Friday, January 26, 2018

My First Quilting Class

Since I am making quilts now, I want to learn how to free motion quilt.  This is when the quilt sandwich(quilt top, batting, and backing) is sewn together with designs all over to enhance the quilt and keep the batting in place.  The feed dogs are lowered and a darning foot is used so the quilt can move in all directions.

I have not taken any type of class for over ten years, so with great anxiety I signed up for a free motion quilting class.

I went home with the class supply list and found I had everything but quilting gloves, which I bought at Joann's.   My main problem was deciding which sewing machine to take.  I finally decided on my Bernina 1005.

The class was really small, only me and one other.  So they were happy to have Joe sit and watch the fun.

I had such a good time, I am signing up for a beginning quilt class next month.

In the interim I will be practicing my free motion quilting.

Her are some class photos:
Ironing before I start

Using my quilting gloves to grip fabric 

Bernina 1005 doing a great job

Some of my free motion quilting

Instructor Anelie at machine

Sample quilt made in a class

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Back to my old ways

I had fun making a quilt, and enjoy using it.  However, I am back to sewing clothes again.  This time I am going to try Burda122a.  Burdas are known for sketchy instructions.  But since this jacket looks like a jean jacket I made, I think I will give it a try.  I have everything I need including a wonderfully soft wool that I pre-washed and dried to pre-shrink it.

Burda 122a

Kwik Sew 3251 jacket looks similar
The pattern was downloaded from Burda.  After I printed it out, I had to add seam allowance, so I added 5/8" to all pieces.  I didn't adjust anything.

No pictures and confusing directions.  I really scratched my head a few times and ripped some threads.  This pattern is nothing like my jean jacket.

The side pockets are in the seam so they are back too far for me.  If I did this jacket again,  I would add welt pockets instead of the in-seam pockets.

I really liked working with this wool from Fashion Fabrics Club, it is soft and buttery.  And of course, my Necchi plowed thru it like nothing.

I used a piece of 100% polyester I bought from Joann's for the lining.  I found it in the clearance section, so the price was very reasonable.

Here I am in a  a made by me outfit; jacket, shirt, and jeans.

I am glad I persevered to the end.  This jacket fits nice and looks good.  I will be sure to wear it a lot.

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

A New Adventure in Sewing, Finale

My first quilt is finished.  It sure was an education!  I originally was going to take a class in town, but decided to start on my own.  By following a Craftsy class online,  I bought the fabric and assembled this 60" x 60" quilt.

I used my Necchi to do the quilting since it is in a table. Once I made my "sandwich" of quilt, cotton batting, and fabric backing, there was a lot of material to handle.  I  didn't free motion quilt, I simply sewed a line in the middle of the diamonds.

 I cheated a little and used Singer quilting book to help me do a quick binding.  This way the backing is folded over for the binding, instead of using strips of fabric.

Finished quilt


I still want to take a class, so my next quilt will be better, hopefully this month.

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Monday, December 25, 2017

A New Adventure in Sewing, part 2

Last time my quilt was starting to form, I had cut my strips and sewed them into groups of three, alternating white on inside and outside.

I sewed two of the strip sets together to form a tube.

Then I took my 12" square ruler and cut the tubes on the diagonal with the ruler's center line on the seam.

Then I cut alternating triangles for a total of 6 per tube.

I then opened up the triangles to turn into quilt blocks.

I had 36 blocks.

I arranged the blocks into a design.

The blocks were sewn together by rows with a 2 1/2" strip, called a sash, between each block.  I did this for all six rows.

Then the horizontal rows were assembled together with  2 1/2" sashing and 2 1/2" borders around.

Now my quilt top is done.  Next I have to attach the batting and bottom fabric to make my quilt.

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Saturday, December 16, 2017

A New Adventure in Sewing

It was strongly suggested by a friend I be more sociable and get out of the house more often.  I decided taking a sewing class would fit the suggestion nicely.  However, since I live in a rural area, a town of 104, classes aren't easy to find.

I did find a place called MIY Studio in a nearby town that teaches quilting.  I went to the studio to find times and classes, but was quickly discouraged when told the earliest new class is in February.

Not wanting to wait, I quickly started scouring the internet for any information on quilting.  There is a mountain of information, but I wanted more of a classroom setting.  So I quickly turned to Craftsy for a beginning quilt class.

I found Learn to quilt: Cozy throw quilt.  I quickly printed out the list of supplies needed and watched Amy Gibson explaining the quilt we would make.

I went to Joann's to purchase the needed fabric for the top of the quilt.  I found jelly rolls on clearance for $5.  Being I need 2 1/2" x 42"  strips of fabric in different colors, which is what a jelly roll is, this worked out perfect.  I did learn these are junior jelly rolls because they have 20 strips of fabric, whereas a jelly roll has 40 strips.  I bought three of them, then discovered for the 60" x 60" quilt in this class, one roll would be enough.

Junior jelly roll

Some of the Junior jelly roll unrolled
2 1/2" strips

I then bought 4 yards of white fabric to cut into 2 1/2" strips.  I did not pre-wash any of the fabric.

Using my Bernina 1001 I sewed the strips together in groups of three.  For a total of 12.
Some of the finished strips sets.

Next time I will turn these strip sets into blocks for my quilt.

I went to Joann's and MIY Studio, so I did get out of the house.

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Mimi G Style by Simplicity

It is rare to find a new menswear pattern that doesn't involve pajamas.  When Joann's had $1 Simplicity patterns, I bought Simplicity 8427.  This is a dress shirt pattern by Mimi G Style.

This is a fitted shirt. It comes with two collar styles(club and pointed) and two cuff variations(barrel and french).  I made a pointed collar and barrel cuffs.  The only adjustment I did to the size 38 pattern was add two inches to the sleeves.  This is definitely a slim fit, because I normally where a size 36. I used turquoise flannel for it.

I watched the Mimi G Sew along for this shirt on Youtube to refresh some shirt sewing techniques in my mind.

I used my Bernina 1001 to sew this shirt.  I also used it for  the buttonholes since it sews both sides in the same direction, not one forward and one reverse.  In other words, it has a six step manual buttonhole.  It makes nice, balanced buttonholes.

I like this shirt, I know it is a business shirt and should look great in a plain cotton also.

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Thursday, November 2, 2017


I need to stay off eBay and shopgoodwill.  I purchased not one, not two, but three vintage Berninas last week, with two arriving the same day.  Since I bought one a few weeks ago, this makes four in a month.  I guess it is true that "everything comes in bunches".

I bought the 1011 a few weeks ago.  It is a wonderful machine that purrs.  I made my KwikSew jeans with it.  I bought one of these a few years ago, but it was packed horribly and arrived smashed.  With eBay's help, I received a full refund.

The 1011 has a beautiful stitch and is quiet.

The second is a 1001 I bought on shopgoodwill.   I took a chance because it was advertised as "not tested".  But since it is a Bernina, I knew it would operate fine.  It didn't come with a bobbin case, but I obtained one through Amazon.


The 1001 has a rotary hook.  It is really quiet and makes a beautiful stitch.

The third, but the one I was most anxious about is a Bernia 1120, a computerized machine.  It was advertised on eBay as parts or repair, but the seller did say it powered on and the needle went up and down.  I decided to take a chance for the price. Especially since the extension table and the case were included.


What a honey!  The 1120 is so smooth and quiet with a beautiful stitch.

The fourth is one I have wanted for along time.  It is a 910.  Just like the famous 930, but with a blue face plate and fewer decorative stitches.  It was also on eBay as parts or repair.

Smooth doesn't even start to describe this machine. It also has needle up/down by tapping the foot pedal.

I also have several other vintage Berninas.

Ugh!   I think my SMAD(Sewing Machine Acquisition Disorder) has just turned to BAD(Bernina Acquisition Disorder).

Hopefully my BAD will be in remission for a while now.

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