Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Here is a shot of the minky back:
Next up, a vinyl covered fabric bib. My friend Allie suggested using a Teflon foot when sewing on vinyl. She is so smart. I'll be getting one of those, because I have a feeling I'll be doing alot more of these!
Remember I told you my gifts were the shower decorations. So I hung the name banner, then I strung up a pink "clothes line" and hung all of the gifts along the string. Not too original, but very cute! And I didn't have to worry about wrapping anything!
Of course, all babies need a burp cloth:
These were quick and easy, thanks to my serger! And, thanks to Heather Ross Weekend Sewing, I decided to try elastic thread around the leg openings. SO SO EASY!! I used to dread doing that teeny tiny casing for the leg elastic! I WON'T be doing that anymore! The elastic thread makes it "gather" so cute. At my niece's birthday party, there was a 4 year old little girl in a pair of red gingham bloomers with elastic thread around the leg openings...she was TOO CUTE! Now I have added several pair of these for my almost 3 year old to wear for the rest of the summer!
Speaking of the birthday party... the Grandmother Aprons were a hit! They were very appreciative and got almost as much attention as the birthday girl!
I was also very happy to see alot of Handmade clothing on the little girls at the party. I was very flattered when people assumed I made some of the things, but I set them straight and oohed and aahed like everybody else. Just another reason for us to move back "home", I could be around all of that creative goodness more often! Oh well, I can dream... I do love Lafayette, but there is something to be said about having family live "down the street". I know my kids would LOVE it! Well, off to bed with me. My cute as a button teen-aged niece is here for the week, and I tend to take full advantage of her "occupying" my children tomorrow. Until later...
Monday, June 29, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
In sewing news...I am working on a lot of little things that have to be finished this week, so hopefully I will have something posted soon! Until later...
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
So I run upstairs, dig around, and finally find this:
It is a Singer 301A Slant Needle Sewing Machine with a hinged Long Bed extension. Fabulous! I have only started doing some research on this machine, but I found some interesting things here and here. Thankfully the second link is picture heavy so much better views than the ones I've taken, and there is a link to the history of the machine....sweet!! According to the Singer dating site, this machine was manufactured in Anderson, SC starting in 1951. I haven't sewed on her yet, but once I clean, oil, lubricate, I will be giving her a test run. I am anxious to try quilting on her, that long bed extension and generous opening looks like it will be a dream to quilt on! Here are some more shots I took...
Like I said, there are much better pictures at the second link! Anyway, I am excited that I will have this connection to my Granny with me always! And every time I make something with it I will imagine her seeing it and being proud! I love you and miss you every day, Granny!
So, my mother's machine stayed behind because it will need a little more room because it is in it's own cabinet!! I haven't started the research on it, but believe it is Japanese. Once I do the research and make some room, it too will find a new home here! Well, back to my WIPs! Until later...
Monday, June 15, 2009
I whipped it up rather quickly, and kinda by the seat of my pants, so there are a few things I would do differently next time. But it will do lovely for now and I will always know which camera is mine, since I have a "problem" laying it down and forgetting where I put it!!
While I was at my parents, I FOUND a gem...stayed tuned because it will be a treat! Until later...
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Next up, my sister decided she needed some burp cloths for some friends' showers, "if you have the time"! Who has the time!! But she is my sister and I owe her money so...
These were for the mom-to-be of a baby boy...and the ones below are for the mom-to-be of a baby girl!
And since I was on a roll, I decided to make one for my cousin, since I have been neglecting her lately! Thankfully she is too tired to notice!
So after my busy Friday, I went to my folks for the shower, which was very nice with lots of yummy food, and then relaxed the rest of the weekend by the pool! AAHH! This week, I'll be back to the machine, hopefully finishing up WIPs, and maybe starting some new things. And I will post the tutus from the giveaway as soon as I know the recipients have them!! Speaking of...Amy from During Quiet Time is PATIENTLY awaiting the birth of her baby girl, she is being shy about entering the world...go check her out, wish her well, and see what she is up too while she is waiting!! Until later...
*I am having problems linking to Amy right now, please keep checking until the link is back up! :D*
Thursday, June 4, 2009
What brand and model do you have? I started with the bottom and am still working my way up! As you can see, I am a Loyal Brother user, simply because it was what I started on and I understand their temperament. My first machine (not shown, but still in use) LS-2125, next upgraded to the CE-4000. My serger is the 1034D, and this is my second embroidery machine PE-700. I had the Disney SE-270D, but a circuit card died and it was not cost efficient to replace it so I upgraded instead.
How long have you had it? I got my first machine in 2005, then I got my first embroidery machine a year later. I got all new machines last year.
How much does that machine cost (approximately)? My CE-4000 was a refurbished machine from an Ebay dealer and was $95. My serger was a gift from my parents and was $250, and my most expensive is the embroidery machine which was $700.
What types of things do you sew (i.e. quilting, clothing, handbags, home dec projects, etc.)? Well...if I could direct your attention to the left of the screen, you will see my slide shows...I have tried pretty much EVERYTHING! :)
How much do you sew? How much wear and tear does the machine get? I am a terrible procrastinator...so my machine gets a work out a couple of times a week. We are talking ALL DAY marathons to get things done! On weeks that I try to plan out, no less than 3 days a week.
Do you like/love/hate your machine? Are you ambivalent? Passionate? Does she have a name? You know, my machines work pretty well, and when I get stuck on something I automatically think "Operator Error!". I do LOVE my serger, it is a time saver. I had difficulties with my machine when I was sewing with the elastic thread, I am convinced that it has something to do with the drop-in bobbin and I am going to try it again on my old machine to see if there is a difference. My embroidery machine...definitely LOVE/HATE!! We have needle issues, we have thread issues, we have tension issues. But sometimes I think that it all comes down to a design issue. I download a lot of "untested" designs which I really love AND they are free, but I think that has a little to do with certain problems that occur...you know everyday really is a learning process. This is why I am still in the "low-end" machines. I don't want to break a really nice expensive one, I am already scared to mess with my embroidery machine because of the cost!
What features does your machine have that work well for you? I love the threaders! I HATE to thread the machines manually. I don't know why because it is not that bad, I guess I am spoiled! I have to thread the serger all of the time, so I guess NOT having to thread my other machines is a bonus! But I do love that the serger cuts the fabric as it sews!!
Is there anything that drives you nuts about your machine? On my CE-4000, there is a button you have to push to backstitch, whereas on my other machine it was a lever and foot pedal action. I am not crazy about the button, it only does ONE backstitch at a time and is inconvenient to have to slow my roll to push that button a couple of times.
Do you have a great story to share about your machine (i.e., Found it under the Christmas tree? Dropped it on the kitchen floor? Sewed your fingernail to your zipper?, Got it from your Great Grandma?, etc.!)? We want to hear it! My machines take a CONSTANT beating from my kids. They love to come in my sewing room and push buttons, pull threads, throw pedals... That might have been what happened to my first embroidery machine. I had to "fish" out a pair of tweezers from my NEW embroidery machine, TWO days after I got it! I'm not sure how they even got in it!
Would you recommend the machine to others? Why? Most definitely! If you are a beginner sewer and don't have alot of money, I think Brother makes solid machines. Their instructions are clear and the manuals are okay. You can go to their website and download manuals for free. I also have an AWESOME dealer and even though I didn't get my sewing machines from him, he is always very helpful. I think he knows one day when I am ready to make that BIG purchase, I will come to him...well I sorta already did with my embroidery machine! Anyway, I am happy with what I have now, but I know that as my skills improve I will eventually upgrade to a more expensive machine...but I want to make sure I won't break it first!
What factors do you think are important to consider when looking for a new machine? Threading is a big deal for me, I would love an automatic backstitch, and maybe a bigger sewing area for quilting.
Do you have a dream machine? No, I try to stay ignorant about the greatness out there until I am ready to make a purchase! :)
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
It is the same paw print applique I used on the brown/ green cammo towel, so double the fits. Once I figured out the stitch out pattern it was ok, but at first....sheesh! And then the cutaway!! Those "toes" are pretty close together, so cutting away the applique fabric was tricky, especially with the terry cloth.
Well, I am sure after this sorry excuse for a post, my followers will desert me...sorry! I am finishing up the tutus for the giveaway and will hope to have them out tomorrow, which is the deadline we were given! So ladies...be watching the mail! :) I'll send you an email when I officially have them sent! Thanks again to all who participated, I had so much fun. So much in fact that I have decided to join my new friend at Urban Craft in a PIF, which for those of you who don't speak "blog" is Pay It Forward! Details of this will be coming up so stay tuned! Until later...