Sunday, May 11, 2014

Sewing



Welcome to Sewing Week here at OPOD. We are going to be looking at what is becoming a Lost Art . . . the art of sewing. Back in the day, women took pride in their sewing skills, but now almost no one sews. The lovely Mrs. PJM was quiet the seamstress back in the day, but even she does not sew any more. I think that there are two reasons. One is that we are all pressed for time more than ever before, and the second reason is that it is cheaper now to buy clothes than to make them. By the time you add up the material, buttons, zippers, thread and all that, you can just about buy the clothes already made cheaper.

OK, I am sorry I did not post yesterday but was completely exhausted after the successful space probe mission on Friday. The probe made it to 119,000 feet, returned to earth, and was successfully retrieved. This is a short video clip of the probe reaching its peak altitude and then beginning its descent back to earth. Pretty good work, I think, for a handful of country boys.

8 comments:

  1. Watched all 6+ minutes and now I am dizzy! LOL. It is just a fantastic project. Congrats to all involved.
    I use my sewing machine all the time, but it is generally for repairs or alterations.

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  2. I feel like I have actually be to outer space, this was spectacular! I wasn't expecting the surprise when the envelope exploded! It startled me but I hung on the entire time. What a beautiful experience. Thank you PJM for the blog this morning.

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  3. Maybe not as many sew for clothing, but there are a whole lot of quilters out there paying $10 a yard for fabric to cut up into smaller pieces to sew back together. It's quite a nice hobby. Love, your themes each week!

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  4. Besides quilters, there are many of us out here who acquire and restore those lovely vintage machines and use them to sew!

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  5. It's a shame sewing is becoming a lost art ....so too is knitting. This throw away world we live in ...not always good.

    All the best Jan

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  6. Lovely photo. Those early Singer machines were truly works of art. There is still a small subculture of folks who sew but it is definitely not the norm any more. There is a compromise with ready made clothes as they are not as tailored to the individual.
    I watched the space video....fascinating!
    -Anne K.

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  7. Your "Cowboys" should win a national science award. There must be fist fights over who all get to enroll in your class.

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  8. Rebecca, we start the students as freshmen in an Engineering class. Anyone can enter that class, but if they don't work hard, they get weeded out pretty quickly. Then we offer Engineering II the second year, and the students who do well there can enter the "Space Cowboy" class which is a three hour a day class.

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