We have the best jobs in the world! Last week, the fine folks at Baby Lock came to our office to unveil all of their new products for 2014. They brought the Ovation serger, Ellisimo Gold II sewing and embroidery machine, the Sashiko machine, the Crescendo sewing and quilting machine and the Melody. We were instructed to sit at a different machine, and then move around the room trying out all of the features of each one. To help, we were given a Coffee Cup Koozie kit and instructions to make the project as we traveled from machine to machine.
The Sew News gals naturally fought over the serger. What a fantastic machine this is! It’s bigger than any other serger I’ve ever seen and has an extra large space to the right of the needle to accommodate layers of fabric. It also has a knee lift and a presser foot lever in front of the machine so it doesn’t catch on any fabric as you serge.
The Ellisimo Gold II has a Needle Beam (light beam) to help in perfect design placement. The light can also be used to indicate your seam allowance. It’s like using a contractor’s laser level on your fabric! The needle cam shows you exactly what is happening on the fabric surface, projected onto the machine screen. If you’re embroidering, it’s nice to see what’s happening from above! This machine does so much for you–there are too many features to list.
I’d better get to the Koozie instructions before I ramble on too much. Visit the web links to see the machines for yourself! And comment below to tell us which machine of the ones I listed above you’d like to see in your sewing room and why. One winner chosen at random from the comments will receive the kit to make your own Koozie, including the template, fabric, interfacing, insulated batting, hair tie, buttons, Baby Lock pin, tape measure, complete with the coffee cup!
Coffee Cup Koozie
two 12″x5″ fabric rectangles
12″x5″ rectangle of insulated batting (such as InsulBrite)
two 12″x5″ rectangles of mediumweight fusible interfacing
small hair tie
Fuse the interfacing rectangles to the fabric wrong sides following the manufacturer’s instructions.
Embellish the fabric in the method of your choosing. Add decorative built-in or Sashiko stitching, machine embroidery, serged chainstitch patterns or bobbinwork. If desired, baste the fabric perimeter to tack the decorative stitches and embellishments in place. Trim the excess threads.
Cut two pieces from the interfaced fabric using the pattern template. Rotate the pattern when cutting out the koozie inside and outside pieces. Or place the fabric right sides together and cut both pieces as one through all layers. If applicable, center any design on the pattern.
Cut out the batting using the pattern template.
Pinch the hair tie together along one end to form a loop. Zigzag stitch over the pinched end to secure the loop to one fabric short-end center.
Layer the fabric pieces right sides together, sandwiching the loop. Place the batting over the upper-fabric wrong side; pin, and then stitch the perimeter, leaving a 4″ opening along the lower edge for turning.
Clip the curves and trim the corners. Turn the koozie right side out; press.
Topstitch the koozie perimeter, closing the opening with the stitches. Fold the koozie and aligning the loop with the button location; mark. Hand sew the button in place. Hand sew the remaining button in place directly behind the first button, making the koozie reversible.
Slip the koozie around the coffee mug and enjoy!