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March 2012 Blog Posts (30)

Shout Out to Rose S. in NC

Rose S.


Thanks so much for the fabric!  You are right......much too beautiful to cut up.  Just love the design and colors.

Loved the zebra design on the padded envelope also.  I can tell you are a very creative person.  Much appreciated.


Tonya in OH

Added by Tonya Mack on March 31, 2012 at 9:26pm — No Comments

Tortured by Technology - A Collation of Tutorials: Part 1 - The Blog Button

Are you new to blogging? computers? the alien language that is html? Do you have very colourful, creative and 'best said quietly round the kids' names for your computer? that you shout very loudly (of course, because we are perfect parents, never around the kids!!)? Sound like you?  THEN THIS IS THE TUTORIAL FOR YOU!

Being new to computers (other than to read my emails and reply - now don't laugh but I didn't even know how to add a folder to my desktop!!) taking the plunge…


Added by Karen Pior on March 29, 2012 at 10:03pm — No Comments

Owl Hoodie Towel

After many weeks in the "Johns Hopkins" of Baby Lock sewing machine hospitals, Big Ellie is finaly home and back at work. My first project since her return was embroidering an owl hoodie towel for my SIL to give as a gift. I stacked an M from the ADIS Ketichican alphabet that I had in my files with the name written out across the top in Embird's Alpha 5. The towel was purchased at Target. Here is the result:…


Added by Gracie on March 27, 2012 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

Quilts - A Retrospective

Once upon a time there was a girl (ok, a mature, wise, older experienced woman!!) who dithered about becoming a blogger.  After much encouragement from friends who were already ensconsed in blogland she took the plunge.  Many ideas came and went in her head - some of them were even committed to paper, ah screen.  However, she quickly came to realise that even though it seemed like it was a good idea at the time it may not be able to live up to the grand plans she had…


Added by Karen Pior on March 21, 2012 at 7:42am — No Comments

My Downton Abbey Inspired "Lady Mary Jacket"

Like many people, I admit I'm thoroughly addicted to the PBS series Downton Abbey set in a grand English estate during World War I.


So when BurdaStyle and Indygo Junction announced their vintage inspired sewing contest, I decided to try my hand at the jacket Lady Mary wore when she asked Sir Richard to keep her scandal out of his newspapers. Isn't it lovely?



Added by Nancy Robertson on March 21, 2012 at 7:33am — 3 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

Orange T-shirts.

orange1 orange2

My orange t-shirts in all their orange glory. This t-shirt really isn't Kwik Sew 2565 any more. I think I'm going to scoop the neckline out even more, and I don't have the neckband length right. It's too long. Of course, that is trial and error since I'm redrafting the…


Added by Neefer Duir on March 14, 2012 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

Going away blanket.

I am working on a nice lap blanket for a dear friend of mine that is moving to Iowa to be closer to her family, I will be incorporating some Cat appliques, and bird houses with nice spring colors. I will post a pic when it is completed. please share with me some of your ideas. 

Added by Dee on March 14, 2012 at 8:05pm — No Comments

Leather Furniture

Does anyone have any experience sewing on leather furniture.  I currently use a curved needle and I purchase upholstery thread from Joann Fabrics.  I also purchased some suter (sp?) needles from a veterinary site and I bought a sewing glove.


Added by Connie Rausch on March 14, 2012 at 8:59am — 10 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

Lining a Jacket - A Tutorial

Many patterns feature jackets that don't have linings. But if you are used to wearing one with a lining, you will know the advantages. A lining covers up all the unsightly seams inside and eliminates the need to finish those seams. A lining helps the jacket keep its shape better. It provides more warmth if you need it. And, one of the nicest things, the lining makes the jacket slip on and off with ease over any item of…


Added by Susan on March 13, 2012 at 5:00am — No Comments

T-shirt Darts


I thought you might be interested in the darts in my t-shirts. This pattern piece started out as Kwik Sew 2565. The changes are the side bust dart, the french dart, and the neckline. The original neckline was a crew neck with a thick band. It fit great, but it was not the best look for me. I have large breasts…


Added by Neefer Duir on March 12, 2012 at 11:00pm — 2 Comments

Knitting Nirvana - Works in Progress

Sew, sew, sew - well not all the time!  Sometimes creativity of a different sort is necessary to keep the brain cells from completely frying and to keep creativity fresh, spontaneous and flowing.  For me that means knitting, knitting, knitting.  When I am knitting my mind sort of falls into a place of peace, tranquility and serenity.  Wow doesn't that sound great!!  Shame of it is that I can't knit and do all the other things one must achieve in a day at the same time.  It probably helps…


Added by Karen Pior on March 12, 2012 at 2:00am — No Comments

Having trouble clicking through emails

Hi all,

   For quite some time now, whenever I click on a link in an email from sew-whats-new, it pops up as unable to connect.  Sometimes I can type in the address and it will open it - other times not...  This is the only site I have this issue with, and I visit a LOT of sites. 

   There are great things I'd like to check out on some of those emails, but I get so frustrated when I click on a link and end up on a blank page from Microsoft, saying it couldn't…


Added by Vivian Oaks on March 11, 2012 at 6:44pm — 5 Comments

Evolution of a t-shirt

IMG_1359_edited I like it. This t-shirt is the combination of 4 different patterns. KS 2565 was the starting point. I used the shape of the french darts from a burda magazine pattern. In order to cover buttus-sticks-outous*, I used a 2 piece back from NL 6977 OOP. And I morphed the neckline/neckband using another burda magazine pattern.

It’s taken me quite a while to get to this…


Added by Neefer Duir on March 11, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Machine Embroidered Jacket - Kwik Sew 2809

I don't have a fancy embroidery machine. I don't even have a new model machine. Most of my sewing is done on a 30-stitch Kenmore manual machine or on a semi-industrial Bernina that I purchased two years ago for production sewing.…


Added by Susan on March 11, 2012 at 5:00am — No Comments

Maybe a side business....

Well here i am again.... been sewing some for myself today. Made a St.Patrick's Day scrub top for work. Going to start on some baby outfits for a lady at work who saw the ones I made for the grandbaby and now wants some for her great-grandbaby.

Many of my co-workers are urging me to start a small side business and I have been really thinking about it. I love to sew and crochet and have made a few dollars in the past by selling a few things. I want to come up with a catchy name, print…


Added by Rhonda Jones on March 10, 2012 at 10:12pm — 1 Comment

Darts & Overly Erect (More on Kwik Sew 2526)

The extension on the dart is too short to be sewn into the sideseam on my t-shirt if pressed down. This is a big issue for me. The dart extensions make the fabric requirements much greater than if they aren’t there. I’ve played with the idea of pressing the dart up, takes less fabric. I haven’t done that, but I have serged off the excess fabric. I’m going to do that on this t-shirt. I wonder what I was planning when I cut this one out.

I stand very straight. Sandra…


Added by Neefer Duir on March 10, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

More on KS2565

I made another top out of pink cotton lycra knit. This time, I added 1/2 inch to each side of the sleeve to make it bigger. It fits much better now. I should have reread my review, since I didn't add anymore ease and I didn't make it any longer. I am happy with this t-shirt.…



Added by Neefer Duir on March 9, 2012 at 11:30pm — No Comments

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