Posts Tagged ‘sewing machine’

Time for a Quickie

July 31, 2013

I had such a good time, I did it twice.


Little Wallet by Valori Wells.  This stitched up in no time.  The directions were well written.  Even a man could make it.  Well, my son anyway.


I only changed one item on the directions.  I used velcro instead of hand sewing a snap.  I lied.  I also did not bother to whip stitch the opening closed.  If you iron it carefully and sew along the edge neatly, it is not necessary.  These are completely done on my sewing machine.  From start to finish, it should take less than one hour to complete.  That is without cat help, dog help, or, God forbid, husband help.

My Son made his Girlfriend a Dress

September 14, 2011

He called last week and asked me to bring my sewing machine.  Did he have some mending?  No.  He wanted to make his girlfriend a dress. 


“I just do.  Will you teach me?”

A hesitant, “OK”.

Friday evening, we went shopping.  He found a  pattern, a simple wrap dress.  The fabric he fell in love with was a shiny polyester.  Not a good idea for a first project, but I couldn’t sway him.  We also got interfacing and thread and headed home. 

Saturday, we cut and started sewing.  My son is 6′ 5″.  It was easier for him to sit and cut.


Even Biscuit was amazed at his progress!

And, here we have the finished dress.  He was rather pleased with himself.  And I cannot say that I was not proud of him.  OK.  I will admit that I did some of the harder parts, but it’s mostly his work.  We only had two days.  And, you know what?  He wants to do it again!

Dover and Back

May 27, 2008

heronI finally dragged myself and my machine up to Dover today.  After getting around all the shore traffic getting on to route 404, traffic wasn’t bad until I got into Dover.  I told Vickie what I wanted and she had a fix for my embroidery arm.  She also accepted my coupons even though they were a day late.  I bought a Loralie embroidery design and some thread.   I’d love to stitch one out, but I will be without my machine for four weeks.  I also got some quilting stuff that was on sale at Joann’s.  I don’t feel the trip was wasted especially since it’s a forty miles away. 

I took this last night. 


New Machine, New Software

December 30, 2007
Even though, I still feel crappy from a cold, I drove up to Dover and bought everything I wanted. I’m happy, but tired. If Doug hadn’t taken everything out of my van, it would still be there. He also took my new machine out of the box and set it on my cabinet. I didn’t even bother to tell him that that wasn’t where I wanted it, although I do to pull his chain whenever the occasion arises. My new machine has a longer bed for quilting and the sensor system like I am used to with my SE. The new software will have to wait until I feel better. I really could use a snot vampire right now.

I worked on my hat last night. Elvis was asleep in my lap which made taking pictures a bit difficult. Also, I decided I liked doing the SSK decrease rather than the SKPSSO in the directions.

Here is the first base triangle.

Here, I have completed the base triangles.

Since I am left handed, I usually pick up with my left needle and then knit them right handed.

Now would be a good time to learn to knit backwards so you wouldn’t continually be turning your work. I figured it out on my own. I tried watching closely while knitting and then trying to do it from the left. This isn’t knitting left handed. Some call it knitting back backwards. Since I grew up in a right handed world, it took me about two minutes to get it. Can you do it?

Beginning the first right sloping square.

Finishing the first square and starting on the second square.

The back . Pay no attention to the white threads on the left. Sometimes, cats can be a little too helpful.

First left sloping square.

Left sloping squares row is finished. Can you see Elvis? He loves it when I am making something big. He boroughs right in.

I will be doing the top section next. Don’t forget to make another row of right sloping squares.