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Chatter / Re: Project Runway 13
« Last post by luz clara on Yesterday at 11:50:55 PM »
PR has been getting more and more manipulative each season. And now that the designers are not even that good, combined with the idiotic challenges, it's more or less a cartoon acted out by people. Each of the designers has had something good about her or him. But nothing big enough or interesting enough to return the show to its past potential. But brilliant product placement/invasion. . .

Luz Clara
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Tools and Notions / Re: Irons?
« Last post by sdBev on Yesterday at 11:25:18 PM »
I don't belive this:  I killed another!!!
I'm blaming the weather. Terrific thunderstorm last night complete with lightening flashes and electrical power disruption. Didn't help that I have dropped my Reliable V50 once and overfilled it several times.  Looked closely at the V200.  Like the idea that it automatically knows to start steaming and stop.But I seem to have the kiss of death for irons, so replacing my Reliable V50  with another V50. At $99 it's not a horrible expense plus I know what I'm getting and I like this model really well. I love the continuous steam.  Just got to figure out how to quit killing these things.
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Machine Embroidery / Re: it's that time of year, metallic thread???
« Last post by Maggie T on Yesterday at 11:05:39 PM »
I would like to add another couple of tips for sewing metallic thread.  Some threads sew better than others.   It is also important to keep metallic thread cool.  Pop it in the fridge for half an hour before use and I also switch off the lights on the machine as well as slowing it down to around 400.  Good luck, it doesadd something special to embroidery, especially at Christmas.
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Heirloom and Hand Sewing / Re: Needles and threads for handsewing?
« Last post by Ann C on Yesterday at 10:54:53 PM »
Shams,

I got mine from Judy Barlup several years ago when she was doing week long (or almost week long) teaching get-aways.   I didn't get to actually attend the one she was teaching at Blackwater Falls Lodge here in WV, but it was close enough that I could go for an hour or two to meet her.  I was (and still am) a fan of her tailoring methods.  She had notions there for sale and I picked them up at that time.  I don't know how many years ago that has been but I'd venture to say at least 15 years ago and I'm still using out of that container.  They are really good needles and once you use them, you won't want to use any others.
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Patterns and Instructions / Style Arc Patterns 7
« Last post by clothingengineer on Yesterday at 10:28:42 PM »
Debbie, when I measured it there was actually about 4" of positive ease, not 2" like it said on the website. I felt like the ease was completely reasonable, especially since with this style you are going to wear it with a sheath dress or shell rather than a woven blouse.
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Chatter / Re: Decluttering5
« Last post by Remnant on Yesterday at 10:27:41 PM »
I rearranged my sewing room:

I got rid of one sewing cabinet (keeping the machine for parts and have stored it in the hall linen closet, in the back, on the floor, out of the way).

I got rid of 2 HUGE plastic tubs PLUS the fabric that went in them.

I got rid of about half the fabric on open shelving.

(This leaves me a good amount on the open shelving plus a bin of wools, plus a small bin or two of summer weight fabrics.)

I moved my husbands walking machine into the guest room (where I've been urging him to put it!). We can move it from the guest room to the sewing room when we have guests as I don't sew when we entertain guests. It's on wheels and easy enough to move.

I will live with this arrangement for awhile before installing a wall storage system for hanging scissors and such.

This room purge represents the very last area of purging. From now on, it will simply be a matter of refining (I could use a more permanent office storage system), and keeping up with what I have set into place.


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Fashion, Style & Wardrobe / Re: 2014 Stash Busting Challenge
« Last post by Remnant on Yesterday at 10:19:47 PM »
This thread has been a true inspiration to me when it comes to using what I have and being content with using it.

I recently decluttered (so I will likely cross-post on the decluttering thread) my sewing room which means I went through my stash with a stern, discerning and ruthless eye. I kept some large pieces I don't like for making test garments - which is a good use of the stash and storage space, I think.

Otherwise, I was able to consolidate and reduce stash by two very large plastic tubs (I keep out of season fabrics in plastic tubs to keep dust at bay) as well as reducing the stash on open shelving. I feel I have room to breathe!

That aside, I've also been making items which have (finally!) been successful. Busting that way.

But I've got "buy-itis." Badly.

I almost fell off the wagon when I went to DC a few weeks ago and stopped into G Street. Mind you, I have NO sewing stores within driving distance of my home (unless you consider Hancocks - ick - which is about an hour away). So I went to G Street thinking I'd buy something IF it was terrific. What a sad sad experience. The shelves were bare and what was there was really ugly, bad, disappointing. There was only ONE piece in the whole store - $70/yard wool - which tempted me. I walked away.

So, thankfully, I have my stash and because I'm limiting myself to what I have, I will have to get creative.

If an opportunity to visit NY happens along, I'm there with a full wallet....
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Fabrics / Re: Is my fabric out of style?
« Last post by spookietoo on Yesterday at 09:19:31 PM »
i do appreciate that i can buy nice crepe silk yardage on sale for less than a blend in RTW and it's so much more comfy and even luxurious.

If I could afford it - I would make myself 5-6 pairs of silk matka slacks each summer. The wear-ability factor is AMAZING - though they are not the most durable of slacks. Of course with 5-6 pairs - I might could get 2 summers out of them.

As for hot flashes - never had those either. Went through a phase of "sweats" everyday at 3:00 pm and 3 days of non-stop sweating while attending training in Wisconsin  - in March - for a job I took but DID NOT WANT. My Doctor (and every woman I knew confirmed to me) - hot flashes do not hit at 3:00 pm everyday - those would be panic attacks. Quit that job - got rid of the panic attacks. The job wasn't hard - I was out of my mind BORED.

Menopause was mostly 7 years ago. I now must exist in 74 degrees at all times - unless I am doing manual labor - then its 72 degrees. Hot drinks and hot soup have been off limits except for the dead of winter and then that's only been possible for the last two years - the rest of the time - my caffeine is on ice!
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Patterns and Instructions / Re: Sure Fit Designs 3
« Last post by boppingbeth on Yesterday at 09:15:43 PM »
Have to say that it is not hard to be enthusiastic about something that works...
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Chatter / Re: Summer 2014 Reading
« Last post by judith on Yesterday at 09:04:53 PM »
I read about 2/3 of "This is Where I Leave You" and gave up. Life is short. There are a lot of good books out there. This is not one of them.

The main character has the personality, and preoccupations, of the typical movie teenager, except he's supposed to be a middle aged man whose marriage just came to a catastrophic end immediately before his father died, and now he is sitting shiva with his mother, brothers and sister. If all of the sex, real or imagined by this uncharming egoist, and the potty humour that would be typical of a 13 year old, were removed from the book, then a person could read it in about an hour. It's that dull. It's that focussed on the under developed mind of a 13 year old. And the sex isn't even well written. Bah.

Judith

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