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

PRETTY LITTLE DISH CLOTHES FOR YOUR KITCHEN!

 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