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Date: 8/26/08 10:29 PM

This isn't going to be a rant, but there is an element of political correctness to it:

Too often--way too often--I see references on sewing sites to "making a muslim." I think some Muslims would find this puzzling, if not a tad offensive.

The term "muslin" comes from the inexpensive fabric that trial garments might be made from. "Muslim" is a religious term. They aren't the same thing at all.

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Date: 8/26/08 10:36 PM

I'm a Muslim - not annoyed or offended, just amused..... There is a process for making a Muslim. But a sewing machine and scissors are not involved!

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Date: 8/26/08 10:50 PM

Ah, the misuse of words! A favorite topic! I twitch when people use 'decimate' to mean devastate. Decimate means to reduce by 10% -- not exactly catastrophic. And myriad; we have myriad choices not a myriad of choices. And ... and ... and.

I'm glad, Therisa, that you find the mistatement about a muslim amusing! ;-)

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Date: 8/26/08 10:59 PM

Patti B, yes decimate does mean to reduce by ten percent. But in Roman times, to decimate, meant they would pull out 10% and execute them. Kind of devastating to them I'd imagine. Just fooling around, but I can definitely see how the terms get confused based on their past history.

But muslin = muslim? No, I don't get that one at all!

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Date: 8/26/08 11:06 PM

I really can't think of what to say about this except-Thank You Therisa, I'm laughing with you, and I'm not a Muslim. Whoever used the words Muslim, instead of muslin, in terms of sewing, obviously misspelled or mistyped. There are much bigger things in this world to worry about!

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Date: 8/26/08 11:27 PM

I've seen this too, and smiled. I can't make a Muslim, but my cousin can "make a turkey". (We laughed each Thanksgiving, but they were good turkeys, so I guess she knew how.)

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Date: 8/27/08 0:08 AM

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I'm a Muslim - not annoyed or offended, just amused..... There is a process for making a Muslim. But a sewing machine and scissors are not involved!

lol -- really, I'm not just saying "lol," I actually can't stop laughing. So funny. Thanks for that.

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Date: 8/27/08 0:12 AM

My FIL and his sister seem to have a knack for coming up with somewhat inappropriate mispronunciations, then don't understand when everyone around them dissolves into gasping heaps of giggles.

examples: FIL calls a local restaurant Salmonella (It is Semolinas, now closed so unfortunately we can't hear him say it anymore).

His sister calls any commotion a "corrosion", which has turned into a family word. She has a better one which is unintentionally offensive, so I can't post it, but I wish I could.

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Date: 8/27/08 0:14 AM

Muslin is a type of fabric: stiffened unbleached, undyed cotton. In French, known as 'toile'. We use the terms interchangeably for a test garment.

These days, with so many stretch and knit fabrics, its often a good idea to use a fabric similar to your final fashion fabric. It's better if it is as plain as possible so that you can mark it up and see your markings.
I don't really believe in 'wearable muslins'. Often the excitement of making the garment is lost, and you never get around to making the real one....

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Date: 8/27/08 1:36 AM

Well, I think that the phrase "making a muslim" is not as bad as ONE of the many --shall we say "language alterations" my MIL makes. One of the worst is "here is the THONGS for the salad".

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