Friday, June 18, 2021

Viking 190 and a Shirt

 I use my different Berninas all the time because they are smooth and have perfect thread tension.  But I have many different types and brands of sewing machines. 

One brand I like besides Bernina is Viking.  I have several Vikings, both mechanical and electronic.  The Vikings I like the most are made in the 1980s, and are made in Sweden.  I have two older ones that I like, but the 1980s seem to have a style I like the most.

This brings me to the Viking 190 I am using for this shirt.  It is a mechanical model, but it has the needle up/down feature I like so much.  It also has a four-step buttonhole.  And it is a free-arm with the tool box removed.

I did a YouTube video on it six years ago, if you are interested you can watch it here.


It is easy to tell this machine's age by what the models are wearing.



I have had this machine for several years, but I forgot how much I like it.

I used my Singer Quantumlock 5 to serge the seams.



I am using McCall's 4079 in medium for this shirt.  I made it in a long sleeve in 2012 in size small. It still fits, but I wanted a loose shirt for hot Summer days.   I am making a short sleeve now from some material bought at Joann's.

McCall's 4079



Shirt made in 2012 with this pattern


I aged a little since previous shirt.


I am sure I will wear this shirt many times.

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Floral Quilt

 National Quilters Circle had a Springtime quilt-a-long that took five weeks.  A new block was put on the internet each week, and the last week was putting the blocks together to make a 62" by 62" quilt.

I purchased the fabric at Joann's during a sale, plus I used a 20% off coupon to make the fabric a good buy.

Block one

 Block two

Block three

Block four

I used my Bernina 817 with a 1/4" foot to make the quilt and my Necchi Supernova straight stitch machine to quilt it.  I quilted it by stitching in the ditch with clear thread.



I made the quilt sandwich in the driveway.


I bound the quilt with my Bernina 910.


Here it is finished.




This was a fun little quilt to make.  It sure brightens up the room.

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Friday, February 5, 2021

Where Does Time Go?

 It has been three months since my last blog, but it seems like yesterday.  I have been sewing, but nothing blog worthy.  A shirt for Joe, a night shirt for my mom, and lots of masks.

I dislike wearing the same mask all the time, so I have made several, with and without embroidery.  Here are a few.








I have used my Simplicity SE3, my Singer Futura, and my Bernina 640 for the embroidery.





If you follow me on Instagram, you know I purchased a Necchi Supernova at the thrift store for $2.50.



I want to try a jacket again, I purchased three patterns on eBay. 





I am going to sew a Muslim of the Simplicity 9803 because it says easy to sew.  I am doing medium with two inches added to the sleeves.

That is all for now.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Brady Bunch Denim Shacket

 While at the thrift store I found several yards of multicolored denim for the huge price of $1.49.   I know it is old because it had a Montgomery Wards tag stapled to it.  Since Wards has been out of business nearly twenty years, this makes the denim a vintage fabric.

The pattern I used is one I used before, Simplicity 1328.   I have used it as printed and also tweaked it to have a lining and welt pockets.  This time I made it as printed in small size with two inches added to the sleeves.



I decided to use my Singer 201 for this project.  I bought this machine a few years ago at the thrift store for $2.  It didn't have a foot control, that is why it was so affordable.  It amazes me how smooth it sews.  Especially for being almost 70 years young.  Yes, it is a Centennial version, made in 1951.



The first thing I did was lay out the pattern pieces on the fabric.  The fabric was only 34" wide, so I had to make sure I had enough.  Then I started lining up stripes.

During a trip to Wal-Mart I purchased some material for the pocket and cuff lining.  Plus a stop at Joann's for the buttons.  I also bought some patterns on sale for $1.99 for future projects.

Maurice helped me line up the pockets.

The button plackets are separate. They are sewed on after the hem is finished, but before the collar.  I lined up the red stripe to make the pattern flow.  I made the button holes with my Greist buttonholer and the 201.

Here it is finished.






This was a fun project.

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Monday, October 12, 2020

A New Outfit

 On my trips to Wal-Mart I always check their fabric section for great values.  This time I found a precut of 3 yards gray denim for $8. 

Of course, Kwik Sew 3504 jeans pattern came to mind.  I have made this pattern several times in both jeans and shorts.  I make a medium and taper in at the top to make them fit.  I also add two inches to the inseam.


I am using a machine I have had for a few years, a Kenmore 148.15600.  This machine is all metal and has some fancy stitches and a built-in buttonholer. I talked about it in this Blog.



I am using a different machine for the top stitching.  My old DressMaster handles the thick thread with ease. Plus it is easier to have two machines setup, one with gray thread and one with top stitching thread. I used it to top stitch my Jean jacket.



I embroidered a design on the right back pocket with my Bernina 640.





I flat-felled the inside leg seams and serged the outer leg seams using my Singer Quantum lock serger.




Then while shopping at Joann's, I spotted an interesting pattern in the snuggle flannel section.  At $2.99 a yard, this will make a long-sleeve shirt.

I went back and forth on what pattern to use, but finally decided on Simplicity 2741.  I have made this several times before.  I make a small and add two inches to the sleeves.




I also substitute tower plackets for the continuous lap packets on the sleeves.


It also took me a while to decide what machine to use.  I picked my Singer Futura since I hadn't used it in a long time.











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