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Date: 3/2/14 1:37 PM

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Date: 3/2/14 2:22 PM

I'm in the same boat. Can't help.
I have to look for the next pattern sale.
I need something.

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Ecclesiastes 11:7,8 Nothing on earth is more beautiful than the morning sun. Even if you live to a ripe old age, you should try to enjoy each day, because darkness will come and will last a long time. (CEV)

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Date: 3/2/14 2:36 PM

That could be a picture of me...in the closet moving around boxes of patterns! LOL I just rearranged the whole closet again in order to get my fabric stash all folded and on one large shelf, with the boxes of patterns below. I think I'm finally happy with the arrangement. I just can't buy any more patterns (after this latest BMV sale order arrives). :)

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Date: 3/2/14 3:03 PM

What kind of Help do you want???

Do you want to be cured?
Do you want to be enabled?
Do you want sympathy?

I only ask because I have it too, and I don't know the answer...or the question!

Hey, since you are in MN too, maybe we could set up some regular trades. You know, we get new patterns to have & love, but we're not adding to the volume.

Or maybe it's just incurable....

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Date: 3/2/14 3:32 PM

I think it's actually incurable, so you might as well just give in.

But it is possible to give in selectively: After many decades, I now (pretty much) only buy patterns with styling or construction details that are so unusual I have not seen them before. Think of it as collecting rare jewelry rather than pretty trinkets.

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Date: 3/2/14 5:26 PM

At at least, if you are buying most of them now, at $1.99 for Simplicity, Butterick or McCalls or $3.99 for a Vouge pattern each time, when on sale someplace like that that, it's a pretty cheap and harmless addiction. Compared to most anything else! That is how I look at it. So to me, if it ends up being unused it's not real big deal.

I have found, that how many I buy, relates directly somewhat to how much something costs sometimes though. And at those prices, they are just what it takes for me to buy more than what I probably will ever need. And I do kind of like and need lots. When they start getting so cheap as that, I figure if might ever use it or not, I will buy it sometimes. And if it never gets used, that is just the way it is. Just since even driving down to a store to buy later if I did it then, when not so much on sale later, I would probably be burning more $ in gas in fuel to even make a separate trip like that, to go to the store to just only buy a pattern right when I needed it, than the little a spent on the pattern on sale! Plus once it gets discontined, then hard to find too.

I think it's a age old problem and sewing addiction issue though, just since I have a lot of sewing patterns from even the 1880's and on up, that their original buyer and purchaser never used back then either!

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Date: 3/2/14 5:38 PM

Hahah I am in the same club! But I dont want help, I rather love my addiction. Fabric doesn't tempt me (my stash is only 1 box), it is the patterns that I cannot resist. It is because I think of them like books. They have a cover with illustrations/photos. They're filled with words and illustrations. They are the jumping off point for new techniques and new ideas and new every things! They are what connects me to others, especially indie ones, since I can see what else someone has made with the exact same pattern. They're small, take up barely any space, and are just so fun to browse through.

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Date: 3/2/14 6:41 PM

I'm in the club!

Utterly addicted. And now I've added Burda Style magazine to the mix.

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My Big 4 Sizing: Medium | Tops 14/16 | Pants 18 | Skirts 16/18.

My Measurements: 36 HB | 38.5 FB | 34 W | 44 Hip

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Date: 3/2/14 6:46 PM

I have it too. I am continually trying to figure out how to organize so I can look through them. Do I do them by brand, style (tops, pants, jackets, etc)? I get frustrated every time I try to look at them because they are in boxes that must be dragged out.

I know it's bad because I wanted to go to JoAnn to pick up several patterns that I need but had friends visit. I was actually anxious about not getting there. That is bad.

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Date: 3/2/14 7:16 PM

Kathy, during one of the last group of pattern sales it was -25 F (with -40 windchills) here. I knew I couldn't go out and like you say I was so bothered by it! Lol!!!! I just kept thinking, I am MISSING out!!!

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My Big 4 Sizing: Medium | Tops 14/16 | Pants 18 | Skirts 16/18.

My Measurements: 36 HB | 38.5 FB | 34 W | 44 Hip

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