A great beginner sewing project for 2018

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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.

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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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My stuffed cat pet

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Since I live with my mom she has ruled the roost, no pets. To compensate I made a stuffed cat which is made from a soft velour. The cat has rhinestone eyes and I embroidered a cute face on it to remind me of a previous real pet cat. The stuffed black cat does not replace a cat pet but it is the next best thing. No litter box, no fur, no cat bites or scratches on furniture are found. The stuffed cat does not purr, meow or do cart wheels when I drag a feather on a string in front of it. My stuffed pet just sits in a chair and watches over us and smiles. My stuffed cat will do for now. If you want to share the pattern of my stuffed cat pet, here is the link.

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Auto punch embroidery makes a great purse flap

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My favorite embroidery is monochromatic. I think the 2 color scheme makes my embroidery more fashionable and much easier to blend into my wardrobe. My favorite color combo is black and white. Many years ago I created this wonderful purse.  I have made many versions of this handbag since. The flap is the key to the design. I created this embroidery to fit the flap and it is available to you for free. I also made the pattern available for free. Have fun creating your own work of art. The design was made in FHE format. If you need another embroidery design format email 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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New sewing projects

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2216-BTS-Neck_Pillows-1There are several new sewing projects posted on Sew4Fun.com. I really liked the neck pillow and the Christmas in July star ornament. I have posted links to them on my project page.  Look toward the bottom of the list for the neck pillow link. I am definitely making these as Christmas gifts. First I am making one for me.

Copy of GERALD9I recently posted pictures from past Summer and family vacations at my Gallery page. The good, bad and the ugly is all there. See pictures of me at the beach as a little girl with my brother and mom. Look, I was topless. I think my dad was taking the picture. Those were the days. Everyone who grew up on Delmarva enjoyed fun in the sun. Now we have so many tourist I wait till the Fall or Spring to dip my toes. Hope you are having a great Summer.

Learn to use your new Singer Futura at Jenny’s Sewing Studio in Salisbury, MD, With “one on one” instruction. Choose a one day or 2 day session. Learn how to use the embroidery software to it’s fullest.  580 intro

 

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Applique and machine embroidery

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I found that if I take a square of stabilized fabric to fit the machine hoop and embroider it in the middle, I can create a wonderful embroidered applique’ using Wonder Under. When I use the Wonder Under and trace the applique’ shape on the rough side of the fusible webbing using a permanent marker, I can bond the Wonder Under to the wrong side of the applique’.  The marker will leave trace line I can cut out.  I now have a fusible patch I can bond to a back ground fabric.

Here is an embroidered heart quilt I created a few years ago.  I used decorative stitches to decorate the edges of each applique’.  Fuse and Tear is a great stabilizer for the embroidery and applique. It gives the right firmness to the fabric background for you to sew any decorative or zig-zag stitch you wish to use.  You can create many unique appliques this way.  Add crystals, lace and ribbon.  I have included my pattern so you can try the hearts applique’.

 

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Bonnie is passing over us with lots of rain

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Since it is raining outside this fine Memorial Day I am using some of my free time to watch sewing videos. With sewing for summer being the theme I found this shift dress video. Brings back memories of ” sew today and wear tonight projects. I had plenty of shifts. They are great beginner projects and great for medium weight knits and wovens. The instructor even offers a pattern download.

Learn to Sew at Jenny’s Sewing Studio in Salisbury, MD and you too can make the instant shift dress to wear tonight.

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