More things I discovered at SEWEXPO?
Maybe because I am having such ongoing issues with my neck & shoulders, I sure noticed the various booths promoting sewing chairs & furniture. Seems like there are more of them? There also seemed to be quite a few classes focussing on planning & re-vamping your sewing room. Maybe because this is probably considered good business seeing as the stats tell us that 85% of sewers & quilters now have a dedicated sewing room. Gone are the days of sewing at the kitchen table, or a corner of a bedroom. We have “arrived” and are considered “serious enough” to have our own sewing room. WOOHOO!
Anyway, must mention Lois Hallock who gave a class on “Creating your Perfect Quilting Space”. I attended this short seminar and then eventually found her booth. I chatted with her about my issues and she was very kind: she actually measured me sitting in her fabulous sewing chair and told me what my “magic” number should be for getting my ergonomics sorted out for desk/computer/sewing/cutting tables. I am on a mission ………to improve all my working conditions so that I can become pain free in 2014. Also have just purchased new office lens glasses ……trying to get the correct focal length thing sorted out so that I am not straining my neck & shoulders by sticking my head out like a crazy chicken to see my computer properly! No use continuing to pay out for massage and physio if I don’t try to correct the cause of the problems! Why am I telling you this? Maybe you should take a look at your sewing/computer ergonomics so that your body can stay healthy and pain free?
- I also researched more about garment fitting and garment construction so looked closely at the Palmer Pletsch booth ending up buying quite a few different packages of interfacing to improve my planned garment construction fun this year………….but I run ahead of myself: 2013 was (as I shared before on this blog) The Year of the Bra for me. I had wanted to make my own bras literally for decades and finally got around to doing that last year. Lesson to self: don’t put off things you really want to do for that long as you may pleasantly surprize yourself…. and be sorry you did not do it sooner!
- 2014 is the Year of the pant for me. I am concentrating on re-learning and brushing up on skills so that I can make well fitting dress pants. I may get to denim jeans eventually but am starting with dress/smart pants. I want to move beyond my laziness of falling back on just making elastic-at-the waist pull-on pants. Yes, they are very comfy, but I think it is time to make something else too. So Marta Alto on “Bias Pants”; Linda Lee of The Sewing Workshop on “DIY Pants fitting” were of great interest to me.
SO, I have plenty suitable fabric in my stash for dress pants, have several suitable pants patterns……now I need to start fitting, cutting out & sewing up…….2014 is going to be a fun year………………