Marfy Patterns

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A McCalls email introduced me to some of the most beautiful sewing patterns. They are by an Italian company called Marfy and sold by Vogue and McCalls. If you love designer clothing you will have to take a look. I am definitely going to buy a few pattern this year.I can not believe they have been around since the 1960’s. The internet sure helps sewers share.

According to Vogue each Marfy pattern is cut and prepared totally by hand with great care and precision on onion skin paper. To ensure a perfect fit, line and elegance, each pattern is tested, studied and perfected on fabric by a skilled team of professionals. The Marfy patterns are for skilled sewers.

Marfy Patterns:
  • Do not have cutting layouts
  • Do not have seam allowances
  • Do not have hem allowances
  • Do not have instructions for assembly
  • Here are few styles. Click on the web site link here to see more.
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Happy Spring Sewing from Jenny’s Sewing Studio

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Welcome Spring!  My mom keeps counting the days till spring. I try to tell her the weather might not improve on the 20th of March.  I think we are in for another Nor’easter.  I think that is 4 big storms in less than a month. Other than preparing for the storms I have been sewing to past the time inside.

I recently lost 62 pounds this year and am trying to take in all my spring clothing to fit. It is a huge task. I refuse to buy new clothing right now so I am trying to be creative. I have cut off at least 8 inches on the sides and tucked the necklines so they are no so large. The next step is to shorten sleeves and lengths.  I like my clothes and it would cost a fortune to replace all these clothes.  My goal is to lose 60 more pounds in the next year. I will be happy with working on a pound a week.  At some point I am sure I will need a new wardrobe, not now.  One thing I have to say is thanks for knits!

I started a Pinterest page on Creative Clothing and Vintage Clothing and I look at the ideas every so often to get inspired. The pictures remind me of what I would like my clothing to look like. The sewing market has changed so much in recent years.  The picture of the shirt waist dress will give you an idea of what I was sewing in junior high school. I made a dress identical to the blue dress and wore it a lot. Full shirted shirt waist dresses were also very comfortable. Today you might not find the Peter Pan collar but I think I could find a shirtwaist dress in a pattern book.

 In the early 1970’s I started sewing pantsuits with double knits. They were main stay in my wardrobe.  I fell in love with knits.  

There was nothing like going into a fashion fabric store and seeing the drape and feeling the fabrics. Locally all we have is Hobby Lobby and Walmart.   I miss the fashion fabrics that were coordinated to tell a fashion story and the fabrics would be mixed and matched to make pants, jackets, dresses and shirts.  I can remember spending hours buying fabrics to make entire fall or spring wardrobes with. I do not have the need for such wardrobes of clothing now but I still desire style and comfort.  I will probably never wear another dress, but you never know.  I grew up in the 60’s and 70’s when I think clothing nice fit and style. 

I look forward to sewing clothing again.  I have tried the shopping on-line approach but it takes much longer to research and find that special fabric. I do have a few fabrics in my stash and I think I will be able to embellish the fabric to make a special look for myself. One of my favorite embellishments is piping. The bag picture shows you some self-made piping. I think I can place the piping in the seams and on the edges and always used the piping foot to make it an easy insertion.  

Another embellishment is topstitching. The walking foot really helps keep the stitches even and straight. I have used 2 top threads placed through the same needle eye to get a defined stitching look. To help you get the best look on your topstitching I have a kit that is on clearance. Get the walking foot, guide ruler, a 1/4″ foot and a free motion foot all for the price of a walking foot. Kit fits all low shank sewing machines.

I have a student using this kimono pattern in a “Continue Sewing” class.  I like the garment, it is a great jacket and really dresses up the plain top and pants I already have. This garment gives the sewer plenty of challenge with facing, interfacing, border prints, and learning to under stitch.  The fabric for this kimono is also a challenge. If you are looking to advance your basic skills I suggest you plan 2 or 3 lessons on the jacket.

I hope you are planning your Spring sewing to include a new wardrobe garment. Have fun and enjoy the sewing till the warm weather comes!

 

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Walking foot sale at Jenny’s Sewing Studio

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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!

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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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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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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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The beading and piping foot

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pipe-the-seamThis foot has a lot of skills. The groove under the foot allows 5/32″ cording or beading to flow through the foot with ease as you sew down your piping or cording or beading. Since I pipe a lot of pillow edges and pipe most facings and linings, I use the beading and piping foot a lot. The foot is available at 1/2 price on our web site and will fit most makes and models that have a wide bar for snap on.  Most Juki, Brother, Baby Lock, Janome and Singer domestic machines work with the foot. I also have the double piping foot that is on sale. You can p60490-meduse this foot for sewing the cord to the left or right of center. Again most machines will work with this foot. It also really helps to have a needle position adjustment to get in close to the cord. Most electronic sewing machine will adjust needle position by placing the machine in straight stitch and adjusting the width. See the double piping foot by clicking here!

Need a sewing class to show you how to make and apply piping? Take Jenny’s Pillow class today.

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Sewing table extension back in stock

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extensionblueThe 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.

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