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The Fabric Maverick says... Take a break

April 29, 2008

I was rushing around this weekend doing errands when it suddenly occurred to me that I was a little like the hamster on a wheel in a cage. I was doing all of these "things" but ending in the same place. Sometimes life does rush at us and we must meet the demands the best way we can. April has been a busy time for all of us. We have had the opportunity to renew our relationship with the Federal government. Now I know why he is called "Uncle Sam"- he has what is left of my money! Raise your hand if you think there should be a tax deduction for the money you spend on automobile gas! The cheapest gas I could find yesterday was at $3.56 per gallon. I heard someone say that one reason prices were so high was to encourage people to not use as much gas. I do not know about you but I still have to drive to work everyday. My boss likes to see my smiling face everyday. I manage to work where there is no public transportation or I would use it. Now that I have vented, I feel better.

I took a little break this weekend to reflect on what is ahead for us. First, thank you to all the posse members; I have a special assignment coming up for you if you choose to accept it.  Be looking for an email shortly. Summer is coming. There is something about the word which already makes you feel relaxed. This is a time of new beginnings for many people.  Young people will be graduating from high school and colleges everywhere. People will be making a commitment to marriage. Mother's Day is around the corner.  Enjoy these celebrations! The most important thing you can do for yourself is to be in the moment. Do not let your mind be planning the next day's activities if you are at your child's softball game, be there not somewhere else. I know that on Thursday, Victoria will finally be sharing some information on her guest bedroom redo.  In the coming months, we will try to excite you with some easy projects that will fit into your summer time schedule. Take a break now. Kick back with your feet up and enjoy a magazine. There is no need for guilt- Enjoy!

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Hi there fab-mav, I have a topic that I am hoping you can help with. I am sure there are others with the same questions. Thanks to Fabric.com I now have a modest stash of heavier drapery and upholstery fabric. (I could just not resist those textures and colors) Anyway, I need help on sewing with these heavier fabrics. I like to make bags, purses and pillows mostly. I have upholstery books and such but they give you how to do's on projects not on the nitty gritty, threads, needles, thick seams and such. I am currently using a Bernina Aurora 440, with a size 18 denim needle. I still have trouble where seams intersect and get especially thick. Tips and tricks on this would be helpful. Also I have a great serger and would like to use it more in these projects, should I put larger needle in that, will using a serger help with the bulky seam issue? Would using the chain-stitch feature help eliminate bulk in handles or would a cover stitch work better? How about thread choices, and stitch length...do you need to make a stronger seam to compensate for the heavier fabric. Believe me when I tell you I have searched and searched on the Internet and in books and no one really addresses these questions. I am hoping you have a resource for this info. Thanks and I will look forward to your up and comming projects....maybe one to use up some of that new home-dec fabric.

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