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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Enroll Now and Learn to Sew Better in 2017

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If you are planning to learn to sew in 2017, Jenny’s Sewing Studio can help you out. I offer local sewing, quilting, serging and home decor lessons for most sewer needs. Sewing lessons do not have to be shipped and also make a great gift. Learn to use a sewing machine, serger or embroidery machine today!  Classes are “One on One” so you get personal attention.   Click here to see the class choices!

 

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Another Quick Trip Quilt is born at Jenny’s

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shirleyShirley had always thought quilting was too hard for her to do. I would ask her to try a class in quick trip and she would put me off by saying she was not interested. Finally she said yes and she did wonderfully. I am posting a picture of Shirley modeling her quilt for a granddaughter who is yet to be born. Shirley plans to make a stuffed bunny doll to go with the quilt. The quilting and binding are her home work, but I think Shirley is up to the task now.

Sign up now for a sewing or quilting class in the new year. Here is the links to all the classes offered.

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Buying a sewing machine

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7258quilterNeed 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.

Easy threading.

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.

DSCN2067If 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

Jenny’s Sewing Studio

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Nadgie continues to sew at Jenny’s Sewing Studio

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nadgieMy student Nadgie just completed another dress in continue sewing. This 8th grader is trying hard to become a fashion Diva, even when I ask her sew with cotton broadcloth to learn the sewing techniques. Fit was the first lesson as this was a fitted dress with darts at the waist. We covered the princess line with stay stitching and clipping, Nadgie put in a back lapped zipper, she set in lined capped  sleeves, used a single faced bias tape facing, plus she used fusible interfacing, and completed a neckline facing. The finial touch was to under stitch the facing and top stitch.  I hope Nadgie will continue to create fashion. Practice makes perfect.

If you are interested in making your sewing better contact me at jenny@jennys-sewing-studio.com

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Learn to applique for the holiday

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I want to shcardinal-fullare a fun little wall quilt that makes a great holiday decoration. It is my “Cardinal Wall quilt”! Click on the link for a free pattern. Learn to applique by taking a class at Jenny’s Sewing Studio. I suggest you take a 3 hour session. If you need help with assembly of the quilt, quilting and binding the quilt to finish the wall hanging you might want to schedule another 2 or 3 hour class.  cardinal

 

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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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