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Let's see....first up, my bombshell rocks the pool! No slippage, no major wedgies (but I need to do something else next time), no problems at all while swimming. It does, however, require LOTS of time to dry - we finished swimming at 6 last night, and right now (approx. 10:30 AM) it's STILL wet. Ah, well....

Yesterday we were busy. We ran to the feed store for hay...and came home with 3 guineas. We need something for grasshopper control, and looks like these are the best bet. They're in the coop now, being terrorized by the hens.

Then we ran to the Fabric District....and I scored some new swimsuit lycra. I have...wait, lemme just show you:

lycra fabric

$47 for lycra for 2 suits, plus the thread to sew both of 'em up. I didn't really need the lining fabric...but it was only $5/yard, and "real" suits use nude lining....so I caved. 2 yards is enough to do 3 suits...and I still have 2 suits worth of the blue lining. :lol:

Bombshell V. 2.0 is currently being worked on. I have everything cut out and the 2 back pieces gathered and pinned. I'm trying to slow down on this one and do everything as precisely as possible....

Anyway...we then went to a bead store for Herself, and stopped at Half Price. This one I haven't been to in a while...and I need to make the effort. Their clearance section ROCKS. I got *7* books - all hardbacks! - for $19. Let's see:

Alterknits
Mason-Dixon Knitting Outside the Lines
S*B Nation (vol.2)
Knitting From the Top
Knitting Cuff-to-Cuff
for $1.00 EACH, and

Inspired to Sew
Sew Serendipity.

VERY nice haul, wouldn't you say?

Then....oh, then the day went weird. We stopped at JoAnn's so I could get a 1/4" foot for my machine (to help make my seams more even...my current foot is a little wider than that. No biggie, but I figured, we were out...I had new fabric...might as well, right?) They didn't have one, but suggested the Quilting store in the same shopping center. Um.

I usually try to brush off weirdness, but this is TOO weird to not post a warning: Thomas Quilting in Mesquite - AVOID it.

We went in, and I asked one of the employees about the foot. She asked what machine I had (A 1950's White Triple-Matic)...and said, "Oh, we need to get you something newer!" I said "No - really. I LOVE my White, I kill new machines - I just need a foot." She pushed a little, I said NO...then she told the Owner (Mr. Thomas) about my machine. :sigh:

He got NASTY. He refused to let me have a foot until I sat down at a $2700 machine and sewed a bit. I refused - he got worse. SG said - LOUDLY - "A foot won't cost me what a new machine will - let's GO."

The lady stood up, grabbed me a foot, and ran - yes, RAN - to the checkout. SG heard Mr. Thomas say "I should fire her - I told her 3 times to sit her down at that machine.." and SG went ballistic. (So did I, when he told me later.)

$17 later, I had my foot (which....won't work for my suit, because it doesn't have a slot for the needle, only a circle. No zig-zags, in other words. SG is going to hollow it out for me.) (And guys, I haven't told you ALL of it...because what's the point? Suffice to say, we will NOT be going back there. I was going to ask about service...but not now. I wouldn't be surprised if he broke my machine so he could sell me a new one.)

I hate pushy sales people....I mean, I get trying to sell machines - really, I do. But when a customer tells you over and over again that No, really - not interested, you should drop it. :sigh:

Anyway. I have Cotswold cheese cooking, and I need to get back to my Bombshell. laters!

Date: 2013-07-28 04:55 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
The guy who runs my sewing shop is a flirt (how do you stomp on little old men flirts?) and does try to sell you stuff, but he sells good stuff, and doesn't move you up. Joanne's is useless for Elna gear, which is the brand of sewing machine I have. They don't sell sewing feet at all. :p I think you can get these things online, for next time. I wouldn't go back there either!!!!

PS my heirloom machine with 200ish stitches wasn't 2700! Yikes.

PPS I think you've inspired me to spend the day sewing, which I haven't in a while. Thankies!

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