Shop for Fabric & Support A Good Cause – Quilts of Valor

FW QuiltsofValor 4031 Shop for Fabric & Support A Good Cause   Quilts of Valor Great news for fabric shoppers! Shop from May 9 through May 16 at any of these online sites Shop Fons And Porter, Keepsake Quilting, Quilt and Sew Shop, and Quilting Daily Shop and 10% of total sales will be donated to Quilts of Valor Foundation!

Quilts of Valor Foundation volunteers donate time, labor, love and fabric by stitching quilts to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.

- If you are unfamiliar with Quilts of Valor please read this introduction from Catherine Roberts, Founder and Executive Director QOV Foundation -

Please allow me to take a few minutes to tell you a little bit about our non-profit Foundation. We got started in November 2003 with the goal of making quilts that would both heal and comfort our war wounded. These quilts are called Quilts of Valor (QOVs). Wounds that qualify are those that are both seen and unseen. Chaplain Kallerson suggested using the phrase “touched by war” as a way of identifying recipients.

The most frequent remark from a QOM-recipient when awarded their QOV is:

“I Didn’t Know Anyone Cared.”

Members of our Armed Forces continue to be killed or wounded in the Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. I heard a statistic from the New England Journal of Medicine which had a journal article on troop injuries. For every causality multiply that number by ten and you will get an approximate number of wounded. So when you hear on the news that eight Marines died, you con assume there were 80 wounded.

According to reliable sources, the number of our total wounded is actually far higher than the official DOD’s one. Some estimates have the range anywhere from 40,000 and up. If you are interested in more information, please follow this link from Global Security.org.

If you are a quilter or longarmer, I invite you to use your talents to show these brave young men and women how much we appreciate their sacrifice and service with something very American and very tangible: A War-Time Quilt of Valor.

This site provides one way to go about catching them in our QOV net of comfort and love and healing. If you want to do more than talk about supporting our troops, I invite you to take up your sewing implements and help make Quilts of Valor which do make a difference in the road to recovery for our service members.

Catherine Roberts
Founder/Executive Director QOV Foundation

QOV volunteers already donate time, labor, love, and fabric by making quilts. Now you can help just buy purchasing patterns, books, supplies and other notions which will deliver a message of support for all of those that receive quilts from Quilts Of Valor Foundation.

Thank you!

 

 

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Clara Dress Sew-Along Week 3 – Collar & Construction

500 dress image squrare Clara Dress Sew Along Week 3   Collar & ConstructionLet the sewing begin!!! This week we will begin putting our dresses together. Since I chose to make my dress out of a very lightweight and rather sheer fabric, I will be lining my dress. Lining the Clara Dress is so very simple to do. If you would like to line your dress, buy the same amount of lining as you did fabric for your dress. I chose to line my dress with a cotton batiste. It will mimic my fashion fabric and since it is a natural fiber, it will feel cooler than a normal synthetic lining.

As I said in earlier posts, I decided to add a few design details to my dress that I didn’t add to the original dress that I made. Since my fabric is a vintage piece of cotton voile, and the pattern is rather lady like, I decided to add a few ruffles to my dress. The first ruffle which we’ll talk about today is around the collar.

photo 1 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 3   Collar & Construction The first step in sewing the bodice together will be to sew in your darts. You’ll notice that there are small notches on the side seams and a dot at the apex of the dart, but no markings in between. If you would like, you can draw in the lines and make it easier to mark the darts with tracing paper and a tracing wheel. photo 2 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 3   Collar & ConstructionI usually don’t draw in the lines for my darts. I simply clip the notches at the seam,

photo 3 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 3   Collar & Construction and then mark the apex of the dart with a marking pencil or pen. If you use a marking pen, be sure that the mark will not show through your fabric and that it is removable. To mark the apex, I simply place a pin in the dot, photo 4 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 3   Collar & Construction

and then flip to the inside and mark my fabric at the pin point. photo 5 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 3   Collar & ConstructionOnce you have sewn in the darts, sew the shoulders seams and the side seams of the bodice. Now you are ready to begin working on the collar.

If you would like to add a ruffle to your collar, you will need to cut 2 strips that are 40” long, by 2 ½” wide. Sew the ends together. The seam will be matched to the center back seam of the collar. The ends of the ruffle strips will need to be shaped.

photo 6 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 3   Collar & Construction   Begin by folding the strip in half and press. Cut the end of the strip with a tapered edge.

photo 7 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 3   Collar & Construction Sew the tapered end together with a 1/8” seam allowance. Turn and press. Sew 2 rows of gathering stitches along the unfinished side of the strip.

Since my fabric is so fine, I decided to interface my collar. I used a lightweight fusible cotton.

photo 8 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 3   Collar & ConstructionThe interfacing will also help to give a buffer between the gathered edge of my ruffle and the top of my collar. So, the seam allowance will not be as visible on the top of my collar.

Sew the center back seam of the collar and press. Sheer up the ruffle and then lay it against the edge of the collar and stitch down.  Sew the under collar to the top collar. The ruffle will be sandwiched in between the top and bottom collars.

photo 9 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 3   Collar & ConstructionOnce the collar is sewn together, sew an edge stitch on the under collar. This will help the ruffle to lay nice and flat.

photo 10 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 3   Collar & Construction Now that the collar has been sewn together, it can be attached to the bodice. If you are lining the bodice, place the lining inside the bodice, wrongs sides facing each other, then sew the collar to the neckline.

photo 11 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 3   Collar & Construction To finish the neckline, cut the bias strip that has been provided in the pattern.

Trim the neckline seam down to ¼”.

Fold the bias strip in half and press. Stitch the bias strip to the neckline seam.

photo 12 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 3   Collar & ConstructionNow, simply press the strip toward the bodice and edge stitch in place. This makes for a simple seam finish and looks lovely.

photo 13 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 3   Collar & ConstructionOur next step will be to attach the front plackets. Simply stitch them to the center front of the bodice. If you are lining your bodice, the placket will be stitched to the bodice and the lining.

Once the placket has been sewn to the center front, fold right sides together and stitch across the top of the placket. Trim the seam and the turn to the right side and press.

Fold in the inside raw edge along center front and press. Top stitch along both sides and the top of the placket. There is no need to hand stitch the placket to the center front unless you would rather not have the top stitching on your placket.

photo 14 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 3   Collar & Construction

Our collar has been attached as well as the neckline trim, and we have attached our front plackets. The inside of the bodice looks as lovely as the outside!

photo 15 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 3   Collar & Construction

The next step to completing the bodice will be to attach the sleeves. We will do this next week. Something to keep in mind. If you would rather not have the keyhole opening in your sleeve, it is not necessary to have it. Simply cut the sleeve and don’t cut out the keyhole.

photo 16 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 3   Collar & Construction

Check out the video portion that explains the bodice and collar portion of the sew-along too.

 

 

Next week we will discuss how to sew the sleeve with a keyhole and one without. I am going to add a small ruffle to the edge of my sleeve to compliment the ruffle I added to the collar.

Good luck with your bodice sewing! Be sure to leave a message if you have any questions.

If you have not signed up for the sew along on Flickr, be sure to do so as we would love to see your fabric and your progress on the dress. You can find the Flickr page here,   https://www.flickr.com/groups/sn_sewalong2/

Until next week!!

Rhonda @ Rhonda’s Creative Life

 

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Meet The Designer – Aurora Sisneros

Aurora Sisneros Meet The Designer   Aurora Sisneros Aurora Sisneros is a shining star in the creative community. She knits, crochets, teaches sewing classes and is in general a fabulous lady. She is a contributor to Sew News Sew it All magazine and Sew It All TV.  She owns the fabric store Fabric Bliss located in the Santa Fe Arts district in Denver, Colorado and as you will find out there isn’t much she doesn’t like creating. If you are ever in the area be sure to stop by her store or check it out online.

Where do you live/from? Are your surroundings inspiring?

I live in Denver, CO, and I am originally from Fort Collins.  Because of the seasons in our area, I am constantly inspired by the NEED for things such as new springs skirts, warm winter scarves, or cozy quilts!

Can you give us a little background on how/why you got started sewing.

My mother is a master seamstress, and unbeknownst to me, I was her little sewing slave when I was able to master a pair of snips!  She did a lot of piece-work, so she had loads of items at a certain stage, and I was in charge of snipping all the threads so they could go on to the next stage.  As soon as I was 9 and able to use the sewing machine, she taught me everything I know!  I blame her for my addiction.

What is it like to own a sewing/fabric store? What are your biggest obstacles, greatest joy.

It is a great joy to be able to live my dream.  There are not a lot of folks in the world that are able to turn their passion into a paycheck, and I am extremely luck to be one of those rare people!  The biggest challenge of owning a sewing/fabric store is that the business side of things gets in the way of my crafting time! icon wink Meet The Designer   Aurora Sisneros   There is always something that needs to be cleaned or reordered or straightened or documented or accounted for or people to be paid. Owning a small business is definitely for the energetic!

Do you draft your own patterns, garments or crafts?

When we teach any garment classes, we show the student how to draft a pattern from their own measurements so there is no taking-in or changing-sizes as the students size fluctuates.

What is your conception process for a design or project? Do you sketch it out, go straight to the machine, take a photo etc.

I must admit I am a Pinterest junkie!  I always see adorable crafts or cute and simple garments, and I save the photos from there to inspire me when I sit down to create!  I never sketch – I simply go straight to the machine and DO, then make a 2nd to document the process and make a pattern from there.  I’ve also been known to take a snapshot of something adorable found on a mannequin in a mall. icon wink Meet The Designer   Aurora Sisneros

 What other creative endeavors do you engage in?

I am a knitter, crocheter, sewer, quilter, tatter, baker, and candle stick maker!  OK, never made a candle, but I am definitely big into anything that you can make with your own 2 hands.  Even if it was restoring an old car (if I had that knowledge), there is something about MAKING and CREATING that satisfies an inherent need in the human soul!

What has been your (to date) greatest/proudest achievement in the creative world?

My proudest achievement is the Intro to Sewing class.  We have that sucker down to a SCIENCE, and I have trained all my staff to teach it the same way with the same enthusiasm.  There is NOTHING in the world like watching your class turn their tote bags inside out and literally scream with delight.  At this point in their sewing careers, they have NO idea what bliss this will bring to them in their future, but they come back years later and THANK me for introducing them to sewing, and that I have NO idea what joy I have brought to their lives.  Except I do. icon wink Meet The Designer   Aurora Sisneros

What would be a dream project, commission or book project for you?

I’ve always wanted to write a book with projects for the corporate woman.  Being an IT professional, I understand the demands of a high-stress workplace, and that finding time to craft is very difficult.  However, I’ve also found it is necessary to keep your sanity!

 Answer – If I won the lottery….

I would trade in all my home sewing machines for industrials. HA!

Will Sew News readers see Fabric Bliss at a Sewing Expo?

Probably not.  We pride ourselves on using technology to be efficient, and we follow many blogs to find out what the buzz in the fabric world is, and that is how we purchase our inventory.  Although we are small,  we offer a well thought-out and curated selection of fabrics and classes that are aligned with the trends in the modern sewing world.

What do you do when you are not at your sewing machine or in at Fabric Bliss?

My husband and I love to camp and travel and spend our free time out of doors and away from machines!

What are your plans for the future?

Keep inspiring others!  I am not in this business for fame or fortune, but simply to show others how satisfying and cathartic using your own 2 hands to make beautiful things is.

Any tips you’d like to share with the Sew News readers on sewing, creating or inspiration?

Try not to follow the rules to closely, or sewing can be a bit stressful.  Allow yourself to make mistakes, find shortcuts, and just simply ENJOY the experience!

Fabric Bliss Logo Meet The Designer   Aurora Sisneros For more information on Fabric Bliss click HERE.

What is your favorite independent fabric store? Do you have one in your neighborhood? What do you like about it? Let us know in the comments section below. One commentor will be picked as a winner of the gift pack prize seen below.

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 And, the winner of the last FSF is Melaine from Canada! I will be in touch with you shortly on how you can claim your pattern and get to sew it up. Thanks to Christine Haynes for the lovely pattern!

 

 

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Sewing Indie Month Starts Now!

button 300 sewingindie Sewing Indie Month Starts Now!The blogosphere will be hopping in May and June with Sewing Indie Month. If you love indie sewing patterns this is the month for you! Join the sew along and enter to win fabulous prizes, including a year’s subscription to Sew News magazine. There will be over a thousand dollars worth of prizes! Click HERE for a list of prizes and donors.

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The rules are pretty simple. Sew a garment from any free or purchased pattern from the participating companies and submit based on these categories: Pattern Hacking, Everday Casual, Dressed to the Nines or An Indie Love Affair.

You can enter multiple times and voting for contestants ends June 13th 2014. See below for all the juicy details.

sewalongrule02 Sewing Indie Month Starts Now!Here is the list of participating independent sewing pattern companies. Click on the links to view their selections.

Mari Miller, of the Disparate Disciplines and Seamster Sewing Patterns is the brains behind this wonderful event. Read more about the Sewing Indie Month HERE!

Want to participate on your blog? Grab the code below and show your love of Sewing Indie!

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Tips for Serger Troubleshooting & a Quick Knit Headband Tutorial! Plus Enter to Win a Babylock Ovation Serger!

2014NationalSergerMoLogo e1392145032475 300x262 Tips for Serger Troubleshooting & a Quick Knit Headband Tutorial! Plus Enter to Win a Babylock Ovation Serger!Happy National Serger Month! It may be the last day of April, but it’s still a sergerific day! Sergers solve so many sewing problems; they finish seams nicely, can make a rolled hem in a flash and add a professional look to any project. Love your serger all the more by using these five serger troubleshooting tips. Then learn to make a super quick and fun knit headband!

1. The Dreaded Thread: When your overlock stitch isn’t forming properly, be sure to rethread the machine. This tends to solve 90% of all serging and sewing problems, a quick rethread can make all the difference. If you rely on tying knots in your thread and pulling them through the serger, take the time to learn how to properly thread the machine. Use the tweezers provided with the machine (or purchase a pair online/from your local dealer) to get into the nooks and crannies and pull the thread through.

2. Dusty Dilemmas: Sometimes your serger just needs a good cleaning. Refer to your machine manual to determine the best way to clean your machine. Often a quick dusting using canned air and a nylon brush are all you need to get your serger back to serging happily.

3. In a Jam: To safely remove a jam, turn off the machine and unplug it. Remove the serger presser foot. Clip the needle threads close to the stitches. Clip the upper looper thread as close to the fabric as possible.  Pull slack in the lower looper thread below the tension dial. Gently remove the fabric from the stitch finger by pulling to the back of the machine until it is released. Remove the stitches from the fabric. Rethread the needles and upper looper. Remember, when the knives are disengaged, the fabric should not extend beyond the right side of the needle plate.

4. Seam Woes: If your seams pull open after serging, loose needle tension is the culprit. Always test the stitch length and tension on scraps before seaming the garment. If your seams will be put under additional stress (such as crotch seams) be sure to add an extra stitching line for reinforcement. With a conventional straight stitch, sew on or just inside the serger needle line.

Quick Knit Headband Tutorial!

tada 189x300 Tips for Serger Troubleshooting & a Quick Knit Headband Tutorial! Plus Enter to Win a Babylock Ovation Serger!In need of a headband in a pinch? Make this easy headband in under 10 minutes using scraps from your stash!

Supplies:

Two 5″ by 21″ rectangles of two way stretch fabric

Serger thread

Removable fabric marker

Serger

 

Instructions

laid out e1398872987438 150x150 Tips for Serger Troubleshooting & a Quick Knit Headband Tutorial! Plus Enter to Win a Babylock Ovation Serger!Lay one rectangle on a work surface, place the second rectangle perpendicular to the first as pictured above. If working with a print knit, place the print knit right side down on the work surface.

pulling apart e1398873189651 300x192 Tips for Serger Troubleshooting & a Quick Knit Headband Tutorial! Plus Enter to Win a Babylock Ovation Serger!Pick up the lower fabric, capturing the second fabric in the fold. Hold the lower fabric in your left hand and the upper fabric in your right. Allow the two fabrics to scrunch together in the center.

Center the knot on your forehead and pull the ends to the back of your head. Pull the fabric slightly to give the headband a bit of a stretch when worn. Mark the seamline where the fabrics meet at the back of your head.

lined up e1398873742945 150x150 Tips for Serger Troubleshooting & a Quick Knit Headband Tutorial! Plus Enter to Win a Babylock Ovation Serger!Align the four short ends carefully. Noting the marked seamline (on mine, I didn’t need to trim off any fabric to fit my head so a seamline isn’t marked).

serged e1398874576604 150x150 Tips for Serger Troubleshooting & a Quick Knit Headband Tutorial! Plus Enter to Win a Babylock Ovation Serger!Serge the four ends together. Add a drop of seam sealant to each end, once dry clip off excess threads. Don’t worry about the raw edges, the knit will roll over creating a hem and it won’t fray.

I love this headband as it’s so quick to make and versatile. You can pull it wide and hide your messy hair as a mock turban or you can scrunch it up and wear it like a headband.

I hope you enjoyed this project and the quick troubleshooting tips! The content here was originally published in Serger Update from April ’87.

2014NationalSergerMoLogo e1392145032475 150x150 Tips for Serger Troubleshooting & a Quick Knit Headband Tutorial! Plus Enter to Win a Babylock Ovation Serger!For more fun serger projects and inspiration, visit the National Serger Month website. Be sure to enter the National Serger Month Sweepstakes for a chance to win a Baby Lock Ovation serger.

Happy Serging!

 

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Clara Dress Sew-Along Week 2

 

500 dress image squrare Clara Dress Sew Along Week 2Welcome back to Week 2 of the Sew Liberated Clara Dress Sew Along! Hopefully you have had a chance to purchase your fabric. Or, if you’re like me, you’ve made a choice from your own personal store!! Hey, there’s nothing like a great fabric stash! If by chance you have not chosen a fabric, just be sure that it is a lighter weight fabric. Cotton voile, a cotton gingham, cotton lawn, or even a summer weight wool would work beautifully with this pattern. Just remember that the dress is meant to have some movement to it, so you don’t want to use a fabric that has too much body or is too stiff in nature.

Last week I talked about some of the fit issues that you should think about. In this week’s video, I talk a little more in depth about measuring for waist length. This is very important with this dress as there is nothing worse than having a waistline on a garment that doesn’t sit at your waistline.

I also talked about the length of the skirt. As I said, I am 5’6”. When I measured the length of the skirt, I realized that the skirt would be above my knee, so I added 3” to the length of the skirt. This did not include a hem. I chose to bind the hem of my skirt as I thought it would make a very nice finish. photo 21 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 2

We will talk more about binding when we reach the final week of the sew along. If you think that you would rather hem the skirt than bind the edge, please keep this in mind when adding length to the skirt. Just remember, you can always cut off the added length. Adding it back may end up being a very creative task!

The Clara Dress is designed with a type of keyhole opening in the sleeve and it is closed with a tie.

photo 31 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 2Since ties are adjustable, this will allow for extra room around the arm if you need it, so fit is much less of a problem.

Next week we will begin sewing the dress together. Remember, I am going to add a few design details to my dress that I did not add in the videos, so please check out the blog post. I will also line the skirt of my dress and I will talk about lining the bodice for those of you who would like to add a lining.

Please be sure to watch this week’s video segment. And, if you have any questions please leave them here on the blog or on the Sew News Flickr Group Clara Dress Sew Along.

In the meantime, please be sure to join the sew along on Flickr. We would love to see your fabric choices and we would also like to see your progress, so post lots of pictures! You can find the Clara Dress Flickr page here, https://www.flickr.com/groups/sn_sewalong2/.

Until next week, Happy Cutting!

Rhonda

www.rhondabuss.blogspot.com

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Free Stuff Friday with Christine Haynes & The Emery Dress Pattern!

Emery Cover grande Free Stuff Friday with Christine Haynes & The Emery Dress Pattern!Christine Haynes was in the studio today filming for Season 8 of Sew it All TV. Fans of Sew it All TV may remember Christine from way back to Season 2 episode 210 where she whipped up an adorable raincoat using a shower curtain. Christine Free Stuff Friday with Christine Haynes & The Emery Dress Pattern!We love Christine’s take on lovely patterns like the Emery Dress. And, we in general love what Christine is doing for sewists all over. In addition to being an instructor and designer she is the author of Chic and Simple Sewing and her newest The Complete Photo Guide to  Clothing Construction.

For today’s Free Stuff Friday one lucky reader will win Christine’s fabulously popular Emery Dress Pattern No. 1004.

Emery Cover grande Free Stuff Friday with Christine Haynes & The Emery Dress Pattern!Emery Back grande Free Stuff Friday with Christine Haynes & The Emery Dress Pattern!

This pattern is sized from 0 to 18 has a fitted bodice and a full skirt. The bodice is lined, with darts and closes with an invisible zipper. For additional views of this dress check out Christine’s website.

And, be sure to check out Christine from season 2 of Sew it All TV, episode 210 where she shows how to make that super cute rain coat, just in time of May showers!

One winner will be announced on the next Free Stuff Friday!

And for last Free Stuff Friday winner it’s Lynn B. I will be in touch with you shortly to tell you how to claim your prize.

Happy Friday!

 

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Learn How to Use a Serger to Insert a Zipper! Plus, enter to win a Baby Lock Ovation Serger!

2014NationalSergerMoLogo e1392145032475 Learn How to Use a Serger to Insert a Zipper!  Plus, enter to win a Baby Lock Ovation Serger!Have you ever thought about using a serger to apply a zipper? If not, you should! The traditional sewing machine and zipper foot method is always a good way to go, but using a serger can simplify the task and add a decorative touch to zipper applications.

In honor of National Serger Month, here are two different ways you can use a serger to apply a zipper to your next project.  Once you see the results, you’ll be amazed at how quick and easy it can be! Be sure to check out the Baby Lock Ovation ExtraordinAIR serger. They have a great sweepstakes happening right now, enter to win the Baby Lock Ovation ExtrordinAIR Serger today!

Lapped and Topstitched Zipper

This is the easiest method to serge a zipper, especially when the zipper ends will be crossed by intersecting seams. Use heavyweight decorative thread to serge the exposed fabric edges next to the zipper.

  • Serge-finish both fabric edges next to the zipper with a balanced roll edge or your choice of decorative stitch.
  • Use a heavyweight decorative thread in the upper looper with all-purpose or serger thread in the needle and lower looper. Buttonhole twist or lightweight yarn works well as tightly twisted threads are easier to surge and more durable.  Be sure the stitch doesn’t stretch the fabric by adjusting for a short, medium- to wide balanced stitch.

Zip Tip:  Prevent jamming by testing first with a 2mm stitch length, then shorten while serging.  If the fabric stretches, adjust for a slightly longer stitch and a plus differential feed setting.  This will tighten the looper tensions for a smoother stitch. You might also need to loosen the upper looper tension to allow the threads to overlock exactly on the fabric edge.

  • Serge finish the fabric edges from the right side so the decorative upper looper thread shows. Position the finished serged edge on the zipper right side, next to the teeth.

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  • Open the zipper (to avoid sewing next to the zipper stop). For wide-stitch serged edges, topstitch the fabric to the zipper along the fabric edge. For narrower stitches and rolled edges, topstitch next to the needleline.

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Exposed Zipper

Adding an exposed zipper is a great way to dress up a garment with a cool detail. Seam allowance edges are serge-finished in one step when serging a zipper to the fabric. The zipper is exposed, but the serging is on the wrong side of the fabric.

Before serging ahead, here are a few tips:

1. Use all-purpose or serger thread

2. Lightweight coil zippers feed the easiest under the pressure foot

3. Choose a zipper 4” longer than the opening (2” longer on each end) to avoid                            catching the zipper pull or stops under the presser foot

  • To begin, adjust for a wide, medium-length, balanced 3- or 4-thread stitch.
  • Open the zipper all the way and with right sides together, put the zipper on the fabric right side with the teeth over the seamline.
  • Serge with the zipper on top and wrong side up to avoid hitting the teeth. Serge the tape to the fabric, close to the zipper teeth, being careful not to hit them with the needle.

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  • Press the fabric away from the coils. Machine topstitch next to the fold, if desired.
  • Close the zipper. With fabric right sides together, align the unstitched side with the unfinished zipper edge.

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  • Open the zipper. Serge the tape to the fabric, trimming both the fabric and zipper tape.
  • Press all layers away from the coil and topstitch. Close the zipper.
  • To prevent the zipper pull from slipping off the end, bartack across the zipper lower edge with wide zigzag stitch and a 0 stitch length.
  • Open the zipper several inches below the upper edge. Bartack at the upper edge for a closed zipper or on both tapes for a separating zipper.
    • serger how to 9 Learn How to Use a Serger to Insert a Zipper!  Plus, enter to win a Baby Lock Ovation Serger!Bartack both zipper upper edges for separating zipper.
    • serger how to 9b Learn How to Use a Serger to Insert a Zipper!  Plus, enter to win a Baby Lock Ovation Serger!Finish by applying facings and straight stitching or serging seams, stitching carefully over the zipper area. If straight stitching, trim the zipper tape after sewing.

Using a serger to add a zipper is that easy! And if you don’t own a serger or are in the market for a new one, browse Baby Lock’s website for some great options.  And remember to enter the National Serger Month Sweepstakes to win a Baby Lock Ovation Serger and a one-year subscription to Sew News!

babylock sweepstakes  Learn How to Use a Serger to Insert a Zipper!  Plus, enter to win a Baby Lock Ovation Serger!Have you ever serged a zipper before? Are you ready to give this technique try? Tell us in the comments section below!

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Clara Dress Sew-Along Week 1

Welcome to the Sew Liberated Clara Dress sew along! The dress is a lovely shirtwaist style dress with a keyhole sleeve detail. The skirt is comfortable and easy to wear, as it has an elastic waist and side seam pockets.

The dress can be made in a mid to lightweight fabric. The first dress I made, and the one pictured here, and in the Sew News April/May 2014 issue, is cotton with a small amount of stretch.

photo 1 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 1

I have chosen a vintage piece of cotton voile for the sew-along. It’s very lightweight and perfect for summer wear!photo 2 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 1

If you would like to join the sew-along and you have not purchased your pattern, you can easily order it here, at shopsewitall.com. Or can be purchased at sewliberated.com.

When you open the pattern, you will find that the lines for each size are all solid lines and that the sizes have only been marked in one corner.

photo 3 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 1I suggest taking the time to place a pencil mark on the line of your chosen size.

photo 4 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 1I did this by placing a small dot along the line that I wanted to cut. Initially I had thought that I wouldn’t  have a problem cutting the correct line, but it didn’t take long before I was cutting on the wrong line! So, please take the time to mark the line that you will be cutting.

Before cutting your pattern, be sure to check the length of the bodice. I am a little long waisted and I saw that adding ½” to the length of my bodice would give me a comfortable fit. I also added 3” to the length of my skirt. I am 5’6” tall, and you can see in the picture below that with the added length, the skirt comes to mid knee on me.

photo 5 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 1Pay close attention to the center front skirt panel pattern piece. This panel is also used as the center back skirt panel, so you will need to cut 2 on the fold. photo 6 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 1

The grainline on this pattern piece looks as though the pattern piece would be cut so that it has a seam, photo 7 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 1

but it’s important to note that the instructions state to cut the pattern piece on the fold. photo 8 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 1

The rest of the pattern is quite easy to follow.

For the sew-along, I will be adding a lining to my skirt and a few design details that I did not add in the videos. I will not be changing the pattern, just adding some details that you might enjoy. So be sure to check the blog posts as well as the videos throughout the sew-along.

Be sure to check out my video portion for each week of the Clara Dress Sew-Along for added tips and touches.

Don’t forget there is a Flickr group for the sew along too and I would love to see your fabric choices as well as your progress, so please post pictures!! You can find the Flickr group here, at the Clara Dress Sew-Along.  If you have any questions,  be sure to post those and we’ll  do our best to help.

Thanks so much for joining along! I think that like me, the Clara Dress will become one of your favorites!

Rhonda Buss

Rhonda’s Creative Life

 

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Free Stuff Friday – Enter to win a prize!

nickel quilts Free Stuff Friday    Enter to win  a prize!Today’s Free Stuff Friday is a wonderful book on Nickel Quilts by Pat Speth and Charlene Thode.

Leave a comment in the box below on what is your biggest sewing pet peeve and why.

Winners will be announced next week!

And, the winners for the Clara Dress fabric are:

  • Jenny L. B.
  • Geo P.
  • Lauren

The winner from Free Stuff Friday for April 11, is: Julie Fleming!

I will be in touch with you shortly to tell you how to get your fabric!

 

 

 

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