Sleeve Board Update

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Awhile back I posted that my old sleeve board fell apart whilst I was
attempting to remove the old cover to make a new one.  What I thought
was made of wood was made of particle board instead.  It was the kind
collapsable kind made by Dritz.  So after much discussion and searching,
I finally ordered and received a new one from Manhattan Wardrobe Supply.

And boy is it a beaut!!!  I am so glad I passed by the June Tailor board
even though I had to pay substantially more.  My new board is
non-collapsable (yay!), made of wood, very sturdy, and has a 5 inch
high, 14 inch long C clamp holding the two boards together.  The clamp
is very structural unlike most of the dinky ones you see.  The covers
are muslin and made especially for this board.  It was $45 and worth
every penny.  The best thing about it is how well it works.  How I wish
I'd had it years ago as it would have saved me so much time over the
long run.

My advice to serious beginners:  Get a quality wood sleeve board from
the onset.  It really makes a huge difference.

Phae

--
I fear me you but warm the starved snake,
Who, cherished in your breasts, will sting your hearts. (Henry VI, Shakespeare)

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Thanks for the review, Phae. I rarely use one, and so like the one I
bought at Target a couple years ago, from their Michael Graves design
line. My sleeve roll gets more use.

Karen Maslowski in Cincinnati
www.sewstorm.com


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Phaedrine wrote:

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Glad you found one you like!  I'd love an excuse to get a nice new
wooden one.  :)

My fold-flat metal one got it's cover replaced at the back end of last
week, as part of The Great Sewing Room Tidy-Up for guests both this
weekend gone and next.  I found it lurking, coverless, as it has been
for some years, at the bottom of a heap...  It now has a nice new calico
cover and a pad made from an off-cut from the last time I covered the
ironing board, and is good do go!

There are times when the wider, flatter area of the sleeve board is
better than the sleeve roll.

Thank you, everyone in this thread, for prodding me into one of those
little jobs I keep putting off that take about 15 minutes when I get
down to them!

--
Kate  XXXXXX  R.C.T.Q Madame Chef des Trolls
Lady Catherine, Wardrobe Mistress of the Chocolate Buttons
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I know.... I was so lucky to have an excuse!  
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I surely do agree.  I have a sleeve roll and that works great especially
when you need to press a seam and you don't want the seam edges to show
on the right side.  But the sleeve board is a lot easier for pressing
the seams and darts in most everything else except items that can just
be slipped over the entire ironing board.  

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--
I fear me you but warm the starved snake,
Who, cherished in your breasts, will sting your hearts. (Henry VI, Shakespeare)

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Happy for you Phae.  I love having reasons to upgrade the equipment.
You're right to recommend it to beginners.  These seeming little things
add up to a big difference.

Pora


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Indeed they do.  It saddens me when newbies get discouraged and
frustrated, especially with faulty or lackluster equipment.  My step-mom
used to have the most awful machine and I recall how I just hated sewing
on it.  And each piece of equipment that we have that does not work
quite right not only slows down the process but increases the likelihood
of of those discouraging errors.  When I hear that someone has tried
sewing and then quit, it's often a $100 "special" machine that never did
work right or lack of space for an adequate sewing setup, or lacking the
basic tools that caused the person to get discouraged.

Phae

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I fear me you but warm the starved snake,
Who, cherished in your breasts, will sting your hearts. (Henry VI, Shakespeare)

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Amen to that.  A friend just bought his teenage daughter a Costco
special (a Brother?) against my recommendation.  I'm not sure if it
will be able to hem jeans, which seems basic for a teenager!  I argued
for a used older model Bernina/Viking/etc.  I'm easily discouraged
during the learning process, so these things matter to me.

Pora


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Don't feel bad.  There are people who will throw out grandma's Limoges
china so they can go to WalMart and buy a brand new set of dishes.
There's no accounting for taste, said the old woman as she kissed the cow.
--
Joanne
stitches @ singerlady.reno.nv.us.earth
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Oh, Joanne, haven't heard that in eons!  It was one of DM's oft-said
phrases:
"To each his own, said the woman as she kissed the cow."

Jean



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*chuckle*  For some reason, this is reminding me of a quote from Miss
Bates (good old Miss Bates) in one of the versions of Emma that I have
-- "The whole thing has left us quite speechless, and we haven't been
able to stop talking about it since."  :)

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Melinda Meahan - take out TRASH to send wrote:
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I love that one!!!

--
Joanne
stitches @ singerlady.reno.nv.us.earth
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.     :)

--
I fear me you but warm the starved snake,
Who, cherished in your breasts, will sting your hearts. (Henry VI, Shakespeare)

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Oh, yeah ... you can see them on that gooofy
HGTV show "Cash in the Attic!"
Bats in the Belfry if you ask me.
PAT in VA/USA

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Don't get me started on HGTV!!!  How they take a pretty nice house and
knock down walls, tear out the bathroom and the kitchen and put in brand
new stuff not nearly as sturdy or good looking as what they took out.
Then they paint it crazy colors.

Until I watched HGTV, I didn't realize that kitchens became "dated" in
15 years and had to be completely redone.

--
Joanne
stitches @ singerlady.reno.nv.us.earth
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My parents did that! They had wonderful wooden cabinets....tore them all
out and stuck in some stock items from Home Depot.

  My friend bought a house that still had the original 50's tilework in
the bathroom.  I thought it looked so awesome I probably would have
designed the rest of the house around it, but she ripped it all out and
put in a horrible-to-keep-clean shower stall with glass doors. Ugh.



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