Sunday, September 25, 2011

SEWING FEET

I had been thinking about adding new accessories to my current ones. My machine came with these feet, all 7 of them. I must admit when I bought the sewing machine a year ago and with little experience in sewing, except sewing with a 40 years old Singer machine, I didnt know much about these feet. It took some time, trial and error to figure out the feet. Luckily for this machine, it came with 135 different sewing style and each style indicate a specific feet to use.





Now, wanting to explore more on the feet and feeling a bit more adventureous, I contacted the machine company and got their contact. I went over to their office and they gave me the brochures and I was do delighted to find that there were so many varieties of feet available....maybe its only me.  So, I ticked a few feet off their brochures to buy but they only had 2 available and I bought them anyway.  Here are 2 new ones, plus an invisible feet I bought not long ago.I do love that picot foot on the right.


Here's the picot feet sewing, great for sewing ruflles as decor or even sewing up the hem on lining.


The middle feet, which was a pintuck took a little more time to figure out despite its detailed instruction.  I was wondering how to put the additional thread spool since it require a twin needle but luckily found out somehow. Finally got to use the twin needle.


Here's the result. Row of neat pintucks and very easy to use. Definitely beats sewing the conventional fold and pin-sew way. Fast and those grooves gives a precise spacing. I am confident now that there will be lots of fun using this new feet.



Happy sewing!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

SEWING MACHINE COVER

I've had my Brother sewing machine for almost a year. Often I read that simple upkeep of the machine is important, dusting and oiling and also to cover it all up. While I love this machine, I must admit I've pretty much neglected it as even though it came with a hard cover, I never use the cover.  So, over the weekend I peered at the back of the machine and found that it had collected loads of dust all over. I took out the small brush which came with the machine and dusted off pretty much most of the dust from the outside.  Took some thick tissue and gave it a wipe with some organic cleaning liquid and it looks good.  I also finally ticked off "to and must do" project from a long list of other projects circling in my head for the past 6 months.  I made a simple cover. Nothing fancy or difficult, just a plain reversible cover that covers up the machine.

I chose this fabric for it's bright colours and love the bird motives.  It was an imported fabric and precious to me.


Paired it with my all time favourite fabric of baby blue with sweet pink roses at the reverse.


I cut the blue slightly smaller than the blue and use the excess bird fabric to cover the edges. Super easy. 




Here's the completed cover. I added some red polka dots on both sides of my Michael Miller birds fabrics for some fun and love them.  Here it is showing both sides.





I simply drape it over the machine and found that making is slightly larger than the machine means there is no need for ribbons or button. I like it like this, simple and easy..or it can sit prettily on top of any table top and can be used for many other purpose should I want to make another piece. It took no more than an hour to complete this project. 

If you dont have one, make it soon :)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The shopping never stops!

I promised myself that I will - or should not buy any more new cloth until I have finished sewing my stash.  A promise that is close to impossible. The husband kept asking, 'why do you need so many fabrics?', 'when you will finish sewing the fabrics' and on and on.  I have my own sewing space and as much as I wish it were 3 times more, it's confined to a medium sized room. Growing fabric collection also means the need for more space and honestly, I could not sew fast enough to exhaust whatever collection I have.

Anyway....for a person who loves sewing and going to a fabric shop is like going to a candy store for any kid.
There are too many to choose from and I have tons of ideas on what to do with the fabric...if I can find the time. I find that organization is the key.  Do the mundane stuff first, trace (not anyone favourite, certainly not mine) and cut the fabrics. I keep to 2 - 3 easy project a week. I have been sewing many skirts as they are super easy and can sew up to 2 a day without interruption. So, 2 - 3 skirts are a breeze.  For more challenging ones like some patterns I have never tried before or a dress with full lining, that I give a full one week. I guess a professional seamtress can easily tackle that in a day...but I work full time and have limited sewing time at home.

I always buy from a fabric shop near my home, not more than 10 minutes drive away. Each time I go there, I am dissapointed. This shop seems to cater for specific people and their cotton selection is always very limited. I seem to be seeing the same stuff week after week.  One day, I thought I'd pop over to another shop just 20 minutes away from home. I had in mind something equally lame as the previous shop but I was very surprised.  Rows and rows of cotton and many Japanese cotton too! So, I bought more - what else.


Love the pinkish peacock-feather like and want to something for the girls. They have in other shades too.



After seeing boring cotton designs from my previous shops, I told my husband and I wont be going back there for a long, long time. Not when this shop has a huge array of Japanese cotton like the following.




Bought more black and dark blue fabrics, very good quality Japanese cotton, thick and yet soft, just perfect for my skirts.


Here's the latest stash...and there will be more buying in store this weekend as I intend to go to their other outlets.  More fabric heaven there for sure!


This very light weight cotton was bought 2 weeks back at a trip outstation. I felt that I have over paid too much for it, but liked it then. Not a fabric for clothing but I was thinking of using part of it for some project...not sure what as of now.


Bought a few meters of this from that 'boring' shop at another outlet earlier.  And this is definitely Japanese cotton as it has the brand Lecien stamped at the bottom. Cant get more authentic than that.


What exactly is Japanese cotton. I bought 2 Japanese cotton from an online seller based in Japan a few months ago and fell in love with them. The quality was extremely high, slightly heavier feel and yet so soft to sew anything.  However, I find too many online sellers market their fabric as Japanese cotton, but many times when I bought them, they are just plain ol' cotton which I could buy for a fraction of the price I paid. So dissapointing at times.  I ranted about buying online and promised myself not to buy anymore...but I never listen to whatever I promise myself all the time. So...I ended up buying 2 sets of aha! Japanese cotton online, captured by the beauty of how good it looked online...paid, received in order, and again, it was dissapointing.   It was not Japanese cotton.  So, it's back to good old fashion fabric hunting, feeling them myself and paying a very small price for that one beautiful cloth!

Yay to more sewing!