Periscope for Sewists?

PeriscopeDoes Periscope have anything to offer to modern sewists?  Share your thoughts with me.

A coworker mentioned Periscope to me one day when she would be traveling during a critical workplace meeting.  She asked if we could perhaps “do a Periscope“.  In my need to keep everyone happy, I did some research on Periscope.  The plans changed regarding that specific meeting and I never thought again about it.  Then, randomly, I happened across a tweet from Rit Dye announcing someone would be trying out a technique “tomorrow on Periscope“.

I was intrigued so I downloaded the app, created an account and began to follow other “scopers”.   I admit that Twitter is not my primary focus for social media especially not for my sewing and crafting business.  I am much more interested in a visual media such as Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook.  I was unaware of any sewist tweeters much less “scopers”.  Periscope is young and has a less than sophisticated search mechanism so I was unable to identify sewist accounts.

So, after receiving LOTS of notifications of live scopes and lots or Trolls and way too much video of nonsense stuff, I am in search of sewists on Periscope.  I discovered the knitters of the world are all over this venue but I find the sewists are nearly nonexistent.  I find it to be very interesting and exciting! Trolls are an exception. I don’t like those but they are everywhere, I guess.  As I write this post, I’m watching some street musicians perform live in Times Square. The next scope I find is a live video feed from some river rapids in East Granby, Connecticutt providing a cool, fresh view and the mesmerizing sounds of running water on a Friday afternoon.

Give me your thoughts on Periscope.  Do you like it? Do you use it?  Do you lurk and view or do you create content?  I can see all types of uses for it but if there is no one out there listening, I wonder if it is worth the effort.



Hemming – Oh the Horror!

IMG_2762Clearly, I am missing something.  Would someone please explain it to me?  When did hemming pants and sewing on buttons become such a curse?

I see lots of Facebook and Instagram posts and graphics stating how much sewists are offended by hemming pants and sewing for their friends. There are t-shirts that say “Yes, I sew. No, I won’t hem your pants.”  I don’t feel that way and I guess I don’t understand why others do.

Yes, I sew. I quilt, I knit, I crochet, I bead, I cross-stitch and anything else I can find to do with my hands that is a creative outlet.  And I will hem your pants.  I will sew buttons on for you.  I will take up your dresses and repair little holes and tears.  There have been dark times in my life that the hemming and sewing paid for the groceries. I’m not too proud to know that I could possibly need it to pay for them and more in the future.

My friends know I sew. They respect me for my sewing knowledge and my skills. When they have a wardrobe malfunction or a garment for a special event, they entrust it to me.  I see so many sewist who sew for themselves because they want well-fitting quality garments.  They complain about the ready-to-wear industry.  What better opportunity to teach someone about proper fit and design than hemming their pants to an appropriate length?

I don’t get it.  I really don’t.