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    To find the quilt on my Avatar goggle Debbie Caffney's website: Look under quilt patterns. It's called "Surrounded by Monkeys."

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    I just say I'm not that kind of seamstress.

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    My daughters always asks me to mend their stuff and the grands-i reallt don't mind. what i do mind id when my MIL and SIL ASSUME that i can do things like "can you cut down this purse-it's too big! or can you cut off this coat-it's too long. and the one that really torked me was when my SIL was geting married for the 3rd time and bought a beaded long dress at a local resale shop and didn't bother calling me to look at it or ask about it before she bought it. it was too big(2 sizes) and had me alter it. it took me 23hrs to remove beads, take it in, replace beads and have it ready for the wedding. not that i did it for money or anything, but i got a verbal thank you and one of the small table centerpieces from the reception. i didn't even get a flippin'picture from the wedding! just sorta bothers me-can you tell? :)

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    The article was fascinating.
    So far I've only read chapter one.
    I think the article deserves it's own thread.
    It stimulated lots of thoughts in my mind.
    My mom sewed my clothes when I was a kid.
    I even asked her to make my wedding gown, which she did.
    I, on the other hand, did not sew until I retired.
    My sister was a home ec major, but seven years later, when I went to high school, home ec, was not even an option. There was academic, secretarial, or general.
    Thanks for sharing the article.

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    I also have been asked to mend, repair, shorten and sometimes I did it but always resented it because it was always a last minute thing. " Can you hem this, I need it yesterday " Now I say I am not a seamstress and would probably make a mess of it. My DH is right when he says people can't take advantage of us unless we let them. He is right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewmom
    My daughters always asks me to mend their stuff and the grands-i reallt don't mind. what i do mind id when my MIL and SIL ASSUME that i can do things like "can you cut down this purse-it's too big! or can you cut off this coat-it's too long. and the one that really torked me was when my SIL was geting married for the 3rd time and bought a beaded long dress at a local resale shop and didn't bother calling me to look at it or ask about it before she bought it. it was too big(2 sizes) and had me alter it. it took me 23hrs to remove beads, take it in, replace beads and have it ready for the wedding. not that i did it for money or anything, but i got a verbal thank you and one of the small table centerpieces from the reception. i didn't even get a flippin'picture from the wedding! just sorta bothers me-can you tell? :)
    i got the extra bouquet given back from one of the weddings and one flower basket that was a game gift i mean come on its not really a gift if i made it!

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    "Surrounded By Monkeys"--priceless! Sure is a beauty. thanks...

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    I just tell them that I sew new items & do quilting, but I HATE mending! If it has a hole in the knee or elbow -- it gets shortened rather than patched; bad zipper -- it's a goner. Although I will repair a ripped seam or hem, but not for anyone outside my house! :)

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    I have also had the experience of hemming my niece's gown for a wedding she was in, deciding on a price and not getting paid for it. That gown had fourteen feet of chiffon all the way around the bottom. NEVER again!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeniseP
    I have also had the experience of hemming my niece's gown for a wedding she was in, deciding on a price and not getting paid for it. That gown had fourteen feet of chiffon all the way around the bottom. NEVER again!!!
    And chiffon is the worst stuff to work on, too! i worked in a bridal shop for 1 1/2 yrs and i hated that stuff! it hurts to get shafted by relatives doesn't it? i need to use NO more.

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    unfortunately, i DO know how to sew soooooo i get to do all of it :) and i actually dont mind at all.

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    Most of the time folks just dont have a clue; others are just leaning on you...I sew, quilt, make toys costumes and all my own clothes and yes, I mend for most everybody...I need to learn to keep my mouth shut,huh?!!!!!!!!!!!

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    I hem pants for a niece and my best friend, we are all short and I have hemmed so many for myself, its not hard and I really don't mind.... : :lol:

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    Constantly.Mend this, hem that, alter this.Which I don't mind doing when I have the time. I find most people want it done yesterday, and with alterations I have to buy thread to match or buttons or elastic, sometimes fabric. Or someone sees something I've made and it's Oh! I want one too but could you change it to ......I can't use the excuse I don't sew. I made my own clothes since I was a young teenager,then my kids and grand kids, untill they got to old for it to be cool.I offer to teach them, but I'm sure you know how that goes.

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    It's hard to say no, especially to family. But when your asked by the ones you never see untill they need it, it gets a little annoying.And they think your a miricle worker. I was just given a dress for a flower girl to alter. It's probably a size 7 or 8. She's not quite 3. They would like it fixed so it can be continually let out as she grows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmie
    It's hard to say no, especially to family. But when your asked by the ones you never see untill they need it, it gets a little annoying.And they think your a miricle worker. I was just given a dress for a flower girl to alter. It's probably a size 7 or 8. She's not quite 3. They would like it fixed so it can be continually let out as she grows.
    And people in hell want ice water. Good grief!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmie
    It's hard to say no, especially to family. But when your asked by the ones you never see untill they need it, it gets a little annoying.And they think your a miricle worker. I was just given a dress for a flower girl to alter. It's probably a size 7 or 8. She's not quite 3. They would like it fixed so it can be continually let out as she grows.
    well unless she is a REALLY fat 3 year old that is not going to work is it people think just because we sew and quilt we are miracle workers those people must be living in their own little world that we are only allowed to visit from time to time which is probably a good thing lol

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    That was funny, thanks so much for the chuckle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmie
    It's hard to say no, especially to family. But when your asked by the ones you never see untill they need it, it gets a little annoying.And they think your a miricle worker. I was just given a dress for a flower girl to alter. It's probably a size 7 or 8. She's not quite 3. They would like it fixed so it can be continually let out as she grows.
    OMG!!!!! People expect miracles!

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    My sister was filling out a form for her daughters skating group she checked off NO for the do you know how to sew question. Then when they asked she she I quilt I don't sew its completely different.

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    Their suggestion was to just shorten the straps and run some elastic across the back. Ya right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmie
    Their suggestion was to just shorten the straps and run some elastic across the back. Ya right.
    k if it is that easy i guess they should do it themselves hand them the needle and thread!

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    I am forever fixing people's clothing but I charge them!

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    I FEEL GUILTY ASKING FAMILY TO PAY. BUT I DID MENTION THAT IT WOULD HAVE TO WAIT UNTILL I GOT PAID FROM MY REGULAR JOB SO I COULD BUY MATCHING THREAD FOR THE DRESS AND THE SLACKS. THEIR REPLY WAS , THATS OK AS LONG AS ITS DONE BY .....THEN SHE MENTIONED A DRESS THAT SOMEONE ELSE IS SUPPOSED TO BE ATTACHING BEADS TO,BUT HASN'T HEARD FROM HER.I TOOK THAT AS MY CUE TO LEAVE THE ROOM IN A HURRY.I GET THE FEELING I'M GOING TO HAVE TO MAKE SOMEONE MAD OR LEAVE THE STATE.

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    I usually don't charge family but anyone else I charge.

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