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Brad Porterfield is the owner of Humble Sewing Center. He's been in the sewing machine and vacuum business since the late 70’s. In the early days, Brad started from the ground up in sales, service, and repair as an employee of a sewing machine store in Arkansas. He eventually became a factory trained technician for all brands including: Elna, Viking, Brother, Singer, Bernina, Janome, and Babylock. Brad later decided to venture out into retail and has successfully owned and operated a number of prosperous sewing machine stores including Meyerland Sewing Center. He purchased Humble Sewing Center in 1997 from the original owner, Bob Crain. Brad remains committed to quality and premium customer service. Humble Sewing Center continues to serve the Houston, Humble, Kingwood, and Atascocita areas, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Holiday Home Decor – Serged Christmas Tree Napkin!

Oh Snap!  If you’ve invested in a serger, this blog post has a great project for you!  (You could also use a sewing machine to get this done, but you’d need to change some of the assembly instructions…)

Have fun watching the how-to video for making your own serger Christmas Tree napkins!  These make for easy and attractive table top decor as well as a thoughtful gift for a co-worker or loved one!

Let’s Get Sewing!

Jenny Gabriel – alter ego:  StitchinJenny

Potholder in the Hoop – November 2011

Potholder Anita Goodesign Mix and Match Quilting Sunbonnet Sue in the Kitchen

Hi everyone, I am sure that you are working on your holiday projects by now. I am just getting started so I have a lot to do. We usually give our neighbors a gift at Christmas. I like to give them something that I created. Sometimes the gift comes from my kitchen and sometimes from my sewing room. This year, it will come from my sewing room. I am going to make a Potholder in an embroidery hoop using the Anita Goodesign Sunbonnet Sue in the Kitchen design collection. This collection is part of the Mix and Math Quilting series which you may know that I think is wonderful. You may have seen my Mix and Match Christmas Quilt which is still a work in progress at the store.

The potholder will also be featured in our November Embroidery Club. Please note, the fee for Embroidery Club has changed it is now $10.

Supply List

  • Anita Goodesign Sunbonnet Sue in the Kitchen
  • 8 x 12 hoop, 7×11 hoop, 6×10 hoop, or 5×7 hoop
  • 1/3 yd muslin
  • 4- 10” jelly roll pieces
  • 1/4 yd coordinating fabric for base
  • 1/4 yd coordinating fabric for back
  • 1/4 yd Insul-Bright
  • 5” ribbon
  • no show mesh stabilizer for 1 hooping
  • embroidery thread to coordinate with design
  • 1 spool all-purpose sewing thread
  • Embroidery Machine, power cord and foot pedal
  • Embroidery Hoop (make sure you bring the correct hoop size!)
  • PROJECTS CD
  • Printed design for placement (optional)
  • Sewing Machine Feet: Embroidery Foot, Regular Sewing Foot, Walking Foot (if you
  • have one), Edge Stitching Foot (if you have one)
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Rotary Cutter & Mat
  • Embroidery Needle, size 75/11
  • Universal Needle, size 90/12
  • Potholder: medium weight quilting cotton, muslin
  • If you are using a hoop smaller than the 8×12, you will be adding additional borders to you potholder to make it the 7 ½” x 7 ½” finished size. You can also make potholders smaller, if desired.

Sewing Equipment

  • Embroidery Machine, power cord and foot pedal
  • Embroidery Hoop (make sure you bring the correct hoop size!)
  • Printed design for placement (optional)
  • Sewing Machine Feet: Embroidery Foot, Regular Sewing Foot, Walking Foot (if you have one), Edge Stitching Foot (if you have one).
  • USB, Compact Flash or Programmable Card as required for your embroidery machine.

Notions:

  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Rotary Cutter & Mat
  • Embroidery Needle, size 75/11
  • Universal Needle, size 90/12
  • Potholder: medium weight quilting cotton, muslin
  • If you are using a hoop smaller than the 8×12, you will be adding additional borders to you potholder to make it the 7 ½” x 7 ½” finished size. You can also make potholders smaller, if desired.

Fabric Suggestions:

  • Potholder: medium weight quilting cotton, muslin

Notes

  • If you are using a hoop smaller than the 8×12, you will be adding additional borders to you potholder to make it the 7 ½” x 7 ½” finished size. You can also make potholders smaller, if desired.
  • You can use another Anita Goodesign Mix and Match Quilt block for your potholder. If so, please print the page in the tutorial which shows the stitching order for the selected block.





Jenny's Reversible Bag w/ Continuous Embroidery

Continuous Embroidery w/ Perfect Results!

Jenny's Reversible Bag w/ Continuous Embroidery 

Fully Reversible Bag with Continuous Machine Embroidery

Hello all!  I’m SewVac Outlet’s newest Guest Blogger, Jenny Gabriel, of StitchinJenny.com.  It’s a pleasure to chime in with some fun projects and tips/techniques to enhance your sewing!

This is my version of a bag that was inspired by a post on a blog called:  http://verypurpleperson.com/2010/04/making-reversible-bag.html  If you want the pattern, just visit this link!

I decided to make a few tweaks to the bag by enlarging it, adding an inset zipper, and the magic of continuous embroidery.

To be honest, I decided to take a minute and watch this very helpful video by Nancy Zieman, before doing my “experiment.”  Lots of good info here.  Enjoy!


Let’s Get Sewing!

Jenny Gabriel – alter ego:  StitchinJenny

Stabilizer Tip – Perfect Stick Stabilizer & Adhesive Sew & Wash

In addition to our Sew Vac Outlet branded stabilizer, we now carry Floriani products.

Perfect Stick Tear AwayWith Floriani Perfect Stick, embroidery in almost any area is achievable! Enjoy quality stitching with no residue build up or gummy needles. Floriani Perfect Stick is ideal for hard to hoop items such as bulky towels, backpacks, collars, napkin corners, or socks. Also use for fabrics that can be damaged by the hooping process. You can prevent Hoop Burn. embroidery on  fabrics like leather, velvet, ultra-suede and satin easily. With Perfect Stick you will enjoy the stability of a firm yet flexible stabilizer that will support all types of embroideries on most fabrics.

A similar stabilizer is Adhesive Sew & Wash. The difference is that Adhesive Sew & Wash dissolves in warm water. It does not tear away. Adhesive Sew & Wash is sold under the Sew Vac Outlet brand.

When using either stabilizer, I like to cut the stabilizer about 1″ larger than my inside hoop. I peel off the paper from the entire piece. Then, I place the inside hoop on top of the “sticky” side of the stabilizer and wrap it around the edges of the hoop. This provides for a no slipping of the stabilizer in the hoop. Place the item to be embroidered on top of the sticky stabilizer.

Bias binding with the Adjustable Bias Binding Foot.

Babylock and Husqvarna Viking offer an adjustable bias binding foot.

Description:
Attach 1/4” to 3/4” wide bias binding in place with either straight or decorative stitches using this adjustable foot. This is the foot for attaching pre-packaged and pre-pressed binding. It’s capable of handling a variety of binding widths and decorative stitches.

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The adjustable bias binder is a clear plastic foot with a screw and markings on the foot that allow for the adjustment of the width of the finished binding. The width of the finished binding is determined and the foot is adjusted to achieve the desired width.

MACHINE SETTINGS Stitch: Straight, zigzag or all forward decorative stitches Stitch length: Pre-set Stitch width: Pre-set Tension: Pre-set

The Baby Lock Adjustable Bias Binder Foot is a useful foot whether you are a beginner or an experienced sewer. When using the Adjustable Bias Binder Foot you are able to use various widths of bias binding. Then, use either straight or decorative stitches to sew the binding in place.

1. Thread with sewing thread on top and in the bobbin.
2. Snap on the Adjustable Bias Binder.
3. Use the screw on the right side of the bracket to adjust the width of the opening to fit the bias tape.
4. Cut the end of the bias tape to a 45 degree angle. Insert the bias tape from the outside of the bracket, into the slot that matches its width, and pull it down under the foot.
5. Place the edge to be bound into the groove on the left side of the bracket.
6. Loosen the screw on the top, in the back of the foot and adjust the bracket as needed.
7. Select a narrow zigzag, a straight stitch or a decorative stitch. Sew slowly, keeping the fabric to be bound, snugly in the groove as you sew.

Use the Adjustable Bias Binder Foot when applying bias to vests, placemats, wall hangings, baby bibs or many other things.

Babylock Bias Binder Foot (Adjustable) (ESG-ABB).
Husqvarna Viking Adjustable Bias Binder Foot (412 98 50-45)

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Hand Quilting by Machine with your Janome

Hand-Stitched By Machine

Would you liketo create the look of hand-work using your sewing machine? This technique is perfect for attaching a bias binding to finish a garment or craft project. A bias binding can be added to a skirt, top, and pants in place of the hem. If you use a contrasting fabric, or the same fabric, the look will different than the main part of the garment just because the fabric is cut on the bias. bias binding is a great finish for necklines and sleeves, too.

Supplies:
Bias binding (or bias strips from the same or contrasting fabric)
Adjustable Blind Hem “G” foot
Contrasting thread

Instructions:
1. Sew the right side of one raw edge of the bias binding to the wrong side raw edge of your project using straight stitch #1.
2. Fold the bias strip to the front side of your project. Pin in place.
3. Attach the “G” foot to the Memory Craft 11000.
4. Select Stitch Q #18.
5. Set stitch width to 3.0, length to 1.5.
6. Adjust the moveable guide on the “G” foot along the fold so that the straight stitch portion of the stitch lines up next to the outer folded edge of the bias strip. The left swing of the needle should pierce the bias strip.
7. Attach the bias strip in this manner along the entire area to be sewn, producing a hand-stitched look.

To create an invisible appliquè look, use matching thread or invisible thread.

The Janome “G” foot (also known as the “Blind Hem Foot”) fits most top-loading Janome models.

Hand Quilting Stitch
Janome MC11000 Stitch: Q #18
MC6600P Stitch M2 #36
Jem Stitch #40

* This technique can also be done on other Janome sewing machines, Babylock sewing machines, Viking machines, and othe brand machines. The stitch selection will depend on your specific model.

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Sewing for Girls and their Dolls.

How many of you have daughters or granddaughters that have an American Girl doll? If so, do the girls like to dress like their dolls? I know that I have a few granddaughters that like to have matching dresses for themselves and their dolls. I’ve spent many hours creating the outfits for them.

Nancy Zieman recently had a “you tube” video on the subject. I thought that I would share it with you. Nancy shows you how to use an open toe foot to stitch ribbon to fabric; she uses a special “pinning” technique. She also demonstrates how to use the ruffler foot.