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.”
In late October 2016 Joan Hook passed away. Joan was a great quilter, a great sewer, wonderful past employee and friend. She will be missed. She shared many of her skills and crafts with the community and was always a cheery face at Jenny’s Sewing Studio in the 1990’s and 2000’s. Joan always tried hard to please. I remember her making a sample cow doll for me in the shop and I can hear her now, laughing about how awful the pattern was, but she put her best efforts forward. Joan visited us often and taught many quilters in the area. I will miss you Joan.
Need a new sewing machine? I will try to help you decide which machine is best for you as you look at the 100’s of product available today. Here are some questions to ask yourself.
How much am I going to use the machine and what I am going to require the machine to do?
What is my budget? Buy the most sewing machine you can afford, if you plan to continue sewing in the future.
What is your skill level? If you are reading this article you are on a computer. You have electric. I believe you should always look at electronic machines because the ease of operation. Electronic machines preset the stitch length and width to make the optimum stitch. When you turn on the machine it is ready to sew the stitch you need. You do not need the instruction manual to do the most basic sewing once you learn to thread your machine.
Features you will need to look at include:
Smooth and variable speed control, an electronic controller is best
Built in threader
Variable stitch length and stitch width.
One step buttonholer, many machine will measure the size of a button and sew a buttonhole to match.
A variety of utility and decorative stitches. Include blind hem, mending, and over edge stitches.
Front drop in bobbin.
Extra high pressure foot lifter
Easy to adjust top tension
multiple needle positions
I like the automatic needle up and needle down button.
I like an extended bed. This extension table maybe an optional accessory.
Do not get hung up on price. You can buy a very nice sewing machine for $269.99 or you can spend $999 on more features. Buy the machine for you needs. Buy a sewing machine that will last you at least 10 years.
If you can, buy from a local dealer who will offer instruction and service for your future needs.
I have been selling and instructing on sewing and sewing machines for my whole life and can tell you the better the tools, the better your sewing will be.
Jenny’s Sewing Studio
The sew easy presser foot looks like a wonderful addition for all sewers. Here is a foot that will keep your stitching straight. An adjustable guide moves to any seam width. You can also coordinate your machines needle position for additional seam widths. The attached video says it all. Here is a link to purchase the Sew Easy presser foot. Fits most low shank machines.
It’s Hot outside, a perfect time to sew inside in the air conditioning. I invite you to take a sewing class with me at Jenny’s Sewing Studio. Learn to Sew or Learn to Sew Better. Classes held “one on one” at my home studio. Here is the enrollment link to my classes. Questions? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Take advantage of discounts sales and closeouts this summer at Jenny’s. I have accessories and feet for Juki, Janome, Baby Lock, Brother and Singer.
One of a kind items I have on closeout Summer sale are at this link! Purchase Designer Handbags, Handbags 2, Serge and Merge, Pretty Little Patchwork, and 12″ demo fabric bolts, stencil cutter, Fabric Glide and much more. Most items are 1/2 price. Most are new and unused. I also have items have have listed in a sewing room closeout. Since I moved into my own studio I need more space some you get to benefit.
Here is a great beginner sewing project using polar fleece. If you have some scraps you might want to download it and try the owls for fun.
Finally, it is the political season so I am sharing my free embroidery with you. I have learned to stay clear of expressing any views during this period so I will enjoy the designs with you in silence.
Stay cool! Jenny
The sewing machine extension slide on table is one of my favorite sewing accessories. It gives the sewer so much more room to support the fabric as you sew or quilt. I always say that the better your equipment the better the sewing will end up. A popular Singer sewing table is now in stock. See if it fits your machine.
If you are a sewer or a quilter you know the support of a sewing table really helps you sew better. The bed extension holds the weight of your garment or quilt so that when you stitch, the project is not working against you. Another thing to say about a bed extension is that it makes sewing physically easier on you.
I offer several options for sewers in bed extensions. Alphasew offers a Universal bed extension that is easily adjusted to work with must home sewing machines. Also notice the accessory storage that puts you most used items at your fingertips. For a limited time I am offering the Alphasew extension table at a great savings. Save 20% off the universal Alpha table. Use JENalpha when you checkout at our shopping cart. Use this link to see all our sewing machine extension tables.
Another option you may want to check out is the sew steady table that is available in 3 sizes. The sew steady table is a special order item and is custom made for your sewing machine model. Allow at least 2 weeks for delivery.