Katz.....I have done lots of skating costumes, too. They are so fitted, it helps to have a "body double", lol. I am happy to hear you made it past the scary part. I would probably not sew at all without one. I do as much as I can possibly do with my "overlocker". I use either term.... Hate to hear about your hand problems. Mine give me trouble some times, and have had surgery on the right one. I hope I never get to where it keeps me from sewing.
AzVitesse.....ROTFLMAO....I have had several duct tape doubles mysteriously "shrink". We can blame it on the cheap dollar store duct tape...yeah, that's it.....it's the product that shrunk.
Glad you have a great serger relationship, too. I meet with a group once a month to serge quilts for charity. We donate them to a local shelter for at risk children.
I approached the Houston International Quilt Festival a few years ago about a class I wanted to do there, making a quilt top with a serger. The woman who answered flat out told me that you can't do that with a serger. I said, but I do it all the time and have been teaching it for years. She held firm to her mistaken ideas.
I am not into alterations either. My daughter wanted me to alter her Wedding dress. It needed to be taken in about 1/2" on each side at the bustline. Would have had to take the entire lining out and spend way too much time on it.....I bought her some double sided clothing tape instead. Taped that dress right to her. Solved THAT problem, lol.
I do classes all over. Did one at a huge Square Dance convention. Had over 300 people show up for it. My biggest class ever, lol. I don't Square Dance, but I can show you how to make the clothes.
Harmony....I love watching Project Runway. My FAVORITE episode is always the one using totally unconventional items to fashion their garment from. THAT ability is a HUGE talent. Thinking outside the box is a great ability and definately not something everyone can do!!!!!!
AzVitesse and I could challenge you to make us an UNSHRINKABLE duct tape double