Saturday, July 23, 2011

a little sundress for my sweetie

For the FNSI last night, I decided to make this simple little dress found over in the free pattern section at the Fat Quarter Shop, called the Pretty Pillowcase Dress.
http://www.fatquartershop.com/freequiltpattern.asp?Store_id=499&Page_Id=15&T=1

My daughter loves this dot fabric, so I thought it would be fun to use. I wanted to try out the old White machine, so it was a bit of an experiment. Ended up sewing most of it on that machine except for a bit of machine embroidery on the hemline, and I was pretty happy with it. It did take some getting used to though, with not having the fancy buttons of a newer machine!
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Here she's on her tippy toes, dancing about!
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She won't take it off now, so I think it's a hit! :)
I like these FNSI's!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Sew-In tonight!

Handmade by Heidi





It's that time again! Tonight! Maybe I'll use my new-to-me sewing machine.
vintage WHITE Zigzag Sewing machine, model 363

Isn't it lovely?! A vintage WHITE zigzag machine, model 363! My dear husband picked it up at a garage sale for $25, complete with table, manual, attachments, seam rippers, bobbins and needles!!



lots of accessories!



It has a knee pedal which I'd never used before.



vintage WHITE zigzag machine

I've had a chance to play with it some after my hubby oiled and cleaned it up a bit, and wow, it's so quiet! It has a lovely straight stitch and plows through 4 layers of thick denim with ease! This is great as I'm drawn to repurposing old jeans and other thicker clothing fabrics and my current Kenmore machine struggles with that. The zigzag is nice too. The only thing that appears to need replacing is the bobbin winder rubber ring, so hope we can find that somewhere.

Anyone else drawn to the old machines? Like to collect them? I'd love to hear about them. I also have a Normar and Necchi Lelia 515, an old treadle Singer and another old Singer that needs restoring. Someday I hope to have them all set up and working!

Thanks for dropping by!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

another album cover

These album covers are so addictive! This one is for my Mom, who loves doing photo albums. I used Moda's Patisserie and Aviary to make it and some vintage rick rack of my Grandma Helen's. The pattern can be found over at MBS here: http://www.modabakeshop.com/2009/04/funky-quilted-binder-cover.html

materials for album cover

album cover

I did a larger meandering pattern when quilting this one and I liked the effect. Luckily though I didn't adhere the backing to it before doing the quilting, because I had lots of loops on the underside. Didn't do something right! But that was okay as the backing covered it up; whew! I just adhered it with spray adhesive and that seemed to work fine.

full view of album cover

For the inside pockets, I pieced them with the floral on the inside and a wide strip showing on the edge, with a bit of machine embroidery.
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So that's all I've done lately. Having too much summer fun! Hope you are too!
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