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Oh, how I miss the old chums on the old Gatherings..........

Crazy K's picture

I keep coming back to look and find it so 'foreign' that I leave again without posting.  I have joined another forum which is much easier and more like the old bunch here.  Lots of good-natured joshing and lots of kudos for beautiful projects posted with photos and advice and help with sewing questions..........

Ho Hum..........its been several months and even with all the complaints, it is still new, foreign and hard to navigate......  I know change is part of life but that doesn't mean we all have to like it!!!

Happy Sewing!



lou19's picture

Love to join you on your new (post #33141, reply #1 of 22)

Love to join you on your new forum...........can you give details, sounds fantastic


sewluving's picture

Yes, I too would like to know (post #33141, reply #3 of 22)

Yes, I too would like to know what website you have found for sewing that is fun like this one used to be. I learned way more then than I do now. 

Heather in Calgary

Heather in Calgary
Crazy K's picture

new forum (post #33141, reply #5 of 22)

It is of good info and fun.  Very active.  Give it a whirl............hope to see you there.


Ralphetta's picture

Oh, how I miss the old chums on the old Gatherings (post #33141, reply #6 of 22)

I'm going to check it out.  I used to pick up lots of helpful hints and have some good laughs at the same time.  There were a lot of smart, witty and knowledgeable people.  I'm very puzzled that a site called "Gatherings" would appear to have deliberately made changes to discourage the kind of friendly banter it used to have.  There used to be people from many time zones and countries  that made it possible to go on at any time of day or night and find a discussion in progress.   

woodruff's picture

Oh, how I miss the old chums... (post #33141, reply #16 of 22)

Two more excellent sites where sewing and comradeship are evident in detail are these:

(this one has a huge membership, with a wide variety of skill levels)

and this one:

(serious sewing discussion, smaller membership than the above)




Crazy K's picture

my new......... (post #33141, reply #4 of 22)

The 'other' forum is  You have to join and sign in but it's very active and lots of good info on everything from sewing to quilting to the new cricut stuff (I'm not into that at all!)........machine embroidery.....the whole gamut.  It's fun and lots of commaradarie.......I enjoy it as much as the old Gatherings...........

I'll look forward to see you.....


JunkQueen's picture

I miss it too (post #33141, reply #2 of 22)

CK, I was so excited to see your name ona post and could hardly wait to read it.   This board is really dead, and it's a real shame.  Several of us have given it the old college try, but there is just none of the old enthusiasm.  I've been gone A LOT,  but it takes me just a few minutes to read all the posts when I do get home. 

I posted a topic a couple of weeks ago "Deliver Me", and back in the day, my comments would have opened up a delightful conversation that would have gone on for days.  Not so this time.  It's a shame. 

Well, no matter what, it was good seeing you again.  Hope you come arund more often. 

decoratrice's picture

jumping ship (post #33141, reply #7 of 22)

I took a look at, and it will be my first stop from now on.  Sorry to desert the few new sewers who log on with questions that deserve answers, but ..........I'm outta here, folks.  Hope to see you there!

HelgaPataki's picture - is there a fee? (post #33141, reply #15 of 22)

I'm going to check this out also.  Is there a fee?  I am also new at Threads and all forums.  I am interested in a forum with more activity.  I think this site is hard to navigate.  I browsed through entries over 2 years ago and found the questions interesting and replied.  I forgot which ones I replied to and found it extremely difficult to trace my path.  To date, I can't recall which ones I replied to.  It seems hopeless now. 

sewelegant's picture

It seems that we were all (post #33141, reply #8 of 22)

It seems that we were all spoiled and didn't know it !!!   I too keep checking this forum out hoping it will get "friendlier" and I can't even find the comments I might have made earlier because I cannot remember just exactly where I made them.  I enjoyed seeing all the old familiar names responding to this thread and will definitely check out the other forum.  I'll keep checking... it could change?! Or, maybe, I will just get more proficient.

Crazy K's picture

i come back and check (post #33141, reply #9 of 22)

i come back and check occasionally but it's just not the same commaraderie that was here before.  Makes me was just a fun group and place before (btc!!)

I now also belong to another and spend my browsing time there.....more like the old Gatherings.....

I miss the 'old' (ha ha) bunch here, too.


Meg's picture

Came by to see what's going on here... (post #33141, reply #10 of 22)

but it seems as though it's nearly abandoned.  How sad.  I was actually surprised to find the message board here at all, and there's almost no traffic.  I'll go back to my sewing machine; I do miss the former board members, too.  Perhaps I'll check out the other board as mentioned a few messages up.  I do also check in at Stitcher's Guild.  It's nice there!

Palady's picture

Missing gatherings as we knew it. (post #33141, reply #11 of 22)

Like others, i browse back to "check-things-out" and realice change is necessary, still - - - - -

Read the posts as to Sew  Need to figure out how to join there.

if anyone would like to check for a "familiar" message board, try -

Uncertain if the URL will allow joining.  I've been on delphi so my opening the site was w/o hassle.


scrubble4's picture

Kay:  I am so glad I found (post #33141, reply #12 of 22)

Kay:  I am so glad I found your post.  Thanks for taking the time to post it.  I have not been on Gatherings for months.  I retired in the middle of August.  The run up to retirement was hectic.  It has been very busy since retiring as we are preparing to travel south, sold our home and put stuff in storage.  Whew!  Before we leave I am hoping to make a top and bottom dress form of myself to take with us using the My Twin guidelines.  So I am getting ready to sew as we travel in our motorhome.  My dress forms will follow along in our truck that we are towing.  Last winter my husband made a slide away from the BreakTime which he had been part of for some time as he found their new format unhelpful.  He also found a similar new forum that suits him better.  I will be checking out your suggested forum.  When I was able to read and post previously I found the international commarderie wonderful as well as the knowledgeable sewing guides:  Professionals who took the time to help those of us who often sewed our way into a dilema.  I logged on today looking for something that has obviously passed to make way for progress, but it is not my scene.  I hope there are folks who find this site helpful as I am sure Taunton put a lot of thought into changing it, even if it feels unwelcoming and unuseful to me.  I must say they have fixed the errors of their original changes in Threads.  Maybe they will figure out they goofed on this change on the website and fix it as well.  I am sure it is still here but I couldn't find the spellchecker either.  I really am a dreadful speller and always spellcheck everything, even my emails.  Take care Scrubble4

Teaf5's picture

Another oldtimer checks in (post #33141, reply #13 of 22)

Thank you, all, for posting--it is so nice to know that you are all active and out there, just stymied in trying to use this site!

Like you, I've tried many times to use this new site and though I have finally figured out how to post in order to answer questions, the old give-and-take and extended dialog possibilities just aren't here any more.

Ever since the change, I've wondered if Taunton was deliberately trying to discourage the use of the forum in order to stimulate more sales of the printed magazine.  While that move might make sense to a business analyst, the change actually has diminished my interest in the printed product!

I miss all the old faithfuls and the opportunities to meet newcomers.  I will check out the other sites and maybe run into you there!


JunkQueen's picture

Good to see you (post #33141, reply #14 of 22)

Taunton's reasoning on this issue is beyond me.  If a business analyst came up with that, I'd suggest he need to quit checking out his colon and read the comments here.  It is good to see you here, and I hope you stay a while.  You've been missed.

Palady, thank you for that link.  I've joined -- my name was taken, but I chose another -- and a pleasant surprise was in noting the chat/forum platform there is the one that Threads abandoned here, so it was familiar and easy to navigate.  Thanks again.

ThreadKoe's picture

Hello Old Friends... (post #33141, reply #17 of 22)

Just checking in to see what is going on...Glad to see some familiar names and faces here...been months since I last checked in.  Life has been pretty busy, but think often of all you dear Gatherings Alumni.  Wish I could chat with you all again.  (((HUGS)))  Cathy

Sancin's picture

What do you suppose Jason, (post #33141, reply #18 of 22)

What do you suppose Jason, the site whizz is doing now?

Ralphetta's picture

what do you suppose Jason, (post #33141, reply #19 of 22)

He probably hasn't given it a second thought because he has no interest in discussing sewing with knowledgeble, friendly people. I don't blame him,  I blame whoever hired him.  It reminds me of the old joke...the operation was a success but the patient died.  This site might be great from a tech standpoint, but it's on life support and just waiting for someone to pull the plug.  I guess I keep checking the site because I believe that some miracle will restore it to its old, vigorous self.  Would adding  Spellcheck have blown their budget?  I didn't pay for the site so I guess I have no right to complain.

HelgaPataki's picture

who is Jason? (post #33141, reply #20 of 22)

I agree with everybody.  There's nothing much happening here.  I checked out other forums and it seems the same, no activity.  & who is Jason?  Did I miss out on something? 

Ralphetta's picture

who is jason (post #33141, reply #21 of 22)

When the site was changed and a few of the old site members managed to weave their way through the maze they complained about how confusing and  annoying the changes were.  Someone from Threads named Jason chastised the writers and gave a lecture about how much better this was than the old site. Many found him condescending.  He was really into the format with absolutely no interest in whether or not it met the needs of the readers. 

HelgaPataki's picture

what Jason is doing now (post #33141, reply #22 of 22)

It sounds to me that you miss Jason more than the old chums :)