Sunday, December 30, 2012

Free Motion Quilting

Just to try it out, I free form quilted this potholder. I cut and sewed a patchwork quilt top and have a ton of squares left over. So I decided to pratice and make some potholders. I was going to use my walking foot, but midplaced it. This was fun though.

Some things I learned:
*slow speed is good. I had it set up a little above the middle speed on my machine and that was a bit fast. Plus I have long and short stitches (but it is my first one).
*plan before you start. I just sort of winged it. But that did make it fun. When I'm better I'll try to wing it.
*when doing this type of edge, cut the backing extra large.
*set the needle in the down position so when you stop you can turn easily (I was lifting the presser foot as I have on other types of sewing but not sure if that's necessary). My machine requires me to turn the hand dial so the needles in the down position, then press a button which will keep it in memory (ETA this part as I forgot about this until I watached another video--and realized mine isn't too bad).

You might be able to tell in the picture below, but I started from one corner and did a spiral of sorts to the center (need to learn how to end--back to watching more videos on the internet).

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Black & White Skirt

Yep another skirt. Another A line skirt. With pockets. Elastic waist.
On Ralvery there's a sewing group and we're going to be working on different items each month, so you won't get bored seeing only skirts. ;)

Also I have a Christmas patchwork quilt I'm working on. Very badly. But I actually like it.

I'm not very good at posing...
And the flash...
The close up shows the print which I like.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Green & Red bag

A simple square bag. It really needed lining or interfacing as the green is a very thin fabric.

For those with a Singer 7285Q, I used stitch 42 which looks like a Christmas tree, and stitch 62 which someone said on another board looked lik Christmas lights... kind of does.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Crocheted Slippers for Aunt

Finally finished the slippers I made for my aunt for christmas. One day early.
Yarn: worsted weight yarn, 2 strands.
Hook: size K
Pattern: an old one from a 1973 book that I've adjusted. All single crochet in rounds until the heel, which is done in rows. Added extra chains for the heel to make an ankle cuff.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Candy Cane Wreath--Pinterest Idea

I saw this idea on Pinterest.  However, I couldn't find a link on How to do this.  I'm guessing it was a mock up and the idea not really done.  The part that got to me was the tips of the candy canes comeing together.  I taped the backs with scotch tape, but the tips would show it.  I'm guessing a little dab of craft glue would work better.  I used a round red and white mint for the center.  The picture showed a snowflake.  But then again, not sure how you'd put it all together.  I used long pieces of scotch tape to secure it all together (for example, from one end to another going over the circle mint).

Anyway here's my result that I hung on my wall at work.

If anyone has ideas or tried this, please let me know.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Trying The Gathering Foot on my Singer 7285Q

On Ralvery someone posted a link to this YouTube video on using a gathering foot

So I tried it on some material I had.
For this foot, you need to remove the foot holder because this is a long shank type foot. I didn't change the thread length and could have. I started with auto Tension, which didn't gather at all, then went to +2, gathered a bit; up to +2.5, gathered more; up to+3 and pretty much ruffled.
I left the speed on middle ground and used my foot peddle--as usual.

I found after that I could pull the fabric to create a gather near the auto tension part.
The instruction manual does say you can use two pieces of fabric, one to gather and one not gathered, but I think I would prefer to use one for more control.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Sewn Mini Christmas Stocking

I made up my own pattern because I found a few on Pinterest, but they wanted you to download and enlarge patterns, which doesn't help when you don't have a printer and am looking on my phone.

I decided to make one because I gave the assistants at work some cheap mini ones from walmart (4 for 98 cents). I ran out and I didn't get one. so I made one this morning.

The picture with the demisions shows a different fabric because I didn't think, about sewing the top edges first. Maybe I'll stuff it and give it as a gift for an ornament.  That one was done ona fold, the second wasn't. Both ways work.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

6 Snow Flakes

I've been making snowflakes during lunch and putting them up in my cubical.  I have six done and thought I'd share.  I did 2 from a Lion Brand pattern (there were 6, but I only liked 2).  The others I made up.  The smallest is 4 inches the largest is 7 inches from tip to tip. Some are a little off, because I just pinned them any which way.  I did wet them down and press them between paper towels, but I didn't want to spent a lot of time on them (obviously).  They'll be up only for a little while.  I used different color pins since I knew I wouldn't have enough white pins.  I was going to starch them (still might) but didn't want to bother.

All done in size 3 thread, sie F hook.

This one I wanted to try a flower look in the center, but it looks more like a star/snowflake, which works just as good.

I repinned this one to make ti better.  But it was hard, the center I did in a SC spiral, so I think that threw it off a bit.  Just trying something to give it a different look.

This one is the tinest one of all:

If you have any thoughts about starching, repinning, stiffinening or tossing... let me know.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Christmas Bag Sewed

Made another bag. used some of my thrift store found fabric. including the lining which was 50 cent muslin.

I think I might keep these as yarn bags or for me until I get better. Sorry for the upside down one, taken with my cell phone.

Idea from pattern in Sewing In A Streight Line book. Think my next one will be a different pattern.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Tall Christmas Bag

On a bag kick.
Made this one this morning. Used some of the fabric I found at a thrift store (posted a while back). I put a 10.5 oz skien of baby yarn in the bag and there was some room leftover. Might work for a small gift. Or just to carry around during Christmas.

Used the pattern idea from "Sewing in a Straight Line" that I used yestetday.

Just two pieces of material.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Bear Bag

Went through some material and decided to make a bag. used the bag pattern from Sewing in a Straight Line book "clutter-busting bucket toast". I didn't do the interfacing and bottom piece.  Love the bag so far.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012


I should have mentioned this at the beginning of November for anyone who may have wanted to participate, but didn't think of posting it on my blog as I use it for my crafts, mostly.

NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing Month.  In one month (November) you write a 50,000 word novel.

I did.

The word count validator showed today 50164 words.

If you still would like to write a 50,000 word novel, or just write until next November, go to the website for helpful tips and information.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Green with Black Outline Roses

I loved this print when I first saw it. Finally made me a skirt with it. This was the first project I made with my new sewing machine from start to finish.

I used my basic A-line skirt but used an idea from another pattern making it wider. I tried to get a pic with the skirt as full as I could get it.

I can't get a good photo of me in skirts, so this is just hung on a hanger.

Added anothet pic to show the side seam. Used the #10 on my macine, that does the straight stitch and zig zag at once. It's not the best photo as the skirt has a lityle straight seam there on the very bottom.

A picture of the pocket, side seam and elastic waist.

Another Blue Skirt

Yep another blue skirt. Yes it's my favorite color.

Very simple. My a-line pattern and pockets. nothing fancy. Just love the color. a great dark blue for winter.

I started this last weekend and messed up. Finished it yesterday with my new sewing machine (see last post).
Added a close up to show the color a little batter.

Singer Sewing Machine 7285Q

See note below about the comments at the bottom when you are finished with this post (just a friendly reminder to the commenters on this particular post).

I never do black friday, but I went to get the sewing Singer Sewing Machine 7285Q they had. Regular $449 on sale $194.99. Since my Joanns opened at 6am, the clerk said most people were stuck at stores that opened at 5 and that’s why it wasn’t that busy. I thought it was busy. 3 other people bought the same machine and one was buying the server on sale. They rang us up at the sewing area. In and out in less then 20 minutes. And I’m loving the machine. The drop in bobbin is is so easy, and the clear cover let’s me see how much is left (my first favorite part). Finishing up an easy skirt right now. Played with the decorative stitches yesterday. Can’t wait to try quilting on it.

This is a picture of the box, my sewing area isn't suitable for photographing. :(
although I'm ok with sewing on it...

Here's a picture of some decorative stitches I did on a dollar store placemat (was going to make a tiny bag out of it):

A picture of it worked on a curve. I used stitch #10, which does a straight stitch and zig zag in one. This is the skirt that's two posts after this one, the green skirt with black outline roses (see comments for link).

I added a tag/label for this machine.  If I do something unique with it, I will add that label "Singer 7285Q" and you can find the posts easily that way instead of looking up the entire post Singer Sewing Machine 7285Q.

See comments for more information on this machine and feel free to add your own!

Some pictures I took off the box for future reference.

Only editing to add additional information from the Singer site before they take it down:

Presser Feet for Singer Sewing Machine 7285Q

Special Purpose (Satin) Foot
Ideal for decorative sewing such as appliqué, satin stitching and cut work. It has a grooved bottom that allows for thread build-up in decorative stitches and is transparent so you can see your work. (Also known as a "Decorative Stitch" foot or "Satin Stitch" foot.) Part # 006172008-P
Invisible Zipper Foot
Provides an invisible closure on skirts, dresses and other projects. Part SP-163-P

Pintuck Foot*
Works in conjunction with a twin needle to create small tucks or pleats in delicate and lightweight fabrics. Part #270 386022017

Open Toe Foot
Makes your work area more visible. Used for satin and other decorative stitches. Part #270 386023050


- Automatic Needle Threader is sewing's biggest timesaver
- Speed control to easily adjust your sewing speed
- 6 Fully Automatic 1-Step Buttonholes
- 100 Built-In Stitches
- Programmable Needle Up/Down for easy quilting & applique
- Automatic Stitch Length & Width
- Extension Table to manage large projects easily
- Canvas Cover with Extension Table Pocket
- 11 Presser Feet including 4 Bonus Quilting Feet
- Top Drop-In Bobbin with Clear Cover
- Start / Stop Button for use without the foot control

Included Accessories: All-Purpose Foot, Zipper Foot, Buttonhole Foot, Blind Hem Foot, Overcasting Foot, Gathering Foot, Narrow / Rolled Hem Foot, Pack of Needles, Bobbins (Class 15J), Auxiliary Spool Pin, Spool Pin Felt, Darning Plate, Screwdriver, Seam Ripper / Lint Brush, Extension Table, Canvas Cover with Exterior Pocket, Foot Pedal, Power Cord, Instruction Manual.

Bonus Accessories: 1/4" Foot, Even Feed / Walking Foot, Satin Stitch Foot, Darning & Embroidery Foot

There are a lot of "Anonymous" comments with problems. These are getting suspicious because there is not way to contact them to help them with the problems.  If you have any and you would like help, please include an e-mail or contact info. I do reply and like to help people. For example, I just replied to a comment who asked for a pattern link AND e-mailed them as well.

If you really want help, someone else may prefer to e-mail you or use the link on your "name" to contact you.  There are others who have had success with this Singer Sewing Machine 7285Q besides me. They may have an answer or have another way to figure it out.

Thank you

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

3 Snowflakes

I was going through a bag of crochet stuff and found 3 snowflakes. Weaved in ends, blocked today so they're finished. Added to my collection.

Looks and feels like size 3 thread.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Blue, Black & White Swirl Print Skirt

Because I messed up on adding the white to extend the pockets, I put it to the side. Finished it today.

And since pictures with me in skirts don't al.ways work out, I just too a pic of the skirt hanging up.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Fingerless Goves

On Google + we're doing a CAL for fingerless gloves. because I really want to make some but finish my #SeptCAL I decided to do easy ones.

Pattern: I just did rows of DC for the length I wanted. I did a perfect amount to do a scallopped edging. Then I sewed the edging, leaving an opening for my thumb.
Hook: size H

Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver, color Cafe Latte (had it in my stash). It's the darker color.