Thursday, January 29, 2009
So I like to share the things I learn when I sew with you. On this zippie I learned that adding piping to a little zipper bag is about 50 times harder than adding it to a purse. I almost threw this thing out. I did add an additional topstitch all the way around, just in case I didn't catch everything or something, it won't leak your pennies or whatever out all over your purse. It's NOT perfect. I can see in the pic the one corner is weird, also I can see some of the construction on the piping, it does not just appear like magic all the way around. *sigh* I also learned which way to point the piping while sewing it to the zipper so when I turn the bag it's right, although in all honesty I don't see me doing this again. *Julie, I will make you a poof ball zipper bag some day, and this piping direction while sewing thing will be needed for that too.*
All in all, I think it's pretty cute. It goes really well with your purse. If you hate it you can just toss it and I'll never know. Unless you are local. Local girls, if you win you have to use the zippie or I'll know and it will hurt my feelings.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Do admire the custom made piping trim on this bag. This trim is so adorable it is taking everything I have not to keep it. I simply don't need a bag though.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
Stephen had requested a "yellow quilt" So I made this: True to his love of yellow (please note yellow walls) He likes to have it on his bed so the back is showing. Shoulda just made it whole cloth with two yellows I guess! haha. But the best part is he loves it. I think he needs a pillowcase for it now. His pillow cases are all blue. That simply doesn't work. I have enough fabric I think to make one with the yellow animal print. I think maybe a line of red ric rac?
Saturday, January 17, 2009
So I sold some of my cards, I sold some of my stamps. And today I bought this: Here it is all out of the box:
- something about the threading having an extra catch that is somehow better, but I don't know why. It's a Janome thing.
- A little drawer in the part you can remove (extension table) which can hold your extra feet and such. I'm not SURE I care about the drawer, I guess I'll get used to it.
- the bobin cover thingie is clear so I don't suddenly run out. I LOVE this feature.
- the feed dogs lower, so I don't need the cover I had to use on my old machine
- all the parts just feel better, more sturdy
- came with a seam ripper
- came with a button hole foot, I've never done a button hole, I'll have to give it a try.
- Oh it has two button hold feet, one is "button hole foot B" and one is "sliding button hole foot" I have NO IDEA.
- It can hold a double needle and two spools of thread. the only thing I know you use this for is pin tucks, which I think are the most precious thing ever. I saw it on Sewing with Nancy one time. I don't have a double needle though, or a pintuck foot, but I COULD get them.
- The whole sewing area with the extension table on is larger, great for free motion quilting.
Ok so I also bought the darning /free motion foot, and a quarter inch foot. I had no idea about the quarter inch. I'd heard the term, but my old foot was a quarter inch from the needle to the edge so I thought that was what it ment. NOPE. I now have this special foot that has a fabric guide you actually butt the fabric up against. I did some peicing for an ongoing project and it came out with perfect points. I mean on row after row. I usually get one perfect point in about 5.
So I'm a totally happy camper.
And her name is Jenny. Jenny the Janome.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
First I stamped a handful of the sea critters and colored them with my copic markers. Then I cut down the plastic sheet and colored that too with copic, it looks streaky, but it turns out ok. I think that alcohol ink dropper stuff would rock for this too, probably be even better, but I don't have any so marker worked fine.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
I am considering replacing it if it's more than about $30 to fix. I mean it's old, it's sorta crappy...
so the sewing place has several Janome for under $300. I'm totally comfortable with that price.
I'm thinking about:
TB12 (which is super cool looking but does it do ENOUGH for me)
Magnolia 7318 (which I like the features of a bunch, but with those flowers on it, it looks like a toy)
Harmony (it's aqua. I can't remember what else I loved about it)
And 11590FS. Can't remember what I liked about that one either, it had a nice review though.
I know everyone has WAY fancier machines than me and I'm sure you love your Pfaff or BabyLock or Viking or whatever you are using. But I'm a girl with a budget and I don't know a single person ever to not love their Janome.
Anyhow I'm totally depressed. I'm gonna go back when the lady who sells the machines and the husband who does the repairs are both in and have the husband tell me exactly the charge to fix me all up, then the lady help me figure out how much it would cost to get me in a machine that I will love. Then pray about it more and decide.
I'm just sick over the whole thing. I need to get some work published to offset my new machine spending.
Oh and if you don't know, our AC died, our pool motor died AND our TV is dieing on us. So like I have money for a sewing machine right now? I mean my family COULD survive without a sewing machine, but not a TV or AC. Oh and have you SEEN how stupid expensive TVs are now? What the heck? They don't even SEW stuff! I suggested NOT having a TV but they all thought I was insane.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Not threaded wrong, or skipping stitches,
nasty broken. :(
I was sewing along on Stephen's quilt. Using the walking foot. I hate the walking foot by the way. Anyhow it just went funky and made a huge loud noise suddenly. Then the pressor foot thingie didn't work. Didn't raise and lower the foot. So I took the walking foot off and then it sorta worked. I sewed some more. But it wasn't right. It sounded off. There wasn't enough pressure on the pressure foot. So I took the quilt out and looked at it and it really didn't have enough pressure. Just sorta flopping around. I could raise and lower it, but it was floppy.
Turns out the spring that is on there isn't attached right now. Somehow it either broke some or came unattached.
Brian tried to reattach it. He used my piercer I got from Gina K. Now the thing with the piercer is for YEARS I pierced with a push pin. Then I got one from Gina K. It was awesome. I love that thing. I'm sure you can see where this is going. My piercer is broken too. Snapped off trying to fix my machine. Which is still broken.
I think my sewing machine guy will be able to fix it. I'm really hoping he can just do a quick fix on it while I'm in there. I don't want to leave it behind. I want to finish the quilt, I want to sew a million more projects.
And I REALLY hope whatever I did CAN be fixed. You simply can't buy a sturdy good machine for what I can afford any more. I cannot afford a new machine. It would take me months and months to save up for even a medium quality one.
In other news:
Oh forget it, I can't think of other news with a broken sewing machine.
Friday, January 09, 2009
So last night after I put kids to bed I cut them all out (man are my hands tired) and stamped a couple of cards.
Thursday, January 08, 2009
I can't wait to get creating, I cleaned the craft room (making a quilt makes a huge mess for me) so I'm all ready.
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Then I started cutting fabric for Stephen's quilt. Then sewing. Then I was done. It's SUPER simple. I need to do a border or something, it's sorta narrow. Anyhow here it is: My issue is that I want to do the border in the red dot, but Stephen wants a "yellow quilt" so I'm afraid that will be too much red and not enough yellow. So I'm not sure what I'll do. I have a cool yellow animal on white print that I'm doing the back in and I have plenty do to the border with, but I think it's not a strong enough print to go with all this bright color. So I'm stuck. But pretty happy that I made a quilt top in about two hours.
Oh one idea I have is to slice this whole top at about the 3/4 point, longways. Then add a fat stripe of my animal print, bordered on either side by a thin stripe of the red dot. Then not putting a border on the whole thing, just a red binding. That's actually my favorite idea, but when I explained it to Brian he said no way. But it's not up to him... I'm not sure.
These stripes are simply the fabric cut selvage to selvage and then sewn together.
Today's poem I sorta like so I'm gonna share it with you. Its about this box of crap I have. You know, old love letters, mix tapes, ticket stubs. Whenever I would add something to the box it seemed like a treasure that I'd never forget. But looking at the stuff now it all means nothing to me next to the treasures I have in my life every day.
I have a box where I keep
Some objects that I love
I store them safely as I sleep
As you may cage a dove
I took the box down today
To look at what was inside
Not love but junk how did they
Become symbols of live that died
And now I have your heart
I want to keep
And lock it away
But I’m afraid
That if I do
That will also fade
So you are free
To live and choose
Although it may hurt me so
If you choose not me
But break my heart
And choose to simply go
The rhyme pattern is sort of a mess. 4 lines, then 3, then the last two bits rhyme not inside the grouping but with each other. But whatever, I'm not a poet, I'm a girl who wrote a poem. :)
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
Monday, January 05, 2009
So here is Stephen's Stuffed Animals' quilt. And the back: I literally used random fabrics on this one. Just pulled stuff out of my drawers and the pile of fabric on my desk. Oddly I like it, although I'm quite sure these colors do not "work".
Saturday, January 03, 2009
Not for a swap. This tiny quilt top is 7x9 inches. I will probably finish it up because Ethan has a deep love for it. I will try again, trying to make it straight and nto wonky and lame. Turns out TINY sewing is harder, much harder. I'm gonna get it though. I can do anything I set my mind to.
And here it is on the red side. I'm sure you have noticed that it's different decorative stitching on each side, so I did each band seperate with it's tons of stitching, then applied them together over the top of the apron.
Anyhow, I got a thank you note from my Gramma yesterday, she said she really likes it. :)