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I don’t think our kids know what an apron is. The principle use of Grandma’s apron was to protect the dress underneath, because she only had a few.  It was easier to wash aprons than dresses and they used less material, but along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from […]

Sewing for Christmas

My list of sewing projects for my family (which is steadily growing) seems to have no end.  I have so many ideas of things I’d like to make, but I’m never realistic in estimating the time it will take.  So as a result, when Christmas is a week or two away, I go a little […]

It’s a “guy” thing

What is it about taking things apart and putting them back together that fascinates the male sex?  Today I was trying to clean and oil my classroom machines, and found threads that were lodged so tightly in the workings of one that I couldn’t even reach them.  Obviously it wasn’t stitching well, so I called […]

Sewing with the little people

I have had several requests to teach sewing to children who are 5, 6 and 7.  It’s wonderful that they have an interest in learning how to sew, but frankly, most children that age have short attention spans and wouldn’t have the patience to learn how the sewing machine works; they just want to create […]


Most of us have childhood memories involving our mother or grandmother and sewing.  One of my favorite memories was the Christmas my mother presented my sister and me with beautiful clothes she had sewn for our dolls. She was an OR nurse, and was “on call” every Wednesday; which meant that she had a full […]

Grandmothers who sew

We’re softies – we can’t help it.  I have eight grandchildren and can’t resist sewing for them.  I have a lengthy list of projects, some of which have deadlines, but they take a back seat when it comes to making something for my kidlets.  Spontaneity or procrastination – I can’t decide which – but it’s […]

Too much of a good thing

That’s what we had at Lake Gaston.  Didn’t get my granddaughter’s “twirly skirt” done, but helped my daughters with their projects, and sewed with my grandson on my lap.  This time HE was guiding the fabric on the machine!  (Maybe I could have accomplished more if I had spent less time fishing and more time […]

Have featherweight, will travel

We’re heading out to Lake Gaston for a family vacation.  I’m taking my Baby with me (my 1951 Singer Featherweight).  I may be a little over-the-top, but my idea of fun at the lake (besides fishing) is to sew.  The project I have planned is a “twirly skirt” for my three-year-old granddaughter. Two of my […]

Sock it to me….

Last night I darned my husband’s sports socks……….on the sewing machine!  I had been throwing them in my mending basket, (which is just a temporary stop-over before they’re thrown out),  but they crawled over the side and demanded my attention.  My machine converts to free-arm mode;  I stretched the sock on as far as I […]

Tribute to Dad

Have to take a minute and wish my husband, John,  a Happy Grandfather’s Day!  Since he retired a few years ago, he’s taken up cooking and all I have to do is the dishes!  ( Eat your heart out, ladies.)  Of course, while he’s in the kitchen, I’m in my sewing room.  Today I presented […]

My Webmaster

Isn’t she doing a great job?  Linda is  my younger sister, and builds websites for those who want something special.  If you or a friend would like to see more of what she can do for you, click on “my webmaster” on the right column.