Thursday, January 21, 2010

Patient No. 7 - Brenda Baldwin

OUS recently received this email from Brenda Baldwin. Sounds like she could really use our help! Anyone have any ideas what to do with 50 year old fabric? Let us know!
Yes, I Need Help......and Determination

OMG!! I have found my sisters. I have fabrics from 50 years ago. I was hoping to someday have a little girl and make her special dresses. I have one 38 year old U.S. Marine son. No grandaughters and I still can't part with these beautiful fabrics.

I started sewing at age seven. My uncle worked in a large sewing factory and brought me huge boxes of scrap fabrics and buttons every time he came to visit. My aunt worked in a Regal Mill factory making fabrics and she also gave me wonderful fabrics that employees were allowed to take home. This started my addiction of collecting fabrics, buttons, findings, sewing machines (more than 20), sewing collectibles, Princess sewing baskets, and anything sewing related. Oh I also collect patterns.

Last year, I was blessed and obtained a  McCalls pattern cabinet when a local Joanns moved.  I also got a Coats and Clark (store size) thread cabinet. I have always wanted these two items.  Books, old and new, anything sewing and craft related. I discovered that I have multiple copies of some books when trying to organize them . I am sure I have many duplicate patterns also. I have saved patterns for 40 years. 
I have 2 large rooms that are dedicated to sewing and crafts. The garage is overflowing with craft and fabric storage. My car has never seen the inside of the garage.

I hoard anything I see possibilities in.   A few years ago, I purchased a "Measure-o-graph" so it would make it easier  to measure my fabrics for a gargae sale...Have you ever seen a "Measure-o-graph" ?  They were used back in the 50's in fabric stores on the measuring tables.  But alas, haven't even started measuring. I just can't muster the will to get going and get rid of my stash.

The last few years I have expanded my addiction to include papercrafting, scrapbooking and  die cutting. I do crafts at a local Senior Day Care program for seniors with dementia. I am obessed with collecting Sizzix and Spellbinder dies and equipment . And, then there is the Dollar Store for papercrafting...I wish they would not even let me in the store.
Doesn't that story make you want to play in Brenda's house?!?! 

Thanks for sharing your story Brenda. Hopefully we can help! I did a quick search for the Measure-O-Graph but didn't have any luck! I'm super curious about it now... would you be able to submit a photo?

Do you need REHAB? Email me your story... we're here to help.  


  1. Brenda..find me a cheap flight from Louisiana and Im on my way to help you get rid of the fabric! LOL

    You could always sell it! I love vintage fabrics. Hint hint hint we want to see!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  2. Brenda! I want to come visit! And yes, I remember measure-o-graphs, I loved them. I often wondered why they stopped using them and went to just the rulers. It seems counter-productive.

    I'm a way off the wagon OUS person who is going to get back on the wagon starting right now. I swear!

  3. I remember the measure o graph. It was a tall stocky wide thing that sat on the fabric counter and had a wide slot in it the clerk ran the fabric thru the slot and as she did a meter measured the fabric so you did not have to do it by hand. My mom in law worked in fabric and used to bring me awesome remnants. When my daugher was 3 she had 22 dresses I had made for her. still love fabric but have dwindled down my stash. I am HOOKED on felt now and last year started picking up cheap remanats at my fav. thrif shop. NOw I am diecutting them into fun flowers and shapes for my cards and scrapbooking. I even knitted a small coin purse (my own idea and design and put a tiny zipper in it and embellished it with three diff color felt flowers with a button in the center. WAY cute. a lady saw it and wanted one so I made her one for $8......