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Inquiry: How to Xmas ornaments

I had a friend try to tell me how her friend made Christmas ornaments by using styrofoam trays (that meat comes in) by gluing xmas cards on, triming the excess and heating in the oven to shrink...

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Re: Book Giveaway: "Sew What You Love"

The very best part of doing what you love is "Sewing What You Love."

Re: Who first taught you to sew?

The first sewing memories I have are of standing at the sewing machine watching my mother struggle to sew. She hated it. Her mother was a seamstress for a department store in a big city and as a widow supported my mother and her brother during WWII by sewing all day and at home at night. On this occassion I was so small I had to stand on tiptoe to see over the top of the machine, fascinated as the machine needle went up and down. The first instant that my mother left the machine I climbed to her place and began the machine. It was a Kenmore with a knee control that I worked with my foot. It had been purchased at the Chicago Worlds Fair in the 1930's by my great grandmother who also hated to sew. The next memory I have is my mother putting my thumb into her mouth to pull out the broked needle with her teeth. I wouldn't stop, I loved sewing then and still do today. I am a licensed dressmaker and began with weddings in the early 1970's. Today most of my work is in period clothing and I will help anyone who wants to learn to sew. My mother would tell me while I was a teen, "You marry a man who can affort to buy you your clothes." It was beyond her that I could want to sew. She is gone now, but I think of her every day I sit down to my machine to sew.