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sewing machine woes

WEll my sewing friends i have been very hard pressed to find the time to sew these past few months. Working full time in addition to taking classes towards my bachelor’s degree leaves me very little time to enjoy what i most like to do (sewing & quilting). Yesterday i began work on a quillow for a friend and my sewing machine started to make this very strange noise. As if the motor or gears were falling apart. This machine is less than a year old! And of course i couldn’t find the manual to try and troubleshoot it or anything.  It has been a very frustrating weekend. Hopefully i can get my machine working again real soon so i can finish this project and the other quilts i have going….spring is coming and i’ve signed up for two more classes….(i’d rather be sewing!)

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December 21, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

I won!

Wow i just learned i won a free quilting lesson from www.quiltingweeekly.com! I very rarely win anything so this is exciting and as a new quilter i still need to learn quite a bit. Now which lesson to choose. Quilting weekly offers a variety of lessons for the very beginner to the more experienced quilter and they all sound so much fun! There are lessons on machine quilting, printing photos to fabric, quilting with denim and so much more check it out! who knows you could come out a winner too.

June 14, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Summertime fun fabric

I received some samples in the mail o f this cute fabric with a summer theme – i was thinking maybe a hot pad or incorporating into a fun nap pillow. Whatever i come up with i’ll be sure to feature here –

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May 28, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 1 Comment

Sewing tip

It’s been awhile since I’ve done any sewing that included a ruffle or gathering of material. I remember the frustration of the thread always breaking before I made it through the end of the material to complete my ruffle because regular sewing thread just doesn’t hold up to pulling. I learned a great tip the other day in my sewing class. One that would have saved me a lot of headaches back when I was making very ruffly things for my daughter. Instead of using plain thread to sew and gather a ruffle, you can use cotton crochet thread which is of course thicker and stronger than regular sewing thread. Just follow these simple steps:

Choose a color thread that will match your fabric. Measure the amount of crochet thread needed by holding across the fabric to be gathered and then double that amount.

Fold the thread in half. On the looped end of your thread, stitch it to hold it in place a couple of times across (by pressing and releasing reverse button) as shown in first photo. 002

Cut thread and then turn (see second photo) in order to zig zag down the row of threads (keeping both threads within the zig zag stitch). You may need to adjust the width of the stitch in order for both threads to fit inside the stitching. Stitch completely down the row of thread, leaving about a half-inch at the end. Once done, just pull on both ends and you should easily be able to ruffle and gather your fabric without breaking your thread!

 003I can’t wait to try this technique with ruffles for pillows I’ll be quilting. I got a couple of great free patterns and you can too by signing up for the Quilting Weekly newsletter.

May 23, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment