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Karen's Blog (170)

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).…


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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