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    Quote Originally Posted by NancyG
    I learned to sew in 4-H. I loved it. We had a "dress review" once a year where we could model what we made and we were judged and we got ribbons i.e. blue, red, white. I think I started with an apron and then progressed on to full 3 piece outfits. So much fun, and a skill/hobby that has lasted me a lifetime.
    You brought back many memories; my first 4-H leader in sewing. The apron was my first projects also and we showed it at the "review" during the county fair. I don't remember getting a grand prize or anything, but I wouldn't trade those memories for anything. Then, there was sewing in Home Economics in high school. Then marraige after high school where I put to use my knowledge of sewing for my husband first and then my boys. The quilting came when my boys starting getting married. AND I'm still quilting for my extended family.
    Oh yes - I just remembered - when I first started sewing in 4-H I was working at home on my mothers treadle machine and I actually sewed my finger! Punctured the nail and everything! My grandmother was visiting and came to the rescue. I had a sore finger for a while but it didn't stop me from sewing. :)

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    The first thing I made was an apron in Brownies. Then doll clothes, I think. In HS took 4 years of Home Ec and learned a lot there.My Mom was a "stitcher" in some factory, but only had one speed...FAST. She made shorts and kids stuff, and I do have 3 or 4 aprons she made for me when I was little.

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    My Mother taught me to sew when I was about 6. She made all of our clothes including winter coats. I have been sewing since.

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    I had done some sewing with my mother but really learned in the 7th grade home economics class. Then every year it was available I took home ec sewing classes through high school. My senior year I was the representative from my school for the McCall's Teen Fashion Board. My mother gave me a Featherweight for graduation with the table. I took the machine with me when I went to nursing school. I made clothes for myself and my friends and curtains for my dorm room. I feel sorry for young women who don't know how to sew.

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    Began 4-H in 4th grade & still have my original 4-H pin, still on the card,
    from the 1940's. Is this an antique?

    Learned sewing in 7th grade on treadle machine. Sewed all my own
    clothes & also my daughter's while she grew up. Daughter does not
    like to sew, but GD can do anything, & she has been extremely involved
    in 4-H in many areas. Kudos for 4-H.

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    Yes that was the only time Mother would let me use the sewing machine

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    no 4 h-r here, self taught out of neccesity for sure, but still learning.

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    Yes, I did learn to sew in 4_H. Some of the happiest moments I remember from childhood are of 4-h.

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    4-H was a major part of my childhood and helped me in so many ways! Been sewing since age 8 and had the machine all to myself since no one else in the family used it! Started with a triangle scarf! (Showing my age!) and a green tote bag that lasted nearly 40 years.

    In fact, it is still a part of my life since I'm an alumni of 4-H and the International 4-H Exchange program. Still support both programs whenever possible. In fact, my license plate is a 4-H plate!

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    I taught myself to sew but I also took sewing in jr. high as well.

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    I learned to sew from home ec in the 5th grade. We started with a stitch book and then an apron. My first pattern was a one piece zipper up the front jumpsuit for my toddler sister. It was blue with big flowers on it.

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    An aunt showed me one summer how to sew on a sewing machine.

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    I didn't get to join 4-H or Girl Scouts or anything like that.

    I learned to hand sew before I was in kindergarten and then took sewing in 7th grade.

    I got married when I was 16 and my mom gave me her old machine when I was 18. For years after that I tailored my clothes that came from the second hand store and made my dressy clothes. I made all of the boys shirts and pajamas until they were about 7 to 8 because by then I could buy them cheap t-shirts and they both wore the same size.

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    Wow, so many things coming back to me. I actually learned to sew by sitting at the drop down extention of my mothers sewing cabinet and watching her every move. My brother even learned.

    Then as a freshman in high school, in 4H we made pillows using fleese, with the school initials appliqued on them and sold them. Wow, I really did applique back in high school. haha Thanks for reminding me! haha But no quilting until years later. Then only placemats.

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    Yes. I enjoyed being in 4H. I made dresses and was in the dress reviews and was so proud of the ribbons that I won. We also did cooking demonstrations and received ribbons for that. Did anyone else make a lamp in 4H? 4H really taught us a lot! Oh, the first thing I made in 4H was a skirt with an elastic waist band. My mom is the one who continued to teach me to sew and is responsible for my love of sewing. My grandmother and great grandmother were quilters and responsible for my love of quilts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rent-a-car 2
    I too started sewing in 4-H. Does anyone remember pulling 1 thread all the way through the material, then cutting along that line to get the tea towel on the straight of the grain? I used my Mom's featherweight portable to sew everything on, even my floor length chiffon prom dress. I loved to sew & continued sewing for my 3 children, hubby and now grandkids. My Mom was a wonderful quilter; I haven't taken it up yet, but plan to soon. I love looking at all the beautiful quilts on this site. Love crafting, that is what keeps idle fingers busy :)
    Boy is this subject bringing back mamories!! When I first started 4-H, the sewing leader asked, "does anyone know how to pull a thread?" Of course, eager beaver here, says, "I do" and proceeded to take hold of a thread laying on the table and pulled it!! I was really embarassed when I found out the 'real' way to "pull a thread". :oops:

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    Yes, I made lamps in 4-H. I even made a light to go over my bed and it wentto the state fair. I won a trip to Washington DC and New York in the electric project, which I thought was great. I was just off Times Square when Eisenhower won in 1956. A lot of noise.

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    No 4H where I grew up but girls had sewing in 7th and 8th grades, while the boys had shop. In 7th grade we made pj's and had to model them at a school assembly in June, boy was that embarassing for 12 year old girls. 8th grade we made our white graduation dresses. Graduation dress had French seams, you can imagine how that white dress looked after being handled from Sept. to June of 8th grade. It was difficult sewing these items together as there was only one sewing machine in our sewing class and at home we had a treadle that I never really mastered, good thing we had all term to make them. My MIL gave me her old White sewing machine in 1960 and I began sewing a little, mostly simple curtains and repairs to clothes. I didn't begin quilting until 1999.

    We also had cooking in those grades. I'm the oldest of 7 children and had been cooking since I was six years old so cooking class was easy for me. We recorded the recipes in note books that we had covered with oilcloth. One thing new to me was using measuring cups and spoons, at home we used and coffee cup and regular spoons, no wonder my cakes came out so heavy. May in Jersey

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    I still have my pin, all my ribbons, and beanie. Was thinking of using the ribbons to make a wall hanging or something. All the pictures and momentos from the National 4-H congress.
    Quote Originally Posted by Marilyn6
    Began 4-H in 4th grade & still have my original 4-H pin, still on the card,
    from the 1940's. Is this an antique?

    Learned sewing in 7th grade on treadle machine. Sewed all my own
    clothes & also my daughter's while she grew up. Daughter does not
    like to sew, but GD can do anything, & she has been extremely involved
    in 4-H in many areas. Kudos for 4-H.

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    I'm a 4-h'er too. Many years ago. I was on the Indiana State Fair website and someone advertised making collage of ribbons, etc. in a wall hanging.

    I have a grand daughter in 4-h and quite a sewer. In our area, 4-h is making a comeback. Non-livestock members can exhibit in multiple areas in a project. ie Photography...they can take black & white prints, color prints, and salon prints in their level. In other words, 3 projects. Last year my grand daughter won overall fair achievement with 21 projects. She is hooked.



    Quote Originally Posted by Earleen
    I still have my pin, all my ribbons, and beanie. Was thinking of using the ribbons to make a wall hanging or something. All the pictures and momentos from the National 4-H congress.
    Quote Originally Posted by Marilyn6
    Began 4-H in 4th grade & still have my original 4-H pin, still on the card,
    from the 1940's. Is this an antique?

    Learned sewing in 7th grade on treadle machine. Sewed all my own
    clothes & also my daughter's while she grew up. Daughter does not
    like to sew, but GD can do anything, & she has been extremely involved
    in 4-H in many areas. Kudos for 4-H.

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    Someplace in a basement box lies ten years of 4-H records and photos of not only my sewing projects but also my conservation, rabbits and dairy foods projects. I just cannot throw away those ribbons, pins and trophies especially since I believe the entire success of my life today stems from the confidence and leadership I gained from 4-H. While I also took Home Ec in high school and participated in Make It With Wool too, traveling with the 4-H club to State Fair and State Conferences gave this gal an opportunity to think outside of my county. Let me see here--the Pledge: I pledge my Head to clearer thinking; my Heart to greater loyalty; my Hands to larger service and my Health to better living for my club, my community and my country.

    Now here is a twist for you.....recently I was asked to speak before a 4-H group. During the pledge, I quickly learned how life has gotten so much bigger than the 1950s and 60s. The 4-H pledge now ends with the following:

    ...for my club, my community, my country, and my world.
    A thank you is extended to all my Leaders and County Agents! May they all rest in peace because their job was well done.

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    You know Marty Mitchell and Nancey Zieman are both 4-H er's, and quickly give credit to those times in their lives.

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    Yes. I made a white blouse and green gathered skirt. We didn't have much money so didn't get a real pattern. My aunt drew the pattern from another blouse. Collar & all & showed me how to make a gathered skirt. The fabric was some that we had on hand. I struggled with it & sort of envied the girls that had real patterns to work with but it came out fine. I won a red ribbon & was quite happy! I learned more in Home Economics in school. My grandmother & aunts also taught me a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alice Woodhull
    I was in 4-H and learned to bake and sew. Made an apron and hemmed tea towels. 4-H and church was my summer as I was an only child living out in the country with no close neighbors. I had sewed rug rags on my mother's treadle since we didn't have electricity. After it came through, I loved sewing on the electric sewing machine. I sewed a lot of my and my daughter's clothes and after I got into quilting, I seldom make any clothes, except wearable art. Have been quilting 25 years, and have enough projects in my head to last me until at least 150 years old. Don't think I'll make it. I am now a 4-H sewing leader and have a quilting club through Extension Homemakers.
    I also grew up in Southeastern Indiana. We lived on a farm about 7 miles down the river from Hanover.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oksewglad
    You know Marty Mitchell and Nancey Zieman are both 4-H er's, and quickly give credit to those times in their lives.
    No, I did not know that. Thanks, it gave me the opportunity to quickly call up their website and have a lot of new things to read.

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