Using an Overcast Stitch

When I saw my mother-in-law last weekend she was asking me about using the overcast stitch on our (she bought the same machine I did because she really liked all the features that made me buy it lol). She said she used it on something but it didn’t turn out anywhere near how she expected it to.

I thought it might make a good post because there may be other people out there making the same mistake we did, or just wanting to see how the overcast stitch works/looks.

I told her that I had a tablecloth I needed to shorten and hem and that I was planning on using the overcast stitch function to do it. Now keep in mind that until my new sewing machine I had been sewing on one that was probably about 30 years old. It didn’t have any of the bells and whistles this one does lol. That machine’s overcast stitching consisted of my zigzag stitch lol!

The new machine, my Brother HE300, has a few overcast stitch options. The first time I tried it I lined the fabric edge up with the space in the presser foot and started to sew. Definitely not the “finished” look I wanted for my tablecloth. I couldn’t figure out at first what I was doing wrong.

This is what my tablecloth edge looked like doing it this way.

It wasn’t completely awful but it still wasn’t how I wanted it to look. I stopped stitching at that point trying to think of what I was doing wrong. Apparently…. and all of you expert sewers, don’t laugh at me lol…. I needed to let a bit of the fabric go into the space in the presser foot. This gave the presser foot and the little appendage (for lack of being able to think of another word lol) fold over the edge of the fabric and not only overcast as it’s supposed to but fold under and sew over the raw edge of the fabric, catching all of the loosening threads where it was already starting to fray.

The outcome was way better and definitely more what I was looking for on my tablecloth.

This is the picture of the edge after I used the presser foot properly (or at least proper enough that I have a nice tidy edge now)…

You can definitely see a difference. I am happy with how the edging turned out when I did the second, and hopefully proper time!

I also took a video of the presser foot/machine in progress using the overcast foot/stitch to send to my mother-in-law to show her how I made it work. I will include the video after this paragraph.

That was the lesson I learned to today on my new sewing machine!

Sandie

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Sewing- Day # 9

I want to start by saying Thank you to http://fiddlestixandstitches.wordpress.com/http://fiddlestixandstitches.wordpress.com/ for giving me the great advice on how to embroider items that don’t fit in the hoop! I finally took the time to try it yesterday!!!

I couldn’t figure out how to embroider on an oven mitt because they wouldn’t fit in the hoop. In the comments section of one of our previous posts it was suggested that I baste the oven mitt and let it “float” on the hoop. I’m not sure if I did it as described to me but it worked!!!

Here is what I did…

I centered the hoop on my piece of stabilizer and used a fabric marking pen to trace the outline.

I sewed a basting stitch just inside the marked line to hold the oven mitt to the stabilizer.

I attached the hoop to the stabilizer only, allowing the oven mitt to “float” on top of the hoop.

And then I stitched the pattern on the same way I normally would.

And then all I had to do was remove it from the hoop, remove the basting stitch and cut the threads. I finally embroidered on an oven Mitt!

Thank you again http://fiddlestixandstitches.wordpress.com/

Sandie

Chalk Couture

I don’t know if you have heard of Chalk Couture. It is a company specializing in products for creating beautiful “chalked” projects for home and gifts.

I very recently started as a representative for them and thought I would share it with everyone. Whether you are looking to buy products to create your own projects, or you would like to sell it yourself, please visit my store website!

If you love to craft… or more to the point… either already “chalk,” or have any interest in trying it, this is the place to get everything you need!


The link to my store is here: https://www.chalkcouture.com/sandielogan

And here is a link to a great starter project for your home: https://www.chalkcouture.com/sandielogan/product/CB191101U

Sandie

Finding Machine Embroidery Patterns/Designs

I have been amazed at the number of FREE machine embroidery patterns I have been able to find… and nice ones at that. Many of the sites I will list below offer a set number of free patterns per week, and more if you also make purchases. Each site has easy sign up and most have the ability to create a wish list of patterns you like, both free and to purchase, so you can just add the free ones to your shopping cart each week.

Each pattern allows you to download to suit your machine, format and hoop size. Because my machine is a Brother, I download in a .pes format and a 4 x 4 hoop size.

I have already accumulated a very large number of both paid and free patterns in designs that will enable me to make some really great gifts for next Christmas as well as other occasions along the way!

Etsy has also been a great place to find great prices on some licensed and other patterns, if you are looking for something specific!

Sandie

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Reusable Swiffer Dusters

This is something I have been wanting to make for ages. I am sure everyone is well aware of how expensive it can be to replace the dusters on a Swiffer duster… and even worse is that we are spending the money on something we are going to throw out after one use!

It just makes sense to try to make your own. I bought a fleece blanket from the Dollar store to make these. It cost me $3 for the fleece blanket and I will be able to get at least 8 duster refills out of the blanket. A sight better than the cost of a box of refills AND I will be able to wash and reuse them, over and over!

Sandie

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Strawberry Banana Ice Cream

Yes, I do know it is not yet summer/ice cream weather but I had a hankering and this recipe for ice cream is actually fairly good for you. I would usually use a heavy cream, but since I didn’t have any, I used regular cream in it. It obviously wasn’t as creamy as usual but it still has lots of flavour!

Sandie

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Day # 4 – Playing with my new Sewing Machine

Yes, more sewing lol! I’d like to start by saying my Craft Room is a complete write off! 😳 Before my sewing machine arrived I had started some painting projects. While I did manage to get my fence board Home signs done, that was it. So not only do I have fabric, stabilizer and thread everywhere, I still also have the folding table Dillon bought for me set up still with my painting projects.

But… I still can’t tear myself away from the sewing machine when I go downstairs to “play” lol!

I’m sure I mentioned in an earlier post how I ordered a bunch of embroidery patterns online from a place called Designs by JuJu…. I wasn’t sure how difficult the process of getting these patterns from my laptop to the sewing machine. Dillon decided on Saturday that he would help me (I honestly think he just wanted to play too lol). Well, it was even easier than I expected!!! The process of transferring the patterns is pretty much just selecting the pattern you want, selecting the correct size for your hoop and “sending” it to what is considered a “removable drive,” which is the sewing machine. The sewing machine is hooked to the laptop via a USB cable provided with the machine.

When we opened up the PE Design software I downloaded, it was even easier because it has a send option that list includes Send to Sewing Machine.

All of that said, here is the first pattern I tried this way!

Sandie

I chose the pattern I wanted, sent it to my sewing machine, lined up my threads in stitching order and started to embroider!

This is the pattern I chose, shown after stitching.

I stitched it on a square of plain white broadcloth.

When the stitching was completed I sewed the two squares of fabric right sides together, leaving an opening for turning it right side out and to stuff the pillow form in.

I clipped the corners, turned it right side out and stuffed the pillow form in and then pinned the opening closed.

I sewed it closed on my machine and ended up with a cute little display pillow with a nice Family theme!

I swear what is left functional in my brain is going a mile a minute thinking of all the possibilities of things I can make as gifts and decor!!!