Friday, April 27, 2012

How A Sewing Machine Works!

Have you ever wondered how your sewing machine works?  This was a really interesting video showing how the thread is picked up from the bobbin and it makes a stitch.  It might help you understand your sewing machine a little bit better.

I have been working outside and as soon as I get things under control, I will start sewing again!!  Soon, I hope, I am missing it!!

http://science.discovery.com/videos/deconstructed-sewing-machine.html

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Why Should You Get Your Sewing Machine Cleaned?

I have been taking lessons for quite some time now on sewing machine repair.  I have decided to open a small repair shop in my home for cleanings and repairs.  My first jobs have been on my own machines and those of family and friends.  My what I have learned!!!  If anyone in my area needs sewing machine  repair work done, please contact me.  It will be treated like my very own machine!!

I have also been very particular on my machines, who works on them, and who uses them.  They are just like my babies and only get the very best of care.  Now, I know they will since they will be serviced by me.  I am very particular and know just how I want my sewing machines to run.  There was a lot to learn about cleaning, oiling, lubing, and tensions.  I have also learned how to set timings and do many repairs.  Most sewing machines are made so well, that repairs are usually minor unless it is a computer part.  I wanted to show you some pictures of my Janome 10,000.  It has never been serviced like I serviced it. I just love anything mechanical and have always liked getting my hands dirty!!

The first picture shows some fuss way down inside the machine after I removed the embroidery part of the machine.  The second picture just shows dirt and grime that has collected.  It sure looks like a lot of dirt to me.  I bet my service man never cleaned in here.  Men don't clean like women do!!!!



Here is the dirt that I found in it.  It had three straight pins in it, I swear I can't believe they were mine!!  I am just so careful, but they were in there.  I removed the embroidery section of the machine and really got down into the mechanics of the machine.  It sure runs quiet and smooth now!!  She is purring like a kitten!!

Author - Cynthia Dickerson

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Digitized Model A Embroidery Design!

 My little nephew, Carson  and his daddy love Model A's.  Every year I make him a new t-shirt to wear with a Model A embroidered design on it.  This year they bought a new Model A, so I thought I would surprise them with a new design.  I digitized this myself, so I am sure he will be very excited.  Now he will have a t-shirt to match which ever car he is riding in.  He is only 4 but he loves those cars.  I was sick this weekend with a bad cold, so I worked on the design and sewed it out for the first time yesterday.  It looks pretty good, the only change I will make is I am going to use a darker outline stitch.  I don't usually let anyone know that I can do digitizing because everyone will want a picture done.  This takes many hours and much practice to get this accomplished.  I have probably worked about 8 hours on this design to get it to look this good. 

 I will show you the picture that I used to create the design and then the design sewed out.  It really is cuter than the picture!   Let me know what you think!


Saturday, March 31, 2012

Quick Easter Treats For Kids!!

My oldest granddaughter was going to girl scouts and it was her turn to bring the treat. Sooo, she tells grandma that she wants brownies with powdered sugar on top. My youngest daughter isn't big on baking, so it is always grandma who gets the job. I tried to talk her into some cupcakes, but no, she had her mind made up on brownies. I just thought it would be so much easier and less hassle to do the cupcakes. Then I got a bright idea that maybe I could make cupcake brownies. I have never seen them before but thought, I bet it would work. I ran to Kroger's and bought a brownie mix and got a package of Easter cupcake paper holders and they came with little toothpick Easter bunnies and Easter eggs for decoration. I whipped up my brownie mix and there was actually a recipe on the side of the box for cupcake holders. Where has this been all of my life!! I baked the brownies and added three jelly beans to the hot cupcakes and stuck in the tooth pick decorations and sprinkled them with powdered sugar. They were so easy and just came out really cute. If you need a quick treat for Easter try this, it was a big hit!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Pillow Project Finished!!

 I finally had time to get my pillows finished yesterday.  I have attached pictures for the last steps of the sewing that I did.  Here is a picture of what the Hello Kitty pillow sham looked like from the store.


You can see the pillow sham has this flap of material hanging off of the edge for decoration.  What I did first was I sewed my ruffle to the edge of that flap with right side on top of right side. 






Now you can see the stitching line where the flap starts.  I folded the material on that stitching line and brought it down over the sewed on ruffle.



I pinned this in place right over the stitching on the ruffle.  I did the two side seams first and then the bottom and then the top. I just top stitched it into place.   I was concerned about how the corners would look, but they turned out great.


Finally, here is the finished project.  It was a big job, but it looks so cute and I am sure it will be even cuter on the girls comforters in their new "Hello Kitty" bedroom! 

My plan was to use the "H K"  initial side of the material, but after making the ruffle I realized the "H K" initials would be upside down on the top of the pillow.  It ended up that I liked this darker side better, so it
worked out well!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Free Tape Measure!

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

New Video On Hemming Jeans The Easy Way!!

I forgot to tell you that I created a new video last week.  So sorry!!  Last week was quite hectic for me.  The video is a very easy way to hem jeans.  I have always hated to rehem jeans and usually cringed when someone would ask me to do this for them.  Then I found a new way of doing it and they are just a breeze to sew now!!  Take a look and see if you like this technique!  Cindy

  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrBoG1ZCZXU