The local riding therapy horses got their winter jackets repaired just in time for winter! Most of the time young healthy horses do not require blankets except for perhaps extreme frigid conditions. However older horses, like us aging baby boomers may require some added protection. Somehow a thousand pound animal will find ways to rip, tear and make short order of hardware. Heavy duty straps and fabric require a heavy duty sewing machine, along with some knowledge of what construction is needed to keep a blanket on a horse. I am but just one of many volunteers that keep this wonderful program going. A program of nine therapy horses and participates ages 4 to 70 and a Veterans Riding Program. Here are some of the stars of the program (the horses). Go here for more information on The Horse Sense Riding Therapy Program in the La Crosse, WI area. And go to Path International to search for similar programs in your area.
Threads is the premier magazine for sewing enthusiasts - people who are passionate about sewing garments, home furnishings, gifts, and accessories. Many issues of Threads are in my sewing library. A HipNotions ad occupies a tiny marketplace space in this magazine. https://www.threadsmagazine.com/magazine And locally, a small spot in the Coulee Region Women's Magazine of La Crosse, WI. https://www.crwmagazine.com/contents.htm
The observance of National Sewing Month began in 1982 with a proclamation from President Ronald Reagan declaring September as National Sewing Month “In recognition of the importance of home sewing to our Nation.”
So for me back in the day before sewing became a business for me, sewing was just something I did on a regular basis from my first hand stitched Barbie Doll ensemble to my first machine stitched apron for the 4-H project when I was about 9 yrs old. Then it grew into sewing something fun and fashionable for myself and amazing my classmates with well sewn, styling fashion not available at the tiny little JC Penny department store in our small rural town. Well as a matter of fact outfits found nowhere else. I was choosing the fabric and the pattern from the endless selections of Butterick, Vogue, McCalls, Simpicitiy and New Look patterns. Back then one actually saved money sewing clothes. The saving was in you furnishing the labor! Clothing manufacturing began in the USA at the turn of the century and eventually a major of the sewing factories were relocated to other countries at a fraction of the labor cost. And so I stopped making clothes due to the increased cost of fabric and I fell victim to the readymades at the expense of exploded labor from an unseen corners of the world.
So in a nutshell, I really was not sewing to create for myself because it turned into a business of creating for someone else through clothing construction and alterations to home decorations such as pillows, slipcovers and window treatment. But now I am back to creating for myself. A sewing tool belt was designed to keep myself organized in the sewing room. Others saw it and wanted one too. Then it grew into others asking about creating a tool belt to hold what they needed in their particular profession. I was in designing heaven once more!
Though I do less sewing of the tool belts these days, i would however love to indulge myself in creating free form fabric art. So in keeping with National Sewing Month I should commit to sewing small squares of fabric art each day? Oh my I have only 2 days left to commit as we turn the page of August to September!
Do you have a sewing passion and just can't get started on it? Or are you working on something. I would love to hear your thoughts or dreams of one day making a sewn creation. Here is a link to the National Sewing Month Website which might help with starting a simple project or idea or if you need some personal interaction a link to a sewing organizations in your area. Of course there are lots of other online sites for inspiration.
"I work in slots ,tools needed are pens, request book and small screwdriver . Mrs Betty exceeded my expectations. Made my tool pouch with the type fabric needed to hold up . Thank you for working with me. September 2015 Stephanie in LA
How is your tool belt holding up in 2019?
"Yes and it still is in excellent shape after extreme use. Thank you so much ." August 2019 Stephanie in LA,
June of 2010, the first prototype, the sewing tool belt was launched online. Several thousands sewn, many designs and redesigns brought me to the present six designs that now are sewn by someone else but still made in USA! Many, many hours of love and care went into the needs of serving hard working people across the world. My task at hand is not in the sewing and designing but rather the marketing of the chosen few designs that best meet the needs of professionals who strive to work efficiently and to prevent damage or loss of devices and tools.
Finding and keeping a USA manufacturer was not an easy task. I started looking in 2014. Sewing is mostly done in poor countries with cheap labor. The goal was to contribute to homeland jobs and fair wages. The other goal was to start up manufacturing without borrowing. It was slow going using available cash and learning the process. Now there are six tool belt designs as seen in this website store that are ready for mass production. This is the first time I have carried a modest inventory and the first time I was able to ship 80 tool belts on the same day it was ordered! Awesome feeling! Now to work on reaching out to other companies who don't know HipNotions is here to help keep their work force organized.
This advice starts out great with "Prepare yourself mentally for sewing. Think about what you are going to do. Never approach sewing with a sigh or lackadaisically." (I love this word lackadaisically) This statement I get. I will think about the steps to construction before actually sitting down to sew. Or when designing I will think about a multitude of options in construction and function. "Good results are difficult when indifference dominates." This line I can get on board with! Things kind of full apart for me after the dishes and unmade beds statement. Clean dress, lipstick, powder, french chalk.....what are these things? Visitors and husband, take me as I am!! No I don't wear sweats or PJs, just my comfy blue jeans and Tshirts. So thankful times have changed!
My edited sewing machine Manuel for 2019 to the novice sewer would look like this- ##prepare yourself with a ripper and lots of patience! Let know one in your sewing room and be ready to google everything! lol!!
The Small Tablet Computer tool belt was ordered and I somehow managed to mail two to Liz In Arizona. She let me know about this mistake and then later apologized for her delay in returning it! It was my error and she was so kind and considerate about correcting it. I was so grateful. She also wrote-
“I absolutely love the tool belt. I’m a stage manager and went straight into tech rehearsals the day the belt arrive and am so happy with it. “
Stage managers typically provide practical and organizational support to the director, actors, designers, stage crew and technicians throughout the production process. They also are the director's representative during performances, making sure that the production runs smoothly. I am guessing Liz would need to carry a computer tablet, smartphone, walkie talkie, pens, clips, tape, notebook, needle nose pliers, screwdriver, flashlight and maybe doubles as the makeup artists with brushes, combs, scissors?
This tool belt pictured below is similar to one she ordered. This one will soon be part of the new permanent collection of tool belts to be manufactured in the USA.
Sarah, the owner of PollyAnna Events has been growing her business and growing her staff over the years. I was delighted to fill her order once again. The Sewing Tool Belt has been a life saver for her and her staff keeping their tools organized to create just the right setting for their client's events. I never considered the tool belts as flower organizers! How fun is that?
The Event or Wedding Planner, Display Artist, Tailor, Fashion Designer, Home Interior Designer, Sewer and Quilter have been making this tool belt their own. Way back in my other life of clothing alterations and window treatments the tool belt was designed to meet my own needs. It was the first thing I looked for before starting any sewing project or when I was doing display work for shows and for a brief time fabric retail at a local store. Soon other people wanted one. And so a new sewing adventure began along with a computer adventure since 2010 when this sewing tool belt went on line. It came in many colors and prints until my inventory of other designs would soon take off and I had to make inventory manageable and somewhat profitable. So now it is only offered in black and I have a manufacturer in the USA to help with production. Many other designs have evolved into the core designs seen here in my store. However the sewing tool belt has not changed. It has stood the test of time.
How did it get this name the name Royal Fashion Runway? Within the first two years of online sales a design house in London wanted an order ASAP before the annual Paris Fashion Show. That same design house would later be designing a royal wedding dress!
"I love this product! Great quality material! I have ordered 6 for my team. We are event planners and use these all the time for our events. They are the perfect size and allow us to pack so many tools and must haves that we need on the job. I highly recommend this product! " Sarah of Pollyanna Events
"So handy for my sewing tools! Wearing an apron gets too hot sometimes, but this works great. Excellent quality. Highly recommended."
"It's very well designed and very well made! I use it as a tailor on commercial shoots and it is perfect! Leaves your hands free and everything is always with you. In fact, I think it is slightly life changing!" Deborah
"I love love love love my belt omg what a life saver!? It's so compact it's made so perfectly!!!!!!!!! I'm absolutely thrilled !!!!" Lisa
Photography by Kelly Ottesen
Setting up my own store was another learning moment. Actually it was some very long moments of figuring out the layout, payment and shipping features. It actually worked! One order was already processed! Yahoo!
Thanks to some local brick and mortar store closings I picked up some new models willing to work for cheap and who could strike the same pose over and over! www.hipnotions.com
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