Fabric Purses and Wallets

June 20th, 2014
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I have been having fun creating quilted fabric wallets and purses along with my Hancock students.  I keep finding fabrics that inspire me and the next thing you know, I am quilting fabric to make another custom gift for some lucky friend.

The fabric wallet and purse are great beginner projects and are so easy to do I recommend anyone who would like to explore sewing again to spend a day trying these projects. The first thing we do in class is pick out the fabric and trim. Next we mark and quilt the fabric using the walking foot. I give everyone a free pattern and we use this guide to draw the cutting lines on the quilted fabric. After we cut out the pieces the edges are serged to give a nice finished look. I provide the serger for you to use. Next we spend the remaining class time constructing the pockets and inserting the zippers and handles and trim. by the time you leave class you have a finish purse or wallet.

 

Hope to see you in class soon.

 

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September 2014 marks our latest Futura 2 day seminar

June 14th, 2014
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September 13th and 14th I will offer our next Singer Futura 2 day seminar. As a beginning embroidery student learn to stabilize and position your embroidery. See how you can find embroidery on the internet, download and load the designs into your computer. We start out the class by making files and learning how to categorize and store your embroidery, what embroidery formats you can use and how to copy and paste files so you can find them later. We will then use a printed template to position and sew out a design. Next we will explore the functions of the basic Singer Futura embroidery software.

Class is scheduled for Saturday 10am till 5pm. Learn to use auto punch and the lettering options. Make your own monogram and embroider it out. Next learn to do a auto punch embroidery. If you have the endless hoop we will use it, if not we will work with templates to create continuous borders.

To enroll call Hancock in Salisbury, MD at 410-677-3461. Hope to see you there!

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Private one on one lessons with Jenny

May 18th, 2014
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Sewing Machine 05Many customers have asked me to do private lessons. My schedule is very full so that is why I must ask for certain procedures to be used when you wish to schedule private classes with me. No phone calls, please inquire about topic and times by email. Also tell me your sewing machine make and model and your sewing experience and sewing problems and times you wish to meet so I can be prepared for you. I can call you if you will give me several call times available and a phone number.

Email is Jenny@jennys-sewing-studio.com

This is instruction, not sewing machine repair, alterations or a fix it session. I can help you understand how to use a sewing machine or a serger, but it should be in good working order. I might be able to get you out of trouble on a sewing machine error but that information should be explained in your email to me before we schedule a session.

lesson.jpgYou want to learn to use your machine, embroidery software I am familiar with, or you have issues with sewing construction, sewing attachments like rufflers and hemmers, measurement and fitting, or even crochet.. you can schedule a one on one class with Jenny at her small shop at home in Salisbury, MD. Space is restricted, so give me your need and I will see if it can be addressed. All students will need to supply a sewing machine and all sewing supplies, threads and fabrics needed to complete the session. This session is scheduled in advance with Jenny for a specific date and time. Class will be held at 1030 South Schumaker Dr in Salisbury, MD. Jenny will offer a “one on one class for 1 hour increments for one person”. If you need more time than scheduled, however many hours you need, please schedule the session for your needs. Instruction is by appointment only and payment is made in advance through this internet shopping cart. You can leave me notes in comments or email before you enroll as to what you want to learn and how long you want to take. ( No phone calls please. Leave me your phone number and a time to call you and I will try return a call to you.) Once I set aside time for your class, it is nonrefundable. Questions? Email me first for an appointment time agreement. jenny@jennys-sewing-studio.com. Please allow at least 2 weeks in advance for a scheduled date. Please note that the class hour starts at the hour you schedule, so if you are late, you will lose the late minutes scheduled in your hour. Remember all payments are made first, before you attend and are non-refundable. To enroll use this link.

Also consider taking a regularly scheduled class at Hancock Fabrics in Salisbury, MD. To enroll at Hancock please call 410 677 3461. Here is a schedule of the classes offered.

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Make a placemat and learn a new Sewing or Quilting Technique

April 17th, 2014
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Placemats- For Beginners and Intermediate sewers. Our placemats will explore many different sewing and quilting techniques. This is a great way to learn binding, strip piecing, use of decorative stitches, free motion quilting, and some placemats will cover the use of your serger. Let’s make some creative mats braid in dayfor each season of the year. The first ½ hour will be used to pick your colors and purchase fabrics. Choose between Braided Mat, Free Motion Mat, Applique mat, Reversible Quilted Mat, Strip Pieced Mat, and Watercolor Mat. Free Pattern for most classes. Take this class again and again to learn a new technique. Fee is $30.00.  See more information on the placemats at this link. To enroll call Hancock at 410-677 3461

Wednesday May 7th 1:30-4:30pm (your choice)
Wednesday May 21st 1:30-4:30pm (Flag serger placemats..Bring your serger)
Wednesday June 25th 1:30-4:30pm (your choice)


easter egg

heart placemat

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Singer Futura Seminars for September 13th and 14th 2014

March 31st, 2014
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DeeEnroll now for the Futura Seminar September 13th and 14th. Limited space so enroll early. The Futura embroidery seminar is held at Hancock fabrics in Salisbury, MD.
Learn to use the base program, lettering, hyper font, auto punch and editing in our 2 day event. I will also cover embroidery placement, stabilizers, hooping technique, information on threads, needles and bobbins. You will make your own monogram too. Bring your machine, laptop loaded and ready to use, scissors, red thread, and sewing and knitting gauge. Make sure you have a mouse and mouse pad too.

Here are students from my  seminar on March 1st and 2nd 2014. Meet Dee, Brenda and Judy!

 

Call Hancock at 410-677-3461 to enroll in my Salisbury, MD class.
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Multihooping using templates

March 3rd, 2014
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hiafutura.jpgWhat is Multi-hooping? When you have a large design layout, you can plan and execute the marking, hooping and embroidering one area at a time to build the large design. A good example would be embroidered borders.  I Multi-hoop using printed design templates. This technique can be done on most embroidery software. If you need a program to print your design template download EOS for free. Open your design, center and print the design at 100% of size.

First center the design.

Print of each design template in your embroidery software.

Tape the printed templates together to form the completed design. This will allow you to visualize the complete size and how much fabric you need.  ( completed Border repeat or Quilt Block, Pillow Case border Belt or Purse Strap etc.)

Using an awl or hohiatemplatemarking.jpgle punch, punch 5 small holes to locate the center. (center, and one on each of the 4 cross hair ends.)

Lay the new and larger template on your fabric and mark the centers and cross hair and connect them to form the design centers.

When hooping the fabric I use sticky paper.  Remove the release sheet after the paper is hooped and mark the cross hair with a permanent marker on the sticky paper. Align the cross hairs of the marked garment with the sticky paper marking.

Here is a video I did a while ago on a quilt block planning using the Futura software . The embroidery multi-hooping technique is pretty much the same no matter which software you use.

Here is a video of the hooping technique using a hoop it all.

See Super Long Hoop it Alls!

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Embroidery on Ribbon and Webbing

February 18th, 2014
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embroidery on ribbonI am sure you have thought about placing lettering and embroidery designs on straps, ribbon, and webbing. I will show you how to do this embroidery technique using tools in the Futura embroidery!  I have used auto punch  and editing and lettering options and show this in a brand new video. Take a look!

A lot of these technique involves sticky paper. We sell “Stick it All” and “Peel and Stick”. Both sticky papers will help you embroider items that can not be hooped. To see technique on stabilizers and hooping read this prior article on design placement.  I have loaded a link for Singer video to watch on proper hooping and stabilizer techniques.

JeanniecropLearn more about using your Futura software in our upcoming Futura Seminar June 21 and 22nd at Jenny’s Sewing Studio in Salisbury, MD. The class is small but I still have 2 seats available. Class is a 2 day event and held at Hancock fabrics. To enroll call Hancock’s at 410-677 3461.

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Placemats Classes and Patterns from Jenny’s Sewing Studio

January 23rd, 2014
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heart appliqueLearning to sew or starting to sew again? I think students can learn to sew and become more confident of their sewing skills with fast and easy projects. I offer a few classes that will help you learn and have some fun with your machine. Some ideas include Fabric Quilted Purse, Strip pieced Wallet, and Sewing for the Home. My newest project class is “Placemats”!

I will create a new Placemat idea and pattern the seasons of the year. Take a class now and take one later to make all the creative applique, patchwork and decorative stitch ideas. My first placemat class is Sunday January 26th from 12:30pm till 4:30pm. We will be creating a valentine applique placemat. Learn to applique, Use your decorative stitches, machine quilt, do strip piecing and do a quilt binding.

heart placematIn  April I will do an Easter Egg placemat. Come and have some fun at Jenny’s Sewing Studio. I will be looking for you.  Here is a link to the patterns and to the class schedule.

easter egg

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