Thursday, February 20, 2014

Wool jacket

 My Valentine rose.    My husband and I agreed not to do flowers or gifts.  I've eaten too much junk and I just got another sewing machine.  He's going to wash my car, and I'm going to clear out the herb and garden space.
 This is a basic Kwik Sew jacket I'm working on.  This is a wool from Fabric Mart several years ago.  It needs more pressing and some thread trimming.  I had just put the sleeves in before this picture.  No shoulder pads are in there yet.  I guess it's a work in progress.
 I've been wanting to add a little bit of embroidery to my work but I don't feel I know enough about size and placement.  This is some experimentation.  I used the top left stitch shown below.  This jacket is being made on the new Viking 960Q.
Practicing stitches.  I think I want to add some candle wicking stitches to some pillows.  Slow sewing.  Lots of driving, lots of housewife stuff.  My laptop cover was crumbling around the actual keyboard part and my husband and one son ordered a cover and had the laptop in pieces for several days.  It's gone from dark midnight blue to black, but it works great.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Jalie 2568

15 pair I believe.  I kept turning one leg inside out, and tossed that pair.  I used some tricot from JA's I purchased way back, and some soft picot lace I had on hand.  I just piece sewed them in stages over a few days.  I made view A, like the red pair in the far left side.  Not exciting, but I'm glad I did it.  I got rid of some basics in my wardrobe and I want to replace them.  This is a bad allergy year for me, and I've got 3 kids in 3 different schools this year.  I can't wait for summer.  My oldest moved back home this October and it seems easier to drive him with his younger brother to the same college campus.  He seems to like not having to drive over at the school too.

On the 960Q Viking the low bobbin light will come on and the machine will slow to a stop.  I push the green light on the screen and the machine will start to sew again for a bit then slow down and  beep again. It will post the low bobbin picture on the screen.   I can  hold my finger on the green button and it will continue to sew without a hitch. I don't have to leave my finger there long, just a brief possible second.   It seems to overide the low bobbin notice.  I can see  the warning and the stopping  if I was doing rows of large embroidery designs.  This machine can hold in it's memory some elaborate designs and some are large and stitch out in a larger size and I would want the machine to slow and stop and let me know before I damaged it.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Butterick 3848

 I made a yellow check version of the blue tucked blouse.  I'm not sure where this fabric came from.  It's one of my oldest pieces.  I bought it at a very inexpensive precut fabric table in a  family owned covered everything store that's long gone out of business.  I loved that place though.
 This is the new machine.  I'm very excited to show you when the needle is in the fabric, the machine seems to know I want to smooth out the fabric under the presser foot.  This is a great feature because it helps me watch out for little pleats and tiny tucks forming.
 The front of the top.  I lengthened the top an inch in the waist.  The front.
 A closeup.  I may have a small amount left to add into some lightweight white linen and make a tank top to go under this.  A block type tank.
 The back.
 The sleeves have a vent.
 The hem has a vent.
The new machine.  A Viking 960Q.  (I was cleaning out my closet and piled everything on the window seat.  You can see it's been cleaned off since Christmas.)
I was not planning on getting a machine, but we were out during December and I saw this machine.  I went online to do some research and really liked it.  I've not been bonding well at all with a serger I bought and had attempted to trade it in a number of times, but the dealer who sold it to us kept putting us off and my husband kept listening to her and telling me to work with it a little longer.  This December I attempted to trade it in again and she told me it was a boat anchor and they would no longer take it as a trade in.  She told us about the fire and the warehouse and all we could think of was why she didn't mention this before, why she kept telling us to try the serger a little longer.  She did offer to sell the 960Q to us for $2999.00 without a trade in.
In the car on the way home between sobs and thinking to try again since I had it for good now, my husband told me to get a list and we would go to every Viking dealer listed beginning in our area and see what they said.  One of the dealers was lovely and I brought in my serger and traded  up.  My total with tax was around $2000.00.  That seems like a lot, but the serger was a top of the line serger in excellent condition.  I had the box and after they tested it, it could be packed up in all of the wrappings that came with the machine.  And I am very happy with the new machine.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

The big shirt

The  big shirt is finished.  I've worn this once and I do like the shirt over leggings.  I decided not to make any more of these or to keep the pattern.  I made an 8 going out to a 12.  The finished shirt on me would look better in a 6 going out to a 10.  I just didn't care for the look in the mirror, but I will wear this one until summer.

The back of the shirt.

Thursday, December 5, 2013


December is very slow for sewing, but very busy for our family.  School and work is very busy.  We're trying to get some honeydo's off of our list for work around the house.

 We got our tree last night and the branches are relaxing.  I plan to decorate it on Saturday.
 Macy has been practicing her long winter's nap.

My next project, an old Butterick( 2001) pattern, 3198.  I'm using fabric scraps to try out my first run.  My son says it looks like something the mom Ellen in a TV show called Wishbone would wear.  She was a librarian.  I guess that's not so bad.  I'm going to wear it with leggings and skinny leg pants when it finally gets done. 

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Kwik Sew 3732

Sunday, November 17, 2013


 I really like this pattern and thought it would lend it self to a number of different looks with different fabrics. 
 For the first trial, I used a clearance fabric that I bought when you could get fabric for 1.95 at a large fabric store.  It changed hands and I don't think you can get it anymore at that price.  It's a double sided weather proof on one side and fleece on the other.  I bought it to experiment, then I got afraid of it.
 I thought this fabric might be perfect with the pattern.  The front.  I top stitched some of the seams down in the gray, and some were topstitched in orange.  I did that on purpose to minimize the horizontal lines on me.  I almost used soft gray buttons, but I was really happy JoAnns had the orange buttons for half off too.
 I decided to reinforce the buttons.  Might be too much, but this fabric and pattern were new to me.
The back view.  You can see the blue graduation gown peeking out.  One of my kids is graduating from college next month.  He really liked the smaller college and has mixed feelings on leaving it.  He can take a few courses that transfer into his degree plan this next semester, and than it's all up at State U for the finish.  I really think he will like the big college and I hear they have concerts and plays.  My youngest is trying high school and we've been to fashion shows and basket ball games. 

The pattern went together very well and I do plan on sewing it up again.  I'm very pleased with it. 

Thursday, May 23, 2013


 Someone was cleaning out their pantry and gave me some Karo syrup and pecans that were gifted to them.  Not store bought pecans but picked from their trees.  We had to pull out the Texan pecan sheller we bought in West Texas 20 years ago.
Because of all the exciting storms and the small cold front that we had I made chocolate pecan pie.  I really just added 1/4 cup cocoa powder to the mix before pouring it into the shell.  I made the crust and my son did the fluting.  I thought it was perfect.  The pie was pretty good to.  Not much sewing.  I've been tracing patterns.  I did make a pair of pants for my mother.  I hope she likes them.