Wednesday, March 26, 2008

I am still working on the patches. The last try didn't do what I wanted. After a visit to my favorite sewing store I decided to trim around the outline and then put a thin line of seam sealant. Next I put a thin line of satin stitch and then I am going around it with a wider line of satin stitch. I am watching it sew now and waiting to see the result. The only down side I see to this method is the seam sealant really gunks up your needle.

I spent a little time working on my bag that I started months ago. I trimmed all the pockets with bias made from the lining material. I sewed the inside pockets on one side and sewed dividers to make more pockets of different sizes. I have one pocket to put on the opposite side of the lining and one for the outside of the bag. I need to work on some digitizing and maybe then I can at least sew on those pockets tonight.
Sew Long for Now!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Patches revisted. I tried a different method with the patches to minimize the thread hairs. I sewed the patch outline on the material and cut away stabilizer. Next, I took this out of the hoop and cut as close as possible to the stitch line. I set up my hoop with sticky back stabilizer and then sewed the outline of the patches on it. I next placed the cut out parts of the patches within the border of the outline stitch on the sticky back stabilizer. I started the machine and it began to sew. It has cut down on the threads sticking out of the satin stitch, but there are still some. I am going to try sewing the satin border a second time around and see what happens.

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Yesterday saw no sewing here. Today I made an effort to work on these patches for 4H. They ended up to be more of a challenge than I thought. I am having a hard time with thread hairs. You know those tiny hairs that stick out after you sew around the edges. I tried burning them off with a stencil burner, that did not work. I am trying to trim them off, it doesn't look so good. I am thinking that I may have to either put no fray on after trimming the shape, before sewing the finished edge. Maybe I will have to put wonder under or something similar on the fabric before using? What does that Dyson commercial say about thousands of prototypes before he got the vaccum to work? Off to try more things.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Another successful day! I actually got something done. I went to Joann's and got material to make patches for the 4H, material to make a bag for a lady, and yarn to work on a crochet project I want to finish. I also embroidered a shirt for a lady! Tomorrow I hope to work on those 30 patches I need to do.

Sew Long for Now!

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Monday, March 10, 2008

I am tired, but happily reporting that I found time to hem three pairs of jeans for our youngest son today! That mending pile is going down!

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Sunday, March 09, 2008

I knew this past week would not find me with any more spare time. I didn't get a lot of sewing done, so that was not what kept me busy. My weeks seem to be filled with working part-time, lessons with the children, housekeeping, and running errands. I really want to find time to fit in sewing, but lately it just isn't happening. I did spend time on Friday working on that mending pile. I repaired two pair of long johns, a skirt, and a shirt. On Saturday the General worked on repairing a stool to my vanity. My vanity is over 60's year old. We were given it 19 years ago. Sometime in the last 10 years the stool broke and it has never been fixed. While he had it apart I recovered the top because the padded seat's material had ripped. I have never done much home dec type sewing. I didn't even have to sew this. Don't ever look at the bottom of that seat! It looks nice on the top, but what I did to the bottom, let's just say I am not an upholsterer. I covered the seat in a tone on tone beige home dec fabric some one gave me. I like the look of it and I think I may replace the curtain in our bedroom with that material since it looks so nice. I have lots of left over fabric. I really want to work on finishing the mending pile this week. I also want to finish my new bag that I have never finished. I would like to make some new napkins for our use. I would like to make some bags to take shopping so I could cut down on my use of plastic. I need to finish embroidering 30 patches for 4H. I may have to embroidery a shirt for some one. Let's see if I can get myself in gear this week. Being up at 12:27 and unable to sleep is not going to bode well for the upcoming week!
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Sunday, March 02, 2008

Another week has gone by. I completed the pants. I made curtains to match the above room. Princess Capt. Kitty wanted a new room for her birthday. Lime green walls, aqua blue trim and lavendar curtains. It actually doesn't look too bad in real life. We found that great bedspread at Walmart that had all the colors she wanted in it. We finally finished our FPU class, so now I may have a bit more time in my days. (ROFLOL) I got none of the mending pile done. We did start cleaning the laundry room and basement yesterday. There was a leak and a pipe had to be fixed so it did not all get finished. The weather is lovely today and when The General comes home we will go outside and spend some time!

Sew Long for Now!