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.