Tuesday, June 26, 2018

A new machine and a new shirt.

I shop the local thrift store at least once a week.  Sometimes I find cloth or a sewing machine.  Most of the time I strike out.

I was lucky this week to find an Elna Super in very good shape and some blue cloth perfect for a shirt.

This is my first  Elna.  I am surprised how smooth and quiet it runs.  I did have to download a manual to see how the buttonhole mechanism works.   It has a few built -in stitches and also takes cams, which there was one in the machine.

Case looks like a typewriter

Nice looking free-arm machine

Open flap to access decorative stitches and cam shaft

Half of the case becomes a table
I made my "go to" shirt pattern, the simplicity 8427 which I wore to a quilt show in Reno.


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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Stacked Lap-Quilt

I was inspired by a quilt that looks like the squares are stacked instead of simply sewn together.  It can be seen here.  A block is made, then cut into quarters so they can be mixed around to make the stacked look.

I recorded the cost of everything because I have been told I can donate quilts to Hospice or other charities.  I don't think my quilting skills are there yet.  But it helped me see the cost of my new hobby.

The timing was right, because Joann's had 75% off fat quarters(22" by 18" fabric piece).  I bought 20 for a price of  $12.45.

I also was lucky to find some 100% cotton for the backing at Wal-Mart for $2.50 per yard for two yards, totaling $5.

I had a bolt of batting I bought when I started quilting.  I could say this is stash, but I'll set the cost at $3.

The binding was made from fabric leftover from a previous quilt.

Adding everything up, it is roughly $21 for this 48" by 60" quilt, even with all supplies bought on sale.

I used my Singer 6268 for the project.



Finished quilt
I quilted it by stitching in the ditch.  Thus, a nice grid  pattern on back.
Back
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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Denim again!

The Kwik Sew 3504 shorts I made in size small we're too tight for my liking, so they were folded up and put away.

I liked the medium pair of jeans I made a while ago so much, I decided to try it again in medium and see if I could tinker a little bit with the waist size.  The medium was a little large.

In my stash was some heavy denim for this pair of jeans.  Armed with the denim and my White 793 I started to sew.

I like to French seam the pockets for a finished look.  I serged the leg seams.


I used my Singer 6268 for the fleur-de-lis design on the rear pockets.

The waist is still a little large, but I think after a few washings it might shrink.




I had fun making these.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Dog Days of Summer

I like the Kwik Sew 3504 jeans I made a few months ago quite a bit.  I wear them almost everyday.  Part of the liking is the soft denim material and the other part is the loose fit. I made a medium, so I wear a belt to keep them up.

I wanted to make a second pair, but only had enough material to make a pair of shorts.  Since Summer is coming I thought this was a good idea.  But these will be made in size small.

The title of the blog hints to what I am embroidering on the back pockets with my Singer Futura.  A Westie and a Poodle.  Since we have one of each, I thought  this appropriate.  Our poodle is black, but I did the embroidery in white so it would show up better.



I am using my Necchi BU to sew the shorts.  I have had this machine a few years, but have not  used it because it is so heavy.  It did a wonderful job with the denim, never whimpering a bit.


These shorts are smaller than I thought they would be. The medium size was too big, and the small is too small.  Joe thought I made a youth size.  Maybe next time I will cut between a medium and a small.




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Friday, April 6, 2018

UFOs all around me

I learned a new quilting term this week.  It is unfinished objects(UFOs).  Apparently this is a common thing in quilting.  A person runs out of ambition or gets to the quilting stage and starts another quilt.  Leaving a UFO to wait in a drawer or on a shelf to be finished.

I have three UFOs now.   Two are from Craftsy.com, and one is from my quilt sampler class at MIY Studio.

The first is a lap quilt that is called Strawberry Fizz.


I need to at the batting, backing, quilting, and binding to finish it.

The second is called Blazing Star.   It is  a queen size quilt that took me several months to get to the stage it is now.  It needs batting, backing, and quilting also.

The strawberry quilt I think I can stitch in the ditch for the quilting, but the Blazing Star has so many angles, it will need free-motion quilting.  Plus it is so big, it will be quite a time consuming project.

The third is my sampler quilt class quilt.  It still needs the squares to be sewn together to form the quilt.  But this will be done in the next(and last) class.  Then the quilting needs to be done.  This is a small 36" square quilt, so it will probably be the first one to be finished.

I do have one quilt I completely finished.  It keeps us warm and the dogs like it.


 I am quilted-out now, so I think my UFOs will be around while I sew a pair of KwikSew shorts.

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Sampler Quilt Class

I am taking a "sampler quilt" class at the MIYstudio.  A small class of two, me and one other student, so we are getting real hands on teaching.

We started with a fence rail square.

Then we made a four patch.



Then we made a bow tie.

Then flying geese.

Then a star.

We actually made several of each square so we can make a sampler quilt.

Two more squares before it might look like this.

Three more classes until finished.

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Mimi G and two machines

I made a flannel shirt with the Simplicity Mimi G 8427 shirt pattern a few blogs ago.  Now I decided to make a short sleeve shirt from it since I tend to wear short sleeves more.

I took the size 38 pattern and simply cut the sleeves off at the lengthen/shorten line.  I used some cotton I bought at Wal-Mart for $1 a yard.

My Bernina 910 sewed this shirt.  It is so smooth and quiet.  The needle always stops in the up position. However, a tap with my heal on the pedal lowers the needle.  This machine also has a five-step manual buttonhole .
 Bernina 910



I decided to make a second shirt from a sheet.

My White Euroflair 8910 sewed the second shirt.   It is really a Husqvarna -Viking made for White.  It also lowers the needle with a touch of the pedal.  It has a three-step manual buttonhole.
Euroflair 8910




I also have been taking a sampler quilt class at MIYstudio.  More on this in my next blog.

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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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