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    Quote Originally Posted by sharon b
    I tell everyone I don't sew :wink: There is a difference :thumbup:

    Will I make... I will add you to the list but I am about 5 years out :shock: LOL
    EXACTLY!

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    A "friend" asked me to make her an item but then thought it was like my hide to ask her to supply the thread as well (not to mention that there was no suggestion of payment in kind or replacement of needles etc.).Therefore it hung on my sewing room door for 13 years. Both she and her daughter were very hostile when I suggested that I would never have the time to start it,as I was handing it back...













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    I have heard most of these. I just tell them that I don't have enough time to sew for myself as much as I would like so I certainly don't have time to do it for any one else. That lets them know it's not personal but that I am not going to do it.

    It helps that anyone who asks knows how crazy my job is, so they usually understand.

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    I help as many people as I can with what I can - I do not do zippers of any kind and will repair things if I can... who knows - maybe one day they'll have something I need and I'll feel free to ask them for their help. I am rarely asked to do any of them for free - I did make a doll recently for an ex-co-worker - I was happy to do it - I now have the pattern and can use it for myself - thats a fair trade - it took me maybe two hours to do it.

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    There have been very nice people who asked interestedly and politely if I make quilts to sell. I tell them No, I make what interests me at the time, and if I took orders it would be too much like piecework or production work, and I can't bring myself to do projects like that.

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    I used to sew for people, not a tailor really but I have made several wardrobes for people. Of course they paid me for the services. I enjoyed it most of the time. It was great to make something someone wanted. like a black velvet suit, or square dance dress, and see the joy on their faces when it was done. It paid for my sewing machine, and extra play money.

    I did get taken advantage of by my inlaws though. I swear that every single time they visited I had to hem at least two pair of pants for my father in law. He appreciated it so it was not too bad. But My MIL used to ask me if I could "run this up" on my machine all the time. I always thought it was funny that she thought it was so easy.

    The worst favor I ever had to do was when my inlaws came to visit and they both had red jackets that they had started putting campground patches on. MIL had started hand sewing on some and they looked awful. I told her sure, it didn't look like to many, no prob. Well, then she came in with a huge zip lock bag full of more patches, two of each. S I spent two or three days working on getting those patches on. I am a bit of a perfectionist so it took a long time. Plus there was enough to go down each front and down the arms. We saved the back for more patches. The actual sewing part was not fun, but they were both so grateful and loved my work so it was worth it.

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    It sure is nice that I'm not alone in these request.

    What started me thinking on this - I have a friend of about 20 years. She asked if I could make some valances for her bay window. I think valances, no problem. Well she shows up with upholstery fabric, 2 colors and limited amount (plus a rubber-y-ish back). She asked if I could make them striped. After doing all the math work, there is JUST enough fabric... meaning NO mistakes. I make them, she loves them, looks wonderful... kiss, kiss, thanks... bye. Okay she did take me to lunch for my troubles.

    THEN (same friend) sees that I do hand embroidery. She says... oh I haven't done that in years. Can you give me a refresher course. OKAY (she is a friend) I say. She shows up with her iron on pattern OMG IMHO it is too intricate, but its her choice. I make her some oversize blocks of the Kona cotton I recommended she get. She does her thing, and the turned out fairly descend. BUT she starts asking about turning it into a quilt.... by me. So I get the thousand questions. She: How much fabric? Me: What size do you want? She: Large sofa throw? Me: How many color do you want? She: I don't know, what do you think? Me: IMHO hand embroidery is better off as a wall hanging! She: I really want it as a sofa throw! So how much fabric do I need? I then figure out that I am getting not making head way. THAT IS WHEN I suggested that she take a 101 quilting class.... guess what she did it. But I am still holding her hand.

    She is finding out that you don't take a yard of fabric and turn it into a 'king size quilt' :roll: or that it only takes a day or two of your time ;-) Slowly she is getting it. :thumbup:

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    I guess I'm strange too. Actually, I sort of like the mending jobs. I call it easy work and easy money too. Sort of helps out in buying more quilting supplies.

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    Carol,

    Sometimes my sons ask me to do things that I am not capable of doing. So, I take them to the tailors and pay the professional. This is between you and me ONLY. I never tell them.

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    Can't believe that I forgot this one: A 'friend' asked me to sew some pretty embroidery patches on a chambray shirt. I was home from work mending from an operation and it was fun. Long story short - I did 26 jackets for her - no problem...she is my friend...I used 15 spools of Coats and Clark's thread (@3,25 per ). I kept asking her for thread and she finally brought one spool of 3 for a dollar thread from Walmart and it was rayon...which doesn't work on cotton and denim. It won't hold.

    Longer story shorter... she went to work and showed them off and said SHE did them!!! The nerve!!! But I was proud of my work and had taken photos of all that I did.
    After 30 years...end of friendship and she has people asking me why I don't contact her. I was taken advantage of and will not let that happen again!

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    I suggest that they take it to the local dry cleaners to get the broken zippers or mending done. After all, creative people hate this kind of work. Well... I do my own and hubby's and that's it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by grammy Dwynn
    1. can you mend this . . . .
    2. can you make . . . . . . .
    3. will you help me sew . . . . .

    Or --- Oh you QUILT!
    1. can you make me one
    2. oh I have this fabric (?), do you want it

    Do any of you face these statements?
    Yes to all because Mom/Grannie can do anything. But my neighbor feeds me in exchange for favors, my DIL takes me to New York to the garment district and my daughter is very generous at Christmas & other important days.

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    While I was working on my shoebox block, my husband brought me 2 pairs of shorts that our neighbor couldn't repair. She's a wonderful neighbor but doesn't have a sewing machine or needle in the house. And she has stage 4 lung cancer so she's not up to doing the job. The shorts were for her grandson. The grandson is a great kid but overweight and had really done a job on the shorts. It took me a couple of hours to repair them but I'm glad I did. I'm not a seamstress but did the best I could. I know money is tight and thought he would need them ASAP. I'm glad I helped in a small way. Lynn

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    I had a friend call me from the dressing room asking if I could shorten the straps on a bathing suit for her daugter. It fit everywhere but the straps were a bit long.

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    For certain people I will do something! I mend and alter for my immediate family! What I dislike is when someone, not even family, thinks they will just come over and use your machine!!!!!!!!! CRinge!I don't let people who aren't people who quilt or sew use my machines!!! So I end up doing the project myself! Lately, I just tell everyone I don't have the time to do it, I have very little time to do what I want to! As for the fabric, yea I will usually take it, still building stash. I go through and what I don't want I take to goodwill.

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    Just this month, my dil wants me to teach her to sew, she lives 3 hours away! My son's girlfriend, wants me to show her how to quilt, but never shows up and last week my dear friend wants a table runner made for her! My niece wants to come over and sew things, I said " I didn't know you like to sew". She said " I don't know how, but I love your sewing room and want too"! She just had a baby girl, enough said

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    The only person I will do mending for is my husband, cause he understands my passion (obsession) for quilting.
    Am also asked if I will teach people to knit or crochet and my easy way out is to say "sorry I'm left handed it won't work)
    I own a midarm quilting frame and I am constantly asked if I will quilt someones quilt for them. They tend to get offended if I say no, SO I overprice myself, tell them it will take 6 months and they take it to the overpriced longarmer in our area.
    I agree with others too that the moment you start taking orders it turns into work and that is not how I do things.

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    I have learnt to say the word NO...............it does offend some people who think that because you are retired
    and sew you are a soft touch , for doing their mending .
    I just say NOOOOOOOOOOOOO

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    I will do those things for family cause my family pay me back with cutting the grass, changing the oil in the car, rotating the tires and generally anything else I need. I have a few friends that also return in kind. To everyone else, I'm retired.

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    I'm lucky as I have a friend who does mending and alterations for a side job. I keep a good supply of her cards on hand and in my purse and just hand them one of her cards and say she does beautiful work, that is who I take MY mending to. Just love the looks on their faces when they find out I send my mending out. grin

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    I tell everyone I don't "sew", I quilt. So noone asks me to "sew" things. Except for my grandson who is into medieval games and always wants me to make him costumes. I'll tell him "no" every day for two weeks and then he'll bat those huges brown eyes at me and the next thing I know is I'm making some crazy costume. Some day I'll learn how to resist those eyes...

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    My response is "I will teach you to do it, so if I am not available the next time , you will be able to do it your self" , but I don't "take in" mending projects.
    Somehow they never seem to have the time to learn. Gee.... if they don't want to spend their time, but expect me to use my time, then the request was more to get something for nothing or next to nothing.
    I have has a few say they wanted to learn .. guess what ...I turned them into quilters .

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    Mine is.....MOM grandson needs some new sleep pj's...or do you have any baby quilts made a guy in my office had a little boy yesterday. Grandson YES. NO to immediate request that are out of the question. People that don't sew don't get it. We put a lot of work and effort into what we make.

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    Yes, from every
    friend and from every family member!

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    Yep! the favourite is people who think because you quilt you like to make curtains. I hate making curtains, so always pay someone else or buy ready made.

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    All the time! I'm the only one in my family who sews since my Gram hung up her measuring tape a few years back. She still does hemming but that's it. So, I get all of the ripped seams and torn buttonholes from my siblings and their spouses. And, for the first time, last fall I got "I want a going away quilt" from a woman I haven't seen since we were kids, lol. I love to help out with the mending and I did a quick D9P for the woman but sometimes, with near strangers, I get a little piled up. I have a hard time saying no.

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