March 8, 2014
DIY Monograming in BERNINA Designer V7 Software
I just love how they turned out! Here's how I did it!
Click here for full tutorial! Enjoy!
Sept. 30, 2013
To our dear clients, students and friends,
We would like to extend our best wishes for a speedy recovery from the destruction
and devastation of the recent flood waters. Each day we learn that so many
more of our friends and neighbors have suffered greatly from this disaster. Our
hearts are with you during this difficult time and we hope that each new day
of sunshine brightens your life and brings you strength.
Due to lost time we will also be extending the BERNINA give-away contest deadline to May 2014.
With love to all,
Atlas Valley Shopping Center is offering a drop-off location for donations of Soft Goods
for victims of our recent floods.
As many of you know, one of my very first loves is Interior Design...
Here are some great pics from one of my Residential Design Clients.
Custom Slip Cover and Pillows
Upholstry, Slip Covers & Pillows
Take an old chair and make it work with a new slipcover that matches the rest!
Design services include Staging, Space Planning, fabric buying, and much more!
What will you imagine?
Note: All of these items are custom made... slipcovers, throw pillows, etc... If you can dream it, we can do it!
March 10, 2013
Once... A long time ago I attempted to use Rit dye to make a light blue pair of jeans, a dark blue pair of jeans.
Needless to say, the results were less than satisfactory, the jeans were ruined...
And it left a huge mess in the bathtub...
I dont really give up easily though... And finally my persistance has paid off! I am now much more confident with the art of fabric dyeing. I realize that with a little more effort...and a little more attention, Rit dye can do exactly what you want it to do.
In the world of fibers black is the most heavily pigmented color. What that actually means is that it has to alter each fiber with the weight of heavy pigments. You might notice a slightly heavier handle on the fabric after dyeing it black. You may also notice your sewing machine gets "lintier" when you are sewing with black or dark colors. This is due to the fact that the altered fibers are slightly weaker and therefore the rubbing of the needle can shave those loose fibers into your machine. If you think your sewing machine needs a deep cleaning after all of the sewing on black, please let us know!
The first color I wanted to master was black. This can be one of the most difficult colors due to the fabrics ability to recieve pigment. Make sure you are dyeing only natural fibers!
Here is how to do it:
- Put fabric to be died into large pasta pot.
- Fill pasta pot with water making sure to cover the fabric, leaving it fully submerged.
- Place on large burner and turn on high to start boiling water.
- Remove fabric and set aside until water begins a slow boil.
- Add 1 cup of sea salt to water
- Once slow boil is reached add fabric, and dunk into water. I used a metal spoon that wouldnt be ruined by the dye.
- Add large bottle of Rit Dye.
- Boil for 2-3 hours. Stirring every 15 mins gently. This continually disperses the dye so that it is even, without splotching.
- When time is up carefully take the full pot to the sink and remove the fabric. Run under cold water until the water runs clear.
- Soak for 5 mins in White Distilled Vinegar to lock in the pigments.
- Rinse again.
- Hang dry
I am hooked on this! I love that i have all of these petti skirts. It is going to enhance the clothing i already have!
Recently i have decided that i need another tTD Boutique Skirt in Valentino Red to accent this cute belt i picked up from Nordstrom Rack.
What do you think?
Name that Needle
Jan 14, 2013
The Big Question of Needles-
Everyday at my store we are asked the same question: “What kind of needle should I be using?”
I have promised many of you a chart you can print and bring with you, and a quick lesson on finding the perfect needle.
Along with thread, needles are very important to a beautiful stitch formation. Many “mechanical” problems and damage to fabrics can be traced to a bent, damaged, or incorrect size or type needle.
*Note: The cheaper your needle, the more likely it will be bent, or damaged. This is why we only recommend BERNINA sewing needles, or Schmetz.
When selecting the correct needle, consider the following:
- Needle system – 130/705H is typical for a BERNINA
- Needle point – assures proper stitch formation and avoids damaging the fabric. This is dictated by the name of the needle, I.e. Jeans, Metafill, Microtex, etc…
- Needle size – smaller for lightweight fabrics; larger for heavier fabrics. This is indicated by the size, 60, 70, 80, etc…
Things you need to know
- Needles should be changed after every 4-6 hours of stitching. The needle is the most inexpensive part in your sewing machine but it is crucial for getting good results and keeping your machine running well. Don’t let false economy keep you from doing what is best for your sewing projects and your machine.
In my studio, I always have a nice selection of BERNINA Jeans Needles (size 80), BERNINA Ballpoint Needle (size 70), and Assorted Universals for the odd ball project that I tend to come up with. I also prefer Gold Embroidery Needles (size 70) and Metafill (size 80) when I want to sew with Metallic Thread or sometimes on Laminated fabrics. Lately I mostly sew on densely woven fabrics, cotton of mostly medium weights for shirts, pants, and dresses.
Troubleshooting your needle:
If the needle is:
Too small – the thread can’t stay in the groove to form a loop to be picked up by the hook point
Bent – the thread loop forms too far away from hook point and the hook can’t enter the loop to form a stitch
Blunt – the needle won’t pierce fabric, so no thread loop forms to make a stitch
Note: You will eventually notice that you can hear a dull needle, as it punches through the fabric.
Download this quick reference chart for a smart phone or computer.
Happy New Year Da’lings!
Jan. 8, 2013
This year I am going to try to be a bit more organized… and remain adamant that this is NOT a resolution. Thank you to my readers that have made suggestions for lessons, and topics they would like to see here, and I encourage you to keep those suggestions comin’! I want to give you any tips or advice that I can to make your sewing and design adventures more successful, enjoyable and hopefully along the way inspire you!
This year I am also buying one of my readers a brand new BERNINA B215. I wish I could buy one for everyone that would appreciate it. It is the only reason I am able to sew, and enjoy it. If you haven’t entered to win, click here! I have come to learn that many people start to sew, and then do not continue because they have so many troubles along the way. Your sewing machine is the most important investment into your success as a seamstress/designer/crafter.
Next, my new series Back to Basics will be posted every week on Thursday. This is the best day to make sure you have all the supplies you need for sewing this weekend. In this series I am going to cover some of the BASIC tips we tell all of our customers, clients and friends …. That has really helped them to be more successful in their creative endeavors. Back to the Basics will talk about Needles, Threads, Notions and Tools. I am going to cover everything from the “proper” way to use a rotary blade, to metallic threads. If you have more ideas for this project, please email us! Any suggestion I use will receive a $10 gift certificate to Studio BERNINA.
The Foot of the Month videos will continue… These will be posted on the 1st week of the month. Do you have a project that you used after learning from my silly videos? If so, let me know… you also will receive a valuable coupon to Studio BERNINA, or be entered to win monthly contests for fabric, and much more!
So, here is to a fashionable 2013…. May all our dreams come true.
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