Cheryll's Writing Journal

Musings, rants and ravings, plus gems of insight nobody wants to hear now that I've finally got them. Also neat stuff I found on the 'Net when I should have been updating this blog....

Friday, April 20, 2007

More Stashbusting -- Sewing

There was a time, not so long ago, when I did a great deal of sewing. I made all my own clothes, except bras after the first one, (everyone should make one, of course, to prove some obscure point, I suppose) plus shirts for my husband and assorted kinds of clothing for the children. Then there were household goods, such as curtains, pillows, blankets, slip covers, window quilts, and on...

No more. My poor sewing machine has been so neglected of late that it had to go in for a tune up because Viking machines are meant to be workhorses, used every day practically, or they freeze up. Sad.

But since I merely make occasional repairs, anymore, or sometimes a new wallet or purse -- and that isn't likely to happen much in the future -- some of the sewing stash needs to find new homes, too.

For instance, I have used Lutterloh's excellent pattern making system for more than 20 years, and before that, Patterns Unlimited, which was the US version (or rip off) of it. I wore out the first issues of both and have more recent replacements, hardly used:

Patterns Unlimited is poorer quality printing, and all the tools are of paper, but this 1979 set I just bought on eBay does not appear to have been used. The models are separate from the pattern parts (unlike Lutterloh, which has the patterns piece templates on the back side of the model). There are 200 patterns, plus another 50 with model and pieces on same sheet, plus a special edition of 50 more patterns that are a mix of women's, children's and mens. There are three 1980 fashion booklets of about 20 or so mixed patterns each. Also, the main binder has many pages of sewing, pattern making, and general information on how to use the system.

There are seven supplements to the 1986 edition of the Lutterloh system: #189-193, plus a special edition #20 for children:

A boot box full of threads, most from the last 20 years: mostly cotton poly...

Zippers! These span several generations, all types and sizes...

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