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Nancy J.

Location:

Elgin, TX

Member since:

June 17, 2011

What is your history with sewing?

I went to every Home Economics class available and focused on sewing. Own the same machine my mother bought in 1961 and it works beautifully. I love fabric art, hand stitching and details that make a custom made item special.

Tell us about your sewing machine(s).

Singer Slant Needle with reconditioned tension and runs smooth as ever.

When you make a mistake while sewing, what do you do?

What else, get out the seam ripper and patience. I found that some mistakes happened and turned out to make the item even better. If it is a mistake in cutting the fabric, you make do with what you have left or be very creative with the fabric positioning and seams. See it as a challenge and don't make that mistake again.

What's your favorite thing you've ever sewn? Can we see a picture?

I created puppets and refurbished dolls in the 80's, even had a pair of hand made french marionettes auctioned at a fund raiser. I have two sons and a daughter and during the 70's every Easter my sisters and I would create a competition to see who could create and sew Easter outfits for each of our kids and ourselves for the least amount of money and the most creative use of re-cycled clothing from the thrift shops. I bought a second hand wedding dress and took the whole thing apart and re-made the dress into the style my Daughter wanted. I took a bridesmaid's dress used in my family and did the same thing to fit her bridesmaid. Give me some tailors chalk and a picture of what you want, I will do what ever it takes to make it happen.

If skill, time, and resources were no issue, what would you sew right now?

I wish doll dresses were as important to little girls as they used to be. I would make a doll house with furniture and accessories made completely from fabric. Crib mobiles, wall art from fabric.

Introduction

Retired Math Teacher who wants to share with the community something that is fun for me and meaningful.

What Nancy J. is saying about this Meetup Group

Susan did such a good job.


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