Country Curtains By Jenny’s Sewing Studio

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My mom loves country curtains! After 26 years her curtains are ready to fall off the rod so I am replacing them. It is a great project for a hot summer day, (make that a week) especially if you have air conditioning and time. I wrote an instructional sheet on how to measure the window to figure out the fabric yardage. You can also take a class on ruffled curtains from me.

For this project it is important to own a ruffler. Jenny’s Sewing Studio has one available for your machine.

To figure the ruffles I calculate 6″ for the ruffle width. I also figure 3 X for fullness. The ruffles go on one side of each panel and across the bottom.  The total yardage needed is 31 yards for these 3 windows. Since ruffles are not and exact science I always allow so extra yardage.

I use a rotary cutter and ruler to cut all the panels first.  3 thread serger edge was used to finish the cut edges and I took advantage of the selvages. The selvage is great for the outer edge of the curtain.

My bolt is 36 yards and so I am cutting the ruffle on the remaining length. I used a narrow rolled hem to finish each side of the ruffle. That was a lot of serging and took me a few days.

Once I started the ruffle edging I had to continue until done.  I took a few hours to ruffle over 3,000 inches. The ruffler was connected to the machine and I figure the fullnes by ruffling a small section. I measured 3″ of the ruffle and than pulled it out to see how full the ruffle was. I adjusted the ruffler until I had the best fullness fit.

The last thing to do is sew the ruffle on the panels. Make sure you make 3 curtains with the ruffle sewn on the right and three curtains that are sewn on the opposite long edges so you have a left and a right curtain for each window.


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Personalized Sewn Memories

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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.


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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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Learn to make your own throw pillows

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A great project for the beginning sewer is a piped throw pillow. I have instruction that one of my students composed and I edited. You can make any size pillow. We created a 16″ pillow which is perfect for the couch. The piped edge makes the pillow look professional. The pillow top can be almost anything.

Dscn2474I have made lots of pillow gifts. My favorite is when I use embroidery or lettering. For wedding I usually place the bride and grooms names and wedding date  in the pillow. I like using built-in sewn writing the best and usually try to incorporate the writing into strip quilting. My favorite technique is using crazy quilting. Here are a few pillows I have made and a few I like a lot. The gold pillow is a link to the pillow instructions. Enjoy the project or join me in class at Jenny’s Sewing Studio! 

You can also visit my Pinterest pillow favorites at this link to see more pillows I have collected.
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New classes are now available at Jenny’s Sewing Studio

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singer 90s twinSewing Classes at Jenny’s are now “one on one” and held at Jenny’s Sewing Studio 1030 South Schumaker Dr. Salisbury, MD 21804 by pre paid appointment only. You can register and sign up at this link. Once you register on line Jenny will contact you for a scheduled date to attend.

Sewing Machine Basics– Learn the basics of using your machine. We will wind a bobbin, thread the machine and work on the stitch functions. Please make sure you bring your instruction book with the machine. Learn the blind hem, appliqué, mending stitch, buttonhole, sewing on buttons, over edge, and more. Bring thread, your machine and scissors plus your book. Fabrics and materials will be provided. 2 hours one on one. Fee payable on-line is $40.00

Serger Sewing Basics – Learn to thread and use your serger. We will cover the ¾ spool stitch, flat lock and narrow roll hem. You will practice the stitches and make a few projects as you learn. Make sure you bring your serger and instruction manual, 4 cones of thread ( prefer one cone of yellow, blue, red and green) scissors, and tweezers. Fabrics and materials will be provided. 2 hours one on one. Fee payable on-line is $40.00

Embroidery Machine Basics– This is a great basic class to learn to use your embroidery machine. Learn where to start with embroidery. Bring your machine USB thumb drive to class. We will cover stabilizers, threads, marking and positioning tools, templates, and give you some great ideas to try with your machine. Demonstration will include a generic embroidery software that will work with all machines. We will practice one transfer and a monogram. 2 hours one on one. Fee payable on-line is $40.00

beginnersBeginner Sewing Basics – Here is a description of how you will learn to sew. Everyone is different so time is approximate. It is suggested you schedule this session in 2 weeks. Lesson 1 will take 3 hours and lesson 2 will take 3 hours. Please bring the apron pattern Simplicity 2319 and 1 3/4 yard of quilter’s cotton broadcloth fabric to lesson one. Also bring one small spool of all-purpose sewing thread.
Step 1 – Learn to use your sewing machine to do basic sewing. Learn to sew seams, pivot, clip corners, stuff, hand stitch, insert a zipper. You will make 2 projects in the class: a pin cushion and a zipper pouch. We will read your pattern and prepare it for layout. 3 hours. 1:30-4:30pm
Step 2 – Make an apron – Learn to read a pattern and guide sheet, layout the fabric and cut out the apron. Follow the guide sheet and complete the apron. 3 hours. 1:30-4:30pm 2-3 hour sessions in 2 weeks – register on line, fee $100.00.

Continue Sewing!! Continue sewing and get help making more sewn items. Get help with collars, cuffs, buttonholes, setting in sleeves and more. Suggest you cut out the garment before class to get the maximum from the session. Sign up for a 3 hour session from 1:30 to 4:30pm – Tell me the day you wish to come on and I will email you confirmation. $50.00 for a 3 hour session.
Terry sept2014Singer Futura! Class will be scheduled 10:00 am till 4:30 pm with one hour scheduled for lunch break. The cost is $80.00. Materials provided include stabilizer, bobbin thread, needles, and project materials. I have a Futura Quintet and laptop that I will provide for you to use. All the technique and software is the same on all Futura’s so supplying the machine will make the class easier for both of us. Please bring a thumb drive so files can be copied to the drive. We will design the class for you. Basic information on stabilizers, files saving, the base software, auto punch, lettering, hyper font, advanced editing, photo stitch and cross stitch can be covered. We can do the endless hoop and multi-hooping. You pick 4 basic subjects involving the Futura and I will try to cover it all.
Home Decorating Basics- Beginners welcome! Learn to put in a zipper and make a piped pillow, try a cording foot, do some binding. This class will give you some skills to use in projects you make for the home. Bring 1 ¼” yard of a pillow fabric, matching thread and 2 yds of 5/32” cord and a 24 “ zipper to make your 16” piped pillow. $40.00 for a 3 hour session

Quilted Fabric Purse – Learn to make a Designer looking handbag and quilt your own fabric. This is an all day class. You will need:
1 yd prequilted single faced fabric for lining, 3/4 yard of trim fabric.
5 to 6- 1/4 yard coordinating prints (No Fat Quarters)
This will create a lovely strip pieced purse.
Bring matching and contrast thread plus one 22?zipper and one 18? zipper. Bring your sewing machine and a walking foot if you have one. $60.00 for a session from 10:00 to 4:30pm

New! Learn to quilt by Machine– Learn to stipple and use the walking foot. You will need 1 yard of off white quilter’s solid broadcloth, 1 spool of off white thread about 2 shades darker than fabric and 1 yard of fusible fleece plus one wash away marker. Please enroll at least 1 week before the start date. We will need your machine make and model number to fit your machine for a free motion foot and a walking foot. Using an off white broad cloth we will learn to do free motion machine quilting and create a pillow top. $40.00 for a 2 hour session
If you have an unfinished quilt from one of our quilt classes , you can learn to quilt and bind the quilt in this class. This would be a substitute for the free motion project. Bring enough pre quilted single faced fabric to cover the back of your quilt and 5/8 yd for binding.

grannyBeginner Crochet skills– Learn to chain, single, double, half double, and triple crochet. Learn the basic granny square. You will need one ball of a worsted weight yarn in any color for Practice. Bring crochet hook in size 8. 1-2 hour session $40.00
Beginner Knitting skills– In 2 hours learn to cast on knit, purl, decrease and increase. Make a knit swatch for gauge. You will need one ball of worsted weight yarn in any color for practice. Bring knitting needles in US 8. 1-2 hour session $40.00




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Serger sewing

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Let’s explore the use of a serger and some of the stitches you can create with.

When I teach serger sewing I start with the 3/4 spool overedge stitch. The overedge stitch is great as a knit seam. It has a built in stretch. If you look closely the stitch is also exactly 1/4″.  If I want to do quilt piecing with the serger, this is the stitch to use. To serge the seam, just trim a “hair” from the raw edge as you sew. Here are several video on piecing of a quilt . I made both quilts using the serger to piece with. Most strip piece quilt are perfect for the serger. The serger sews the seam faster and very accurately. Here are 2 books on strip pieced quilts.  Serge and Merge is another perfect book choice for quilting with your serger. Here is a brief video from Nancy Zieman. Continue reading

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