Haven’t sewn a thing

Posted October 27, 2013 by causeiwanna
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I’m still here. A lot has changed over the last few months. I have another new job which is closer to home but I have a lot of training to get through and not a lot of time to sew.

I’ve also lost weight so that means fitting. Again. My TNT patterns are too big. I should start there with re-fitting.

Beginning in November 2013, I’m going to sew or fit one item per month.

Tomorrow, I’m going to buy muslin. Wish me luck :)

Can I get a woot woot!

Posted July 14, 2013 by causeiwanna
Categories: dress, muslin

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After yesterdays epic fail, today I feel like Wednesday Addams :)  Success is sweet!

simplicity 2215simplicity 2215_fbv

When I was working on Simplicity 2215, I was doing a 3 1/4 to 3 1/2 FBA based on the distance between the pattern center front and my center front.  That was too MUCH.  The bodice front looked like a cone bra

madonna-cone

and the apex was pointing everywhere but where they should

left and right

The muslin bodice of Simplicity 2886 view A fits.

simplicity 2886_fbv simplicity 2886

I would post pictures but I don’t want to show my stomach and I’m not wearing makeup and the hair is in a messy ponytail.  For this pattern, I did a 2 inch FBA and it looked fine.  I could probably do a 2 1/4 inch FBA.

Next up, the skirt of the dress.

Once I finish 2886, I will go back to 2215.  I like the dress and now that the bust fitting issue seams to be solved it won’t be as frustrating.

I’m happy with sewing again :)

Fail.

Posted July 13, 2013 by causeiwanna
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Omg! I need fitting classes again. Epic fail on a simple pattern Simplicity 2215. Trying not to be discouraged :(

Removing fabric from the Brother 2340 CV cover stitch machine

Posted July 7, 2013 by causeiwanna
Categories: Brother 2340CV, tutorial

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A couple of people have ask about the Brother 2340CV cover stitch machine and Sew-4-Fun’s tutorials.  I can’t copy her work and place it on my blog but I can do my own tutorials based on her instructions.

So here’s my first.  Click on pictures to enlarge them.

What you’ll need:  Allen wrench that come with the machine and a pair of scissors.

Brother 2340 CV cover stitch machine. allen wrench and scissors

Brother 2340 CV cover stitch machine. allen wrench and scissors

1.  By hand, turn the hand wheel FORWARD (towards you) until the needle is in the highest position.  Do NOT turn the hand wheel backwards!  This method works only if you turn the hand wheel FORWARD.

Brother 2340 CV cover stitch machine. turn handwheel forward TOWARD YOU

Brother 2340 CV cover stitch machine. turn handwheel forward TOWARD YOU

2.  Place your fingernail behind one of the needle threads above the presser foot.

Brother 2340 CV cover stitch machine.  fingernail behind thread

Brother 2340 CV cover stitch machine. fingernail behind thread

3.  With your other hand push the tension lever for the same needle thread and pull the thread forward for several inches.

Brother 2340 CV cover stitch machine. first needle tension lever

Brother 2340 CV cover stitch machine. first needle tension lever

4. Repeat step 3 for the other needle threads.

Brother 2340 CV cover stitch machine. both threads pulled forward

Brother 2340 CV cover stitch machine. both threads pulled forward

5.  Lift the presser foot.  Using the Allen wrench (Allen Key) that came with the machine, swipe the Allen wrench under the presser foot, from the BACK TO THE FRONT.  This pulls the needle threads underneath the presser foot.

Brother 2340 CV cover stitch machine. allen wrench under presser foot

Brother 2340 CV cover stitch machine. allen wrench under presser foot

Brother 2340 CV cover stitch machine. allen wrench pulling needle threads underneath presser foot

Brother 2340 CV cover stitch machine. allen wrench pulling needle threads underneath presser foot

6. Cut the needle threads near the Allen wrench (Allen Key).  This isn’t how I cut the thread put you get the point :)

Brother 2340 CV cover stitch machine. cutting threads near allen wrench

Brother 2340 CV cover stitch machine. cutting threads near allen wrench

7. With one hand pull the fabric BACKWARDS, out from underneath the presser foot, WHILE pushing the tension lever for the looper with your other hand.  The needle threads will automatically pull to the wrong side.

pulling fabric backwards

looper thread still attached

Brother 2340 CV cover stitch machine. looper tension lever

Brother 2340 CV cover stitch machine. looper tension lever

8. Cut your looper thread and tie off your threads.  Your machine is now ready to start stitching again.

cut looper thread

two needle threads and looper thread

I hope this helps.

Here’s a pdf of this post.  I would print it out for my library.  You never know when blog posts disappear :)  Brother 2340 CV Cover stitch machine – Removing Fabric

Sewing Pattern Cabinet

Posted June 29, 2013 by causeiwanna
Categories: Sewing

I bought a sewing pattern cabinet.

simplicity pattern cabinet

simplicity pattern cabinet

I have 344 patterns.

sewing pattern cabinet drawer1 lite

sewing pattern cabinet drawer 2 lite

They fit in 1 1/4 drawers.  I’m so happy I have the cabinet.  I’ve been wanting one for a long time.

Original Sewing & Quilt Expo – March 8, 2013

Posted March 10, 2013 by causeiwanna
Categories: Atlanta, bra, Conference

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Day 2

band

band

All I’d plan to buy was three more pieces of lace.  Of course, I got more than lace :)

Here are all of the pieces of lace I’ve purchase over the last two days.

brown navy black lace

brown navy black lace

Black – day 2 purchase.  Navy and Brown  -day 1 purchase

white red plum lace

white red plum lace

Plum and white – day 2 purchase, red – day 1 purchase

Lace pieces

Lace pieces

I couldn’t resist these pieces of lace.  I can just see then as embellishments for a bra.  All lace was purchased from Luc Smiers Fine French Laces www.cottonlace.com

Jalie 2921 and Christine Jonson 1219

Jalie 2921 and Christine Jonson 1219

jacket sleeve interfacing

jacket sleeve interfacing

I bought these two patterns Jalie 2921 and christine Jonson no. 1219.  I’ve wanted Jalie 2921 pattern ever since I saw all of the reviews on patternreview.  Christine Jonson no. 1219.  This looks like an easy summer wardrobe.  I purchased these patterns from Carol Steinbrecher for Conselle.    I also purchased a yard of this interfacing.  Carol uses it on jacket sleeve hems.

I’m done with the expo for this year.  I noticed at lot of sewing vendors did not attend this year.  I hope this isn’t the shape of things to come otherwise they should rename it the Original Quilt Expo.

Original Sewing & Quilt Expo – Atlanta March 7, 2013

Posted March 9, 2013 by causeiwanna
Categories: Atlanta, Conference, Sewing Equipment

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band

This year, I decided not to attend classes and concentrate on buying sewing notions.  The expo had plenty of notions for quilters but very little for garment sewers.   I did find a few things.  Click on photo to enlarge the photo.

buttonhole cutter

buttonhole cutter

seam guide and buttonhole cutter

seam guide and buttonhole cutter

Vendor – A Fine Notion Texas  I’ve been wanting a buttonhole cutter for a while but I’ve always hesitated to buy one because of shipping costs.  This set contains a buttonhole cutter knife, circular cutter punch and hardwood cutting block for $7.95.  Score!  One can never have too many seam gauges.  This one is much larger than my favorite seam guide.  I’m eager to try it.

Seam Allowance Curve

Seam Allowance Curve

Vendor – Carol Steinbrecher for Conselle/Style Solutions www.stylesolutionsllc.com

I’ve seen this Seam Allowance curve on etsy.com and Shams blogged about it.  I bought the 5/8″ ruler.

microtip scissors and  finger light

microtip scissors and finger light

Vendor – Scissors Man www.famorecutlery.com I bought a second pair of micro tip scissors and a finger light. I’ll give a review of the finger light later.

steel thread spool holder

steel thread spool holder

Vendor – Marathon thread Guy www.marathonthread.com I have a plastic Dritz cone thread holder and I haven’t been happy with it. It’s very filmsy.  This thread holder is heavy and solid.

3 stretch laces for bra sewing

3 stretch laces for bra sewing

Lace vendor – Luc Smiers Fine French Laces www.cottonlace.com  The website doesn’t show a lot of the Stretch Tulle Net Lace but that’s what I bought.  This is my most exciting purchase!  I couldn’t believe I found lace similar to what I’ve seen Sigrid use on her beautiful bras.  I bought a yard each.  I’m seriously thinking of going back tomorrow to buy more. Woo-hoo!

closeup red lace

closeup red lace

closeup blue lace

closeup blue lace


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