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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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,, and Fabric . 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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Wrapped in Fabrique

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fallfabriquea.jpgWrapped in Fabrique! I love this techinque of making decorative fabrics and scenes from free motion, applique and decorative stitches. In the 1990’s the book “Wrapped in Fabrique” was inspirational. The book is long out of print but the technique has grown, especially on Pinterest. I collected a few of my favorite ideas in this blog. I also shared with you some of my own creations.

Years ago I purchased a fun book on fabric texturing and have decided to revisit this creative topic. The book is no longer published but the techniques are still current. To create a brand new textured fabric, use  decorative threads, free motion stippling, decorative stitches, twin needle sewing, and the cording foot.  Creation of your own fabric art is easy and lots of fun.  If you would like to copy my project you can. The technique looks great on a vest, gown bodice, purse or pillow.

To start your creative design you will need to collect applique fabrics and prints to complement the base fabric. you will need fusable web plus decorative and couching threads. tex3.jpgYou will need to purchase a base fabric and a fusible knit interfacing to add body. I used bengaline or silk dupioni. I suggest a mid weight fabric. You can also use suede twill or quilted denim. Purchase fuse knit and fuse it to the wrong side of your main garment pieces before you cut. Rough cut the main garment pieces so they can be embellished and then the base fabric can be cut to the pattern shape. Allow at least 2″ all around the basic garment shapes. 

Step1- Lets free motion stipple to gather or pucker fabrics to use in the applique’. Use straight stitch and free motion.

Step 2- Let’s twin needle. Use a 2.5 needle and remember to keep the width of any decorative stitch below 2.5 or if you have a safety switch put it on. Twin needle pieces of applique fabric to cut out later. Twin needle the base fabric in a random design. You can use 2 spools of gold metallic or even matching thread. The twin needle will pucker the base fabric to create a texture effect. 

Step 3- Use decorative stitches to give a base to the custom design on your project fabric. Switch to an open toe applique foot so you can see the stitching. 

Step 4- Use the braiding and the cording foot to couch metallic cords to the base fabric.

Step 5-Bond wondetex1.jpgr under to the wrong side of your applique fabric, If the “flower is 3-D bond a piece of backing to the underside of the flower and free motion your applique’ edges and then cut The flower out to apply on top of another applique. Apply the flower to the base applique with free motion tack down stitches in the center of the flower. After all the surface textures have been applied lets cut out and construct the sewing project to create your fabrique.

Let’s look at the cording foot. It is a great accessory to apply decorative threads with.

See a video of the use of the cording foot and you can also purchase a cording foot at out web site.

You may also need a twin needle. Here is a link. 

More ideas on Pinterest!

blue vest


 blue flower



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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 . 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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serger ruffler purse by Jenny’s Sewing Studio

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I was inspired by Vera Bradley. Vera has a purse named “Cha Cha”. I saw this purse and fell in love with the design and thought it was perfect for construction using my serger. I had all the materials.  Below are the instructions and pictures of my creation. Continue reading

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Baby Lock Ellegante seminar featuring the border hoop !

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jacket.pngJenny’s Sewing Studio will be teaching a seminar on the Baby Lock Ellegante this Spring. Learn to use the border hoop (update 3), use the tack feature, edit embroidery, do lettering and sharpen your embroidery knowledge using the Babylock. Expand your knowledge of the using the built-in stitches and some of the accessories available. We will build a lovely border that you can apply to our Vogue fashion garment.   Our colors will be black and white so the garment will be perfect for summer. We will post the garment when completed.

Sizes will fit most sewers. Fee is $ 99.95 for the 2 day class. Please enroll at least 2 weeks before class to allow for ordering. Fee includes fabric and pattern. Students will receive a supply list. Jenny’s will need bust, hip and waist measurements at time of enrollment.

 We suggest you update your Ellegante to version 3 which includes the border hoop before class. The upgrade can be ordered from us. Please upgrade before the seminar session.  You may also wish to purchase the Ellegante workbook as we will be following some of the lessons in our class outline. Saturday and Sunday June 21st and 22nd.

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