Thursday, June 9, 2011


We are spring cleaning in the office.  Well forced to clean since soon we will have newly painted walls and fresh new carpet.  Bravo, a fresh new work space!  When I teach classes, frequently I travel with beautiful samples showcasing impeccable machine work.  It's time to return samples, but first take a look at these wonderful projects offered by a few of the 2010 SCHMETZ Portfolio Designers:

Debra Justice, Labours of Love
Isn't this dainty camisole lovely!  Debra uses the Hemstitch (Wing) needle size 100/16 to create old fashioned "pin stitching" or dainty little holes in natural fibers.  She uses the Hemstitch to attach and embellish lace.  When she joins laces her bonus is the creation of entredeux.

Louise Cutting, Cutting Corners Inc
These shirts made of batik and quilting weight cotton were each stitched using Louise's preferred needle, the Quilting 70/11.  Louise finds the sharp tapered point of the Quilting needle to pierce fabrics beautifully without puckering or rippling.  Louise is known for stitching very, very close to garment edges.  Her stitches are impeccable!

Kaye Wood, Kaye Wood Productions
Kaye is a "Quilt Engineer".  She is always simplifying the quilt making process, breaking rules and developing new tools and patterns.  Kaye's needle of choice is the Universal in sizes 70/10 and 80/12 combined with a cotton or poly-cotton thread. 

Carol Ahles
This delicate ring bearer's pillow is a cadre of heirloom techniques:  Pintucks using Universal Twin 1.6/70, Shadow Work and Scallops using Universal Twin 2.5/80, Fagoted seam using Universal 80/12,  and a narrow hemmed and pin stitched Ruffle using Universal 110/16.  Learn all these techniques in Carol's book Techniques From Fine Machine Sewing, Taunton Press.

Mary Mulari, Mary's Productions
Mary, a former English teacher, started her design career with sweatshirts... and she has not stopped designing.  Look for her Church Ladies' Apron and recycled  Sew-Green patterns to name only a few.  Mary is also the most frequent guest on Sewing with Nancy.  To friends that buy new sewing machines, Mary makes up a nice usable sewing kit that always includes her favorite needle the Topstitch.  Mary is always designing cleaver new projects! 

Rebecca Kemp Brent
Prolific writer, editor, educator and machine embroidery expert.  How does Rebecca fit all these activities into her work life?  I love these samples showcasing delicate embroidery.  The Hemstitch (wing) is her favorite needle for a quick embellishment of ready to wear.  Plus she uses the Hemstitch to quilt fabric for a really unexpected look.   I love the simplicity of redwork and this sample from Rebecca's book, Redwork from The Workbasket.

Thanks ladies for sharing your samples and for inspiring sewing enthusiasts around the world.  I look foward to seeing you on the road!

Each 2010 SCHMETZ Portfolio Designer has a website.  Check out their links in the upper right column.


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