House moving on the eastern shore

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     When I was little, my dad was in the house moving business with his dad. It was very dangerous work. Route 13 was expanding and some houses along the new road were moved to make room. I was too small to understand where or when but I do remember what my dad did. Recently I came across some pictures of the “jobs” as they were called and thought I would share some history with you. I know there is still house moving going on, they moved the Hatteras  light house years ago. I remember after hurricane Hazel the phone rang and rang with people needing houses put back on foundations and trees being sawed and moved. I also saw them show how house moving was done on the history channel. I can not imagine seeing this done today. It was very specialized work and physics was a must. Here are some pictures to share of a tastee freez being moved, a ferry being moved, a large houses, being sawed in half and moved. The house had to fit on the street or go over a bridge as it was being moved and power and phone lines had to be pulled so the houses did not interfere, it was quite a feat. Most of these homes and businesses were large structures. Sometimes roofs came off before they were moved.  My grandfather, James Edward Friedel and my dad C Gray Friedel did all this. Today we just tear it down and start again.

This has nothing to do with sewing but I wanted to document my memories…

 

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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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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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Singer Futura seminar

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angie futura april 2015Jenny’s Sewing Studio offer a 1 or 2 day seminar on the Singer Futura embroidery machine.  Class is held in Jenny’s home studio at 1030 South Schumaker by appointment only. You can bring your Futura and laptop or use Jenny’s to make it easier. Class is a “one on one” private session. Learn to position and hoop your embroidery. Review how to print a template for accurate placement. Learn about threads and stabilizers to use plus cover all the basics of the Futura software. Embroider a napkin with an auto punch monogram. Learn to edit and create your own lace or textured fill. Create different styles and shapes with lettering and monograms that are sure to please. There is so much to learn and so little time. If you have a special request, Jenny will try to show you how it is done.

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Learn to Applique and Quilt

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cardinalJenny has designed a quick Holiday cardinal quilt of applique and patchwork. The pattern is free, just download your free pattern and pick your fabrics.  Next make the 9 patch filler block using strip piecing. Layout and do your applique. You can use satin or blanket stitch to make the 4 applique blocks. Piece the quilt top and quilt. Bind to finish. Click on images to down load PDF pattern and instruction.

If you need a 1/4″ foot for piecing, an open toe foot for applique or a walking foot for quilting and sewing on the binding,  Jenny’s Sewing Studio has the accessory for you.

To see how to use these accessories check out the You Tube video.

Applique Fall or Christmas Wall Quilt
Make the picture as a gift or for your home.

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Social Media is connected at Jenny’s Sewing Studio

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You can stay connected to Jenny’s Sewing Studio many different ways.

model28Facebook is a popular platform. I have a personal page for friends and family, a business page called Jenny’s Sewing Studio for those interested in what is happening locally, software pages like Compucon Stitch and Sew Embroidery, and Singer Futura Embroidery. Hoop it all at Jenny’s Sewing Studio , Serger sewing at Jenny’s Sewing Studio,  and Learn to sew.

Pinterest is my favorite social network. I love the idea of storing all the pictures and ideas I love under one spot. It reminds me of when I would store magazines because there great ideas inside.
seamstressYou Tube is my place for movies on software for Singer and Compucon. Find movies on the Singer Futura Basics and how to use stabilizers from Jenny’s Sewing Studio. I also have several video on hoop it all and sergers. You tube is also connected to Google Plus as a link to photo’s and video.

Enjoy the social media and share your ideas. Jenny

 

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