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Date: 12/21/12 8:36 PM

I can think of three sewing notions I really hope to see within my lifetime, and I wonder what high tech or low tech sewing notions everyone else would like to see invented in the 21st Century.

The first is a high tech dress form that replicates my figure from a quick scan of my body and then is instantly built by one of the new 3D printers. The form could be made to a slightly smaller than lifesize scale so it could be covered in a softer material to allow pinning.

The second is an extremely lightweight, inexpensive and unbreakable, distortion free, full sized, three way mirror made out of some new material that isn't glass. Although three way mirrors currently exist, good ones cost hundreds or thousands of dollars, they weigh a ton, and occupy a good deal of space.

The third item is a device that would allow anyone even a beginner to sew a perfectly neat hand stitch without really trying.

Are there any high tech or low tech sewing tools you'd like to see invented?

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Date: 12/21/12 8:59 PM

I imagine a couple of apps.

1. One that scans a fabric swatch with its particulars- fiber content, weight, etc. It will magically fill a 3-D garment illustration revealing the actual drape and how a print would fall on the garment. A nice extra- being able to try out stripes in different placements, especially on complex cuts, say if there's no side seam and the front wraps around to the back. Somehow this genius app will understand the fabric's hand and illustrate that in a beautiful picture. We'd immediately see goof ups- choosing a fabric that won't work in a pattern.

2. One that has my body measurements and has a model of it in 3-D. I enter a pattern # I'm considering. The app takes the pattern "as is" from the envelope and makes an image of a muslin. Revealed are visuals of fit issues to correct. Heck, the app should show and tell me exactly what to do for fit corrections. Or, why not just alter the pattern for me, as long as I'm dreaming a big dream.

I don't want much!

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Date: 12/21/12 9:33 PM

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The first is a high tech dress form that replicates my figure from a quick scan of my body and then is instantly built by one of the new 3D printers. The form could be made to a slightly smaller than lifesize scale so it could be covered in a softer material to allow pinning.

Or heck, while it's scanning your body, it can go ahead and print out a perfectly fitting pattern while it's at it!! LOL

I'd love something that automatically whisks fabric from the dryer and folds it back up onto the bolt, no matter how many yards you're washing at a time!

And possibly something akin to a parking alarm, that would monitor your layout and beep at you if you have the pieces turned the wrong way, or against the nap, etc.

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The third item is a device that would allow anyone even a beginner to sew a perfectly neat hand stitch without really trying.

We have this one already. Elias Howe invented it in 1845.

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Date: 12/21/12 9:34 PM

That's a machine stitch, not a hand stitch.

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Date: 12/21/12 9:37 PM

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That's a machine stitch, not a hand stitch.

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Date: 12/21/12 9:50 PM

Very cool machine, and I know Babylock sells a similar Sashiko sewing machine for home use. But those machines cost thousands of dollars.

I'm talking about a small and simple, inexpensive device that I could use when I'm sewing something by hand and want my sloppy "happy hands at home" stitches to look perfect.

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Date: 12/21/12 9:55 PM

I will need a cute robot that can layout, cut and mark for me.That would be just great. ;)

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Date: 12/21/12 9:57 PM

OMG I want one!

Now matter how hard I try, my hand stitching looks a bit wonky. I love how the machine seems to be "walking" accross the fabric! How much is it?

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Date: 12/21/12 9:59 PM

I meant I want that machine! (fast posters got in there first!)

Of course the robot would be nice too.

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Date: 12/21/12 10:03 PM

You can buy a Babylock Sashiko home sewing machine for about $1,500 to $2,500-- or more. It sews the same type of stitch as the industrial machine seen in the video.

But I want a cheap device that will allow me to sew neat stitches by my own two human hands. Something like the Fasturn set, only not for turning tubes but for making neat stitches by hand.

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