Saturday, September 27, 2014
One of the great things about the internet is how you can bring learning to your home whether in the middle of a city or living out in the country, you can access the same educational opportunities. When it comes to sewing some of us learning from watching mothers, grandmothers, aunts, or home ec teachers. But for those of us that never got a good grounding in the basics or have machines that are so advanced from what we learned on, we need more instruction.
One of my favorite sites for learning is the Bernina Sewing Machine site. Do I have a Bernina? NO, but that doesn't mean that I can't learn. Many sewing machines have the same type of presser feet and decorative stitches, so with some simple transposing you can follow along with the written lesson, the videos or webinars that they present. You can also download e-books with different skills. I always love the ones about combining stitches to get the look of a larger design. They call this stitch recipes or other places call them stitch stacking. Whatever you call it, be sure to use this technique whenever possible. On different forums, I have heard that some sewists have machines with over 200 stitches, but only use the straight stitch for quilting or sewing straight lines. Break out of your box and learn a new skill! Only have a machine that does straight stitches? Perhaps the time is ripe to get an advanced machines so you can see all the many ways you can use your sewing machine.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
I don't know what it is about doll houses and their furniture that catches my eye, I only know that they do. Since I have no need of yet another hobby, I tend to put these items up for sale at my store Moonwishes Sewing and Crafts. I noticed this one the other day and had to get so it could go to a good home. Specifically one where there is a little girl that loves her Barbies and would rather help make some doll house furniture that is pretty and comfortable with her mom or grandmother than use molded plastic furniture. This pattern booklet uses no sew techniques, in other words uses glue, etc. to hold pieces together. It is geared for children seven and up although I think they would need an adults help. You can find this pattern booklet with all patterns intact here. We also have a nice selection of doll clothes, stuffed animal patterns etc. here for those who want to get busy on their Holiday sewing.