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As a Martha Pullen licensed sewing teacher I love to learn new sewing techniques and I equally enjoy teaching sewing techniques to others.  You can also find me teaching Bernina Customer Courses at my local Bernina dealer.  In addition, I demonstrate Stampin' Up products.  I am a servant of the Lord of Lords and King of Kings, wife of one, mom of two, and grandma of five.  Welcome to my sewing and crafting studio!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Dog Blankets

Hello Sewers!

My friend, Linda, gifted me with a lot of fabric some time ago
A couple of pieces of dog print fleece were among the apparel fabrics
I'm not a huge fan of fleece for myself, but these are great for my two pooches

I finished off the edges using the wave stitch on my Baby Lock Ovation serger
Quite an attractive finish for something that will soon be covered in dog hair and slobber!

It is cold and snowy here today - their new blankets will see lots of use this winter
Don't forget to keep your furry little friends warm if you are in winter weather right now

Happy serging, friends!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

How to Use the Bernina Rolled Hemmer Foot

Hey sewing friends!

Bernina offers several narrow hemmer presser feet.
If you are a Bernina owner, you know the feet are identified by numbers.
The narrow hemmer feet are numbers:
61, 62, 63, 64, 66, 68, and 69
Whew!  That's a lot of options.  Which one to choose?

First, you should determine on what type of fabric you plan to use your hemmer foot
(i.e. lightweight, medium weight, etc.)
Second, what type of stitch do you want to use
(i.e. straight, zig zag, shell)
Third, what type of hem will you mostly sew
(i.e. curved, or straight)

Now, armed with that information, head to your local Bernina dealer
and enlist the help of the knowledgeable staff
 - or -
consult your handy dandy Feetures book if you happen to own that gem

I put together this short video to give you some tips on using this presser foot:

The shell and hemmer foot is one that we use in the Bernina Customer Course.
Your sewing will have a polished, professional finish if you use it.
It is not included with your new Bernina sewing machine,
but you might want to add it to your wish list *wink*

Happy hemming!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Fall Triangle Banner

Hey sewers!
Here's my non-traditional colored fall banner.

Using a triangle quilting ruler, I cut those triangles from solid and printed felt squares.
The felt has some kind of a finish to it that makes it have some body,
even a bit stiff, which is perfect for this banner.

The dark "blobs" on the solid triangles are embroidered lace leaves in a dark, Merlot color thread.
All the leaves fit in one hooping on my Bernina 750.
I used two layers of wash away stabilizer.

Large ric rac, is sewn across the top of the banner
and a beautiful, wide lace adorns the top of the printed triangles.

I stitched the leaves on with the button sew-on stitch on my sewing machine.
That way, I can simply clip the stitches to remove the leaves.
Since the colors of the banner are not necessarily fall oriented, 
I will replace the leaves with snowflakes as winter arrives.

For the lettering, my sizzix dies and machine came in handy.

I planned to use white glitter felt for the lettering,
but the white felt blended in with the light color triangles.
Good thing I had a bunch of dark felt triangles left over.
I used the dark solid color for the letters and they stand out perfectly.

I didn't even stitch each letter to the banner.
Since it is felt on felt, they stay up there nicely.
I will remove them when I replace the leaves with snowflakes
and the new word will be "snow".

It's officially "fall", do you have your seasonal decorating started?

Happy sewing, friends.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Friendship Quilt

The Friendship Quilt will be a new class offering at Nuttall's Fabric Store.
Before it is offered as a class,
we (the employees) are sewing blocks to exchange with one another.
You guessed it, the friendship quilt is a block swap.
We each make 10 blocks and exchange them with one another.
We each end up with 10 different blocks than those with which we started.

The color 'rules' are:
  • White background
  • Blue star points
  • Red corner
 The Winter Star block pattern we're using is from this book:

 I fussy cut all 10 of the block centers from some fabric I had leftover from this skirt 

Fussy cutting may be a new term for you.
If you're curious, here's a short video that I recorded on fussy cutting fabric:

 Now that all the cutting is done, I'm ready to sew those 10 blocks!

Exchanging quilt blocks is like giving presents.
Sew much fun!!!

If you are in the local area, check with the Layton store to sign up for the Friendship Quilt.

Have you participated in quilt block swaps?
Please leave a comment and let the rest of us know your thoughts.

Until next time, my friends, keep sewing.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

How to Easily Sew China Silk (and other slippery fabrics)

I'm sewing another Painted Portrait pattern.
This time it is a blouse instead of a dress.
The bodice lining is China silk.
I love to use China silk for lining.
I hate to fiddle with slick, misbehaving fabric.
Above are some of my favorite tools to use with such fabric.
First, a tip from Sarai Mitnick of Colette Patterns:
lightly spray the fabric with Sullivan's Fabric Stabilizer
(be certain to test it on a scrap first).
Then, I like to lay out the fabric and pattern pieces on a cutting mat.
Finally, I cut the fabric and pattern using a rotary cutter instead of sheers.
Works like a charm!
After my pattern pieces were perfectly cut,
I began sewing the lining together at the shoulders.
Ugh!  Look at the difference between the left and right shoulder seams.
I sewed the first seam with my general purpose presser foot
(Bernina Foot #1, Reverse Pattern Foot)
The fabric got hung up under the presser foot and the seam slipped.
What a mess!
I switched to my non-stick zig zag foot
(Bernina Foot #52)
What a difference.
Look at how smooth and lined up that seam stayed.
I've now added the non-stick presser foot to my
group of favorite tools to use with slippery fabrics.

Are you shy about sewing with specialty fabrics?
Do you have any tips to share when sewing with these fabrics?
Please share with the rest of us.
I love to learn new tips and ideas.

Have a smooth sewing week, my friends.