Friday, December 1, 2017

Shirt Quilt Moves Along and New Baby Brother XR9500PRW...

The Shirt Quilt is coming along really well. I had help as you can see.
It's all ready to quilt now. Wool batting from Missouri Star, as well as red flannel patterned backing from Missouri Star.  Now to get at it. The thread I will use is Maxi-Lock variegated all colors. It should blend in rather well!

My Black Friday purchase. I couldn't NOT buy this. Loads of good reviews, under $200.00, and such a lot of fun to be had. One little alphabet font which will be handy. Now I can have the Elna set up for quilting, the Brother SE400 for embroidery and this is my sewing project machine! :) So far it sews very very nicely. Stitches as well as any machine I have ever used.  Yes, it is light, but the rubber stuff under it works. The table is a nice touch! Comes with 8 feet. The spring FM or darning foot is included with the table and 7 other feet including the regular ZZ foot.  The only surprise, and I would have seen this is all the videos I watched if I had paid attention, is that the S/S button doesn't light up! But that is so minor. :)  I like that it has a vertical spool pin! Not that flimsy horizontal one.

Accessories! A nice assortment. I have a generic 32 piece foot set that Brothers seem to fit most all of, so I am set for feet. SO glad to have the 1/4" foot in the generic set and I tried it and it works well on this machine.

It seems hard to find good pictures of the Brother stitches on the machine, so here is the mail set, and the alphabet set.

Below is a nice view of the machine including the spool arrangement. So far I love it!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Ukulele Bag Instructions Finally Posted...

Here's the latest bag, which I have already posted about when finished.  I was asked if I had a pattern. I made my own, and I wrote up the instructions this morning. So decided to add them here.  To see more pictures of the process just see after instructions:

Nope no commercial pattern - here's what I did. I made my own pattern, which I have done a lot for home dec items. 

I laid my uke (and my tenor later on) on my pattern paper - I use tracing paper in a huge roll from an Art Supply online store. Then I trace around the uke liberally so as to give the bag side room without making side panels - some people have made side panels. 

Then I cut two pieces from a nice home dec sort of fabric. My latest was for my son and he picked out heavier outdoor fabric. Then I cut two substantial pieces of batting or even four pieces - two to a side. 

Then I cut two layers for a pocket, and sew them with two pieces of batting also. I quilt the pocket and finish the sides and top. I sew the pocket to the front of the quilted bag before assembling bag. Use a piece of VELCRO made for a fabric closure - Joann's has these - they set in 24 hours and they really work. They are oval and I have used them three times now. Once on a satin wedding bag and twice on uke bags. 

I quilt the back and the front of the bag, which is a heavy job on some fabrics but my machine has AcuFeed and it works well. I make a strap from a wide piece of fabric and some batting, folding over the two layers on one side and then folding the other side over and sewing in the middle. 

Then I sew half the bag, so putting in the zipper goes better. Next step is sew in zipper, making sure you can open it from the outside! Ask me why I stress that. OH - the longer that zipper the better - I used a 24 or 26" - depending on what I can find at JA's. Son picked hot orange for the zipper this time and he picked a zipper that opens on both ends - that's kind of cool actually when inserted. 

After sewing in the zipper, sew the open seams left to enclose zipper ends. Top stitch the fabric down on the zipper at the zipper sides so the zipper stays in place to the outside.

Then sew on strap carefully so you don't sew the bag shut side to side (again ask why I stress that)....and there you have it! 

I hope I didn't miss a step - I don't think I did. 

Happy uke bag making!!!!  

And again....

Soprano in bag. I think of a CASE as being a hard case, so have to remember to call these bags.  

Saturday, October 28, 2017

What's Under the Gidget I and Gidget II Tables and Holding up My Machines....

I was asked that questions because it would seem people think the little chain and screw assembly is the only thing holding up machines in the drop down table on the Gidget I and II. Not so. This is a photo essay on the subject....note the metal tubing underneath....

First pictures are the heavier Gidget II...

Then the rest are the Gidget I. You may notice I don't adjust the chains....I just don't use them. I use the tables for a couple different machines, so adjusting the chains for each is a pain - I sit them on various books and boards and sometimes a Janome Muffling Mat as well.  :)

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Vintage Pattern Dress and Tenor Uke Case#2...

Finished the tenor ukulele case for my son. Turned out well! LOVE the fabric he chose and that hot orange zipper adds pizzazz for sure!  Meanwhile I did finish the brown Simplicity Dress from Simplicity 1284.   The pictures aren't that great but I will add one here.  The reunion was swell! Very much fun and saw old friends. The dress was well worth making and it was very comfy. finished it was not apparent that it is a vintage style - it is timeless and I may sew it again! This little picture is the best even though I took several in the motel I was sure would be good. At any rate - this pattern is a winner! It would also make good sleepwear, and a tunic as well. A nice top pattern I think. Unfortunately the pictures do not show the nice seaming on the bodice-sleeve but it turned out very nicely.  I add a picture of the seaming because that *IS* the style feature.  Now that those two projects are done, I can move back to the Shirt Quilt. I purchased red flannel fabric from Missouri Star for the backing. I do love a flannel backing on a quilt. So now with the wool batting and the flannel backing, when this comes to fruition it should be a nice warm quilt. :)  The It's Always Autumn raglan tee is up next and then I have planned a 60" table runner for my coffee table out of some remnants of the lighter prettier fabrics I have mostly in several pastel type of shades or maybe a bit deeper, anyway lighter!  And then, maybe one of these years I will get to another Asian quilt! I do have a large bin of Asian print fabrics for Asian quilts and really love those fabrics!  Right now I think another scrappy quilt is in the works back in the brain as well. It's such a dark, murky, cobweb-filled area back in the planning-what-to-sew-next stacks of my brain....:)

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Ironing Board Cover in the Midst of Other Projects...

After a discussion on PatternReview of small irons, I was motivated to get out my small table ironing board, make it a new cover and pad, and get myself the little Sunbeam Travel Iron. The topic was actually the little Clover Iron, but I had that and never used it - very awkward and got too hot. This little Sunbeam iron heats up fast and is so darn cute! Since i am a Sunbeam iron gal anyway, this works!   So, I pieced the rest of the home dec curtain-uke case fabric I had left and made the cover, edging it with elastic after serging it - also made a pattern so I can make other covers. For padding I used two layers of left over Hobbs cotton batting. I can pull it a little tighter than shows in the photo, and I love this combo. This means that when I sit and piece blocks, I can turn around and iron them. :)   The iron really gets hot, so be careful! It has a really long cord - 8 feet! I think that may be as long as my regular iron! If not longer.

In the meantime I have three other projects in the works: the vintage dress, the ukulele case for DS, and the Shirt Quilt. But a detour is sometimes needed.