Showing posts with label Sew Sew Saturday. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sew Sew Saturday. Show all posts

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Sew, Sew Saturday...Great Quilting Table and More

Hi one and all!! Welcome to another edition of Sew, Sew Saturday...the place for sewing tutorials, tips and tricks. Are you having a Sew, Sew Saturday today? I hope so.

Today, I wanted to share a new friend I made...Marguerita. She emailed a little bit ago saying someone shared my blog with her and she noticed I was from Rhode Island. She lived in Connecticut over 30 years ago and went to the beach in my town...so funny!! She now lives in Alaska.

She noticed from some of my Tool Time Tuesday posts that we would be best friends shopping in the hardware store! She shared an unbelievable video with me, that she made, about building up your sewing table to fit around your sewing machine...with foam insulation boards. I asked if I could share it with all of you!!

The idea is fabulous. The foam board insulation fits around your machine giving you a completely flat surface for your quilt or sewing to rest on. Nothing drops off or sags from the sewing machine plate.

Here's a little picture of her table (used with her permission), but the video is the best!!



You can click HERE for her table video...

You can click HERE for her other YouTube videos...so many great ones.

You will get lost with her tips and tricks. One of my favorites is using the metal arm that holds the plug from inside a toilet bowl ( new one of course...let's not go crazy with Tool Time by stealing one from one of the bathrooms in your house!! Ok, maybe, if we're desperate...all in the name of sewing, right? LOL.) She uses it to guide cone thread up from a coffee cup up to your machine. Genius!! It's on the video.

Enjoy her site.

Thanks Marguerita for emailing and sharing your sewing table with me. See you in the hardware store!!

Have a Sew, Sew Saturday,
~Karen~

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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Sew, Sew Saturday...How To Clean Your Sewing Machine

Hello everyone!! Welcome to another Sew, Sew Saturday. I thought I would change things up and not share a sewing project, but a sewing "machine" project....cleaning it!!

We all have different machines, but basic steps are the same, just might look different on your machine... My machine is a Bernina aurora 440QE.

The best thing to do is read your manual first.


Ok...let's get started...


First few steps...unplug it.


Remove your presser foot...


needle and thread.


On my machine, there is a little circle area in the back right corner...


Press on that and it will pop open.

To be completely honest, I usually stick that little screw driver they give you with the machine in the hole near the feed dogs and pop it up. I know that can't be good, so I'll use that little thing in the back from now on lol


Oh, good Lord.

I won't say any more. I'm hanging my head in shame!!


Now take that little brush they give you and get ready!!


We're going in!!!

It looks frightened doesn't it?


Sweep away the dust bunnies...


Wow...there has to be a Tool Time Tuesday project with this. Lol


Can you hear it breathing a sigh of relief? Actually, it's probably cursing at me.


Now to the inside.


Gets dusty in there too.


Remove your bobbin casing.


On my machine, there is a clip on the left. Push that and pop it open to clean the hook.


A door will drop...


It drops all the way down, but doesn't come off.


See...dust bunnies.


Now just reach in and pop out the hook. It should just fall out.


Hook...

Clean, clean, clean...


This is where I would put a drop of machine oil right on the bottom of the hook casing (according to my book)


Run the machine on scrap fabric, so you don't ruin any fabric with the oil.



Hope this helps and gives you a little push to clean your machine. I need to set up a routine to do this regularly.

 Have a great Sew, Sew Saturday!!
~Karen~

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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Thread Organizing Linking Party...Share Your Ideas

Usually on Sew, Sew Saturday, I share something I've sewn during the week, a fun pattern or tutorial. However, I mentioned last week that I wanted to have a linking party for thread organizing ideas. Today and for the rest of the week, I will have the linking party open so you can share how you organize your sewing thread!!

Thread. We all have it, love it and keep buying it.



Why do we LOVE thread so much? Is it the colors, the textures or just the mere fact of collecting it!!

Ahh...the art of collecting. It's like an addiction. We just want ALL the colors.



My little collection is minor compared to some I've seen, but here are a few of the ways I have stored thread...antique soda crates. Click here



Old tool box...


Each thread in the tool box has a golf tee with a flower glued on top and a mini hair elastic around the bobbin..


The hair elastic can match the thread, but it really keeps it from unraveling. Click here



Golf tees with pretty flowers on top...click here


Here are 2 ways to store your bobbins...great for travel or sewing classes. Click here




or my latest post for small storage...click here


I found this idea on Pinterest and it is fabulous...I must make one of these. The copyright statement from The Creative Homemaker blog allowed me to post the pictures with a link...definitely click here for their blog!!


The bobbin is right there with the spool...so cute!!



Ok...now it's your turn!! Let's see how you store, organize or carry your thread. Show us anything to do with THREAD...

THREAD, THREAD AND MORE THREAD!!!

Linking parties are easy...here are steps to join in on the fun...
  • just click the blue "click here to enter" button below all the other links and follow the easy steps
  • link up to the specific project post, not your whole blog. Makes it easier to link right to that post and not search through your entire blog. To find the http address to a specific post, just click on the Title of "that" post. Copy and paste the address that's at the top of your computer into the linky steps.
  • link an old or new post pertaining to THREAD ONLY
  • visit other links to share some blogging love! You know we all love comments!
  • linking is open til Saturday night, so plenty of time to join in

Thanks in advance for sharing,
~Karen~

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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Sew, Sew Saturday...

Hi all my wonderful blogging friends. On Sew, Sew Saturdays, I usually share something I've made or a sewing tutorial. However, I couldn't resist sharing something sewing "related" with you.

My blogging friend Leanne, from Australia, sent me the funniest thing I've ever read and thought it would be great to share it on my blog. OMG will I share it!!! How could I not.

The picture below is "Advice From The Singer Sewing Manual" in 1949. I made the picture larger so you can read it!! It's priceless...




The best...

"Never try to sew with sink full of dishes or beds unmade"...

Yeah right, I DON'T do the dishes or make the beds so I have more time to sew. Lol

"When you sew, make yourself attractive. Have your hair in order, powder and lipstick on"...

Seriously, I'm lucky to have a bra on and my hair brushed. Sewing time is priceless on my day off, so I just throw on some clothes and I'm ready to go.

I think I will frame this and put it in my sewing room just to keep me smiling!!

Thanks Leanne...awesome email! You really need to start a blog, by the way. Lol

Happy Sew, Sew Saturday,
~Karen~

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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Sew, Sew Saturday...3 Rugs to 1

If you're new to Sew Many Ways, I make it a point to make an appointment with my self to have some time for sewing. The weekdays are so crazy with work and what not, Saturdays seem to do the trick for me. They could be big project or little ones like today's post, but sewing is sewing. Maybe you can join me this Sew Sew Saturday!!

A few years ago, I purchased 3 small rugs at a tent sale. It's the type of sale where you fill a bag for one price. These 3 rugs were some of things I put in that bag.

At that time, I needed a small runner, so I decided to sew 2 of the rugs together. Worked great for the spot I needed at that time. Now I need a longer one, so I sewed on the third one and thought I would share the idea with you.



Just connect the 2 rugs with a thick heavy duty thread and big needle.


I sewed big whip stitches...ignore the dog hair. We have a yellow lab and I swear I can vacuum and the hair weaves itself into the fabric.


I thought of another idea to connect the two rugs or to secure your stitches...the ever popular Duct Tape.

The spot where the rug is doesn't get much traffic...it's just in a little hallway going into our master bath. Maybe the Duct Tape will hold...I'll let you know.

The stitches have been there for years though, so that I can attest to!


Here are the 3 rugs attached and in the narrow hall going into the master bath and the other fur ball we have...Hallie


Great idea to "make" a rug that will suit your needs. Buy 2 or 3 cheap rugs in the color you need and make the right size for your area.

Look for rugs on sale too...you know we all love a bargain!!

I hope you have a Sew, Sew Saturday,
~Karen~

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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Sew, Sew, Saturday...Fixing Waistband Gap

Welcome to another Sew, Sew Saturday. Each Saturday I've tried to make an "appointment" with myself to get a little sewing in, especially if I couldn't squeeze any in during a busy work week.

You know I always extend an invitation for you to join me every week, so you can have a Sew Sew Saturday too.

Today, I thought I would share with you some of the "mending" I did last weekend. You know that pile of clothes that needs to be hemmed, button sewn on, taken in or let out. Well, I worked on a couple things last Sew Sew Saturday.

Here's a quick fix I wanted to share for that dreaded gap in women's jeans. You know the gap...that space that doesn't lay flat against your waist or hip. It kind of just flaps away from your body. My waistbands have to be big enough to fit over my hips, but once the pants are up, zipped and button there is that little "gap"

The first picture is the finished waistband...


See the 2 seams where I took a little tuck?


Close-up of the outside seam.


Close-up of inside seam.


Here's how you do it...

Fold over waistband, right sides together.


I used chalk to show you the direction of the seam. About a 1/4 inch wide at the top and then narrows down at an angle to the bottom. I think it's better to take a few "little" tucks verses one big one. I also took 2 small ones in the front too.

Don't you love my camera skills...looks like I focused in on the chalk instead of the jeans...what the heck! It's after midnight and I have these jeans on right now, so I don't have the stamina to take them off and take another picture... Lol !!! Chalk looks nice and clear though!


All sewn up.


I put 2 pins in the seam so you can see them. The seams disappear under a belt or shirt.


Easy, quick fix for all pants not just jeans. This works even if you don't have the gap and just want to take in the waistband. .

Have a great Sew Sew Saturday,
~Karen~

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