Monday, November 1, 2010

2010 SCHMETZ Portfolio Designer - Luveta Nickels

Luveta's Favorite Needles:

"Jean Queen" and the "Denim Diva"
 Jeans 80/12, 90/14 and Topstitch 90/14
Luveta says "Jeans needles are a must for recycling jeans.  Penetration is greater with less stress on the sewing machine.  I find the smaller the point the better.  The Topstitch needle is a must in every aspect of sewing or embellishing.  It performs like none other when trying to match previous jean flat-felled seams.  I like to use two threads of my favorite color through the same eye of a Topstitch needle.  This allows a more pronounced stitch without threads fraying.

Frequently nicknamed the "Jean Queen" and the "Denim Diva", Luveta has been recycling jeans for 20 years.  Frequently seen at the American Sewing Expo, the Sewing and Stitchery Expo and State Fairs, Luveta's popular seminars are jam-packed with finished samples of her easy, but professional techniques.  Luveta has written books, designed patterns and invented many notions specific to sewing on recycled jeans. 

When sewing on jeans have you found sewing through the flat-felled seams difficult?  The answer is Luveta's very own invention!  The Jean-A-Ma-Jig to help move over the seam without skipped stitches.


Pink Thrill of the Drill
Use bleach in a controlled, splatter-free manner
And for something thrilling.... try the Pink Thrill of the Drill!  for adding bleach in a controlled manner to decorate your jeans.

French Grommets embellish Junk Jean Jackets
Luveta imports special Grommets from France to embellish her Gone Wild jackets. Finely finished, they add a special touch - a special sparkle to jean and non-denim jackets.

Luveta is a rancher from South Dakota.  She is passionate about recycling blue jeans!  Her website is

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