Sunday, December 31, 2017

Elastic 101 and How To Use It!

I just watched this Threads video about the different types of elastic and how to use each one.  This was a very informative video.   I thought I would share it with anyone who would like to watch it.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Christmas Quilt!!

Well, as you know, I received the Janome 15,000 Quilt Maker for Christmas.  I have been using it for about two months now and I absolutely love this machine.  The software that comes with this  is just amazing.  I learn something new about this machine everyday.

  I haven't made a quilt for quite a long time.  I decided to make the designs in the center that I used on the quilt with the software called HorizonLink.  The sewing machine has WIFI so I can get on my computer or i-pad anywhere in the house and send designs to my machine which is upstairs in my sewing room.  This is just so handy.  It also has software called AcuMonitor which will show my design being sewed out while I am in another room of the house.  I was baking during Christmas prep and could watch my sewing machine sew while baking cookies.

Here is the design that I created using HorizonLink.  It gave my Christmas quilt more of a star effect and I sewed it out with gold thread which really adds to the beauty. 

I had to learn how to get these designs centered all around the quilt edge and have them equally spaced.  This was tricky, but since then, I learned of a fantastic trick from a fellow Janome friend which I think will make things easier.  I haven't tried it yet, so I can't explain it to you.  I had to line up two designs and bring then exactly together so they look like they were one continuous design.  How I handled this was easy.  I sewed out the first design.  Then I had my second design brought up on the sewing machine screen.  I would jump the machine up one stitch of the new design and then I could use my up and down arrow keys to line this first stitch exactly where I wanted it to sew.  Then the design would sew exactly where I needed it.  Now, you might know that quilting is not my first love, so I don't quilt as much as probably some of my followers.  You may have tricks you can teach me.  My first love is garment sewing and right now I am trying to take off a few pounds, so I don't want to make any new clothes for another month or so.  This is why I started with a quilt.  I have some knots where I joined the two designs together, so if anyone knows how to handle this differently, please let me know.  It shows up more in the picture than on the quilt.

The finished quilt turned out nice.  My pictures are not the greatest.  I took  them with my  phone instead of getting out my camera.  Hope they show up for you.  I hope you all had a very Blessed        Christmas!!!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Snow Globe Design!

Have you seen this cute little snow globe design that you can sew out?  This was actually just a design to sew onto a shirt or purse.  I decided to make it for my niece and I sewed it out onto white felt.  You add large sequin snowflakes on top of the design and then sew a piece of clear plastic on top of that.  When you shake it the snowflakes dance around just like a snow globe.  I attached a piece of rose-colored fleece to the back of the design with her name on it because I wanted it to be an ornament that I could attach to a present.  Then I cut it out.  I didn't like the way that looked, so I sewed a diamond machine embroidery around the edges.  It came out cute.  I think she will like it.

Here is a picture of the design that I sewed around the edges.  Actually, the design is cuter than the picture.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Cute Christmas Tags!!

I saw these tags on and loved them.  They are very detailed when you sew them out.  I have three made and they are very cute.  I didn't write names on the back.   I am just going to attach one to each special present and let it dangle like an ornament.  That way they can be passed around for years.

The first one I sewed out was the Santa tag.  They recommend that you sew them out on material and I followed the directions to a tee.  You cut out the exact shape of the tag and spray temporary spray and lay it on your hooped stabilizer.  Then when you are almost finished sewing the design, you stop and remove the hoop, turn it over and add the other cut to size material to the bottom of the hoop with temporary adhesive and finish sewing the design.  When I had it all sewed out, it sews onto a piece of tear away stabilizer.  Next, I took it out of the hoop and tore off the tearaway stabilizer, I had all these little hairs of white stabilizer showing.  The design looked good all except for the edges where I had to tear it.  I wasn't very happy with that because I thought that just ruined the whole design.  I then tried to resew the edge of the design myself to cover up the stabilizer hairs and now it just looks ok.  Remember, I am the perfectionist.  

Then I thought to myself why don't I try this with felt and just sew out the design and then trim around the edges close to the sewing. What I did for the ones that I sewed out on felt, was I sewed out the top layer with the design totally, I did not cut out the exact shape, just a section of felt.  I unhooped it and sandwiched another layer of the felt to the back, also not cut to the shape and then I sewed the front and back layers together around the design on the edge.  Then I trimmed the felt with my curve scissors as close as I wanted it.  I think these are much cuter.  Now, if you wanted to add a name to the back, you could do this before you add the two sides together. I added the link for the designs just in case anyone is interested in them.  They come in lots of different shapes and sized tags.  Very cute!! This turned out perfect.  I love the other two that I have finished.  After I sewed them and trimmed the edges, I gave them a steam with a pressing cloth and they are just so cute!  They are stiff because the stabilizer is inside the design and a little bit puffy.  

Do you like them??

Friday, October 6, 2017

Have You Ever Watched My YouTube Videos?

Here  are a  few  of my  favorite   videos.  These
are the most popular.   Grab a cup of coffee and
watch a few.  My favorite is the... "High End
Pillowusing  the ruffler foot and this is the least
one watched!  This one looks a little intimidating, 
but it really is easy and turns out gorgeous!

Watch this one first!

Baby Nursing Cover-Up

A 15 Minute Pillowcase

A Serger Bath Mat

A Professional Fleece Blanket

A High End Pillow with your Ruffler Foot

Hemming Jeans The Easy Way

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Janome Horizon Quilt Maker Memory Craft 15000

I am so excited, my husband got me the new Janome Horizon Quilt Maker 15000 for my Birthday and Christmas and my Birthday and Christmas ...etc.  This is for my retirement.  I tell you when I called Ken's Sewing Center to order it I could hardly talk or breathe!!!  

I don't have it yet, but I did download the manual off of the Internet and I am reading it from cover to cover so I know what I am doing.  

We went to Pennsylvania this weekend and any time we go out of town or state, I look for material shops.  We stopped into "The Sew 'N Place" store and a fellow by the name of Tim was sitting at the Janome 15000.  I just kind of walked over and asked if that was the 15,000.  He said let me show some of the new features.  Of course, I just drooled all over it.  I finally got up enough nerve to ask the price and he said $12,999.00.  Well my heart just kind of dropped to my toes.  I knew that would never happen.  He said, well I can get it for you for $9,999.00, my heart still hit the floor.  I just thought of all the things that $10,000.00 could buy.  I thanked him for showing it to me and we left.  He was such a nice fellow.

We went back to our trailer that we travel in and I hooked up the computer and got on ebay.  There was a used Janome 15,000 machine on there that someone was selling more reasonable and it was up in an hour.  My hubby said I think we could manage that, but I had not really done any research to spend that kind of money and not know everything that I needed to know about the machine.  As much as I wanted it, I did not press that little "Buy It Now" button.  I was scared to order that off of ebay and this decision could not be made in an hour.

We talked more about it and I started reading some of the feedback on the Janome 15,000 and there were a lot of complaints about the needle threader not working and the bobbin case jumping around.  Well if you have a Janome, then you probably know that the bobbin case has to line up perfectly to work right and I know that is not a problem for me, but the needle threader?  That could be a problem.  I didn't want to spend that kind of money and have the needle threader not work.  Then I remembered getting an email about a new 15,000 coming out.  I looked through my old emails and there it was, a new needle threader and several new really good upgrades.

I called a couple of dealers in my area and was given around the same price and then I called Ken's Sewing Center.  I talked with Donna and she said "Boy do I have a deal for you!"  Ken was in Paducah, KY at a, I guess it was a sewing convention for Janome, and they were demoing the brand new Janome Quilt Maker 15,000 and they had a really great deal going on.  Well that is what I purchased.  If anyone wants to know what I paid, you can email me and I will tell you.  It really was a great deal and I think it was just meant to be.  Now by no means am I saying it was cheap, because it wasn't, but it was way better than $9,999.00.  They also had "0" % interest on it if anyone is interested.

The store was out of them because Ken took everything he had to Paducah, so I will have to wait for one to come in and then it will have to be sent to me.  I am cleaning up my sewing room now.  I can't put my new machine into any room that isn't pristine and waiting!  Hopefully I will have it soon and then I will be doing a lot of sewing!  Mine is the one on the left!!!  Isn't she cute!!

Thursday, June 22, 2017


 I made some cute little dish clothes for my daughter, Tara, last year. She loved these!  Now,  I have two other daughters, but I know, April, would literally cringe if I showed up with these for her, and Denise I am unsure about.  Let me know Denise!!

Tara called me and said I need to send her some more because they have all gone to rags!  I am more of a beginner when it comes to crochet, so some of you might laugh at me.  I am also self-taught, so who knows if all is done correctly.  I did find this, though, to be a fun pattern. I like to crochet, but I do get easily bored with repetition. This is a very quick project and this makes a difference for my boredom.  I always use different colors of yarn, so this keeps me excited to see what it will look like finished. Also, if I am really concentrating and don't have any interruptions, I can make one in an evening. Usually it takes me two evenings because I like to do it while I watch tv. This keeps my hands busy, so I am not snacking!!!  lol  So it is a diet aid also!!

 Then I take a few days off and start another one. Here are a couple of pictures! I thought maybe some of you would like this pattern.

This pattern came from Petals to Picots website. Thank you Petals to Picots!!   I have included her pattern if you would like to give it a try. I use the Lily Sugar and Cream yarn.   You should look at her colors on Petals to Picots, I love them, and want to try all of her patterns.  She makes sets just by using three different colors.  Love it, Love it, LOVE IT!!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

I'm Back - First Project - Travel Trailer Tire Cover

We bought a travel trailer a couple of years ago.  Our plan was we would work really hard to get it paid off and then we would retire.  Well we did it!  Now I am retired.  My hubby will follow at the end of July.  This will work well, and I can get my house spring cleaned before he is ready to do some traveling.  There were a lot of things that I have put off while working.  Last week, I cleaned out the freezer in the basement.  I really had no idea anymore what was even in there.  I found a bag of cookies that I made and was so happy to let them thaw!  That was worth my hard work.  Today, I am going to clean my oven.  It needs it badly!!

Well here we go with my project that I did yesterday.  It was so good to sit down and sew and know that I could work as long as I wanted to and I didn't have to go anywhere!!  I am sure you understand this!!

The spare tire on our travel trailer has a cover on it, but after two years, it was tore.  It was made very cheap and we were going to just purchase a new one, but they wanted over $100.00 for a really good one.  I had some really nice faux leather in my sewing room and I said to myself, why don't I make one.  The first thing I did was take apart the old cover so I could use it as a pattern.  The cord, inside of the old cover that held it on the wheel, was still perfectly fine and when I took it apart the piping was way heavier than I could of purchased and it was still in perfect condition, so I saved that also.  I had everything I needed and did not even have to run to the sewing shop!

What I did in the first picture was cut the old circle in four sections because it was stretched out of shape.  This made it lay nice and flat again in a perfect circle,  I was then able to just trace it onto my new faux leather.  I also pulled out all of the stitching from the piece that goes around the circle so I could measure all the seams and have everything exactly the same.

I then sewed the old piping back around the circle and it came out perfect.  I was worried, but got lucky!

I sewed the sides together and added the elastic back into the ring. This is the gathers at the top. The cord actually looked like a heavy duty bungee cord.  Then all I had left to do was attach this to the round cover.

I used my piping foot for this step, riding along the piping that I attached to the cover and adjusting my needle so it could be very close to the piping.  I wasn't sure if this would work because my piping foot was too small to really fit around this thick piping, but it just seemed to glide along the top and worked great.  

Here is the finished cover.  It was a little bit harder to get on because it was much heavier than the old cheap cover.  It has a few wrinkles in it which I don't like, but I think the sun will warm up the leather and then I will be able to pull those out much easier or my hubby can do it!  I am very happy with the way it turned out.  I even thought of embroidering something on the circle.  Maybe a flag, or something like "Ready to Roll"!  What do you think?  Any ideas for me?

Have a great day and I am so happy to be back!!  Send me a message!

Monday, April 10, 2017

I will be back!!

I know it has been some time since I have been on my blog, but I will be back.  I am going to retire on June 2 and I just can't wait to start sewing again.  I miss it so much but I just don't seem to have any free time while working.  I also have some plans for some new videos.  Thank you for sticking with me for the last couple of years.  Please hang in there until June!!!  Thanks,  Cindy