Monday, April 25, 2011

5 Step Zipper Tutorial

Zipper packages actually have directions inside but sometimes I find other ways are easier or hearing directions from someone who has done it before can be helpful. 

 First off, here's a foot you would use to sew on your zipper. Don't put it on the machine just yet though. 

1. Do not lay down your zipper yet. Machine bast the length of your zipper onto your garment with a 5.5" stitch or whatever the highest stitch is that your machine will allow. Keep your foot down on your garment, move to step 2.

2. Sew the rest of the garment opening (where the zipper will not be) at a 2.5" stitch.

3. Pin zipper face down with the middle of the zipper directly in your garment seam. See below:

4. Put your zipper foot on the right side (you can choose; right or left) and sew (regular 2.5" stitch) down the left side of the zipper as close as you can to the actual zipper part. Then switch the zipper foot to the left side and sew in the same way down the right side of the zipper. 

5. Turn your garment inside-out and slowly rip out (with a seam ripper) the section of garment you have sewn together in step 1. You'll only rip out the length of the zipper... any further and you'll have a hole! 

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Quick-Tip: Transparent Thread

Quick-Tip:   When sewing, do not put transparent thread in both the top and bottom of your sewing machine. It's bad for your sewing machine as well as for whatever you are sewing on.

Why This Is Important:   Before I knew this rule I quilted with transparent thread on top and through the bobbin. I thought the reason my thread was always bunching up or "catching" on things was because of me. Then I learned what I should have been doing!

Solution:   If quilting, use your transparent thread on the top and a cotton thread on the bottom/in the bobbin. Also, make sure your cotton thread matches your quilt on the underside because it will show.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Leg Warmers or Tights or Arm Bands! Tutorial

Knee High Socks = Leg Warmers or Tights or Arm Bands!

This project comes about because of some knee high socks that got holes in them but were just too cute to throw out! These end up being perfect tights for toddlers, leg warmers for younger girls, and arm bands for any age youth! If I were in high school I think I'd be a believer in arm bands :)

Supplies: 1 pair of knee high socks

1. Cut the sock at the heel right as the sock starts to turn into the foot part.

2. Fold in the sock about a half inch where you just cut. 

3. Sew down your fold so your project has no raw edges that would fray.

You're done! 

Here's a close-up of the tights/leg warmers:

Monday, April 4, 2011

Quick Tip: Thread

I don't know if anyone else has this problem, but once I came up with a solution I felt rather excited about it and wanted to share. Well, I guess it's not really that exciting but if I can help someone else dealing with the same problem, I'm happy.
Let me explain.

Problem: Thread would get caught and pull ending up in breakage while sewing. I brought pictures along to help show what I mean. You know the little notch where the thread is stuck into when you first purchase it? That is what my thread kept getting stuck in!

Solution: Now this is quite simple; when you sew, turn the notch to the opposite side of where the thread will be pulled! No more breakage while sewing :)