Cosplay is definitely exciting sewers

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I have noticed in the past few years that costume making is really giving some sewers a new reason to be creative. Since all the comic book movies there has been a reason to pull the sewing machine out and be creative with “wonder woman” or “spider man” or “Star Trek”. The list of costumes is endless and I do not even know half of the recreated characters. I do know that McCall’s and Singer are actively participating in the cosplay sewing venue.

McCalls now has a blog devoted to the cosplay costumes and Singer is sponsoring contests on the best costume. If you are interested in following the latest sewing trend here are some links.

For McCalls blog..  and for a Singer Brand Ambassador

 

I did notice the use of machine embroidery in many of the costumes. The use of machine embroidery lace is made possible with some special wash away stabilizers. I use to use a lot of organza to make lace when the embroidery was not free standing. Here is a link to some of the stabilizers I sell.

If you need a walking foot for even stitching or a roller foot for vinyl or a gathering foot for sheers or a ruffler for full gathers and tucks, I stock many types of accessory.

Have fun thinking up and designing your costume for the next cosplay meeting.

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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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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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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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Strip pieced Wallet and Purse Class

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I am really exciteDSCN2202d to introduce my strip pieced quilted purse and wallet class at Hancock Fabrics.  Using the walking foot I sewed 2 1/2″ to 3″ strips to a pre quilted fabric to make the project fast and easy to make.  You can make the bag and wallet  together in one session on Wednesday November 20th from 9:30 till 4:30pm The strips can be shared for both projects. You will need 8 – 1/4 yard pieces of fabric to cut the strips for your purse and wallet ( one strip each project) . The wallet only takes a 1/4 yard piece of pre quilted background fabric and 5/8 yard of binding fabric plus 2 zippers and one snap.

I have written the instructions for the wallet but have not yet had time to assemble the purse. You are looking at the top flap. I used my Singer Futura to monogram the flap for a personalize look and I used some of my decorative stitches to embellish the strips. When I get the whole purse finished I will picture it here along with instructions.

I think I will makstrip wallet600 whitee wallets to give as Christmas gifts this year. They are pretty quick and once I have everything assembled I will be able to complete them quickly. When you look inside the wallet you will find 2 zipper compartments. One area is for folding money and the other is for the change. The wallet also has 2 folded pockets. Both are for credit cards and are very comvient

Make sure you check out the wallet pattern. It is free! Just like a good cook, I do not tell you all my secrets. You will have to take the class for that. Call 410- 677 3461 to enroll.

 

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Sewing Classes for the holiday season and New Year

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Jenny’s Sewing Studio in Salisbury, MD has recently updated the sewing class schedule.  You have to check out the “free demonstrations” available for you. If you would like to stop and see our free demonstrations at Hancock just send an email to jenny@jennys-sewing-studio.com . One of the “free” demonstrations is Serger Heirloom sewing and sewing machine heirloom sewing. I will demo techniques and accessory and show you how to make a christening baby bonnet without a pattern.

Another brand new addition to our schedule is the Embroidery Club.  I am including some inspiration photos so you get an idea of the club themes.  Each class will be announced on line when ready to purchase if you are getting the information on line or you can enroll locally at Hancock.

Other features of our new schedule include classes in quilting , beginner sewing, serger basics, sewing machine instruction and more.

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Heirloom techniques using your sewing machine

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Heirloom sewing requires straight stitch and zig-zag stitch. The techniques involved with heirloom sewing are very easy and can create lovely fabrics, which are then cut and fashioned to create inserts, yokes, sleeves, bodices, bonnets, pockets, shirts and more. The main fabric used is a lightweight batiste.  I like the easy care of the polyester and cotton blend but the 100% cotton is the preferred choice.

When picking a lace, the choice is 100% cotton. Only 100% cotton can be shaped and steamed in place. The width of your lace is a personal choice. The varieties include edgings and insertions.

Here are some heirloom techniques to try.

Twin needle sewing creates pin tucks. I usually use a 2.5mm needle with straight stitch. You can also use a spacer called a pin tuck foot. When stitching the rows of pin tucks, I use the width of my presser foot as a guide.  I usually make lots of pin tuck fabric at one time to use later as inserts in the heirloom fabric. Here is a video of the pin tucking technique. Here is the link to the pin tuck foot.

Puffing are strips of gathered batiste. I use the gathering foot along the edges of the strip. I have included a link to the instructions on how to use the gathering foot. Jenny’s Sewing Studio has links to gathering feet for all machines. Here is the low shank gathering foot link.

Decorative stitch inserts add a nice touch to heirloom projects I have included a link to a past blog article on decorative stitch sewing machine inserts.

Pintuck fabric and gathered strips of fabrics is usually joined together with entrudeux. Entrudeux means space in between and helps to join panels nicely. You usually can buy entrudeux as a yardage of narrow trim. You can also make your own using a wing needle and organdy with a ladder stitch and cord.

Create your heirloom project by joining your decorative strips together to form fabric. Here is where the zig-zag stitch and lace are used.  Using a width of 2.5mm and a length of 2.5mm you can roll the edge of the batiste fabric and lace together.

I hope you enjoy creating with heirloom sewing.

 

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