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Computing & Technology > Sewing, and Nerd News.

Sewing, and Nerd News.

I feel like a sheep, sometimes, because anything I get interested in doing or making was long ago discovered by a million idiots online. Aprons, for instance. They’re actually a huge designer item now. The ones I like best are ArtifactAprons.

For my repurposing blog ideas, I was about to try making some from old pairs of jeans. We’ll see how that works out. I have to sew it in a way that I don’t need to force my sewing machine through terribly thick seams. Nearly all denim is a little too thick for me to sew with. My sewing machine is a fairly cheap one; I wish i had a heavy-duty one.

Fabric.com and Joann.com are now besieged by people making their own clothes, masks, and other items. They’re actually running out of many kinds of fabrics, and tools too. (I need a rotary cutter!) So Amazon is selling fabric, but most of it seems to be already cut into 1-yard pieces or “fat quarters” for quilting and crafts.

Mike informs me on science news. In one long call, during which he told me about 1) the pistol shrimp, which kills prey by clicking its claw hard, creating a bubble of air that is momentarily heated to 8000 degrees, and it fires the bubble at the prey; 2) actual research into faster-than-light warp drive; and then I don’t know, something about states of matter, you know, solid, liquid, gas, and now there are a whole bunch more...

Anyway, after hanging up, it occurred to me that the visible universe from our planet — if we could live on and on and on — after eons would contain fewer and fewer stars. We’re losing thousands of stars each year because of the expanding universe, and the light from them will never reach us again -- since that expansion is accelerating. It was kind of a bittersweet thing, like the end of Star Trek The Next Generation, when the characters found out they had to stop, eventually, using Warp Drive, because it was slowly tearing the fabric of the universe apart. The sheer distances between planets were so great that at conventional speeds, they'd never reach other planets or alien beings during human lifetimes. ...This meant that their trek among the stars was going to come to an end.

posted on Apr 30, 2020 6:36 PM ()


Dramus, we can see the milky way and I betcha Teal can too.
comment by elderjane on May 2, 2020 9:02 AM ()
Oh, my. My sister in Utah says she can see it all the time. How nice.
reply by drmaus on May 2, 2020 3:15 PM ()
Miss I don't make it, I buy it, reads this post with wild surmise. I have spent a lifetime trying to make a home without actually spending a lot of time on it. Cooking and cleaning I will do, suffering in silence and being brave. Friends sent Ed and me masks.Beautiful. Otherwise, just an oblong scarf over lower face.
comment by tealstar on May 1, 2020 1:17 PM ()
For someone whose hands can play beautiful piano, why would you want to mess around sewing anyway. I don’t want to sew masks either, though, I hate masks. The ones that worked best for me were T-shirt material folded up and held together with safety pins.
reply by drmaus on May 2, 2020 3:14 PM ()
My ex used to make "ugly bags" out of old pants, not necessarily denim. I still have a bunch of them. Different sizes for a rag bag, dog stuff, tools-to-go in a hurry and other stuff. Useful and basically free.
comment by jjoohhnn on May 1, 2020 6:54 AM ()
Yeah, those sound like the laundry bags I made out of old pajama pants.
reply by drmaus on May 1, 2020 8:04 AM ()
It is wonderful to be out in the country at night and look up and see all the stars. That is what I loved most when we had a lake house.
comment by elderjane on May 1, 2020 3:52 AM ()
We see the stars where we are, a welcome sight compared to lower Manhattan where air pollution obliterated nature's wonders. On the other hand, I gave up intelligent neighbors for nitwits so that I could enjoy a warm climate, exotic wildlife, and a beautiful view of Charlotte Harbor.
reply by tealstar on May 1, 2020 1:21 PM ()
Can you see the Milky Way in the sky where you live? I've never lived far enough away from the light pollution of major cities, which obscures it.
reply by drmaus on May 1, 2020 8:06 AM ()
I can't even sew a button on a shirt!!
comment by greatmartin on Apr 30, 2020 8:23 PM ()
T-shirts for all! No need to sew.
reply by drmaus on May 1, 2020 8:07 AM ()
I ordered some fabric on Amazon, a good-sized chunk big enough for a quilt back. Search for "Quilt backing 108 inch wide, by the yard."

It was supposed to be 100% cotton, that's what the description said, but when it came it had an odd feel to it - very stiff sizing in it, perhaps. Or maybe it isn't really 100% cotton. I pre-washed it, and it's still the stiffness and feel of a roofing tarp. I am thinking of washing it some more to see if that can soften it up. Otherwise, I'm not sure what to do with it, aside from draping over a leaky roof.
comment by traveltales on Apr 30, 2020 7:50 PM ()
Hmm. I'll avoid them. But you could use it for a tarp if you do some painting.
reply by drmaus on May 1, 2020 8:07 AM ()
It was called "Santee fabric blenders" and I suspect that means it's a cotton/polyester blend, even though they claimed it was 100% cotton. There's other brands.
reply by traveltales on Apr 30, 2020 7:56 PM ()

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