07 September, 2011

4-H Leaders

I have a friend who leads two 4-H groups; one for cooking and one for sewing.

This is what happens to your sewing notions as you teach young ladies how to sew:

" Hamming it up. "     
Sewing humor - - - 
that's a ironing ham under the sewing samples
which are cunningly placed to look like clothing.

Voodoo Pins?

My sheep shearing friend asked - what's a sewing ham?
Seems so obvious - not.
A ham is rounded and usually has wool on one side and heavy cotton on the other. It's shaped to help press seams open - especially those that are rounded or cut on on the bias. The fabric on the ham helps absorb the heavy-duty steaming taking place. The steaming helps shape the seam.

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