Wednesday, September 26, 2012

LEDs make it all visible!

Just a short post to write a bit of praise for my new 50 LED sewing light! This first picture is the machine with the machine's light and the new LED lamp. You can't see the lamp because it has a completely flexible neck, and I have it positioned in back of the machine. You can see the base of the lamp - just a curved slice viewable through the inner area of the machine at the back on your right. The base is a silver disk. The lamp has a very long name. It is the NewerTech NuGreen Flexible Neck LED Desk Lamp.    After Looking around a lot, and using various OTT lights, which I still like very much, I settled on trying this lamp because of the flexibility.
The base turned out to be wider and heavier than the OTT light bases, which supports the flexibility of the neck well, and the lamp doesn't pitch off a table or over on its side when  you use a stretched position for the light. Another shot here shows the position of the lamp behind the machine - nothing in the way of your fabric or your vision while sewing. I do have a problem in the depth of the area behind my machine though, and am going to have to think of a way to reposition the table a bit for larger projects.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Another Lutterloh Shirt, a Rayon Skirt and Sewing Machine Love...

A finished Lutterloh shirt - the second time around, and this time in a rather flashy Amy Butler print I had purchased on sale a few years back. Here is the original post about the black and white shirt. I didn't alter the pattern, as I like the rather unfitted very early 90s-ness of this pattern. After doing buttonholes and buttons, I am finished running my new machine through its paces. The machine has now finished 8 projects since I got it in June, and now I can put it back to the purpose I bought it for, namely to do my quilting. So, that means finish the binding on the quilt I have already quilted and then get busy on the next quilt!    I also add an illustration of the shirt pattern here for your enjoyment.

Meanwhile, I have also made a rayon skirt on the machine - here is the fabric, but I have no picture of the skirt - it is another second time around Lutterloh pattern, and a simple skirt to make with either two pieces or three if you need to cut two halves of the back to use a small cut of fabric, which is what I did do this time. The rayon is the perfect fabric for this A line skirt. I bought a top with a half cowl neckline to match this shirt. Knit top, tunic actually. Good old Land's End.

I can say that I am seriously happy and satisfied with the Janome Memory Craft 6300.  A few of the things that are different on this machine: you need to turn it on with the presser foot in the down position. I don't know why, but you do. If you don't - it tells you so and tells you to put that foot down and turn it on again. :) Then there is getting used to the knee lift and the thread cutter - neither of which you want to try while the machine is running! Makes sense, but it took me some focus on what I was doing to make this second nature. Running through 8 sewing projects in this little time frame was good for me because I had to do buttonholes, I had to do whatever it took, and the machine is able to flawlessly sew over multiple layers, over delicate fabrics and heavier fabrics, and then turn around and make really nice auto buttonholes! When you have the sensor buttonhole selected (the one where you put the button in the back and it knows how big to make the buttonhole) it automatically cuts the thread for you after the buttonhole. very slick feature! You can also adjust both the density of the buttonhole stitching and the width of each arm (leg? side?)of the buttonhole! WOW.