from them again for the first time in a while a couple of months ago. Shipping was more prompt than I anticipated, based on past experience. Since then I have placed several more orders, and shipping has been just fine, I have received all fabrics I've ordered, and the only surprises were pleasant.

 
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Fashion, Style & Wardrobe / Re: Sewing with knits is tempting me
« Last post by andib on Today at 03:35:22 AM »
Yes, that's  what I use too.  For the life of me I couldn't  remember  what it was called!
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Food/Recipes/Health / Re: What's for Dinner? 2
« Last post by Pina on Today at 03:10:03 AM »
Dinner tonight was “fast food”.  ;D Leftover homemade mushroom soup and “Toast Hawaii”. My easy to prepare fresh mushroom soup without cream recipe......Sauté fine chopped onions and garlic on medium heat,thin slice a bag of clean mushrooms.Add to onions and garlic with a pinch of salt.Stir and sauté the mixture for several more minutes with the lid on the pot.Stir in-between until mushrooms look sautéed,add 4 cups or more tasty chicken broth.When the soup boils sprinkle cream of wheat in the soup.Then simmer for several more minutes.Taste the soup,add more spices,if needed.Add chopped green onions,or fine chopped parsley for color and serve. 

The first German TV chef,Clemens Wilmenrod,invented “Toast Hawaii” in the 1950s.Toasted and buttered bread,one or two thin slices deli ham,slice of pineapple and a slice of Swiss Emmental cheese melted under the broiler,decorated with a cherry on top became the symbol of longing for the wide world. I placed a fresh raspberry in the middle.  ;D

"Toast Hawaii" Google image
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Patterns and Instructions / Re: Sewing Workshop Patterns 5
« Last post by martha.myers on Today at 03:05:28 AM »
The Madrid is now available online for $18. I ordered it, of course! Here is the link:
http://sewingworkshop.com/shop/all-products#!/Madrid/p/70427634/category=9765080
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Fabrics / Re: Fabric options for stretch business wear
« Last post by Manuela in Hong Kong on Today at 01:54:57 AM »
Have a look at EmmaOneSock's bottom weight RPL, I made a few eveyday sheath drsses from it and am more than happy with the fabric quality.

http://www.emmaonesock.com/fabrics/rplgabardine.asp?c=226
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Chatter / Re: The Summer Gazebo (S. Hemis. The Winter Fireside)
« Last post by janquiltz on Today at 01:13:19 AM »
Andi, how is DD?

You mean you all don't use 'my' shampoo?   Oh well....

Yup there are people who want everyone to do it right, ie, use what they use/shop where they shop/eat what they eat, etc.    I think it is way more fun when we all get to choose those things for ourselves :D

It's cooling off a bit and I'm enjoying a breeze through the sewing room window.  I haven't sat in here in a long time!   Cool front coming, and it should be a bit of a relief for a little bit anyway.    I'm starting to cut fabrics for DNiece's quilt.   Woohoo!   I still have to firm up my animal shapes for the applique, but the basic blocks can be cut now.   I do hope this turns out OK!   Both DDs have approved the design.   I can count on them to tell me if they think it isn't OK, they know I don't want them to make me feel good, but to give me their honest opinion.    They are good at that ;)

I didn't get my 10,000 steps today, just got 7500.   I figure the poor feet need a little bit of a break now and again ;)



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Patterns and Instructions / Re: Ottobre Magazine patterns 2
« Last post by Debbie S on Today at 12:43:52 AM »
Pleasant surprise when I found my first issue for Ottobre women's magazine arrive last week, while I was out of town, especially since I did not subscribe until 8/14/16.

Enjoyed browsing through it until I reach the pages of pattern pieces....how do you possibly manage to correctly trace the pattern pieces😩😩. Any suggestions? 
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Chatter / Re: Resisting buying temptations when the stash is already huge
« Last post by sdBev on Today at 12:17:55 AM »
That you could have the machine, with its amazing capabilities that long, especially with your knack for embroidery, and not have used it yet!
I'm sure they'll tell you in class but there's an upgrade available for it now.
I bought it for the sewing abilities.  At the time, I was thinking it would be too expensive and so the dealer was also talking about a Quatro Pro which would have filled my desires for considerably fewer $$$.  When the dealer quoted me a price for the Dream  that fit my credit card, I bought the the Dream Machine.  Up till now, I've been immersed in the sewing abilities. Just love what it can do. It does some things differently, but I have no real complaints. Kind of like if I bought a Beamer to replace my Dodge; there'd be some differences but don't think I'd complain.

Yes upgrades.  The only thing that's caught my eye is possibility of editing through use of an on line utility thereby avoiding OS limitations.   But it would have to be better than the Wilcom utility which I've worked with. With the Wilcom I need to know which design I want to use.  I need to be able to scan the files of my embarrassingly large collection to choose rather than knowing ahead of time. Hoping the dealer will have more info to share, even though the class is specifically about one embroidery technique. The upgrades are pretty expensive.  They'd have to have something special. WIFI capability itself, I can add with a $50 device.  New and bigger hoops always interesting.  The only thing I haven't done with my Viking is embroidered buttonholes.  Love to have a hoop that I could set up and do all my machine worked buttonholes. Just hoop and push the start button.  Minutes later, perfect buttonholes. Wonder if the cut work needle could be pressed into service???
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Fabrics / Re: Fabric options for stretch business wear
« Last post by KarenR on Today at 12:13:53 AM »
I almost always wear pants and I really like the pair of stretch suiting pants I have. They don't wrinkle too much and they have some nice give. Fashion Fabrics Club has a really nice selection of stretch suitings.

How are they with shipping these days?  I bought from them many years ago, never anything I needed right away as they never shipped quickly, but it seems then for a long time there were pervasive issues getting what you ordered, resolution, or communication. They'd dropped out of my mental inventory of fabric sources some time ago so just wondering.
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Chatter / Re: Book Chat: Fiction and Non-Fiction
« Last post by Elona on Today at 12:02:33 AM »
We had a couple of POW camps near Santa Barbara in California.  One housed mostly German POWs and the other quite a few Italians.  Many Italians found this area most agreeable and returned after the war to establish their own households and families.

Modern residents are largely unaware of these camps.
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