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.