Mar 30, 2009

L2S Special Events and Summer Camp

Just a heads up for you South Florida people. I will be holding two special events in April.

Special Classes


Do you need your body measurements to help you sew your projects? Come in on Tuesday April 14th or 28th between 8:00 and 8:30 pm and get your complete body measurements for a $5 fee. Pay the night of the event.


If you would like to see how to sew different zipper techniques I will be giving a demonstration where I will be sewing to show you different zippers techniques. Demonstration runs from 8 - 9pm April 22. There is a $10 fee to attend. Please call in advance to let me know you're coming. Pay the night of the event.

Also it's time to think about summer camp. I'm only doing 4 weeks this year so if you would like to attend you should reserve your seats soon.

AGES 9 - 14

Offered 4 weeks only
Monday thru Thursday afternoons
3 hours per day
$150 per week

Learn how to use a sewing machine and how to sew several different projects of your choice. You must supply all things needed to make your project. All equipment supplied. If you own a sewing machine you would like to bring to learn on so you can sew at home you make bring it with you.

Week 1 June 22, 23, 24, 25
Week 2 June 29, 30, July 1, 2
Week 3 July 13, 14, 15, 16
Week 4 July 20, 21, 22. 23
You may enroll online

Until next time
Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun,

Mar 27, 2009

A very cool art form

I was sent this in an email.
It really is beautiful, I have to share.
I've never seen anything like it...really amazing!
Enjoy your sand art moment...

Have you ever had times when you've been doing a lot of sewing but feel like you haven't made anything. I've done very fast projects this past week. I made a couple of tote bags for teacher appreciation week at the kids school. I made a few chair covers and some other craft like projects.

And as far as student projects pictures to show, um, I forgot to take pictures again. We did do a lot of alterations this week, replacing zippers, taking in darts, half made dresses. Nothing complete to show as far as pictures.

JoAnn is having a good sale this week with their notion wall. It's a good time to pick up some extra machine needles. They also have their scissors on sale. If you have been making your list of patterns to buy they also have most of their patters on sale for $1. It's time to stock up on things.

Enjoy the video!

Until next time,
Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun,

Mar 19, 2009

Using interfacing in your sewing projects

Sometimes my students ask me "what the heck is interfacing?"

Interfacing adds body and thickness to two layers of fabric. In clothing we use it in collars, cuffs and waistbands. If you've ever had a shirt that had a wimpy collar that didn't stay up, it's because they didn't add interfacing. It can also be added to the top of a pocket in a shirt to help it stay in place and not sag.

There are different weights and color of interfacing. Lightweight usually used in clothing and heavyweight used in handbags to make the fabric stand up. White is for light color fabric and black for the dark color fabric (the same with elastic - white for light, black for dark). It's usually around the cutting tables when your looking for it. I always buy extra or sometimes the whole bolt (when it's on sale) because you always need it.

Always buy the fusible interfacing. You will see one side has a shine or maybe little glue bubbles. It's a lot easier to iron it on instead of sewing each piece of interfacing to one layer of fabric before you sew the pieces together. I can remember when fusible came out. We were all excited because it saved us so much time sewing our project. Crazy thing, I remember when velcro came out too. I loved that product when it hit the market.

This is something my students always forget to buy because their not sure what it is even after I tell them about it. Most all projects require interfacing so buy extra.

You can also keep your scraps of interfacing because you can splice it together when you don't have enough. Remember it goes between two layers of fabric so you never see it. OK, sometimes you see it inside clothing - so go take a look at things you bought at the store.

I teach people to cut out their interfacing in the cutting class and apply it right away to the wrong side of the fabric so it's ready to sew when they have time to sew their project.

I'm going to show you how to cut and install interfacing in a collar. Again a collar has two layers of fabric. The smaller side of the fabric get's sewn in the neckline with the points as the top of the collar.

Sometimes I cut the interfacing a little smaller than the pattern piece because I don't want the thickness in my seams, especially in a collar. You can do this by laying the interfacing glue side down on top of the fabric and cut it a little smaller then the fabric.

Iron the glue side to the wrong side of the fabric. When you can't tell wrong side from right side just pick one and that will be the wrong side of the fabric. Iron it on right away after you cut it. This way it's ready to be sewn.

With two right sides together (because this is the trick to sewing) sew your collar. And with every corner in sewing you always want to clip your corner to take the bulk out. This is very important when sewing a collar.

Flip your fabric to where the interfacing is in between the two layers of fabric. Then give it a good press to give it a more professional look.

I hope this helps you to understand what the heck interfacing is and how to use it.
Again if you need help you can always attend a cutting class to teach you how to cut out your project properly.

Until next time,
Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun,

Mar 12, 2009

How to sew a fly zipper

I thought I would go through the steps of sewing a fly zipper. The first time I installed a fly zipper it probably took me an hour or longer. This took me about 15 minutes to cut out and sew. The more you do things the better you get so practice and you'll get better. I'm using scrap fabric because I already have a sample to show my students. I'm going to rip this apart so I can save the zipper.

First, I use small samples when teaching. I made and copied a pattern to teach in my class. It consist of 3 pieces. The front pant of which you cut 2, a fly and an underlap of which you cut 1 each.

With two right sides together sew the center seam of the front pants to the notch leaving room to install the zipper. Sew the bottom of the underlap. Flip and press your underlap. You can finish the notched edge of the underlap because you will see this edge in the garnment. If your fabric's going to fray you might want to zigzag or serge your edge.

One trick to doing the fly zipper - you want to press your seam not right at your stitch line but to inset it. When you sew your seam at 5/8" fold and press your seam 1/4". This allows the zipper to sit inside the fly. The whole reason for installing a fly zipper so you don't see your zipper. The more you can insert it the better it looks.

I forgot to take a picture of this step but you may want to finish the curved edge of the fly because it will be exposed. You can do this by doing a zigzag next to the edge of the fabric our serge the edge finished.

With two right sides together sew your fly to the right side of the pant. (when you put on your pants to wear them it will be the left side). Turn your fly in to the inside of the pants and press at the seam.

With the right side facing up pin the top of your zipper to the pressed 1/4" seam with the teeth of the zipper next to the fold. Then place your underlap under your zipper with the serged edge so that you don't see the underside of the zipper. Use the same pin's you used to pin the zipper to pin the underlap in place.

You only want to see one stitch line. This is why you pin all layers together. Sew using your zipper foot down to the bottom of the zipper. If your zipper is longer than needed you can cut the excess off after you finish the insulation.

Zip the zipper closed. Bring the fly side of the pants over and place the fold of the fly over top of the zipper and pin it in place. Your going to be pulling these pints out later when you sew the zipper.

Flip the fabric over and pin the zipper to the fly only. Pin it to the wrong side of the zipper. Pull you pins out on the other side of the fabric and unzip the zipper until it's open. Sew the zipper to the fly only.

When your finished zip the zipper back up and replace the pins to the outside of the fly to hold the fabric in place while you mark and sew the stitch that will hold the fly secure on the outside of the fly.

There are many different ways to mark your fabric. You want to mark the topstitch holding the fly to give you something to follow so you get a straight line and curve at the bottom. You can use tracing paper and wheel. Place the paper down on your fabric. Put the pattern on top and trace our your mark to follow. This will come out in the wash. (I marked it with some tailors chalk so you could see it better in the picture) After a while you will get better at doing this and you won't need a line to follow. This is the fun part of doing the fly zipper to me.

We're almost done...
If you look at your pants you buy at the store there's always extra stitching at the bottom of the zipper to give extra support. You can do this by going back and forth a few times or doing a zigzag stitch over the bottom of the zipper. After you do this you can pull the pins out holding the fly down.

Continue sewing your center seam from the notch up to the top of the zipper.

If your zipper is longer than needed you can do a few stitches across the zipper going back and forth and cut the zipper right below the stitch line.

And that's how you do a fly zipper.

If you don't understand any of these steps come in to any sewing class and I'll show you how to do it. Just bring in some fabric, thread and a zipper to class with you.

Until next time,
Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun,

Mar 11, 2009

How long do you keep your sewing projects?

Those who have taken my classes have heard my story about how I got started sewing. If you haven't taken my class or read my history on my website here it is. First let me say I've lived in Hollywood Florida all my life.

I started sewing when I was 12 years old. When I was 14 I worked at a local fabric store called Maes Fabric located on Taft Street. I worked there for over 2 years in the evenings after school and on the weekends. While I worked at the fabric store I was given my very first sewing machine and my love of sewing took off from there making most all my clothing.

I attended McArthur High School and in 1978 (graduated in 1980) I took a class being offered in Fashion Design. It was a 2 hour class where I was taught the art of pattern making by Mrs. Tepper. I'm the one you can't see fourth from the left. This was a yearbook picture and yes we did have to make the goofy dresses and vest. Hey it was the 70's. :) In this class we took a field trip to NY City on a fashion tour. We visited Revlon, Simplicity pattern company, photographers, modeling agencies and all business to do with fashion. It was a great experience except I didn't think I could make it as a fashion designer.

After High School I attended cosmetology school and became a hair stylists for 10 years. Because of health issues I was unable to stand for very long. Did you know you can go to school for real estate in 2 weeks and become an agent? This is what I did for the next 10 years.

My husband and I have been together for 29 years. It took us many years to have children. When my kids came I became a stay at home mom. With the economy the way it is my husband begged me to go back to work. When a friend saw me sewing one day she asked me to teach her. This is when I decided to open Learn 2 Sew.

When I did open my sewing school I decided to go into my old sewing projects I've been keeping all these years to find things I could use in my classes. It's amazing how long we keep things and how fast the years pass. I pulled out an old 3 piece suite I made in Mrs. Teppers class. All I remember about this project was how many times she made me pull my seams apart when I didn't line up my stripes on the jacket. It took me forever to make (it felt like it anyway). I don't think I ever wore it with the jacket. Back in those days we wore a lot of gauchos.

Another project I made while I was in high school that I wore A LOT was a jacket. I remember wearing this to football games and after when we would all hang out at the beach. I also remember wearing it a lot when I first met my husband on a lot of dates we went on. OK so our dates consisted of driving around the neighborhoods listening to our favorite music.

Back then I made all kinds of things. My own panties and slips, bathing suites, all clothes I wore to school. I loved sewing and still do after all these years.

Over the Christmas break when my kids were out of school I took off for a couple of weeks to spend time with them. I had also moved my business and thought it was a good time to give to my children. I had moved a few boxes that haven't been opened in years. There were hook rugs, embroidery, knitting and all kinds of projects from the days of my youth when I first started sewing. I was amazed how good I was back then and how much talent I was blessed with.

One thing I've learn and I try to teach to other people. When your a child and you have a great desire to do something and you do it all the time you have to find a way to make a living out of it when your older. My passion long ago was sewing and here I am in my late 40's and I've returned to my passion. I did like being a hairstylist but hated working in real estate. Both made me a lot of money. I don't make as much teaching sewing but what I do today fill's my soul like I can't tell you. To give others my knowledge and watch what they do with it is so rewarding for me. I don't make a lot of money but life isn't about money. It's about enjoying your moments.

So, how long have you kept some of your sewing projects?

Until next time,
Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun,

Mar 6, 2009

The gift of music U2 style

Another passion of mine since the days of my youth along with sewing has been music. When I think about the past I think about the music that was playing that year and the concerts I've seen. I love what music does to me, the high it gives.

This morning U2 played on Good Morning America. at Fordham University in the Bronx. I just love U2 I have been a fan of theirs for 29 years. The first time I saw them was in 1981 at the Agora Ballroom. The room was half full of about 100 people and they did all their songs from their first album “Boy”. We tried to get our friends to go with us but no one wanted to attend. It was amazing. I fell in love.

They returned to south Florida in 1983 to play at Sunrise Musical Theater for the war tour. They filled the place. We went with another couple and got good seats. In those days to us we had to be touching the stage or it wasn’t a good concert. You know when we used to hold up lighters and not cell phones. Anyway, as we walked towards the stage Bono jumped in the crowd and body surfed his way over to our seats. He sang to our friends while she grabbed his towel around his neck.

Each year they returned the crowds got bigger. Each year they grew on us. I think they are the biggest band out there. They are known all over the world. They have become world ambassadors. The energy they bring to us through their music – through their good will.

And the best thing of all they truly love what they do. You can see it through their presence on stage. We are the ones who give them joy.

We are all at hard times today with our financial situation. We have to live within the society set up for us. But music….it takes it all away for us if only for a while. It brings smiles to our faces.When we get together to listen to whatever music excites us – we are one. The energy that flows through us is a good energy and Bono, Edge, Adam and Larry know this. They take this energy to give back to us through their constant ways of trying to make this a better place for all of us to live.

There is powers in many. Look at what we give when we listen to live music, what we do to ourselves and to others. The feeling it causes inside ourselves, sometimes this feeling last for days. If only we could hold on to the energy – we wouldn’t have the hard times we find ourselves in. If only we could scream, shout, dance, throw our hands in the air, celebrate all the time….. Because life is a precious gift with moments that are there to be filled with smiles.

U2 is so cool and funny. They were on David Letterman doing top ten on Wednesday. Edge went off and said something that cracked David and all of us up.

Doing good with what you have… passing the love. How good is U2? They have been doing this for almost 30 years.

Listening to music while sewing... brings me many smiles.

Until next time,

Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun


Mar 5, 2009

The Sisterhood Award

There's a new award going around the sewing blogisphere. It's the "Sisterhood Award". I've been given this award by 3 people (blushing) Faye, Julia and Mimisatin. Thank you for sharing the love with me.

Each person awarded has to nominate 10 other "sisters". I do enjoy following many sewing blogs. There are a lot of good people deserving of this award. I have met some really good people through the art of sewing. I'm very thankful we have crossed paths.

The rules connected to the award are:
1. Put the logo on your blog or post
2. Nominate at least 10 blogs which show great Attitude and/or Gratitude!
3. Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.
4. Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
5. Share the love and link to the person from whom you received your award.

The first three are going right back to the ones who gave it to me. Every time they post I look forward to reading their blogs.
1. Faye's Sewing Adventures
2. Julia's sew sweet and special
3. chique aZ me
4. Gorgeous Fabrics' Blog
5. modisto shop
6. Chocolate and Wine
7. Back Porch Blessings
8. diaryofasewingfanatic
9. Sew On and Sew On
10. Anyone who does a sewing blog

I enjoy posting on my blog - sharing my ideas and knowledge with others. I also love being inspired with others ideas and knowledge.

Until next time,
Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun,