July 13, 2007

Okay, I'll Play

Debbie tagged me for her sewing meme - so here goes: 1. What kind of seam ripper do you use? I use this little baby grey one that came with my sewing machine. I love it! It's sharp and I tend to actually unpick seams - not open the seam and rip the stitches. I have several and every time I loose one - I buy 2 more. They run about $5 each through the Viking dealer. 2. What do you use to snip threads at the sewing machine?

Well that really depends on what I'm doing. For normal, everyday vanilla sewing, I use this little pair of Mundial scissors. I have several pairs around the house - by the machine, on the ironing board, on the end table in the living room, and in my knitting bag. If I'm working on embroidery, I use a little curved pair and a pair of reverse tweezers to grab the threads and lift them.

3. What do you use to cut out patterns/fabric?

I'm an old fashioned scissors girl. I like the way they feel in my hand, love the sound they make cutting through fabric. I realize it's not the most efficient use of my time and I'm sure I'll hear about it later when I say the cutting out is my least favorite sewing task, but I do like using the scissors. I've never really been very comfortable with the rotary cutter.

4. Do you stash zippers?

Yes, I try to keep a fresh supply for Lucy to eat :) That's the not real reason I have zippers on hand, but it often seams like it!

5. Which takes up more space in your stash - knits or wovens

Wovens, although they are closer to becoming even.

6. Are you wearing anything today that you made?

Nope - not today. Although everyday this week I wore a skirt that I had made to work and mostly t-shirts that I had made or hand knits. Yesterday I wore the daisy skirt and a white t-shirt.

7. Does anyone else in your family currently sew?

Sorta, The Princess likes the idea of sewing and borrowed my back-up machine. However she just returned it in preparation for her big move.

8. What is the $$ sewing-related (non-fabric) item you bought?

Hmmm, bias tape, thread and buttons for the cotton tops I'm working on.

9. Cutting out, pressing, hemming. Which one do you like the least?

Cutting out. I just don't like the time involved in prepping the pattern for cutting. Tracing, trimming, ironing, laying out the pattern and finally cutting. The others are small jobs to a finish - cutting out seams to be a much bigger job!

10. Do you have any non-chain garment fabric stores in your local area?

Yes, Nancy's Sewing Basket, Stitches, and even though she really isn't a store front, Marsha's Textile Studios is in Seattle. I rarely go to any of these shops, because I hate to drive downtown, but I'll go if we have an ASG function at any of them.

Before I leave you with the funnies thing I've seen lately, I'm tagging Claire, Carolyn, Shannon, Sharon, and Linda. So, here it is, the funniest thing I have seen lately, this is an ad for Comcast Internet and it was in Everyday, Rachael Ray's magazine. The ad says A Jumper in a Jiffy - make a kid's outfit in seconds without sewing a stitch. The little girl is wearing a paper grocery bag with the bottom cut out (quite badly, I might add) and straps added with duct tape! Isn't that cute?


  1. Well, the child looks downright bewildered, and rightfully so! Sheesh...who would do this?! LOL (I think the neighbors would call Protective Services....)

    Adorable little girl though...I'd be happy to sew real dresses for her.


  2. Love that ad! It is just so cute.
    Okay, I'm it. It'll take a few days to put it together. There are some very interesting questions too.

  3. I like this version of questions! Very fun!

  4. Okay, I'm in! This was a fun game of tag, I like the sewing version.

  5. Grummpphhh...okay, I am in but definitely under duress and only because YOU tagged me Gaylen...otherwise I am not so sure I'd play! *LOL* And girl, we definitely have a few things in common...


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