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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!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Sew House Seven Toaster Sweater

It is challenging for me to find a comfortable, well-fitting sweatshirt in ready to wear.
The Toaster Sweater pattern by Sew House Seven fills that void in my winter wardrobe.
The style lines are such that it is comfortable without being overly bulky.
I like that it is semi-fitted, which is hard to find in a ready to wear sweatshirt.
The self fabric ribbing panel at the bottom helps the shirt stay in place,
which is necessary because this top falls just at or below the hip bones.
The funnel neck can be worn up as shown in this photo,
it can be "slouched",
or it can be doubled over itself.
I like having options.
With the extra long cuff on the sleeves,
I can wear them long (over my hand just past my wrist) on those chilly days;
or I can easily push up the sleeves and they stay up.
The pattern features dolman sleeves, which make the sweatshirt extra comfortable.
The forest green hemp French terry fabric from Fancy Tiger Crafts
is a perfect pairing with this pattern.
I'm anxious to sew up another Toaster Sweater in some stretch velour in taupe/cream
that I just ordered from StyleMaker Fabrics.

I stitched the entire sweater on my Baby Lock Serger, no sewing machine required.
(If you don't have cover hem capabilities on your serger,
you will need to use a sewing machine for the topstitching.)

Thank you for visiting.
Please leave a comment about your thoughts or questions.
I really enjoy hearing from my readers.

Have a blessed day.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Why I Like to Sew with byAnnie Patterns

I'm a bit of an eclectic sewer.
I like to stitch up a number of different types of sewing projects.
I wish I could just focus on one type of sewing,
for instance garments, home dec, children's clothing, bags, etc.
But that's not me.
I like to sew it all!!!
Because that is my personality, I appreciate the options that I get with the byAnnie patterns.
Their patterns are:
Well Written
Easy to Follow
Have Helpful Illustrations
(and sometimes video links)
In addition to those great qualities,
some of their patterns also include instructions for smaller
items to coordinate with the featured project.
The Trinkets and Treasures pattern has instructions for three different size organizers
and it also includes instructions for these separate organizer "pods" that can be
stored in the featured organizer case - or not.
Are you a focused sewist?
Are you an eclectic sewist?
I would enjoy hearing from you.
Please leave a comment in the section below.

Thank you for visiting my blog.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Basic Serger Pillow with Hidden Zipper Closure

Happy Fall, sewing friends!
It's time to start sewing for Christmas!
This is the October serger project that I am teaching
at our local Baby Lock/Husqvarna Viking dealer.

The pillow cover itself is just a basic, simple, no-frills cover.
The fun part is learning how to serge the hidden zipper closure.
Since very few supplies and fabric are required,
this makes a perfect inexpensive but heartfelt gift.
Once you learn the basics, the possibilities are endless.
So many options are available for personalizing this serger project.
The front of the pillow cover could be embellished with embroidery (machine or hand),
the front could be made from a large quilt block,
or the front could be made from a pre-printed block.
Sew many possibilities!
This is a serger only class, no sewing machine needed.

If you are in the local area, here's your invitation to join the fun:
WHEN:  Wednesday, October 27, 2017
TIME:  9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. @ the Ogden Wimmer's Sewing & Vacuum
- OR -
             1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. @ the Layton Wimmer's Sewing & Vacuum
Please stop by the store to sign up so we know how many kits to make.

Thanks so much for reading my blog.
I love to hear from you, please leave a comment.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Autumn Burlap Serger Wreath

Happy Sunday, sewing friends!
Autumn is quickly approaching here in the U.S.,
that is, according to the calendar, not the weather

But before you know it, it will be Fall,
the weather will be cool and crisp,
and we will be celebrating God's good harvest

What better way to welcome in the new season than with a beautiful wreath

I will begin teaching Baby Lock serger classes locally at both Wimmer's locations
(Layton and Ogden) in September
This is the first project we will complete with our sergers

We will use either a 3 thread overlock stitch or the wave stitch,
which is exclusive to Baby Lock, to finish the edges of the burlap
(I used the wave stitch on my sample)

And we will make our own wire-edged ribbon from these lovely autumn colored fabrics.

After adding various floral picks and signage, we will go home with a gorgeous new wreath.

Are you beginning to plan for a seasonal change in decorating?
Share with us what is your favorite item to change up during the seasonal changes.

Thank you for spending some time with me today, friends.  Have a terrific week.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

A Place for Everything Jewelry Findings Organizer

Hi sewing friends!
I received a custom request from a jewelry maker for an organizer
for her jewelry findings and supplies.
We started with the A Place for Everything pattern
and my client made several clever change requests.

One major change was to ditch the fabric handle and use something more durable
(I chose marine vinyl for its durability and ease of cleaning, plus it looks like leather)
The pattern instructs attaching the handle at the other end (the spine) of the organizer
If the handle is attached as instructed,
then the organizer can't stand up like a little suitcase because the zipper is in the way.
As per my client's request, I attached the handles to the side front and back.
That makes a lot more sense.

The inside of the organizer has 2 removable "pages" or inserts,
which have vinyl and zipper pockets on the front side,
and which stack on top of each other and are secured in place by hook and loop tape.

My client requested 4 "pages" instead of 2, and she also requested vinyl and zipper pockets on the front and the back side of each insert. 
I suggested to her that she would not be able to stack all those inserts in the organizer at one time once she had the pockets filled.
She was okay with that as she did not plan to use them all at once,
but would interchange them as necessary. 
That was a LOT of vinyl pockets and zippers.
Her request gave her soooooo much storage.

The spine of the organizer has a sleeve that houses an acrylic insert (like the one in this bag ).  Thanks DH for your help with that.
There are mesh pockets on the inside front and back cover of the organizer.

I hope my client gets many years of use out of her new organizer.

Thank you V for allowing me to help your vision come to life.

If you are in the market for an organizer, give this pattern a try,
I don't think you will be disappointed.
It does have a lot of materials cost and many hours of time,
but the finished result is so worth the investment.

Thank you for stopping by today friends.