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As a Martha Pullen licensed sewing teacher I love to learn new sewing techniques and I equally enjoy teaching sewing techniques to others.  You can also find me teaching Bernina Customer Courses at my local Bernina dealer.  In addition, I demonstrate Stampin' Up products.  I am a servant of the Lord of Lords and King of Kings, wife of one, mom of two, and grandma of five.  Welcome to my sewing and crafting studio!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Round Trip Duffle Bag

If you, or somebody you know, needs a BIG duffle
this is the pattern for you!

It is the Round Trip Duffle pattern from Patterns by Annie.

The finished measurements are 12"H x 19.5"W x 7.5"D

The pattern suggests quilting your main fabric, Soft and Stable, and lining fabric
together on a long arm (if you have access to one) before you cut your pattern pieces.

I used a groovy board and quilted mine with my Block Rockit.

When you cut your pattern pieces, be certain to use the little labels that are included.
They help keep all your pattern pieces identified
and they will make your sewing life sew much easier!

There is a nice size slip pocket at each end of the duffle.
That's also where you will add a triangle ring or a D-ring and a swivel snap hook
to attach your shoulder strap.

The shoulder strap also features a slider so you can adjust the length according
to your needs.  To protect your shoulder, the metal slider slips into the
comfortable, padded cover that is part of your shoulder strap.
You also have the option of using the handy carry straps that are attached to each
side of the duffle using rectangle rings.
And when you need to be hands and shoulder free,
you can secure your duffle to your rolling luggage with the handy trolley sleeve
that is sewn to one side of the duffle.

There is a large mesh zipper pocket on one side of the interior,
and handy slip pockets on the opposite side of the interior.
The bottom of the bag is supported by a piece of acrylic, cut to size, that is covered
with a sleeve (an acrylic support pillow case, if you will).
To help keep the bottom exterior of my duffle clean and to help reduce wear,
I added four feet to the underside.
The pattern does not give instructions to do this,
but that is how I prefer to finish a bag this size.
It is easy to add this step, but be certain to do it before
attaching the bottom of the bag to the sides of the bag:
On the exterior of the bag bottom,
mark the desired location of your bag feet (I used four)
If your machine has an eyelet stitch, that's the one to use for this technique.
It looks like the above stitch #62 on my Bernina.
If your sewing machine doesn't have this stitch, that's okay!
Simply draw circles (approx. 1/4" to 3/8" circumference) on the exterior bottom of your bag.
Then use a small zig zag stitch or a triple straight stitch to sew around your marked circles.
Now it's time to clip the circle open.
The easiest way to do this is to fold the bag bottom in half right through the middle of the eyelet,
snip it open with the tip of your scissors - DON'T SNIP THROUGH YOUR STITCHING

Then fold the bag bottom in half the other way and snip so you make an "X" opening.
At this point it is good to add a little seam sealant to the clipped edges.
This is the lining side of my duffle bag bottom.
Insert the prongs of your bag feet so the prongs are on the lining side.
You can add a drop of fabric glue (this one is my favorite)
The prongs will not show on the lining side because your acrylic support will cover them.

Here's a video to give you a closer look at this great pattern:
It's not a quick sew, but I think you will be very pleased with the results
if you give this pattern a try.

Thanks for reading my blog, I appreciate all my readers so very much.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Simplicity 8376 Serger Knit Top

Hello sewers and sergers!

Here is an easy, quick, nice-fitting pattern for your summer tops.
Simplicity 8376 gives many options for pattern hacking.

This one is View 1, the Base Pattern.
It is the perfect pattern for not only new-to-knit sewers,
but also for experienced sewers who might be new to using an overlocker.

You do not have to sew this on a serger/overlocker,
but the pattern and the overlocker make a perfect pair.

If you are in the local area, I'm teaching this as a Baby Lock Serger event
at Wimmers in Layton on Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
My Silhouette Cameo teaching friend, Dana,
will be joining me to show you how to add a monogram to your top.

Price of admission includes
your fabric (the fabric has a beautiful drape - it is viscose and spandex),
vinyl monogram, lunch, and lots of fun.

We will discuss knit fabric choices,

I will give you tips for matching stripes,

we will attach a self-fabric neck band,

and we will stitch the entire top using Baby Lock sergers.

Okay, let's go sew some new summer tops.

Thanks for visiting.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Heirloom Technique Serger Quilt

March Serger Club is almost upon us!
This is the project we will be working on this month.

It is chock full of serger techniques:
from puffing, to bridging insertion, to easy pull-thru spaghetti straps,
to wave tucks,
and wave piping,
to flip and serge quilting, and finally, binding!

Whew!  That's a lot of techniques in one project.
If you live in the Layton or Ogden area, please join me for this fun class.
You can register at either the Layton or Ogden Wimmers Sewing locations.

Class days and time are as follows:
Session I:  Wednesday, March 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Ogden
- or -
Session I:  Wednesday, March 28 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Layton

Session II:  Wednesday, April 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Ogden
- or -
Session II:  Wednesday, April 4 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Layton

I hope to see you there, but if you are not local,
you can find this project on the Baby Lock Love of Knowledge site.

Thank you so much for visiting.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The Valentine Dress That Is, and the Blog Post That Almost Was

Happy February, sewing friends!
This is McCall's 7186.
My intent was to blog a review of this one in late January.
My photographer has been traveling out of town extensively, so no pics.
Perhaps a photography session will take place near the end of the month
when we are both in town.
Until then, this is my only picture of this close-fitting knit beauty.
Sorry for the teaser, but there will be a full post toward the end of February.

For those of you who are machine embroiderers,
here is some cute inspiration:

This little ornithological creation is an in-the-hoop design from Pickle Pie Designs.
I used inexpensive felt from Hobby Lobby.
Clear vinyl was used for the cute little peek-a-boo-belly heart window.
I put the jelly beans in their own little clear bags and heat sealed them closed
before they became part of the owls' abdominal contents.

On the back there is a lapped closure in which to insert sweet treats.

It doesn't show up so great in these photos, but I used glitter felt for the eyes.

I appreciate the time you spend reading my blog.
Thank you so much for stopping by.

Have a l❤vely Valentine's Day.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Free Machine Embroidery Download - Valentine Coasters

If you are looking for a sweet, quick, and FREE Valentine accent for your home,
or for a gift, head on over to Creative Machine Embroidery Magazine
Do hurry, though.
The free download expires February 28, 2018.
The instructions are in the January/February 2018 issue.
The design will fit in a 5 x 7 hoop,
but I wanted to stitch out two coasters at a time,
so I chose to use the 8 x 8 hoop on my Baby Lock Alliance.
I used embroidery software to copy and paste a second coaster.
As you can see in the above photo, I did have to turn each design
slightly to fit both of them inside the hoop.
Because I pretty much "squished" two coasters into this hoop,
I cut the batting and main fabric piece at 5 x 7 inches,
which is smaller than indicated in the instructions;
but they still covered the placement line.
Once the front of the heart is stitched out,
two 4 x 7 inch fabric pieces are placed face down on top of
the stitched out heart (I used low tack tape to hold them in place).
The outline of the heart will then stitch them in place,
you will remove the entire design from the hoop,
trim around the heart, and turn it right side out.
The instructions suggest using pinking shears
to trim around the heart, and I highly recommend doing just that.
They add the perfect 'clip' marks so your heart turns easily with nice, smooth edges.

There is one misprint in the instructions:
The third bullet point under PREPARE on page 21 of the magazine
instructs you to fold the short edge of one 4 x 7 rectangle toward the wrong side -
in actuality, you should fold the long (7") edge of the 4 x 7 rectangle
toward the wrong side and press.
I recommend using a press cloth over the embroidery.
Some embroidery threads could melt or discolor under direct contact with the iron.

A beautiful stemmed glass (purchased for $4.50 at a local vintage shop)
and a lovely Valentine coaster make my morning cranberry juice that much sweeter!

With much l💙ve, thank you for reading my blog.