Monday, July 26, 2010

Question 4 U

I am considering posting some "How To" videos and offering a webinar class. Please let me know if this is something any of you would be interested in viewing.

Have a wonderful week!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

What's New Pussycat?

Here is a picture of Jerry and MiniME laying on a towel in the window in the kitchen.

I love animals as I am sure most of you do too. I have lots of leftover scraps from projects I have made over the years. Why not make a bed or throw for your pet.

Set up the serger for a 4 thread stitch.
Cut the pieces into squares - if you can cut them all the same size that would work. But if not - piece the scraps together. Once you have a completed piece about 24" x 36" ( or smaller depending on size of pet) then join it to an old towel or section of and old blanket. (My cats love to lay on towels so I know this is a recommended texture for felines.)

This is a good gift for a friend or loved one who has a pet that they consider a family member.

How about some questions?????

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Winter is coming......

Here is picture of me and my father. To him I owe much for he always believed in me and encouraged me to follow my dreams! I am so glad that I can now do for him.....

Believe it or not Winter will be here before you know it, even though Hot Hot August is next door.

I have seen so many pretty Shams and foot warmers in my travels and I always say I am going to make some when I get home. Haven't yet.

But the difference I saw in the Hotel Pillow shams is that they are part of the quilt or bedspread. To explain a little - a tube is formed at the head of the quilt so that you can insert the pillows. Was pretty neat and the colors they used were just grand.

Then there are the foot warmers. Sort of like a large table runner for the end of the bed. A different way to add just the right touch. So if your quilt or bedspread is print or solid just add a complimentary color foot warmer. And of course they do keep your feet toasty. I really like this idea and hope that I will make some for Christmas presents for family and friends. Just think how quickly they can be completed (a lot faster than making a whole quilt).

Another gift idea is a mini-throw for the car. I have made several of these as presents and some for myself. You know how cold the car is when you first get in until the heat kicks in. My husband gets in the car and cranks the heat up. But at first cool air comes out of the vents. So needless to say I am chilled to the bone. So I made some throws for the car and I cover myself while I wait for the warmth. Usually I make them out of fleece or flannel. When completed they are about 36" x 48", but you can make it any size you like. If you are creative you can make them into a quillow or pocket pillow so that the mini-blanket can be folded up into a pillow when not in use. (I have used them for airplane trips too!)

Just some ideas you can write on your calendar for making in September.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Scarves 4 everyone

Scarves as an accessory are so popular AGAIN! You can purchase any length of fabric (usually chiffon, organza, batik, silky knit, fleece etc.) and make a beautiful decorative designer scarf. Depending on what width you like - 12" 10" 8" 6" and so on you will be able to complete this project in about 15 minutes give or take.

Some people - take a scarf and double it to form a loop and them put the ends through the loop. Others make a double ring around the neck and tie in the back. Then again some tie in a bow, single knot, or just have it hang down loose.

How do you make a scarf - first take a tape measure and drape around your neck to see how long you would like the scarf to be when done. Write it down.

Next decide how wide you want the scarf to be - say about 10". Write it down. Cut the fabric to the written measurements.

Set up the serger for a 3 thread rolled hem or picot edge. Using the directions previously given for sharp corners - serge all 4 sides. Be sure to leave long thread tails and dab with seam sealant, twist threads and let dry. When threads are completely dry - trim as needed.

A more challenging way to make a short scarf is to cut a square about 24" x 24" (suggested but not in stone). Fold in half and then cut to the center on one of the folds. Serge the center cut raw edges - do not serge them together, not together (This is challenging because it is an inside corner but you can make it rounded) and then serge all the remaining raw edges. Your neck will be in the center of the scarf and then tie the two pointed ends in the front.

They make great gifts for any occasion. You can add embellishments galore - applique, beads, fringe, trim or anything your heart desires!!!


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

BFF - question about a 5 thread serger she owns

Yesterday one of my BFFs asked if I would address some questions about 5 thread sergers. Even though most of them all perform the same functions (Cover stitch, chainstitch, 5 thread safety stitch etc.)I know personally of one that does a blanket stitch. I don't often endorse a product unless I have experience with it. Some products I have tried and DO NOT like - but I keep those harsh comments to myself.
But I have used the Janome 1200D since it first came out and I can truly say that I can make it sing. I have done the blanket stitch on many items with wonderful results. The rolled hem is another favorite of mine and it doesn't matter what thread is used, the stitch is sensational!

Special note - How is the blanket stitch achieved? Heavier weight thread (jeans stitch works or 25wt cotton quilting thread) in the needle - size 14 (no tension at all), regular serger thread in the loopers (tigthest tension - check manual first), long stitch length, wide bite for the knife(blade), differential feed between 0.5 and 1. I didn't find wooly nylon as cooperative as suggested for this stitch.

If you have any questions or need help....just ask!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Fun Photos

My son came for a visit and we went to NYC to see several museums and exhibits.

Serger Books - you asked and here it is! :-)

Many people have asked about reference books for sergers. Here is a list of some of the serger books that are in my library. Some may be out of print - but you can always check the internet.

1. Kwik-Sews Swim & Action Wear -Kerstin Martensson
2. 10-20-30 minutes to sew-Nancy Zieman
3. More Polarfleece Pizzazz-Ruthann Spiegelhoff
4. Creative Sewing Ideas-Singer
5. Sewing Lingerie-Singer
6. Easy Guide to Serging Fine Fabrics-Kitty Benton
7. Sewing with Sergers-Gail Brown & Pati Palmer
8. The Ultimate Serger Answer Guide-Naomi Baker, Gail Brown, Cindy Kacynski
9. The New Creative Serging Illustrated-Pati Palmer, Gail Brown, Sue Green
10. Sewing with an Overlock--Singer
11. The Complete Serger handbook-Chris James
12. Serger Shortcuts-Joann Pugh, Gannon & Hastings

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Sharing an idea - Sandy my BFF

I was talking with my BFF Sandy out in Texas the other day and she told me about this fantastic idea that I want to share. She teaches sewing/serger classes at a dealer's store in Texas.

She made a pillowcase dress for a little girl. What a cute dress and it was so EZ. She said that the hem is already there just cut to fit size. Next you can either run elastic around the top or just gather it and then add two straps or make it into a halter dress with one strap. I love the concept. I plan to make one for my sample case.

In addition to loving sergers I also love to do machine embroidery. So I figure I can embellish to my heart's content.....

After I make one of these sweet little numbers I will post a picture.

Thanks Sandy - BFF.