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Monthly Archives: November 2011

  • Serger Napkins

    November 28, 2011

    Dear Santa,

    I have been very good this year, for me anyway, please bring me a new serger.

    If you don't already own a serger, I hope you have one on your wish list for this holiday season. I remember the first one that I bought over 25 years ago. My family and friends received cloth napkins as gifts that year.

    I still give cloth napkins as gifts, but now they come with embroidery designs selected for the recipient. After all, you can only give plain napkins so many times. (Before I had an embroidery machine, I would decorate them with rubber stamps.)

    Making napkins is one of the easiest sewing projects, particularly with a serger, even for beginning sewers.

    You may have heard (or experienced) that changing some sergers from one sewing setup to another is a daunting task. George Moore calls these machines 'closet sergers'. If the thought of changing your serger to do a rolled hem causes you to break out in a cold sweat, stop by a Moore's Sewing Center location and have them show you how easy the changeover is on a Baby Lock serger.

    Supplies: - Serger - 3 cones of thread that match your fabric - Fabric - I use linen, but any fabric will work - Seam sealant

    Serger Setup: Set up the serger to do a rolled hem. Check your machine manual for details. (On my Baby Lock Imagine serger, I remove the left needle and set three selector knobs per the Quick Reference Guide for 3-thread rolled edge. Now my serger is ready to use.)

    Sewing Instructions: 1. Cut fabric into 18-inch squares or your choice of desired size and shape. To make the fabric easier to work with, use Best Press spray starch and iron your fabric before cutting. 2. Place the right edge of your fabric under the presser foot. 3. Serge the rolled hem along the edge, extending the chain of stitches about 3-inches when you get to the end. 4. Repeat on remaining three sides. 5. Cut off thread tails and apply seam sealant.

    Add a design or monogram with your embroidery machine (optional): 1. Hoop water soluble stabilizer. 2. Attach napkin to water soluble stabilizer using either a spray adhesive or a glue stick. 3. Stitch out the chosen design.

    4. Remove the napkin and stabilizer from the hoop. Trim away excess stabilizer. 5. Rinse out remaining water soluble stabilizer. Dry and, if necessary, iron napkins.

    Other than wrapping them up, the napkins are ready to give as a gift... On second thought, you might like them so much that you have to make another set to give to the intended recipient.

  • Fleece Scarf

    November 21, 2011

    Cold crisp mornings... early sunsets... fall must be here.

    Few things feel better than a warm fleece scarf to ward off the cool mornings and evenings.

    Supplies: Basic sewing machine 1/4 yard each of two contrasting colors of fleece Regular thread to match each color Rotary cutter, mat and ruler

    Basic scarf construction 1. From each color, cut an 8-inch wide strip across the full width of the fabric 2. Place the fleece wrong sides together. (Usually, fleece curls to the right side when pulled along the selvage edges, and it curls to the wrong side when stretched on the cross grain.) 3. Trim selvage edges off fleece. 4. Starting and ending about 5 inches from each end, stitch the long edges with a 1/2-inch seam allowance. A 3.0mm to 3.5mm stitch length usually works well. 5. Using your rotary cutter and ruler, trim the long edges to a 1/4-inch seam allowance.

    Make 1/2-inch wide fringe on each end of scarf. To make quick fringe you will need 1 large cutting mat 1 small cutting mat Rotary cutter

    1. Lay the fleece on the large cutting mat. 2. Lay the small mat on the fleece such that 5 inches, or whatever depth of fringe you want, of fleece is exposed. 3. Fold the fleece to be fringed over the small mat. 4. Using a rotary cutter and cutting from the fold towards the end of the fleece, cut 1/2-inch fringe. (You might want to use a ruler to help cut straight and even strips. A sharp blade will make this task easier.)

    Embellish scarf with Reverse Applique I chose a leaf shape, but hearts, trees, squares and other simple shapes all work well. 1. Trace your template shape onto paper. Lightly spray KK2000 on the template to adhere in place. 2. Straight stitch around the template. 3. Remove and spray template again, if necessary, and adhere to the next location. Stitch. 4. Repeat until the project is complete.

    NOTE - If you have an embroidery machine, you can use just the outline portion of an embroidery design in lieu of steps 1 to 4 above. If you have software, you can create your own design.

    5. Trim one layer from the center on one side of the scarf; do not cut the contrasting fleece.

    6. Trim the opposite color at the other end of the scarf.

  • Anita Goodesign Embroidery Party!

    November 17, 2011

    What happens when you put 220 men and women in a room at the Ontario Convention Center, with 70 embroidery machines, and Steve Wilson of Anita Goodesign embroidery designs?

    A lot of fun.

    Steve Wilson brought samples of his current design collections and new collections that will be released in the next couple of months. This month, Anita Goodesign released a new type of collection that will incorporate embroidery and easy sewing techniques. The tutorials have pictures and easy to follow step-by-step directions.

    Attendees learned new techniques as they stitched out seven different projects during the two day event. These techniques and projects included a Folded Fabric Zipper Purse, a Dimensional Flower using Heat ‘n‘ Shrink, how to position a design so it fits perfectly into the corner of a napkin, cutwork, appliqué and more.

    What would a party be without prizes? George Moore and Steve Wilson gave out lots of them. They also had great deals on machines, software, thread, and notions. Mark your calendar to join us next year on November 3rd and 4th.

    Project Collections by Anita Goodesign

    Fashion Clutches

    Three different designs are included to stitch out on your embroidery machine. Heat ‘n’ Shrink will give your clutch a unique texture. After stitching out, apply steam from your iron and watch the magic happen. You’ll finish your clutch at your sewing machine by adding a zipper and handle.

    Holiday Stocking

    Three different techniques are included in this collection. Cowboy Boot, Folded Fabric - in three different  sizes, and  Traditional stocking shape. Eight individual embroidery designs are include to use on the Traditional stocking shape. These make perfect holiday gifts.

    Chic Travel Accessories

    This collection includes 23 individual designs to use on the three travel bag projects.  You’ll be able to not only make a set for yourself, but also for family and friends.

    Sunbonnet Sue in the Kitchen

    Ten individual hand stitched designs in 2 sizes for the 5x7 and 6x10 hoop. Three projects are included in this collection. Tea towel, potholder, and quilt blocks make this collection a must have. The quilt blocks designs have 4 sizes and are compatible with all the Mix and Match collections

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