2014 at a glance

2014 has been a blast! Not only have we made some incredible things together but we have shared tips and laughs along the way.

 

I’m so looking forward to see what everyone stitches together in 2015 but until then….
May all your machines be clean, bobbins be full and fabric stashes over flowing in the new year!

Wishing everyone a Happy & Healthy New Year!!

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Fun Things are Happening!

On a normal day, I create and sew from my little studio space in North Carolina but last week, I took the show on the road, literally. After tons of prep work, I packed up all of my goodies into a massive suitcase and hopped on a plane to Baby Lock headquarters in St. Louis. The few days that followed would be interesting to say the least!

You see, not only was I going to be sewing while there but I would be filming fun things. You heard me…. filming! Now, I’ve been in front of the camera before but this was a little different.

I wish I would have taken a picture from my side of the table. It was full on studio lighting, microphone, tripod, and of course, the camera. Toss in the big screen in the background, my new BFF Tina and you have a party! Here are a few snap shots.

Taping adventures with Baby Lock. Fun projects are on the way! The Sewing Loft

Clearly, I am concentrating on my ruffles but you can see a some of the equipment and if you look closely, you can even see Tina. She is that piece of paper hanging below the camera lens. (I promised her we would do a spa day and get her a new hairdo.)

Taping adventures with Baby Lock. Fun projects are on the way! The Sewing Loft

If you’ve ever met me in person, it’s pretty clear that I have the gift of gab and like to goof off…. but for some reason, that first day had me on pins and needles. I think it was just being front and center that threw me off. Oh and let’s not forget the lights!

Taping adventures with Baby Lock. Fun projects are on the way! The Sewing Loft

But have no fear, I settled into a rhythm and soon enough we were all goofing off. I might even dare to say there was dancing.

Taping adventures with Baby Lock. Fun projects are on the way! The Sewing Loft

So, I can’t give too much away but I will say this…. I LOVE the projects! They are super fun, jam packed with sewing tips and include one of my all time favorite types of sewing, free style stitching. So keep your eyes peeled…. fun things are happening! And they will be coming your way early in spring 2015.

As always, a big thank you to Baby Lock and all of you for your massive support over the past few years. Without your constant encouragement these adventures would not be possible.

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ps- have I mentioned lately…. I love my Baby Lock?!

 

Hello! Are you new to The Sewing Loft?

If so, I’m glad you stopped by and hope that something has inspired you to keep your needle moving!  Don’t miss a single project and subscribe via email HERE! Bonus- free embroidery pattern with newsletter sign up. Another great way to connect with me is via FacebookPinterestTwitterGoogle+ or Follow along with Bloglovin.  I’m looking forward to getting to know you and creating together!

 

Sewing Fashion Knits- Craftsy

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Do you love the look and feel of fashion knits but are afraid to sew with them?  Like many of you, I love the look and feel of knit.  Actually, on the average day I can be found kicking around the studio in a tee-shirt and jeans- okay, shorts if it’s summer but the knit top is always a must.  Knits are soft, comfortable and Oh so forgiving with the iron. (that’s right, ironing is not my favorite chore!)

To help everyone push past the nerves, let’s explore a few easy tips for Sewing Fashion Knits with Linda Lee.

Sewing Fashion Knits with Linda Lee

Linda’s class places a great deal of emphasis on the prep work and I could not agree more.  Here are 5 helpful tips from the class to get you started on your next knit project.

5 Easy Tips for Sewing Fashion Knits

 

1. To prepare your fabric and determine fabric shrinkage, cut a 4″ size square of fabric and see what the shrinkage is, if any.  Depending on the outcome, you may wish to pre wash all of your materials. *Note that this may change the feel of your fabric and I suggest that refer to the care instructions provided by the fabric manufacturer.

5 Tips for Sewing Fashion Knits

2. Swap out your pressure foot for a walking foot on your standard sewing machine.  This small swap out will help keep both layers of the fabric moving together in one motion, avoid slippage and help prevent puckering.

5 Tips for Sewing Fashion Knits- The Sewing Loft

3. Lay a piece of tissue paper down to avoid bunching at the start of your seams.  It may seem strange but this small tip will prevent the fabric from being pushed down into your feed dogs and getting jammed.

5 Tips for Sewing Fashion Knits- The Sewing Loft

4. To find the right side of fabric, pull the fabric on the cross grain and you will see that the fabric tends to curl in one direction. This is the right side of the fabric.  Now, what if your fabric does not curl? Well, Linda suggests selecting the side you like best.

5 Tips for Sewing Fashion Knits- The Sewing Loft

 5. Marking a busy knit fabric can be tricky but Linda suggests using a safety-pin to avoid missing the mark.  A safety-pin is actually a great idea since straight pins can slip out during sewing and piecing.

5 Tips for Sewing Fashion Knits- The Sewing Loft

Linda’s class is easy to follow and explores different types of knit sewing that include:

  • 4 thread, 3 thread, flatlock stitching
  • tape stabilizers, fusible yardage
  • hem stitches, edge finishes and binding
  • and sew much more

Sewing Fashion Knits really holds your hand through the process but my favorite part is the mini pattern pieces. I guess I’m a sucker for the mini!

Since many of you have emailed me asking different questions about knits and shared how this soft, everyday fabric is such a challenge, I am excited to share that for a limited time Craftsy is offering The Sewing Loft readers Sewing Fashion Knits at a 50% discount.  But hurry, the offer ends July 30, 2014 at 11:59 MST. Sign up for Sewing Fashion Knits at a 50% discount now!

Sewing Fashion Knits with Linda Lee

**Remember, you can watch your Craftsy classes at any time, day or night- even in your pj’s.  Sewing Fashion Knits class, I thought it was a perfect fit. 

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**Disclaimer:  This post & giveaway have been sponsored by Craftsy.  I have watched the video and have shared my honest opinions.  There are no affiliate links in this post.

 

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True Colors Collection

On my cutting table today is this amazing fabric assortment by Anna Maria Horner.  These pretties are part of the True Colors collection from FreeSpirit.  I was able to attend a smaller release party during fall market up close and personal at fall market. Total swoon!
 
True Colors Fabric Sneak Peek |The Sewing Loft #lovefabricFreeSpirit

True Colors Collection

 
The True Colors collection is a design collaboration between Joel Dewberry, Anna Maria Horner, Heather Bailey, and Jenean Morrison.  Each designer brings their own unique aesthetic to the collection with five prints offered in 4 color pallets. Together, they have created an assortment of prints that is sure to become a much-loved favorite among the sewing community. To say that the assortment of colors is incredible would be a total understatement. When I opened up the box and began to unpack the fabric, I was completely blown away! My mind started racing and thinking of what I would make.  I quickly knew that these fabrics had to be mixed together and fast! Want to see more? In this video the designers share their story behind the fabrics. I just love the up close and personal perspective it delivers. Now my biggest question is what am I gonna create!  Even though these fabrics are on my table, I seem to be reluctant to cut them. They are just that pretty.  What about you? What would you make?  Leave me a note in the comments, I’d love to hear.  Plus, I’m sure I will have extra to share! (hint, hint) The Sewing Loft
 
 
 

Hello! Are you new to The Sewing Loft?  If so, I’m glad you stopped by and hope that something has inspired you to keep your needle moving!  Don’t miss a single project and subscribe via email HERE! Bonus- free embroidery pattern with newsletter sign up. Another great way to connect with me is via FacebookPinterestTwitterGoogle + or Follow my blog with Bloglovin.  I’m looking forward to getting to know you and creating together!

How to Use a Twin Needle | National Sewing Month

Today’s guest is not just sharing one favorite tool but three.  Can you “Spy” them while watching her video on how to use a twin needle?

Discover a twin needlel during National Sewing Month on The Sewing Loft

Hello, I’m . I write a sewing blog at So Sew Easy. I’m fairly new to sewing so I am delighted to be able to share some of what I have learned as part of this series. I live on an island where I can’t buy any sewing patterns, so I started off downloading free patterns from the internet, and reviewing them on my site, and now I even offer free sewing patterns I have designed myself.

 

So Sew Easy - free sewing patterns

 

This September marks not only National Sewing Month, but my one year sewing anniversary. I started sewing just one year ago and thanks to all of the wonderful resources and blogs online, like here at the Sewing Loft, I’ve learned such a lot in my first year.

One of the areas where I struggled a lot was in sewing a hem on many of my knit fabric projects. My cowl neck dress just kept getting shorter and shorter as I cut off more botched attempts, until eventually I left the hem unfinished! But eventually I was able to master the use of the twin or double needle and now I hem my knit fabrics with confidence.

The twin needle can be used for a neat finish to hems, cuffs, necklines and sleeves on your stretch projects, but did you know that you can also get really pretty results using it with decorative stitches and different colored thread? Take a look at the video I made showing you how to use, thread and enjoy sewing with the twin needle.

 How to Use a Twin Needle

 

The twin needle is certainly one of my favorite sewing tools and you might even be able to come up with some more interesting ideas about how to use it.

If you love to sew with knits and create fun things for yourself, Deb’s site is one to visit!  She has a ton of free tutorials on skirts, shirts and dresses on her site.  It’s a bookmarker for sure!

Sarah is here tomorrow from Blue Susan Makes sharing what I think is one of the most needed bursts of color in the workroom.  I can not wait to make a few for myself.

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ps- did you enter the National Sewing Month 2013 giveaway yet?  Check out the amazing prize packages and enter to win here.

Enter to win 1 of 3 HUGE prize packages in the National Sewing Month 2013 Giveaway. Total Value over $2200 in prizes on The Sewing Loft

Hello! Are you new to The Sewing Loft?

If so, I’m glad you stopped by and hope that something has inspired you to keep your needle moving!  Don’t miss a single project and subscribe via email HERE! Bonus- free embroidery pattern with newsletter sign up.

Another great way to connect with me is via FacebookPinterestTwitter , Google + or Follow my blog with Bloglovin.  I’m looking forward to getting to know you and creating together!