Gaylen (G Marie Sews blog) tagged me to play sewing tag. If you're curious about my sewing habits, read on. If not, come back tomorrow as I'll post another skirt sewn with remnants using McCall's 5330.
1. What kind of seam ripper do you use?
Me and my seam rippers - we spent a lot of time together so I don't like to play favorites.
2. What do you use to snip threads at the sewing machine?
Whatever is handy. This time of year I work on most of my hand sewing outside on the patio and I usually forget to put my small scissors back where they belong, Usually the one pair I find is the black handled pair - the one that Sophia got a hold of and left her teeth marks in the plastic handle. I'm reminded of it every time I pick them up to use them.
3. What do you use to cut out patterns/fabric?
Scissors, although the other day I was cutting something out that was very long and tedious and I swore my next sewing purchase was going to be a large cutting mat so I could use my rotary cutter.
4. Do you stash zippers?
What do you think?
5. Which takes up more space in your stash - knits or wovens?
Wovens, mainly because I find it difficult to find good quality knits in colors or patterns that I like.
6. Are you wearing anything today that you made?
No, I'm sitting in my workout clothes as I just finished a 60 minute walk with Sophia. (Thanks to Gaylen as I became motivated to try and stick with my walks after her "Wanna Play?" post last May.)
7. Does anyone else in your family currently sew?
I think my sister Sue still sews and for a while she had a little business selling stuffed dogs and soft floppy hats. Hey Sue! I know you read this blog, so post a comment and let me know if you're still sewing. Now that I think about it, you should consider opening an Etsy shop (and start a blog!)
8. What is the $$ sewing-related (non-fabric) item you bought?I'm going to answer this question as the largest money-value non-fabric item I bought - and that, obviously, was my new Pfaff 2056. Which I love, love, love, love and love. It makes sewing so much more enjoyable.
9. Cutting out, pressing, hemming. Which one do you like the least?
- I cut items out in one major cutting session with great disco tunes playing and I dance and cut all at the same time (after I make sure the window blinds are closed so the new neighbors don't think they moved next door to a crazy lady, although the cartwheels in the front yard might have given that away already.)
- Pressing - there's something soothing about the way the iron tames the fabric. (And yes, I like to iron clothing also.)
- That leaves hemming - which I hate, unless I can do it on the machine.
10. Do you have any non-chain garment fabric stores in your local area?
Yes, I have so many options for purchasing fabrics locally that you would think I could resist the temptation of Fabric Mart!
- My all time local favorite is SR Harris Fabric Outlet and if you ever travel to the Twin Cities in Minnesota after your stop at the Mall of America make sure you plan a day for SR Harris.
- Others include Treadle Yard Goods (where I'm headed tomorrow for their summer sale), Mill End Textiles, Sew Amazing, and Ginny's Fine Fabrics , which is just a little over an hour away.
- There are also many small quilting shops too numerous to list. A few include Bear Patch Quilting, Fabric Town, and The Sampler.
- Vicki, even though her sewing focus is not clothing but beautiful quilts, I'm curious to hear her answers;
- Ann because I'd love to spend a day (or more) inside her sewing studio;
- Cindy Lou, because she has such cute reviews on PR and I'm hoping she'll update her blog more often;
- Ruth, because the items she posts on her blog sooth me...I love her use of colors and her ability to reuse items;
- and Stacey because she probably thought she was safe as this is a game of sewing tag, but I'm curious if she can even find her sewing space. (Girl, I know you sew because I found your blog when you posted a photo of a cocktail apron!)
- Cheryl doesn't have a blog but she should start one. Then I could tag her too!