Edge stitching the easy way

Use your blind hem foot! On Janome machines, it’s the G foot and comes in 2 styles: Fixed and Adjustable

If your machine makes stitches 7 mm wide, you can use EITHER foot. My friends with 5 mm wide machines (like my Elna STAR edition) will need the adjustable version. The narrower stitch width on 5 mm wide machines means the needle can’t go far enough left to achieve satisfactory results with the fixed style foot G.

Fixed (left) and Adjustable (right) blind hem feet from Janome.

Machine settings: Straight stitch with stitch width = 0.0 or 0.5 and stitch length = 3.0. For 5 mm wide machines, adjust the guide wheel so only 2-3 threads are showing (see picture below).

Place fabric under needle and align right side of fabric with flange on foot.

Sew at a slower speed for more uniform topstitching.

That’s it! What a timesaver on bag handles and topstitching folded edges for a more finished look!

Adjustable blind hem foot showing my preferred setting for edge stitching on machine with 5mm stitch width.

PSA for my fellow GA business owners

Today’s mail brought the annual missive from C.F.S. offering to file my annual corporate registration for me.

Once I opened the letter to photograph the contents, I gave it to my dog for her to chew on.

At first glance, it certainly looks official. It arrived via first class mail. The format resembles my local business license renewal form. This form quotes a lot of Georgia law and reminds you of any potential penalties if you don’t comply with your statutory obligation to file your annual corporate registration and pay the required $50.00 fee. The company offers you the opportunity to take advantage of the service it provides to file your annual corporate registration for you. Nothing wrong with offering a service, right?

Here’s the thing: See the yellow highlighted text at the bottom of the picture? This is 100% correct. You can file your own annual corporate registration online yourself. It takes me less than 2 minutes and the $50.00 fee is charged to my credit card.

Of course, you’re welcome to take them up on their generous offer to do this for you. The catch? It’ll cost you a $120.00 service fee + the required $50.00 corporate registration fee.

Save your $120.00 and file your own corporate registration. If you receive one of these letters, shred it or throw it in the trash.

Giving Tuesday? Quilters give all year round!

I opened my email this morning to reminders from several different organizations to participate in Giving Tuesday. Given the recent barrage of “buy, buy, buy” messages, I found this somewhat amusing. Did this tradition start to atone for the excess of shopping that transpires from Black Friday through Cyber Monday?

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While monetary donations are important, I think the most valuable asset an individual offers is their time.

The benefit is multiplied when the volunteer’s expertise matches the organization’s greatest need.

Case in point: the children’s librarian at the public library is thrilled I’m able to come shelf-read a couple of hours a week. Shelf-reading means going through the stacks, book by book, to make sure the books are in the correct order. It’s a necessary task for library maintenance, but one library staff never seem to have time to do. Hey, shelf-reading was a rarity when I ran my own school library. So, if you were able to find your fairy tale and planet books easily this week – you’re welcome. I’ll be doing animals (the 599’s) next week.

As a quilter and/or sewist, you have so many worthwhile opportunities/ways to donate your time and talents:

(1) Make items (quilts, placemats, pillowcases, medical comfort items, burial dresses, memory bears) requested by organizations you and/or your quilt guild support.**

(2) Attend designated charity sew days. Be prepared to cut, press or sew as needed.

(2) Teach others how to sew – teach a kid, teach a class, host a group, write a blog post.

(3) Mentor during summer youth camps.

(4) Help out with your local guild – one time event, host a bee group or assume a leadership role.

(5) Mending/sewing for local scouting groups, choral groups, dance groups or theatrical productions.

(6) Mend a hem or sew on a button so the 3 year old next door can continue wearing her favorite bunny dress.

**You can use your own fabric stash or fabrics provided by your guild. Yes, donate excess stash to your guild’s community service group. Your contributions will be combined with others and repackaged into coordinated bundles. Members then take these bundles and sew designated items using the fabric bundle. Finished items are returned and distributed to organizations the guild supports. Believe me, if you let it be known that you can sew and are willing to help, but lack supplies – quilters will figure out a way to get you whatever you need. That’s how we roll.

As a recent retiree, charitable giving looks a little different this year. I certainly don’t have the income available that I did when I as still working full-time (nor the employer match). Yet, I realized I have something much more valuable to offer – my time. Be generous and intentional with your volunteer hours, my friends. Both you and your chosen organization will reap the benefits.