Does a blog post have to focus on one particular project, technique or idea? Maybe, but not today. Lets just have a sewing “conversation” about nothing in particular. Like an episode of Seinfeld, which was “a show about nothing”. Lets just hang around and talk. Join in with your comments.
- Pins should face the same way on a magnetic pincushion. Otherwise there’re lots of pin pricks and discomfort. Guess how I came across this gem; heh, my fingers used to be at the dangerous end of these very sharp, very thin pins until I started to face all of them one way on the magnetic pincushion. Now I pull out a pin by it’s head from one side of the pincushion. No, I’m not OCDC, just a seamstress with pin holes in my hands. Ouch.
- Pre-waxed hand sewing thread is available! Well, the picture is just a snapshot of my sewing room corner. I believe you already know that hand sewing thread should be bees-waxed and ironed (to set the wax in the thread) before hand sewing. I just found out from this YouTube account from a very nice gentleman tailor that pre-waxed and pre-cut thread lengths are available commercially, which will save some sewing time. Not sure where they can be purchased, though. Maybe a tailor’s shop? Sorry, I could not find the particular video by Mr. Jim where he mentions the pre-waxed thread. Maybe you want to browse through the videos. They are informative.
- Thread a hand sewing needle with the nap, as it is coming off the spool. Speaking of hand sewing, I’m not sure where this tip came from. So, if the tip-giver is reading this, thank you!
- Take a hammer to bulky points, usually done on jeans hems. This time I used it on that snob of a fabric called silk velvet. It worked! The other layer is cotton in this item, but the bulk at the collar/ felt neckline seam was beady and irritating, so I took an extreme measure. I hammered it into submission; do not overdo the hammering, though. Disclaimer: I DO NOT recommend it in all cases. You be the “decider” and hammer a sample first. “Decider” is a funny term; is it a legitimate term in the English language?
- Have you looked at this new blog Uh Oh Embroidery? The writer is Nicole, and I love her posts! There is little content there because it’s a brand new blog, but what’s there is terrific. Don’t you love the premise of the blog? It focuses on machine embroidery oopsies and how to save them. Non-embroiderers will also like Nicole’s fun site. Go give her some love. No, she does not pay me to say this. I just like to pass along good things.
- Which of the following is correct? a) Pressure foot b) Presser foot
- I’ve been saving this Michael Kors top for re-fashioning, but cannot focus on how or what. The sleeves are billowy and raglan, and the neckline is way too wide. I could remove the sleeves and use the embroidered sleeve border to make a stand up collar close to the neck (throwback to the 60s). That would make it a halter-like item, and I don’t do halters. Any other ideas? By the way, this belonged to one of my daughters. My daughters are a great resource for good clothing which can be re-fashioned for myself. I’m still consciously working on busting my stash, though.
- Because what’s a conversation among sewing enthusiasts without sharing a stash item? I love this silk crepe with a New York print, purchased in New York City! It is a 15 year old old stash inhabitant. Maybe it will see light of day in 2017.
Have a great rest of the summer, friends! Keep on sewin’.