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How Do You Know You’re A Seamstress?

you know you're a seamstress

When someone asked for a measuring tape and I pulled 3 out of my purse, along with a curved and straight ruler, I knew I was exposed – I was obviously an addict. Not an addict of cigarettes or booze, but sewing! Hey, there are worse things in life, right? How do you know you’re a bonafide seamstress? What are the telltale signs in your life that you’ve succumbed to this hobby. Please do spill!


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    Rules, scissors and pencils in with the silverware? Uh, nope, they’re in the sewing room, with all my fabric which is coordinated by fibre content, my elastic which is wrapped and in a box but not coordinated in any way, and my measuring tape which has never been in my handbag.

    Good thing there’s no actual set of things that one must do/be in order to say they’re a sewist/seamstress/sewer/sewasaurus! Other than labelling oneself as such! 🙂

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      Maddie Flanigan

      Well you’re organized! I wish I could say the same about my stash but nope, it’s sits in my closet along with my vacuum, broom, and such. I guess that’s what happens when you live in a city – space is tight!

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        Maddie Flanigan

        Proof – I’m guilty as charge. Call it city living – space is limited!

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          Love the curve in the silverware drawer!

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          Haha, love it!

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          i totally rock the elastic hair ties. also been spotted using selvage or jersey strips…

          • Lady ID

            I’ve used the selvage for my hair 🙂

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    Joanie Paxman

    You had me up until muslin as a notepad. My craft/sewing area is a public area so teaching the kids to use the right scissors is key. “DON’T USE THOSE FOR THAT!” And needles in my purse has proven to be dangerous. I need a case or something.

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      Maddie Flanigan

      I hope I didn’t make an impression that I have a notebook full of scaps of muslin with my notes, but when I have scraps of muslin after cutting/sewing, I definitely jot down little things on them, like a quick to-do list.

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    Lola Del Rey

    i loose hair ties like crazy.. and then im running around in the morning cutting up a piece of elastic and serging it to use as a hair tie… that and i’m always covered in loose threads

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    lol! this is great! I think it occurred to me that I was developing a habit when I started dreaming of sewing in my sleep. 🙂

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    Lauren Taylor

    Hahaha I can definitely relate to some of these 🙂 I think my big tell-tale is that I’m always covered with threads – especially on the bottoms of my shoes. Also, I spend more time looking at the inside of garments than the outside of garments… and the majority of my daydreaming is thinking about how to put a piece of clothing together 🙂

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      YESSSSSSS! covered in threads!!!! and a lot of times so is my dog!

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      Maddie Flanigan

      Guilty to all of those!

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    This is hilarious! 🙂

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    You have a cabinet sewing machine in your BEDROOM that is NEVER folded away, and your work table is constantly filled with pieces from different projects. Also, you know you’re a seamstress when you correct someone on their “naive” idea of how to assemble PJ pants (who would honestly think that you just take two unshaped rectangles and sew them together???). Yes, and both of these things have happened to me.

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      Alessa Farbenfreude

      Once, when I was young and very clueless, I tried to sew a pair of pants from two fabric rectangles. Needless to say, I did eventually learn about crotch curves… 😉

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    Alessa Farbenfreude

    😀 That’s hilarious. What does it say about me that I can often not find my tape measure?

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      Maddie Flanigan

      You need to start putting it in more accessible drawers – like those with your silverware!

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    emily marie

    When you realize that those weird looks you’re getting in the grocery store are looks of FEAR because your curved embroidery scissors are still on a ribbon around your neck. Yikes.

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      Maddie Flanigan

      When I first started sewing, I would wear my measuring tape around my neck when I went out in public, thinking I was cool. I so wasn’t!

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        Natasha Estrada

        Haha this is too funny when I was taking fashion classes at a community college I used to wear it as a belt or looped on a belt loop. The same thing happens when you first start learning nursing stuff you wander around the hospital with your stethoscope on by the time you get your license that’s the last thing you want to do.

        Though this is a snapshot of the two combined lol

        Note the afforementioned handmade antenna. Its the best

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          Maddie Flanigan

          I’m sorry to change the subject but do you have Christmas lights on your dress form? So do I! Great minds must think alike (or like Christmas a lot!)

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    Pauline alice

    So funny and so true! When people entee into the livingroom and discover the dining table hidden under fabrics, pattern paper and pins. Or when i can’t help but touch fabrics (in the fabric store, no problem. The unknown girl’s coat sitting next to me on the bus, weird!).

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    Carlee McTavish

    Elastic in the hair for sure! And every scrap is precious! This is hilarious

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    Anne Weaver

    You find yourself staring intently at strangers because you want to figure out how to copy that cool neckline or shoulder detail on the shirt they’re wearing.

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      French Toast Tasha

      Ha ha yes! The worst is when I’m admiring how someone’s pants fit and trying to figure it out . . . it looks a lot like I’m staring at someone’s rear end . . . I try not to be too obvious!

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        Anne Weaver

        LOL!! This summer I was caught staring at this woman’s boobs because I was trying to figure out the bust ruching on her swimsuit. She is the mother of one of my daughter’s friends, and I know she noticed because she all of a sudden adjusted her swimsuit to cover her chest better.

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    Denise Judges

    Definitely the tape measure in the handbag and also a packet or two of needles in my purse and also whenever I see something in the shops I don’t buy because I could make my own half the price.

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    Mine is that I have scraps of fabric all over my house! I never want to throw any away, no matter how small and they end up flying everywhere!

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    Wow! I can relate to so many of these and so many of the comments. I’ve made some clothes for my kids. Now that my daughter has started school, I find myself looking at what the other kids are wearing and trying to figure out how to make the other kid’s necklines or details on their clothes. I’m sure there are parents that have seen me checking out their kid’s clothes, I hope they don’t think I’m a creep! I also have a 3 month old baby girl and sometimes I find bits of thread on her when I’m changing her diaper. 🙂

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