Sew Beautiful Issue 64, 1999

A free pattern, smocked nightgown for women sizes 8-18 plus Martha’s Favorite Shirt Jacket Pattern sizes 6-28. $5 plus shipping. No smoking or pets.

No smoking or pets. Pattern uncut. PayPal

Sew Beautiful Magazine Summer 1998

Summer 1998, 4 Smocking Plates, Heirloom Skirt and Blouse pattern for girls sizes 4-8, Duplicate Stitch and Pattern for Women short Sleeved Shell sizes 6-28.
Price $8.00 plus $4.50 shp. Continental USA

Products for Sewers

Products that are helpful to sewers aren’t always located in the sewing room. Try this on Fabric Purses, Place Mats and Napkins.

I love Best Press but if cost is a problem this is a good substitute.

I have used Shout Color Catcher but this brand is much better. I usually wash new fabric before using the fabric.

Happy Sewing

For Sale: Debbie Glenn Patterns

For Sale: Debbie Glenn Patterns

From Debbie Glenn 2 patterns. One for Toddlers sizes 2T-5 and one for her 18″ doll to match. Also included is a issue of Sew Beautiful Magazine issue 101, 2005 that includes the article written by Debbie using these patterns. This issue also includes a free pattern for Breezy Summer Apron and Bloomers. This pattern will fit 12m, 18m. and sizes 2 and 3. Very cute for Summer. The patterns have not been cut.

Price $15 plus shipping. PayPal or checks after clearing are accepted. Not pets or Smoking.


Sewing on Elastic

Many fashions today use elastic waistbands. The elastic is visible and it not covered by fabric.

Use a stretch needle to sew the elastic. This will keep the little knobs of elastic from popping up.

Happy sewing.

Embroidery Designs Heirloom Classics II

From Martha Pullen 24 Machine Embroidery Designs on a CD-ROM , Heirloom Classics II. All supported formats with a easy to use installer program. All Designs fit in a 4 x 4 hoop. My favorite was the Holiday Church Bells and the Scrolled Medallion. The strawberries in bloom was very nice also.

$10 plus Shipping

Vinyl Patterns

Want to make a pattern that will last. Do all patterns need to last? Of course not, but sometimes we use a pattern many times. Your favorite purse patterns, craft patterns as well as favorite clothing patterns are candidates.

In the latest issue of Threads Magazine there was a hint about making patterns from see through vinyl that is used to cover tables. After a little shopping I selected the cheapest vinyl at JoAnn’s and started my experiment. It wasn’t labeled as a table cover, just vinyl. Great timing as I was about to trace a pattern from a pair of Dockers pants that fit me and I wanted a pattern I could use.

It is best to lay the vinyl on top of the pattern or garment you are tracing as the vinyl sticks and hold down the garment or pattern. I used a black Sharpie Ultra fine point to trace on the vinyl. It stayed on the vinyl without smearing. I also tried Sharpie in different colors and all smeared. In fact the Sharpie black Ultra Fine was that only marker that worked without smearing. Just check that your marker doesn’t smear before tracking.

When cutting out your pattern don’t cut on the black lines. Cut close but don’t cut them off. Your vinyl pattern will be hard to see if the black lines are gone.

I like to roll the vinyl pattern up rather than fold. When it’s time to use again there’s no need to iron. Just smooth it over your fabric and it clings to the fabric.

In anyone find a color marker or pen that doesn’t smear I would love to know. It would be nice to mark different areas different colors especially where you added to the pattern for fitting etc.

Happy Sewing

Bi-level Topstitch Foot

This interesting little foot works quite well on binding quilts. A new type of foot where the bottom edges are not level. This helps when the fabrics you are sewing aren’t the same height. I am using it for binding quilts although there must be many other uses.

When I first tried this foot, I thought it was backwards but of course, it was just me. It is designed to allow the bulk of the quilt to be on the left side of the machine.

The two quilts that I bound with this foot are going to be used a lot and needed a strong edge. Not being sure of my sewing skills, I sewed the binding to the wrong side and then wrapped it to the right side, where I could see I was sewing in the correct spot.

My first quilt, was a double side baby blanket, one side flannel and one side cotton fabric without any batting. I sewed the binding to the wrong side and brought the binding to the top side and sewed in place. Did the back look as good as the front? No, but it wasn’t to bad. If you are off it’s important to use a thread color to match your backing. The second one was good on both sides.

The last picture shows both side of the quilt which look the the same of both side.

For Creative Vision Users: The 6.2 menu for specialty feet has lots of stitches that work with this foot. I used the 6.2.1 but I think next time I will adjust the stitch or select another one.

It helps to sew on the edge of the binding, not the quilt as that will make the back and front of the quilt match. This isn’t for heirloom quilts but it will work for everyday quilts that will get a lot of use. Please post if you have thoughts about this foot.

Happy Sewing (Hi Son)

Pfaff Creative Vision Toggle Icon

Creative Vision (from here out known as the CV) has a wonderful Icon button. Just in case someone reading this doesn’t know what a toggle icon is I will try and explain. (It is icon that will change from one function to another and then back again as it is touched.) Kind of cute really.

We have one on the CV, although I must admit I have used this machine for quite a while and didn’t know it was there. I will try and explain.

The first picture shows a straight stitch with the width button on the left and the length button on the right. We know on a straight stitch, then if we change the width button, we are moving the needle position, as there isn’t any width to a straight stitch.

Picture #2 shows the zig zag stitch 1.1.5 at it’s default size. We also know we can change the width by using the left hand button.

But now look at picture #3. It shows the same stitch, same size but it’s position has changed. The stitch will sew closer to the right, as the stitch has been moved closed to the right which will sew closer to the right edge of the pressure foot. Look closely and you can see that the width button is pushed in and now shows a different icon. So by touching and toggling back and forth on decorative stitches, we have the option to not only change the width but also where it stitches. How fun………
Toggle Switch Pushed In

Maybe we have more of these but I’m not sure. Help anyone?

It’s Sunday night and my son may be checking to see if I am posting to this site so I must hurry and get something going.

Oh yes, Happy Sewing, and Carl enjoyed watching the race last night.