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"Closures" in the past few Threads issues
sorry, just a little rant of sorts
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Date: 5/2/06 0:41 AM

Is it just me, or lately do all the "Closures" articles seem to have the same theme? Namely "Look At Me, I'm the Best Sewer Ever... Because My Seventh Grade Teacher Said So. So There. Nyah."

What is up with that? What is the purpose of these stories exactly? I mean, from an editorial perspective I don't really see what they're going for with these. Are we supposed to be inspired? Impressed? What? (No, really. I'm not being sarcastic, I honestly don't get what the goal is).

Argh. I'm tired of them. Someone, anyone, please write something ABOUT SOMEBODY ELSE and submit it for the Closures section at once. At once, I tell you! (er... Karla?)

(And I'm not implying that any of these articles have been poorly written, because they haven't... just... oddly self-congratulatory.)




Sorry. I'm very overtired and overworked and crabby. Rant over.

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Subject: Closures in the past few Threads issues Date: 5/2/06 1:32 AM

Yeah, kind of. I don't mind it too much- I'm always kind of interested in how others got started. It would be nice if they could go back once in a while to showcase a spectacular vintage garment. You don't sound crabby, just disappointed.

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Date: 5/2/06 1:57 AM

I did like the RIP for the cheap, old Kenmore sewing machine that travelled the world with the costumer for a couple of decades and had finally given up the ghost. Or was that a long time ago and I'm only remembering it because the others have been so unmemorable? Seriously...it;s the only one I remember at all--out of several years of reading the Magazine.

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Date: 5/2/06 2:22 AM

That was in the last issue. I liked it too.

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Subject: Closures in the past few Threads issues Date: 5/2/06 7:43 AM

I just thought the Closures essays were simply human interest-type stories written by sewers who are sharing how sewing is part of their lives. They might inspire or impress or just get the reader to think, but isn't that the point of a personal piece of writing? I haven't inferred any SuperSewer attitudes from the essayists. I suppose one could write about other sewers instead of themselves (which could also inspire or impress or make one think), but isn't the focus to be about sewers and sewing? I liked the one about the woman making her Star Trek costume!

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Date: 5/2/06 10:11 AM

Have to disagree - - I really enjoy those esseys.

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Date: 5/2/06 10:27 AM

Sorry, it's just a few in the past six issues or so that seemed to start out talking about how that person began sewing (yay!)but then at the end say something like "I was the best sewer my teacher ever had!". Well sheesh. Thanks for the info. There have been other nice ones (and even those others started out nice); I liked the Kenmore story too and the StarTrek one.

Told you I was crabby (and yes, actually I was disappointed... as I say, the latest story started out really well, it was just the last bit that I didn't care for much). Oh well.

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Date: 5/2/06 10:45 AM

I think you mean the Feb/March issue?
(I don't have that one)

The lastest issue is the Kenmore issue, and she ends the article cracking the seal on a new Janome. It was a pretty good ending, not overly sentimental.

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Subject: Closures in the past few Threads issues Date: 5/2/06 10:54 AM

The newest one, which arrived yesterday for me, told us how the writer was an eagle-eye straight-ball pitcher, and became an eagle-eye straight-line stitcher.

I really like the Closures articles--they're cute and sometimes very touching. Not all, of course, are going to be stellar.

And regarding the selection, I expect they have the same problem the magazine I work for does: you have to take what you can get. It's not like they commission these things--whatever comes in the mail is it.

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Date: 5/2/06 11:04 AM

I liked the one about the Kenmore, it was nice to see someone glorying in an "unglorious," "vintage" machine. As the proud owner of my grandma's from the 70's I identified, I am sure that I will be more broken up when my time comes.

This type of last page ending seems to be coming common. Bon Apetite has some quasi-interesting celebrity interviews, and Vogue has the old standard horoscopes.

If you were in charge at Threads, what would you put there? I like the vintage clothing idea.

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