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Date: 6/14/06 11:48 PM

When I was a kid (in the 70's) my mom sewed just about everything we wore. She used the Stretch and Sew method. She tells me it was extremely easy and very quick. Does anyone else remember this? Is anyone using it now? She still has all her patterns and has offered to give them to me. I have three little girls, and I would love to be able to churn out t-shirts and shorts at a fast pace!! Any opinions?

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Date: 6/15/06 0:31 AM

The patterns are still around (I just bought a slip/panties/camisole pattern at Joann's.) Ann Person has an article about sewing knits on the Threads website as well. I've also seen booklets on Ebay. My mom took those classes, too, in the 1970s--She never made anything after the classes, but I was in Jr. High and I remember the classroom book. Here's their website:

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Date: 6/15/06 0:31 AM

I have a good collection of the S&S patterns -- I really like them! Especially for kids clothes. If your Mom is offering them to you, snap them up. They're on sturdy paper like Kwik Sew & I like to trace off the pattern pieces. If I didn't have such a complete collection I'd offer to buy them.

Some folks feel it's not worth the time & effort to make those items because you can buy cheap ones at Wal-Mart, Target & etc. That's true, but If you can find good quality sweat-shirt & polar fleeces on sale I believe you'll come out way ahead!

My kids always appreciated the things I made for them. As a matter of fact they still do! Last year I sent a huge box to my DS's family in Alaska. I had stuffed it full of fleece hats, scarfs & sox. You would have thought I sent them the most wonderful gift in the world! I've made them fleece vests that they literally live in. My 10 yo DGS went ballistic over the vest I made for him made of camoflage polar fleece!





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Date: 6/15/06 1:01 AM

My mom took those classes too! I remember following her around the fabric store. She ended up handing down a big box of fabric to me and I don't know for sure what happened to it but I still have her old package of S&S garment labels. And I wear her pin cushion wrist thing. She passed away four years ago. I keep one of her pins in it and it makes me smile everytime I sew! Thanks for reminding me of her taking classes. She made a lot of my brothers t-shirts for play with those patterns and I understand they are even better nowadays.

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Date: 6/15/06 1:36 AM

I would have given up on knits if not for Stretch and Sew. One of my favorite S&S neckline techniques is French Trim.
I made my daughters all their leotards and costumes with S&S patterns, I love them!

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Date: 6/15/06 4:02 AM

Diane - Can you explain how French Trim is done? I am having trouble with my necklines and this may help.

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Date: 6/15/06 7:04 AM

I have a book that my mom used for a class in the 70s.

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Date: 6/15/06 7:13 AM

I think there is a tip out there maybe by DrSue that tells how it's done.

It's not a tip... I found it in a pattern review:

french trim explanation
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Date: 6/15/06 8:26 AM

I used a Stretch and Sew pattern to make my first swimsuit back in the late 70's. I think I still have a couple patterns around somewhere. Their stores carried wonderful knits. I think Kwik Sew methods and techniques are quite similar to Stretch and Sew's.

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Date: 6/15/06 8:48 AM

I took those classes! Sometimes you can find them on ebay and Ann Person did a book to go along with the classes. Basically, it was a SWAP wardrobe if you planned right. Super easy techniques.

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