Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Two New Additions!

I have recently added another Bernina to my sewing room. It's a 1963 semi- industrial model. I'm excited to have a heavy duty machine to sew upholstery projects and other heavier work, and I love the color!

The other addition to my sewing room is a brand new, hot-off-the-press, book called Me and My Sewing Machine by Kate Haxell. A beautifully laid out and visually appealing book, it covers all the basics, and more, to get someone started on using their sewing machine to successfully turn out projects. This book is really a pleasure to look through, and would appeal to an older beginner(unlike many beginning books that are geared for children)!

Beautiful Buttonholes

If you have the option on your sewing machine to adjust the settings, you can have a beautiful buttonhole that is suited to your fabric. The dense buttonhole hole in these pictures is nice for some heavier fabrics, but the very fine, semi-sheer silk that I'm currently working with needed a softer, less dense buttonhole!

I lengthened the zig-zag until I was pleased with the result. I also threaded the bobbin thread through the finger on the bobbin holder, tightening the lower tension, to make the top threads pull through to the back.

Before slashing the buttonhole open, I ran a thin bead of FrayCheck between the lips and let it dry completely. (Always test on a scrap--sometime the FrayCheck shows even after it's dry!) This eliminates the little threads that catch on the button, inside the finished buttonhole.

Click on the pictures for close-ups. The left-hand buttonhole (top photo) and top buttonhole (bottom photo) is fine-tuned to the fabric.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Project Update....

Just a couple of pictures of the blouse in progress.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

What's on my sewing table today....

I'm so excited about my current sewing projects--beautiful fabric and stylish, classic designs! My client has chosen garments with such a fun mix of classic, contemporary and vintage appeal.

This lovely Liberty of London cotton print is my favorite! The quality is evident in the hand of the fabric--soft-crisp, and the intensity of color and accuracy of the motifs. It will become a feminine blouse with cute little contrast buttons.

This is a gorgeous vintage print. I'm not sure of the fiber content--it handles like a tightly woven rayon, but it may be silk or a blend. It, too, will make a beautiful blouse.

I'll post more pictures of the garments in progress soon.