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.
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.
My mom is modeling the beautiful Spring day and the lovely flowers. This picture was taken May 2nd and the roses are lovely. The hydrangea are budding and the rhododendron are blooming. The weather has been lovely this week except for the wind. We are in for a big storm this weekend so I wanted to share the lovely flowers before they were tormented by the storm. If only Spring could last!
Since I live with my mom she has ruled the roost, no pets. To compensate I made a stuffed cat which is made from a soft velour. The cat has rhinestone eyes and I embroidered a cute face on it to remind me of a previous real pet cat. The stuffed black cat does not replace a cat pet but it is the next best thing. No litter box, no fur, no cat bites or scratches on furniture are found. The stuffed cat does not purr, meow or do cart wheels when I drag a feather on a string in front of it. My stuffed pet just sits in a chair and watches over us and smiles. My stuffed cat will do for now. If you want to share the pattern of my stuffed cat pet, here is the link.
My favorite embroidery is monochromatic. I think the 2 color scheme makes my embroidery more fashionable and much easier to blend into my wardrobe. My favorite color combo is black and white. Many years ago I created this wonderful purse. I have made many versions of this handbag since. The flap is the key to the design. I created this embroidery to fit the flap and it is available to you for free. I also made the pattern available for free. Have fun creating your own work of art. The design was made in FHE format. If you need another embroidery design format email me at email@example.com
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.
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.
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.