Do you do quilting or top stitching or use difficult to sew bulky fabrics? The walking foot is the answer to a lot of sewing issues. If you sew on quilt binding, the walking foot will keep the top and bottom layers even as you sew. Do you need to “stitch in the ditch”, or sew the borders and quilt edge? The walking foot is the key. I recently sewed a fluffy fleece robe and it was impossible to feed through the machine without a walking foot. I have several types of walking feet on clearance. Take a look at this link. Most closeouts are in limited supply. Don’t miss out!
I had a great time teaching the Quick Trip Quilt to Ashley and Betty Lou. Both had never sewn before so the whole process of picking the fabrics, using the machine and sewing the 1/4″ seams was new. Grandmother and great grand daughter did a great job. The class only allowed enough time to cut and piece the quilt top, so I hope to see them come back to finish the quilting.
The best way to Learn to Sew is to practice. The cold winter months really give us time to do just that. Jenny’s Sewing Studio will help you make a plan…!
If you need to learn to use a new sewing machine, serger or embroidery machine you got for Christmas, I have the perfect class for you. Instructional lessons are usually 2 hours and I will steer you through the instruction book and get you ready for your upcoming sewing projects.
Start with Beginner Sewing 2 lesson class to learn the basics of sewing and reading a pattern. We will make 3 projects to get you started.
Here are some easy sewing project ideas I found on-line to inspire you. Most of these projects will use scraps of fabric. They also make great in expensive gifts. One of my favorite web sites is Sew4Home with lots of free project ideas. Also make sure you look at some of my free sewing project patterns. Check back often for more ideas to come.
If you do not live on Delmarva or along the east coast of the mid Atlantic and New England you may not have heard about our blizzard. The last blizzard I remember here on Delmarva was when I was in high school in the 1960’s. It is a rare event. My mom and I are snowed in until Monday when the temperature come out of the single digits and into the 40’s. It snowed 15″ in my backyard. We have had big snow before but I never remember it being so cold and so difficult to dig out. It took 3 men and a plow to open up my driveway and walks today. All I did was go to the mailbox. I know people are driving but I use a minivan and it is not equipped for this kind of snow. I think I will play it safe and wait for some melting to happen. I thought I would show you some pictures taken by the local news using their helicopter. I love the shots of cars that are stuck in the snow, one is of the pile of cars waiting to dig the stuck car out. I have been in that situation where you slide uncontrolled into a snow bank. I think the news was trying to send a message.
As far as I am concerned, we have had plenty of snow this winter. Jenny
Are you learning to sew? If you have taken a beginner sewing class from Jenny’s Sewing Studio I have a great pattern suggestion for you to make. This kimono jacket came be worn by everyone and is a great addition to your wardrobe. The pattern also offers easy fit. Try a nice cotton print to start with. You can then graduate to silks and slippery polyesters later. Here is a link to classes. You can find fabrics at JoAnn fabrics in Easton or Serendipity Quilts in Dagsboro, Delaware. I also like to shop on line at Mode, Fabric.com, and Fabric depot.com . Please email me if you have fabric questions and if you are in doubt of an on-line fabric, send me a link. See the email form attached.
It is snowing in Salisbury, MD and it is so beautiful. I just want to turn off all the lights in the house and look out every window to see the snow filled trees and the falling snow. Sorry I can not capture the beauty on film but thought I would share what I could. Tomorrow when I have to shovel the snow it will not be as pretty. We are expecting anywhere from 4 to 8 inches.
What am I thankful for? My health, my family, my mom, my sewing skills, and my special friends make me thankful. This year I joined Weight Watchers and I am also thankful to all my new friends there and the special support they have given me. On my birthday I celebrated a loss of 50 pounds. I am grateful for the chance to improve my health and am looking forward to the continuing weight loss to go in 2018. It is a new life style and a new path for me to stay focused on.
Here is a family picture of our family at my sister-in-laws home in Easton, MD. The day was beautiful and a little cold in the 30’s and 40’s. Picture includes from left to right my nephew Andrew, his son Joshua and wife Valerie, Me, my Mom, my nephew Michael and his wife Shalini, My sister in law Sue, Grand nephew Nolan, my niece Laura and her by friend GM, GM’s mom Barbara, Sue’s mom Janet, Sue’s brother Mark and his father Roy. The second row is my brother Jim and his girl friend Carol. Missing is my nephew Jason and his girl friend Penny. Missing in our hearts is my Dad Gray and my brother Gerald.
To stay on my smart points I prepared some Thanksgiving treats to take with me. I made the Fruit Turkey, a special crustless pumpkin pie and I took steamed carrots. I had to show you the turkey. Hope you had a wonderful day and enjoyed friends and family.
I have had several brand new sewers recently and wanted to share our latest project. Maria is modeling her newly created apron. An apron is a great gift project, especially if you are making a holiday apron.
Maria learned how to use the sewing machine basics, how to sew a standard seam using a seam guide, how to sew a 1/4″ seam and how important a steam iron is to you when sewing. The first project was a pin cushion, second was a zipper change purse and then she learned to read the pattern and lay out the fabric. In the second class she cut the apron, marked the pocket placement, made pockets and straps.
We started a second project which was a knit dress. Maria found out how hard it is to cut a jersey knit. We finish the cutting but I learned I needed a new pair of SERRATED KNIFE-EDGE bent handled scissors for the next knit project. Scissors really make a big difference.
I hope you will join me in class during the holiday and in 2018.