3-D embroidered leaves for fall

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I love the Fall time of year. I love the textures and colors. I saw the leaf applique picture and was inspired to make an embroidery that would create the look of Fall to almost anything from purses to hems, to necklines. Be the designer!

A few years ago I made a video that shows some advanced concepts in machine embroidery  One of the concepts on the video was how to digitize cut work applique using the Singer Futura software. If you do not have the software you can still embroider the leaves. I will put the design on my web page for you to enjoy.

If you do not have a Futura with FHE format and need another format let me know. Email me at jenny@jennys-sewing-studio.com

If you need help understanding your embroidery machine I do teach sewing machine and embroidery machine classes. Follow the link.

 

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Singer Sewing and Embroidery machines

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I have several students who are always looking for a new sewing machine and yes, I still sell a few sewing machine models for Singer. 

You should be able buy a very nice Singer sewing and embroidery machine for under $1200.00. The Singer Futura XL580 is what I now use for everything and I love the machine for all kinds of sewing and embroidery. Must have features for a sewing machine include a front drop in bobbin, needle up and down, electronic speed control, easy threading, an easy buttonhole and lots of decorative stitches are also pluses. A custom bed extension can be purchased for any machine and is nice to have. The ease of electronic stitch selection is a must and good lighting helps a lot. The machine will last for many years and is a major life investment.

Here are links to Singer machines and  video that show the operation and features of several sewing machines.

I carry a Singer Legacy line of sewing and embroidery machines. The nice thing about Singer is the on-line video instruction that you can watch to learn what your machine can do. Please click on the video links if you are interested. I have the sewing machine version Singer C440. and the sewing and embroidery version Singer SE300

I have recently added the Used Singer Studio embroidery only S10

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House moving on the eastern shore

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     When I was little, my dad was in the house moving business with his dad. It was very dangerous work. Route 13 was expanding and some houses along the new road were moved to make room. I was too small to understand where or when but I do remember what my dad did. Recently I came across some pictures of the “jobs” as they were called and thought I would share some history with you. I know there is still house moving going on, they moved the Hatteras  light house years ago. I remember after hurricane Hazel the phone rang and rang with people needing houses put back on foundations and trees being sawed and moved. I also saw them show how house moving was done on the history channel. I can not imagine seeing this done today. It was very specialized work and physics was a must. Here are some pictures to share of a tastee freez being moved, a ferry being moved, a large houses, being sawed in half and moved. The house had to fit on the street or go over a bridge as it was being moved and power and phone lines had to be pulled so the houses did not interfere, it was quite a feat. Most of these homes and businesses were large structures. Sometimes roofs came off before they were moved.  My grandfather, James Edward Friedel and my dad C Gray Friedel did all this. Today we just tear it down and start again.

This has nothing to do with sewing but I wanted to document my memories…

 

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Crepe Myrtle Paradise in Salisbury, MD

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Come to Salisbury, MD right now and you will see beautiful Crepe myrtles blossoms everywhere. These flowering trees are found in Red, Pink, Lavender, Purple and Rose, are chiefly known for their colorful and long-lasting flowers which occur in summer. I want to share pictures of these lovely trees that make a hot, hot summer bearable. 

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Circular Stitcher

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If you have ever seen my sewing you know I love decorative stitching. I have made trims and borders and used decorative stitching on smocking and heirloom sewing. One of my favorite tools to use is the circular stitcher. I have included some pictures to show you what I mean. I keep a Pinterest account to store all those creative ideas I see. If you have a creative use for the circular stitcher let me see it. If you have a Singer here is a link to the stitcher you can purchase.

Remember to stabilize the fabric before you try decorative stitching. A good choice is Fuse and Tear.  The stabilzer keeps the circle from good astray and the stitches from puckering.

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Beginner Sewing at Jenny’s Sewing Studio

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Recently Lilly took my beginning sewing class in Salisbury, MD.  Sewers start with learning to thread the machine, sew seams and pivot at corners. Lilly learned the 5/8″ seam and the quarter inch seam and how the back tack. She made a pin cushion and a zipper pouch to keep her small sewing equipment in. In the next lesson I showed her how to read the pattern and cut out an apron that had a lot of sewing technique. Lilly learned marking, pressing, trimming, clipping, controlled gathers, sewing on a patch pocket, making a narrow top stitched hem, a facing and a casing. I sewed an apron along with Lilly and made it for my mom. Here are the pictures.  Come and learn to sew, follow the link to enroll.

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Personalized Sewn Memories

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I recently had one of my former students contact me about making her some pillows. I usually do not sew for people but this was a special case. Her husband was a partner in my brother’s firm and had passed away about one month after Gerald. She has gathered about 25 shirts from her husbands closet and wanted them sewn into pillows to give as a memory to her grand children and her husband’s mother.  It was an unusual request but I was surprised that Pinterest had a whole section on memory pillows made from shirts.

I looked up many ideas but decided on a few pictures for inspiration. I am going to pipe the pillow edges and use the machine to write her husbands name and birthday in the strips of a rail fence quilt square design. Another great idea is a pillow wrap as pictured here.

If you would like to try a pillow I give a one on one class on how to make the pillow with piping. The piping foot is available for most machines. If you would like to sew the patchwork, I also sell the 1/4″ foot.

Below find some very creative ideas.

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Learn to Fit class

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If you have ever sewn your own clothes you know that fitting is the main issue most sewers have to over come when making a brand new dress or jacket or pair of pants.  I have had many requests to teach pattern making and for the sewer to make their own patterns they need to understand fit.

In 2 -3 hour classes Jenny’s Sewing Studio will teach you to fit patterns. Get that perfect custom fit. You will use McCall 6901 basic fitted pattern. In class fit and sew a gingham basic fit dress to use as a base for future sewing pattern fit and design. You should be able to fit most dresses and shirts with skills learned in class.

In the first lesson bring McCall’s M2718 pattern and your 1/4″ check gingham in a pastel color. I will measure you and help you make all pattern adjustments. Cutting and marking the fabric will be done as time allows. Make sure you wear something form fitting to class so measurements can be taken over the leggings or leotard.

In the 2nd lesson we will sew and fit the pattern to create the perfect fit. A new pattern will be created as a reference for future sewing. This is an intermediate class and not designed for the beginner sewer.

Perfect Pant fit will also be available. Since these are one on one classes you can choose the best time to take the class.  In 2 -3 hour classes Jenny’s Sewing Studio will teach you to fit a pant pattern. Get that perfect custom fit. You will use McCall 6901 basic fitted pattern.

In the first lesson bring McCall’s 6901 pattern and enough muslin and some sewing thread to create a fitting shell. I will measure you and help you make all pattern adjustments. Cutting and marking and sewing the muslin will be done as time allows. Make sure you wear something form fitting to class so measurements can be taken over the leggings or leotard.

You will need to cut out your new pants so we can construct a perfect fitting pair of pants in lesson 2. This is an intermediate class and not designed for the beginner sewer.

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