Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Material Department Coming Back To Walmart!!

I just heard some really great news!  My daughter is associated with Walmart and she got to see the new store plans.  They are putting back the material section in all the stores!!  She told them how happy her mother would be.  She said they will still keep the precut section also!  I was always running into Walmart for thread, elastic, or this or that!  This just made my day and I had to share with all you sewers out there!!  Yeah Walmart!!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

This Weeks Sewing Project!

When you sew, you become very versatile.  Some ladies just quilt, but I sew everything.  As you can see in the picture below, I am going to try and repair this canvas cover for my brother.  This goes over a swing that sets in his backyard and it has torn.  It is rather large and it would be a pricey cost to replace.  I will be showing pictures on how I will repair this and save him some money.  I also use this same technique for jeans, dress pants, shirts or any article of clothing that has a rip in it.  It makes a nice clean repair and really blends in nicely with clothing.  Well here goes!  P.S. My brother is a plumber and helps us out all the time, so I am always happy when I can repay him with a little sewing!!

Continue down the page to see the sewing directions !!

Torn Canvas Swing Cover Repair

Well, this was a pretty simple project.  When you have to make a repair on any clothing like this, always try and sew it BEFORE you wash it.  After you wash it, your seams will not match together as nicely. 

The first thing I did, since this is a very heavy canvas, was I pinned the first seam together and used my ironing board as the pin cushion.  I then sprayed the seam with a temporary adhesive and added a patch of material to it for more support.  This was my backside. (Now when I do this for regular seams, such as jeans, I just use a piece of iron on interfacing to the back of the tear to hold it together.)  I had to use something different for this project because you will be able to see the repair from both sides.   Now I was able to carry this to my sewing machine with the seam held together exactly where it needs to be.  I attached an open toe foot to my machine, so I can see where I am sewing. 

The stitch that I use is usually available on most machines.  It is called a multiple zigzag stitch.  Many years ago, this was always called a mending stitch.  I guess they changed the name because no one mends anymore!  Ha Ha!!  You have to set the stitch so it sews very close together.  My setting was 0.10  If you are doing this for a regular project, you would not have to be quite that close together.  I used the 0.10 because it was a very heavy canvas and I needed the support.
I trimmed the material away from the seam on the back side after I sewed it because this side will show also. 

Above is a picture of the stitch up very close and below is the finished project.  It turned out really nice and I don't think it will be noticeable at all, unless you are really looking for it!  I think my brother will be happy with it.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Granddaughter Had A Bad Bicycle Accident

My granddaughter is O.K.  She ended up having one broken bone and two fractures.  We took her down to the Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.  They set us up with a Children's specialist and she did not have to have surgery.  She will be in a cast for some time, but we are very thankful for the results.  Thank you to everyone who responded with well wishes and prayers.  We feel they have been answered and very much appreciated!  Now I am ready to get back to sewing!!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Granddaughter Had A Bad Bicycle Accident

My 10 year old granddaughter, Allura, and her mother, April, were visiting with friends and my granddaughter had a bad accident on a bicycle.  She has fractured her hand in several places.  My daughter took her to the emergency room last evening and they said there is no one in our town to fix these fractures.  We need a chidrens specialist.  It is her right hand, she is in good spirits, but I am sure she does not realize yet how this will effect her,  especially at the beginning of summer.  I will probably be busy for the next few days trying to help out with babysitting and we will have to find a specialist either in Cleveland, OH or Columbus, OH.  If anyone knows of one, please let me know!  I would really appreciate it!  It is hard to turn a loved one over to someone you do not know and know nothing about.  We always want the best for our children.  I will keep you posted on how things are going.  All prayers would also be appreciated!!  Thank you everyone!


Friday, May 6, 2011

Serger Pillow Easy and Quick Sewing Directions

Serger Pillow Easy and Quick Sewing Directions Part 1 and Part 2


For Video Instructions visit:   Part 1

For Video Instructions visit:   Part 2

18" Pillow

1 - 18" Square for Pillow Front
1 - 18" X 10" and 1 - 18" X 15" panels for Pillow Back
4 yds X 5"  Panel for Ruffle
2  1/4 yds Cording
2  1/4 yds X 2" for Cording Material

12" Pillow

1 - 12" Square for Pillow front
1 - 12" X 9" and 1 - 12" X 7" panels for Pillow Back
2 yds and 24" Panel for Ruffle
1 1/2 yds for Cording
1 1/2 yds  X 2"for Cording Material

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Passed Down Sewing Basket Is Like A Treasure Chest!

A friend of my husband's grandmother passed away.  He knew that I sewed, so he asked if I would like to have her sewing basket.  Would I??  YES! YES! YES!  Little did he know what a treasure chest this is to someone who sews.  I found very old scissors, seam rippers, thread, buttons, patches with a tube of glue and my favorite find was this "Crazy Daisy Winder".  I looked it over and had no idea what it was for.  Off to the internet I went and what did I find, but a very old book on Ebay for the Crazy Daisy Winder.  It was copyrighted in 1948 and had a 35 cent price tag on the book.  I just had to have it!!!!  I could not wait for it to arrive and get started.  You wrap your crochet thread from one post to the other back and forth and then do a weaving stitch to hold it all together.  When you are finished, you turn the knob on top of the winder and it pulls in the posts sticking out that you wrap the thread around and it releases your daisy.  Soooo Cute!!  I have been playing and here are a few pictures.  I made one with crochet thread, another with plastic craft lace and one with velour yarn.  They are all so cute and I am thinking of many ways to use them.  I also included a picture from the book.  You can see that they made a purse which I really think I must have, and her beret and blouse which they called a "Vestee".  I can only crochet basic stitches, so I am going to have to brush up on some of these techniques.  The daisy is suppose to make crocheting a garment much faster because you just attach the daisys together with crochet stitches inbetween.  All I can say is "thank you Grandma Duncan for sharing your treasures"!!