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All Hands Magazine's full length documentary "Making a Sailor": This video follows four recruits through Boot Camp in the spring of 2018 who were assigned to DIV 229, an integrated division, which had PIR on 05/25/2018. 

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**UPDATE 4/26/2022** Effective with the May 6, 2022 PIR 4 guests will be allowed.  Still must be fully vaccinated to attend.

**UPDATE as of 11/10/2022 PIR vaccination is no longer required.

**UPDATE 7/29/2021** You now must be fully vaccinated in order to attend PIR:

In light of observed changes and impact of the Coronavirus Delta Variant and out of an abundance of caution for our recruits, Sailors, staff, and guests, Recruit Training Command is restricting Pass-in-Review (recruit graduation) to ONLY fully immunized guests (14-days post final COVID vaccination dose).  


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**UPDATE 8/25/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED.  Vaccinations still required.

**UPDATE 11/10/22 PIR - Vaccinations no longer required.


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Here is the easy way to do the binding on Quilts. I hope this helps.

1. Sew the binding all the way to the edge of the fabric.

2. Sew parallel to the edge about 1/2 way from the edge to the fold at the top.

3. Fold down the binding

4. Sew down the binding and continue to the next corner.

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hey Lyn, thanks for doing this.  I love to make mitered corners, but they can sometimes be a challenge.

I am not sure what you did in photo 3 to make the corner in 4.  it looks beautiful and it certainly looks easier than what I do.


okay, 2 boxes packed and 1 more to go.

In picture 3, I just folded the binding down, after opening up the binding, so that the inside fold is parallel to the raw edge of the fabric.
very nice! I love it and will use it!
so you did an inverted fold, like in origami?
Yup, that's exactly what I did.
thanks!  do you know the name of a sub that starts with a T?
I think there is a Fast Attack , the Tucson. Why? There might be a boomer, the Tennessee, but I'm not at all sure of that one.
... did you just cover both sides with the folded fabric?   Not the traditional way of sewing down and then folding over raw edges and wrapping around to the otherside?  I can see how you are doing this, I think. ;o)

Yup. I do both sides at the same time. If you use packaged bias tape, it is already folded over, so why not use it that way. If I have to make my own, I just iron it in half first. Some times you need to go to the back side and tack it down by hand in one or two places. Even with practise, I still need to do that once in a while. But it is easier that doing the whole quilt edge twice.

I gave up traditional for Easy a long time ago and most people never notice.

I make my own bias all the time for aprons and bibs.  there is a neat gadget that makes it.


BUT I have never been able to put both sides on the bib and sew it evenly.  I don't know how you do that Lyn. I am impressed.


so my bibs are sewn alot and don't look pretty but my family loves them.

I do the sewing machine and then wrap around to the opposite side and sometimes, hand stitch it down (especially if it is for a gift) or use the sewing machine again. If it is something that will get lots of use (and is for me) I will use the sewing machine both times. I also like having the double thickness of the fabric/binding that the traditional way uses.


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