Thursday, June 15, 2017

progress.....and a new project

It's coming along.... slow but sure.   Ijust love it.
Yesterday I took a class at Christie's Quilting Boutique with Lisa Wilson Grant on Mariner's compass.  This is a paper pieced Mariner's Compass.  I discovered some great features of my BERNINA that help with paper piecing.  When you sew your paper piecing pieces, they always say you need to use a tighter stitch.     If you go to the Quilting Stitches on your machine, there is a preprogrammed stitch just for this purpose....
If you aren't sure what stitch it is,  use your help feature.  Touch the question mark, then the stitch,  
Here is my progress so far...
I have a ways to go.  I'm just making one block, Lisa framed hers on top of a map.   I hope I can find a map to use!  
Happy Sewing.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Just wing it

 My samples for my classes are finished for now, so I decided to teach myself something new... Heirloom sewing.  I played a little bit with it last week, but today I am diving in head first.  I'm trying to make a little girl's dress.   I have no one to make this for, but I figured maybe someday.
First step, the collar-   I took some white Kona cotton, cut a strip that was wider and longer than my collar pieced.  I set up my machine with foot 46c... the decorative pin tuck foot.  and started to play
Pintucks I sewed in white, then I put some pink Aurifil thread on my machine and added some decorative stitches between the pintucks.  Here is the best part, you leave the pin tuck foot on your machine, lining up the two pin tucks with the grooves in the foot, your stitching is perfectly straight and centered down the space.   I also discovered that 3/8" ribbon fits perfectly between the pin tucks.  
So then I got out foot 30. which is one of the pin tuck feet.  I reached for my favorite book, the Big Book of Feet and did some research on what to do with this foot.

This is the best book, it has sections on each foot made for your BERNINA machine, with lots of suggestions about what to do with that foot.  I found a picture of crosshatching done with pin tucks.  
Again, I cut a strip, wider and longer than the front yoke piece of the dress, I marked two 45 degree lines with a disappearing marker, added the guide to my foot and stitched pin tucks one inch apart on a diagonal line. 

Wouldn't that look beautiful on a clutch purse, or a zippered pouch?  
Next... sleeves.  
I went to the page in my big book of feet for the decorative pin tuck foot and found a section on using a wing needle.  
A wing needle is a needle that makes holes in your fabric, as part of the stitch.  The book told me which stitches look best with it,  so I chose stitch 711 on my machine,
I sewed two pin tucks first, then put my wing needle on my machine and stitched...
This will be the sleeve.  Just two little rows of pin tucks and stitches down the center of the sleeve. 
Does this take time, yes.  Is it worth it, yes.  
Hopefully this will be a special dress for someone one day.  
I learned a lot while I was making it and that was my goal.  
Adding a little bit of these techniques will make your projects look professional.  
Stay tuned.... I'll post the finished project soon

Friday, June 2, 2017

Pintucks, the easy way

   I'm trying to come up with new things to teach at BERNINA Club this fall.  I found this great pattern from We All Sew.... a pin tucked headband.

BERNINA has several presser feet for making pin tucks, but 46C is my favorite.

46C has 4 grooves in it, which allows you to perfectly space your pin tucks.  I marked one line on my fabric strip,  and then I attached my 46C foot and the pin tuck cording attachment

This allows you to make your pin tuck over cording.   
I put a 3.0 twin needle on my machine.  Threaded it, and told my machine I was using it..
Then it was easy,  I stitched down my drawn line making my first pin tuck, then I put my first pin tuck in the end groove of the foot and made another one,  Perfectly straight and evenly spaced.

Here is how the cording attachment works

and there you have it, four evenly spaced pin tucks.  
But wait, there is more.  I took off the twin needle, and put in a single needle.  I added a layer of stitch and tear stabilizer underneath, chose a decorative stitch, and lined up my 46C foot, with the two inner grooves.

My decorative stitch fit perfectly in the space between the pin tucks.  
I added two more rows... and I'm done, ready to finish my headband

Think about all the places you can use this, pouches, bags, little kids clothing, pillows, table runners, napkins, etc etc etc.  
Happy Sewing!