Summer Breeze – Sew Along Week 3 Ties, Pleats, Gathering & Notches

lead hp sew 3 Summer Breeze   Sew Along Week 3 Ties, Pleats, Gathering & NotchesThis week is a packed post! We will be sewing up the ties, creating the front drape and sewing the shoulder and side seams. So let’s just jump right in!!

Begin by sewing the ties. Remember, all seam allowances are 3/8”. Fold the ties in half lengthwise and sew the seam. Do not sew across the end of the tie at this point.

photo 1 Summer Breeze   Sew Along Week 3 Ties, Pleats, Gathering & Notches Fold the tie so that the seam is in the middle and the seam allowance is facing to one side. Do not open up the seam allowance.

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Now, stitch across the end of the tie.

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Turn the tie to the right side and press. The seam will be in the middle of the tie. I like sewing ties in this manner rather than having the seam on the edge as I feel they lay much nicer and have a cleaner finish.

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Now for the front drape. Begin with the right front piece. There is a notch where you see my thumb in the picture below. photo 5a Summer Breeze   Sew Along Week 3 Ties, Pleats, Gathering & Notches

From that notch point, sew in 2 rows of gathering stitches. My first row of stitches is 1/8” from the edge and my second row is 3/8” from the edge.

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Set this piece aside for the moment and take out the main front pattern piece.

photo 6 Summer Breeze   Sew Along Week 3 Ties, Pleats, Gathering & Notches There are 2 notches along the curved side of this pattern piece. My finger is pointing to 1 and my pin is pointing to the other. Sew in 2 rows of gathering stitches from 1 notch to the other.

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Now the fun begins! Sew the upper pattern piece to the main pattern piece. Sew from the shoulder to the notch ending at the edge of the main front pattern piece. It may look a little strange at this point, but it will ultimately make sense.

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Now that the seam has been sewn, take note that there is a small space where there are no gathering stitches. All of the gathering stitches to the right of that section will be gathered into the small space between the seam and the beginning of the gathering stitches. Fold at the notch with right sides together and then pull the gathering stitches until they fit into that area.

The gathering stitches on the upper front piece will be gathered and will match to the area from my pen to the side seam.

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In the picture below, all stitches have been gathered. You can see the small area with no gathering stitches and the gathering stitches from the front upper piece.

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Before sewing the seam, the small tie will need to be inserted. It should match perfectly to the small un-gathered area. Be sure that when the tie is inserted that the seam will be facing the garment.

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Sew from 1 end to the other. I finished this seam with my serger.

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Now for the shoulder seam. The right shoulder seam has a “v” section.

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Fold at this point. This will form the drape at the shoulder.

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In the picture below, you can see my hand inside the front drape.

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The tie will help to hold the drape in place.

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There are 2 notches along the front right side seam.

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Baste the long tie between the 2 notches. Be sure that the seam of the tie is facing up.

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Sew the side seams and the shoulder seams. If you would like, the side seams and shoulder seams can be sewn with a French seam just as we did with the center back seam in last week’s post.

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My dress is together!

The long tie wraps around the back of the top or dress in this case, and then ties to the shorter tie that was attached in the gathered drape area. It forms a beautiful front drape.

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Sewing in the front gathers for the drape can be a little daunting, but once you have figured it out, I think you will feel that it was well worth the effort.

Take a look at the video portion, which will help with gathering, notches and other areas of the blouse.

Next week we will talk about binding finishes and the facings. We will also have a special post dedicated to adding a sleeve to this garment.

In the meantime, check out the Flickr page. It’s a great place to post pictures and ask questions. And, you can pick up a copy of Sew News at shopsewitall.com for more information on our Hot Pattern Sew-Along.

Until next week!

Rhonda Buss

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FREE 4th of July Projects & Embroidery Designs

Betsy Ross Birth of the American Flag FREE 4th of July Projects & Embroidery DesignsLooking for a few easy projects to celebrate 4th of July? You’ll find easy to make projects right here!

Start by making your own family flag this year and use Creative Machine Embroidery magazine’s FREE fireworks design.

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Why stop at one! Purchase the entire 4th of July inspired CME Fireworks Collection and stitch up an amazing burst of patriotic fun.

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BBBQ 500 FREE 4th of July Projects & Embroidery DesignsHave you seen the price of grill covers? It’s crazy. Why not make your own and save some bucks. Our version is in a very bold perfect for the 4th of July colors. But, why not make it gunmetal grey or hunters green and make it work all year long. Get all the details and tips for working with outdoor fabric HERE.

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Everyone here at Sew News, Creative Machine Embroidery and Sew it All wish you a happy 4th of July!

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The Hot Patterns Summer Breeze Sew Along Week 2 – Converting a top to a dress

PatternImage 5001 The Hot Patterns Summer Breeze Sew Along Week 2   Converting a top to a dress The Summer Breeze Top is appropriately named as it is such a light and breezy top to wear. To me, there is nothing better than taking a garment off the hanger, looking inside and seeing pretty finished seams. It just makes me feel happy when I know that the inside of my garment looks as pretty as the outside. Pretty finished seams and French seams go hand in hand in my book! If you have never given French seams a try, you are going to love them, and I think you will be surprised by how easy they are to sew.

I’ve chosen a piece of fabric that I’m calling Psychedelic Egg Yolks for my sew along garment.

photo 01 The Hot Patterns Summer Breeze Sew Along Week 2   Converting a top to a dressIt’s a lightweight, silk like polyester that should make up into a fun dress.

Not only is the Summer Breeze Top a lovely blouse, it also translates beautifully and easily into a dress. There are only 2 pattern pieces that will need adjusting, the back,

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There are 2 pattern pieces for the front, but the main body that will need to be lengthened is just 1 piece.

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In order to lengthen the pattern, take note that the last 2” of the pattern angles in. This is so that when the hem is turned up, it will lay nicely against the inside of the garment. In lengthening our pattern, we do not want to follow that angled line as it might make the bottom of our skirt a little too tight for walking.

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What I recommend doing is squaring a line across the bottom of the pattern. This will become a guideline.

photo 06 The Hot Patterns Summer Breeze Sew Along Week 2   Converting a top to a dress Tape a piece of paper to the bottom of the pattern. I added 18” to the length of my pattern. Remember, you can always cut off the excess, it can be much more difficult to add back!

Take your ruler and square a line down from the guideline that was drawn in on the pattern.

photo 07 The Hot Patterns Summer Breeze Sew Along Week 2   Converting a top to a dressAt the hemline, the amount of difference between the pattern and what is added on the side is minimal, but by the time the angle reaches the hemline, it would be considerable had we followed the angled line.

photo 08 The Hot Patterns Summer Breeze Sew Along Week 2   Converting a top to a dressThe back has been lengthened. Do the same to the front pattern piece. Once you have lengthened the front and back pattern pieces, cut out your fabric.

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To sew the French seam, begin by placing your pieces wrong sides together. This seems strange at first, but trust me, it will all work out in the end. Sew the 2 pieces together with a 1/8” seam allowance.

photo 10 The Hot Patterns Summer Breeze Sew Along Week 2   Converting a top to a dressOpen the sewn pieces with the finished seam side facing up. Press the seam to one side, do not press the seam allowance open.

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Now, fold the pieces together with the seam line along the edge and press the seam line. This will give you a nice crisp edge for sewing.

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Note that the wrong side of the fabric is now facing out. Sew along the seamed edge with a ¼” seam allowance.

photo 13 The Hot Patterns Summer Breeze Sew Along Week 2   Converting a top to a dress In the above picture you see the right side of the garment in the top portion of the picture and the inside of the garment in the lower portion of the picture. As pretty on the inside as it is on the outside!

All of the seams on this garment can be finished with a French seam except for the front accent piece where we will add all of the gathers. A French seam could be done, but it might get a little complicated.

Next week we will sew up the ties, attach them and take the plunge into attaching the accent piece and adding the gathers. So next week will be a big week!! In the meantime, decide whether you would like a top or a dress, get your pattern cut out, and sew the center back seam with a French seam.

And, be sure to check out the video portion too of the Summer Breeze Sew Along. Rhonda will show you more on how to make French seams.

Remember to visit the Flickr page, you can find it here, Flickr Summer Breeze Sew Along. We love to seeing your fabric as well as your progress!!

Until next week, I hope you are catching a few cool breezes during these hot summer days!

Rhonda Buss

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Gorgeous Fabrics – Tour their new website!

GF Logo 30011 Gorgeous Fabrics   Tour their new website!We all have our favorite places to shop online or locally or wherever we can, for beautiful fabrics.  Gorgeousfarbrics.com is an online retailer that has totally revamped their website so you can get garment fabrics to your door in order to make one-of-a-kind garments and projects.

If you go to their blog at gorgeousfabrics.com  they will walk you through their new website. And, I gotta say that I love it. My favorite page, second to the  fabrics is the Strut Your Stuff page, which is where customers get to show off their creations.

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On the Home Page you get a big view of upcoming specials or just-arrived fabric with a large rotating banner.  And below that are large thumbnails of various fabrics.

Screen Shot 2014 06 24 at 9.05.59 AM Gorgeous Fabrics   Tour their new website!I’m not a big fan of grey fonts but this seems to work, it is easier on the eyes, and you don’t feel like you’re going blind.

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And, what I absolutely love is the clear and clean way in which they present the fabrics. They show multiple angles of the fabric, plus care and what pattern would work with the displayed fabric.  You can click on the pattern link to view or purchase.  Plus, video tips and rotating info on the banner page are nice. It’s all easy to find, which is what we want in a website.

Thanks goes to Gorgeous Fabrics (and Gazungle who made the site) for making it easier for all of us to get more of what we crave: Fabric!

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Hot Patterns Summer Breeze Sew Along – Week 1

PatternImage 500 Hot Patterns Summer Breeze Sew Along    Week 1Now that summer has finally arrived, at least in the northern hemisphere, I’m sure cool and easy to wear garments are what you are longing for. The Summer Breeze Top from Hot Patterns is perfect for just about any summer occasion. The top is fairly easy to make. It has a soft asymmetrical drape that is the perfect feminine touch.  The top is perfect on its own paired with a skirt, pants or even a pair of shorts, and it will look lovely under a jacket.

But what about taking the top to another level? During the sew along, we will talk about other options for this top, like adding a sleeve and lengthening the top into a dress. I have designed a sleeve for the sew along that I think pairs beautifully with the top and I also have a few embellishment ideas that you might like to add to your top or dress.

When purchasing your fabric for this top, keep in mind that it must be a very light weight fabric.

photo 1 Hot Patterns Summer Breeze Sew Along    Week 1 In order to achieve the fold which forms the drape, a lot of fabric is gathered into a very small space at the waistline. If your fabric has any bulk, you will not be able to gather your fabric and achieve the desired look of the blouse. A silk charmeuse will work beautifully, but if silk is totally off the budget charts, a lovely rayon or polyester will also work well and look beautiful. My top that is pictured is polyester. Light weight knits will also work well as would a light weight cotton, like a lawn.

Once you have your pattern, be sure to check your measurements and I would also recommend making a muslin. A muslin will be especially important if you would like to add a sleeve to this top. Take a look at the pattern and you will see that the shoulder extends a little over the arm. We will talk about how to alter the shoulder so that the armhole seam sits perfectly at the shoulder.

The instructions of this top are not on a separate sheet of paper, but are printed across the top of the pattern sheet. For many, this could be a little fidgety, especially since most of us are sewing in rather small spaces. In the video, I show you how I folded the instructions so that I could easily flip through them as I sewed.

If you have not purchased your pattern, you can order one directly from Hot Patterns HERE.  I was very pleased with how quickly my pattern arrived.

We would also love to watch your progress and see your fabric choices. You can find the Summer Breeze Flickr Group HERE.

The gathering detail that forms the drape of this top can be a little tricky, but we will work through it step by step so that you are successful in making a beautiful top. If you are like me, once you’ve figured out the gathering detail, you’ll be whipping up a number of these tops for summer.

I’m looking forward to sewing along with you and be sure to check out our video segment!

Rhonda Buss

www.rhondabuss.blogspot.com

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Free Stuff Friday – 1-2-3 Quilt

123 quilt  Free Stuff Friday   1 2 3 QuiltNotice how Friday’s are always good days. Hard to have a bad Friday, especially with Free Stuff Friday.

In the latest issue of Sew News Jun/July issue Beth Bradley wrote a review on 1-2-3 Quilt by Ellen Luckett Baker. Ellen is the blogger for The Long Thread and 1-2-3 Quilt is the follow up to 1-2-3 Sew. In her latest book there are 24 projects for a new or beginner quilter. The projects are easy and fun and won’t overwhelm a beginner. Advanced sewists or quilters will love the cute and thoughtful projects that will sew up quick for gifts. Check out Beth’s review in the print edition for more details and other fun books for sewists, crafters and quilters of all levels.

Answer the question below to be entered to win today’s book 1-2-3 Quilt by Ellen Luckett Baker.

Are you a quilter? What’s your favorite quilt magazine? What do you love about quilting?

I really enjoyed reading the comments from the Meet The Designer post. Most of you have the same problems that I do, we buy too much fabric and too many patterns. But, really is there such a thing as too many? And the winner of the Meet the Designer post is Jayne, she buys too many Vogue patterns!  I will be in touch with you shortly to tell you how to claim you prize. Thanks for commenting everyone.

Jill

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Meet the Designer Dawn Anderson Schons & a Giveaway!

Dawn Anderson 500 Meet the Designer Dawn Anderson Schons & a Giveaway!Dawn Anderson Schons is a frequent contributor to Sew News and we’re all so lucky for it! She has a MFA in Costume Design and has a passion for fashion history and traditional tailoring technqiues. She runs sewing workshops and classes and has a line of wonderful patterns. Please read our Meet The Designer post today to learn more about Dawn and her work.

What is your sewing pet peeve? Any tasks that you find annoying?  Alterations can be tough but not much rattles me, it’s just a matter of how long it will take to fix the problem.

What were your early days of learning to sew like? What was it that made you want to continue? I started sewing when I was four years old. My first projects were “embroideries” sewn with crewel wool yarn and a very large round end needle. My Mom sewed everything and she gave me her yarn scraps from her needle point projects and fabric scraps from her bridal alterations business. I made clothes and hats for my dolls when I was in Elementary school and made clothes for myself in Junior High. In High School I made costumes for Drama productions and I designed and sewed dance costumes for my Ballet School. I made three prom gowns my senior year, one for myself and two for friends who wanted custom designs. I went on to major in Costume Design in college. Sewing is in my blood, it is a part of me. No matter how much other work I do during the day, I never feel like I accomplished anything unless it was in my sewing room.

What do you do when you are not sewing? I think about sewing! Ha! I chase my three small children around the house, cook, and clean, and allow myself at least an hour a day to sew, sketch, and dream about the perfect wardrobe.

What is your favorite thing to embellish your projects with? Beads. I love to sew with prints and a few beads highlight the centers of flowers or add interest to the dominant motif in a geometric print.

Who taught you how to sew? My Mom in my younger years and then some great professors in undergrad, grad school, and my exchange program in England.

What’s the oldest piece of fabric in your stash? Do you keep your fabric stash in control or are you less disciplined in your fabric collection. My oldest pieces of fabric are remnants of early 1960s metallic brocades that I found in a thrift store years ago. My fabric stash is fairly organized. I have lots of big storage bins labeled by fabric type, cotton print, wool boucle, silk, etc. I have two big shelves of fabric bolts which are less organized.

Do you have a favorite item or project to make? I like to sew clothing. I sew shirts and jackets for my husband, costumes and dresses for my daughter, pants for my boys, and tailored jackets, pants, and skirts for myself. I love sewing silk blouses too; they are so expensive to buy ready to wear!

Do you find the change of seasons inspires you to sew and do you have a favorite season? The change of season is always exciting for me. Everything seems new and fresh. I look forward to making skirts and sundresses in the spring. Fall is my favorite though. I love tailored jackets, plaid, wool, and hats.

When shopping for sewing supplies is there something you always buy too much of. Patterns! I can’t resist the pattern sales at the local fabric stores and I usually buy at least 5 or more at a time. I have several boxes of patterns organized my garment type.

Are there any sewing techniques you are trying to perfect? Hand tailoring details. I love bound buttonholes and tailored pockets. I have been designing new shapes for welts and incorporating pockets into seams and darts in a new way. I made a green wool crepe jacket inspired by nature with tear drop shaped welt pockets sewn into a curved seam and bound buttonholes in the shape of leaves. I wanted to have some fun with my tailoring skills.

What future projects/plans are in store for you? I just finished my custom pants sloper (after fitting and altering three muslins) and I can’t wait to make a pair of menswear plaid pants for fall. I have 5 lengths of fabric just waiting to be cut out for my perfect fitting semi-straight leg pants.

Any tips you would like to share with the Sew News sewing community? Press your seams really well as you are sewing and your finished garment will look polished.

Thanks so much to Dawn Anderson Schons! I really love her work and can’t wait to see those plaid pants!  If you would like to learn more about Dawn please visit her website at dawnandersondesigns.com.

So, for all our Sew News readers what do you buy way to much of when you go to the fabric store? Answer below and you’ll be entered to win the gift pack below. One winner will be announced next Friday, June 20th.

SEWP 1406 26093 Meet the Designer Dawn Anderson Schons & a Giveaway!I would also like to announce the winners of the Hot Patterns  Flickr Contest and that is Michelle of mfarmer and Life is Sew Sew Good. Both winners have been sent an email.

The winners of the SIA magazine contest (held June 12) are: Lydia, Gertrude and ME Pendelton. Please check your email and you will be notified as to how to get your prize!

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Baby Lock Common Threads 2014 Recap!

Last week I had the absolute pleasure of attending the first-ever Common Threads event hosted by Baby Lock. Baby Lock invited a group of educators, designers, bloggers, writers and editors from the sewing and quilting community to spend three days at their headquarters near St. Louis to sew, connect, brainstorm and learn.

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Baby Lock is famous for its motto “For the Love of Sewing,” and that sentiment ruled the event. To say that I came away inspired would be a huge understatement, as it was a truly amazing experience to be in the presence of such an enthusiastic and creative group of people who all really share that love of sewing.

Here’s a little photo recap of Common Threads since I wish you all could have joined us there!

One of the coolest parts was the great goodie bag that we received as soon as we arrived. Each attendee provided something that they work on for the bag, including patterns, fabric lines, magazines, books and much more. It was awesome to get to see an example of what everyone does and how each person contributes to the sewing and quilting world. I couldn’t wait to see old sewing friends, many of whom have contributed to Sew News and Sew it All, and make new ones!

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Chock-Full of Sewing Goodness

To kick off the event, we all made our way to the Tacony Achievement Center, which is where Baby Lock dealers from around the country come to learn about Baby Lock’s new machines and products. I was excited to get to meet Amber Eden, editor of our sister publications Stitch magazine and SewDaily.com:

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Sewing editors!

We started by getting a great introduction to the history of Tacony Corporation (parent company of Baby Lock) from Ken Tacony, whose dad started the company in 1946.

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Baby Lock president Steve Jeffery also gave us an overview of Baby Lock, from the very first Baby Lock sergers up through the innovative sewing and embroidery machines and sergers of today. We also heard about the great outreach that Baby Lock does to encourage designers and young sewers, including the awesome elementary school program that our friend Connie Tkach heads up in Puyallup, WA.

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Mr. Tacony also gave us a behind-the-scenes tour through Tacony Headquarters, including the offices and warehouse. It was really fun to check out the inner workings of the company and see where Baby Lock sewing machines come from!

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Ellisimo embroidery machines as far as the eye can see!

After the tour, Baby Lock had a super-fun activity where everyone got to be creative and mix and mingle: a cookie quilt created by St. Louis Sweets for us to decorate!

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We all got hard to work decorating our individual cookie “blocks” to combine into one big, beautiful quilt. After seeing so many awesome machines, I decided to pay homage on my cookie block:

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It was so much fun seeing everyone’s personality and style reflected in such a sweet way! A cookie quilt would actually be a great get-to-know you activity for a sewing or quilt guild. Our completed quilt turned out gorgeous and ALMOST too pretty to eat.

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What a fun evening! I couldn’t wait to get started sewing with everyone the next day. We started by getting to take the 8-thread Baby Lock Ovation serger for a spin. We tried different specialty settings on the Ovation and made pages for a lovely sample book that the Baby Lock staff had prepared for us.

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Trying out the exclusive Ovation wave stitch

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Eleanor Burns stitching pintucks on the Ovation
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Pretty wavy pintucks–made super speedy on a serger! 

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Fun coverstitching effects

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Free-motion chainstitching

As you can see, the Ovation is extremely versatile and has many very smart features and lots of room to serge. You can find out more and see it in action here.

In the afternoon, we got to play on the Baby Lock Unity to try out its sewing, quilting and embroidery features. I got to be machine buddies with the lovely Joi Mahon (Dress Forms Design), who has appeared in both Sew News and Sew it All. It’s always a pleasure to see her and even more fun to sew with her. Plus, we shared a sewing station with the delightful Amy Ellis of Amy’s Creative Side!

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My sewing buddy Joi!

The Unity has a lot of excellent tools and features, including a guidebeam that you can follow instead of having to mark straight lines on your fabric. We stitched cute little snowball blocks, and then embroidered them with a pretty birdcage design. Fun!

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Next up, I made sure to get my photo taken in front of this gorgeous wall of words. Baby Lock asked all of the attendees to send in their favorite words of wisdom, which they combined into a super advice wall! The result is funny, touching and hilarious. And you gotta love the fabulous vintage fainting couch!

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We also got to see a very heartwarming video about Enchanted Makeovers, a community service project that Baby Lock has partnered with this year to make over and outfit women’s shelters with brand new sewing rooms. Stay tuned for my blog post about that to find out how you can help!

The next morning we also got to try out the Baby Lock Sashiko 2. If you haven’t gotten to try this machine, I definitely recommend it! It’s really fun and inspiring to be able to produce the look of hand stitching so quickly and easily. I wrote a guide to Sashiko in Sew it All, Vol. 7, so it’s one of my current sewing passions. It was also quite a treat because Evy Hawkins, Baby Lock’s Sashiko educator, was on hand to help and inspire us with all the fun things the Sashiko can do, like adding trim or decorative thread or beads. I was able to stitch up this design in less than 10 minutes!

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The Sashiko machine also works great for applique:

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Last but not least, we played a very funny Rob-Your-Neighbor game with all of the awesome sewing supplies and notions that you can find on Nancy’s Notions and Sewing & Craft Club from Creative Notions, Madeira Thread and more. It worked kind of like a white elephant exchange, where everyone picked a bag and then you could “rob” people if you liked what they received. This would be a fun game for a sewing group too! Of any sewing tool, I LOVE scissors the most, so I was thrilled to wind up with these Gingher Shears!

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After such a whirlwind, it was suddenly time to say goodbye! There were so many wonderful things I learned and so much to take away from the event, but more than anything, I was overwhelmed with the very real sense of sharing, friendship and love that exists in the sewing community. Common Threads really was the perfect name for the event. 

Here are two of the lovely and talented sewing bloggers I got to meet (check out See Kate Sew and Melly Sews):

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Kate Blocher of SeeKateSew and Melissa Mora of MellySews

And I just couldn’t leave without a photo with the one and only Nancy Zieman!

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Nancy is just as kind, gracious and funny in person as she is on TV!

Getting to make things together and share that with others is such a gift. I’m sure you’ve experienced this feeling in your sewing and quilting groups or when you’ve taught a new sewer, or when you’ve been able to make someone a special gift. I love sharing that with you, too! Stay tuned for a blog roll of all of the Common Threads attendees, as well as a post next week about Enchanted Makeovers!

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Enter to win a copy of SIA Vol. 8 + Learn about the contributors from this issue!

SIA8 Cover 500px Enter to win a copy of SIA Vol. 8 + Learn about the contributors from this issue! We’re all very excited for the latest Sew It All hitting newsstands June 17, or for a few lucky people it’s already at their favorite fabric shop or grocery newsstand and you’re all ready making the fun projects.

This issue has some fantastic contributors, so let’s give a shout out to all of them! You can also find more information on these lovely ladies on our website, the articles from this issue and past issues. Please click on to their links below to find out more on all the awesome things they do for the creative community.

Many of these ladies have Facebook pages, Twitter and Instagram accounts, blogs, websites, Etsy shops(whew!) and some hold full time jobs in addition! And, yes they would love to hear from you! Be sure to check them out when you pick up a copy of Sew It All Volume 8.

Susan Beck  has loved creating with fabric, a needle and thread for most of her life. Susan is an educator, writer and editor for Bernina of America. Visit berninausa.com to see what she’s up to.

Lucy Blaire  owns East Camp Home for which she is a designer, blogger and seamstress. In addition to running her shop, she writes for magazines and books. She lives in Catskill, NY, with her husband and daughter. Check out her designs at eastcamphome.com.

Nicole Blumis pursuing a life filled with making things. She is the co-author of Improv Sewing. Read about her sewing adventures at ourimprovdiary.wordpress.com.

Ashley Briggs  is a former Sew News editor and Alaskan weather girl who now spends her time sewing and crocheting in a small town in Colorado. When not stitching, she can be found working out, walking her dog and blogging at yardageandyarn.com.

Joylyn Buckingham  retired from a career in teaching to enjoy her favorite pastime: sewing. No longer a necessity to clothe her children, she now sews and blogs at joysjotsshots.blogspot.com.

Rhonda Buss  is a woman of many talents. She’s a pilot, writer, artist, dog lover and sewist. She lives in Chicago, where she drafts patterns and sews for her blog at Rhonda’s Creative Life.

Jennifer Davey  works as a freelance designer for iLoveToCreate. She lives in Clovis, CA, with her husband and three children, and loves sharing her joy for creating with others. Vist bestillmycraftingheart.blogspot.com to learn more.

Carol Ingram  is a sewing educator and textile artist residing in Florida. She loves learning new techniques to express her artistic vision.

Sharon Madsen  is a Midwestern gal who loves dogs, shoes and chocolate. She began sewing when she was 8 years old and hasn’t stopped since. She blogs about her sewing adventures at sharonsews.blogspot.com.

Kim Saba  holds a degree in fashion design from the Fashion Institute of Technology. She loves to sew, play with her two dogs and collect everything vintage. Take a peek at etsy.com/shop/foxandbearvintage to see her latest finds.

Stacy Schlyer  is a self-proclaimed fabric junkie and strives to keep her stash fully stocked. She blogs about her sewing adventures at stacysews.com.

Sunni Standing  is an avid home sewing enthusiast. She blogs about her passion at afashionablestitch.com.

Kate Van Fleet has been sewing for more than 40 years. She’s the former owner of Kreations by Kate, a business supplying handmade pillows to nine stores in five states.

Katrina Walker  specializes in working with silk and wool. She enjoys designing projects for home sewists and playing with her flock of sheep. Learn more about her at katrinawalker.com.

Lynn Weglarz started sewing at a very early age, making clothes for her dolls. She went on to graduate with a degree in Home Economics. Currently she teaches sewing classes to children, teens and adults.

Vanessa Wilson lives on a five-acre farm in central Florida where she grows an organic garden and sews as much as possible. She tries to live a simple organic life with her husband and two children. Check out her blog at craftygemini.blogspot.com for more than 140 tutorials.

Tell me who your favorite contributor is or one you would like to see in the future.

Three Winners will be announced on Friday!!

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How To Join the Hot Patterns Summer Breeze Sew Along

PatternImage 500 How To Join the Hot Patterns Summer Breeze Sew Along

Hello! We are getting ready for the Hot Patterns Summer Breeze Sew Along, starting on June 23rd!

If you are new to sew alongs let me explain a few things and then I hope to see and hear from you on this super fun sew-along!

First you DO NOT need to sign up on Flickr. We have that as an option for those that want to share their creations, their fabric choices, meet other online sewists, ask questions etc. But no one is obligated to join Flickr.

Flickr is a photo sharing site and is a lot of fun to use. You post photos of your progress each week, or you can ask for help. If you would like to learn more about how to join Flickr you can find a tutorial from Sew News HERE.

Each week of the tutorial will be posted here on the blog and on the Flickr Sew News Summer Breeze Group page. You can ask for help here on the blog as well as on the Flickr site.

So, really there are two places where you can get all the information you need for the sew-along. On the blog we will also have a video component to help you with the making of the pattern. The sew alongs are conducted by Rhonda Buss of Rhonda’s Creative Life. You can find past sew alongs here on the blog as well as on Flickr.

To purchase the Summer Breeze pattern please go to www.hotpatterns.com.

And, be sure to pick up a copy of the latest Sew News June/July issue where there is  information on the sew along. You can pick up a copy HERE.

The schedule for the sew along is as follows:

Week 1: Week of June 23 –Pattern Prep & Fabric Choices

Week 2: Week of July 30 –French Seams

Week 3: Week of July 07 –Ties, Pleats, Gatherings & Notches

Week 4: Week of July 14 –Binding & Facing Options

Week 5: Week of July 21 –Finishing Touches

The pattern is sized from 6-26. The fabric called for is lighweight, like silk, silkys rayon crepes or lightweight knits.

If you have any questions please leave a comment here and I will get back to you on it.

 

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