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From: MaryW
Date: 05-04-2007, 10:54 AM (1 of 34)
Sew Whats New Newsletter
Editor: Mary Wilkins
Creating With Needle & Thread

Good morning everyone and welcome to our new and improved weekly newsletter. Due to problems last week I will be sending out everything from our site. As soon as I have found a reliable distributor I will let you know.

It is a cold, chilly day here in Halifax. The kids are wearing flip flops and warm jackets to school.

We had a challenge asking you to post your most memorable sewing project. It was wonderful to read all the responses. One random poster was chosen and I would like to announce her name.

The winner is leta. Congratulations!!! Please email me privately <email address removed for privacy> with your name and mailing address so I may send out your prize. You have won a jean jacket pattern from

I have not one but two copies of the latest Ottobre Design for kids pattern magazine. There are some of the cutest rompers, sun dresses, T's, and a really sharp jean jacket for a young man. Their designs are different from everything else you see in pattern books. Very creative and comfy too.

Post your latest sewing projects in Sewing for Children. I will randomly choose two winners next week. :up:

It is coming up soon. There is a small project on the site that kids can sew up for their moms. Click here.

Joanne posted this long ago, but it is still a gorgeous block.

I have been doing some crewel lately and really enjoying the piece. It is a sampler done on heavy linen with wool. MariLynn has done wonderful embroidery over the years as well. Here are her comments and a link to some of her work.

As you all know, I am a big fan of Sandra Betzina. I had the chance to visit her site and found out she has discontinued her newsletter. This is sad to me, but with more commitments than time the decision was made. If you have signed up for her newsletter in the last couple of months, she will reimburse you with the DVD of your choice.

You will never receive blatant advertising from either myself or Sew Whats New. I have been online for nine years now and the unethical people who do this are just everywhere.
I truly hope you will hang in there and be patient with me while I find a suitable alternative. Your loyalty is so appreciated and treasured. Until next week, stay well, have some fun and happy sewing everyone.
owner/editor of Sew Whats New
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From: MaryW
Date: 05-04-2007, 11:11 AM (2 of 34)
You are more than welcome to leave your comments about the newsletter here as well. I have thick skin. :yawn:
owner/editor of Sew Whats New
User: MaryW
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From: Maya
Date: 05-04-2007, 01:08 PM (3 of 34)
I enjoy receiving your newsletter every Friday. Will you continue the e-mail to us and we click on the link as we did today? ( Did that make sense?)

I am so glad that I stumbled on your sight and can not thank you enough for all your information.

Thank you again. The Ottbre (sp?) do they have patterns. I was at the sight, however, could not quite tell.

User: Maya
Member since: 02-17-2007
Total posts: 7
From: MaryW
Date: 05-04-2007, 01:37 PM (4 of 34)
Thanks Maya, I needed that. I just received some very nasty letters. Yes, the Ottobre Design magazine has about 40 patterns in each issue.
owner/editor of Sew Whats New
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From: Shara1
Date: 05-04-2007, 02:05 PM (5 of 34)

I want to thank you for all you do, there are times when we give of ourselves freely there are ungrateful people who either want more or are not happy with themselves they have to take it out on someone.

Anyway you are a saint to have done this for 9 years with all of the unscruplous people out there who hack into sites. Still can't imagine why they do it other than they can.

Thanks again

TTFN, Shara
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Member since: 02-27-2004
Total posts: 3
From: Debzy
Date: 05-04-2007, 02:28 PM (6 of 34)
I, too, am extremely grateful for all the hard work and dedication you put into the newsletter and sewing tips, Mary. I may be on the other side of the pond but your tips and news keep me in the loop :up:

I hope the nasty letters you recieved get sorted out quickly.
User: Debzy
Member since: 06-02-2003
Total posts: 71
From: cowqueenie
Date: 05-04-2007, 03:00 PM (7 of 34)
Your newsletter is awesome and the people who think that are going to be willing to follow you to the ends of the earth to get to it! :) I love reading your newsletter and then getting lost in the site and the discussion boards. I have learned SO much from this site as well as all the wonderful people on here. Thanks for the great work you do to keep it up! Don't let the ugly letters bring you down because you are doing more good for others and you don't need to worry about the few who "just don't get it"! :)
cowqueenie-AKA: Jane:USA:
"A trip to the fabric store is my therapy"
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Member since: 10-30-2006
Total posts: 125
From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 05-04-2007, 04:44 PM (8 of 34)
I was a novice sewer for many years... I would not tackle any project that was even an intermediate sewing project.. Then I got a computer, and a few months later, I discovered this site and you, Blessed Person that you are.. This has been the greatest find to me, especially since I had recently retired from the drudgery of working ... This site has encouraged me, challenged me, and most of all befriended me and educated me... I can never find the right words to express how valued you are to me and thousands of others... Please don't give up... We love you and we certainly APPRECIATE you... I know, I'm not supposed to yell... LOL but I cannot help it.. WE LOVE YOU AND THIS SITE , MARY! !
Sew With Love
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From: plrlegal
Date: 05-04-2007, 05:19 PM (9 of 34)
Mary I know it's hard when you get really harsh unwarranted e-mails from those who are nothing but takers, takers, takers. Please know that I value this newsletter and look forward to it and am delighted each time I open my cyber mail box and it's there. Because of you, this site has really grown over the years since I've been a member here and probably is probably one of the largest and best interactive sewing/quilting/chatting sites on the web today where we can feel comfortable and "safe" in getting to know other people in our own states, across our nation and around the world even. So after this long winded epistle, all I can say is HIP! HIP! HOORAYYYYY! HIP! HIP! HOORAY! to you for your hard work and dedication in keeping this one of the nicest cyber places in cyber world today. :up:

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From: nmdispatchlady
Date: 05-04-2007, 06:08 PM (10 of 34)
Mary I so value the effort that you and a very select others newsletters do. I work in a very stressful industry (law enforcement) and enjoy the time that I can spend here with you all. I may not post alot nor do I often join in the challanges. This and my sewing are my links to the world, as well as how I keep my sanity. I deal with emergency and nasty people all day. All I can tell you is to act like the donkey in the well, shake off the dirt and step up. Pretty soon you will be far above the people that are trying to bury you and they will still be shoveling dirt.

PLEASE keep sending us the newsletter, I enjoy the news from the world of sewing, the tips and the news of your family. By the way loved your SWAP. Now there is one that I may participate in next year.

Keep up the good work.:up:

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Member since: 10-20-2004
Total posts: 4
From: Ann Made
Date: 05-04-2007, 07:06 PM (11 of 34)
Thank you for you wonderful weekly newsletter and your fantastic site. Though I don't get on as often as I want to, I appreciate what you do for all of us. :up:
Learning is a journey, not a race.
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Member since: 04-07-2001
Total posts: 67
From: lendube
Date: 05-04-2007, 07:16 PM (12 of 34)
Boy Mary, if this hasn't brought a tear to your eye....... You really are appreciated. You've changed my life for the good. I may like this site a little too :re: much but I've met some very wonderful people here and have progressed with their friendships beyond the board as well.

Keep smilin', Lennie

And, Forest, thanks to you too. Dispatchers are overlooked in their career's contribution. My dh is a fire chief and depends on and appreciates the hard work and long hours involved in your very stressful occupation. :up:
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From: Cathie.Tombs
Date: 05-04-2007, 07:53 PM (13 of 34)
Thanks Mary for your lovely newletter, site, and articles. I really love it all, and the links too. Hubby and I love it! I can sew pretty well, but, had grown SO frustrated with fitting troubles, and not sure about how to use more difficult fabrics. All this is a really fun and helpful way to share, learn, and also laugh. (Remember the posts about the hair dye disasters!). We meet such wholesome, creative people here, it is really heartwarming!!!!!!!
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Member since: 08-27-2006
Total posts: 44
From: Betty o
Date: 05-04-2007, 08:57 PM (14 of 34)
:wink: Mary thank you so much for your newsletter..i love reading it and so enjoy your coments and everthing else also! and all please keep up the good work!
User: Betty o
Member since: 04-30-2003
Total posts: 2
From: blackie
Date: 05-05-2007, 12:12 AM (15 of 34)
Mary, I have belonged to many online communities and a few of them have been sewing / crafting-related. But I keep coming back here, because there is nothing compared to the sweet feeling I get when I think of this site. The members here really know how to rally around our mutual loves of sewing, knitting, serging, quilting, creating - and I always feel so welcome here! I am glad you have kept it up for nine years and my sewing, my spirit, and my sense of goodness in this world has so often been bolstered by the crowd here at S-W-N.

Thank you!

see the mundane life of a housewife.
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Member since: 03-31-2004
Total posts: 594
From: allie-oops
Date: 05-05-2007, 12:20 AM (16 of 34)
Mary, I love your newsletter and always look forward to it. I don't post much, so busy with homeschooling, but I've learned so much here. I really appreciate this site. One of my favorite things is when you post links to articles about people who sew - I read all of them. I don't garment sew yet, but I have a serger now and when I start, I know this is where I'll get the most help! This is a lovely community that you've created, and I come here every single day. It lifts my spirits just coming here, and getting to know everyone.

Those hateful people are everywhere - not just online - I come across them in traffic all the time, lol!!!!!!!
"onward through the fog"
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Total posts: 282
From: DorothyL
Date: 05-05-2007, 08:01 AM (17 of 34)
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From: justwannasew
Date: 05-05-2007, 09:23 AM (18 of 34)
Hi Mary
Just want to say that I enjoy your weekly newsletter and 'ditto' all the other replies.:Canada:
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From: Reta J
Date: 05-05-2007, 10:08 AM (19 of 34)

I wanted to add my 2 cents, thanks for everything and don't let grouches get you down. There are some people that have to complain about anything and everything. They hate any change to their lives. Just tell them to kiss your rosy red cheeks (the ones that the sun never shines on).

You have put up with so much with hackers, complainers, and with us :bg: .

Thank you so much.
Sewing Forever
Housework Whenever
Reta J
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From: leah970
Date: 05-05-2007, 11:48 AM (20 of 34)
I enjoy the newsletter myself but I find the link to click on doesnt work often. Am I doing something wrong?
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Member since: 05-31-2002
Total posts: 4
From: sewgrannysew
Date: 05-05-2007, 12:46 PM (21 of 34)
I truly enjoy your news letter. It is so informative! I get lots of tips from it. My sewing has been pushed back for some years now but am getting the strong urge to start back as I have 2 young grandkids!!!!
Please keep up the good work & don't let these "nasty don't understand" people get to you. There are lots of others out there in sewingland that have to agree this is a good sewing site!!!
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Member since: 08-06-2006
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From: mommydionne
Date: 05-05-2007, 02:36 PM (22 of 34)
Nasty letters??!!! some people just make me wonder....
don't fret as "The Four Agreements" says: 90% of how people interact with you is about how they feel not how you are affecting them, or something like that:re:
The point is that folks who write the nasty letters are more likely reacting to something completely separate in their life and you are just an easy target. Bummer eh?
But as for the rest of us... keep it going this is a great place.:up:
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From: webbsway
Date: 05-05-2007, 03:50 PM (23 of 34)
You are more than welcome to leave your comments about the newsletter here as well. I have thick skin. :yawn:

Well, my dear Mary,
I wondered if you were as amazed as I at how many wonderful friends you have that appreciate what all you do - and coming from so many parts of our beautiful world. I guess it just goes to show that if you look for beauty - you find it. I think you do look for the beauty & you have found many beautiful people who love you. I too would like to add my voice with thank yous for taking of your time to share with us. You have made our world a much nicer place & we all look forward to you & your notes.

Thank you so much & keep up the good work - please.
linda from va.
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Member since: 03-19-2007
Total posts: 4
From: sue in NE
Date: 05-05-2007, 08:19 PM (24 of 34)
Mary, always enjoy your newsletter. am amazed at how much you do:up: . Please don't stop.
Sue in NE
sue in NE
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From: dikrem
Date: 05-06-2007, 02:31 AM (25 of 34)
Hi Mary!

I just don't understand how or why anyone could say anything nasty to you. You are a darling for keeping this newsletter going for us. I appreciate all the hints, they are so helpful. I never post anyting but I had to say thanks to you and booooo to the mean people.

Di in FL
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Member since: 07-26-2006
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From: PaulineG
Date: 05-06-2007, 03:40 AM (26 of 34)
Mary I joined in September last year but took a little while to post although I was lurking a lot. (I never got your newsletter until you started posting them here).

Not long before I started posting I found out that my sister was planning to move to the US to marry a man she had met online. At the time I was stunned and amazed as I could not see how anybody could feel such affection for someone they had never met face to face. It transpires that they did meet before he proposed but they felt so much for each other that she took the huge step of coming over to meet him. I still have some reservations about the marriage but am no longer surprised at how easy it is to draw close to people that you have never met. BTW - this is not a proposal.:bg:

You have created this - a true community of like minded people who support and help and care for each other. It is a site I would let my children wander through happily and with no trepidation. Let the negative parties blow off their steam and let it be water off your back. It truly doesn't matter what they think - you (and many others) know what the reality is. You work hard to keep this a safe and friendly site where we can gather and share and I'm sure MOST of us (the nice ones anyway) really appreciate it.

Thank you very much.
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From: mommgsews
Date: 05-06-2007, 10:50 AM (27 of 34)

I must add my own thanks for you! This community that you've created is one of caring and learning. Just like in every other community there's gonna be some who just don't get it! Like when we were kids walking to school and told our friends "make sure to stay of mr. so and so's yard! He's crazy and will throw something at you!" Please consider the naysayers as "crazy ms. so and so!" I appreciate what you do for all of us. (I started to say ALL you do but I'm sure there is no way that I can even grasp all you do to maintain this community.)

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

AZ Barbara
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From: vickki
Date: 05-06-2007, 07:15 PM (28 of 34)
Mary thank you so much for putting in all the time and effort for US...I love the newsletter and really do get anxious for the next one.Vickki:Canada:
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From: Sew4Therapy
Date: 05-07-2007, 05:08 PM (29 of 34)
I think it is obvious that you are appreciated. There will always be some rotten apples, I guess. Hang in there -- we love you.
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Member since: 03-19-2007
Total posts: 3
From: BeanQueen
Date: 05-07-2007, 06:31 PM (30 of 34)
now why in the world would anyone send you nasty letters? You are so very helpful & have such good ideas. Thank you so much for the hard work - I have a whole file that I've labelled "tips" & 99.4% :wink: are from your newsletters. I previously got the quilting & the sewing ones.
Don't let nay-sayers bug you too much & thanks again.

drMolly, the BeanQueen
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From: Bruna
Date: 05-07-2007, 06:42 PM (31 of 34)
Dear Mary,
I just want to add my voice to all the others who thank and appreciate all that you do. This site has a feeling of close community and as someone said earlier, safety. I've only been receiving your newsletter a short time and love to get it and look forward to the next one. My first thought when I saw that you'd received nasty letters was one of puzzlement as to how anyone could possibly find anything bad to say about you and what you do and this wonderful site. My next thought was of the "delete" button, how easy it is to erase what you don't want. As others have said, keep up the good work and focus on all those of us who love and care about you!
Regards, Bruna.
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Member since: 02-19-2007
Total posts: 42
From: bridesmom
Date: 05-07-2007, 08:43 PM (32 of 34)
I loudly second all the previous opinions! You, your newsletter, this site and all the fantastic people here are awesome!
Tickled pink with my Innovis 4000D
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Member since: 01-21-2004
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From: MaryW
Date: 05-17-2007, 09:41 AM (33 of 34)
I am just finding these comments now. WOW, and thank you. I am forever grateful.
owner/editor of Sew Whats New
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From: IsabelleB
Date: 05-17-2007, 09:50 AM (34 of 34)
Mary, we all love your newsletters! I'm addicted to them. Learning sewing over the past 3 years would have been very different without your tips and newsletter. There's always something to ponder in there.
Thank you!!
Sewing blog: Kitty Couture
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Total posts: 265
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