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Not buying fabric until projects are finished
or...how long could we sew without buying more?
Rosie who use to be Rose
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Date: 9/24/05 11:03 PM

In the last few years I've fallen into the bad habit of buying fabric and either stashing it away or not finishing the project. I blame the internet fabric stores , it's all their fault..

Seriously, I have a problem. I even listed a huge list of UFOs on the UFO contest board and I've hardly scratched the surface of the list, AND I've found more unfinished projects since I made the list. However, I did buy more fabric. Itís good fabric, beautiful fabric and I think I need to go cold turkey. Would anyone else care to join me in seeing how long we can sew without buying anymore fabric?

Rosie

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Date: 9/24/05 11:37 PM

Yes, I'll join you! I spent the entire day re-organizing the stash closet, and when I got done I felt kinda sick.

I have more fabric than I could sew in a lifetime (at the rate I go, sad to say) and it seems kind of ridiculous to be buying for the sake of buying. I mean, if I stopped buying fabric, I could add to our retirement fund and it would make one heck of a contribultion!

I'm in! Should we report in once a week to keep us honest?

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Date: 9/25/05 0:00 AM

Oooh, count me in on this one! I figure is I spend less time browsing the online fabric stores and in the brick-and-mortar stores...I'll actually have time to sew! For me, I'll make an exception if I need to buy fabric for a muslin or if I need a lining or something like that.

BjP: I might need to check in weekly to keep me honest!

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Date: 9/25/05 1:34 AM

Oh boy! I feel better knowing that there are others like me . Once a week sounds good, but I think I'd like to post whenever I finish something too. There's something about telling somebody who has the same problem. I can't think of anyone to whom I could say, "Hey, I actually finished the pants I cut out!" and them understand what a feat I feel I accomplished.

Rosie

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Date: 9/25/05 5:17 AM

Count me in. I clean out my garage last weekend and boxed up several yards of fabric I had stash in there to get rid of. I still have more stashed in the garage. I haven't even started in my sewing room.
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Date: 9/25/05 5:30 AM

I'm in. I was wondering just this week if I actually have a problem with buying fabric. If I bought clothing instead of fabric I would have one great wardrobe. I sew almost everyday and I make most of what I wear and I still have way too much fabric.

I'll check in once a week. Ya'll keep me honest.

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Date: 9/25/05 5:45 AM

"I spent the entire day re-organizing the stash closet, and when I got done I felt kinda sick. "



That's on my list of things to do today. I like the roll-and-stack system several PR members have done and plan to do the same. I'm kinda dreading it since I know the guilt will follow.

I need to go on a major fabric diet - cold turkey! Checking in regularly is great incentive to stick to it.



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Date: 9/25/05 6:27 AM

I will be coming off of a 2-year long stash reduction diet soon, as I really want to buy some of those cool velvets and corduroys that I am seeing. I just wanted to post to say that you will be surprised how long you can go. The hard part was reminding myself to let great deals pass me by and that there will always be more fabric deals coming my way.

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Date: 9/25/05 6:49 AM

I'm in, too. My stash is not too big (compared to others) but I have some really nice pieces that need to be made up before I buy more. Of course, I just bought two really nice pieces on Saturday. Those are the two I want to make first!!!

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Date: 9/25/05 8:19 AM

I'll step to to the plate for this challenge! - I was planning to make this my 2006 resolution but might as well start now, right?

I really want to take a Susan Khalje class in the fall of 2006, so this will help me justify the cost.

Does this include going cold turkey on stuff like linings, trims and buttons? *That* would be pretty hard, even though I can keep a lid on buyinng more fashion fabric.

Just yesterday I finally hit on an easy way to keep track of my stash:

Swatch ring

On the back of each swatch I'll put a removable sticker with fabric type and my current yardage.

This is only a small fraction of my stash though...might need to find a bigger ring

Phyllis
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