Category Archives: Classes

Digitizing w/Aggie Jan. 10, 2015

“Santa in a Car” 

Masterworks or Floriani FTC/U

SANTA IN CAR STITCH-OUTWhen: Saturday – January 10, 2015 – 10 pm – 1pm 

Where: Humble Sewing Center/SewVac Outlet 

Class Project: Santa in a Car (Beginner & Advanced)

Cost: $30 pre-paid at SewVac  (in store, online via PayPal, credit card via phone)

Before Class: Get latest software update, run anti-virus, bring your computer mouse! 

Santa will be on vacation in Hawaii for this class, but he is a great subject to digitize because of the techniques that you learn. This “Santa in Car” design measures 7.5” x 8.5” high.  Santa’s suit, cap and car are appliqued, his hair is wave filled and his beard and mustache are embroidered with the “Satin Path” to provide a silky, curly look.

It utilizes the following stitch types:

  • Running Stitch
  • Satin (Steil) Stitch
  • Standard Fill
  • Wave Fill
  • Column (Satin) Path
  • Jagged Column (Satin) Path

Because of the stitch types used in this design, its clipart is excellent for learning how to digitize.  However, depending on a minimum familiarity with your software, this entire design cannot be taught or digitized within a 3-hour class period, but it can be managed by separating into the following suggested parts:

  1. Face, Beard and Mustache
  2. Hair, Facial Features, Cap and Holy Wreath
  3. Body and Car

You will learn how to:

  • Digitize for Applique
  • Choose and use stitches that give the appearance of texture – such as the look of fur
  • Apply stitches that curve with the artwork
  • Determine the correct pathway through the design – the order in which parts should be stitched

You will learn how to perform the basics for digitizing the design and get you setup for completing parts on your own away from class.  In the first class you will learn how to prepare your artwork before beginning to digitize and will be given a “pathway” plan to follow that will minimize time required to stitch-out because of fewer thread cuts and thread jumps.

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Floriani Total Control/U Digitizing Class (Feb 7, 2015)

 “Fun with Fling” 

FTCU_Scatter1 FTCU_Scatter2 When: Saturday – February 7, 2015 – 10 am – 1pm

Where: Humble Sewing Center/SewVac Outlet

Class Project: Create an In-the-Hoop Design for Baby Bib or Blanket (Suitable for Beginner +)

Teacher: Ann Schmidt

Cost: $30 pre-paid at SewVac

  1. In this class you will create a design suitable for a baby’s bib or blanket. We will:
  2. Use text and skew the letters for a cute look (I’ve used two text styles new with the latest Floriani update);
  3. Add two buttonholes (What for? Come and find out);
  4.  Select an outline design provided by the software, resize and add stitches.
  5. Copy, paste, create multiple images and sizes all with the push of one button. Which is why we use a hoop while digitizing so that we can ‘corral’ them. Then we’ll place them where we want them, resize as desired, change colors. This is a hoot! (Not to mention a nice repetitive process for newbies to learn from.)
  6. Finally, we’ll discuss stabilizers to use to achieve a nice sew out.

Click here to Register.

Masterworks Digitizing Class (Feb. 7, 2015)

  “Carousel & Scatter” 

MasscatterterWorks II will achieve same results using different tools.

When: Saturday – February 7, 2015 – 2 pm – 5pm

Where: Humble Sewing Center/SewVac Outlet

Class Project: Create an In-the-Hoop Design for Baby Bib or Blanket (Suitable for Beginner +)

Teacher: Ann Schmidt

Cost: $30 pre-paid at SewVac

In this class you will create a design suitable for a baby’s bib or blanket. We will:

  1. Use text and skew the letters for a cute look;
  2.  Add two buttonholes with a border design (What for? Come and find out);
  3. Select an outline design provided by the software, resize and add stitches.
  4. Circle and scatter the bottles – one button for each choice. ( In MW II the process is different, but achievable. This is a nice repetitive process for newbies to learn from.
  5. Discuss stabilizers to use to achieve a nice stitch out.

Click here to register for this class.

Fun Tissue Holder Covers at Anita Goodesign Workshop

During our September Anita Goodesign Workshop, we had a great time making the CUTEST tissue box covers ever!

Since it’s September, the project was all about getting ready for Halloween.

Trick or TREAT!

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Look at a creative touch that Opal Hobbs added to her project…..

Isn’t that a cute ruffle?!

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These tissue cover designs are EXCLUSIVE to the ladies who attend the Anita Workshop.  They are not available anywhere else.   So, if you are seeing things you like and wish you could get, maybe it’s time for you to join us at next month’s workshop.  Hmmm?

We’d love to see you there!!!  Here’s the link to details about next month’s Anita Goodesign Workshop

See some of the very nice ladies you will meet and get to know:

AND, sometimes we even have surprise Give-Aways….

Our newest workshop attendee, Robyn Cayton, won a free copy of Nancy Zieman’s latest new book:

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It’s time for you to join the fun and try some new things with your embroidery machine!

Hope to see you soon!

Thanks for reading!

Jenny Gabriel alter ego: StitchinJenny

News from Serger Savvy Retreat

We recently hosted a 3-Day Serger Retreat at Humble Sewing Center.  Our instructor was Joan Friedrich.  She is a National Educator for Baby Lock, a Serger Expert, Designer, and repeat guest on the television show:  Sewing With Nancy.

It was a wonderful event full of great ladies and lots of fun!

Our guests were able to bring their own Baby Lock Serger or try out the new Baby Lock Ovation serger.  After seeing and experiencing the benefits of the new features on the Ovation, several ladies decided to trade-in and trade-up to the Ovation!  It was a happy time for everybody!

Getting Started:

Joan Friedrich is just Warming Up….

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Below are a few pictures of samples that Joan Friedrich shared with us during her 3 day Serger Savvy Retreat.  Some of her samples featured:

  • sweatshirt makeovers
  • crafty aprons
  • ruffled quilts
  • journal covers
  • pillow covers
  • and designer handbags

She is SEW talented!!!

Then, we got busy learning a TON of very handy, useful, and easy Serger techniques.

First of all, Joan is FUN!

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Joan Friedrich having a Designer Revelation for new funky zippers with the serger....

Joan Friedrich having a Designer Revelation for new funky zippers with the serger….

Getting to Work:

Here are a few photos of Joan keeping us very busy learning lots and lots of great serger techniques:

 A Moment to recognize Student Achievement:

This was Frances' first time to sew in a zipper by machine.  She is VERY pleased!

This was Frances’ first time to sew in a zipper by machine. She is VERY pleased!

Fun with SERGER CROCHET:

Joan shared her exclusive method for creating serger crochet.  This beautiful accent can be added to clothing, home decor, and can even be used to make a one of a kind scarf!  We can order you the instructional DVD if you like!

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Yes, one sweet husband chose to join the fun!  I think Joan LOVED his hat idea:

 

Joan Friedrich having a Designer Revelation for new funky zippers with the serger....

 

 

 

 

 

We learned so many things…. We even learned how to use one of the optional accessories to attach fold over elastic to a stretch knit.  This will make the easiest elastic waist skirt, pants, or shorts ever!!!

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And there was still time for our ladies to make new friends and enjoy long-time friends as well….

I hope you’ve enjoyed our flashback to the Serger Savvy Retreat.

If you are kicking yourself for missing this one, I do have one bit of good news for you….

Joan has filmed a Serger Techniques video made up of 3 DVDs.  The dvds include almost everything she taught during the 3 day retreat!

You can get this set from us!  Just call for details!  Humble Sewing Center: 281-446-1818

Thanks for reading!

Jenny Gabriel alter ego:  StitchinJenny

In-the-Hoop Zipped Pouch from Anita Goodesign Workshop

Take a look at all the fun we had during August’s Anita Goodesign Workshop at Humble Sewing Center.

We made Fully Lined zip pouches completely in the embroidery machine – no sewing machine steps required!

This group of ladies is such a pleasure to work with!   Some are beginners and some are experts who come to enjoy the new friends and fun projects.  Our workshops are always a lot of fun and we hope to see you soon!

Here’s a link to the details about September’s Anita Goodesign Workshop.

Also, we’ve got a special hands-on embroidery event coming up in October.  It will feature some really neat techniques like embroidery on puffy foam etc.  Check it out HERE.

Workshop Photos:

Thanks for visiting!  Join us for a class sometime soon!

Jenny Gabriel alter ego:  StitchinJenny

Serger Tips & T-Shirt Makeovers at BabyLock Club

Each month I get to host BabyLock Club at Humble Sewing Center….

Today we had several sweet ladies who braved the storm to attend this fun and FREE monthly meeting.

We had a great time getting to know each other, sharing sewing stories, exchanging tips and ideas as well as making a little mischief….

You see, I decided to demo how to revamp an over-sized  t-shirt into something more figure flattering and also how to modify the neckline.  Everything was innocent enough except, the only available shirt in my home happened to belong to my husband and it did happen to be one of his FAVORITES.  Ooooops!

tshirtPlease look closely and notice the bleach stain at the bottom hem of this shirt…. and also the torn hole to the far right of the word Champions.  Oh yes, this shirt was officially in need of a make-over.

In the process of the make-over I used a couple of essentials to ensure pleasing results:

#1:  The T-Shirt Makeover from: Pamela’s Patterns

This pattern provides templates and easy instructions to successfully re-size those big, boxy shirts that just swallow you up. (Yes, we can order this for you and, it will cost you less at our store than it would buying online.)

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#2:  Designer Necklines from: Eileen Roche & Nancy Zieman

This is a collection of embroidery designs used to change the shape of the neckline of any t-shirt into a variety of styles.  It also includes accent designs to embellish a shirt with beautiful embroidery. (Yes, we can get this for you, too.)

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I chose the Peek a boo neckline – which you will see in just a moment.

I used the embroidery machine and sewing machine for the neckline changes and I used the Makeover pattern with a serger/cover stitch machine to re-size, re-shape, and hem the shirt.  It was EASY!  I could have used the sewing machine for the entire project but, the serger made it so much easier to get the results I wanted.

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At the end of our meeting, I was a little nervous about telling my husband what I had done and a couple of the ladies suggested I show him what I did to his favorite shirt in a way that would appeal to him.

I hope he likes what I did cuz’ it’s MY favorite t-shirt now!

Thanks for reading!

Jenny Gabriel alter ego: StitchinJenny