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Thread: Just because I own a sewing Machine . . . .

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    I have a "friend" that keeps asking me to hem things for her. Not simple things, but bridesmaid's dresses, etc. Never offering to pay at all. She doesn't want to pay to have it altered cuz' that'll cost too much money, but can spend $200 to get her hair highlighted. I did it once, then told her I didnt' have time to do the next one... she said, oh, that's ok, I'll just come over and use your sewing machine and do it myself. Really? You will? I don't think so...

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    I think this Quote is for you!
    "Asking a quilter to mend
    is like asking Van Gogh to paint your garage"
    I found this on a t-shirt and thought it was cute.

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    I feel the same way you do thanks for expressing the sentiment so clearly. And often when asked and I start quoting ball park figures the conversations end. Which is why like you I just like to quilt when I feel like it and make what I want to make on my own schedule. I love giving away my quilts as gifts it is much more satisfying than doing quilting jobs for pay.

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    Oh is this a sore spot for us!! I honestly don't know ANYONE who likes mending. I avoid it at all costs and won't do it for anyone but my sis. When you start doing things that aren't fun you're cheating yourself and I won't cheat myself of what I love to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ella
    I think this Quote is for you!
    "Asking a quilter to mend
    is like asking Van Gogh to paint your garage"
    I found this on a t-shirt and thought it was cute.
    I LOVE THIS QUOTE!! Certainly plan to use it in the future. Thanks for sharing.

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    I learned to sew as a young girl and was how I was able to get new clothes instead of hand-me-downs. With 5 daughters in the family and me being the only one who sewed, I did lots of prom dresses, wedding dresses (some more than one each!), and bridesmaid dresses. But before I could sew clothes for me, I had to complete all the family mending. Now I mend only for my husband and sons.

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    Had a neighbor that was am EMT and wanted me to do pockets on pants. When I didn't have time (didn't really want to)to do them, he told me just to let him have my machine and he knew he could figure out how to do it. RIGHT! Give him my $7000 machine? Needless to say, that didn't happen. They got a transfer and move.

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    Oh boy, I could tell you stories. I used to sew professionally from my home and do alterations for two cleaners. I made such a good paycheck. So Naturally everyone knew that I charged lol. It was my job and I need to get payed. Well I wasn't asked.

    Then when I stopped that business, years later, (I took up folk and decorative painting), that is when the requests started. I just plainly said, I hate sewing now, I want to vomit at the word hahahahahahh and I refused all, no exceptions. One neighbor even had the guts to ask me what I expected her to do since she needed this dress for a wedding the next day...I politely told her to go to the cleaners. lol.

    I have always been of the opinion that if they have the guts to ask, then I will have the guts to refuse lol. I do hate alterations now, if the truth be told.

    I tell hubby, he better buy his pants the correct lenght...he tells my friends that he is looking for a seamstress lol

    I will do for him and son but don't have stuff that often. I dont' do anything that I don't want to do and that is my credo...I am old now and can wear purple too lol.

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    All the time, but my friends across street now call me thier seamstress... lol - even though I do not sew very good, except for piecing quilts - but I do mend/hem stuff for them. they do buy me some wine for doing it though....

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    [quote=Bluphrog]Believe me, replacing a zipper on jeans is definitely too much work! When you figure out which seams you have to rip out (fly, crotch, waistband), you realize that you have to practically take them apart to get the old zipper out.

    I have replaced a zipper in a pair of jeans once and it was very difficult. NEVER again!!!

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    Rosy, you are so funny. You're my kind of woman!! :D

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    When the grands say 'grammy can fix anything', those sweet little kids . . . I will fix anything they want. ;)

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    I don't think my family has ever figured out that when they ask for a repair I always say "sure, when I finish what I'm sewing on cause I can't possibly change the machine settings". Then I toss the offending item into my "mending basket" until they forget about it or outgrow it. Then out the door it goes! Works every time :D

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    As soon as I purchased a sewing machine my MIL wanted pants mended. I have no problem helping her as she has always been there for me. But I only mend for her.
    Once I made a purse. Someone at church saw it and wanted one, and then another, and another......... Then someone wanted a purple purse. I would go to the shop, take photos, email them to people, have them pick out their favorite fabric, and I would make them. When I was finished with the purple purse, she decided she didn't want it. She said that could not afford it and she had too many purses...one excuse after the other. Now, when someone asks, I politely say, "I'll be happy to make it for you. I'll send you the list of material's you need. Then you can go to the shop and pick out your fabric and everything that you would need to make the purse. When you have it, give it to me. The cost for making it will be $25. "
    That weeded out just about everyone! I've only had one person come back with everything they needed. :) And I know that she really wanted the purse!

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    I'm always in awe of some of the people who ask me to make something for them. When they ask for a quilt, I feel like saying "Did you want that this afternoon?" But I don't. I just smile and say "I don't know when I would ever get to it. Quilts take months, even years",

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    Yup, from everyone in my family.

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    I guess I am pretty lucky, my in-laws think it stupid to sew when you can buy a quilt. I dont mend for them anymore since its never right. Just do it for my grown children and the grandbabies. I do do anything my daughter in law asks for since she is sooo appreciative. But otherwise I know where you guys are comming from. Jean

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    okay I'll add my 2 cents. While at work not driving the school bus and on a layover my quilting buddy and I where working on a charity quilt to help a co worker go to TX for a special treatment for cancer. Everyone knew we where doing this and a guy comes up to me and asks if I would sew his pocket back on his rear jeans. I said I would help him out tomorrow. He took his jeans off and through them out of the restroom! I was spell bound! The nerve then he doesn't even offer to pay me a dime.

    After telling a friend in the Guild she laugh and said her sewing machine doesn't sew clothes! They asked her does it take a special machine in my house it does.

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    Loved reading about all the comments. I get asked, but I tell them it will be quite a while before I can get to it. They forget, or get the messsage and leave me alone.

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    Not really. I have 3 sons so they only ask when they need something mended or a button put on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KellyPA
    1. can you mend this . . . . Yes and I'm happy to do it
    2. can you make . . . . . . . Yes and I do it often
    3. will you help me sew . . . . . Yes I teach regularly

    Or --- Oh you QUILT!
    1. can you make me one....nope haven't been asked that yet
    2. oh I have this fabric (?), do you want it.... yes sometimes

    I feel I'm blessed with a talent and I'm happy to share it. I always tell them I can't promise them when, but I am happy to do it, if it is something I know how to do.
    Now I know why I felt so moved to share some blocks with you!!! They went out in today's mail, by the way. Hugs and smiles!

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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!!!! "Can you make me one" I've heard A LOT ... but come on ... I'm a newbie ... let me learn how to do it first ...

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    I laugh bc my DH says I'm a dinosaur (I think I am the only person he has ever met that sews). But it seems to definitely have a magnetic draw, I have a number of my neighbors who have asked me for a variety of "favors", some have been interesting! Some offer to pay some don't, but they frequently will bring me gift cards or something. We have a very tight neighborhood, and I love them all!!

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    I have a similar question-my mom is a seamstress and has been for more than 40 years-so everyone assumes I'm one also-no way, she still has to hem my pants for me. I say I quilt, and that's mainly for me!

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    a converstation starts like this "I don't have a heavy cover but I can get the fabrics.".......lalalalala in my head! Change the subject! Im a newbie....gotta learn how to sew straight first! LOL

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