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« on: May 15, 2012 10:04:47 AM »

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Superhero Cape using the BERNINA 330

My son is a Superhero. He has something called "Green Power," which allows him to turn everything green. Also super speed. Or so he tells me. But he was missing one essential Superhero element: the cape. That is, until now.

I started this project by measuring my Superhero:

I measured across his shoulders for the top width and then from the shoulders to about mid-calf for the length.  My Superhero's measurements were 10'' top width and about 20'' in length.  I added a couple inches to the top width to account for seam allowances (I'm generous with myself) for a total top width of 12''. I doubled this measurement for the bottom width (24''), so the cape would flare out a bit when worn.

The result was a kind of trapezoidal shape. I cut one of my main fabric and one for the lining. Here, they are already sandwiched right sides together for sewing:

Being a Superhero is tough work. To make sure that the cape would be strong enough to withstand super speed and green power, I used stitch #6 on my BERNINA 330, the triple straight stitch and triple zig-zag.

Since I knew that I would be sewing some corners for this project, I set my needle so that it would be in the down position when I took my foot off the pedal. I simply pushed the button below the screen and to the left. The screen display changed to show a downward pointing arrow next to my needle, telling me the new position my needle would stop in.

Looks like a nice, strong triple stitch:

To get the triple zig-zag and REALLY reinforce my stitching, I increased the stitch length (still in stitch #6) to 3. Notice the top bar on the display is now set to 3, and my needle position is still down:

Triple zig-zag:

Those stitches aren't going anywhere!

I left the top width of the cape open so that when I'd completed the other three sides of the cape, I could easily turn it inside out. I top stitched the sides with a basic straight stitch, but decided to add something special to the bottom.  This is a Superhero cape, after all.

My son's initials are DJO, and the BERNINA 330 has this awesome ability to sew letters right into the fabric. I knew I had to put DJ's initials on something...

It was super easy, too.  I just pushed the button for the alphabet, and scrolled through to the letters I needed.

Then just repeated until I made it to the end of the cape. DJO DJO DJO. You can't get that in a store-bought cape. Too cool.

I made the cape a tie-on so we didn't have to worry about lost buttons or snaps. They probably couldn't survive super speed anyway. Superhero capes shouldn't fall off!

A 3-inch wide strip of fabric folded onto itself and top stitched was all we needed:

I attached the strip to the top width of the cape with a zig-zag satin stitch. I just used the basic zig-zag (stitch #2), but increased the stitch width to 4 and decreased the stitch length to 0.5. See how the BERNINA 330 keeps track of the default settings (the missing bar on the top display and the extra bar on the side display). That makes it super easy to return to the original settings.

Looks perfect!

A little freezer paper stencil embellishment, and the cape is good to go!

The finished product:

My Superhero is out saving the world today... one cookie at a time!  Wink
« Last Edit: May 15, 2012 01:10:46 PM by jungrrl » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2012 10:18:07 AM »

Awesome, SuperMOM!  This makes me miss having a little boy - my son is 34 now!  Childhood fun over way too soon for me!

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« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2012 11:14:43 AM »

I'm pretty sure this is the cutest cape ever! Love the lettering!

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« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2012 06:45:40 AM »

Really great idea and 'super' cute!

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« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2012 06:59:34 AM »

haha - 'super cute.'

Thanks guys!  My son loves running around in this thing. We even have pics of him wearing it at 7-11 with a slurpee!

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« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2012 08:26:21 AM »

So adorable! The cape and the boy. Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2012 01:30:22 PM »

Super cute!
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