Monday, March 25, 2013

[Presser Feet] Wide Gathering Foot #16

Ruffles! I love ruffles! So I have the ruffler and the gathering foot. But this is about the gathering foot. As usual, here's the Bernina video:

This one actually gives you pretty close to everything you need to know. But you have to watch for it, it doesn't just tell you.

So, if you want to gather the layer of fabric and do nothing else, put it UNDER the presser foot just like normal. It will for all intents and purposes randomly pull the fabric closer together as you sew. The longer the stitch, the deeper the ruffle.

If you want to attach it in the one operation that they discuss, take note of the little slot it has. That's where the non-ruffled piece goes. Right sides together.

Watch out for the gathered piece to move a bit. But that's really the only tricky thing. It's pretty easy to use.

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[Presser Feet] Blind Hem Foot #5

If I can find good enough videos, I feel no need to make my own. So for now, have some videos from Bernina and other places I can find!

Here's the Bernina video for the Blind Hemstitch Foot (#5)

But that video doesn't show you what to do afterward or before to get the fabric laid out like that. If you look closely though, you can see how it jumps to catch the fabric.

This shows you how to fold the fabric at the beginning. But she says to pin it (which is probably what I would do) BUT, most people would tell you to press it. FYI.  And then she shows you to iron it. That's pretty much the gist of how to use a Blind Hem Foot.

BUT, I rarely do a blind hem by machine because it has been ingrained in me to hate those little marks.

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Monday, August 20, 2012

My To Do List

On Tax Free weekend, I picked up a dry erase board for my sewing room. Sadly, it has yet to make it up there. Also, sadly, it's already full.

Slowly but surely, I've been checking things off. Katherine is completely checked off. Thanks Interwebs! There I found a tutorial for how to fix that wig. Detangling spray + sponge rollers = better curls than it started with.

As of this moment, I'm about halfway down with the Hawkeye and Apple Jack sections. And I'm not sure if I need to fix my cummerbund honestly. It was slouchy at Alabama Phoenix Fest, but when I tried it back on, not so much. I guess that's a benefit of gaining weight. *sigh*

Between that list and trying to get various medications in check, I haven't had much time to sew or craft anything else. And my house is in a perpetual mess. But as always, this should result in amazing pictures.

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Monday, August 13, 2012

[Sewing] Kindle Cover

I have no idea why this project took so long. But over a recent weekend, I got tired of pinning my kindle cover closed with a straight pin, walked upstairs and finished it in about 5 minutes. It took longer to find the cording than it did to sew it.

Tada. One Kindle Cover, 0 dollars. 

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Monday, August 6, 2012

[Cameo] Getting to Know My Cameo

I cut a few more things the other day, just to see how it would go. I had heard it was better at intricate designs.

I thought the lace pennant I download seemed like a good place to start for detail. This is actually the back side, because it shows more detail. The pennant came with 2 images actually, but it was super easy to delete the one I didn't want (ungroup, select the one you don't want, and then delete). 

This DEFINITELY cut better than the Cricut. Granted, it was a brand new blade and a brand new mat, so I'm not sure if it's an entirely fair fight. But in my experience, this was better. 

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

[Cameo] Milk Carton

I keep seeing cute milk cartons pop up on crafty blogs I follow. So far as I know, none of my cricut cartridges can do it. And I only have a Big Shot, so I can't work with the Sizzix die for it.

So naturally, when my Silhouette Cameo arrived the FIRST thing I did was get the milk carton cut file and make it.

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Rainbow Dash Surprise Birthday Party

The problem with a surprise party that you intend to be crafty at is that you can't post any of the crafty things you're doing when the surprisee reads your blog!

On the 15th we had a surprise party for a friend's birthday. It was apparently a well kept secret. Over several months, we had been asking her questions that didn't make sense out of context, but now they do. MWAHAHAHA.

I invited her to come over and sew as a ruse. When she arrived, this is what she saw:

It was Rainbow Dash themed. 
I was totally inspired by the party that Angry Dog Studios threw for Corsair's Boutique's birthday! Her favorite is Pinkie Pie, so they threw her a Pinkie Pie themed birthday.

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