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Date: 11-06-2006, 09:58 PM (1 of 5)
Hi, I'm a 41 year old welder from Clovis, CA. I realize that their are mostly women at these sewing forums, but that doesn't bother me at all.

I have never operated a sewing machine, but I have always wanted to learn how. I have however, been sewing by hand for years. I can sew by using the back stitch. I also use another kind of stitch for repairing tears that I invented myself, but I have no name for it.

I use the backstitch for sewing the outside perimeter of iron on patches. I draw a staight line with a ruler so that I know where to make the stitches.

I would very much like to make my own trousers and under garments. Mens trousers are never long enough in the rise for me. The same goes for under garments. So I've come to the final conclusion that if I want clothes to fit the way I want them to, I had better learn to make my own. :wink:
Member since: 11-06-2006
Total posts: 2
From: esrun3
Date: 11-07-2006, 08:47 AM (2 of 5)
Welcome Macdrive! We have a great group of folks here-and yes, even some men have joined us which is wonderful!! Good luck on your projects. Feel free to ask questions-you'll always find someone with an answer!
User: esrun3
Member since: 12-02-2004
Total posts: 2345
From: lendube
Date: 11-07-2006, 12:43 PM (3 of 5)
Hi and welcome fellow Californian. Used to go up your way often back in the old days. I imagine the valley has changed plenty.

We're here to help and have all levels of expertise from the total novice to the pro.

Be sure and check the archives by searching. I've found many answers there without having to start new "threads". Don't you love it? Threads on a sewing board!

User: lendube
Member since: 08-06-2006
Total posts: 1548
From: AdvaP
Date: 11-12-2006, 06:04 AM (4 of 5)
Hi Macdrive
I'm also from So. Cal. - Santa Clarita, just 35 North of L.A..
In March this year I went to a quilt show in Clovis, run by San Joaquim Valley Quilters Guild (I think every year). It was reallly nice. I went with a friend who lives Visalia.

Adva Price
User: AdvaP
Member since: 10-15-2000
Total posts: 325
From: Ms Sheila
Date: 11-12-2006, 02:04 PM (5 of 5)
Sending you a welcome from across the country. I'm new here too and isn't this a great place! For what it is worth, men usually end up doing a great job of sewing once they learn how because they seem to have an engineer's brain. Sewing is a form of engineering. So, I have faith that you'll catch on quickly and be happy with your work. Both my son's know how to sew and operate my machine. (the oldest is an engineer and CAD designer and sewing came very easy to him)

User: Ms Sheila
Member since: 11-11-2006
Total posts: 13
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