Friday, August 29, 2014

Janome MC12000 Horizon Demo

A nice video about my "Dream Machine", the janome 12000 which I will probably never get, nor do I need, but boy would I like to have one at my house for awhile!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Inspirational Reading

One of the things that is most frustrating to me with this blog, is the days I can't post and the things that I want to. Having a chronic disease that never lets you be in control of your schedule is rough. The last few weeks, or lets be serious, most of this year has been grueling which means not only am I not posting as much, but I'm not getting much sewing done either. That doesn't mean however, I have lost my interest in sewing. I had a 3 1/2 hour Remicade IV session on Wednesday and was still exhausted from it on Thursday, so the mail was exciting for me. The latest Threads magazine (Oct./Nov issue) with an interesting article on making shirts using Simplicity 1279 as the base, but any shirt pattern would do.

As I read the article I thought back to the last time I made shirts and blouses with button fronts, collars, long set-in sleeves with cuffs, etc. and realized it was 1985 when I made myself some clothes for nursing school. I came out of nursing school and for most of the next 14 years lived in pullover scrubs.  The tops I had gotten down to making them up in about 45 minutes. Now, buttons aren't part of my life. Still the article was interesting about those small details that can mean so much in making your garment look great. In sewing the clothes for school I made 11 garments in nine days! A bit different than the pair of shorts I'm making for hubby ALL summer when I feel up to sewing. Maybe today I can get them finished.

Besides the Threads magazine which always fascinates me, I got a cookbook from Amazon to review called Sweet: Our Best Cupcakes, Cookies, Candy, and More . It seems like most of the cookbooks that I have gotten to review lately weren't my cup of tea, with most ingredients missing from my pantry, but this books I have many of the ingredients and many of the recipes, I wanted to go make then and there they looked so yummy. I will definitely need to spend some more time with the book and try a recipe or two before writing the review, but this looks to be a good one. They even include a few recipes that are gluten free or can be made gluten free, but that isn't the thrust of the book. Yumminess is!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Free Machine Embroidery Designs - Christmas

Since they opened their business, Embroidery Library has been my absolute favorite machine embroidery design site. Not only do they give bountiful free embroidery designs monthly, but I know when I buy a design or use one of the free design it will sew out perfectly. They also have a color match page where you can tell them which threads you have and they will tell you what color threads to subsitute for the Madeira threads that they use in their deisgns. this is great for when the color is 'honeysuckle'--what does that mean? They also publish many of their designs in multiple sizes so you don't normally have to take a 2 inch square design and try to increase it's size to 6 inchs in your software. If you haven't signed up for their weekly news flash of latest designs and latest freebies, you should now so that if they do the Christmas Club as they usually do each year you can take advantage of it. Club members get lots of Free Christmas designs, generally all coordinated, but you also earn points towards more designs.

Yesterday they came out with three Christmas designs that are only free this weekend, through August 24, 2014. There are three designs and all come in 5 different sizes. I'm pretty sure I have mentioned this before, but I take advantage of downloading all sizes even if my embroidery machine can't accomodate them since I never know when Santa might bring me a Janome 12000 which could take all sizes. Hmm, maybe I could just save my Amazon reward points for the next 1000 years and then I could buy the machine myself. Anyhow, the point being, just because you don't have the capacity NOW for sewing out all the different sizes, download them just in case next year you  or the year after you move up to that bigger capacity machine.


Monday, August 04, 2014

Today's Patterns: McCall's Sewing Pattern 8032 & 8033


I used to dream of one day having a little girl and making us matching dresses to make cookies in and other fun activites. Well I had two great sons, but no little girl, nor do I have any little grand daughters (at least at this point!). So that is a dream I have had to give up, but that doesn't mean that I don't notice patterns coming through that can make monther daughter clothing. McCall's Sewing Pattern 8032 is a great mother's dress and it looks as if it is loose enough to wear for the first 6-7 months of pregnancy as well. McCall's Sewing Pattern 8033 is the same style only for little ladies. What fun it would be to dress up alike to have a tea party!

Even if these aren't the patterns for you, if you want mother-daughter or father-son patterns we do have a category for that in our store that you can go to by clicking here.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Today's Pattern: Butterick 3039 and 4950

When I want to sew, I want to make something that is quick and easy because anything that is slow and detailed might take a year for me to make! I spent 6 weeks once making a lovely top with hand sewn facing, etc. and about my third time wearing it I got a bleach splash on the front that chewed holes into the fabric and I never could figure out a way to cover them up. After that fiasco and the time it takes for me to sew due to my physical problems, Butterick Sewing Pattern 4950 has become one of my favorite patterns to use for myself. I have lost track of the number of tops and skirts I have made off of my copy of the pattern. However, I only have one copy of Butterick 4950 left for sale but a customer reminded me today of a very similar pattern, that is Butterick Sewing Pattern 3039 . We still have copies of Butterick 3039 in all three size ranges so you can purchase it in sizes 16W-32W. If you want to make something fast these patterns will do the job for you. If you want to spend more time on a garment, I have seen patterns resembling the pullover top in many variations with different embellishments. The joy of sewing comes from your fabric choices, embellishments and colors you can always have a unique wardrobe suitable for any occasion.

These two patterns are just 2 of many that we sell in our Women's Plus Size department and we invite you to come and look if you haven't already here. For a shorter Plus size woman, we also have some rare, hard to find Half-size patterns here.  Of course for any other kind of sewing pattern you can check our store Moonwishes Sewing and Crafts where we have over 8000 uncut sewing patterns in all sorts of sizes and styles. We also have many patterns that aren't yet listed and we would be more than happy to check for you to see if we have it. We do need the brand and number of the pattern and the type of garment as the major pattern companies repeat their pattern numbers about every 8-10 years. In the meantime enjoy your sewing!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Tips on Sewing

Just wanted to share a tip I saw about sewing with vintage patterns. Many older patterns that have the cutting lines printed on the tissue paper are much thicker than the lines we get currently. Those line can be up to 1/8" thick, which means depending on how many seams in a garment, you could be making it an inch larger or smaller than you need, and if you cut out the armscye and sleeve pattern differently then you might have a bit of difficulty setting in the sleeve. Most vintage style patterns can be quite fitted, so stop and take the time to measure from side to side on each pattern piece to decide where you need to cut and where your seam line should be. The cutting lines shown below are 2mm wide which is 1mm shy of being 1/8" wide. the width of the lines may differ from each manufacturer and what era, so be sure to double check before cutting.

Don't forget for all your pattern needs, stop in at Moonwishes Sewing and Crafts first as we have over 8000 new, uncut sewing patterns in all styles and sizes. I list new patterns almost daily as my health allows. While the pattern tissues and instructions are in factory folds on the patterns we sell, their envelopes may have wear, tears, writing, sticker residue, etc. The inside of the envelope is generally what is important. If you collect patterns for their looks, please be sure to double check with us the envelope condition.

Today's Pattern: Butterick Sewing Pattern 5143 Misses Dress

Yesterday I was so busy listing patterns, I never got a chance to post one here. This is one of the patterns that I posted yesterday. It is Butterick Sewing Pattern 5143 Misses Size 8-16 Halter Neck Sleeveless Sundress Dress . As soon as I saw it I thought it looked familiar and then it dawned on me, it is very much like the halter neck 'Pillowcase Dresses' that have become so popular lately. Everything old is new again for sure. While this isn't an actual pillowcase dress, the lines are similar and the halter neckline is cleanly finished with a better fit than a pillowcase dress would give you. It would make a great sundress or even a dress to wear at the office if you have a jacket or bolero to wear over it. After work take off the jacket and you are ready for the grocery store or a date. That is one of the joys of sewing; depending on fabric choices and embellishments, you can sew up a dress and have it ready for any occasion that you like. Try this pattern or any of the thousands more that we have at our store, Moonwishes Sewing and Crafts.

If you are looking for a particular pattern in our store and can't find it, we have plenty of boxes of patterns that we don't have listed yet and we would be happy to look for the pattern for you. We do need the brand and pattern number and type of garment you are looking for. Pattern companies repeat their pattern numbers about every 8-10 years, which is why even with the brand and number we still need some idea of what we are looking for. We can not however, look for a certain garment pattern without the other information as I can't remember every single pattern that we have tucked away to list. I've gotten to the point that I have a certain amount of senioritis based brain leakage!