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Date: 7/5/12 11:38 AM

Great article about the "comeback" of sewing.
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/05/fashion/dusting-off-the-sewing-machine.html?_r=1&ref=style

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Date: 7/5/12 12:04 PM

Thank you for posting this fascinating article. Looks like all of us here on Pattern Review are on the cutting edge of the avant garde.

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Date: 7/5/12 12:04 PM

Nancy, thanks for posting the NYT article. Interesting that they didn't mention quilting. Maybe in the metropolitan NY area it doesn't have such a presence? After all NYC is a fashion mecca and the fashion industry is a main driver of the economy. I'm not knocking quilters or crafters, but as a garment sewer, I'd be happy to see more fabric stores with a balanced selection. Also, there's no mention of embroidery exploding on the sewing scene. Their report on significantly increased sewing machine sales is a great sign. I'm wondering if the trend for machines will continue being heavier towards quilting and embroidery capacities.

And, tssk, tssk! They didn't mention PR. What with about 300,000 members all enabling one another and the current epidemic of SMAD, no wonder sewing machines sales are skyrocketing!

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Date: 7/5/12 12:37 PM

Shoe-making is its own field, I think. Plus I imagine with moccasins they are doing more hand sewing than machine sewing.

I could see a series of articles, each with a focus on a re-emerging field of craft. But more news on shoes! I've really enjoyed reading the The Botterman Empire, which varies between different crafting but mostly focuses on shoe-making. Emily's shop seems to do a lot of shoes for popular movies, which makes it even more interesting.

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Subject: Dusting Off the Sewing Machine Date: 7/5/12 9:31 PM

Very cool, but I agree--PatternReview is a unique resource that absolutely should have been mentioned!

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Subject: Dusting Off the Sewing Machine Date: 7/12/12 9:22 AM

Thank you for sharing the article.
I always find it amusing when the mainstream, corporate, media like the NY Times writes a little article with a tiny bit of research and then act like it is some revolutionary idea.
We at PR are a counter-culture with huge spending power, enormous creativity, and industriousness
someday a writer outside of our industry will stumble upon us and write an article about this "amazing group" as if they discovered it.
And we can be amused.

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Date: 7/12/12 9:48 AM

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Maybe in the metropolitan NY area i[quilting] doesn't have such a presence? ...didn't mention PR.

There ARE quilters in NYC. I'm affiliated with Museum of Modern Art Community Education where the MOMA team leaders are NY artists. I went to a meeting over there once and everyone was cooing over my dress. They were utterly wide-eyed when I told them I sewed it myself, yet a bunch of them said: oh, I wish I could sew clothes -- I do quilting.

Seemed odd to me! All artist/quilters, but not one of them besides me sewed clothes! Wacky!

This article NOT mentioning PR really shows me that the level of research these writers are doing puts them in a totally amateur level. Shame on NYT, really. How can you flipping miss PR in an article on home sewing?

I give up.
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