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Bought a comforter set for a full/queen bed, but my featherbed is… - She had so many bitches
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Bought a comforter set for a full/queen bed, but my featherbed is smaller than a comforter would normally be. So I spent two hours hand stitching the edges on the two perpendicular sides of the cover so that it'd fit. Even when aligning everything just right and using clothespins to baste everything, my seams were pretty sad and crooked. It's probably going to warp and come out when I throw it in the wash...even though I've already washed it two or three times in warm water. Used a basic running stitch, and I predict that it'll gather. If I did a backstitch, it would've taken me five hours. I did look into possibly turning it into a double-running stitch...I wonder if that would keep it from gathering.

Time to get a basic sewing machine. I'm too old to let my pant hems drag behind my feet. I could make my own drapes and do other things to make my apartment feel more like a home. Not sure if I want to worry about getting something that'll stitch through heavy duty fabric...I think it might be worth the investment. Maybe I'll try to make a sofa slipcover (if I ever get a couch). Although I actually suspect that thinner fabric might be more forgiving. A papasan chair cover would probably be even easier.

How do you get things mended? Did you learn to hand stitch quickly, or did you go out and get a cheap sewing machine? Which stitches do you use the most? Do you have an awesome family member or friend who will do it for you instead? What kind of stuff do you make with a thread and needle? I'm not looking to become hardcore about it, but if there's something reasonably simple that I should be able to make that would be useful to me, your feedback would be appreciated. :)

On an unrelated note...one of my wishes is to be able to teach disadvantaged kids how to do nifty things. Like maybe simple programming. Or sewing. Or anything that'll wake up their creativity and confidence in their ability. I think that when parents are struggling to make ends meet, they don't have the time or energy to enrich their kids as much as they'd like. So I want to help.
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surprisesex From: surprisesex Date: April 15th, 2012 05:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've been meaning to break out the sewing machine for a while now. It's annoying that I buy short jeans and they still hit the ground. I'm not great at sewing but it definitely is something that improves with practice, and I just try not to fuck things up permanently, haha.

Edited at 2012-04-15 05:39 pm (UTC)
bbsy From: bbsy Date: April 15th, 2012 06:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah....in the first place, it's hard to find petite pants that don't look like they're made for women over 50. The normal petite inseam is 29", and my ideal inseam is about 27". I think maybe they expect women to alter the hem anyway, since it's such an easy fix. And as long as the shape of the garment is close enough to suit a petite woman (for example, where the knee is supposed to hit) it probably really isn't such a big deal.

Evidently 40% of American women are 5'3" or below.
surprisesex From: surprisesex Date: April 15th, 2012 06:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's kind of baffling...I'm 5'5" so you would think I'd be at the max end and they'd fit me perfectly. I guess I have short legs or something, haha.
bbsy From: bbsy Date: April 15th, 2012 06:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Maybe you have a proportionally long torso?
surprisesex From: surprisesex Date: April 15th, 2012 06:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
I really don't think so. I am bad at objectively viewing my body and face for some reason, but I am pretty sure my torso is normal.
bbsy From: bbsy Date: April 15th, 2012 06:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
I actually remember having to buy bathing suits for women with long torsos. Being that I'm somewhere between 5'3" and 5'4", one can imagine how freakish my proportions are, lol.
surprisesex From: surprisesex Date: April 15th, 2012 06:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hmmm, I do have trouble finding long enough swimsuits. I attributed it to the boobs.
bbsy From: bbsy Date: April 15th, 2012 06:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
...Huh, never thought about that before.
lesstraveled From: lesstraveled Date: April 15th, 2012 09:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ha, my mom is really handy at sewing, so I find myself handing off all fixin's to her. Occasionally when I do my own sewing, uh, I make sure it's something like sheets where no one else has to see it. I'm bad at it (probably for aforementioned reason).
bbsy From: bbsy Date: April 15th, 2012 10:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes! Since the stitches are in the comforter cover, it's likely that no one will notice. ;)
eissak From: eissak Date: April 16th, 2012 03:36 am (UTC) (Link)
I like to sew by hand. I can sew pretty good but of course it takes me fooorrrreevveerrrrr andmy fingers hurt afterward. I could use my mom's sewing machine but I don't know how to use it and neither does she!

I should take lessons how to use it via youtube one of these days...

I have a blanket that I had to sew the sides. I'll try to get a picture of it if I can remember. The sewing job I did was bad. It was an easy and quick "stitch" but it took forever because the hole in the side of the blanket was long.
bbsy From: bbsy Date: April 16th, 2012 11:05 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't know how to use a sewing machine, either. I hope you get a chance to learn. I'll bet it'd be especially handy with a little one to sew for.
hammersickle From: hammersickle Date: April 16th, 2012 03:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
I sometimes forget how lucky I am that my mom is a quilter. I've never done my own mending and hopefully never will. You need a crafty old lady in your life.
bbsy From: bbsy Date: April 21st, 2012 04:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Maybe I do. My mom used to actually have time to do that sort of thing, but lately she's been pretty taxed...
garibaldich From: garibaldich Date: October 12th, 2016 02:45 am (UTC) (Link)
How do you get things mended? Did you learn to hand stitch quickly or did you go out and get a chea
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