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Posted on: 8/20/08 10:15 PM
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For those of us who are fabric and pattern addicted and have mountains of both everywhere -DO NOT FEEL GUILTY, BAD OR OUT-OF-CONTROL. You DO NOT have too much fabric and patterns, what you do have is LOTS of choices! (let out a sigh of relief). You do not have to sew EVERY pattern or every piece of fabric purchased. You get to cherry-pick the best and eventually you will pass along any unselected fabric/patterns to some lucky person which counts as a good deed. It's all good.

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AltaB said... (4/19/09 4:35 PM) Reply
Phew, what a relief! I'm not alone after all, and I'm normal. Thanx. :)
katie lynne said... (1/16/09 11:40 PM) Reply
Man, did I need to hear that!
mssewcrazy said... (9/25/08 2:33 PM) Reply
Feel guilty- me- never for having choices. People fret over stash being excessive yet think nothing of the mountains of garments in the closet from the mall some with tags attached still or the garage full of junk they display at their biannual yard sale which is for the purpose of clearing space so they can continue to recreational shop for even more junk. With all the fabrics almost gone in my area, I am thrilled to have choices. You are right not every thing you have must be used - it is ok to have things that you might want to use and to donate them when you decide you don't want them anymore just like the folks who buy scads of rtw and other junk and dump it at the Salvation Army when it is overwhelming. These are the types that mouth about fabric stashes the most I find. Most hobbyists I know have huge shops and mega amounts of equipment and supplies to do their projects so what is the big deal about a few closets of fabric /notions if you can spare the space. My friend is into pottery and has easily $50000 or more in her building and supplies. Let's don't even talk about the men with their shops and the hunting fans with their hobbies. Now if one lives where there is lots of sewing supply available , it might be obsessive but for those where none is available it is just resource material. You expressed how I feel beautifully. We should enjoy our collections guilt free.
wendlesue said... (9/12/08 2:42 PM) Reply
EXACTLY. Sew on!
Koushite said... (8/26/08 1:12 PM) Reply
Thank you so much for voicing these comments. I agree with you entirely. I have a very extensive stash of fabrics and patterns and I refuse to feel guilty about it. I love having just what I need, to sew what I need, when I want it! Every piece I have was carefully considered and coordinated. My fabric is an investment in me and I'm so glad I have it. The colorways this fall are berry, purples, plums, camels, grey and black. I'm ready thanks to my stash! I think the big mistake is to discuss your stash with non-sewers or those who buy a piece at a time as cheap as they can find it. They don't get our passion for fabric and never will. Thankfully my husband has no problem with it, so I'm good to go!
Bernie R. said... (8/21/08 3:11 PM) Reply
This is JUST what I needed to hear. My non-sewing husband/friends/family constantly comment on why I need so much fabric. I tell them a fabric habit is so much safer than a drug habit and it doesn't make me gain weight!
bluefly said... (8/21/08 11:25 AM) Reply
As prices go up and up, I'm grateful to have the choices in my stash. Thank you!
Cherr said... (8/21/08 11:11 AM) Reply
Amazing. I feel better and I haven't taken a stitch. This is the new way I will look at things from now on.
Patzee said... (8/21/08 0:35 AM) Reply
Right on!
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