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1  Baby Lock BL-101 blind hemmer in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by SewnMemaw on: November 08, 2010 03:35:40 AM

Hey ladies
 I bought a Baby Lock BL-101 like this one at a yard sale for 10 bucks, can you believe it? But there was no instruction book and I need help threading it.I have tried several ways but it won't sew, just balls up the thread on the top of the fabric.I used a scrap of lightweight fabric to test it out. It has a tension knob on the left side ,a stitch depth knob on the front,also a knob that says skip. whatever that means.Oh and the feed dog is working fine.
The machine looks brand new,similar to the one I posted so I'm pretty sure it's nothing serious wrong.I just hope someone has a machine like this that can tell me how to get it working.It looks so simple but for some reason I can't figure it out and I've been sewing all my life...lol I ordered the manual but it will be 2 weeks before it comes.
Thanks Ladies
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2  Easy to make Toddlers 2T Sundress in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by SewnMemaw on: February 22, 2009 05:10:27 PM
I'm back after much lurking around here to find something easy to make for my yard sale, however I didn't find what I wanted so.... I went to my pattern file cabinet and found a vintage pattern I had forgotton about. It was just the thing I needed, quick,fast, and in a hurry! I don't have any little girls(they're all grown up) but I figured maybe somebody might want these at my yard sale, so this is what I made from this pattern. I hope you like!

And here's the pattern

and the blurry instructions...sorry!
measurements are:
Body.....16 1/2" from top to bottom on the side that you fold.
across the top of the body.......5"
across the bottom 12"
on the side where the sleeve is cut out..14 1/2" from cut to bottom of body.
Oh and I measured the two body pieces that were in the envelope and both front and back are the same so I just cut 2 bodies from one piece.
For the neck piece cut (2) on the bias 6 1/4" x 2 1/2", fold long edge in half wrong sides together,press. Pin each one to neck on the WRONG SIDE after gathering, sew across and trim seam slightly,turn to outside and press, fold over and sew across.

For the armhole/strap pieces cut(on the bias) (4) rectangles 15 1/2" x 2 1/2" take 2 of them and sew across the short end right sides together,do the other one same way so you have 2 long strips. After you sew them at the end, fold in half longways and press folding up each end to hide raw edge.Pin to WRONG side of armhole starting at side seam, then sew  about 1/2 seam, trim seam and fold over and press down. You will see the straps forming, turn in raw edges and sew each strap down to the end. I find it easier if you sew the armhole on first and then go back and sew the straps down.

All is left is to sew up the side seams and the hem.Then attach lace or trim if desired.

Any questions? Just holla........ Wink

Thanks for looking!

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3  Scrappy Potholders in Completed Projects by SewnMemaw on: December 14, 2008 12:34:13 PM

I'm back with my Scrappy Potholders Grin after finally getting the pics on here. I have been making these for awhile now and wanted to share with you.I made this up in my head since I am no good at using bias binding so I came up with an alternate plan! These potholders are far from perfect but are quite useful and cheap to make.So ladies,grab all your fabric scraps ,an old flat blanket,and some other fabric like polyester and get to making these up for Christmas,yard sales,etc.
This is my way but you can devise your own way.
First..cut out some 10" squares from the old blanket and other scraps,and the fabric you want to use on the outside.I find that making a 10" square template out of something heavy like denim really helps you to cut these out.

Second...cut some long strips of solid color(or whatever you like) about 2" wide,press down 1/4" on one side.Use this to bind the edges.
Now make a sandwich,not too thick or you'll break a needle.
Then quilt(I use the X type but whatever floats your boat is fine)
Now when that's done,trim off even on each side,take the end of the long strip with pressed edge facing you and fold down the top edge,lay on the side of square and sew down to the end,cut off about 1/2" longer so you can fold it up.
Fold up and sew down.Do all four sides the same except the last one you add a loop,then sew it down.
For the loop I use bias binding folded over and sewed together,cut into 5'' pieces.If you don't have binding,cut a strip of fabric about 1 1/2'' wide,fold edges to center,fold over again and sew.cut loops from this strip.
It's really simple once you get the hang of it.Also for your small scraps,just sew them all together in random colors,prints,etc and when you get a big piece,press it and cut the squares from that.
I warn you,it's very addictive...lolI have used up 2 big bags of scraps so far and actually have sold a few of them to my friends at the thrift store! Wink
So ladies,have fun and I'm here for any questions or feedback.
No I don't have a tute but it's so easy,if you need me just ask!
Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Cool
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4  New Look 6515 tunic top in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by SewnMemaw on: December 14, 2008 10:37:57 AM
I made this tunic top for my grand daughter in college from New Look 6515. The pattern is easy to understand and easy to make.
The fabric is a somewhat sheer stretchy cotton in peach color with tie back and split sleeves.
Sorry for being away awhile but I've been lurking around here everyday,just can't stay away from my sewing machines..lol

I'll be back with something scrappy to make whenever I can get this picture hosting thing to work,it keeps cutting me off after I try to load the pics..maybe it's got PMS...LOL

Have a Merry Christmas everyone!..Smiley
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5  Cute Little Girls Pleated Totes in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by SewnMemaw on: August 16, 2008 12:29:04 PM
Ok I hope I'm posting this in the right place...I made these adorable little pleated totes  for the little girls. I fashioned them from the large bags made the same way,I just reduced the pattern I used by 2'' on all pieces.It was something I was wondering about one day as I looked at my big bags and thought, "how would these look in an itty bitty bag.I was surprised at how cute they turned out. I just used one strap on each side of the bag at the seams instead of 2 straps on each body piece. I made 5 so far,one is red and made from an old furry housecoat. Another is denim,and one with black sequin like turquoise velvet type fabric(not shown) All are lined with matching solid color fabrics. Also I used the hairband elastic for the loop and a button to close.
My daughter had claimed  two of them already..lol
They are very easy to make so I expect to be making more for next summer's yard sale. I sold quite a few of the big bags this spring when I had my first yard sale.
I hope you enjoy and will make a few also. I got my inspiration from sewtakeahike with her pleated bag tute, altho I modified it somewhat it's still the same pattern. I make muslin or denim patterns and they last longer than tissue paper.
OK so here they are

Well this will give you the general idea.Need any info just ask...
Thanks for looking!
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6  Pleated Tote Bags in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by SewnMemaw on: June 08, 2008 06:57:16 AM


Hi everyone,I'm back for my 2nd post,hopefully better than the first!
I made these pleated tote bags from the tute provided(hopefully..lol)
Some of them are  made when I first started out,then I modified them a little.I made the brown tweed one from upholstery fabric I found at the thrift store,it's somewhat heavier.They are lined with matching fabrics and I added a pocket inside with 2 or 3 compartments,also instead of velcro as on a few,I added an elastic hairband(rubber)about 5" and looped,then sewed into the top band,also added a big pretty button for clousure.Then on the handles,I sewed then to the top of the bag 2 1/2" from side seam on each side,then installed the lining and then the top band and band facing(fold this down inside bag and slipstitch to seam)So then before I top stitched the top of the bag,I layed the strap on top of the band and stitched that down.Now it has a loop(like on jeans),then I top stitched the whole thing. Pressing as you go will make it much easier to make.
I made the straps wider too.I'm addicted to making these bag..lol
OK I'm rambling on...hope you enjoy making these as much as I do.
Any questions just ask!
Thanks for looking...happy sewing! Smiley
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7  Easy Pillow Quilt From Fabric Scraps in Quilting: Completed Projects by SewnMemaw on: June 04, 2008 10:08:06 AM
Ok this is my second attempt at posting so bear with me.
This is one of several pillow quilts I made last winter.They are easy to make and lightweight and very warm.
I cut out 5" (you can use any size) squares of all different colors of fabric,both solid and prints. A good project for using up scraps.
I serged(you can zig zag if you don't have a serger) up 3 sides,stuff very lightly and sew up remaining side.Make a bunch of these.Then sew up the strips until you get one long enough to cover the size bed you want it for.After making strips then sew the strips together until you get the size quilt you want.
I didn't add a border but you can if you want to.
I've had lots of compliments on them and gave some to my family for gifts.b]

I hope you like it
All comments appreciated
Thank you
Kay from Va
ps-if this pic don't show this time I'm done here!!
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