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[–] TheBuddha 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Given the name of the sub, I'll brag for a moment. My daughter can sew, but not just cloth. She sews up people. She's an MD who works in emergency pediatric trauma at a fairly famous hospital on the East Coast.

Yeah, she's my pride and joy. I raised her and her brother after the divorce. I was the sole custodial parent, so there's some hope for men who would be better parents than the biological mother.

Anyhow, she once stole my car and totaled it. She was 14 and somehow managed to convince me to not call the cops on her or her friends. I wondered about that choice for a few years but I think it worked out well enough.

Kids don't come with a manual and it's not always easy to raise them right, but it can be done. If I can raise a kid to be an MD, I'm guessing people with actual skills can do much better jobs at raising kids. I just kind of winged it.

Her brother? He can actually sew! I love him but he's not the one who makes me most proud. He is happier than his sister, so there's that. Also, his sewing is pretty limited. He can hem, do a button, and shit like that. He made me a Grateful Dead pillow in school. Unfortunately, he made it with one of my tapestries.

Like I said, they don't come with a manual. Do the best you can, really.

Edit: spelling

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[–] chmod 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I'm 51 and the only person I know who can sew. One of the best things my mom ever taught me.

The bad news is I have to sew for everyone else.

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[–] RiversOfStars [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Someone has to be able to sew that button back on, I've seen someone want to throw an article of clothing out because of a popped button, such a pity.

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[–] chmod 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Same as mine.

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[–] Goathole 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I'm pretty sure Home Ec is a gone by the way side elective for our youth but let me tell you, if you partnered up with the right girl she'd sew/cook/baby the hell out of all your projects and you'd be solid for an easy A.

Thanks Jenny. Some guy hit the jackpot with you.

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[–] ThatGuyFromThatPlace 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

It was a requirement in my school. All the boys took shop and the girls took home ec. During the winter semester they would switch. The guys would learn how to sew on buttons and make a pizza while girls would learn how to change oil or replace a flat tire.

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[–] gazillions 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

You might want to consider an old vintage all metal machine for the kids. One that does straight and zig zag stitches only. As long as they have all metal gears inside, they can sew through a tin can and require the least adjustments. They're pretty much invincible.

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[–] RiversOfStars [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I'll have to look around to see what I can find, that's a great idea.

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[–] Nadesh 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Good idea I need to get my handsew singer out oiled and ready. I don’t know why I haven’t thought of that yet... the oldest should be ready now to hopefully not break it.

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[–] RiversOfStars [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I bought some curtains on sale but they were too long. Girl and I talked about what I was doing as I cut and pinned and rehemmed. Her first introduction to sewing.

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[–] nigger_plz 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

All these lousy t-shirts come with no pockets. If you get one one these just to add a pocket to your t-shirts that would be good enough.

When sewing by hand, a running stitch is a piece of cake and fast.