Monday, April 14, 2014

Embroidery Fun

I haven't used my embroidery machines for a while and I had the need to use them.  I embroidered some Dollar Store napkins with my Singer 6268 and a kitchen towel with my Memory Craft 200.  I like the Singer for its simplistic designs.  Being it was made around 1985, it was very advanced then.  The Memory Craft is great for getting free designs from  That is where I found the design I used on the towel.

Singer 6268 with embroidery attachment

Janome Memory Craft 200

Flowers by Singer 6268

Picnic basket by Memory Craft 200

Then I really had the need to embroider some more.  So I decided to make what will be the subject of my next blog, my "fun shirt".

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Kenmore Sensor Sew 100 AKA Necchi Logica

I picked up a cool sewing machine from the mid 80s. It is a Kenmore Sensor Sew 100.  This is a Necchi Logica with the Kenmore name.  It was made in Italy.
Sewing Machine under this Cover?

Kenmore Sensor Sew 100 with manual

Accessory Compartment

Installing Bobbin and Case

Yes, Case goes in backwards when compared to other Machines

Switches to free-arm
It does 100 stitches, including the alphabet, hence the name.

 I think Sears might have tried to forget this machine, because they released another machine a few years later with the same name.  I don't understand the reissuing of model numbers.  Lincoln made a Continental Mark 3 in 1958 and 1969.  Bernina made the 730 we all think of and now a computerized 730.  Are model numbers in that short of supply?

This other machine was made by Janome.  I have it pictured here with a Kenmore Sensor Sew 70, also made by Janome.  These are both wonderful machines.  The Necchi made one sews beautiful stitches also.  However, I think this machine will be more of a conversation piece for me instead of a regularly used machine.

Sensor Sew 100, Sensor Sew 100, and Sensor Sew 70

To see my new machine in action, go to Kenmore Sensor Sew 100 / Necchi Logica

To get a copy of the manual go to Kenmore Sensor Sew 100 Manual

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Vogue 8842 Coat

The Vogue 8842 coat is ready to wear.  I actually had to wait a few days until the morning temperature was 46 degrees, instead of the usual 60 degrees it has been this last week to wear it.

This coat was fun to make, even though I strayed from the pattern quite a bit.  This pattern is really for a raincoat, but after reading how other reviewers had reported they picked this pattern for the general form, and altered it for their use.  I did the same.

I used a 50 percent blend of wool and polyester for the shell and a lightweight polyester with insulation for the lining. I made a size 38 to allow some room for the insulation.  I usually wear a 36.  I lengthened the body 4 inches and the sleeves two inches.  I  made welt pockets instead of the big patch pockets.  I added cuffs.  I made the collar more traditonal.  I also put a zipper in and snaps on.  It turned out just what I had pictured.

The biggest hurdle on this project was the thickness of the material.  Two layers fine, but 6 layers plus interfacing on top of a zipper was too thick to put under the foot of several of my machines.  Then I remembered my Necchi BU.  This thing is a beast!  I think I would break the scale if I weighed it.  It fit all that material under the foot and sewed through it like butter.

One slight hurdle was the snaps.  More of a learning experience.  Most snap attaching is done with a hammer. I have never been good with a hammer so when I saw the Dritz plier-style snap attacher, I thought this would be perfect.  It did work fine.  However, I am glad I paid $10 for it and not the listed $30.  It did the job, but even for $10 it should have been better made.  I think after a few coats worth of snaps it would be toast.  That is unless I lose the rubber adapter needed to put in half the snap first.

I ended up using 6 machines for this project.  One by necessity.(Necchi BU) The others for different aspects of the project.  My Kenmore 70 and 100.  My Bernina 530.  My Singer 6268.  And don"t forget I needed a label.  So my Janome 200E embroidery machine was also necessary.

What it is supposed to look like:
Vogue 8842 

What mine looks like:
Cuff with snap

Dritz 24P snap pliers


Liner trimmed with bias tape and attached to shell 

Zipped up

Comparing to coats in store window

I should get a lot of use out of this coat this winter and hopefully many more.

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Vogue 8842 Update Two

I have been working on my Vogue 8842 coat.  Since last time I blogged, I have put on the cuffs, attached the zipper and worked on the liner.

The liner is a lightweight polyester I attached some insulation to.  Since the liner material is thin, I thought it would not look smooth simply folded over and stitched to the coat, so I attached some bias tape around the edge of the lining.  This should finish it nicely.

Here are some pictures with the liner in the coat, but not sewn in.

Now all I have to do is sew in the lining and add the snaps.

Hopefully I finish soon, or I won't be able to try it out until next Winter.

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Vogue 8842 Coat Update

I have been working on my Vogue 8842.  First thing I did was to wash the material.  I wasn't sure if I should because it is half wool and half polyester.  To my surprise, it came out of the dryer even more soft and luxurious.  There was a big ball of lint in the filter however.

I am sewing this with my Kenmore 100 stitch.

My welt pockets turned out quite well.  If you recall, I added the welt pockets, this pattern did not call for them.  Also, I made more of a regular collar.  The pattern used a single piece of material with the lining on the inside.  I didn't think I would like that.

The outer shell is almost done.  The only thing left are the cuffs.  Then  I will start on the lining.

I think I will cut the bottom band in half.  It looks too wide.  This will be easy.  It is pinned in place for the picture, because it doesn't get secured until after the lining is done.

In other news:

I purchased a Bernina 530 sewing machine.  It is a cute machine with  knee operation instead of a foot pedal.  Here it is next to my 731.

That is it for now.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Vogue 8842 Muslin

I purchased some material at the thrift store to make a muslin for my Vogue 8842 coat.  The main reason I am making a muslin is because I am altering the pattern.  Plus, I have not made a coat before, so I am not sure on sizing.  I am using the size 38 from the pattern even though I normally wear a 36 long. I always dress in layers, so a little more room should be good.  The coat needs length added to the sleeves and body.  I am also adding cuffs and welt pockets.

Vogue 8842

Front view.  Left arm has cuff.
The muslin has come together nicely.  I did not line it or put in the zipper and snaps.  I only put a cuff on one sleeve to see how it would look.

Left arm with cuff.  Pattern calls for elastic, no cuff.

Collar up for cold days.  Yes, pockets aren't lined up on purpose so  I can find good placement.

Welt Pocket close-up.  I substituted these for the Boxy Patch Pockets.

I had some difficulty with the pockets, since I have never made a welt pocket before.  After several videos on youtube and reading several books, I finally found a video that explained it beautifully for me. You can watch it here.  I did add interfacing to the welt-flap for stiffness.

Now that I think I have a workable pattern, I will continue with the real material.

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Quick Project !?

Joe found some beautiful wool-blend material at the thrift store.  I thought I would make a shirt for him in no time at all while I was perfecting my new coat in my mind.

Have you ever had one of those 5 minute projects that take forever?  This has been one of them.

I decided to use my favorite shirt pattern, Simplicity 7330 with short sleeves and a collar stand.  There was just enough material for a short sleeve.   Joe doesn't get cold easily, therefore a wool-blend short-sleeve shirt should work well for him

Once I started putting the pattern together, I realized I had cut the back into two pieces.  I haven't made this mistake since the first shirt I made.  I seamed the back pieces together.
Center Seam in Back. Horizontal is a wrinkle. 
Well, then when I was flat-felling the side-seams, somehow I ended up with a lumpy mess.  So I took out my serger and serged the arms and side seams.  Cutting off the mess and sewing it up in one action.  Another mess repaired.
Serged Seams
Then when I was putting the rolled-hem on, somehow I ripped a small hole in the fabric.  Good thing the shirt had extra length.  I cut the whole seam off and redid it.  No more hole.

The buttons were reused from an old ripped shirt.   I am glad I didn't have any problems with the buttonholes,  because they are impossible to repair.  My Kenmore 100 stitch sewed the buttonholes.  I think it did an excellent job.
Kenmore Buttonhole

Oh, I forgot to mention I sewed this shirt with my new to me Kenmore 100 Stitch.  All I can say is Wow!  I LIKE this machine.  Of course, I used my Bernina 731 for the rolled hems, and my Pfaff 794 Serger.

Kenmore 100, Serger, and Bernina 

One thing about learning to sew on your own, a person has to fix their mistakes without any guidance. This is called the "School of hard knocks".

The shirt turned out quite well even with my repaired goofs.  Joe thinks it is a beautiful shirt.  It is good for work and play.
Play Joe

Work Joe

Hunting Joe?

And of Course, I used my Singer 6268 to make the label.  I have a few machines that write, but I still like the font of the Singer.

Now for the coat project to begin.  I am actually go to do a muslin.  I have never done this before.

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