Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Sewing With The Stars 2012

Last month I was Sewing With The Stars!  Pam and Luigi Cortese, The Sewing Place in Santa Rosa, CA planned a delightful hands-on sewing retreat at the Double Tree Hotel in Rohnert Park.  SCHMETZ: Get To The Point was my post lunch talk.  Really, there is always someone giggling in the audience who learns that changing a needle really does make a positive difference in quality sewing.

Wish I could have stayed to sew some of the fantastic projects - Joi Mahon's fun lace top, Diane Aholt's travel suit bag.and more.  Take a look at a few pics from just one day.  Everyone loves stitching on their Baby Lock machines! 

Last year when Pam planned this event, I thought visiting sunny California would be a terrific time to vacate cloudy, dreary winter weather in Chicago.  Mother Nature sure has a few tricks up her sleeve.  While I was in CA, Chicago was enjoying sunny 80 degree weather!  Who can figure?  Thanks Pam and Luigi for a delightful event!  Your staff and customers, just cannot be beat!  More pics and video to come! 

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Sewing Wash Out

Recently on a slow Sunday afternoon I humored myself with a quick and easy sewing project - a laundry bag. What could go wrong?  From my stash a medium weight large print was lurking - a one yard cut. Perfect. I serged the raw edges, stitched the seams ... Folded over the top edge and used a twin needle to stitch 2 rows of double stitching above and below the casing to secure the top of the bag. 

For a nice clean finish, the bottom corners were squared and excess trimmed.
The laundry bag turned out terrific.
Sturdy fabric with all that twin stitching at the top is sure to endure heavy use.
The bag is ready for the drawstring.   

Well, not all sewing projects turn out as planned. . . . . 

After only one washing, this bag is all washed up!  Fray city!  The seams did not hold up . . . .  although the double needle stitching held up fine.  Such a simple project, what could go wrong?  I should have used a wider seam allowance or better yet French or felled seams. Trying to resuscitate the bag with a larger seam allowance makes the bag too small, so will now have to recycle the usable fabric into another project.
It's time to return to my fabric stash!

Have you had a sewing project gone awry?


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Sewing & Stitchery Expo 2012, Group 4 Pics

I'm reliving the Greatest Sewing Party in the Country!
What was your favorite Expo event?



Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Sewing & Stitchery Expo 2012, Group 3 Pics

Cannot believe the Sewing and Stitchery Expo was just one month ago.  In some ways it seems only a few days ago and yet seems so long ago.  Stay tuned, still sorting through pics ... even more pics coming!

What was your favorite class?


Sewing & Stitchery Expo 2012, Group 2 Pics

More pics from the show. . . . .  
Even more pics to follow!


Monday, April 2, 2012

Sewing & Stitchery Expo 2012, Group 1 Pics

A few more pics from the Sewing and Stitchery Expo.  Enjoy!
More to follow........