Sunday, April 19

Smoke coming out of the machines!

This weekend I had a sewing spree and I made Sven ánd both of the Featherweights work for their money. Baking DD had some requests for starters.
She makes her tea with fresh leaves instead of teabags and uses a French press.
She needed a cosy. I immedeately showed her pictures of fancy cozy wraps but no...she had her heart set on a simple one.
So....after some measuring and a sample of ugly fabric...
Now, I can do a better pic that that. It looks like a silly hat this way! A bit more effort here please!
Ahhhh, much better!
Another request was a new shoppingbag. Her fav one was really worn out.
I duplicated that one but..more fancy if I say so myself
 Ikea plastic "fabric" on the outside, gingham inside and shoulder-as well as hand handles, just as Baking DD wanted.

 Next up some bags the Feathers needed to make for themselves. I do NOT trust the case's handles nor latches. After some research online I came across a picture of a bag looking like this:
( I do want to give credit, but cannot find the picture again..)
The bag stays on, latches are free so there's no need to take it of since the case can be opened easily. Extra benefit is that the case itself is protected too, from bumping (me with the hoover e.g. LOL)
The bags are lined with leftover batting and more not that pretty fabric.
I can carry the Feather on my shoulder, ánd in my hand; handles are long ánd short enough. Room for book too :)
Each Feather sewed it's own bag ofcourse...
Sewed some mini quilts/blocks too, but I'll save that for another time!
Time to give the machines some rest (I think I heard Sven panting) and to watch the Moto GP (Go Valentino Rossi!!)

Edit: found the "founder of the bag". You can find her blogpost here .

Tuesday, April 14

Hitting the road!

Last sunday C, Quilting DD and I, set the alarms and we headed off to a quiltshow/market. It has been a while since the three of us went on a trip, so we were looking forward to it! The show was in DD 's vicinity so C and I picked her up on the way.
First thing we did was check out the coffee and applepie stall and then we went for the quilts.
Let them speak for themselves!

 We really liked the next one. In particular how this quilter used a light patterned fabric for the setting triangles so it kind of flowed to the busy border. The fabrics were all French Provence.Very nice!
On the way back to the car, I saw pavement spools :) DD said it was hobby deformation.
Did we have a nice day? Sure we had!!

Monday, April 6

Singer featherweight sleeve tutorial

A few days off and not that great weather makes one productive. I wanted to sew a protective sleeve for the sewingbed of the featherweight. Searched the internet for a tutorial, measurments etc. but found zip. So I had to tackle that myself and while doing so, i thought other featherweight owners might want to sew a similar item...tadaa a tutorial by yours truly!
Here's how I did it :First I wrapped the Feather in dressmaking paper, top and bottom

Then I pulled out a piece of really ugly fabric to make a prototype

I came up with this pattern eventually. I can't make pdf files, so you have to draw your own, with the measurements written on the pattern.

Cut three: one outer fabric, one inner and add 1/4 " seamallowance and one fusible fleece without the seamallowance. The pattern is without seams!!

 Iron the fleece on the outer fabric.
Flip one side up and sew this side

 Box the corner a tiny bit, 1/4 " is quite enough
 Repeat to the othe side and sew the inner fabric the same way. You'll get two sleeves. Slide them inside eachother, right sites together and sew all around, leaving a gap on the upper side for turning.
 align the seams!

Turn, topstitch and you're done!
 My sleeve has one longer flap and that's not just for protection

 You can slide it under your machine to use it as a threadcatcher, or to put your gear in, while sewing.
 I added some velcro so I can use it with my machine mat . The mat can be used with Sven too and since Sven is a lot heavier and bigger, I can't put the threadcather underneath him, hence the velcro...
 Questions? Something not explained clear enough? Feel free to ask :)
Meanwhile I'm very pleased with my sleeve (and myself i might add haha)

Tuesday, March 31

Another job done!

I like making small quilts and usually there are 3 on the wall in my sewingroom.
The "designs" change according to seasons although the christmasquilts lasted 'till june last year :)
I pulled out "spring" the other day and once again I was annoyed by the way everything was stored
All rolled up together in an old bedsheet I pinned together.
Time to re-arrange and tackle another chore.
In no time I had something looking like this:
Flipped picture, but you'll get the idea. A bag per season/theme and on the back of the label I wrote down what quilts are inside. I even made a bag for all the rods I use.
I basicly sewed tubes and tight the ends with a hair elastic. I do need to buy new elastics to tie my hair, since I used all I had.

This little project was an excellent occasion to try a big threadcone. My Husq can be very picky about thread, so before ordering a very expensive big Precensia cone, Í'd better testdrive.

Sven, the Husq didn't even know it was there and didn't skip a stitch. Yeey!
Fabric: ONE euro p/mtr, cheap test drive thread cone 1.80. Yeey again!
Points for organising my stuff: 10.
Note to self: should/could have done this ages ago.

Saturday, March 28

Small stuff....

 After months of quilting non stop on the weddingquilt, I was done fiddling with fabric and thread. But now I needed to sew something again. Nothing big, no thank you very much, but some small things like a sewingmachine mat e.g.!
 One with a long pincushion, attatched with velcro. When you sort out your mess, you find things you forgot about, like stamps...
I put some no-slip stuff underneath in "yuk" green. I found my supply of red when all was done :(
I made it for the Husq....(and sewed a mouse pincushion too, while i was at it. Pattern is from

 but the Featherweight fits too

More stamping.....and one has never enough pincushions

 The birdie can be found at I think I feel the need to make more of these. Fun to sew, easy and very cute!
Last but not least: it's Biker Son's birthday today!!!Looking sharp at his big sis' wedding