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Dear Vicki: Summer is coming, and this year I want to be ready for sewing with my kids. You had a booklet you told us about a year ago, and now I would like to find it. So please write about it again. I am so pumped to get them sewing – my girls and their friends. I am hoping to have a little sewing school with my girlfriends, but I am the only one who really knows how to sew. So I will have to teach the mothers first – at least an advanced example of what we will do with the kids. So I think the little book you wrote about that had a children’s format will be something they can each read and have, and it will make them even more excited. – Marsha P.

Dear Marsha: “Simply Sewing” by Judy Ann Sadler is full of projects for both girls and boys. The picture at right is of a project that takes a pair of jeans and turns them into a skirt. There are also pillows, pjs, pouches and more. Please try to find it at a local shop, but if you can’t, send me $10 (Vicki Farmer Ellis, P.O. Box 220463, St. Louis, MO 63122), and I will send the book to you.

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Dear Vicki: Back in January I wrote to you about problems with the lining in a jacket I was finishing. You said to go back and mark the notches and match the facings and lining more carefully. Now is when I admit that I made this pattern by cutting up a jacket I loved, so there aren’t any notches! And the lining also seems too small. Am I doomed? Should I just trash this? – Tommi S.

Dear Tommi: Well, don’t trash it yet. Since there are no notches, use the underarm seam as a match to begin to pin in your lining. And if it really is too small, then sew a piece of pretty ribbon onto the side seams of the lining to extend it a bit, or even recut a new lining. But don’t give up on the jacket if you loved it enough to try to duplicate it. Change the lining and then baste it in place before stitching.

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This week’s reader’s tip is from Nada Landry, of Lake Charles, La.

“My helpful hint is that I have bobbins loaded with thread and straggles everywhere. I went to an office supply store and bought hole reinforcement circles. They fit right on top of a bobbin, and you place the thread under the hole and stick it on – no more loose threads.”