You bought a sewing machine so you could do something to help with COVID-19. You made many, many masks which are still being worn by grateful family and friends. Frankly, you’re masked OUT!
You discovered you actually enjoy sewing and are now wondering, “What else can I do with this thing?”. Wonder no longer, my new sewing friends. I’ve got your back. Today, I’m going to highlight 3 resources to assist in expanding your sewing machine knowledge.
Note: Your local fabric store and sewing machine shops are also excellent F2F resources for sewing instruction and machine questions. I compiled these resources because so many of us are still at home. While sewing machine shops and some fabric stores have reopened in my area, very few F2F classes appear on the local class schedules. Most events are held virtually and I’m told they will be virtual until at least January 2021.
Until later – happy sewing!
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:
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.