Wednesday, October 2, 2019

RED & WHITE QUILT - 1































Well, I started on the quilt and  I needed to make 28 blocks. 

This is as far as I got but I needed to stop and trim these blocks down to 4 3/4" squares.  I couldn't figure out how to trim them down and get all four sides even.  I didn't want to just cut them on two sides because one side would turn out smaller than the other.

I taped the back of my ruler with painters tape at the 4 and 3/4" mark and then I put a small mark of painters tape directly in the center of where my square should be.  When I placed this on my material, I could see how much needed to be cut off.  It was about 1/4 inch on two sides.  I just kind of eyeballed and scooted the ruler over to half of the material that needed cut off, which would be about 1/8" on the first two sides.  Then I trimmed the first two sides. I made two turns with the material which brought me to the other two sides of my square which needed trimmed and now I centered my square of material at the 4 3/4" marks by the tape exactly and trimmed off the other two sides, which equaled the other 1/8" that the square needed to be trirmmed.  I made sure that the diagonal line on the ruler was exactly at the point of the edge of the material square and the blue dot painters tape in the center was lined up correctly.  I looked at my pattern and these really do not have to match up with anything perfectly so I knew it didn't have to be exact, but I am sure they would be very close.  I really don't know how you could trim these and get them perfect unless you would have a ruler that was exactly 4 3/4" square.  Anyone have any tips?



Now I have all of the squares started to the first step and all the squares have been trimmed to 4 3/4".
























Monday, September 30, 2019

I LOVE RED & WHITE QUILTS !!


Hello, hello, hello!  I have really missed posting on my blog.  I think I told you long ago that I retired. My husband bought me the Janome 15,000 as my retirement present and he keeps reminding me this will be my last machine unless we win the lottery!!  I was so happy, but for the last year, it has just sat in my sewing room untouched.  Sometimes I would go in and just look at it, but I developed Rheumatoid arthritis and my hands have gotten pretty bad and I had zero energy.  I have been having trouble for several years now and have been to doctor after doctor. It took them about three years to diagnosis the problem.  To make a long story short, I was unable to sew. I didn’t feel good and laid on the couch most days. I  was so sad I just didn't feel like sewing on my new machine. Started medication last year and it didn’t work, but two months ago, the doctor switched me to something else and I am starting to feel like my old self.  Hands are better and I have decided to make a quilt. I still have to learn how to use my new sewing machine. I think I am going to love it!!

 My hands were so sore cutting out all these little pieces for the quilt, it took me two weeks to finally get everything cut out.  OK, this is enough of my problem so let's start sewing again!!  If you remember, I am more of a garment sewer than a quilter, so if you see me doing anything wrong or you know of an easier way, please let me know.


 

I picked out a red and white quilt from the Red & White Quilts book.  It is called the Turkey Tracks Block.  I didn’t want to purchase the whole book and they were offering to download it online so I thought this was a great idea.  It cost less that way.  Actually, this turned out being a big mistake.  I tried to copy and paste the quilt.  I wanted to print off the section of items that I needed to purchase.  I was having trouble getting this accomplished and the next thing I knew, they said I had printed my print limit.  I wasn’t able to get anything printed.  I just wanted a copy to take to JoAnn’s with me and never got it.  So I have to drag my iPad with me for every step on sewing and this is a pain for me. Lesson learned.  Nothing was ever mentioned about a print limit.  I would never do this again.  I will be posting the quilt and pictures if you would like to follow along with me starting tomorrow.  I am excited to get started!  Thank you for sticking with me, I appreciate it!!

Sunday, January 6, 2019

HOW TO SHOP FOR FABRIC!

I came across this information this morning and thought it worthy of sharing.  On Rule #4 - 7, I did not know this, but I will be sure using this tip.  I remember I bought all of this fabric to make a sweatshirt and sweatpants.  The material looked nice, it felt nice, thick and heavy, but after I washed it and made it, my fabric hung like a rag.  This is a lot of work, time and MONEY to purchase fabric that has been sprayed with sizing to make it feel like quality.  Here are some great tips!



Rules of Thumb When Shopping for Fabric


Rule #1

A successfully chosen garment fabric will compliment the pattern design
  • To determine a fabric’s suitability for a pattern, check the pattern envelope. Illustrations on the front show fabrics appropriate for the design; the envelope back lists suggested fabrics chosen by the designer.

Rule #2

A successfully chosen garment fabric will flatter the wearer
  • To find out whether a fabric is becoming to you, drape at least 2 yards of the material over yourself in front of a full-length mirror. In this way you can see the precise effect of color and texture on your skin tone and figure.

Rule #3

A successfully chosen garment fabric will perform according to expectations
  • To predict a fabrics probable behavior, you must know its content and finishes, also how much it will shrink and exactly how it should be cared for. The most reliable source of such information is the end-of-bolt label or store tag.

Rule #4

A successfully chosen garment fabric will be of good quality for your money
  • To recognize quality or its opposite, you must become aware of the characteristics that signify excellence and those that disguise inferiority. The distinguishing features are often small and subtle, and detectable only to an experienced eye. There are some more obvious criteria, however, that can be used to the advantage by novice and experienced shoppers alike…
  1. Weave shouldn’t be firm: You can test this by scratching the surface; if the threads shift easily, the garment seams may be inclined to slip or develop holes around the stitching.
  2. Weave should be uniform: Hold it up to the light and check for any unusually thick or thin areas. A fabric that has them would not wear evenly. The light test will also show up any weak spots or imperfections.
  3. Filler yarns should meet selvages at right angels. Yarns at an oblique angle mean fabric is off-grain
  4. Dye color should be even and look fresh. If there is a crease-line, check whether color has rubbed off on it. This could indicate poor dye quality and also pose a problem in cutting.
  5. Print colors should be even with no white spots showing through them, except in areas that are clearly meant to be white (Note: exception would be tie dye’s and batiks that often reflect natural irregularities due to nature of the hand technique)
  6. A print that is geometric or otherwise symmetrical should meet the selvages at a right angle. An irregular print can’t be corrected.
  7. No powdery dust should appear when the fabric is rubbed between the fingers. Visible powder is an indication of too much sizing, a frequent device for concealing poor quality
  8. Fabric should shed wrinkles after crushing. If it does not, the garment will always look rumpled (Note: An exception to this rule of thumb is linen whose natural tendency is to do otherwise and is not an indicator of a poor quality fabric)
  9. Notice after ascertaining the fabric’s stretch, whether it returns to its original dimensions. A knit that does not recover completely may sag or stretch our of shape in wearing.
  10. Lightly but firmly tug fabric in opposite directions. Weak fibers that tear at the tension indicate a fabric with compromised integrity.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Invisible Zipper Application


I saw this technique this morning on how to insert an invisible zipper by Kenneth King. This was given to Kenneth by Linda Maynard. Kenneth is my favorite designer and if he uses this technique, then it's good enough for me.  This technique will not have the little bump at the bottom of the invisible zipper that you have with the usual installation process.  It has a few more steps but it comes out impeccable!!  Add this to your collection.




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Monday, November 12, 2018

THE BEST WAY TO REPLACE A ZIPPER IN A JACKET OR SWEATSHIRT



Has anyone one besides me noticed how cheap zippers are in jackets and sweatshirts anymore?  I just replaced the zippers in three hoodie sweatshirts for my husband and this school jacket for my granddaughter.  I am a pro at it now.  This is not my first time at this task.  This job happens every fall.  I really think this is the easiest technique to use.  First, do not remove the old zipper.  When you do this, the sweatshirt and jacket material just stretches out of shape terribly and, your new zipper will never fit.  What I want you to do is just very carefully remove the teeth from the zipper already in the jacket with your scissors.  You might have to remove a few threads to get your small scissors in to start cutting as shown in the first picture.  Go very slow so you do not cut into the material.

 After just removing the zipper teeth, then run your hands up and down the zipper tape that is still in the jacket or sweatshirt and remove all of the frays or strings that are sticking out.  Some will pull out and others will  need cut off.


 Now I laid my new zipper on top of the old zipper tape still in the jacket and made sure the zipper was exactly at the bottom of the jacket, I pinned it to hold it in place until I could get it under my presser foot.  Make sure you have your zipper right side up.



Now sew in the new zipper just holding it in place as you sew.  I did change and put on my zipper foot.  As you can see in the picture, I sewed by just following down the exact sewing line that was already holding in the old zipper tape.  



















I folded the zipper tape in half diagonally and tucked it under the top of the zipper when I reached the top of my jacket.  I also cut and removed some of the hard ends off of the actual zipper tape so it would not be uncomfortable on her neck.

















Sew on the other side zipper exactly the same and you are finished.  I did add another row of stitching on the very edge of the jacket right by the zipper teeth.  I did that because this was the way it was previously sewn on the jacket.  You will now never know it was replaced and it looks very professional.
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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

All In One Facings!!

This is one of my very favorite videos, but every time I want to use it, I need a refresher course.
It just amazes me how this works.  I will put it on my blog in case you ever need to refer to it.






The last time I used this technique was for a wedding dress.  It was a mother's dress from the 60's and it had long sleeves.  The daughter wanted it altered  to be sleeveless.  I was a nervous wreck, but it turned out beautiful.  I had to take the whole bodice apart and take out the zipper on the dress.  What a difference that a little change can make for a dress.  She looked beautiful in it and it really gave it an updated look.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Hemming Your Garment!

One of the most tell tale signs of a home made garment is the hem.  I struggled with this for years, but now I pretty much have it down pat.  As the video tells you, I also have had people pick up my garment and look at the hem.  I sometimes think they don't believe I made it and I guess a poor hem proves that I did!  That is why I concentrate on making my hems as perfect as I can.  Here are some tips!!  Just click on the link, this is a very good video to keep in your sewing files.




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