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Original Sewing & Quilt Expo – Atlanta March 7, 2013

March 9, 2013


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

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

microtip scissors and  finger light

microtip scissors and finger light

Vendor – Scissors Man 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 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  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

Brother 2340CV Cover Stitch Machine

May 6, 2011

I finally got a chance to play with the new member of the sewing family.  (click on the photos for a larger image)

She arrived yesterday from Ken’s Sewing & Vacuum Center in great shape despite the tornadoes in Alabama and Georgia.   You know, it’s kinda hard to deliver a package when areas of the state has been devastated.   This machine is a customer return which cost $319 and is still under warrenty!  Whoo-hoo!

I unpacked the box and began re-threading the machine from scratch.  For me, that’s the best way to learn how to thread a machine.  I did the same thing when I bought my serger and I have no problem threading it.   In no time, I had the machine re-threaded.  The machine came with a sample of the tri-cover stitch(three needles/four threads cover stitch).  I removed it and tried to sew and….nothing!  No stitching at all.  I checked the needle threading on all three needles and everything was okay then I checked the looper  threading and found the problem.  I forgot to lock the looper in place.  That was an easy fix 🙂  I was up and running in no time.

In the photo above, on the right was the sample stitching that came with the machine.  On the left, is my first stitching sample.  Sweet!

Here’s the back.  On the LEFT was the sample stitching that came with the machine.  On the RIGHT, is my first stitching sample.

Up next, removing the fabric.  Now, I’d researched this machine before I decided to buy it.  I test drove the Janome 1000CPX and this machine.  I’d read the reviews of both machines on Pattern Review.  Some people really hate the Brother 2340CV machine because doesn’t automatically release the thread tension when you lift the presser foot.  I had my doubts about the machine when I went to a local sewing machine dealer on a Saturday and couldn’t get the machine to work for me and the sales person was so busy with industrial machine customers that he couldn’t spend time to help me.  If the Janome and Brother machines were the same price, I would have purchased the Janome but the $300 difference in price had me doing a little more thinking.  I studied the tutorials from Sew-4-Fun and decided I could figure this out.

See the paper to the right of the machine?





These instructions will be a permanent part of my sewing library.  It was so freaking easy to remove the fabric.  I’m so happy!   I’m also very tired.  So tired that I didn’t get a chance to play with this.

Oh well,  at least I have it. 

I’ve gathered all of my knit scraps to practice.   I know I want to re-hem Simplicity 2598.  I have a good deal of knit material so I think I will be doing more sewing.     Hey, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it 🙂

I can now check off one more item on my sewing wish list  with this purchase.

To all the mothers (biological, adoptive, of the heart) of the world, have a Happy Mother’s Day on Sunday.

2010 ASG Conference – What I bought

September 6, 2010

I budgeted $80 to spend at the conference.  My rational was I only had a few hours on Friday to shop and I didn’t really need anything.  Ha!  Whatever..

1. Cutting Line Designs Easy, Ageless Cool pattern & elastic 2. button lanyard from Tennessee ASG chapter

3. Japanese pins (Susan Khalje), silk basting thread, rubber thimble 4. ? thread and silk thread

5 &6 Sewline kit making tools

I could have easily bought three times as much stuff.  I do plan to buy Japanese needles from Susan Khalje.  I wish I’d bought the book Initimately Yours-Bras that Fit and a bra kit.  I couldn’t take the bra making class but I’m very interested in making my own bras.

ETA. I bought the book Intimately Yours-Bras that Fit.  I’ve been reading it for days.  Today, I bought my THIRD sewing machine.  A Singer Creative Touch Fashion Machine 1030.  I bought it for $25 at the Goodwill store.  It’s not in great shape but it sews a three stitch zig-zag stitch.  That’s my rationale and I’m sticking to it 🙂

Hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day.

Review – Full Busted? Sew clothes that Fit!

March 26, 2010

One of the advantages of going to the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo this year was talking to other members of the Atlanta chapter of the American Sewing Guild.  I don’t know the lady’s name but she was manning the chapter booth and she highly recommended the DVD Full Busted?  Sew clothes That Fit! featuring Marta Alto.  This is an awesome DVD…really!

DVD cover - from

After watching this video, I’m going to give tissue fitting another try.  I’m a visual learner when it comes to sewing.  Marta Alto goes through the steps of Full Bust Adjustments (FBA)  on herself and three other models.  Anyone who has the book Fit for Real People will recognize the basic steps of a FBA however the DVD  goes into more detail.

If I’d known of this  DVD  last year, I would have save myself many hours of frustration.

I highly recommend it.

Day One: The Original Sewing & Quilt Expo Atlanta, Georgia

March 11, 2010

Thursday March 11, 2010

Day One

Rain + Atlanta traffic + 9 am class = Late to Class

My first class was The Gap! which was taught by Peggy Sagers of Silhouette Patterns. This was a great class which taught me more about draping and fit. It wasn’t a draping class but I could understand the principles of draping now that I’ve been sewing for over a year. I missed part of the class but I had a few “ah-ha” moments. I’ll be using my French curve a lot more. Peggy explained that most gaps are due to L, C or D. L=length, C=Circumference or D=depth (dart). L,C, D is also the sequence of making adjustments. Add or subtract length, then circumference then depth. It was a one hour class.

This was the only class I’d preregistered for the day. After her class, I signed up for another class she was teaching at 2:30pm. I then went into the Exhibit Hall. Because I’d attended Expo last year, I made a list of things I wanted to buy and put the list on my Blackberry. There were more exhibitors who catered to quilters but there were some vendors who had items for garment sewers. The first place I went was to Golden Hands Industries, Inc. (800-998-1392). Last year, I bought a tailor board, this year I bought I ham holder for $22.95.  I can take that off my sewing wish list.

Next, I went to the Silhouette Patterns booth and bought two DVD’s. Success from the Start and Achieving great fit through Muslins. They had a special if you bought the Success from the Start DVD, you got one pattern free so I chose pattern #700, Alex’s blouse. The pictures don’t do the patterns justice. I learned this because I watched the fashion show. What a difference! $74.10

I visited the Gadgets Galore at Thread and ( and bought the New & Improved 3-in-1 Color Tool by Joen Wolfrom. This tool was mention on Beth’s blog, The Rusty Bobbin: Inklings. I liked her idea so I had to have one.$16.95

The next class began at 2:30pm…I wasn’t late for that one :). Making Sheers Simple was also taught by Peggy Sagers. She had 3 great tips for sewing with sheers. I have a few sheer fabrics so I’m going to use her tips in the spring to make summer tops. That was my day. I came home and watched the DVD’s. I still don’t know about my blouse. Something is wrong but I don’t know how to fix.

So here’s the haul ….

Sewing Wish List

  1. Large rotary cutting mat
  2. Personalized tags
  3. Ham holders
  4. Sleeve board and cover
  5. Take a fitting class
  6. Narrow Folding table
  7. Coverstitch machine

I’m going back to Expo tomorrow for more classes. Hopefully, I’ll learn something that will help me with blouse patterns.

Well… look at this!

January 15, 2010

This post was supposed to show up on my blog on Monday.  What can I say…operator error.

I decided it was time to brave the snow and ice and actually walk to my mailbox.  I know.  I know.  If you’re in the northeast or mid-west portion of the United States then you’re laughing at the 1 to 1 1/2 inches of snow  but snow is fine, ice  isn’t.  Anyway, I went to my mailbox and here’s what arrived.

I love it.  The original “How Much Fabric Reference Cards” are going directly into my wallet.  I know I’ll use it again and again. I buy fabric for an item from a specific pattern but I haven’t been sewing enough to know exactly how much fabric I need for say jackets or pants in general.  I either buy too much or too little when I guess.  I know these cards will change that.  The cards are in my purse.  Gwen is a genius!

Two new presser feet

July 22, 2009
Bernina old style presser feet #12 & 16

Bernina old style presser feet #12 & 16

I’ve wanted a piping presser foot for about a year now. Why? Check out Carolyn’s blog and search piping.  She uses this embellishment with the skill of a master.  I’m soooo not there yet.  Today, I treated myself to Bernina 12 Tricot foot which is a piping foot and I also bought Bernina 16 wide gathering foot.  Number 16 was used so I got it at a great price.   I consider my new purchases as tools and with some practice I will create some wonderful garments like Carolyn’s.  Stay tuned.

Janome 7034D Serger

April 17, 2009

My new serger the Janome 7034D Magnolia.

7034D Magnolia

7034D Magnolia

I bought it from Ashby Sewing Machine Company yesterday.  There are no reviews of this machine in so I had to make the decision on my own …which was fine.  This machine along with a Pfaff  serger was on sale for $199.00.  I chose the 7034D based on the way the machine performed overlock stitches, changed to rolled hem (remove a needle, disengage upper knife, slide a button forward, engage upper knife, turn the dial for stitch width to R), the number of available attachments ,  reputation of Janome machines and the when I asked the sales woman which machine would she buy she selected the Janome.

The pictures below contains the equipment that came with the serger.

Unopened Box

Unopened Box

Serger and foot control

Serger and foot control

Instruction book, Foot control, accessories

Instruction book, Foot control, accessories

The serger ships from the factory pre threaded but of course I wanted to thread the thing from scratch.  I would highly recommend buying floss threader to thread the lower looper.  Floss threaders are cheap and will save you hours of frustration.  It didn’t take me long to thread the serger.  Once threaded, I was good to go.  The 4 thread overlock and rolled hem were perfect.  I’m very happy with my purchase.

I can’t sew this weekend so I’ll post more pictures next week.