Hat Hoop news for the Futura

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A few weeks ago one of my Futura students recommended the Hat Hoop as a way to embroider hats. I ordered a hoop from hathoop.com . Today while the weather was terrible, I tried the hoop and will show you my test results in a video. The embroidery was not perfect, in fact my placement was way too high. The embroidery needed to be closer to the brim. One of the factors could have been the type of hat I was using, it had a very low profile. High front profile hats are much easier to embroider because they give you more broader embroidery area. I was also not really registering in my brain how my template was placed on the hat. (Senior moment) I should have tried on the hat with the template pinned in place for a true view.  If it was not right, I needed to move the design down in the software, save and reprint a template to pin on and try again. Here is the video!

The hoop works by removing the inside hoop and placing the hat hoop inside the hoop instead. I transferred the notch markings from my inside hoop to the hat hoop.

I hooped sticky paper and then scored the release sheet to prepare the hoop for embroidery. The hat was positioned on the sticky paper using a template and the brim was clamped in place. Carefully pull the hat and hoop on the machine to embroider.

The printed template will give you placement of the design on the hat. I used and awl to punch holes in the template at the center mark and on the cross marks. You can connect the dots for a better view. I draw the cross hairs from the top hoop in permanent ink on the sticky paper.  Align the centering marks on the hat with the drawn marks on the sticky paper.

I have given you  a square 4″ outline embroidery to use with design sizing and placement. The hoop has a 5″ hole so the outline design gives you a 1 inch margin from the edges so you do not strike the hoop and break a needle while embroidering.  When you embroider your hat just skip the 1st color so you do not sew the square.

I am also giving you my monogram embroidery design which you can edit with your own monogram using advanced editing.

Do not forget I carry Peel and Stick which is perfect for stabilizing you hat project. I have already decided I am making everyone a Monogrammed hat for Christmas next year.

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Hat hoops for all embroidery machines

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Do you ever feel like a mushroom, hidden away in darkness wondering where was I? Today I had a very enlightening class with a student learning the Singer Futura XL400. She has been working with her Futura for some time and found a hathoop web site that makes hoops for the XL400 and all current model Futura. That was exciting. The web site is hathoop.com

I have ordered a hoop for my Quintet and plan to make a video on how I would use the hat hoop on my Singer Futura. I will let you know next week how I do with my hat.

Hathoop has hoops for most home embroidery machine so if you are in need of a hat hoop, this is the place to shop.

If you need sticky paper for your hat hoop project shop Jenny’s Sewing Studio at this link.

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Mom’s 95th birthday tea party

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Today, February 24th 2017 was a perfect 74 degree day for mom’s birthday party. I had a tea party for her.  We started with champagne. Chamber music was provided by Jim Ressegger.

We had cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches,  chicken salad , deviled eggs, scones, clotted creme, lemon curd, strawberry jam, cherry cheese cakes, Amaretto Cake, pickles and olives and hot tea. It was a feast and there were no diets today. After a chocolate birthday cake, Mom got a year’s worth of Chick filet gift cards and could not be happier. Here are the pictures for you to enjoy.

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Learn to use your Sewing Machine to it’s fullest

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Have you  recently upgraded or purchased a new sewing machine for the first time? Even if you are an experienced sewer you should take the time to learn what features come with your new machine. Jenny’s Sewing Studio offers a 2 hour class on machine instruction and since these classes are one on one, they can be scheduled most afternoons during the week and weekend.

Most new machines will do zig-zag, blind hem, mending stitches, buttonholes, and some decorative stitches. I personally like electronic machines since stitch selection is automatic. I also recommend a machine that has a front drop in bobbin since it is much easier to operate.

Accessories and sewing machine feet make your sewing machine have additional strengths. Take a look at some pieces Jenny’s Sewing Studio offers. You may consider them for your machine.

The walking foot helps keep layers even and feed together as you see. Consider the walking foot for top stitching and quilting. I always use the walking foot to sew bindings in place.

Seams sew easy is a rather new sewing foot that gives you a gauge for the seam allowance. Place the gauge at 5/8″ for regular sewing or 3/8″ for a top stitch. This foot helps you sew straight and look more professional.

The pearls and piping foot is a real helpful guide. I really like using 1/4″ prepacked piping to make a pillow or finish a lapel. Piping makes the edge turn so much better. Make the piping match or make it contrast. The piping foot keeps you on track when you place the piping in the groove.

A lot of sewers like inserting an invisible zipper. The invisible zipper foot is now a snap on foot. Just press the zipper coil to flatten the curve and use the grooved foot to install the zipper. It is fast and easy.

 

 

 

 

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Make your own Blue Heron wall hanging

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Looking for a fun project for the cold winter months. Here is an idea for a Blue Heron wall quilt. I was inspired by a Baby Lock article on the wall quilt they made using an embroidery and sewing machine. I also found a free Singer Blue Heron embroidery that can be used in  “other brand machines”.  I even found clip art you can use to auto digitize you own embroidery. I posted the project page on my web site and here is the link to all 3 projects.  If you need to convert and save a design here is a link to the free Compucon EOS viewer format conversion tool. Interested in Compucom embroidery software? Here is a link to read about Compucon products and watch video.

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Year of the Rooster

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It is the year of the Rooster in the Chinese calendar. One of my vendors sent me a lovely Chinese calendar which I have displayed proudly and of course my new Mahjong card is also marked with the year of the Rooster. I am looking forward to all good things this year. I copied the following internet explaination about the year of the Rooster. Enjoy!

“According to the Chinese calendar, we are entering the Year of the Rooster in 2017. Here are five things to know about the zodiac sign:

Each year, the Chinese calendar assigns an animal from a rotating zodiac of 12 animals. The 12 animals cycle through rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. 2016 was the Year of the Monkey. Apart from 2017, the Year of the Rooster includes the years 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005 and 2029.

2017 is a Fire Rooster Year. According to Chinese astrology, each year is associated with one of five elements as well as an animal, including gold (metal), wood, water, fire or Earth. The element, combined with the zodiac animal, set the astrology for the year. This year is a fire year, and so those born in 2017 are Fire Roosters. The last Fire Rooster Year was 1957.

Famous Roosters include Beyoncé, Bob Marley, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears and Jennifer Aniston. Famous Fire Roosters include Stephen Fry, Steve Buscemi and Hans Zimmer.

Roosters are characterized as observant and hardworking. Active and talkative, Roosters tend to enjoy social events and being in the center of attention, according to Chinese astrology. They also typically enjoy sports, according to traits set by the astrology.

2017 is set to be unlucky for Roosters, according to Chinese astrology, because being in the year of one’s birth sign does not bode well. Chinese astrology dictates that Roosters will have to monitor their money and health extra carefully. However, when it comes to love, Roosters truly in love are advised to get married. Those in dead-end relationships should consider breaking up, according to the astrology.”

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Planning a luncheon Tea at Jenny’s

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The Tea Party idea all started when I visited a friend of mine and she had a beautiful teapot collection.  I said wouldn’t it be nice to have a luncheon tea for my mom’s 95th birthday party! The idea was born and I have been planning ever since. I started a tea party Pinterest folder to hold the ideas I find.

The day to have the tea was a given so I planned the invitation first.  I will invite 12 including my mom and me. I asked everyone to wear the Sunday best and explained it was an adult only occasion. Yes, we will serve alcohol. I picked a champagne cooler to make everyone feel good right away. 

The food is almost as important as the tea. My friends and I have decided on cream cheese, dill, lemon and cucumber sandwiches. I am also going to have chicken salad. A friend is making a birthday cake to celebrate 95 years.  Along with various nuts, chocolates, mints, pickles, olives, cheeses I think we will have a nice lunch. Everyone will be seated at the decorated table.

The tea I am going to serve will be 100% natural orange pekoe and pekoe cut black tea. I will pour hot tea. Each person can flavor with sugar and cream and lemon.  Guests will also have 2-3 tea choices to brew. The picture shows the organdy bags that hold the flavored tea that has been decorated as favors for each guest.

After we serve the cake and sing Happy Birthday, I though we would move to the living room to open presents and play a few games. I have a special door prize for a few lucky guests. I am going to make some pocket tea carriers for the purse similar to those on my blog. If I am lucky I will have my friend play his viola too.

The party will be fun and something mom can remember.

 

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