Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Yummy Diet 60 Calorie Fudge Pops


This doesn't have anything to do with sewing, but most of us women are at some time dieting.  I also love to cook and I made up this recipe for these Fudge Pops.   My husband said, You Made These???  These Are Diet???  WOW, Keep Them Coming!!!

Anyway I was making a batch this morning and thought I should give away my recipe.  If you are like me, you can use something that tastes good once in a while while dieting.  I usually have one in the evening while watching TV.  This is my worst time, when I am idle.  This really hits the spot.  I have made vanilla( my granddaughters favorite), chocolate(my favorite), and Butterscotch(my husband's favorite).  Give these a try, they only have around 60 calories in them.

        POPSICLES
1 container low calorie coolwhip
1 small box of fatfree, sugarfree, pudding
1 cup of milk

Mix all ingredients together and fill your popsicle containers.  It makes about 16 of them.  I have also used small bathroom plastic cups and popsicle sticks before I found my containers.  Let them freeze for at least 12 hours and enjoy!!

Let me know if you try them and how you like them!!  Cindy

Monday, October 3, 2011

Serger Blanket Finally Finished!

I have been working on this blanket for two weeks.  This was the project I started when I dropped the needle screw into my serger.  I just cannot get my regular blanket stitch to work on this blanket.  I have finally come to the conclusion that it just does not like this material. This was different from what I usually purchase.  I always try and buy the Blizzard fleece, it is my favorite.   I had to decide to finish it in another way.

The material was very busy, so I added in a solid piece of fleece with my youngest grandson's name embroidered on it so it would show up.  I had first embroidered right onto the blanket and the letters just got lost in the print.  Sooo, then I embroidered it on the black fleece and sewed it on the blanket over top of the other embroidery.  Then I cut that section out of the back after I was finished.  Remember I sew two layers of fleece together for my blankets.  This way I had no added bulk.  To finish the hem, I sewed it around the edge about 1 inch in from the edge with a "Briar" stitch on the Janome machine.  I like the way it turned out.  It looks like a feather stitch and I took a picture for you to see.  What do you think?  I am just glad it is finished. 



Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Look At These Pictures and Don't Drop Your Serger Needle Screw!!

What a day, I am having!!  I wanted to sew a simple serger project.  I was changing the needle and dropped the tiny screw that holds in the needle into the machine.  I worked for hours trying to find that screw.  I cleaned it out and tried using a magnet.  No screw!  Then I turned this heavy machine upside down and heard it rattling.  So I shook it and cleaned it all out again!  No Screw!  Then I tried shaking it again and there was no more rattle.  I knew I was in trouble now!  I had to practically completely unassemble this machine.  I took pictures so you can see my mess and maybe what the inside of a serger looks like.

First are my pieces and parts and hopefully, I will know how to replace everything and get all the screws back into the right places.



Now here is my bare looking machine!

 



After all of this, I still could not find the screw.  So I picked it up and gave it a good shake again, and finally look what fell out!

There is the little trouble maker!!  Now probably most women would have to take their machine to a dealer and have them find it, but I am one of those women that love to take things apart!!  So now I am going to go have some lunch and put this machine back together.  While I have it opened up, I will give it a thorough cleaning and oil some of these parts in the back of the machine.  After about 6 hours of working on this machine, I should be able to do my little serger project.

I just thought I would give everyone the benefit of my mistake, make sure you are paying close attention when you are changing needles and I think from now on, I am going to lay a cloth over my serger before I ever change another needle!!!   I have read that advice from other sewers, but we always think it won't happen to us!   I was afraid if I left that screw in there it might jam up my machine and that would be very costly!!  Has this ever happened to anyone else??

Friday, September 23, 2011

Fiskar Rotary Cutter 5-Blade Sale!

I was looking around and found this great sale on Amazon this morning!  You can get the
Fiskars 95287097 45mm Rotary Staight Blade 5-Pack for $12.98 with Free Shipping!

  I went ahead and bought two for myself. Five blades for $12.98 is a great deal, that is only $2.59 a blade.   That should keep me supplied for a while!  If you are interested, just click on the link below!



Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Sewing Feet Tip That You Can Use!

I just created a little video on organizing your sewing feet.  These can easily get lost in my sewing room.  My grandchildren are in there and they are always playing while I sew.  They get knocked off my table and several times have ended up in the trash or on my floor where they can get stepped on.  This will help you stay organized!  Take a quick minute to watch!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WaOVZhoSbnA

Friday, September 2, 2011

It Is Sewing Time Again With My Latest Small School Project!

Hi everyone, I hope you have all had a great summer!  It is time to start getting back to sewing and I have been getting the itch to get started again.  This always happens to me when it is close to fall!


 My fall sewing always starts with altering uniforms for my oldest granddaughter (Allura) to go back to school.  This year she is in the fifth grade and has her very own locker.  She has to keep her school supplies in her locker and try to keep it organized because the principal will check them periodically.  I saw a project similar to this one the internet, so I revised it to fit my granddaughters locker. 








I purchased a $7.00 shoe bag at Odd Lots.  Allura and I measured her locker door to see what had to be done to make this fit.  It worked perfectly.  I just cut the shoe bag in half and sewed up the edges.  Along the top and bottom edges on the back side of the shoe bag, I attached some heavy magnets.  My sewing machine did sew through these.  I had to kind of slip the front of the shoe bag on my sewing machine into one of the pockets to attach the sides of the magnet, but it was not hard. 



We can now attach this to her locker door to hold her crayons, markers, she has to have 10 black pens, 10 red pens, 10 pencils, erasers, crayons, markers, highlighters, colored pencils, bottled glue, glue sticks and the list goes on and on.  You can see why we needed some way to organize this or everything would just be throwed into the locker.  She can only carry a small pencil bag with her.  Here is our finished project!  Maybe this will work for someone in your family as well!




Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Sewing As Cheaply As Possible!

As most of you know, sewing is no longer a cheap hobbie.  Most times, I find it costs more to sew than to just go out and make a purchase, so we as sewers have to start to be more creative in making our purchases.  First, I never make a purchase at JoAnn's, Hancock's etc. without using a coupon.  If you watch their ads, you can get patterns for $1.99 or cheaper.  I would never pay the regular price for a pattern.  I always wait until they are on sale.  I just start a list of pattern numbers I am interested in and then make my purchases during the sale.  Always use a coupon when buying material at these stores.  Also be sure to look at the mark down section.  You would be surprised at the bargains you can get there. 

Now for other material purchases, do not be afraid to use tablecloths, sheets, especially flannel kid's sheets, and also look at shower curtains.  These items give you wide yardage to sew with.  If you need an item to be water repellent, be sure and look at shower curtains!  I first learned this trick many years ago.  I made a pair of pants and wanted a vest to match it.  Well, it was an unusual color and I could not find a match anywhere.  I even looked out of town.  Then in a little craft shop I saw a tablecloth that was just the color I needed.  I asked myself, could I use this?????  Who would know???  Would someone say, are you wearing a tablecloth???  Well I ended up buying it and I still where that vest.  Here is a picture of it. 


No one has ever said that it looked like a table cloth! Now, I always browse those departments when I shop
and watch for mark downs.  If you see something cute, I would grab it. 

A few more places to look for fabric are your Salvation Army and Goodwill stores.  These are places where material is usually donated.  I have found many large rolls of material in these stores.  Be sure to watch garage sales also, sometimes ladies will be cleaning out their stash of material.  

Look at buttons also at your favorite stores.  Buttons are not cheap and sometimes you can find cheap ones on a blouse or jacket at Goodwill and Salvation Army.  It is worth picking up the item just for the bling!! 

Here is also a part of the article from www.moneysavingmom.com where a young mother  has learned these techniques and had fun sewing for her daughters.

Instead of buying fabric on the bolt, she began looking for other items made of fabric that she could use instead. For example, on a recent trip to Target, she found two cotton tablecloths in adorable floral prints for only $6.99 each. At 102 in. x 60 in., she scored more than three yards of fabric from each tablecloth at 60 inches wide rather than the standard 45 inches, more than enough to make three simple summer dresses for all of her girls from each print.

She also found cute prints in fabric shower curtains, curtain panels, throws and even bedsheets. She and her best friend just made skirts and hairbows for their daughters from a patterned $2 crib sheet that was elasticized all around, providing instant waistbands!

Good job Saskia!!  Hope you can use some of these tips!!  Happy Sewing!  Cindy