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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Two Tutus on: October 07, 2009 02:09:26 PM
These are two tutus I made a little while back.  I'm kinda obsessed with them because they are so quick and easy to make.  The color combinations are also endless! 
I used this pattern for both: http://plumtickled.typepad.com/plumtickled/2007/08/tutu-tutorial-t.html


2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Apple Tree Kitchen Towel on: October 05, 2009 03:59:23 PM
This is my first real Machine Embroidery project!  I've added initials to other projects before, but this is the first time I have downloaded a design, burned it to my memory card, and then stitched it out.  There were some snags along the way as I learned how to use my machine correctly, but eventually, this was the outcome:

It's a towel I made for my mom's birthday.  I actually wanted to make four towels, but ended up ruining three of them before getting one that looked Ok.  The design is from www.emblibrary.com.  Some things I learned on this project:

1. Always check the size of the design before you start sewing, so your machine doesn't unexpectly stop because the design is too big for your hoop!   I realized I should always press the button that moves the hoop to show the borders of the design to double check how big it is, because on my first attempt I tried a bigger design and didn't realize that it wouldn't fit in the hoop until my machine wouldn't sew anymore.  I was on the 4th color change and it just stopped stitching because I was outside of the boundries.  I'm sure there is some way to deal with this, but the manual the came with my machine is not very informative.
2. Resize on the computer, not on the sewing machine!  While trying to sew the larger design a second time, I followed the directions in my sewing machine manual to resize the image by decreasing the stitch length and width.  As it turns out, the stitches ended up being too small and tight, the thread got tangled up, and my towel actually tore a little bit!
3. If for any reason the hoop needs to be removed from the machine while sewing, make sure not to remove the fabric from the hoop!   On my third try, I must have rethread the machine incorrectly during the 3rd color change because my thread tension was off, and I ended up with a tangled mess on the backside of my work.  Some how the plate under the needle got sewn into this mess!  I made the mistake of taking the fabric off the hoop to try to cut the tangled thread.  I should have left the towel in the hoop because when I put it back, I couldn't be sure it was in the exact right spot, and consequently, I of course didn't get the design lined up right to continue sewing with the third color.  My tree branches were all over the place!  If I would have left the towel in the hoop I probably would have had a better chance of getting the design lined back up to start on the third color again.

Anyway, there are some helpful tips from my first few mistakes!  I'm ready to take on a new project, so if anyone else has some helpful hints, I'd love to hear them.  Smiley
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Tips for Sewing with Leather? on: October 26, 2007 09:21:24 AM

I've never used leather for a bag before, and am considering it for an upcoming project.  Does anyone have any tips for sewing with leather?  What kind of thread should I use? Anything special about working with leather compared to fabric?

Also, if anyone knows where I could purchase leather or faux leather online or in Southern California, and could let me know, I would appreciate it.

4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Quilt for my niece on: September 02, 2007 09:33:55 AM
This is a simple patchwork blanket I made for my new niece.  


5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Pea Pod Baby Sweater on: August 12, 2007 11:55:10 AM
This is the completed Pea Pod Baby Sweater from Interweave Knits in the 3-6 month size.  I made it for my niece, who should be born any minute now!  I used Knit Picks Shine Sport in Aquamarine.

You can find the free pattern here:


Any comments welcome!  Cheesy
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Hat Pattern Recommendation Needed on: December 29, 2006 10:34:52 PM

I'm hoping someone can recommend a great hat pattern for me.  The usually beenie/ski cap looks horrible on me, but if there is another style of hat that you have made that you can recommend I'd appreciate it.

7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / 6 Purses IMG HEAVY on: December 29, 2006 10:30:44 AM
Here are some bags I made as Christmas Gifts.  Any questions/comments/suggestions are appreciated.  Smiley

Here's the labels I made for all my creations.  I used Avery Printable cotton, and then just ironed them onto the purses.

8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Adult Size Minky Blankets on: December 12, 2006 07:42:11 PM
I made these two blankets for my sisters-in-law (sister-in-laws?) for Christmas.  I always see this type of blanket for babies, but adults like something cuddly too right?  They are pretty big (about 60"x72") which made them a little difficult to work with.  To further complicate things, I used minky that was 60" in width and flannel that was 45" in width, so I had to make two panels of flannel fabric and sew those together before sewing them to the minky.  Next time I will pick two fabrics that are the same size so I don't have to do so much measuring and cutting.

Any comments welcome! Smiley

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Holiday Dress on: December 11, 2006 02:26:38 PM
This was a dress I made for my company's holiday dinner dance.  It was a challenge for me, and definitely isn't perfect (darn those tricky zippers!), but I'm pretty happy with the outcome.  The pattern is Simplicity 4577.  Any comments welcome.

10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Patchwork Baby Blanket on: October 14, 2006 12:38:05 PM

This is a blanket I sewed for a friend of mine for her baby shower. As you can probably guess, the gender of the baby is still unknown so I tried to use colors and patterns that would work for a boy or girl. The top is minky and the backing is a flannel. I chose the colors for the minky squares first and then had to search for the perfect flannel for the backing. I am more than ecstatic about the fabric I did find. It was just what I was looking for, the right colors and a pattern that didnt have baby related items. The whole thing is so soft, but that Minky was terrible to work with. I had lint all over the floor, my table and myself when I was cutting the squares and sewing. I didnt use any batting because the blanket seemed warm enough without it, and since Ive never tried to machine quilt, I decided the safer bet would be to finish it off by using knots in the corners of the squares to secure the back to the front. This is my first quilt ever, so of course there are some mistakes, but all-in-all I think it looks pretty good.

What do you think?
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