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  • Consider it a sign from your innner creative self to explore new exciting things! I lost my sewing mojo for a good year, nothing I did seemed to bring it back. I tried picking ups some new fabric and new thisses and thats, but nope, no spark. I started to think about other skills beyond needle work that I have always wanted to explore, drawing and…[Read more]

  • brenda1652 started the topic in the forum about the forums 5 years ago

    Craftsy is deeply discounting some Liberty of London fabrics. https://www.craftsy.com/search?query=liberty%20of%20london

  • brenda1652 replied to the topic Serger Problems in the forum off topic 5 years ago

    another idea and pardon me it it sounds dumb (but I had to figure this out since it was not in my manual), when you insert your needles, insert the one that needs to be shorter first as it must go deeper into the machine so it is shorter than the other. In my machine the left needle has to go in further, and if I do not insert it first, the right…[Read more]

  • brenda1652 replied to the topic Serger Problems in the forum off topic 5 years ago

    I know you changed the needle but you may want to try another brand. I only use top brands but my serger was also breaking needles and if the needle didn’t break immediately it would skip stitches. Supposedly it could take the same size needles as my regular machine, Type E or 130/705H. I had tried Schmetz , so next I tried Klasse and lo and…[Read more]

  • brenda1652 replied to the topic Restorative Reading in the forum off topic 5 years ago

    If she hasn’t already discovered this site, she may really enjoy looking at this. http://www.ISSUU.com is a magazine and publication site and all the products are free for reading and there is also a publication option for those who want to produce their own publications! There are literally thousands of items ready for reading pleasure and no legal…[Read more]

  • brenda1652 replied to the topic Spammer? in the forum off topic 6 years ago

    and then there’s the facebook folks who try to “friend” me by sending a request and a message going on and on about how beautiful I am and a soul mate and they want to marry me! I admit to being a bit flattered even as I block them from my page.I noticed that the spammer here has the last name of Smith, let me reassure everyone, it’s not me!

  • brenda1652 replied to the topic What are you sewing now? in the forum off topic 6 years ago

    Teatowels sounds ever so much more elegant than dish towels. From now on I am making teatowels! When we first married my southern born husband called dish cloths and face cloths
    “wash rags” which he tells me is what his Cherokee granny called them and there is no arguing with the granny who raised him, bless her soul. I just kept using the terms…[Read more]

  • brenda1652 replied to the topic What are you sewing now? in the forum off topic 6 years ago

    Right now I am sewing up some much needed items for my kitchen. Scraps are turning into nice nice potholders/hot pads. I picked up some nice quality heavier weight linen from Fabrics-Store and I am making some dish towels with that. I do not have a dishwasher and have no intention of getting one so dish towels are put to hard use here. The linen…[Read more]

  • OK, looking at that pattern I see she didn’t give body measurements, just finished garment measurements. Perhaps part of the sewing lesson will need to involve making a toile. (I have to admit to never doing this for kid sewing for casual clothes).

  • Tunic and dress sizes are determined by the chest measurements(unless tightly fitted), so go with those and alter if necessary. Tiny sizes, my daughter was a 0 until age 25, I even used some kids patterns for her and she shopped in kids sections in some stores. I think the only adult patterns I used in that size range were for leggings, tees, and…[Read more]

  • brenda1652 replied to the topic Serger Problems! in the forum off topic 6 years ago

    find a local shop and drop it off for repair. This may sound scary but I’m thinking it is probably some small bent thingy and a professional could take care of it with much less stress for you. Many years ago I was sewing up bathrobes for my 4 kids a week before Christmas (for gifts, becuz who doesn’t like extra stress during the holidays!) and I…[Read more]

  • brenda1652 replied to the topic Sewing for a plus size tween in the forum off topic 6 years ago

    Good for you! tweens are difficult to fit since their baby parts all seem to grow at different times and I am sure she will feel very pretty and special in a dress made just for her. I have found that the new site for Patsy Aiken Designs has girls patterns up and including a size 16. They are similar in style to many of the O+S patterns but fill…[Read more]

  • brenda1652 replied to the topic Uniform Fabric Sourcing in the forum off topic 6 years ago

    this isn’t a twill but it is a bottom weight with good reviews for using it for uniforms. I am sure you can get it at a sale price. When I order online at Joanns there is always a discount code, or check the store flyers.…[Read more]

  • brenda1652 replied to the topic Uniform Fabric Sourcing in the forum off topic 6 years ago

    I used to make my daughter’s uniforms in a poly/cotton bottom weight twill which I found at Joanns. That was 10 yrs ago. I used the poly/cotton since I wanted easy care, neither she nor I wanted to fuss around much for uniforms and they always looked nice and presentable. Joanns has always had a nice selection of bottom weights that go on sale…[Read more]

  • brenda1652 replied to the topic Sewing for a plus size tween in the forum off topic 6 years ago

    Personally I always go with the chest measurement to determine a size. That measurement determines fit not only across the chest but also across the back and the armscye (armhole for sleeveless or sleeve size). In the case of Jamie if you go with the waist size it measures a 1X which is 2 sizes larger than her chest size, which is a size L. You…[Read more]

  • brenda1652 replied to the topic Sewing for a plus size tween in the forum off topic 6 years ago

    Personally I always go with the chest measurement to determine a size. That measurement determines fit not only across the chest but also across the back and the armscye (armhole for sleeveless or sleeve size). In the case of Jamie if you go with the waist size it measures a 1X with is 2 sizes larger than her chest size, which is a size L. You…[Read more]

  • Keeping in mind this is for a 3 yr old, I’d skip the draw string or just sew a decorative/fake one on but not functional. the problem is that you want him to be able to use the bathroom as well as dress himself with as little assist as possible, the real beauty of elastic waist pants for preschoolers in my mind. Can you just open the casing and…[Read more]

  • Keeping in mind this is for a 3 yr old, I’d skip the draw string or just sew a decorative/fake one on but not functional. the problem is that you want him to be able to use the bathroom as well as dress himself with as little assist as possible, the real beauty of elastic waist pants for preshcoolers in my mind. Can you just open the casing and…[Read more]

  • Kim, thanks so much for sharing this.I just visited their web page. What a great sale and the proceeds go to a local non profit, what a great idea for helping each other. It’s too late for me to participate this year but I have just started a box to have ready to donate for next year’s sale as we are only about half hour drive from the VT border.…[Read more]

  • brenda1652 replied to the topic your wish list in the forum sewing with oliver + s 7 years ago

    I agree ladies. I am thinking that with some nice panties with a couple of rise /waist options and tanks/camisoles, the pieces could easily be used for swim suits as well as athletic wear. I remember when my boys were in high school they all decided they wanted to join the cross country team. They had never shown much interest before but of course…[Read more]

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