Last week a co-worker asked me shorten some of her daughter’s pleated school uniform skirts. When I agreed, my plan was to replicate the existing hem by finishing the raw edge by serger and then using a blind hem stitch on my sewing machine to complete the hem. Great plan in theory, but not when it came time to execute the plan.
I hemmed the first skirt by hand and will probably do the same for the remaining skirts. Why?
Well, besides the fact my mom and home ec teacher drilled into my head that a hand-sewn hem gives a quality look to a garment that no machine can ever match – there’s simply too much fullness in the skirt that needed to be eased in at the hem. I practiced my blind stitch by machine many times before I gave up and pulled out my hand-sewing needle. Why? the practice blind hems by machine weren’t that great.
I completely stitch the entire hem by hand in less than 45 minutes. I cued up a favorite podcast, threaded the needle and quickly found my zone. Surprisingly soothing and really relaxing – just what I needed after a day spent dealing with technology. The finished result was much more to my liking.
Don’t think this means I’m going to start binding all my quilts by hand. Nope! Only the ones destined to be displayed in a quilt show. But garment hems – absolutely!
I’m currently a participating in the Lori Holt Quilter’s Cottage sew along sponsored by the Fat Quarter Shop. This is my third Lori Holt quilt project and my second “in real time” sew along. Bee Patriotic was my first experience. I had fun and learned a lot.
Participating in a sew along isn’t hard, but it does require a little advance work on your part. Time spent gathering materials and pre-cutting/organizing the pieces means all you have to do is grab that week’s baggie and start sewing. Take a picture and post your progress to FB or IG when the week’s task is complete. Oh, and be sure to use the official sew along hashtags!
Benefits of participating in a virtual sew along:
- Social interaction and inspiration with like-minded individuals.
Let’s face it. We’re all still kind of stuck at home. Some quilt shops might be open, but very few in my area have resumed in-person classes. There’s a Lori Holt FB group that is most helpful if you have any questions and several groups on IG serve as an outlet for show & tell.
- Learn new skills.
Making those Bee Patriotic blocks in 6″ sizes was a stretch project for me, as was sewing the project using only my stash.
Knowing I’m supposed to make certain blocks each week helps keep me on task. I actually accomplish a lot more when I know I’ll be posting weekly updates to IG and a picture of the completed top to the FB group.
Since this SAL was scheduled to start right as the new school year begins, I spent a couple of days locating background fabric and pulling fabrics from my stash. I also took the time to cut all of the first 4 weeks worth of blocks. Now that the rest of the fabrics I need have arrived, I’ll cut the remaining blocks.
Does a virtual sew along sound like fun? If so, join me for Lori Holt’s Flea Market Flowers, scheduled to being January 2021.
Ok, kiddos! You asked! Miss Pat and I recently met to discuss reinstating the Saturday Kid’s Club Classes. Since the shop is now open to small classes for adults, we thought we’d try opening the kid’s club classes back up. Most of our schools will probably still be meeting virtually by the time we start back. Hopefully, the COVID-19 spread rates will be low enough so that we can meet F2F at Stitch ‘N Quilt. Due to social distancing, class size will be limited to 4 students. Hand sanitizer and washing stations will be available. Please bring a mask.
September: Leaf Coasters (machine sewing and hand embroidery)
October: Kid’s Trick or Treat Bag
November: Boxy Zipper Pouch
December: Cookies for Santa (personalized placemats)
January: Crafty Tech – Fabric printing/explore Cricut Maker and die cutting machines/make & take projects
February: Custom Door Hanger (using image printed/prepped in January)