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10 August 2005

Do, re, mi, fa...

SEW!  Thank you for the great comments about the bag.  Ali really picked out some fun, stylish fabric and the directions were pretty clear, though there are things that I'd do differently or pay attention to more if I were to do it again.  I have a funny relationship with sewing and with my machine.  I don't sew a lot, but my machine is always handy -- very, very handy.  I used to keep it in the old kitchen upstairs -- perfect location, nice room, lots of light, storage galore, but not handy.  The machine found its way downstairs years ago and has taken up permanent residence on the floor under a window in the dining nook.  It really only comes out a few times a year and usually for spurts of activity, such as the skirt spurt last November.

My mom sewed a lot when I was little, as did her mom (I have grandma's treadle machine), my dad's mom, and my dad's mom's mom (I have great grandma's treadle machine, too); my stepmom  once owned a fabric store, so she definitely sewed, and she's the one who gave me the machine I use now.  She didn't give me her machine, the one I used in high school -- that was earmarked for her only daughter, even though she hardly ever sewed at all -- but I totally understand that and mine is a very closely related workhorse.  I've sewn many a curtain on that machine, lots of summer shorts sets for the girls (my favorites were the old-fashioned tops that tied at the shoulders or in the back), Halloween costumes (Raggedy Ann!), pants and skirts for the girls, even some machine-pieced quilty things, and I've mended plenty of blown out butt seams and ripped hems.

It was never a solitary activity for any of my predecessors, either, which is probably why the "sewing room" thing doesn't work for me.  Sewing always took place in the kitchen or dining room; in fact, the treadle machines were part of the dining room furnishings in their respective homes.

I'm still sometimes surprised that not all women sew -- even just a little.  Just as I always thought that every man had a nail trimmer in his pocket as standard equipment -- because my dad always did/does -- I always thought that every woman had a sewing machine.

In the realm of knitting, I'm pleased to announce that toe decreases on the second sock have begun!  I can't believe I'm finally going to have a pair of my own hand-knit socks!

Comments

Thats a very cute bag, cool choice of fabric. I only sew on the dining room table too, I like to spread out all the mess!

I don't sew, but I remember my mother and aunt taking a class at a sewing place and making my dad and my uncle three piece suits! I don't remember any sewing after that, LOL. That project probably did them in. My grandmother used to sew all the time and she always laid out the patterns on the dining room table.

Can't wait to see the SOCKS!

Wait a minute, talk to me about the short sets that tied at the shoulders and back. I think I had a few of those (from my grandmother) and I LOVED them.

Show the socks, show the socks, show the socks;-)

Awwww...Raggesy Ann Hallowe'en costunes, how adorable! It surprises me that not all women sew too, even just a little.

Glad to hear your second sock is almost done. bad news though, once you slip on your first pair of hand knitted socks, there's no going back...hehe! Happy Knitting!

right on Margene ---- socks, socks,socks,socks,sockssockssockssockssockssockssockssockssocks!

When I get on a sewing spurt - my machine finds it's way onto the kitchen table, the center of the house, with activity swirling all around it. Love that feeling!

And it's about time too, you deserve them after making so many things for everybody else!

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