Sunday, December 18, 2011

video classes

Last night I was up till two in the morning looking at the sites for internet classes. There is a lady from Canada that I might join and another guy from London who does tailoring and couture sewing.   Both seem like they would be worth my while.  This would keep me busy way into the summer months.  So right now I am trying to figure out which one of them I am going to sign up with.   The lady has more videos to see than the gentlemen.  His is broken down into suits, and for women dresses and skirts.  His program is 66.00 for six months, or 99.00 for an entire year with access 24-7............and the lady is 97.00 for a year member ship.  You can even download the lesson.

  Man will wonders ever cease.  I just heard from and old friend.  So delighted to hear from her, sometimes there are people who leave and imprint on you.  You lose touch and then hope that someday you will hear from them again.  Well I heard from made my day.  Things are not going to well for her, but she will be in my prayers and thoughts now.   I haven't been to Vancouver since that's a long time.  I love that place.  Believe it or not I am pinching off of some of the fabric that I brought from there.  My friend always drove me to the places.  She knew her way all around town.  Just so many beautiful places to go.

  I will search around for some other sites.  Sandra Betzina has a site as well.  They are pretty much all the same.  I just have to identify with a teaching style.  It's nice to have a sewing library, but it's better with the video.  I get more out of it.  I get my inspiration from the ladies and looking at what they do, no doubt maybe some of them have taken these courses.   Their work is impeccable.   I am just going to keep trying.

Thursday, December 8, 2011


Lately I've been looking and reading blogs from Italy and Germany.  Pretty interesting.  They really do some pretty stuff.  Most of it is crafting and very intricate work with lace.  I managed to look at a blog from Japan but the designs were a little too young for me.  Right now I am still working on a pair of jeans.  Just found an embroidery yahoo group for my Brother Ult2003.  It appears we are still out there, and I got some information on various designs and how to use them, and also the best software to use with my machine.So far it looks like Embird with the iconizer is the one to use.   One of the things I've learned so far is that one should buy in bulk. Reading and article called:  The 5 effective habits of a successful sewer that you should know.  The points are well taken. 

For the simple reason being you never know when or how you are going to use the items purchased.  It makes sense to a certain degree.  So just going into a store getting a bunch of zippers or whatever is on sale, may be cost effective later on down the road.  Since this in an expensive art.  I've also been watching videos, and really taking my time reading the pattern for jeans I am working on at the moment.  If I get frustrated I just put it down and go back to it later.  In the mean time surfing along the sight for different things keeps me busy. I am glad though, that I came across the yahoo group for Brother.

I also was learning about the copy rights of designs, and how the women have used and abused them.  So now there are all of these protections against copying a design and trying to sell it in mass production for self profit.   I am really falling in like with machine.  I love the way it works. This was a good investment and I 100% sure that working along with my Brother Ult is going to work out just fine.  I also looked a site on natural fabrics.  I like that one as well.  I would like to work with Bamboo batting.  This does cost a little more, but the reviews are really great on the wear of the product.  But first things first.  My next thing is my dress form.  In the mean time I am using sheets from Uniques in place of muslin.  I should take a picture of the jeans in progress but would much rather wait until I finish.  Right now I am procrastinating on doing something today.  The lighting is really bad in my sewing room, and I am going to have to find another lamp that covers that gives me more light.  I wouldn't mind working at night time if I can't sleep.