Thursday, July 24, 2014


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I am really enjoying my new CS6000i computer sewing machine.  photo 002_zps2085eec0.jpg 
The only problem I heard of from this sewing machine was that it is so light weight. They like the fact that it is light weight but it does not stay put on a working surface. Solving this problem was as easy as a roll of non-slip drawer liner that was purchased at the Dollar Tree for $1.
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My machine came with a walking foot. I have never used one of these and always thought it was for quilting. Upon some investigation into sewing with knits I came across this blog Pretty Prudent with instructions on using a walking foot to keep stretchy knits from puckering when sewed. This blog was very helpful. As for the twin needle PRETTY PRUDENT talks about I had also seen it in Nancy Zieman's book 10-20-30 MINUTES TO SEW page 72-73.
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After consulting my sewing machine manual to attach the walking foot correctly, I was ready to start sewing the knit top.
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I completed the knit top as seen in the picture above. The walking foot worked great. With the twin needles it gives a regular stitch with a zigzag stitch underneath.
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It was great on the tie detail of this top. I did thread the right needle wrong the first time. I can see the error on the top, wonder if you can?
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The pattern used was a retro pattern that was purchased on ebay.
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Now to tackle more sewing projects. Hope you will also try the walking foot on some of your projects and check out The Prudent Pretty Blog with some very helpful instructions for sewing with knits.  

Friday, July 18, 2014


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My honey got me a new sewing machine.  My other machine I had for about 15 years finally just stopped sewing correctly.  The one the the church gave me quit working correctly too. 
When I got married it wasn't  a week before I had to buy a sewing machine.  It was a used sewing machine but it was perfect as far as I was concerned. I was only 19 years old at the time.  Some 44 years ago and 4 sewing machines since then. A sewing machine is essential to my well being so to speak.  Creating things, makes me a very happy person.

"Now for my 2 little projects."
We are headed to a week-end of camping tomorrow. There were two things I needed for my vintage motor home.  A bag for plastic bags (see tutorial-click here) and a sturdy bag for the smaller #10 dutch oven. 

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 The first was a plastic bag holder. I chose a vintage material I got out of my stash. It matched the color scheme that I had in my motor home. It did not match the theme especially but I liked it and it will serve it's purpose till I can find one that will.

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My dear hubby has been trying his hand at dutch oven cooking while camping. We started out with a smaller dutch oven and then we got a larger one. I had a large denim bag I had made a few years ago, and it fit the larger dutch oven. I now needed a smaller bag. So the second little project is a denim bag.
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I had a piece of denim in my fabric stash. It worked perfect for the smaller bag. Both bags have a drawstring top. This makes the bag easy to put the dutch ovens in and close up.

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I  really am enjoying my new sewing machine and learning the different things it can do.  The machine also made doing these little projects a pleasure.

Monday, June 30, 2014


All in all a very productive day.
I finished my MIL's blouse top and got it sent off today in the mail.
The V neck line looked pretty low on the gown I made.  For an evening lounge gown that is ok.  For wearing as everyday clothing I decided to add a piece to the inside of the V-neck.
I made 2 microwave potato bags.  One smaller size and one larger.  If you are interested in making your own microwave bag pattern click here .  If you need instructions for sewing and how to use these bags safetly click here .
Then I made two of my simple aprons that I wear most of the time to cook in. 
Below is a tutorial on how to make a simple apron.  My aprons I make from a pattern I made myself to fit my body size.  Most aprons seem to tie around my hips instead of my waist.  I have used this apron pattern over and over through out the years.

After cutting out the body of the apron, I turn all the edges under 5/8 inch "twice" all the way around.
For the neck ties I used homemade bias tape for this particular apron.  Pin it at the edge of the top of the apron.
This is a picture of the two top ties pined to the apron.
Pin the side straps also and pin.
Sew all the way around the apron on the edges of the seams as seen in photo.
Just in case the seams do not secure the straps, sew at an angle forwards and backwards over the straps.  I know that these aprons will be repeatedly washed so I will go the extra to make sure every thing is secured.
I made one more apron only I had enough material to cut out straps to match this apron.

Now I have 2 new aprons to use.  It will be fun to have different ones to use.  

Thursday, June 26, 2014


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 My dear mother-in-love fell about 2 weeks ago. She fractured her shoulder and her wrist. My oldest daughter and husband are taking care of her at their home.  They were finding it difficult to dress her with a sling on and also to keep from causing her pain.  She was mainly staying in the bedroom and wearing a hospital gown.
So I set out to find something that would be easier for her.  Upon investigation I found blouses or tops that have a closure at the shoulder seams.  I also found out that the same shoulder she hurt is one that has given her problems for years and had not been able to lift her arm very high.  These tops are suppose to make it easier to put your clothes on with a shoulder problem.
I already had a pattern that had seams at the shoulder to experiment with.  This pattern was one I had made for my Mother-in-Love some years ago to lounge in.
First thing I did was add 2-5/8 seams to the front and back shoulders seams using wax paper.  
Turn down each shoulder 5/8 and iron.
Turn again another 5/8 inch and iron that down.
Open out the ironed shoulder seams and pin and sew the facings on.
Using some stitch witchery iron the shoulder seams down.  This will give it a little extra stabilizing for the velcro. 
Your shoulder seam will look like this when ironed down with the stitch witchery. Top stitch the seams down
 Sew your velcro on to the finished shoulders as you see in the picture.  Do this for both shoulders.
This picture shows how the shoulders close.  When open this goes easily over the head of the person and shoulders.
This shows the shoulder closed.
 Here is my Mother-In-Love modeling her new gown.
 I was told on the phone that this was really easy for her to put on. She was able to fasten it herself.  This allowed her to have a garment that she could wear out of the bedroom and therefore celebrate her and her great grand daughter's and my grand daughter,s birthday.  MIL turned 86 and Grand daughter turned 8. Their birthdays are on the same day.

I will make some tops so that she can wear some clothes to the doctors office.   She will not be able to lift her arm very high after it heals so I plan to make her some more to make it easier for her to get dressed.  I will have to work on a pattern that will allow longer sleeves for winter.

Hope this helps anyone with a similar problem - I was in a hurry to get the garment done and sent to arrive in time for her birthday. Therefore I did not get as many pictures of the construction as I wanted to.  But this will give you an idea of how to go about it.

The top that I made got to her on time to go to the doctors office and get her cast of her wrist.  The shoulder is taking a little longer to heal.
The doctor really liked the top and how easy it was to put on and take off without disturbing her shoulder injury.

Will make some more but a little slimmer for her when her sling is gone. 

Friday, March 28, 2014


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This morning the Lord was encouraging me through a phone call from a dear sister Kathryn. I have always been able to count on Concho Community Church for any prayers, support or encouragement. I now live in another town, but that does not matter to any of us. We will be friends for eternity.
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What Kathryn did not know was that 2 days ago my sewing machine quit. I knew it was going as I heard something happen to it while sewing. I just kept sewing until it would not sew anymore. Since we live on Social Security our money is tight like a lot of other people's. So I put up all my sewing things in the back room so I would not think about it.
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Kathryn called this morning and told me that she was at a garage sale and they had 11 boxes of material. She told me they were $10 dollars a box. I had recently been on line looking at the cost of fabric and I was shocked by the prices. I had been sewing from a stash that I had for a few years.
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Kathryn said she immediately thought of me as I sewed for my kids and grandkids. It was an encouragement from the Lord that a sewing machine will be provided in the near future. I stepped out on faith and went and bought 2 boxes of material. The majority of fabric was 2 yards and some 3-4 yards. I counted 36 pieces at 2 yards to come up with an approximate amount that it would have cost to purchase the material at $5.00 a yard. The cheapest amount at Wal-Mart.
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So not only did the Lord encourage me through Kathryn but He provided over $200 dollars worth of material that I paid $20 for.
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Tuesday, January 28, 2014


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Finished the blouse for the ruffled skirt.   It was a fairly easy blouse to sew.
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Used this Simplicity pattern.  I purchased the pattern from Ebay.  We basically only have Wal-Mart and no other fabric store for 2 1/2 hours.  So the internet is my best option for finding patterns at a reasonable cost.
The only thing I did different on the pattern was to use a close zig-zag stitch on the edges of the tie insert.  The pattern called for creating a small hem.  I felt it would be to bulky and the hem would show when tied.
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Here is the outfit finished and ready to mail out to my grand daughter.