SparkPeople Sew me up! Team Messageboard People who love to sew, design, create AND lose weight and stay healthy while doing it! SparkPeople Sew me up! Team Messageboard What are you sewing? Hi there! I'm no professional seamstress, but I do enjoy sewing some very basic things. I thought it might be fun to share what you have been working on and maybe get some ideas. My most recent project is a new and prettier strap for my camera. I'm also working on a curtain/shade that has different fabric on the reverse and can button up to different lengths. <BR> So what have you been sewing? Thu, 17 Oct 2013 12:02:18 EST Hello My name is Gina. My husband and are both new to sparkpeople. I am a Middle School science and math teacher who loves to sew, read, write, and walk. I love creating new costumes and wearable works of art. I have been overweight all my life. I am 40 and have made peace with my body but I would like to start eating better and treating myself with some more compassion. Tue, 25 Jun 2013 09:58:39 EST New York Fashion Week Just wondering if anyone else out there gets inspiration from the craziness of the designer fashion world. Fri, 8 Feb 2013 02:45:53 EST New Year, New You? Do you have plans to reach a particular goal this year? Health or otherwise? <BR> I'm excited that I'm one quarter from completing my MSN. After so much time devoted to academia, I want to spend this year focusing in the home front and reconnecting with my previously more physically active self. I've been going to WW meeting for the last few weeks and plan to start a walk/run program as soon as I get the last few school requirements out of the way. <BR> What about you? What are your plans f... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 20:49:51 EST How you doing? I'm really struggling to stay on track. I'm thinking I need have a more hands personalized approach. Anyone doing weight watchers? I'm going to my first meeting this morning. Sun, 9 Dec 2012 09:04:44 EST Handmade Holiday Anyone planning to stitch up some of their holiday gifts? I've been working on some knitting (slow going) and 2 quilts that are coming along. What about you? Sun, 25 Nov 2012 08:48:29 EST Another newbie to sparkworld here :) Hi! I'm Robyn from Iowa now living in Gallup, New Mexico. I live to create! I knit and make jewelry too, but sewing and quilting are my first love. I enjoy making baby quilts especially the ones that look old and crinkly, like you just pulled them out of your great-grandmother's old trunk. I need to discipline myself to pick up the needle and thread instead of something to eat and this group sounded totally fun. :) Sat, 11 Aug 2012 17:05:22 EST Clock you activity I love on the East Coast and the summer heat has been oppressive. What have you been doing to stay active? Share how you keep moving in spite of the summer rays? Sun, 8 Jul 2012 04:17:52 EST What you stitching? I'm so excited. I'm on a break from grad school and I've been stitching like's been so long and I'm enjoying it so much. I just started sewing the binding on 2 gift quilts and a sun dress for my dd. What are you stitching? Tue, 26 Jun 2012 11:12:30 EST Spark you weight loss In honor of Independence day I wanted initiate a group challenge. My personal goal is to jump start my healthy lifestyle and clock a 5% loss by August 1st. What's your personal goal? You in? Tue, 26 Jun 2012 11:09:59 EST Any newbies to the group? Welcome!!! Sun, 3 Jun 2012 16:16:43 EST May Challenge? Anyone up for one? <BR> After many life distractions, I'm trying to get back into good habits. It's a constant challenge, but perhaps a group challenge would be helpful! Thoughts? You up for a challenge? Wed, 2 May 2012 06:53:42 EST Mens Button Down Shirt & T-Shirt Well I've only used a sewing machine a few of times in my life (way back when). <BR> <BR> Now my brain injured grandson lives with me, he can't button up shirts, and when he wants to take a shirt off - rrrip! <BR> <BR> He is only 12 years old and is already 5'8" tall. He will be about 6'5" when he reaches his full height. <BR> <BR> I need to make or alter ONE shirt pattern (then I can easily make the same shirt over and over), that can be used for long and short sleeves. <BR> <BR> I will ... Sat, 10 Mar 2012 19:22:56 EST Question of the day To help a conversation going each day, how about if we create a running dialogue of questions that we can each answer to learn more about each other? For example, where is everyone from? What do we all do for a living? Does sewing help you concentrate so that you don't eat or vice versa? that type of thing. <BR> So my first question is: <BR> Where are you from? Describe it a bit too. <BR> <BR> I'm from San Diego and live near (about 4 miles) from Sea World. I live in a large condo comple... Thu, 8 Mar 2012 10:30:22 EST Current Project? Hello, <BR> <BR> I thought we might discuss what your most worked on sewing project currently is. Mine is a denim jumper that I am using as a reward to meet my weight increment goal. It is in a pale blue denim, which I LOVE! :) <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 2 Mar 2012 12:28:56 EST 17 Day Diet Has anyone read this book? What do you think? Thu, 1 Mar 2012 09:49:35 EST A rude awakening or inspirational pants? Hi there. I'm new to this site but not new to the roller coaster ride we call aging and trying to keep up to the changes in our bodies. <BR> During the holidays I met up with a friend to enjoy a day of making some pants. I had some chocolate brown wool blend fabric and made a flawless pair of slacks that I couldn't get past my thighs..................we both cracked up. I used my regular no fail pattern. So, they are now my inspriational pants that I'll hopefully be able to wear in a fe... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 06:30:49 EST Challenge 2012 Hey all! Glad you're still here stitching along and staying healthy. I thought we could try having monthly or even quarterly challenges this year to keep us motivated and on track. Does anyone have something that they really want to work on or have a suggestions? <BR> Thu, 22 Dec 2011 08:36:31 EST What's your plan? Do you count calories, follow a weight loss program (like Jenny Craig or WW). Do you plan out your meals, do you eat the same type of things frequently? I'm interested in what you've found easiest to manage with a busy lifestyle? Wed, 21 Dec 2011 14:08:51 EST Going it alone? I think sparkspeople is awesome, but sometime I wish I had a IRL healthy living/exercise buddy to help keep me motivated How do you stay motivated when you're going it alone? Sat, 19 Nov 2011 11:50:55 EST Holiday Sewing Are you giving any handmade gifts? What are you working on? I just got back from a wonderful sewing retreat weekend and completed a quilt top for my stepdad for Christmas. Now, I just need to get it quilted, bound and mailed. I also need to quilt a quilt for my oldest son. I'd also like to make some American Girl doll clothes for dd who's getting her first doll for Christmas. Last but not least I'd love to make my mom some placemats. And matching lounge pants for everyone to wear on Chrismas ... Sun, 13 Nov 2011 21:17:47 EST How can this group be a help to you? I'm curious. I'd love for this group to be more active, more motivating, a place for support. What can we do? What do you need? What would you like to see in the future? Sat, 15 Oct 2011 08:35:56 EST Where do you track your food and activity Or do you? Do you find it helpful? Thu, 29 Sep 2011 14:58:13 EST Hello all :) I'm Nicole, born and raised in Las Vegas, and I will be 30 in November. I have been wanting to lose weight for about 2 years, mainly baby weight. I have tried to get modivated but have found it difficult. I have chronic back pain & my dr was very vague on what is actually wrong(bulging disk?) I'm a stay at home mom of two girls, 2.5 and almost 5 yrs old. I never felt like I had the time to do anything for my self (although I would make dresses for them into the wee hrs of the night lol, whi... Thu, 29 Sep 2011 00:05:23 EST Any runners? I'm going to have to figure out a way to get in regular exercise since my work schedule has changed. Running/Walking seems like the easiest. How did you get started? How far did you go? I have the couch to 5k program. did that work for you? Sun, 25 Sep 2011 13:49:12 EST new to the team Still learning my way around SP but loving it so far. I love to sew and have been doing so since I was 13. I had a rare great Home Ec teacher - no one in my family sews. I'm mom to three teens and just going back to work after years as an at home mom. I will be working part time in the schools as a substitute para/aide. So my big challenge will be making time to take care of myself in the midst of it all. Sun, 11 Sep 2011 20:00:30 EST Making your own workout clothes? I've been wanting to do this forever - because 'workout' clothes are so darned expensive!! <BR> <BR> I have a few pairs of capri type knit shorts that I find nice to workout in, but eventually they will come to the of their life span. I was thinking about using them as a pattern?? <BR> <BR> Has anyone had success of making their own workout clothes? Wed, 31 Aug 2011 17:24:31 EST cutting serger tails what is your guys way favorite way to finish/cut off serger tails? Fri, 12 Aug 2011 18:57:32 EST anybody out there every seen a good skort pattern? Have you seen these running/cycling skorts that have the shorts built in that make exercising go smoothly, but then when you get off your bike, instead of showing off your butt in all its spandex glory, you have a cute skirt on, with pockets for keys to boot. I have tried to buy them a couple times, but (standard complaint of African American women) if it's big enough for my caboose, it's way too big at the waist. <BR> <BR> I could just draft a simple skirt pattern, but since I don't have... Mon, 18 Jul 2011 20:24:04 EST need advice for church craft fair Hope no one is upset that I'm cross posting - my other sewing team seems to have largely petered out. My church is planning a craft sale in November and I'd like to contribute. I've already been warned that big-ticket items like quilts don't sell well. What does? Any experience out there? <BR> Sun, 3 Jul 2011 17:12:52 EST Returning to Spark, New Profile Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Nicole and I'm an overeducated, out-of-work mother of 3--a 14yo son, and two daughters, 3 and 5. I am looking for a job and discontented with my grad school and postdoctoral weight gain, but completely unmotivated to do anything about the weight, and only periodically motivated to do anything about getting a job. There has been a lot of room for discouragement in my professional life, and I have been in a 4 or so year slump. <BR> <BR> I have a lot of trou... Sun, 26 Jun 2011 01:23:58 EST Taking in clothes So <BR> I have a sewing machine (Ive had it five years and I love it) unfortunately Im none too skilled at sewing. I took a class in highschool but it only helped a little. <BR> I also have alot of clothes that I grew out of and hopefully more to come! <BR> My question is if anyone knows how to take things in (specifically pants) knows any good online tutorials or anything that might help...Im sick of having to buy new clothes every other month (ok, maybe not, but Im none to happy about the ... Fri, 17 Jun 2011 13:04:43 EST hello all him <BR> <BR> my name is brenna married with 3 kidz. I've been sewing since I was 19. I tried it when I was 14, but didn't do too good with my home ec teacher and my mom wasn't a very patient teacher. oh well. sewing tends to run in my family. my great great grandma was a professional seamstress and sewing for her kidz and grandkidz. my great aunt dean still sews and teaches at over 70 years old! my mom sewed and now I do it. <BR> <BR> now if only my sewing could shrink and expand as I do,... Sun, 12 Jun 2011 04:26:27 EST Fabric swap Anyone interested in doing a swap of some kind? Thu, 20 Jan 2011 16:01:39 EST New year, new me? I'd like to lose 25 lbs so I'm trying to recommit myself to this great resource. What about you all? Mon, 3 Jan 2011 22:02:20 EST How are you moving? I just started working fulltime during the week and I'm finding it extremely challenging to workout on a regular basis. How do you incorporate purposeful activity into you day? Thu, 28 Oct 2010 10:16:25 EST Want to connect with those who sew! I have sewn in the past, but only to make costumes for my daughter when she was little. We are talking 15-20 years ago. <BR> <BR> I just bought a new basic machine at the TX State Fair and am anxious to get started. <BR> <BR> Years ago when I had sewn I was actually putting two patterns together. It wasn't perfect but my mom said if I could join 2 patterns on my first attempt and have it turn out so well, that I could sew! We will see. <BR> <BR> Does anyone make clothes anymore??? And am ... Tue, 12 Oct 2010 18:13:32 EST New in Salt Lake City I'm a single mother of a 14 year old feline named Princess Caraboo. Aside from health concerns, one reason I want to lose weight is to be able to wear items which don't look like an Omar the Tentmaker Original. <BR> <BR> I'm an amateur costumer and help a friend with community and school theatre productions from time to time. <BR> <BR> One costume I made for a science fiction convention took 170 hours to make and included a hand tied wig, paper mache helmet, and plywood shield. Another had... Sat, 21 Aug 2010 03:58:02 EST New in Salt Lake City I'm a single mother of a 14 year old feline named Princess Caraboo. Aside from health concerns, one reason I want to lose weight is to be able to wear items which don't look like an Omar the Tentmaker Original. <BR> <BR> I'm an amateur costumer and help a friend with community and school theatre productions from time to time. <BR> <BR> One costume I made for a science fiction convention took 170 hours to make and included a hand tied wig, paper mache helmet, and plywood shield. Another had... Sat, 21 Aug 2010 03:57:27 EST Check in's it going? I have struggled a bit this summer. But, recently began journaling again and signed up for a personal trainer. I'm hoping it helps keep me on track. I haven't gained, but haven't lost anything either and I definitely feel less fit. My goal is to lose 15lbs by the end of the year and run a 5k. <BR> Anybody have any new goals or progress to report? Sun, 15 Aug 2010 07:17:34 EST What are you sewing now? Hi! I finally finished my turquoise skirt tonight and fished a pretty rayon print blouse I made quite awhile ago out of the closet and ironed it. I had outgrown it at one point, but it fits once more! :-) It is turquiose with pretty red and yellow flowers all over. It looks great with my new skirt. So my clothes are all ready for work tomorrow! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Sun, 18 Jul 2010 22:04:50 EST Advise on getting a Singer Futura My sister-in-law decided to get both her and I a new sewing/embroidery machine. She has decided on Singer Futura, but not which one. She is leaning toward the SES 1000 embroider and serge machine. But is also considering the CE250 or the CE 150. Does anyone out there have any suggestions, do you own either of these machines? <BR> thanks for any comments Fri, 28 May 2010 10:47:59 EST Ahoy All Happy Sunday everyone! I just wanted to introduce myself, my name is Dana and I am new to the group. I have recently re-energized my journey to healthiness, and have lost a total of 22 pounds. <BR> <BR> I have also recently become more engaged with crafts and sewing. I am far from calling myself a seamstress, but, I don't think I'm too bad! My recent endeavor are two costumes for ren faire, and they are lookin' mighty fine! I decided to blow past the pillow-making steps as I had done that a... Sun, 25 Apr 2010 14:14:08 EST I'm a Newbie Hi. I am Carol. I need to lose at least 70 lbs and would like to lose about 100. My first goal is 28 lbs by Labor Day (daughter's wedding). I am 42, pre-diabetic, arthritic, mother of 4 (6, 20, 24, 26 - yes that is correctÜ). I love fabric. At 6'2", I make a lot of my own clothing. I also do a lot of stuff for the house and LOVE quilting. I just love fabric. I'm also a papercrafter. I recently joined the YMCA, but currently cannot work out for 7 - 10 days per doc orders. I've start... Wed, 21 Apr 2010 11:09:11 EST Can cotton knit tops be altered? I'm dropping in to ask whether cotton and cotton-poly knit tops can be altered. I've lost 60 lbs. and everything looks clownish and sloppy on me. Somewhere along the way I think I heard that any kind of knit is hard to work with, but I love some of my tops and would like to be able to wear them a while longer as I continue to lose. <BR> <BR> Please let me know if it makes sense to take them to take them in for alteration. <BR> <BR> Thank you. Sat, 17 Apr 2010 01:28:31 EST First time here Hi I am new to Sparkies so bear with me. <BR> I love sewing. I make purses, clothes, kitchen items, etc for family, friends and myself. <BR> Hope to learn more here and have some fun. <BR> Tue, 2 Mar 2010 14:08:20 EST First time here Hi I am new to Sparkies so bear with me. <BR> I love sewing. I make purses, clothes, kitchen items, etc for family, friends and myself. <BR> Hope to learn more here and have some fun. <BR> Tue, 2 Mar 2010 14:07:56 EST I need help buying my first sewing machine! Hello everyone! I would like a little advice on the best sewing machine for me. My mother-in-law wants to gift her old sewing machine to me, but I won't see her until this summer and I'm eager to get started now. <BR> What I'll use it for: Sewing stuffed critters/toys that I design. I would also like to make some clothes for myself and my future children. I know I'd like to experiment with handbags and other things as well. <BR> How much I want to spend: Between $60 and $125. <BR> My experien... Mon, 22 Feb 2010 12:44:32 EST Hi New Here Hi my name if Florence and I like to sew. Unfortuneatley I have been away from it for for a long time. <BR> I took a course for dressmaking and got a certificate but have not persued my art. I like to make my own clothes and do princess dresses for my granddaughter (6). In which I should be making her an Easter dress. <BR> So I had better get a move on things. <BR> Sun, 21 Feb 2010 19:03:36 EST Anybody up for a challenge? We could do a 6 week challenge. I'd like to look 10 lbs. but I've been really struggling with getting my eating under control. I'd love to have some friends along for the ride. Anyone want to join me for my winter challenge. <BR> <BR> My goals are to drink 6-8 glasses of water/day (something I haven't been doing) <BR> Stop snacking on junk <BR> Rededicate myself to regular exercise. Sun, 7 Feb 2010 12:58:07 EST How are you using sparkpeople? I'm just curious as to how you utilize sparkspeople. <BR> Do you track everything you can, do you blog and participate in many forums? How do you get the most out of the site and have you found it helpful. Tue, 26 Jan 2010 09:54:19 EST 2010 Challenges I thought we could try having monthly or even quarterly challenges again this year. Does anyone have something that they really want to work on or have a suggestions? Mon, 25 Jan 2010 08:19:05 EST New from Florida I look forward to exchanging sewing and weight loss ideas! Wed, 13 Jan 2010 12:25:02 EST Looking to get a serger My sewing level is advanced beginner/intermediate and I'm looking to get a serger. I was just wondering if there are any sergers under $300 that you would recommend? Thanks for your help! Tue, 12 Jan 2010 13:38:20 EST Recommend it...The Spark I got a kindle ebook reader for Christmas and one of the titles I was browsing was "The Spark". I was wondering for those who purchased it what you thought and would you recommend it? Tue, 12 Jan 2010 07:46:43 EST What are your 2010 fitness goals I've been running since the fall and ran my first 5k on New Year's Day. I'd like to run a 10k by the end of the year. Currently my friend and I are running a 4 mile race in April (I guess that's 6k or so). I'm working on increasing my times and not using the fact that I exercise as an excuse to eat poorly. What about you? Tue, 12 Jan 2010 07:44:43 EST new here I started spark over a year ago but had some injuries and while I was off from work decided to get back into sewing. I still have a 25 year old montgomery ward machine. Dh bought me the singer futura 25o for christmas and really loving it. I also have a brother I bought around 7 years ago and really never cared for it. Dd has claimed my mw but I am just loveing my new singer and the embroider attachment. Tue, 5 Jan 2010 12:34:23 EST Hi new one here I have had a sparks page for some time but stopped using it. Now I am dusting it of and ready to get to it again! So i am jumping in here to say hi and introduce myself. I am Lisa And live in WI. And love to make things all creative :O) <BR> <BR> Looking forward to meeting you all! <BR> <BR> Lisa Rose Tue, 15 Dec 2009 18:32:43 EST New Rule: No Sewing Until Exercise is Done! I've been here before, but it's been awhile. My name is Kristine, and I just started back here a week ago. I realized that was able to find time to sew, but not find time to exercise. So, my new rule has been in effect for 1 week, and I've only missed 2 workouts! I'll jump on the scale tomorrow and see what effect my first week has had, but regardless, I feel better already and want to keep working toward my goal! Mon, 23 Nov 2009 19:31:34 EST New onboard Hi all! I love to sew and collect vintage/antique sewing machines. Most of my sewing is clothing for myself and my friends but I also like doing home dec stuff. I'm re-doing my sewing room (again!) and this time hope to get my stash under control. (Ha) <BR> <BR> I have a little sewing blog at so check me out! Mon, 26 Oct 2009 17:17:54 EST Finished Quilt Well after being sick for over three weeks. 1st a normal cold or flue and the second longer sickness the nasty swine flu I've finally been up and about for a week now. So I'm back on the diet track, lost 1 lb this past week. (Ironically I gain two while sick) and I finished a quilt I'm making as a wedding gift. <BR> <BR> I thought people might like to see the some pictures of the finished work. Unfortunately I didn't have a wall high enough to hang the quilt flat so it's at an angle pulle... Mon, 26 Oct 2009 15:21:22 EST Elbow deep Sewing holiday stuff. I'm finishing up my kids Halloween costumes and getting ready to sew Christmas gifts and outfits. What about busy are you? Wed, 21 Oct 2009 08:38:35 EST Hi there! Just found the team this morning. The kids are back in school, so I hope to have some time to work on my sewing pile. After I've exercised, of course ::sigh:: No more gifts (found a sewn gift in the rag bin at someone's house one time). Just projects for my home or me. <BR> <BR> Happy sewing! <BR> Becky Wed, 23 Sep 2009 09:22:25 EST Nice to meet you! I just found this team, I love sewing! <BR> <BR> I taught myself how to sew, 2 years ago. I am not a professional sewer yet, but I becoming really good at it, I think. <BR> <BR> I think it's a great hobby, I love being creative and it's so very relaxing. I especially love making dresses. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to meeting you all! Sun, 20 Sep 2009 07:46:16 EST HOW MANY SEWING MACHINES DO U HAVE I thought that it might be fun to see who has the most sewing machines and who has the oldest. I have 5 or 6 and some for parts most are 401 slant-o-matics from the fifty's, some of mine are commercial. Come on Ladies and Gentlemen. <em>224</em> <em>244</em> <em>243</em> Remember the one with the most toys wins!!!!!!!! Fri, 18 Sep 2009 12:18:20 EST new to Sew me up! Hi I have been sewing since about 1962 about 8yrs. Yes I'm addicted if I could slam sewing I would get off cheaper. I have about 6 sewing machines at the moment. I have made everything from tents to lingerie. I'm a fabric junkie I admit it. So if there is anyone out there with the same interest please stop by for a visit. Tue, 15 Sep 2009 18:28:54 EST Holiday Swap Anyone interested in doing one? We could do something we made or do a Swap from the Heart where people post craft type items they are seeking and if you have something you pass it on. Anyone interested? Fri, 11 Sep 2009 14:09:53 EST New 2 SMU / sewing teacher for years..... ........ I joined SP this month, I am ready to loose weight and look forward to helping others Sew up their weight loss by being supportive. I still teach sewing, and pattern fitting (private classes), mostly I sew for profit, investment wardrobe, fine sewing. Best of all I sew for my granddaughters. Thu, 10 Sep 2009 15:15:44 EST Favorite pattern company? Which pattern companies do you like to use? Do you have a favorite? <BR> <BR> I find it shifts from season to season.. I'm looking forward to the Fall/Winter catalogs, but Butterick & Vogue have my attention as of late. <BR> <BR> Tue, 1 Sep 2009 18:54:11 EST Single digit! In clothing sizes that is. I never thought I'd see that again and to put it in to perspective, I realize that all sizes are different from brand to brand, but this weekend I was at the GW and found a cute little skirt from J. Crew. I didn't see the size originally, but it "looked" like it would fit so I went and tried it on. It fit, finally I found the size and it said it was an "8". Woohoo. Now I realize that it was a skirt and probably ran big because I have some 10's that are snug and none... Mon, 31 Aug 2009 09:48:03 EST New Runner! Anyone in the group a runner? Any suggestion to stick with it. I'm on week 2 of the couch to 5k program. I'm thinking of setting a goal of running a race in the near future. So far though, even though I know I have the stamina (from cycling and tons of cardio classes) I still find running very hard. I'm trying to figure out my pace and not run too fast to sustain the ability to just run. <BR> Love to hear any advice from long time (or short time) runners. Mon, 31 Aug 2009 09:45:14 EST New Here Hi all, <BR> I am new to sparkpeople. I am 25 and have just started sewing this year and love it. I am a mom to a 17 month old daughter and a registered nurse. Hope to get to know all of you as well! Mon, 31 Aug 2009 01:29:19 EST Some funnies to brighten peoples days Here is a link to a funny little cartoon about swim suits. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> flu and weight lose <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Just one more piece <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Motivation <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Blue jeans <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 30 Aug 2009 19:12:00 EST 5 fruits & veggies a day I've notice no one seems to be doing this challenge maybe we should change it. <BR> Sun, 2 Aug 2009 22:54:22 EST New from Wisconsin! Hi there! <BR> <BR> I'm Leigh, I joined SparkPeople ages ago but am just now getting serious and really trying to get my butt in gear! I love to sew, I have a sewing blog at I have two daughters, ages 4 and almost-2 who keep me busy! I am finding my sewing time even more limited by my attempts to exercise more, which is frustrating, but it will be worth it. Thu, 23 Jul 2009 15:03:46 EST What's going on? The group seems quiet. How is everyone doing. Hope you're enjoying your summer. I've recommitted myself and have been trying to journal regularly and look at what I'm eating with a more critical eye. <BR> I'm down about 3 more lbs. <BR> <BR> oy! the typos! Mon, 20 Jul 2009 09:37:08 EST Status Report! How did you do? 12 Week Challengers Sunday was the end point of our challenge. Did you make it to your goal. I lost 7lbs, a bit shy of the 12 I wanted to lose, but I'm happy nonetheless and I couldn't have done it without all the support from you guys! Yay! Tue, 7 Jul 2009 17:41:43 EST Do any of you know.... where my GOOD sewing shears are???? They seemed to have walked off....(I am sure some of you have had this experience.) <em>20</em> Thu, 2 Jul 2009 12:30:13 EST What's next? Keep Challenged! We only have one more week of our 12 week challenge. I was thinking we should start another one, perhaps a 6 week summer slim down. I loved the challenge. It helped me think about how hard everyone was working and that i would be reporting back to the group. What do you guys think? up for another challenge? Mon, 29 Jun 2009 07:51:46 EST Have any of you ever felt intimidated sewing? Have any of you ever felt intimidated making something? There is one thing that I'm currently trying to work on: pattern fitting for a pair of capris. <BR> <BR> I made the pattern before and unfortunately, I need more room in the crotch and the behind when I sit down.(I'm pear shaped) I have the instructions but I'm nervous because I've never done this before. <BR> <BR> I was just wondering. Wed, 3 Jun 2009 17:22:18 EST My thrift store redux I just redid this chair I scored from the thrift store. It's a combination sewn and staple gunned project. I got the fabric pretty cheaply at JA's in the clearance section. It coordinates with my living room perfectly and adds a punch of pattern. I have enough leftover that I plan to make some pillows. I have 2 of the chairs but they aren't in the same room. I can't decide if I should do both chairs the same or use another fabric for the other chair. I might work on the other chair today. <BR... Wed, 3 Jun 2009 08:42:11 EST New Hi! <BR> <BR> I just wanted to post something and say hello. I'm not quite a new sewer. I started 12 years ago and have been sewing on and off. I went back to sewing last year and have made progress. I still have a long way to go but I'm getting there. <BR> <BR> I'm glad to be joining the team. Mon, 1 Jun 2009 15:29:26 EST My recent project Well I am through Senior Prom and my Daughters Graduation...WOOHOOO <BR> <BR> My daughter decided she wanted me to make her dress for prom. So we designed one that she wanted and I sewed it up for her and it came out very nice. She then decided I should cut the dress shorter so she could wear it to her Graduation. That worked out great plus a money saver. <BR> <BR> Here are the links to the end design, finished prom dress and then her wearing it at Graduation yesterday. <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 29 May 2009 15:48:35 EST Sew Along Anyone interested in doing a summer sew along? I just thought it might be fun for us all to work on the same or similar type project and chat about it and encourage each other along. <BR> Sabrina Mon, 25 May 2009 07:43:50 EST Another newbie Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I just joined SparkPeople, although I've attempted to follow the program a few times, but allowed life or other issues to get in the way. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping to be more successful this time around, as I've had more than one doctor tell me recently that I need to exercise more, and that losing weight wouldn't be a bad idea either. <BR> <BR> I don't want to have health problems down the road just because I love chocolate and myriad other 'bad' things, but I think I n... Sat, 23 May 2009 17:17:24 EST Dress Forms I'm curious if you have one. What type. Do you like it? Would you purchase one again? I'm thinking of getting one and have been looking on Craigslist and found one within my modest budget. I'm not sure how much I'd actually use it though. I wanted to do the duct tape double but don't have anyone to wrap me and I don't know if my dh would do it right, lol. Mon, 18 May 2009 18:01:53 EST New and excited! Hello, my name is Kristine,I'm 35 and I live in Michigan. I'm a HS math teacher, mother of 2 (ages 3 & 5), and absolutely love to sew. Learned when I was in middle school, and never looked back. Trying to lose a few dress sizes so that I can enjoy sewing for myself more. Don't you absolutely hate how the pattern sizing is even bigger than RTW? Give me a break!!! Anyhow, along with making clothes for my daughter and myself, I also have a home embroidery business. Looking forward to getti... Sat, 11 Apr 2009 21:40:14 EST 12 week Challenge After reading one of our team members blog post and sharing my own struggles, I thought maybe we need a longterm team challenge and accountablilty thread to support each other and jumpstart our weight loss since none of would be here if we didn't have challenges with weight. I hope many of you will join in and participate in this challenge. <BR> I'm proposing that we begin on April 12 (I mean what better time to start than Easter, a time for spirtual renewal) and that it will run through July... Fri, 10 Apr 2009 09:36:57 EST April Chat Thread Let's chat! Wed, 1 Apr 2009 09:28:59 EST April Challenge Devote an equal amount to purposeful activity/excercise as you do to your craft. So, if you sew, knit, cross stitch for an hour you should try and have an equal amt. of exercise. Let's make exercise a priority in our lives! Tue, 31 Mar 2009 17:36:26 EST quilters ...let's talk batting I've only made 2 or 3 quilts and all but one was before I knew even a bit about quilting. Anyways I noticed JoAnn's will have poly batting on sale. I've used it before, but on the last quilt I made I used warm and natural and while it's not as lofty, I feel like it's actually a warmer quilt. Thoughts on batting choices. Is poly bad? What are the advantages of a natural fiber over poly? Mon, 30 Mar 2009 13:42:18 EST Holiday Gifts Is anyone planning or do you always make Christmas and other holiday gifts to give. I do a bit, but this year I have committed to making the majority of the gifts I want to give. How early do you start? The stuff I'm sewing I can probably get out pretty fast. The stuff I'm knitting...It'll take me forever! I'm working on a prayer shawl for my mom and I'm only about 1/4 the way's for Mother's day so I'm focusing on that mostly. When I finish that I'm going to start the boys spring/su... Mon, 30 Mar 2009 08:03:32 EST April's Challenge? Any thoughts? <BR> Mon, 30 Mar 2009 07:53:32 EST WWYD...selling a machine I have a modest collection of vintage sewing machine. A few months ago my dh knocked my bernina onto the floor. Fearing that it was gone forever I purchase another one on ebay. I got it pretty cheap since it came w/ feet, no cord. The seller didn't even know if it worked. It works, it works great. In the meantime I got my other bernina fixed. Fast forward, I've been feeling the urge to get rid of some of my machine and I listed several on Craigslist. They've all sold.I also listed... Tue, 17 Mar 2009 17:54:09 EST Looking for feedback on a project This little fellow is Snozzy, I created the pattern and designed him all by myself. -beams- <BR> He is baby friendly and I'm looking to sell him at fleamarkets or online. <BR> I was wondering if anyone could give me feedback on him, with improvements and the like. <BR> Please keep in mind he available in any colour and to just comment on the actual design. <BR> Thank you <BR> <link><BR>ia-elizabeth/100_1140.jpg </link> Wed, 11 Mar 2009 11:38:57 EST Hello, I'm new Hi, my name is Lexie I'm 23 years old and i'm from Canada. I love to sew and eventually would like to have my own line of clothing. Starting in September I'm going to school for "textile and design" studies which has a focus area on fashion design as well as hand embroidery, knitting, weaving and other "arts and crafts". <BR> My weight tends to yoyo and i'm trying to lose weight without restricting calories and with exercise. I'm hoping to lose the weight and keep it off this time. <BR> Wed, 11 Mar 2009 11:34:32 EST March Daily Chat What's going on with everyone? How's the weight loss? How's the sewing. Anyone getting started on a spring wardrobe or other fun projects? I went today to buy the fabric for a lap quilt I'm going to make my mom. I hope it doesn't take me as long to finish this one as it did the last quilt. Mon, 9 Mar 2009 22:27:41 EST New to Team - Old to Sewing Just found this team. Looking forward to meeting others who love to sew. I've been sewing since I was 5. Graduated to running my own business (part time) and designing a line of clothing for a fall fashion show that we have locally. Right now the rage locally is recycled blue jean purses -- each one is individually designed and they are popular with all age groups. <BR> <BR> On my journey to shed some pounds I try to stay busy creating (keeps me out of the kitchen for a minute or two... Mon, 9 Mar 2009 09:19:13 EST Love love love to sew. Hi Everyone. I am a pretty new sewer. I rebelled against learning as a kid but find that now I love the creative process involved in sewing and designing new clothes. I am currently working on a jacket (my first) And so far so good.. but I have not put in the sleeves yet(wish me luck!) I am a junkie on the web site and have more patterns than I will ever sew. (lord help me but Joanne's is having a sale next week on Vogue patterns.).but just thinking about sewing them is at... Sun, 8 Mar 2009 04:37:31 EST What are you waiting to sew for yourself? When I get to a smaller size I want to make myself sooooo many things...almost all of them are from FOLKWEAR patterns that I adore! Anyone else saving cool patterns and design ideas to celebrate weight loss? Fri, 6 Mar 2009 11:38:35 EST Just joined and want to really start sewing.... I have a really old sewing machine and want to start sewing. I have dabbled in it a little...but since my fiance' will be working nights I really want to try to start sewing clothing...etc. Any advice on a good way to start?? Wed, 4 Mar 2009 07:13:37 EST Daily Chat February I'll start...what other hobbies to you enjoy besides sewing? <BR> I love to read and I'm also into knitting. I'm kicking around the idea of doing some stamping, but haven't gotten into it yet. <BR> <BR> Tue, 3 Feb 2009 16:04:57 EST February Challenge...90 minutes of exercise/week Although healthy eating is very important in weigh loss, studies have shown those who also incorporate regular exercise into their lives are able to maintain their loss better than those who don't. <BR> guessed it, our challenge this month is to get into the habit of regular exercise. Let's say 90 minutes/week. That could be broken up any way you like could do 30 minutes/3 day a week or 10 minutes here and there...whatever, the point is to get moving! Tue, 3 Feb 2009 12:08:31 EST The yearlong inished!!! I'm not a quilter. While I appreciate the beauty of them, I don't enjoy the process. But, I had a wild hair that I wanted to make dd (my only girl) a quilt. I started it last January and finally finished it a few days ago. I think in the total time I actually worked on it, it was probably only about 3 weeks worth of time...but I just couldn't seem to finish it. Anyways, I posted a pix on my blog if you'd like to check it out. <BR> Tue, 3 Feb 2009 12:05:02 EST February Team Challenge? Anyone want to suggest one? Sun, 1 Feb 2009 09:30:39 EST Team Goals I added a few. Please feel free to let me know of others you'd like added. Go check them out. Sun, 25 Jan 2009 15:21:09 EST Haven't introduced myself... I've been busy reading everything on this site. <BR> <BR> I live in Central Iowa with my significant other and our "children", the Weenie dog and the orange lump of a cat. I have been also trying to de-clutter the "I don't know what to do with it room" so I can get it set up for a sewing room. I just got a new sewing machine for Christmas to replace the old machine I curse at and pile of projects waiting to be started. <BR> Thu, 22 Jan 2009 23:19:56 EST What's your personal goal? My short term goal is to lose 5% of my current weight in the next 30 days. <BR> My long term goal is to stop snacking on junk completely. <BR> What about you? What's your goal Thu, 22 Jan 2009 16:52:02 EST New to the team...have yet to start to sew :) Hi, my name is Scotti, I am 27 and live in E. TX. I have a wonderful husband and 10 year old daughter. My husband and I are expecting our first together...and it's a boy, due June 13. I joined Spark late June and lost 15 pounds before getting pregnant. Now I am trying to just be healthy and gain healthy through this pregnancy so I can get right back on track! <BR> <BR> I have always had a creative spark in me, though I am a perfectionist and feel it is never good enough. Silly I know. I di... Mon, 19 Jan 2009 15:48:50 EST What's for dinner? We're having turkey chili w/2 kinds of beans for extra protein. What about you? Tue, 13 Jan 2009 16:24:34 EST Sparks Recipes I really need to check out this site's amazing and I can't get over such a tremendous resource is "free"! I've paid for WW before and while wonderful too it's not any better that this site. Anyways enough gushing...I thought I'd share this are of the board with you all in case you didn't know about it either. <BR><BR>tail.asp?recipe=458851 <BR> <BR> Sun, 11 Jan 2009 15:59:36 EST Weigh Ins How often do you weigh yourself and what do you do with the info? <BR> I weigh every Monday and I log it on TDP. I like seeing the # along with the food journal so if I have a weak where I didn't do as well as I would have liked, I can look at why. Sun, 11 Jan 2009 15:52:47 EST What do you sew on? I have about 20 machines( I collect vintage machines). My primary machine that I actually sew on is my Brother PC 6000 that I've had for almost 6 years. I really love it. I also have a Babylock ellure that I use for embroidery only. I recently acquired to vintage Bernina's, a 801 and an 807. They are very nice stitchers and I plan to use them with the girls I teach sewing to. I could go on and on...but I won't, lol. <BR> Mon, 5 Jan 2009 18:00:07 EST Daily Chat for January I'll start. Has anyone started working on a Spring wardrobe yet? I sew a lot of my dd's clothes and I've decided to get started...but first I need to sew my ds who's all legs with a tiny waist (think 3t waist with a 7 length) some pants that fit. I've also decided I would make myself the Amy Butler weekender bag. I made my mom one for Mother's Day last year and she really liked it. I had to wait this long to psyche myself up to make another was a lot of work, lol. I did make myself a... Sun, 4 Jan 2009 21:50:30 EST New You Bootcamp Challenge Have you heard about this? Are you going to take part? It starts today. <BR> Here's a link to the info about it. The prizes seem pretty good and wouldn't it be great if someone from our team won one? <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1075 </link> <BR> <BR> Check it out! Sun, 4 Jan 2009 21:45:27 EST Meal plans Does anyone use the site created meal plans? What do you think about them? I was thinking of giving them a try. I've mostly been following a more calorie driven plan (just trying to stay in a certain range)and could use help eating a more balanced diet. I set up my parameters today. I like that it takes in to account not only calories, but protein, carbs and fats too in making up the menu. the shopping list feature seems cool too. Sun, 4 Jan 2009 18:05:21 EST January Challeng e...Keep a Food Journal I thought I'd start with a challenge that's hard for me to do consistently and encourage others to try it to. Keeping a food journal. I will track all my food...honestly. Even the bad stuff, lol. How about you? Want to join in? Sat, 3 Jan 2009 17:58:16 EST What's this forum about? Here's a place to challenge yourself and each other. It can be something as simple as say "Drinking eight glasses of water a day" or "Running a 5K". It's whatever you want. Let's make it fun and support each other in obtaining our fitness goals. Sat, 3 Jan 2009 17:52:29 EST How did you move to lose today? I think it would be fun to have a daily exercise/activity accountability thread. Post what you did to in the way of purposeful activity to lose today. <BR> <BR> I took a hour long spin class and wore my heart monitor. At the end it said I had burned 882 calories. I hate spin class...but love the pay off so I go two to three times a week. What about you? Sat, 3 Jan 2009 17:42:22 EST Hello Everyone! Hi all, I'm Sabrina. I love to sew as I'm sure you all do to. I joined this team awhile back, but hadn't really been active. Recently I decided I needed to refocus my eating (I'm pretty good with the working out) and thought I could use some support. Anyways...this team hasn't been very active but I'd like to see it become so, so I volunteered to help lead it. Please send me or post any suggestions or ideas you'd like to try. I thought it would be fun to do weekly challenges, share recipes an... Sat, 3 Jan 2009 17:35:04 EST changing pattern I hope someone here can help me. I have a pullover top I'd like to make but I know the sleeves will be too tight in the upper arm even at the largest size the pattern offers. I've sewn for a long time but have never tried to alter a pattern myself. How do I change how I cut out the pattern to enlarge the sleeve? I know how to change the sleeve piece, but don't know quite how to change the front and back piece at the arm. <BR> <BR> I'd love any help. <BR> <BR> Carol Wed, 31 Dec 2008 11:52:48 EST my intro. Hi fellow sewers, <BR> <BR> My name is Carol, I've been married for 20 years and have two teenage sons. I love to sew but go in spurts, taking time to knit, crochet, and cross-stitch. <BR> <BR> I hope you all can help me become a better sewer. <BR> <BR> Carol Wed, 31 Dec 2008 11:50:08 EST Encouragement Welcomed Need encouragement to get to all the cool projects I have planned and just haven't gotten to them. Time isn't the problem. FOCUS is! <BR> HAve them cut out. Just need to get them put together! That way I can get to the other patterns and fabric I have so I can buy new ones! <BR> I really want to get an online business going but in order to do that I ened product! I want to do American Girl, Barbie, aprons and nurses scrubs! <BR> <BR> Norma Thu, 20 Nov 2008 19:44:27 EST Daily Chat for November Hi Ladies i thought I would start a new daily chat since were heading into November. Let post here this month. hugs Millie Thu, 30 Oct 2008 13:31:15 EST Hello Everyone I recently started SP again, and I wanted to introduce myself. I have been married to the same man- for better and worse- for thirty years. My three children are grown, but one still lives at home. I have a granddaughter that visits almost every weekend. She isn't here this weekend, so I have time to play on the computer. I teach sixth grade science and I love my job. However, it doesn't leave me much time to sew. I have just finished setting up a sewing area in the guest bedroom and m... Sun, 19 Oct 2008 13:32:17 EST Halloween Costumes!! I'm getting ready to do up a costume for my youngest son for halloween. (No idea yet what the older one wants to be) <BR> My 4yo has been playing at being a mouse lately. He wants to be a "mousie-pumpkin". So, my creative mind thought it would be cute if his head was a mouse, popping out the top of a pumpkin costume. Then I plan to make some mousie hands and have them grasping over the neckline of the costume so it looks like he's peeking out. Then a tail...I'm undecided whether the tail will... Sun, 7 Sep 2008 05:50:42 EST New here! I'm restarting my spark program and getting back into my sewing all at once. I've had to take a break from everything due to a year long crisis in my family. Time to start planning a fresh new school year for my kids and start looking at some projects for myself and my family. <BR> Sun, 7 Sep 2008 05:44:27 EST Daily Chat-September our new thread...Vi Tue, 2 Sep 2008 14:42:11 EST Holiday thoughts, instead of maddness Here we can post our favorite holiday tradition, gifts we are making, recipes...daily chit chat. I feel fall in the air here in Wisconsin and that always turns my brain to "holiday thoughts". I'll start... <BR> <BR> This year I hope to make more gifts than last year. I have a list I've been making all year that I would like to start on. I am in the process of making my "people" list too. I'll match up gifts to the person and see how it goes. <BR> <BR> This year Destiny will be so much ... Thu, 28 Aug 2008 13:33:43 EST Calling all friends... I am a member of our family support team here in River Falls for our National Guard. They will be leaving for Iraq in February of 2009. Their mission is a 12-18 month time span this time. I attended a family picnic on Friday and spoke with their Captain to find out some of their needs and this is where I hope you will help me. <BR> <BR> From my card making friends I would like you to make 5-10 (or more if you wish) cards of different designs and donate them. We will bundle them with rib... Sun, 24 Aug 2008 15:51:46 EST mini goals-until end of July this is where we can record our mini goals. I will report weekly but still chat on our daily chat thread. <BR> <BR> My mini goal is to: <BR> loose 5 lbs by July 11 <BR> Strengthen my back <BR> Start wedding quilt <BR> Start vacation scrap book Tue, 24 Jun 2008 19:52:03 EST Joined today I've been on SP for awhile, but just now decided to join some of the teams. I've sewn off and on since I was in jr. high, but have been "on" for the last decade. I primarily sew for myself and my children, but love making bags/purses too. I'm a confessed machine addict and love all vintage machines. Have way too much fabric, but still don't think it's enough, lol. Anyways, my plan is to get to my goal weight by my 40th birthday. I have about 5 months to go and a lot of work ahead. Glad to be ... Mon, 2 Jun 2008 22:30:36 EST Daily Chat! June Good Morning Ladies, <BR> <BR> I thought I start a new thread, since the last one is so long, it gets difficult to read back. <BR> <BR> I am just quickly checking in before I have to get Breakfast ready, and we head out for church. <BR> <BR> Ann, LOL I love fabric petting too. I always have to pet the fabric and the yarn, sometimes even hug it a little. LOL <BR> <BR> I hope everybody is having a great day. Around here it looks like a great summer day. I plan on spending my afternoon on th... Sun, 1 Jun 2008 08:30:32 EST Joined today Hi everyone. I am new to SP, and new to this group as well. I have been sewing for the past 17 years. I started off making clothes for my dolls, then moved to clothes for myself. Once I got the confidence, I started sewing for others. About 5 years ago, I learned to make drapes, shades, etc....I love to sew. I am working on a prom dress and two flower girl dresses right now. My goal is to lose 20lbs. Sun, 4 May 2008 22:10:37 EST Hello From Another Seamstress Chick! Hello, Aza here. I live in South Austin Oak Hill area along with my husband and dog. Am 49 years old, turning 50 May 22th. I've set the Intention that 2008 is the year I finally reach my ideal weight! I lost weight years ago and have kept it off~ but never this last bit (14#s). My eating is ok but needs to go up a notch and make very bite count. My exercise is ok (lots of cardio for years now) it just needs to expand to include other types of exercise, ie weights, calisthenics & so forth. I w... Thu, 1 May 2008 11:09:46 EST Project Goals Perhaps we all need to motivate each other to get our projects finished, or even started. So I thought it would be nice to have a discussion where we post what project, if not started, or in progress, and set a goal when to finish it. Then we can see how we meet out goals. I for one work a lot more efficient if I have deadlines to meet. How about you? <BR> <BR> I have a quit top started that will need a border sewn on, and then send off to my machine quilter. Deadline date: 5-3-08 Finished 5... Tue, 29 Apr 2008 11:18:55 EST Thursdays Progress.... On ona roll so far today I had my oatmeal and 1 cup of coffee for breakfast. Did 30 minutes on the treadmill and drank 2 glasses of water. <BR> Now its onto the housework! Will sneak in some exercises here and there, Mainly stretching because I am feeling pretty stiff these days! <BR> Keep those bodies moving! <BR> ~Lisa Thu, 24 Apr 2008 09:47:32 EST New to SparkPeople and this group Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm Allie, and I love to sew and make jewelry (hence the username!). I'd like to learn how to make clothes, since a lot of time the ones in the stores don't fit my body type well. So far I make handbags, pillows and the occational quilt (more modern looking with just big squares, I don't do traditional patterns). I'd love to make some sewing friends and learn tips! Feel free to comment on my sparkpage as well. <BR> Wed, 23 Apr 2008 17:22:15 EST Hello Everyone! I am New here. I am lisa, 38, married with 4 children ages 19,17,14 and 7. I LOVE to sew! I spend most of my days at the machine! I am trying to get motivated and lose some weight and learn portion control. I have reverted back to my old ways and I need to nip it in the bud now!. Looking forward to meeting new freinds! Wed, 23 Apr 2008 15:41:30 EST New to the Group My name is Itashka and I'm from Missouri. I have just started back using Spark People. I know this is a great website. <BR> <BR> In the last couple months I have started sewing again. I was in 4-H and learned when I was little. Last project I worked on was about 8 years ago. A couple months ago I found an easy purse pattern. So I started with that. <BR> <BR> I'm not really doing a project right now. I'm going to start doing a mystery project. Seems kinda fun sense you have no id... Sun, 6 Apr 2008 17:47:00 EST I never introduced myself... so here I am. I joined a week or so ago I think. I'm Patty and have been sewing ever since my grandmother taught me 40 years ago when I was 8. Of course during my teens I thought it was the most uncool thing and didn't do much then. But now I enjoy it when I have time. <BR> <BR> I sew mostly clothing - the teen girls in my church know I love doing prom gowns so I usually have a couple to make each year. I also like sewing kids clothes. <BR> <BR> And I would someday LOVE to make a per... Wed, 26 Mar 2008 15:54:41 EST Brand new! Hi! I'm Caitlin, I'm 21, and I love sewing...and pasta. Especially pasta. <BR> <BR> I started sewing about a year ago, starting with a full Alice in Wonderland costume (complete with Victorian underwear) and now I'm trying to make my own clothes. It's very trial and error. But I love sewing! Mon, 24 Mar 2008 12:46:29 EST Hello! I'm Kathy from Saskatchewan, Canada. I just purchased my first sewing machine yesterday. I'm very excited but also a little terrified to be learning to sew. My mom is fantastic at sewing and will be teaching me. <BR> <BR> A good friend is having her first baby and I hope to start making baby clothes very soon. Sat, 1 Mar 2008 23:10:23 EST Daily Chat! Here is our new thread to chat on...Vi Tue, 12 Feb 2008 21:49:53 EST Daily Steps! Sun 2009 <BR> Mon 3687 <BR> Tue 3736 <BR> Wed 7236 <BR> Thu 5965 <BR> Fri 4845 <BR> Sat <BR> <BR> Totals <BR> WK. 2/11-2/17= 23826 <BR> WK. 2/17-2/23= 26549 <BR> WK. 2/24-3/1= 39831 Tue, 12 Feb 2008 21:45:14 EST M'Liss Rae Hawley If anyone is a fan of M'Liss Rae Hawley, she has a brand new fabric line out and it's at Jo"ann's Stores. I love her books, I love her quilts and NOW I love her fabrics too. She is also the spokeswoman for Viking/Husqvarna Sewing Machines. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 25 Jan 2008 17:08:05 EST 48 weeks I want to start a sub-group here, called 48 weeks. It will be sort of a challenge. The theory is that we have 48 weeks until Christmas 2008, well about 46 now, anyway, the challenge is to make a gift a week for CHristmas. It can be a sewing project, knitting, quilting, etc. We can each get a big box, or plastic container and keep everything we complete in the box. We can post various sites with free patterns, and post each week telling about the projects we've made. Even post pictures on our ... Fri, 25 Jan 2008 00:29:33 EST Announcements! Here is a great embroidery site with lots of tutorials and some sales right now. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Here is a great article on the Top 15 Embroidery Room Essentials. <BR> <BR><BR>SimpleProduct_ELP.aspx?CS_ProductID=PR<BR>1346&CS_Catalog=Elprojects Wed, 23 Jan 2008 09:55:09 EST How many steps to you do today? 1/17 <BR> <BR> 5793 <BR> <BR> I should do better tomorrow since it's errand day and I'll be out running around. Next week I'll have to start back on the treadmill to keep up. Thu, 17 Jan 2008 19:58:33 EST virtual walking I have to say my steps doubled from last week. This is great. So this week I'm looking to be in sixty thousand. Wish me luck. Sun, 13 Jan 2008 18:50:30 EST Virtual Walk Activity Vi - Edinburgh <BR> Wt. 204 <BR> Weekly goal 49000 steps and this is pushing it for me <BR> <BR> 12/30 11506 <BR> extra exercise rode bike <BR> <BR> 12/31 5054 <BR> extra exercise no, I'm pooped, lol. Big difference from yesterday. <BR> <BR> 1/1 3626 So lazy today <BR> extra exercise No <BR> <BR> 1/2 8415 <BR> extra exercise bike <BR> <BR> 1/3 0 <BR> extra exercise none <BR> <BR> 1/4 5534 <BR> extra exercise none <BR> <BR> 1/5 <BR> extra exercise <BR> <BR> Total step... Fri, 28 Dec 2007 14:02:12 EST Virtual Walk-main thread Are you ready girls? We are traveling to Scotland. I hope no one has been there before. My husband and I planned a trip a couple years back but due to health issues had to cancel our trip. So, I will go with you virtually. I am still working out the details but I would like to start in Edinburgh Scotland on Sunday Dec. 30. We will not be able to do the real mileage of course so this is what I’m thinking. <BR> <BR> First, we may not all be able to walk as far as each other so I would li... Fri, 28 Dec 2007 13:57:21 EST New to this team Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I found this team while looking at one of the team member's sparkpage. Looks like a great team so I just had to join. I love to sew but don't find nearly enough time for it. Hopefully after Christmas.... <BR> Fri, 14 Dec 2007 09:12:21 EST Wanted to say hi My name is joyce, from Penna. I have 3 daughters and 3 grandchildren. I enjoy sewing, but I must admit I havent sewn in a while. Dying to get back into it. My youngest 2 grandchildren and my daughter are on a limited income. I thought I would like to sew some clothes for the kids.I think I will need some pushing to restart. <BR> Zoitsa2 Mon, 3 Dec 2007 11:51:53 EST Going back to sew Hi everyboday. I'm new and sewing is one of my big interests. My first sewing was a night gown for Barbie when I was a little girl...what a childhood memory! Then when I grew up I made my daughter's sweet 15 dress and her graduation dress. Now I want to sew again but this time with baby clothing. I have bought everything I need to start and actually I'm very excited about it. <em>30</em> Tue, 6 Nov 2007 14:46:16 EST Sewing Challenge Challenges have been working for me lately so I thought it would be fun to have one for sewing as well. <BR> <BR> My challenges for the Month of November: <BR> <BR> 10 lbs. <BR> 20 scrapbook pages <BR> 5 sewn handbags <BR> <BR> Do you want to join me? If so, list your self challenges. Thu, 1 Nov 2007 13:14:33 EST What are you sewing for Christmas? I'm still hoping to get my machine back soon. I have decided that I'm going to make a couple handbags with the old machine though. I just won't be able to put any embroider work on them. <BR> <BR> What are you making for Christmas? Wed, 31 Oct 2007 11:18:14 EST just want to say Hi ! My name is mary major I live in lancaster pa a true quilters haven and the fabric shops are to die for ! I have three children and a Fantastic husband who as we speak is in the midst of remodeling the bathroom... God love'em we have an 8 year old saint bernard dog named ruby hense the username I am not very good with computers its a miricle I've gotten this far I have a huge amount of weight to get off started at 368 lbs and in 9 wks have rid my self of 18 lbs I actually can tell were my cal... Thu, 25 Oct 2007 11:45:28 EST Best of both worlds I normally don't watch TV during the time. But we found a 13 inch with working vcr on freecycle. We thought it would be worth a try for free. It works wonderful and we had a new cable outlet installed last week for it. It's over by my treadmill and today I finally decided to use it. <BR> <BR> I walked my first 15 mins and watched a sewing show!!! Who knew!!! I'm going to check out other shows and times during the day because I have my perfect excuse to get my butt on the tread... Mon, 22 Oct 2007 15:39:50 EST Jumpers? Hi all! Did anyone else see the Simplicity emailing about how jumpers are all the rage this season? I have a question -- if you're over 35 is it still considered okay to wear a jumper, or are they considered too "youthful" for us almost 40-somethings? <BR> <BR> I think jumpers are adorable, and I'd like to make some and embroider designs on them. Should I bother? I don't want to end up on an episode of "What Not to Wear." LOL! Thu, 27 Sep 2007 11:31:37 EST Anyone sewing today? I'm not yet, granddaughter sleeping still. So I've been sitting here thinking about all my projects I would like to get sewn up this winter. I live in Wisconsin so the snow is coming soon, lol. Not that I don't go out but I do spend more time at my machine than during the summer. <BR> <BR> I think I'll start a quilt for the granddaughter as soon as I'm finished with the niece's. I'm also trying to find a project for scraps...any ideas? Sun, 23 Sep 2007 11:25:30 EST I'm home We had a nice time on vacation...just not what we thought it would be. It rained most of the time so we only got one bike ride in and then decided to come home early because the weather wasn’t going to get any better. We went mountain biking and I loved it but realize I’m not as young as I was…go figure and I need some training before I do it again. We are going to practice more here but the snow is coming soon so not sure what we can do. <BR> <BR> The rain drove us to shopping more than ... Fri, 21 Sep 2007 09:57:27 EST Join Us At Charmed Swappers! Would you like to join us for the NEXT S W A P ? <BR> <BR> As displayed on the leader board of Charmed Swappers there are 21 members of Charmed Swappers. <BR> <BR> SO, here’s the scoop: <BR> <BR> Send 25 charms of Christmas/Holiday (please no religious theme) and you will receive 25 back from all over the US & Canada! <BR> <BR> Please email QUILTINGBEAJ or THEKEYS00 if you want to play! We will provide you with the mailing address at that time. <BR> <BR> Deadline for registering f... Tue, 18 Sep 2007 23:16:43 EST I lost my first 5 pounds!!! I am so excited to say I've lost. It sure is motivating when you see the scale go down. I leave on vacation tomorrow but I'm not worried. We are staying in a condo with a full kitchen...I'll stick to my food. Plus we are taking our bikes and I know I'll get plenty of exercise. I can't wait to see the scale next week!!! <em>104</em> <em>192</em> <em>108</em> Fri, 14 Sep 2007 10:27:55 EST I'm new to this team Hello, my name is Mel. I've been on spark for awhile but have just joined this team. i love to sew (especially victorian style dresses and quilts). looking forward to meeting y'all. Tue, 28 Aug 2007 09:17:19 EST Napkins I want to make some quick napkins and table runner. Anyone know what type of fabric to look for? All of the ones I have from the store are like 99% cotton, 1% polyester. I'm not sure I've seen 'kitchen' type fabric at the fabric store. <BR> <BR> Thanks for any suggestions. Tue, 17 Jul 2007 13:01:58 EST Slipcovers? I'm not much of a sewer but I'm desparate for a slipcover for my chaise lounge. Does anyone have a suggestion for a pattern or a book that could give me direction? Thanks. Fri, 13 Jul 2007 19:38:38 EST I finally have a serger. What took me soooo long! I kept telling myself that I didn't NEED a serger... now I don't want to sew without it. <em>224</em> I am still learning how to use it and when not to. If anyone has some advice that would be welcomed. Sun, 8 Jul 2007 19:27:34 EST ANY USE A DRESS DUMMY? My husband purchased a dress dummy for me. I really was thinking it would be easy to customize clothes to me. But when I put the dummy to my measurement my clothes where to small for it. So I shrunk the dummy until they did fit. I really would like to have the clothing I make more flattering to my body. I read about adding padding to areas. Suggestions of any kind would be great. Sat, 7 Jul 2007 16:18:38 EST Suggestions for easy first projects So, before I venture into sewing on $30/yd fabric for my curtains, I want to do some smaller sipmle projects to make sure I can actually maintain straight lines. Any suggestions? I have a nephew being born next month, so baby items aren't out of the question. Thu, 24 May 2007 07:59:04 EST Big Buttons Hi everyone. I am working on making a jacket (well sort of) and I need a big button. I would prefer that it were brown/ tortise shell and at least 2". I have been looking all over and cant seem to find one that I like for this project. Anyone know where I can find something like that? <em>87</em> Thu, 17 May 2007 08:40:22 EST Seam Allowance Hi Folks - Question for you more experienced sewers. I had my first sewing class, and the teacher told us that 5/8" is the typcal seam allowance, and that is where machines are marked for their guide line and pivot line. My machine is older (1980) though, and my guide lines are every 1/4" and, from my trial, I believe the pivot mark is 3/4". Our teacher said the standard for patterns is 5/8". So, should I mark my own mark on the machine? Or just cut an extra 1/8" for seam allowances and ... Thu, 10 May 2007 07:25:51 EST Are curtains hard?!?!?! OK, So I'm just learning to sew (taking a class starting in 2 weeks). I want to learn so I can make curtains for my house (motivated after I found out how much they can be for the ones that are custome made. . . $3000 for one room!!! no way!). Anyway, I was at the fabric store picking up fabric I ordered for my headboard. I asked the lady how well they know the books (there have to be 10,000 books in the store - it's an interior design fabric gallery) because when I'm ready to make my curt... Wed, 11 Apr 2007 08:05:15 EST Hello Hi Everyone! I'm Carly, I'm 27 & I live in Virginia. I just decided about a week ago to learn to sew. I was FLOORED by how much places want to charge for curtains, so I figured I could do it myself. I have an engineering degree & an MBA, surely I can master a sewing machine <em>30</em> So, I bought a sewing machine/table at an auction last weekend and am waiting to start a class. I figured out how to thread the machine, at least! Guess that home ec class was good for something! If a... Fri, 23 Mar 2007 09:47:49 EST Newest progress in Calif. Hey gang, <BR> <BR> Have gotten stuck at 227-228, but have kept loosing inches. Changed a few things up this week so hope that I break out a bit, but being as it is that time, will be off track for a few days. I also start a new job on Monday. I will be working in the engineering department. After being home with kids for almost twenty years, had short lived outside jobs on an off, I am a little anxious about working. Excited as well. If you like those baby carrots that come bagged and peel... Sun, 11 Mar 2007 03:35:28 EST Hello From Texas I'm new to SP and new to the forum. My name is Faith and I live in Texas with my husband and two daughters. Sewing is one of my passions, so this seemed like a good place to jump in and hang out with other seamstresses! Right now I'm working on a baby outfit for a friend who just had a baby. I primarily sew clothing for children. <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to know you all. <BR> <BR> -Faith Thu, 8 Mar 2007 09:16:52 EST Does anyone buy fabric on line? Well, since Walmart is not cooperating with us, does anyone buy fabric on line? If so, how do you like it and where do I go? Fri, 2 Mar 2007 14:27:14 EST Does anyone know how to enlarge a pattern Hello, <BR> <BR> I was so excited at loosing so many inches that I went out and bought new patterns and fabric, a substantial amount, thinking how nice it was that my measurements now meet those listed on the pattern for the size 22W. I cut out 3 tops and 1 dress. Constructed the dress last night and even after taking a 1/4 inch seam allowance instead of the 5/8 inch the dress barely fits. Now, I don't see this as a waste of time and fabric since I plan to loose more, but am really needing ... Tue, 27 Feb 2007 10:04:24 EST Hi everyone, can I sew with you? Hi from NC - I love to sew and yes it keeps me busy so I don't want to eat. I recently started making quilts and I just got material yesterday to make matching dresses for my granddaughters. <BR> I would love to get to know you and find out what everyone is working on. <BR> Linda Tue, 27 Feb 2007 07:29:10 EST My great day. Hey gang, <BR> <BR> I went clothes shopping today. My jeans were literally falling down. I bought two pairs of jeans. <BR> One is the new size I am wearing now. Loved the jeans so much I bought the same pair...a size smaller for the next drop. <em>9</em> I also bought two new shirts and pair of shoes. They lace around the ankle...actually tied them myself by just bending over from where I was sitting. Didn't have to rope my leg and pull it up to me, or have my daughter tie them. <BR>... Fri, 16 Feb 2007 23:51:31 EST Knock-knock! May I come in? Hi! <BR> I"m new to Sparkpeople and a wee bit overwhelmed! I figured that sewists are my favorite people and I could probably find a safe haven amongst some while I figure out what this whole place is about. Sewing and textile arts are my favorite way to spend my time. I do design and patternmaking for plus sized women, painting/dyeing/surface design, beading, felting... anything textiles! I look forward to learning from you all! Mon, 1 Jan 2007 23:41:41 EST Gifts are all done - now depressed All the packages are mailed & on there way. It was fun to make something with just that special person in mind. <BR> <BR> Starting a new project now will mess up the house. So I sit waiting for Christmas to be over. <BR> <BR> KK Thu, 7 Dec 2006 14:43:08 EST Hello from a New York State newbie Hi I was hoping to find a sewing group here.I love to sew.I sew almost all my daughter's clothes,she is very skinny.All her pants are either too short but fit in the waist or just right in length and too big at the waist.Thank goodness she loves to wear dresses.I hope that it was okay to start a topic to introduce myself.I am with a couple other SP groups. <BR> After my surgery,female problems, I hope to get back to exercising. Tue, 5 Dec 2006 11:05:33 EST Gold & silver lame fabrics Has anyone worked with gold or silver lame fabrics? I'm working on all these Christmas Pageant costumes and I've designed the Angel Gabriel with a gold lame chasuble over a long tunic of pale gold satin. <BR> <BR> I've never worked with any lame or metallic fabrics. What do I need to know before I dive into this costume? <BR> <BR> Thanks!! <BR> <BR> Carolyn Tue, 28 Nov 2006 02:31:57 EST Hello from Calif. Hello group, <BR> <BR> I am new to Spark. Signed up months ago, but never set anything up. This past Monday (11/13), I started a new adventure to change my life a bit. Call it mid life what ever, not changing any of the people in my life because I love them each and every one, just changing how I look and my over all health. In pursuit of this, I joined a gym with a committment of going 3 days a week, for the next two years. I have been every day this week. I weighed when I started, have ha... Tue, 21 Nov 2006 12:03:18 EST Sewing Q & A's If you are a beginner in sewing. <BR> Just ask your questions. <BR> <BR> I'm sure someone in here, will be able to help! <BR> <BR> No question is dumb, not asking is! Thu, 9 Nov 2006 12:49:32 EST Fabric Stash Most avid sewers have a fabric stash. <BR> What's in your fabric stash? A little bit of everything or specific types of fabrics? Tue, 7 Nov 2006 10:04:17 EST What are you sewing right now? Since there isnt a thread for it here, I made one. <BR> <BR> The most sewing I do is for costumes, sometimes a small quilt or pillow. :) Right now, Im making a really awesome coat that Allen Walker (from D.Gray-man) wears. Tue, 25 Jul 2006 21:51:16 EST ooh! new features! omg, we can have multiple threads now so I don't have to keep loading two huge pages to see the new posts in the other looooooooong thread. <BR> <BR> (yes, I know I can sort the last post on top, but then it gets really confusing for all the other threads when everything's bckwards) Tue, 27 Jun 2006 12:17:00 EST Sew me up! Group Forum This topic was automatically created when the SparkPoints Group "Sew me up!" was started. Here is the description for this Group: <BR> <BR> People who love to sew, design, create AND lose weight and stay healthy while doing it! Sun, 26 Mar 2006 17:29:43 EST