Posted March 17, 2018, 12:47 pm
I’m so excited to share my first project with you! New to sewing, only 2 months in, I thought it would be kind of awesome for you to follow along as I tackle this new venture. I probably won’t know a lot of answers if you have questions but will make sure to connect with my peers to get you answers. So on to the project!
With tons of guidance from my co-worker, A.K.A. the Sewing Guru, I created this beautiful art piece just in time for St. Patty’s Day! I’m calling it ‘Sew Lucky to Hang on my Wall’. I used the SINGER SE340 Legacy Embroidery and Sewing Machine, and let me just say this is not a machine for beginners BUT with help from an advanced sewist this machine is amazing!!!
Before I got to the fun part of embroidering, I had to do some prep work. First, I had to adhere (by pressing) interfacing to my pre-cut fabric, this was done to stabilize the loosely woven fabric. I used a linen as the base and a regular cotton weight for my applique design.
Next, I hooped my base fabric with stabilizer underneath, the stabilizer helped my fabric from puckering as it embroidered. Then, I set my hooped fabric up on the machine to start embroidering.
My Sewing Guru highly recommended that I first embroider the text because this would help me decide placement and size of my applique design. So, I typed in the text, chose my size and location and voila’ the machine was ready to do the work. So easy!
I had to embroider the 2 words separately as they were different fonts and sizes, and I wanted them placed above one another.
After the text was complete, I placed my 4 leaf clover where I wanted it using fusible web and sewed it on using a zig-zag stitch.
Sewing on the clover was a bit tricky as there were a lot of curves and corners, but the Sewing Guru advised that I take it slowly and ensure my needle was down when I needed to pivot (it took me removing the stitches a few times and starting over before I got it right).
All in all, I think my first project turned out pretty amazing and I can’t wait to take on another project!
Posted March 16, 2018, 7:41 pm
Have you ever wondered how to use those “fancy” stitches on your sewing machine for quilts? You know what to do with basic stitches like straight stitch or zigzag, but what about all those decorative stitches? After taking a closer look at this quilt, you just might be inspired with some fresh new ways of looking at your machine’s decorative stitches and giving them a try for yourself!
This quilt features an appliqued tree design with lots of multi-colored leaves and a few birds. These elements were stitched to the base fabric with various methods of machine applique. But, before these elements were appliqued to the base fabric, most were first transformed by being embellished with decorative machine stitching!
Here’s What You’ll Need:
- Assorted decorative threads: Rayon, 30 weight cotton, all-purpose, variegated, etc.
- Tear-away stabilizer to help stabilize fabric for decorative machine stitching
- Satin Stitch Foot or Open Toe Foot* for sewing dense decorative stitches
- Darning/Embroidery Foot** for free-motion sewing
- Assorted cotton fabrics for creating the appliques
- Fusible web and fabric spray adhesive for affixing appliques to base fabric
*The Satin Stitch Foot or Open Toe Foot may be and optional purchase for some machine models.
**The Darning/Embroidery Foot may be an optional purchase for some machine models. Check your manual for information.
Tip #1: Notice that some of the leaves were made using a print fabric, without any added embellishment. Other leaves have a striped pattern, enhanced with contrast stitching. Still other leaves were simply basic, solid colored fabric, but changed with the addition of multiple rows of decorative stitching. Use various stitches and thread colors, combined in countless ways, to create all sorts of different looks depending on the effect you want.
Tip #2: Use a light, tear-away stabilizer under the fabric to help prevent dense stitching from puckering. It’s best to use either a Satin Foot or an Open Toe Foot for decorative stitching. Both of these feet have a “groove” on the underside, allowing the dense stitching to pass freely underneath without getting stuck. Find out more about using these presser feet at www.singerstore.com.
Tip #3: The “tree” and the bird’s “wing” are appliqued to the main fabric with the satin stitch applique method. Set the machine for the zigzag stitch. Reduce the stitch length so that no fabric shows between the stitches, but make sure the stitches aren’t too close together so that they don’t feed. It’s a good idea to test your stitch on a scrap first, to fine tune the stitch for the specific thread you are using. Secure appliques in place with fusible web or temporary fabric spray adhesive so they don’t shift while stitching.
Tip #4: The leaves are sewn to the main fabric with the blind stitch applique method, which is done by first turning and pressing the raw edges under, then using the machine’s blind stitch to sew the appliques in place. Set the machine for the blind hem stitch. Thread the bobbin with all-purpose thread. Use monofilament nylon thread in the top of the machine so the blind hem stitches will be invisible.
Tip #5: To quilt the layers together, convert the machine to free-motion sewing mode. If your machine has Drop Feed, lower the feed teeth. If your machine does not have Drop Feed, place a Darning Plate over the feed teeth. Remove the All-Purpose Foot and presser foot holder. Attach a Darning/Embroidery Foot. Learn more about this presser foot at www.singerstore.com.
Posted March 12, 2018, 4:37 pm
Really excited today to bring you my first impressions of the SINGER ® LEGACY™ SE300 Sewing Machine
First a few points about the machine:
It’s a combination embroidery machine and regular sewing machine. As far as operating as standard machine, it’s brilliant. Runs smooth, has tons of great features. But today I want to talk to you specifically about the embroidery function of this machine.
Now, I don’t have any experience with embroidery machines, but I have a passion for embellishments and knew that this was an avenue of sewing that I definitely wanted to explore.
First thing I did was watch a series of videos on the SINGER® Sewing Company youtube channel. I found these videos incredibly helpful. I’m a visual learner and while I can appreciate a user manual, these videos answered every question I had.
The SINGER ® LEGACY™ SE300 Sewing Machine comes included with embroidery design information sheets that tell you all the colours you need, stitching order, design sizes, etc. These are an incredibly useful reference tool.
Beside the information sheets, I plan on keeping a small journal of my embroidery journey. Writing down notes on designs, stabilizers, thread types, etc. I would love to include photos of the designs stitched out. There are so many different combinations, photos would be very helpful to look back on. I also think that having a little notepad would be a fun way to document what I’ve learned along the way!
I asked a friend who had some experience with embroidery and took her suggestion of using purchasing some thread design specifically for embroidery. I feel like it made a difference in the quality of the stitching!
*Another tip I have was to make sure to trim your jump stitches in between colour changes, this prevents possible thread tangles that could jam up your machine.
The entire process with very user friendly and made it easy to get started. After hooping up my fabric and stabilizer, I chose my design, thread up the first colour, and pressed start! It stitched through everything, telling me when to switch colours and when to trim threads.
It is such a fun process to see what you have imagined in your head stitch out on your fabric right before your eyes! Overall I’ve really enjoyed using this machine. I have so many projects planned for the future, and I can’t wait to share it all with you!
Make sure to follow along at www.thelittleststudio.com
Posted February 19, 2018, 9:21 pm
Create a custom collar and leash to suit the personality of your special pup.
This project also includes a matching key pouch for you to carry your keys (or those necessary plastic bags!) while walking your canine.
¼ yard fabric
¼ yard fusible interfacing
One 6” nylon coil zipper
All-purpose sewing thread
3 yards of 1” wide webbing (for leash)
One 1” D-ring
One 1” parachute clip buckle
One 1” swivel clasp
One swivel hook on chain
Two 3/16” eyelets, plus attaching tool
One ¾”-1” diameter split ring
¼ yard of ⅛” wide ribbon (for the zipper pull)
Liquid seam sealant
Posted February 9, 2018, 7:47 pm
Tiny treat bags embellished with stitches and ribbons hold just the right amount of goodies for your sweetheart!
- Various cotton fabric scraps – each bag needs 3½” x 10”
- Drawstring cord (rattail cord, ribbon, etc.) – 12” for each bag
- Two 5” pieces of ⅜” wide ribbon (optional – see Step 12)
- All-purpose thread
- Machine embroidery thread (optional)
- Double sided fusible web
- Water-soluble fabric marker
- Tear-away stabilizer
- Safety pin