Friday, September 30, 2011
Thursday, September 29, 2011
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Sunday, September 25, 2011
And they fit perfectly into the library card catalog that I found on the liquidation auction site, GovDeals. (You know, the perfect place to go for used parking meters, fork lifts and cranes...)
Isn't this the perfect storage solution AND a beautiful piece of furniture?
Thursday, September 22, 2011
For me, the impact falls into two main categories. First, when I see an outfit that I like, I am much more likely now to analyze it into separate features and think about how it could be made. Sarah called out this post-sewing change too. Pre-sewing, I just formed a global impression of, “Oooh, how pretty!” ;)
Sarah and I also agreed on another impact – post-sewing, both of us are less likely to buy things that would be easy to make or are cheaply / poorly made. I never used to look at the inside of an OTR (off the rack) garment before deciding whether or not to purchase it – now, I always do!
But the impact that was most frequently called out across all of the commenters was actually an increased ability to assess fit. Sarah and Mary both say that, through sewing, they have learned how to assess a garment’s fit on themselves and others. Along those same lines, Carla says that her sewing experience has improved her ability to recognize body types and the styles and colors that are flattering on her.
All of these comments reflect a deeper understanding of the relationship between clothes and the human body – I don’t think I’ve gotten there yet… Hopefully someday!
Finally, Sarah reported that she has gained the ability to look beyond a garment’s current state and figure out if she can work with it to create something that she will love. (She does a lot of repurposing of thrift store clothing.) Another visual skill that I have yet to master…
Thanks again everyone! You’ve given me a lot to think about, and I’m going to try to consciously focus on improving some of those visual skills that you have called out! :)
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
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Tuesday, September 13, 2011
- 40% of bloggers have advanced degrees?
- 50% are between 35 and 54 years old?
- 25% earn over $100,000 per year?
Monday, September 12, 2011
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Sunday, September 4, 2011
- the smallest details like the song that was playing on the car radio as we drove home from our first date 31 years ago ("Longer Than" by Dan Fogelberg)
- to silly things like the license plate bingo cards he made up for us while we were driving from Florida to Illinois one time (his card included states like Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Alabama, etc. and my card included states like Alaska, Hawaii, New Mexico, California, etc. - he won, go figure!)
- to embarrassing things like the time I made him take me to my first (and last) X-Rated movie - and then made him take me out of the theater 10 minutes after it started!
- to some of our hiking and camping and rock climbing adventures (one of which involved Africanized killer bees!)
- to our first home computer in the early 1980s - a Commodore Vic-20 with an amazing 5K of RAM !!
Friday, September 2, 2011
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Thank you so much to Shannon, Judidarling, Webfrau, Clarie, Shannon Hillinger, Dressed2atee, Katherine, Debbie, Mary, Patsijean, CarlaF, Mamafitz, Linda T, Becky and Summerset for talking back to my confession last week! The topic was sewing machine speed settings – what controls people have and how they use them.
First, with regards to what controls people have on their machines, here is the breakdown from least common to most common:
Two (2) people have machines with 3 speed levels – throwing in a “medium” setting.
Four (4) people reported that they regularly use a machine that, like mine, has 2 settings – one slower and one faster (although different machines label them differently).
Five (5) people have machines with a slider control – so that you can make small adjustments to the machine’s top speed when the pedal is “to the metal”. ;)
What caught me by surprise was the most frequently called out answer – SIX (6) people regularly sew on machines that only provide the foot pedal to control the speed – no additional button, switch or slider to modify the impact of pressing on that pedal.
Now, how do people use this option?
Well, amongst those that can change the speed setting, the most typical strategy – reported by 9 people – is to use the fastest setting as a default, and slow things down under special circumstances. Here is a list of the examples of times when people prefer to use the slow setting:
When working with inexperienced sewers (including children & students) – 4 mentions
Any time you need to increase control and/or precision – 3 mentions
Free motion quilting – 3 mentions
Top- or edge- stitching – 2 mentions
Tricky bits like curves and corners – 2 mentions
Attaching rows and rows of sequins without breaking the needle! - 1 mention
Of course, not everyone is comfortable with the highest speed setting. Three people like to keep their machine around medium speed normally, and three people reported that they rarely (or even never) use the fastest setting. Machine embroidery and long, straight seams were called out as special circumstances that do justify the fastest setting.
I also picked up a tidbit of information that is new to me. Shannon mentioned that her machine has a start/stop button and she doesn’t even need to use her foot pedal if she doesn’t want to. Does anyone have this, use it and like it? That seems really weird to me – I can’t imagine sewing without the foot pedal. Of course, I drive manual transmission too… ;)
And Katherine had a suggestion regarding topics for my Friday Confessions – that I make sure that everyone realizes that I would be delighted to hear your suggestions for topics that you would like to see addressed! So, please, if you ever find yourself wondering what other people think about something sewing-related, shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or leave a comment on one of my posts, and I’ll write it up one Friday – giving you credit, of course! :)
Thanks again to everyone who left a comment! You guys rock! :)
Photo credit: Joanne at Today We Made