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    “Shopping in the Time of Pandemic”

    (Have you read “Love in the Time of Cholera”? So good…) The Covid-19 lockdown situation means, for most people, that online shopping has become the new normal. Even if you could visit a brick-and-mortar store (which depends quite a bit on where you live) some departments may be closed off: ….or the inventory may be depleted: …………………………………… So shoppers have been forced to go online, and there’s lots of social media chatter about: where to buy things, especially items in high demand where NOT to buy things, because of extended delivery times scams: situations where an item never arrived Within…

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    “How do I send masks?”

    My last post was about where to send masks. But do you know HOW to send them….without making a trip to the post office? (Clue: you can NOT send a mask as a “letter”). …………………………………………….. From what I hear in…

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    Adding Ties to Face Masks

    This is an updated version of the folded “origami style” face mask from the previous post (right-click any blue highlight to open in new window): One of the benefits of sewing the same item over and over again is that…

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    “Where do I Send Masks?”

    March 29, 2020 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…

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    The Origami Face Mask

    4/8/2020 Update: some readers expressed concern over the use of fusible interfacing in masks. Even though I explained that fusibles work not by use of solvents with dangerous fumes, but rather by melting and hardening, there has been suspicion. I…

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    Corona Virus: Home-made Masks

    4/2/2020 Update: The CDC has turned full circle, we are all wearing masks.https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover.html 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…

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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…