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    “Where do I Send Masks?”

    You’ve made masks, now what? Many sewists jumped right into Mask Mania and now don’t know where to donate. (If you live in a city that may sound strange but the virus has not hit hard in more rural areas.) Things to consider: delivering local (drop-offs) is faster than shipping distances away but densely-populated areas (especially near transportation hubs) have more urgent needs, so be open to mailing away urgent care centers have higher needs, but auxiliary medical services (who may have sent all of their supplies to hospitals) are also in need …………………………………………………….. Here’s what I suggest: #1 Check…

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    Fast, Versatile Face Mask

    I received a request from reader Laura, asking about masks that can be mass-produced. This got me thinking about the air-pollution masks that my co-workers made out of copy-paper when I worked in Asia. They were simple origami, held together…

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    The Great Elastic Shortage of 2020

    Most people will remember 2020 as the “Year of the Toilet Paper Shortage”. Will sewists remember 2020 as the “Year of the Elastic Shortage”? Although I’m very much on top of the Covid-19 news because I read the Wall Street…

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    Corona Virus: Home-made Masks

    3/28/2020 Update: How fast things change! Two weeks ago people said masks were silly (the mayor of NYC also said it was fine to take the subway and go to Lunar New Year festivals…..). Not anymore! https://nypost.com/2020/03/28/experts-say-face-masks-can-help-slow-covid ……………………………………………………….. 3/26/2020 Update:…

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    Sewing with Reds

    I love red fabric. Red is powerful: when my parents met at a wedding in Washington D.C. in 1950, my mom was wearing a bright red wool coat.  Coincidentally they both lived in New York City. My dad got her…

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    To Pre-wash or Not to Pre-wash?

    That is the question I hear over and over again on online forums. Roughly 90% of the responses are “I always ALWAYS pre-wash, I can’t imagine not pre-washing!“. This tends to drown out the minority who say “Well not always....”.…

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    How to Clean your Serger

    Do you clean your serger regularly? Are you afraid to find out just how much fluff has accumulated inside? Some of my sewing friends have told me they never clean the thread-lint build-up inside their overlock machine because : they…

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    Scrunchies the Easy Way

    “No woman who works at W Magazine and lives on Perry Street would be caught dead at a hip downtown restaurant wearing a scrunchie!”  Carrie Bradshaw, 2003 (“Sex and the City”) …………………………………………………. Proof that what goes around, comes around. The…

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    My Snaps Journey

    Like many sewists, I started making apparel using any pattern that did not require closures. Zippers were out of the question, and buttons and snaps were intimidating because their placement needed to be spot-on equidistant from each other to avoid…