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Message Board > Miscellaneous > How many of your friends/family sew? ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

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Kim Winson
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Date: 8/13/04 2:08 PM

I was watching a quilting program on PBS today and I wondered why there weren't more programs on garment sewing, considering the great community that we have here.  I've read a few discussions about this--whenever a program was pulled from the air the reasons usually had to do with a perceived disinterest in garment sewing in the general public.  Then I started thinking seriously about that statement--how many people sew garments on a regular basis?  (regular meaning that they sit down to sew a garment probably about once a month on average.  Not complete a garment once a month--I'd be lucky to do that!;) There are many reasons why people don't and I've often heard from friends (but never from family!;) that they wish they could but don't/can't because of "x".

Anyway, I could go on and on musing about this, but I was curious about everone's individual 'sewing communities." For my part, no one I know sews clothes on a regular basis.  My mom does sew but really just when one of us asks her to do something, which is not common.  

Kim

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Date: 8/13/04 2:27 PM

Fun question!  I was torn about how to vote, but ended up voting for "0".  My sister sews and definitely has the interest in garment sewing but doesn't have any time to sew.  I also have a friend at work who sews garments, but doesn't do so on a regular basis (maybe one or two projects a year).

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Date: 8/13/04 2:40 PM

I answered 3-5.  My sister sews, niece, mother and a co-worker.  That thing about that is that none of them sew much.  i oftered to give my mother one of my newer sewing machines after she retired 2 years ago she reaslly didn't want it. She has a very old singer in a cabinet that probably doesn't do much else tha zig-zag and sitches.

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Date: 8/13/04 2:42 PM

I put 1-2 because most of my friends quilt, but don't make garments. And of the 2 who do make garments, only one does on a regular basis - the other has to take her machine in for repairs so she can get going again. I'm wondering if our computers are taking us away from our sewing - I know mine is, but at least they are in the same room.   :winkgrin:

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Date: 8/13/04 3:03 PM

i voted 6-8.  i belong to an independent pattern club that some garment sewers started at a local fabric shop, and i've made quite a few friends there.  i've also 'converted' some friends to sewing.... :biggrin:

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Date: 8/13/04 4:32 PM

well...truthfully, I don't know *anyone* IRL who sews--but!!

I am teaching my children to sew :)  So far, three can use the machine and two others are pretty good at straight, even, hand stitching.  

So, I clicked 3-5      :cool:

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Date: 8/14/04 0:59 AM

Well, I haven't entered my response yet -- It's a hard question because until about 10 years ago I was pretty much the lone ranger in my circle.  I have known people who will say something along the lines of  "Well, I took home ec in school, but I haven't done anything with it since".  Or somethig like "Well, I got discouraged because nothing ever fit.  I just do some crafts & quilts for the kids".  Then, I heard about the American Sewing Guild, joined, & since then I have many friends who sew & we are all learning more & doing more ever since!  So, I guess I'll figure out how many I actually interact with frequently and go with that.  Between ASG & PR I have found Heaven right here on earth!  Love you all!

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Date: 8/14/04 2:24 AM

I tend to bore everyone I know silly with my new excitement about figuring out a fba :winkgrin: -- my sis sews, but usually has a "project of the moment" like head scarves, purses, that she does until she's sick of them. My mom has sewed most of her life, but now has too little patience for anything but quillows.

When a good friend got a glimpse of a TopKids pattern sheet, she literally shuddered -- the only people in my life right now who respect good fit and the process of getting it are all of you here on PR. I just love this site!!

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Date: 8/14/04 2:58 PM

This was hard to answer but I put zero.

My mom dabbles in sewing.  She has the high end machine, all the necessary equipment, patterns and fabric but she procrastinates and I'm not sure if she has actually completed anything in recent history.  She prefers to knit.

Locally, I have an artist friend who makes and sells  embellished pillows and wall hangings primarily from her dyed/surface designed fabrics.  But, she doesn't make clothes though she does do some home deco.

Otherwise, I can't think of anyone I know who sews.

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Date: 8/14/04 3:47 PM

I only know one other person personally here who sews.  She encouraged me to join the local chapter of ASG which I have done and I see that there are a few others in my community.  I have trouble getting to the meetings as they are either during work hours or on the nights I have Boy Scouts, but I am glad to support the guild with my membership.  There are a lot of quilters, but somehow it isn't the same.

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