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Free Style Machine Embroidery with Poppy Treffry

I am starting a series of posts on The 'Sewing Purses, Totes & Bags' channel on "Ways to embellish your bag creations". One of the ways is using free motion machine embroidery.  Meet Poppy…


Added by Karen on August 31, 2012 at 4:30pm — 6 Comments

Love being in here, you are all so inspiring!

Well my friend at work wanted me to make an apron as a gift for her Dog Sitter - something with Poppies on it.  I looked through my stash and had nothing but busy patterns and clashing plains.  Then I was browsing the site and saw Gracie had posted a picture 'Apron for Neighbour', using a denim apron  …


Added by Karen on August 19, 2012 at 10:49am — No Comments

Continuously Binding!

My mother had several nice things from her Swedish sister-in-law, including an apron. My niece has it now and wears it all the time.  She asked me to copy it so she could have ‘one on, one in the wash’.  If she remembers to brings it with her next week, I will add a photo of it.  Before she took it away  last year I lay it out and drew round it then wrote on it that I had to add the seam allowances.  It was trimmed all round with bias binding – yards and yards of it! 

I remembered I…


Added by Karen on August 10, 2012 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

My weekend - How to get it all totally wrong & then getting something right!


Well I was given a book for Christmas "It's quilting Cats & Dogs" by Lynette Anderson and decided to have a go at the shoulder bag that combined patchwork and embroidery. …


Added by Karen on August 4, 2012 at 6:30pm — 10 Comments

Printing your own fabric labels - and more!

Well I was quite impressed with Crafty Gemini's video tutorial on printing your own labels using freezer paper, but first I would have to buy some freezer paper, and then I am a bit worried it might come adrift somewhere inside my inkjet!  Then I came across this tutorial by Janelle, and found out about inkjet fabric sheets!…


Added by Karen on July 22, 2012 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments

INTERFACING & INTERLINING - meet Annie of ByAnnies Soft & Stable

I recently came across mention of a new interlining product.  I was reading Kat Southern's blog ( about her latest bag design and she mentioned using ByAnnies 'Soft & Stable'.  Then I found this video clip and met Annie and saw Soft & Stable for the first time;-…


Added by Karen on July 12, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments

How automatic buttonholes will save me from flashing my underwear in future!

Well it all started with this little sleeveless silk top I bought in a bargain basement in Boston, US a few years ago.  Its was a bargain except the button pulled over my bust - which is not ample!  So after languishing in the back of my wardrobe I dug it out and wore it last week.  It wasn't until I left the Butchers that I glanced down and saw it had come open and…


Added by Karen on July 8, 2012 at 3:24pm — No Comments

Today I learnt how to do free motion machine embroidery!

When I first heard about free motion embroidery I was still at school.  Unfortunately my Elna Lotus could not drop it's feed dogs I gave up on that dream. Then a few months ago I picked up Poppy Treffry's book "Free & Easy Stitch Style" in the library, and just loved her stuff.  I then realised my new Janome DC3050 could drop it's…


Added by Karen on June 22, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

I have treated myself to 2 Charlie's Aunt Patterns by Emma Brennan! (See Bag Pattern Gallery in Sewing purses channel)

I bought them from at 16.18 and received them at 16.25!  I downloaded them, and printed out The Poachers Bag (16 pages).

I did the front page on glossy photo paper so I got the full benefit…


Added by Karen on June 19, 2012 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

My favourite Bag Patterns by Designers

Although I am happy to convert a pair of jeans or a skirt to a bag, the rest of the time I prefer to use a pattern.  In my search for the ‘ideal’ bag I have come across some very talented ladies from far and wide, and I want to introduce them to you.   I am going to start with a home grown talent here in the U.K.

Emma Brennan…


Added by Karen on June 7, 2012 at 3:19pm — No Comments

Bags of Bunting

Well I have been quiet because I have been making some special occasion bunting ready for a craft fair this weekend.  This one is "Congratulations"…


Added by Karen on June 2, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

Mummy's Hand Sewn Patchwork Bag - the whole story

Sorry for the delay replying, my camera needed charging and the other half's camera was full, but here we are.

My mother had collected scraps for several years, so they include bits from dressmaking by my sister and I as well as recycled garments and pieces bought as remnants.  I still have my Sindy with dresses made from some of these for instance, so it is also a memory collection.

She then cut them to rectangles and hand sewed them around card templates.  She had started to…


Added by Karen on May 21, 2012 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

My new overlocker cover!

So here is my new overlocker cover.  I decided it should show something it could do rather than the sewing machine, so I did some decorative rows of flatlock stitch, alternating between loops up and bars up, instead of adding lots of applique.  I need to buy thread for it in more colours, but the red I has worked well. I just had to add the heart and some more machine embroidery.…


Added by Karen on March 19, 2012 at 1:30pm — 6 Comments

My new sewing machine cover

Well my new overlocker needs a cover, so I decided to make a new one for the sewing machine too. Thought I'd do the sewing machine one first as technically it was a simpler shape.  I then proceeded to make it complicated by using patchwork and machine embroidery and applique.  As I have never learnt the correct way to do patchwork I had trouble with the presser foot making pleats in the fabric when I added machine embroidery.  However, I enjoyed myself and I love the end result so that's all…


Added by Karen on March 14, 2012 at 6:30am — 5 Comments

My new Janome 9300DX serger/overlocker

Okay, as I said I want to replace my Riccar so I can use some different feet.  After going boss-eyed reading up on Elna, Bernina, Janome, Babylock and Juki (yes I know there are more but they were all recommended by someone!) I have decided that on my budget (max £500, about $796) I would go with Janome.  My sewing machine is a Janome DC3050 and it was supplied by my local service engineer.  I had a chat with him and he said  I would get everything I want from the new 9300DX and the money I…


Added by Karen on March 9, 2012 at 1:53pm — 2 Comments

Ready Steady Serging!

So this weekend I made the glasses case from Georgie Merlot's book.  I had to trace the template then put that in the scanner to enlarge it 301%. The template was in the middle of the page and too awkward to get on my machine.  Otherwise it went surprisingly well, just 3 seams and it was done!…


Added by Karen on February 27, 2012 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

Useful Sewing Books on My Bookshelf

I thought I would start a list of books I've got on my shelf I would recommend to others.



Added by Karen on February 17, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

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