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This archived content is from Mary Wilkins’ sewing and quilting message board “Sew What’s New,” which was retired in August 2007. It is being provided by “Sew What’s Up,” which serves as the new home for many members of “Sew What’s New.”
From: AngelaH
Date: 07-11-2007, 08:36 PM (1 of 14)
The only machine sewing I've done in many years has been sail repair and heavy canvas work using a Sailrite LSZ-1 machine. My husband and I spent two years sailing the South Pacific and we returned to shore life a year ago.

Now, I'm very excited to be returning to the more creative side of sewing- something that I really enjoyed as a child, teenager and young mom.

When I started researching sewing/embroidery machines, I somehow came across this excellent website/ sewing community. The more I read, the more inspired I became. Thanks everyone. I'm looking forward to participating.

User: AngelaH
Member since: 07-10-2007
Total posts: 5
From: Suzan61
Date: 07-11-2007, 09:29 PM (2 of 14)
Welcome, I am next door in Alberta. I just signed up recently myself and find everyone very nice and very helpful. My parents are sailers on a 34' Tartan, but I only go when they're at shore or I pray for no wind. I think you'll find lots of sewing projects more exciting than spinakers. I just took up quilting and can't even imagine doing anything else now.

Again, welcome,

User: Suzan61
Member since: 03-17-2007
Total posts: 10
From: lendube
Date: 07-11-2007, 10:19 PM (3 of 14)
Welcome on board, both of you!

You're right, it's a wonderful community full of support for both sewing and friendship.

Glad to see you!

User: lendube
Member since: 08-06-2006
Total posts: 1548
From: temom
Date: 07-11-2007, 11:14 PM (4 of 14)
Welcome! I'm glad you've joined our group. I'm a landlubber from the southeast United States.
User: temom
Member since: 01-19-2007
Total posts: 410
From: kittykat
Date: 07-12-2007, 01:57 AM (5 of 14)
welcome from Bellingham Washington. know you will enjoy the form. lot of great people.
User: kittykat
Member since: 08-06-2001
Total posts: 184
From: PaulineG
Date: 07-12-2007, 07:00 AM (6 of 14)
Hi - welcome from Australia. It is a great group here - lots of fun - and they know what they're talking about too!

Jump right on in.
User: PaulineG
Member since: 09-08-2006
Total posts: 901
From: MartySews2
Date: 07-12-2007, 10:56 PM (7 of 14)
Welcome to the group, Angela. What type of sewing do you like to do? Please feel free to jump in on any of the conversations. We love hearing from new folks.
User: MartySews2
Member since: 05-03-2007
Total posts: 293
From: Sancin
Date: 07-14-2007, 01:32 AM (8 of 14)
Welcome, Angela - I am just up the river from you - way up in Prince George. How are you enjoying our heat?!
*~*~*~* Nancy*~*~*~* " I try to take one day at a time - but sometimes several days attack me at once."
User: Sancin
Member since: 02-13-2005
Total posts: 895
From: vickki
Date: 07-14-2007, 08:23 PM (9 of 14)
Hi Angela,
Welcome from down East.Newfoundland that is....
You'll really enjoy your time here...Lots to learn and talk about...Vickki:Canada:
User: vickki
Member since: 08-21-2005
Total posts: 374
From: AngelaH
Date: 07-14-2007, 09:15 PM (10 of 14)
Thanks everyone for the warm welcome! So, in the past week since joining the forum, I've taken my 15-year-old-hardly-ever-used Elna serger out of storage, got it serviced and started trying to remember how to use it. I still have accessories for it that never came out of their original packaging and I have no idea what they are for. Now I remember why I never used it much - The threading and tension setting is so finicky that if everything isn't perfect it jams or threads break. I will have to schedule a refresher lesson.

I'm sure the new sergers are much more user-friendly but I will make do with what I have because I have just splurged on a Bernina Aurora 440 with the embroidery attachment. It is supposed to arrive next week- can't wait.

I've taken up sewing again (after many years of being too busy with my career) for two reasons: I need a creative outlet and I want to be able to sew my own clothes. The lack of choice and poor quality of ready-to wear clothes is very frustrating (of course I guess it's a sign of age when you go clothes shopping and can't find anything you like). I really like the idea for doing something that is both creative and practical.
This forum is going to help me stay motivated because I don't know anyone else who sews. How does everyone stay engaged and motivated to develop their sewing skills ?
User: AngelaH
Member since: 07-10-2007
Total posts: 5
From: plrlegal
Date: 07-14-2007, 11:40 PM (11 of 14)
Hi Angela and welcome. When I'm running low on motivation, a trip to the fabric store always gets me motivated. I'm a fabriholic and am addicted to the feel and smell of fabric and a fabric store.:up:

User: plrlegal
Member since: 05-19-2001
Total posts: 318
From: MartySews2
Date: 07-15-2007, 01:12 AM (12 of 14)
Hi Angela,
It doesn't take much for me to get motivated. I subscribe to several sewing magazines and have quite a large sewing library. Today in the mail I received 9 vintage sewing books that I found on the website. I also read lots of sewing blogs. One of my favorites is A Dress a Day. Erin writes lovely stories about different styles of dresses. She has 11 articles on the "secret lives of dresses" in which she gives a personality and story of a particular style of dress. They are wonderful to read. Also it helps to belong to a sewing guild or two or three.
Happy Stitching!
User: MartySews2
Member since: 05-03-2007
Total posts: 293
From: IsabelleB
Date: 07-18-2007, 06:15 AM (13 of 14)
Welcome Angela! :bluesmile
Sewing blog: Kitty Couture
User: IsabelleB
Member since: 10-25-2006
Total posts: 265
From: esrun3
Date: 07-18-2007, 07:17 PM (14 of 14)
Welcome to the group Angela!
User: esrun3
Member since: 12-02-2004
Total posts: 2345
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