Thursday, March 31, 2011

Jacket Fix

My husband has this jacket and he likes it, but he does not like to pull it over his head.  He asked me if I could put a zipper down the front of the jacket instead of the small zipper opening on top.  It was roomy on him, so I thought I would give it a try.  I measured the front of the pullover and it needed a 25" two way zipper.  Here is how I fixed it.  It came out really nice and I don't think anyone will ever guess I changed the zipper.  He will be surprised when he gets home from work!
I drew a line directly down the center of the jacket deciding to go ahead and just split the front pocket.  I cut it open on the line and removed the top zipper.  I then laid my new zipper along one of the cut lines with the correct side facing the jacket and sewed the zipper to the jacket with my zipper foot.


 Then I flipped the zipper over and stitched the jacket material right next to the zipper. 



When I turned the jacker over, the zipper was kind of flopping on the inside, so I stitched another row of stitching down the front side of the jacket about 1/4 inch away from the first seam and caught the edge of the zipper on the back side in the stitching.  It looks nice and neat and lays nice.  Hopefully, you can see what I did in the pictures.  I only used 1/4 inch of material on the seams by sewing it this way, so I only reduced the jacket total size by 1/2 inch.  This should just work fine.  If you have any questions, just let me know!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Baby Nursing Cover-up Directions

                   Baby Nursing Coverup

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To watch video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_BOA0HV4Og

STRAP - CUT 1 - 5" X 26"

Fold the strap short ends to meet in the center, press, then fold
again to center.  Sew along both sides of strap with 1/4 inch seam.

BLANKET - CUT 1  44" X 42" in length or ( Just use the full
width of your material X 42")

Turn material with the wrong sides of material facing out.  Measure
out 6 inches from the center on the long side of material for each strap
and tuck strap inside next to the right side of fabric and pin to hold. 
I left one inch hang out past the seam of the material for a good hold on
the neck strap.  Sew up one side and across the top with a 5/8" seam. 
Sew remaining side seam but leave an opening to turn your material
right side out.

Turn right side out, press and sew a decorative edge around outside
of blanket.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Finished Project


I just finished a top that I made for this summer.  It is a jersey knit and was pretty easy to sew.  I did the armholes and the design down the front of the shirt with my Janome Coverpro 1000cpx.  I  used a three needle stitch down the front seams of the shirt and love the look.  I just got this machine for Christmas and have not played with it much.  I just purchased an attachment to do some binding with it. Can't wait to try it.   So far, I just love it, so easy to use and it sews sooo nice!!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

My blog is new, but I will be adding sewing videos at a rate of about 1 a month.  Please bookmark the website, or subscribe to my reader.  I will be serging a pillow in the next upcoming video.  Please watch for it, you will love it!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Sew/Serge A Professional Looking Fleece Blanket in 45 Minutes





FLEECE BLANKET VIDEO AND SETTINGS


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Link to video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JeTfekcNhhk


I serge with a Janome Compulock.  I purchase 3 yards of fleece for my blankets and cut it in half.  I use two layers making my blanket 1 1/2 yards long. 

My cutting knife is lowered, you do not want to use the knife for this stitch.

I set my machine up for a 3 THREAD OVEREDGE STITCH

Right Needle removed

Left Needle is set at 3.0 and is threaded with serger thread

Upper Looper is set at 3.0 and is threaded with 300M wooly nylon

Lower Looper is set at 4.8 and is threaded with #10 crochet thread

Stitch Length is 4.0

Differential feed was set at 1.0

If your machine does not have the ability to use these settings, just set your particular machine up for the 3 THREAD OVEREDGE stitch and tho only real change I made was to the lower looper.

I set the lower looper to 4.8(tightening the stitch) so the thread would wrap the stitch to the back side of the blanket.  Usually the lower looper and the upper looper thread meet in the middle at the edge of your material.  I changed the setting so the lower looper pulled the thread off of the middle edge of the material and pulled it to more of the backside of the material.  So now the front looper thread wrapped around the front of the blanket over the edge of the blanket and ended about 1/2 way down on the back of the blanket.