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    Genevieve Roberts
    @clevervieve_twitter
    Joost, I want to thank you for your post asking for help. It is very clearly written, gives the exact parameters of each job you need done and follows what I've always been taught about solving a problem: 1. maintain or enhance the self-esteem of all involved. 2. State the problem. 3. State possible options you can see. 4. Ask for help solving the problem -- options others can see. 5. Agree on the final choices and move into implentation.
    I am a retired tech writer. There's a lot I can do to help, I think. I have brain cancer. I've appreciated your mask pattern more than I can say as I travel around various hospitals hoping I won't get Covid. I live in Canada. You are reaching the world.
    I'll jump into the Sept meeting. Thanks for asking for help. Without a purpose no one can thrive.
    Joost De Cock
    @joostdecock
    You're too kind @clevervieve_twitter but I'm not complaining 🤗 I look forward to talk to you soon!
    Genevieve Roberts
    @clevervieve_twitter
    Perhaps I was carried away by my perception of your request for help presentation. I meant to say it impressed me but I did not intend to go so far as to say I thought you were expressing any form of resentment.
    Yes, I look forward to talking as well.
    Joost De Cock
    @joostdecock
    No worries. I meant I'm not complaining as in, I am not complaining right now that you are being too kind and showering me with praise ;)
    That was very nice to read :)
    Joost De Cock
    @joostdecock
    Also: I've created an issue to centralize the practical details of organizing our contributor call this weekend: freesewing/freesewing#515
    It includes a link to a Doodle to help us pick a time for a call.
    I've also updated the blog post with a link to this issue so everyone can get on the same page.
    Genevieve Roberts
    @clevervieve_twitter
    I for one absolutely do not know how to do this. Link to a Doodle for a time for the call, I mean. I know how to Zoom and Skype and Face Time, and how to use various private virtual doctor gizmos. I’m sure you’ll explain what you want us to do. On another note, I have not been using bias tape for masks that I make, I’ve been using 1/8” elastic. No store in town still has that so, with the bias tape, this is tied at the back of the head? That would take pressure off the ears. How do people like it?
    Joost De Cock
    @joostdecock
    I prefer a mask with either ties around the head, or an elastic around the head. I find having that elastic around your ears gets tired fast.
    Apart from that, mo worries, we'll announce when we'll settle on a time for our call
    Wouter van Wageningen
    @woutervdub
    I do the elastic around the head too. With glasses and hearing aids, there isn’t any space behind my ears anymore.
    Joost De Cock
    @joostdecock
    :joy:
    Patrick Forringer
    @destos
    Good thing the Neuralink moved from behind the ear to in the skull or we'd have another thing to worry about! /s
    Put my avail times into the doodle, looking forward to helping more as a community
    Joost De Cock
    @joostdecock
    Thanks @destos that's great :slight_smile:
    James Creasy
    @creasyo_twitter
    Hey Joost, I would be up for sitting on the call and seeing if there is anything I can help with.
    Joost De Cock
    @joostdecock
    @creasyo_twitter Great to here. Perhaps you can indicate what time would suit you best: https://doodle.com/poll/aee28cersnd4xy2u
    James Creasy
    @creasyo_twitter
    Cool all done
    Joost De Cock
    @joostdecock
    :thumbsup:
    Renée
    @reneedoetmee_twitter
    Hi all, I am trying to sew the Hugo hoodie... but I am a bit confused with the neck binding. Where do I find the measurements for it? I cannot identify it on my pattern. Can someone help me out? :D
    Genevieve Roberts
    @clevervieve_twitter
    About strings on the masks: I have done one mask with straps that tie at the back of the head. No response yet. I did not think of elastic around the whole head. I might be way oversensitive because I had a craniotomy last year and would be unable to bear the pressure of elastic around my head. How popular is this option, do you think? Is it no more a problem than hats are for most people?
    Genevieve Roberts
    @clevervieve_twitter
    I have another question if anyone could be kind enough to answer it. I'm sure The answer is stupidly simple. Elastic mileage seems to vary. When I sew for my grand-daughter, many times the pattern will say to cut 18" for her 21" waist. She is six. She is too young to be turned into Scarlett O'Hara, it isn't fair. So far the only way I have found to effectively choose the right amount to cut and sew is to let her stand and wrap the elastic around her waist herself until she finds the place where it's comfortable, then mark it with pen. Other than that, is there a best way to do know how short to cut each elastic?
    nutation
    @nutation
    That’s how I do it, if I was doing it a lot there is probably a way to take that and standardize it for the elastic you are using, like they suggest 18 for 21” which would be waist length multiplied by .85 ... your elastic might be stiffer or looser and be slightly different.
    Once you measure by wrapping it you can take the length of the fitted elastic divided by the length of the waist and that would give you the multiplier (the .85 or what ever your number is but it will probably be close) and you could write that down and keep with the elastic for everything else you want to make.
    nutation
    @nutation
    For masks I sew loops of ribbon in the corners and then can use any elastic / change it later - I had a feeling we were going to need them a while and wanted to be able to easily replace the elastic
    It also makes it flexible on how you want to use it over eat or be hit he head
    Genevieve Roberts
    @clevervieve_twitter
    Thank you very much for your tips about the elastic. I love the idea about writing down the multiplier and keeping it with the elastic. It's just the kind of thing I forget to do.
    nutation
    @nutation
    Same and every time I make a waistband I pull it around myself and cut it
    Genevieve Roberts
    @clevervieve_twitter
    Your loops to hold elastic are a good idea, too. Several women asked me to make masks for them. I said "Of course I will!," having recently retired and thinking I have all the time in the world. I have to laugh at myself because this creative project is like all the creative projects at work. The client figures out she does want but looking at what the artist made and figuring out what she does not want. I've made several sample masks. I need to get these off my desk, so I will make masks with the loops. There is not a store in town with elastic. They're all sold out, so I'll make Joost's tapes that they can tie. I can see how easy it would be to get sucked into trying to make it with a foxy gadget to keep the pressure off the ears. I just don't have time. Retired is a very busy thing to be.
    nutation
    @nutation
    I made over 200 so I got it down to a system
    I even used the quilting piecing trick where you don’t cut the thread and sew a giant garland of masks
    Genevieve Roberts
    @clevervieve_twitter
    You gave me a smile because the grand-daughter I was discussing chose the fabric for the fronts of my masks. She chose the exact same owl fabric shown in your Instagram picture on top of the left hand stack of masks.
    Genevieve Roberts
    @clevervieve_twitter
    Your masks are beautiful! Maybe by the time I have made 200 mine will be, too.
    Genevieve Roberts
    @clevervieve_twitter

    My brain has literally taken a terrible whacking recently and doesn't work well in all areas as a result. I don't know how to figure out things like (as seen above), how long a piece of elastic needs to be, and/or how to figure that out. I don't know how to figure out marking down what times this weekend's call should be. I live in Pacific Standard Time. A meeting starting anywhere from 9 AM through 10:30 would be best.

    This is very annoying, having to say ask for help selecting radio boxes in a list, but I promised I would be there and my brain literally does not operate the way it did before my brain surgery. I've had to learn to ask for help, sometimes with little things like selecting checkboxes or figuring out which direction to sew things.

    Joost De Cock
    @joostdecock

    Update: The FreeSewing contributor call is scheduled for Saturday, September 5, 2020 at 16:00 UTC. Which is:

    Los Angeles: 09:00
    Chicago: 11:00
    New York: 12:00
    São Paulo: 13:00
    London: 17:00
    Paris: 18:00
    Johannesburg: 18:00
    Moscow: 19:00
    Mumbai: 21:30
    Hong Kong: 00:00 on Sunday, September 6, 2020
    Tokyo: 01:00 on Sunday, September 6, 2020
    Sydney: 02:00 on Sunday, September 6, 2020

    It was tied for most votes with the same hour on Sunday, but I figured that perhaps people were willing to stay up a bit later on a Saturday than on a Sunday - Or wake up a bit earlier on a Saturday than on a Sunday :)

    To be clear: There was no time slot that fitted everyone. This was the one that worked for most people.

    Genevieve Roberts
    @clevervieve_twitter
    I can't figure this out. If this means 9 AM in LA, I missed it. If it means 9PM, it's in 11 hours. I don't know how to sign in. I am a retired computer techie but I think if I am going to participate I am going to need assistance. If there is anyone willing to assist a brain cancer patient this one accepts help.
    What I need to know is what time, in my time zone, to sign into the call, and where the link is.
    Wouter van Wageningen
    @woutervdub
    We're on right now:
    Join call: https://zoom.us/j/94087732509 (meeting ID: 940 8773 2509)
    Local dial-in numbers: https://zoom.us/u/aukSQOn6C
    Genevieve Roberts
    @clevervieve_twitter
    Thank you! See you in 5
    Joost De Cock
    @joostdecock
    Thanks everyone, that was really wonderful :heart:
    Wouter van Wageningen
    @woutervdub
    :+1:
    Genevieve Roberts
    @clevervieve_twitter
    Very sorry I had to leave early, please excuse me.
    James Creasy
    @creasyo_twitter
    Nice talking to you all!
    dfbean
    @dfbean
    👍
    Genevieve Roberts
    @clevervieve_twitter
    PS. I think it odd that contributions are influenced by what people perceive you as doing with them. Their wages are not influenced by what their employers think of what they do with them. Strange.
    Joost De Cock
    @joostdecock
    Hi all, meeting notes from our call are available here: freesewing/freesewing#515
    There's also a todo-list linking to a bunch of new issues I've created :)
    Joost De Cock
    @joostdecock
    Does anyone have Tawney's contact details?
    Stefan Thanheiser
    @SThanheiser_twitter
    hi there, had an error message while creating the paco pants. If I'm putting in my real measurements the pattern can not be created