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21  Leather Bookmark using the BERNINA 350PE in BERNINA 3 Series by rlynn on: May 15, 2012 10:30:01 AM
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Leather Bookmark using the BERNINA 350PE

I was inspired by this tutorial for using fabric scraps to make pretty paper bookmarks.  But paper isn't very durable so I wanted to see if I could replicate the bookmark in leather.  I wasn't sure if the BERNINA 350 Patchwork Edition would be be able to manage sewing through TWO layers of leather.  I was super excited to find out that the BERNINA 350PE didn't have any issues with it at all.



All I needed to make this bookmark was two leather scraps cut into the shape I wanted my bookmark and a fabric scrap cut slightly smaller than the leather.  I used a pair of scissors to cut out simple leaf shapes in the leather.



I placed the fabric scrap on the wrong side of the leather.



I then placed the second leather piece with the cutouts on top of them.



I straight stitched all around the perimeter of the bookmark.  See how thick the leather is?  



I used the walking foot for the perimeter stitches so the leather wouldn't shift around on me.  It worked quite nicely.



After I stitched around the perimeter, I switched to the regular presser foot.  It is very easy to switch out the feet.  You simply pull the little lever and then pull to remove.  To attach, you push the foot on and then push the lever back over to lock the foot into place.



I straight stitched around the little leaf cutouts.  I'm used snap on sole #20, the open embroidery foot, so I could see the stitches and the leather better.  



I finished with a fancy stem stitch to add a little extra touch.



Oh the possibilities!  I love how this came out!



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22  Decorative Leather Cuffs using the BERNINA 350PE in BERNINA 3 Series by rlynn on: May 15, 2012 10:29:10 AM
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Decorative Leather Cuffs using the BERNINA 350PE

I think my favorite thing about the BERNINA 350 Patchwork Edition are the stitching options.  Seriously, since I've taken this machine out of her box, all my husband has had to listen to is me rave about the decorative stitches.  Since it's my absolute favorite thing about the BERNINA, I wanted to come up with a project that showcased the different options.  The idea of decorative leather cuffs hit me when I was looking through my hoard of fabric and stumbled upon my stash of leather scraps.  



This is the perfect project if you are looking for a quick and easy gift. The great thing is that it looks far more complicated to make than it actually is... the machine does all the work for you.  All you need is some leather scraps, some snaps, and some thread.  It also helps if you have a rotary cutter, straight edge, and a snap setter, but none of those are essential.



The first thing I did was cut down my leather scraps into long strips of leather.  The width and length is up to you.  I happen to like chunky cuffs but I think this would look equally cool if you used thinner strips and used just one decorative stitch as the focal point.  



After my leather was cut to the length and width I wanted, I had to select some stitches.  The BERNINA 350PE comes with a handy stitch reference card so you know which number to enter for each beautiful stitch.  I had a hard time choosing.  



Once I finally settled on a stitch, I simply placed my leather strip under the foot and started stitching.  I was amazed at how easy it was to stitch the leather and how neat the decorative stitches came out.  I think I'm also in love with snap on sole #20, the open embroidery foot.  I love being able to see how the stitches are coming out as the machine stitches them.



I tried out all sorts of combinations as well.  It was easy to use the stitches themselves as guides to keep them lined up neatly.



The fun part is combining different stitches together to come up with personalized and unique cuffs.  After I was done adding decorative stitches to the leather, I simply added the snaps.  I think I literally squealed with delight when I was done.



I had a hard time picking a favorite but this has to be one.
 


My mind is already brewing up an idea for some leather bookmarks using the same technique.    
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23  Hello BERNINA 350PE! in BERNINA 3 Series by rlynn on: May 15, 2012 10:28:17 AM
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Hello BERNINA 350PE!

Hi!  My name is Robin, also known as rlynn around the boards.  I applied for the chance to be a Master Craftster, but I didn't really think I would get chosen so imagine my surprise when I found out that I would get my hands on a BERNINA sewing machine.  Squee!  



I was partially raised by my Grandma Betty, who was an original Jill of all trades.  I grew up watching her make all sorts of things, mostly sewn goods.  She lived through the depression era so she had a tendency to hold onto everything in the hopes of turning it into something new.  Ha!  And I wonder why I have a hard time throwing anything away. One of my favorite memories is sifting through her big box full of buttons. While I definitely picked up the craft bug from her, I didn't turn to sewing until I was 27 and pregnant with my daughter.  My husband bought me a cheap little machine from a big box store and I sewed until I literally killed the thing.  By then, I discovered my love of sewing, so, of course, I had to buy a new machine.

My favorite things to sew are quick projects that can be completed in one night.  I'm notoriously impatient and I like seeing the finished product the same night that I start it.  I'm also super busy with raising my glorious little Aria Jae, going to school full time to get my doctoral degree, and teaching an undergraduate class.  Quick projects don't eat up a lot of time and they still feed my soul.  And that is what sewing is for me... it's a time to rejuvenate.  In a way it's my own form of meditation.  

When I heard I had been selected to try out a BERNINA, I was actually a little nervous.  I get attached to my sewing machines.  I get so comfortable with them that trying out a new machine can sometimes be awkward.  It's like going on a date after you've been with the same person for years.  But I was also super excited; I've never used a machine of this caliber before.  

The BERNINA 350PE came with an automatic buttonhole foot as well as a presser foot with four different snap on soles. I fell in love with snap on sole #20, which is an open embroidery foot.  I liked having a clear view of the fabric and stitches.



She also came with bobbins, needles, and thread... (not pictured is the fun variegated thread and the fifth bobbin because they are currently being used)



If that wasn't enough, BERNINA also included a walking foot with three different soles.



And finally an assortment of accessories like oil, a brush, screwdrivers, and compensating plates (you ask what those are? Read about them in my Easy Dress project).



Once I got over my nervousness, the BERNINA 350PE was incredibly easy to use.   I'm in love with just about everything about her... the numerous decorative stitches, the strong motor, the gorgeous and EASY buttonholes... In fact, I've fallen so in love with the BERNINA 350PE that every time I mention having to send her back, I follow it up with a little sigh.  I don't know that anybody is catching onto my hints!  

Thank you Craftster and BERNINA for the wonderful opportunity to try out this delightful machine!
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24  Quick and Easy Dress using the BERNINA 350PE in BERNINA 3 Series by rlynn on: May 15, 2012 10:27:13 AM
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Quick and Easy Dress using the BERNINA 350PE

When I heard that I was going to get to try out the BERNINA 350 Patchwork Edition, I immediately read up on the machine on BERNINA's webpage.  It is touted as being the machine to make clothing and house decor items, so I knew immediately that I had to try a dress that I had designed but had never gotten around to actually making.  I've included the pattern in case you are interested in making something similar as well.  It is sized to fit a four year old.  My daughter is exactly in the 50th percentile for height and weight just to give you an idea of the fit of the dress.  



So here are my cut out fabric pieces.  There is one front piece and two back pieces.  The pattern I've included is for the bodice.  To get the length you want just extend the sides out as long as you wish on your fabric.  (FYI: this pattern also makes a really cute tunic if you keep it short.)  

You can find the JPG pattern at the bottom of this post. You'll need to be logged in to access it.)



I had to switch my thread out to use the color I wanted.  One of the things I love about this machine is the bobbin winding mechanism.  It's super easy to operate.  Here you see me getting ready to push the bobbin over to the right, which automatically begins the winding process.  It stops on its own when the bobbin is full.  I have to add that the bobbin also holds an incredible amount of thread, which was nice because I didn't have to worry about stopping mid-project to refill it.  Once you get a look at the stitch I used to hem this dress you will realize how amazing this is.  I used an incredible amount of thread and it still had some left when the dress was complete.
 


Once the machine was threaded, I zigzag stitched around all three pieces. I actually have a serger which I normally use but I thought it might be nice to see how the BERNINA 350PE handled the job.  I was pretty happy with the process.  She stitches very quickly and the fabric feeds so smoothly that I didn't really have to do any adjusting ensure that the fabric fed through correctly.  After the edges of the fabric were finished, I stitched the shoulder pieces, right sides together.  This is what the right side of the dress looked like when I was done.


 
For this dress, I felt that stitch 62 was perfectly suited for the clean lines of the dress and the bold pattern of the fabric.  I hit the button with a "#" sign on the number pad and then entered 62.  You can on the screen that stitch 62 has been selected.



I folded over about 1/4 inch of the edge of the arm opening and sewed all along the folded edge it so it created a nice hem.  I am using snap on sole #20, which is the open embroidery foot.  It's designed so you can view your fabric and stitches more easily.



The decorative stitch I chose definitely added a nice touch.  I think this is far more fun that a plain straight or zigzag stitch!



I then stitched the sides so I was left with a dress with the back open.



I sewed the back up with a straight stitch stopping short of about 5 or 6 inches.  I ironed the seam down flat and then used a zigzag stitch around the 5/6 inch opening in the back to create a nice hem around it.  



I then folded down the edge of the neckline about 1/4 inch and used the same fun decorative stitch that I used on the arm openings.  Right before I got the end, I inserted a hair elastic in a fun bright color and secured it within the hem.  



I doubled folded the bottom hem and used the same stitch to secure it as well.  The fabric I used for the dress is home decor weight which means it was pretty thick once it was double folded.  The BERNINA 350PE had no problem sewing it but I did notice that going over seams was a bit tough.  Thankfully the folks at BERNINA have that covered.  They included these nifty little plastic compensating plates that help keep the foot in the right position.  



Here you can see what it looks like without the plates in place.  It's not positioned too horribly but the foot is obviously tilted a little bit.



Here you can see that the plastic compensating plates position the foot correctly so the machine can grip the fabric properly and feed it through.  It can take a bit to get used to actually using the plates but they really are handy for getting over those particularly tricky areas of your sewing projects.



Once I finished the hem, all I had to do was sew on a large and colorful button and add one excited little girl!

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25  Re: Ongoing Pinterest Swap April 2012 Discussion and Gallery in The Swap Gallery by rlynn on: May 12, 2012 07:50:37 PM
I received from redstar13 ages ago but here are some action shots of the two pillowcase gowns she sent Aria.  Aria loves them!  She is such a comfort gal and she says these are just as comfy as her stretchy denim!  No literally that's an exact quote.  Wink  She was also super excited to hear that the same person made these and her anatomy hoodie!  Thanks so much for making my four year old super happy!


They are the perfect length by the way!




Please ignore the mess in the background.  Grin

Thanks again!
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26  Re: Ongoing Pinterest Swap MARCH 2012 Discussion and Gallery in The Swap Gallery by rlynn on: April 29, 2012 07:13:27 PM
Those fingerless mitts are fab!  Lovely stash of leather bits and the scoodie is indeed fabulous.

I finally got my camera battery charged...here is an action shot of the super awesome stuffed animal sleeping bags quilted made.  I cannot promise they are all there...they have been in use quite a bit.



Thank you, quilted. Aria loves them.  Cheesy
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27  Re: Ongoing SYS April 2012 - Discussion/Gallery in The Swap Gallery by rlynn on: April 29, 2012 07:10:24 PM
I still have stuff I could send.  I just realized that I never posted a bio thread in the sign up board.  Oops.  Ah well...atsuko and I had already talked so she claimed me for something anyhow.  And here it is...

Yay!  Watch bits!  Aria might have stolen a few.  That little rascal.

But look, atsuko sent me a BEAUTIFUL necklace as well.  I love it! Cheesy


Thank you!!  Cheesy

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28  Fabric Lovers Scavenger Hunt GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by rlynn on: April 27, 2012 09:35:54 AM
Pictures of the lovelies go here... Cheesy



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29  Re: Ongoing Pinterest Swap MARCH 2012 Discussion and Gallery in The Swap Gallery by rlynn on: April 10, 2012 04:52:46 PM
Ack!  Jexxican made Aria these BEAUTIFUL felted story stones and I've been lax on sharing them.  She says she has never done this before and I have to say I would never have known if she hadn't told me.  These are very well done. 

Aria loves them.  I love them.  They are gorgeous!

I feel like I am missing one.  Quite possible because Aria took them immediately and stashed them in her secret hiding spots about the house.  A true sign she considers them the treasure they are.

Jexxican, if I am missing one, let me know and I'll search the house.

Thank you so much for the lovely felted stones.



One of my favorites.


"You are loved" Awww...


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30  Re: Ongoing Pinterest Swap February 2012 Discussion and Gallery in The Swap Gallery by rlynn on: April 05, 2012 07:24:20 AM
bath jellies seem really odd to me but those look great.  I like the halter as well.

Here is what I sent ragstostitches and mlsocci74~

I sent ragstostivches a skirt



and mlsoccie74 got a zip up makeup bag.

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