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Using the 1/4″ Foot & other Accessories to Make Quilted Place Mats

Holiday Placemats

In the holiday spirit of trying to bust my fabric stash……  I decided to use up some remnants of Christmas fabric and make my family some much needed table decor.  Behold, the Quilted Place Mat!

For those of you who are only here because you’d like to see some tips for using the 1/4″ foot and other accessories, I’m putting those video links just after these remarks.  The details about the place mat tutorial are found just below the video links.

Video Links:

1/4″ Presser Foot

Ditch Stitching Foot

Quilting Guide Bar

Place Mat Tutorial:  (Makes Four 18×13 Mats)

Supplies:  1/4 yard of four coordinating fabrics for front of mat, 7/8 yard of fabric for backing, 7/8 yard of fusible fleece or preferred low-loft batting (I used 987F Pellon), 1 to 2 spools of coordinating thread

Cutting:

Cut 4 rectangles of each 1/4 yard fabric,(9 & 3/4" x 7 & 1/4") and arrange as desired for place mat front.

Also cut:  4 rectangles of backing and 4 rectangles of fusible fleece, (18 & 1/2″ x 13 & 1/2″)

Use the 1/4" foot to sew the front pieces together with a 1/4" seam.

Fabric A is joined to Fabric B. Fabric C is joined to Fabric D.

Press Fabric AB's seam one direction. Press Fabric CD's seam the opposite direction.

Lay fabric AB on top of Fabric CD, aligning the seams.

Pin at the seam and sew AB to CD. Don't take the pins out until your needle is a millimeter away. (This helps prevent fabric shifting.)

Press the seam open.

Fuse the fusible fleece to the wrong side of your place mat topper.

Lay the place mat topper on top of the place mat backing fabric with right sides together.

Sew around the perimeter with a 1/4″ seam allowance, leaving an opening for turning right side out.

Clip the corners diagonally and turn right side out.  Use a point turner to shape the corners.

Press your place mat. Turn under the remaining seam allowance at the opening and pin closed.

Choose a decorative stitch and sew around the border of your place mat. This will also close the opening.

Use your ditch stitching foot to stitch the center and cross wise seams of your mat with a decorative stitch.

You can also use your quilting guide bar to help you stitch rows of parallel lines across your mat, etc.

Repeat all steps for remaining mats. Enjoy!

Thanks for reading!

P.S.  We still need 2 more winners for the free stocking pattern.  See the bottom of post at this link for more info.: Stockings

Let’s Get Sewing!

Jenny Gabriel – alter ego:  StitchinJenny

Sewing Room Make-over

Note to all visitors:  Our 1st Gift Give-Away is winding down but, there’s still a few chances left for you to win!  Click this link and be a winner!  Please?  Gift Give-Away

SEWING ROOM MAKE-OVER

Having a sewing/crafting room all to yourself that is truly just for you, is a real luxury.  Sometimes this is achieved by the joint efforts of a husband-wife team.  And, sometimes, it must be achieved slowly, over time, in stealth mode…..

Over a period of about 4 years, I slowly overpowered an entire room of our home with all of my sewing/crafting supplies.  This was a deliberate process.  At first I started out with putting a regular computer desk into our spare bedroom.  This desk often did double duty as a sewing table, but it was just too high to use comfortably.  So, eventually I “had” to bring in an official sewing desk.

Before: Functional, but Drab

Then, it became difficult for me to prepare meals in my kitchen because my large counter-top was also my fabric cutting area.  So, I “needed” to buy a fold-away cutting table and large rotary cutting mat.

Before: Naked Cutting Table & lots of storage underneath

Anyway, having a room all to yourself is a real treat.  But having one that is decked out with your own personal touches is even better!

So, here are a few pictures of my room AFTER I decided I would also use it for teaching sewing lessons.  I really enjoy using this space for teaching classes and for creating my own projects as well.

AFTER: Same Room, Lots of Changes...

AFTER: Cutting Table - wearing a skirt (still storing stuff underneath!)

StitchinJenny In-Home Sewing Studio w/ White & Green Arrow Sewing Cabinets

If you like these cabinets, you can get them at Humble Sewing Center.  Note:  I added the skirt to the white one.  You can check out more from Arrow by clicking this link:  Arrow 

As you can see, I like “cute” looking vintage decor.  By the way, if you look at the 1st “Before” photo, there is a dark brown chair with a piece of blue fabric draped over it’s back.  That chair was once my Grandmother’s and I have since painted it pink and re-upholstered it to go better with my pistachio green sewing desk.  I think she’d like it…

Even though I absolutely love this room, I can understand if the pink and green theme may not be quite your preference.  So, I am posting a short video clip of our beloved, Nancy Zieman, giving us an inside peek at her personal sewing room aka “Dream Sewing Studio by Koala.”   It is VERY classy and amazing.

Gotta mention:  Humble Sewing Center is also a dealership for Koala and they always have some great deals.  For more dream room options from Koala, just click this link:  Koala

Happy viewing, shopping, sewing, and crafting!

Let’s get sewing!

Jenny Gabriel – alter ego:  StitchinJenny

p.s.  Have you entered our give-away yet?  There’s a contest link at the top of this blog post.  Yep!  Way up there!

One Step T-Shirt Makeovers

Designer Necklines

Today’s post is one of True Confessions.  True confessions about things I buy and then take forever to get around to using.

I bought this design package at the BabyLock event that Humble Sewing Center hosted last April.  What a fun event!  Nancy Zieman came to town and this was one of the items she showcased during her presentation.  Well, I just had to have it!

So, my confession is that it is now the end of November and today is the first time I even opened the package.  But, I am happy to say that not only did I open it, I actually used it, too!

This design package is loaded with all the needed designs, step by step instructions and a 30min video tutorial.  (If you’d like your own copy, Humble Sewing Center can order this item for you.)

I’m posting a short video demo here, but before that I have just a few pictures to share!

My Shirt Before

My Shirt After!

Close-Up of Shirt Using the Placket Option

This project was so fun and VERY easy!  I plan to make more of these and use the other design options.

Here’s a short video demo from our favorite seamster:  Nancy Zieman!

ATTENTION:   The contest for the freebies is almost over.  Click here to get in on some goodies!  Gift Give-Away

Let’s get sewing!

Jenny Gabriel – alter ego:  StitchinJenny

One-of-a-kind Zippers with Help from Babylock Sergers

Serger Workshop DVD with Nancy Zieman

Did everybody survive the Black Friday shopping mayhem?  Hopefully you found all the best deals and knocked out a lot of your shopping list!  I didn’t go out.  Instead I started making some gifts that would also serve to bust my fabric stash.

And, I saw something new from Nancy Zieman that is designed to help you get more comfortable with your serger.  It’s a Serger Workshop & DVD that Humble Sewing Center can order for you.

Now, if you prefer in person lessons, I’m your girl.  Click here to contact me about an appointment:  StitchinJenny

Anyway, Nancy Zieman shares a clip of her new dvd and I’m posting it here.  Gotta tell you, it knocked me right on my rear.  It’s showing a truly one-of-a-kind way to embellish your zippers that only the upper-line BabyLock sergers can do.  I’m now experiencing serger envy!!!  My old serger is a faithful friend and serves me very well but, she just can’t do this exclusive WAVE stitch from Babylock……   Technically, I could force my machine to do this stitch, but it’s kind of tricky to get it to turn out consistently or even pretty without using a BabyLock to do it.

Soooo, check out this clip!  I’m thinking of all the bags I make that could benefit from this embellishment technique….   Oh sigh!  Some day!

P.S.  Our very first Gift Give-Away now has 13 out of 25 winners!  It’s not too late to get in on the winnings so click this link and follow the steps to win:

Gift Give-Away Contest!

Let’s Get Sewing!

Jenny Gabriel – alter ego:  StitchinJenny

What is a Serger & why would I want one???

I recently put up a blog post with some shopping tips for sewing machines, embroidery machines, and also sergers.  An old friend, new to sewing, asked me for some more information about sergers, so I decided to shed some light on these mystery machines here.

A few samples of decorative stitches done by serger.

Short Answer:

On the practical side, a serger is a machine that people use to finish seams with a professional looking stitch. (Look inside of what you’re wearing right now. The seam was probably done with a serger.)

The serger has a built in blade and lets you trim the seam allowance, stitch the seam, and overcast the raw edge simultaneously so you get done much quicker than with a conventional sewing machine.

They also do decorative stitches that sewing machines cannot do and they have special settings that make it easier to sew on knits and tricky fabrics. If you’re just getting started sewing, you probably won’t need one of these right away.

Video Clip Answer:

As you may have figured out, I’m a fan of Nancy Zieman’s show, “Sewing with Nancy,” and I like to post some of her video clips here.  In the clip below, Nancy does a great job of showcasing the “Queen of all Sergers,” the Babylock Evolution.  Even though I don’t have the Evolution, watching the clip just now, reminds me why I love my trusty serger so much!

Oh, and if you’re brand new to serging, a really good book to get is:  Ready, Set, Serge  by:  Georgie Melot

Ready,Set, Serge by: Georgie Melot

It’s full of easy projects that also make great gifts.

Humble Sewing Center carries this one and you can find it online as well.

http://www.nancysnotions.com/product/ready+set+serge+book.do#

Enjoy!
Let’s Get Sewing!
Jenny Gabriel – alter ego: StitchinJenny

Holiday Home Decor: Christmas Tree Skirt

Last year sometime before Christmas, I found a really neat video of Nancy Zieman making a custom tree skirt using jumbo fusible piping.  I followed her tips, made my own, and took it on a photo shoot with my Sew Crafty Houston friends.   (I also made the banner with my embroidery machine and a fun applique font, but that’s for another post.)

    Crafty Holidays & Good Friends!

Photo By: Laura Burlton

Photo By: Laura Burlton

Here’s my tree skirt under our crafty stuff:

You can’t see much of it here, but watch Nancy’s video and you’ll get a better view of the skirt and some helpful how-to tips.  I’m also attaching a link at the bottom of this post so you can buy her tutorial and pattern if you want step by step instruction.

http://www.nancysnotions.com/product/how+to+sew+a+simple+christmas+tree+skirt+guide.do

Let’s Get Sewing!

Jenny Gabriel – alter ego:  StitchinJenny

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

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

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.

Introducing the New Baby Lock Ellisimo Gold

Baby Lock recently introduced a new Ellisimo Gold.  New features in the Ellisimo include color visualization and the on screen designer. You can also resize embroidery designs on the Ellisimo Gold up 200% and down 60% while adjusting the density for the perfect embroidery.

Introducing the Ellisimo Gold from Baby Lock from Tacony Corporation on Vimeo.