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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

You Just Won a Prize!!!!

Surprise!!!  You’re a winner!!!  (I’m speaking to the 1st 25 to follow this blog and post your claim here)

UPDATE:  As of 12pm on Friday, Dec. 2nd, we have 25 confirmed winners!  We have our grand total!  See below for their names.  Congratulations Ladies!  I’m finishing up with stitching all of these out and will announce when they are ready.

Did you miss out on this contest?  No worries!  Just sign up to follow our blog via email and you’ll be among the first to know when we launch our NEXT gift-away.  (New contest coming soon!)

Steps to Win:

  • If you’re not already following, register to follow this blog by clicking on the link in our side-bar.
  • Then, contact me through making a comment on this blog post
  •  Let me know which item you want to claim – the key fob or the koozie
  • Let me know what name or letter you’d like me to custom embroider on your item
  • -Or- let me know if you want to receive it as a blank.  (A blank is an item that is ready for you to embroider yourself. )

I bet you want to see what you get, right?

Well, I decided to give you a choice between the two items pictured here.

As we get our 25 winners, I’ll get these gift-away items stitched out and over to Humble Sewing Center – Sew Vac Outlet for you to pick up.  I’ll announce when they are ready for pick-up and then you can stop by at your convenience!

Winner’s List:

  1. Tina Tran – key fob – “Tina” in blue
  2. Liz Taylor – key fob – “Liz” in green
  3. Kathy Pigg – key fob – “Maw”
  4. Terri Sexton – koozie – “T”
  5. Sandy Wilkinson – key fob “Sandy”
  6. Patty Holmes – key fob “Patty”
  7. Rosalind Dunagan – key fob “Ros”
  8. Pat Ferr – blank key fob kit “girly colors”
  9. Joyce James – key fob – “Joyce” in red
  10. Alice Anjo – key fob – “Alice”
  11. Ann Mazoch – key fob – “Ann” in blue
  12. Lee Sweeney – key fob – “Lee” in lime green
  13. Melanie Leach – key fob – “Dillan” boy colors
  14. Janetta – key fob – “Janetta” red or blue
  15. Stacie Davis – key fob- “Stacie”
  16. Carrie Meeker -key fob- “Carrie” in pink
  17. Holly Bard – key fob- “Chris” in green
  18. Evonne Cobb – key fob – “Evonne” in pink
  19. Mary Benniee – key fob – “MB”, in pink
  20. Gayle Coleman – koozie – “Gayle”, red
  21. Rose Poppwitz – key fob- “Glenn”
  22. Georgann Putnam – koozie – “G”
  23. Pamela Sugg – key fob – “Pam”
  24. Charlene Everitt – key fob – “Charlene”
  25. Liz Richardson – koozie – “L” in red or green

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

Tutorial: Personalized Mug w/ Embroidery

Personalized Mugs Make a great gift!

One of the very first things I learned to do with my embroidery machine was this quick and easy project when I attended an embroidery class at Humble Sewing Center with Instructor:  Marje Agostini.

FYI:  She’s pretty much an embroidery guru, so if you ever get the chance to attend one of her monthly Inspiration classes – you’ll have a good time, get more comfortable using your machine, and learn some neat tips & tricks for machine embroidery.

Ok, back to the mugs!  In the picture, the mug on the right was done using Marje’s instructions, except I decided to use fabric instead of kiwi paper.  If you decide to make one with fabric, just be sure to use a medium to heavy weight, fusible, cut-away permanent stabilizer.  Fuse it to the wrong side of your fabric before stitching and your fabric will behave just like the kiwi paper.

With permission, I’m posting Marje’s class instructions and a supply list for your review:

Supplies:  one 16oz. mug (available at Humble Sewing Center), one sheet of Kiwi Paper (at HSC), Peel ‘n Stick Stabilizer, Use a 4×4 or larger embroidery hoop,  16oz. Mug Template (attached to this blog post in a  link)

16oz.mug template

Note:  If you enjoyed this project and you want to order mugs in bulk, visit this link.  There is a $50 minimum order required.

http://www.discountembroideryblanks.com/1do16oztrtu.html

Let’s Get Sewing!

Jenny Gabriel – alter ego: StitchinJenny

Holiday Ruffled Apron – Lovely Hostess Gift!

Here’s a fun project that I adapted from a photograph that I saw in a magazine a while back.  This apron doesn’t take much fabric and from start to finish, only takes a few hours to make.  The color coordinating options are endless, so you could make it with a variety of fabric themes like:  Christmas, Thanksgiving, Birthday, and more!  Have fun!  And I would love to see a picture when you finish yours!

Here’s a PDF version of the tutorial I wrote for this Apron when I taught it as a class at Sew Crafty Houston (check out  my awesome illustrations!)

Holiday Ruffled Apron

Let’s get sewing!

Jenny Gabriel – alter ego:  StitchinJenny

http://www.stitchinjenny.com