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Machine Sewing Your Quilt Binding

21 Nov

I have been looking for an easier way to put my quilt binding on.  I have arthritis in my hands, trying to hold a needle and push it through the fabric can be very painful.  I watched this video and tried it, it came out really nice, now I am sold on this method.  It may not always be the ideal way to do it, especially if you are entering a quilt contest, or it is going to someone really special.  I highly recommend trying it.  It is a personal preference.

May Every Stitch Be A Happy Stitch!

Making An Inexpensive Sewing Table

15 Nov

I have needed a better setup for my sewing machine for a long time.  A couple of years ago I picked up this little oak desk for $10.00.  My husband cut a hole in the top to fit my sewing machine at the time.  It worked quite well for a long time, until I decided I wanted to learn how to quilt my own quilts, and found it to be way to small. I would have to move my converted desk out to the middle of the room and surround it with tables. That became quite a nuisance.  Last week my wonderful husband  revamped my little desk again, and look what I got.  This so nice, it makes sewing much more enjoyable.

If anyone of you are wanting to go bigger, but can’t afford it either money wise or room wise, this is an excellent alternative.  The total cost to do

Drop leaf up.

this was $60.00.

Revamped desk with leaf down.

This was fast and easy to do.  I think it took a total of 4 hours to do this.  We bought a 4′ x 8′  sheet of melamine board, had the hardware store cut it for us.  My husband cut out the hole for the sewing machine.  Screwed the top on to the top.  We put piano hinges on for the drop leaf.  Then he ironed on the melamine facing to cover all of the raw edges.  The nice part is if we ever move, he just has to unscrew everything so we can get it out of the house.

Thanks for looking, and may every stitch be a happy stitch!


Maintaining Your Sewing Machine

7 Nov

I just got my sewing machine back from being serviced.  It got me to wondering how many new quilters realize how important it is to do this.

The rule of thumb I have always gone by  is to clean and change the needle with every new project.  I have read where some quilters will stop and clean their machine every fourth bobbin.  I think it depends on your machine.

It is a pain to have to take the throat off of my machine and clean it, but it is well worth the time to do it.  It is amazing how much lint accumulates in the bobbin area.  I keep a can of air by my sewing machine and blow it out when I change bobbins.   When I start  a new project, I take the throat plate off, brush out the lint, insert a new needle, and clean the outside of my machine.  Unfortunately, my machine has to be oiled by the professionals.  If you have a machine you can oil yourself, you need to do this a couple of times a year if you are putting a lot of mileage on it.   If you have the users manual for your machine it will give you detailed information on how to maintain your machine.

Take good care of your machine and you will have many years to enjoy sewing your projects.

May Every Stitch Be A Happy Stitch!



Why and How to Sew With A Scant 1/4″ Seam

31 Oct


I have had many conversations with quilters over this last year regarding the 1/4″ seam.  What is a true 1/4″ seam.  I believe this video explains it the best.  She also shows how to gauge it on different sewing machines and she has had a lot of positive feedback on her video.  I think this is well worth your time to view.  The audio is a little gravely, but you can understand what she is saying.

I hope this is helpful to all of you that have wondered about this 1/4″ seam.

May Every Stitch Be a Happy Stitch!


7 Oct

Today I was reminiscing in my mind how far I have come with quilting.  When I was in junior high school, my home-economics teacher told me I would never be good at sewing.  The reason being I could not follow simple directions.  The very first project we had in sewing was to make a skirt, with exactly one inch pleats.(Not simple instructions)  I ripped that sucker out so many times, the fabric was see through.  I finally threw it in the garbage, and got a F in the class,my mother did go  to bat for me, got the grade changed to a D, so I did not have to take her class again.  But this teacher made me not want to ever touch a sewing machine again.

When I was in my early 30’s I got interested in doing crafts, and  baby blankets.  I found a 1949 Kenmore sewing machine in an old barn on some property my parents bought.  I took it to Sears, asked them if it was fixable.  They cleaned it up, serviced it. It cost me $25., I took it home and started messing around with it.  I loved that sewing machine.  It had the best stitches on it.  It  was a perfect machine for me to get my feet wet  to try sewing again.   I found I was pretty good at sewing things that were flat.  No inset seams, no pleats, and no teacher barking at me.

I went to work full-time, and between working, raising kids, and taking care of property, I lost interest again in sewing.  Mostly for the lack of time. I finally got rid of the sewing machine.  It was just collecting dust.

Seven years ago we retired.  I found myself with too much time on my hands.  I was telling my neighbor I was tempted to buy a sewing machine and learn how to quilt.  She informed me she had taught quilting for 20 some years, and would be honored to teach me.  Guess what, I bought a sewing machine, she taught me how to quilt, and I have not looked back.  (This teacher was nice)

Anyone who has ever had people in their lives that have made them feel like a failure,  you are not the failure,  I have come to the realization, those people are the bigger failure.    Don’t let anyone tell you,  you are not good at something.  If it is something you want to do, find people who will help you, encourage you, and help you laugh at yourself when you screw up.  I am so glad I did, I have found a passion, that has turned into an addiction, and I have actually had the privilege to teach my granddaughter, my best friend, and now another friend wants me to teach her how to quilt.

If  there is something you really want to try, don’t derail yourself, and above all don’t let others derail you.  Your biggest regret will be not trying.

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