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was about conversation. Scratch that – the past couple of weeks have been about conversation. Natasha is a commenter like no other. At the end of almost every blog post lately, she has written the most “poignant and piquant” responses. She’s been teaching me about compensation presser feet, the definition of tapping (and dohickeys!), and how to think of petiteness. When I see her comment, and she’s usually one of the first, I get excited about the conversation I know will follow. I reply and patiently wait for what she is going to tell me next. “What’s she going to say? What’s she going to say?” I didn’t ask her if she could be the subject of today’s weekend post and Natasha, I hope you don’t get upset, but I thoroughly enjoy our dialogue via DISQUS. You commented on Nilah’s interview that Bernina sewing machines are badass – you know what else is badass? You! Bernina’s will last a long time, but not a life time. You, my dear, have a staying power that is unparalleled, even if you believe that you’re only right 50% of the time (which 50% that is? Who knows?!)

At the end of each night, I’ve been writing down information I’ve come across that day in an effort to remember and learn more. Natasha, you bet your butt that some of the things in my notebook are from you. Here are some, but not all, of the things Natasha has taught me these past few weeks.

One:Β What could be the cause of skipped stitches while sewing the eye side of my hook & eye closure is that the needle is not reaching the bobbing hook at the right time (the timing is off) because zip zag stitches favors one side versus the other. If this is causing the skipped stitches, tapping or hand walking would solve the problem.

Two: Tapping is where you tap the pedal once and make one stitch at a time.

Three: “Success is not always directly related to effort. Sometimes it comes when we don’t deserve and it sometimes it eludes us. The saddest is when you get it and it doesn’t feel like anything at all.”

Four: Cutting paper with fabric scissors does not dull blades! Natasha agrees with Beverly – she’s only had to sharpen her pair once in the last ten years.

Five: Joann’s stocks the mysterious Wonder UnderΒ I’ve been looking for that fuses fabrics together. Fusing fabric to a second layer of the same fabric is an alternative to using fusible interfacing. It reduces the amount of stretch, but doesn’t eliminate it, and it looks a lot prettier on the interior of the garment. The key to this is fusing similar fabrics to similar fabrics (i.e. tricot to tricot).

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