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03 April 2018

C Is For "Coser" {To Sew} | A To Z Challenge


In my ongoing efforts to learn Spanish, I'm highlighting a Spanish word each day during April as part of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. I'll also share the random thoughts that pop into my head when I try to pronounce it.

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Today's Spanish word is >>coser<< (to sew). And now for some random thoughts:

1 - We have a Sailrite sewing machine on our boat. They're super expensive, but lots of people swear by them. {You can read more about drinking the Koolaid and joining the Sailrite cult here.}

2 - They're industrial machines and can sew through many heavy layers of fabric, like sailcloth and sunbrella.

3 - We have a "monster wheel" which means we can use it without electricity when we're out cruising. It came in handy in the Bahamas last year when we had to repair our bimini.

4 - We're thinking about making a headsail on it this year, using one of Sailrite's kits. Sounds a bit daunting, but could be a fun challenge.



Do you know how to sew? What's your favorite word that starts with "C"?

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31 comments:

  1. That's a cool machine! I suppose my favorite C word is cat. ~grin~ My favorite Japanese word is for a dish washing machine. It's pronounced sho-key-san-jokee, which cracks me up. Hope you're having a lovely day! Today's rains have turned my stone walkway into a stream. O_o So much for our dry basement. Fix one leak and another springs up. Happy Sewing, my dear! I hope you'll share if you get that kit. Sounds neat.

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  2. Great machine and a good idea to have aboard in case you need one of those sails repaired. I used to sew. Not anymore.

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    1. It's really handy when you're out cruising and something breaks.

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  3. What a clever idea for the A to Z challenge. Are you learning Spanish because you are heading to some exotic place where they speak Spanish? I took it in High School. I tried to remember it when we went to Costa Rica, but mainly people would just speak louder thinking I could understand their Spanish! I only remembered "un poco." Never learned to sew thanks to my home-ec teacher who was a perfectionist.It was not fun. grrrr My C word for the challenge is catawampus. Not a favorite, but I just like to say it. Thanks for visiting my blog.
    JQ Rose

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    1. We're hoping to head to the Western Caribbean next year so I thought it would be helpful if I learned some Spanish. Great C word :-)

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  4. I can't sew. I flunked home economics in high school. That's what a tomboy I was. Never was interested with cooking and sewing. Back then the class was getting you ready for marriage. You know to be a good housewife. Now you know why I flunked.

    I can see where sewing on your boat is essential. Good idea to have the means to fix things when they need fixing.

    Have a fabulous day. ♥

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    1. Did you really flunk home ec? They should have let you take shop class instead.

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  5. What happened to those old-fashioned curved sail needles? Darn - I've forgotten the Spanish word for 'needle'. Nodwydd?

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  6. I like to sew but haven't done any in a long while.

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    1. It's one of those things that I really get into for a short period of time, then do nothing for ages.

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  7. My favourite word that begins with the letter C? Hmmm . . . there are so many! Cambria? Candy? Coffee? Cookie? Chocolate? Yes, please!

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  8. The last person who tried to teach me to sew made me promise to never, ever touch a sewing machine again as i am apparently a dunce.

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  9. In Jr. High girls used to take something called Home Ec and there was a kitchen/cooking rotation and a sewing class. Some took to sewing like a duck to water, making clothes, etc. Alas, even a lovely sewing maching in my early 20's worked leaving me only able to sew on buttons and hem a skirt. Moral of the story, even a great sewing maching like yours wouldn't have helped me.

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    1. I'm not great at sewing clothes. I think some of the stuff we sew for our boat is a lot more forgiving if the seams aren't right etc.

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  10. The last time I tried to sew something was last century. I ended up with my finger sewn to the machine =)

    Dena
    https://denapawling.blogspot.com/

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    1. I'm really hoping that you didn't really sew your finger to the machine. That would be painful :-)

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  11. Sewing. One of the many talents I don’t have! My choice of word for C would be chocolate or curry. Or cookie except I call them biscuits.

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    1. I think I would pick curry. I haven't had a great one in ages.

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  12. I've never heard of that cult! Sounds like a story in there. :)

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    1. There are definitely people who swear by Sailrites :-)

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  13. I used to have one monster wheel as well,

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  14. Unless you have a way to see that headsail on shore, I think you’d be in a world of hurt... managing all that fabric in your saloon would be nigh unto impossible. See http://windborneinpugetsound.blogspot.com/2014/02/mizzen-mods.html?m=0

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    1. I know - that's definitely something to consider. We repaired out headsail on board without a problem, but doing an entire sail might be a different story.

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  15. I love to sew, but I am terrible at it. I am enjoying your A-Z Blog letter logos. Very nice. I am doing the A-Z Challenge for the first time. So far, I am having fun. You can find me at https://www.squishpen.com/vikkijcarterblog

    All the best, Vikki J. Carter

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  16. There is an idiom in Spanish, Coser y Cantar. Literally this translates to Sewing and Singing, but the idiomatic translation is something like, "Easy as Pie." Actually I find sewing very frustrating and my singing leaves lots to be desired - so for me this could mean "maddening awful noise" - not quite easy as pie. Hope the headsail turns out Coser y Cantar (the Spanish translation, not mine).

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