Hello everyone, it's nice to be with everyone again. It has been a
couple of weeks since I last wrote to you. I would like to welcome all
my new subscribers, I hope you enjoy our little weekly chat.
Let me see, what can I tell you that is new since last we met.
NEW ON THE MARKET:
I think every sewing machine company has their own new rendition to
show off this fall. Singer has a new one called Singer Confidence with
one step functions to entice a new sewer. The younger generation want
to sew, not fool around with settings. This machine has a drop in
bobbin, needle threader and some really funky colors. Check it out.
Another new machine on the market is the Brother Duetta 4500D. It
sews, embroiders and quilts. Push button threading system, extra large
quilting table with lots of room to the right of the needle and over
200 designs on CD included.
NATIONAL SEWING MONTH:
September is known as National Sewing Month. All the major fabric
stores are offering deals and projects for worthy causes.
This site has been almost dormant for a couple of years. Now, all of a
sudden it is sending out a newsletter. It includes a free sewing
project (pencil case) sewing tips, tips for kids and back to school
lunches along with links to their site. The site has a sewing
dictionary and a long list of links. It may be something you would
KNIT A NECKLACE:
I found this interesting little idea on the Sewing Divas blog. I have
some weird ribbon that is perfect for this. It was originally posted
Aug. 23/07 about half way down the page. This would work to jazz up an
outfit you have made.
SEW WHATS UP.COM
Many of the girls from my site created their own community. If you
would like to meet up and chat with friends http://sew-whats-up.com is
friendly and helpful. Kaitlin is the head honcho and works hard to
keep it all running smoothly.
Have you noticed some teens who sew go about their projects in a new
and different way. Many of them would rather cut, rip and re-sew
something to make it their own rather than start with fabric and
patterns. I think it is great, something new from something old.
Entice your teen to try their hand at designing. T shirts are a great
place to start and jeans are a basic canvas for all sorts of
embroidery. Charity shops have loads of creative fabric and trims they
will love. There is also a teen sewing site they may enjoy.
Her site is closed until the end of October. Maybe she will have new
patterns or perhaps some wardrobe photos. It will be interesting to
see what she comes up with.
MY SEWING WEEKS:
I must admit, I haven't accomplished too much. I did finish my top
made from the swirly knit. It turned out fine but I was so disgusted
with myself when I tried it on. I forgot to lengthen the sleeves. I
always have to make that adjustment and this time it just never
entered my mind. Oh well, it is 3/4 length sleeve for this time. I
love the neckline, it was a bit of a challenge. The square cowl is a
bit of a different look. I couldn't get the front edge to stay
perfectly straight, I think my knit was too soft for the pattern.
However, I learned later, after I had finished the top that I could
have sewn in a very soft strip of boning as reinforcement across the
front before the facing to keep it nice and straight. Live and learn
but a good sewing tip I think.
Next I have some pumpkin colored print linen to sew up. I love linen
and this one is perfect for a blouse. Think I will try the Mandarin
Shirt Jacket from Textile Studio patterns.
Next week I will have the latest issue of Ottobre for Women to give
away. One lucky subscriber will receive this pattern magazine just for
being one of my readers. Please pass this newsletter along to your
sewing friends. Until next time, stay well, have some fun and happy
sewing to you all.