Feb 27, 2010

Week in Review - Moving again VERY SOON!

Say goodbye to February 2010 with this week ending.

With March starting we have to remember to "spring" our clocks forward in a couple of weeks on March 14.

I've decided to do the work and move as fast as I can at my new location. After telling my students about my move I'm hearing all kinds of stories of what goes on at this location that I never knew about. It's time to leave. Hopefully I won't have to cancel many classes. I'll keep you informed what it will happen. Sometimes you think you can do more than your body will allow. And I HAVE to watch USA play for gold tomorrow starting at 3pm. It's been a great Olympics. I only wish we got better coverage on tv.  .. Anyway, hopefully I can move ASAP at start classes at a better location with parking and not scary people hanging all over your cars smoking cigarettes using bad language and using the restroom at the dumpsters. (yes these are the complaints I've heard and why I'm leaving)

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5 people attended the machine class
4 people attended the cutting class
10 people attended sewing class constructing skirts, dresses, pillows, kids clothing and pants.

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I have to say I was a bad girl when it came to taking pictures this week. I had moving on the mind and slapped my forehead after sewing class because I didn't pull the camera out to share. But as I always say, it's all good.

I have a couple of pictures from Sam who also blog's and takes beautiful photo's. You must go take a look but come back :)

Sam has been coming in to make clothing for her photo shoots.  Both of these dresses she made before she started sewing classes at Learn 2 Sew. She finds her fabric in all kinds of different places. She's also promised herself to devote time to sewing at least once a week in class and sewing at home. It really is the best way to learn when you can sew on your own and ask question with someone when you get stuck and don't know what to do.

I have two students today who are making the same pattern, a dress. One, a black print, started it in class last week and the other,red, started it today. I promise I'll take pictures of both. One is installing sleeves the others not. 
Scott took advantage of the pattern sale and bought several beautiful dress patterns. He worked on cutting out a couple of dresses. He started sewing one of them when he realized after scanning over the instructions he could accomplish making this on his own. The only thing he wants help with is the invisible zipper.

I wish I also took a picture of Laura's pattern. It's vintage 70's I think, a little tunic with pants. She made the pants today in class and realized how easy they were to put together she can make more on her own since she has her own machine.

Larry came in to sew more pillows. He learned how to sew some trim/piping to the edges. He has a lot of home decor things he wants to sew for his home. He also has a machine and can do more stitching at home.
 
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I was able to squeeze in a couple more hours of sewing to make this top that's been cut and waiting to sew for a few weeks. I'm not real happy with the way it came out. I'm going to take the elastic out in the sleeves and get rid of the clown look. 
 

And you know you've been sewing for a while when you pull things out of your notion's that have a very low sales price on them. At 29cents I'm wondering how long I've been hanging on to these buttons. LOL

This will probably be my last project for a while until after the move.

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Nest week classes
Hem's and Alterations on Technique Tuesday 6-8pm
Sewing Wednesday 11am-1pm and 6-8pm
Sewing Thursday 10am - 2pm
Machine Thursday 6-8pm
Machine Friday 10am-12noon
Sewing Friday 1-3pm
Cutting Saturday 10am-12noon (class almost full)
Sewing Saturday 1-3pm and 3-5pm

In ending, hopefully I can show you our room makeover we did (or almost finished) next week in a post. We got the screw gun in the house now we need to put the screws in the wall to hold up the shelves and curtain rods. I'm gong to see if I can get it done in the intermission during the hockey game tomorrow - but I've learned to never expect because you will always be disappointed...so... We'll see.

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

Feb 26, 2010

My New Location - (UPDATED) Video

The lease is signed. I got the key and now the work begins.

I thought I would make a little video of my neighborhood and new location of Learn 2 Sew.




And just a couple blocks away is my house. I can walk to work!!

I'm going to close March 27 to April 7. I can't wait to make this move!


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

Feb 24, 2010

A new top to my collection - Simplicity 3790

A real quick post before class starts.

I get to do my sewing in bits and pieces meaning 15 minutes here and there before or after class.

I was able to finish this top today making a few changes to it.

First, I've been into baggy clothing because I want to hide as much as this overgrown body as I can. I made this a little too big and had to take it in a few places... which is all ok with me.

One thing I wish I would have done was to take out some of the fabric at the front where the fronts cross, the inlay is attached and both layers of the bottom band is sewn on. This is 5 layers of fabric so you can imagine how bulky it is around the front.
  Some of my changes were to take out some from the neckline because it was huge around the back. I did this by taking in the shoulder seam 1 1/2" on each seam.

Then I took in the front neckline inlay by doing a little tuck.

I added some elastic to the bottom band because I wanted it closer to the body (OK, I had to take it in a bit LOL)
Here is the back view.





One reason why I wanted to sew this was to try out a new stay tape. Or at least new to me. I've never used it before. You sew it in the seam. Usually I just cut strips of interfacing to press in the seam to stabilize while sewing. I don't think I would use this again. It's kind of itchy inside even though I cut it out. I'll see how it washes.
  
  


I have another top cut with about an hour into it. Since I only had one person come to class this morning I was able to get a few seams and darts done.

I need to eat dinner then get myself to the studio for a 6pm class...and it raining :) Never a dull moment...

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

Feb 22, 2010

Sewing Over The Wire 02/22/10

This is a weekly series where I share sewing news I receive with you.

Enjoy your reading.



About People:
Spyboys get sewing to parade with the Mardi Gras Indians
New Orleans Times-Picayune Mon, 15 Feb 2010
New organization, the Porch, fosters neighborhood tradition

One quilt at a time
The Troy Record
Thu, 18 Feb 2010
COLONIE  There may not be geese flying at this quilting store, but there is one thing that is undoubtedly soaring high: spirits. The ambiance of Flying Geese Fabrics is what you’d expect from a store built on those who are making quilts, and memories in the process. Music plays quietly in the background, while the fabrics that abound absorb the sound of a sewing machine
at work.

Program sews together the social fabric
Everett Herald
Thu, 18 Feb 2010
EVERETT â Sewing can be a quiet, solitary activity for Susan Chesney. It can also be a social event with a roomful of her friends.

'Fashion is Freedom' for CFW's emerging designers
The Post and Courier
Wed, 17 Feb 2010
At the moment, designs are being drawn, fabric is being cut and sewing machines
are humming.

About Businesses:
Two High-Tech Sewing and Embroidery Machines from Brother International Corporation Earn âBest Buyâ Status from ...
PRWeb
Thu, 18 Feb 2010 14:33 PM PST
Supporting its reputation as a leading supplier of innovative products for the home sewing enthusiast, Brother International Corporation recently received two prestigious “Best Buy” awards in the sewing machine category
from Consumers Digest magazine, a highly respected authority on value in the consumer marketplace. (PRWeb Feb 18, 2010) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com ...

Sewing an African tradition
WTOC 11 Savannah Fri, 19 Feb 2010
Basket sewers teach us how to make baskets like the Africans.

Kelly Osbourne Hopes to Launch Clothing Line Soon
AceShowbiz
Fri, 19 Feb 2010
Kelly Osbourne, who received sewing lesson from 'Dancing with the Stars' wardrobe department, is desperate to follow Gwen Stefani 's footsteps in having her own fashion range.

Locals create hundred of blankets for "Make a Blanket Day"
KTVB Boise
Sat, 20 Feb 2010
NAMPA -- It's national "Make a Blanket Day" and one group in Nampa is out to make hundreds for kids in the U.S. and Haiti. Inside Karcher Mall in
Nampa, about 50 volunteers from Project Linus pulled out their sewing machines and went to work. Both young and old chipped in to sew. The group was making blankets for Haitian kids as well as kids in local hospitals. "Anytime there is a disaster any .

Economy Related:
Can low-paying garment industry save Haiti?
KIFI Idaho Falls
Sun, 21 Feb 2010
Jordanie Pinquie Rebeca leans forward and guides a piece of suit-jacket wool and its silky lining into a sewing machine
, where - bat! bat! bat! - they're bound together to be hemmed.

Can low-paying garment industry save Haiti?
KIFI Idaho Falls
Sun, 21 Feb 2010
Jordanie Pinquie Rebeca leans forward and guides a piece of suit-jacket wool and its silky lining into a sewing machine
, where - bat! bat! bat! - they're bound together to be hemmed.

Giving Back:
Central Coast Quilters donates to Hospice patients
The Adobe Press
Mon, 15 Feb 2010
Members of the Central Coast Quilters recently completed a labor-of-love sewing project to benefit individuals receiving end-of-life care from Hospice Partners of the Central Coast.

Church women build thread between Haiti, Mount Morris
The Flint Journal
Fri, 19 Feb 2010
CourtesyLois Thompson and Bea Griffeth Niepoetter check a couple of the pillowcase dresses they are making with a sewing group from Mt. Morris Community Church.This is the tale of the pillowcase dresses at Mt. Morris Community Church. Last summer, Bea...

Can low-paying garment industry save Haiti?
KIFI Idaho Falls
Sun, 21 Feb 2010
Jordanie Pinquie Rebeca leans forward and guides a piece of suit-jacket wool and its silky lining into a sewing machine
, where - bat! bat! bat! - they're bound together to be hemmed.



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

Feb 21, 2010

Week in Review 2/21/10 - Full Week of Sewing

I know I say it each week but last week sure did fly by.

Classes were full this week with lot's of smiling faces, great ideas floating around the room and a better understanding of sewing with many on their way to enjoying sewing beautiful things long into the future.

7 people attended the machine class
3 people attended the cutting class to cut all dresses.
18 people attended sewing class making dresses, refashion clothing, children's clothing, dust ruffle for a bed, handbags, eye covers, back pack, towel embellishments and a top. 

The first thing I want to share is... Scott finished his dress (almost LOL). He did his homework completing the skirt so we only had to attach the bodice to the skirt and hem it in class. The only thing he has to do is hand sew the buttons, snaps and give it a really good press.

He put many hours into this dress using all his first place prize of my project runway contest. So I handed him an entry form for my contest going on now to enter this dress.
 
It doesn't fit the dress form well because his model is smaller and it was made to fit her.

 
From the back. I was in a rush and didn't the collar in the picture but when he did a fitting with the bodice he said his model had a hard time getting in and out of it. It's basically a big hole you have to put your arms straight up to slide it over - and it didn't go over her shoulders when sliding down. She had to wiggle her way into it.
 
I couldn't find a pattern review on this pattern. There was one thing at the pockets we couldn't figure out. There's a little opening in the inside drape. I told him to just hand sew it closed because it didn't match any seams and still give a good drape. 

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I have more friends coming to class. Steven's working on a backpack and Paul has cut out and sewing eye patch, neck pillow and yoga mat.
 
Paul finished making a couple of eye covers. He filled them with beans and gave one to another student in the class. He started working on his neck pillow. We got as far as installing the zipper and ran out of time.

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Daniela came to class a couple of times this week. She's working on a dress and has it almost finished. We have to install the sleeves and attach the skirt to the bodice. I think she has buttons that have to be sewn in too.

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Erin came in without friend Jennell this week because she had a wedding to attend. I'm so proud of Erin for finishing the top on her own at home. She now has a fitting to do on her niece to fit the straps.

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Next week classes
Technique Tuesday 6-8pm learning how to use the pressure feet that came with your machine.
Sewing Wednesday 11am-1pm and 6-8pm
Sewing Thursday 10am-2pm
Cutting Thursday 6-8m
Cutting Friday 10am-12n
Sewing Friday 1-3pm
Machine Saturday 10am-12n
Sewing Saturday 1-5pm

I was able to get some sewing time in for my own project. I should be done with my top soon with pictures to show.

A couple of thing I want to share next week: I want to finish my son's room makeover and take pictures. Take a video of my new location - its a great place.

And my car broke down yesterday so it looks like I'll be pulling out the bike to get around next week. My car is a 1995 Quest with 150k miles. I was going to drive it until I couldn't drive it any longer because I love not having car payments. I wanted it to last the summer 'till I could save some funds to buy another one but it looks like I'll be having car payments again. Really, I could use the exercise so maybe this happened for a reason (right Julia? LOL).

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

Feb 19, 2010

Thank You Gwen!


For the birthday wishes! 

I'm missing being at the sewing expo with you too. 

I hope you're selling lots of cards!

Enjoy your moments :) for me too...

Hugs ~ Cindy

Feb 17, 2010

Sewing Donations

I got a phone call last week. Maria called to say she wanted to donate a few patterns to the school.

I've been very blessed with people giving me things through the year, mostly fabric.

We met Monday half way at JoAnn's Fabric in Davie. It's funny how things happen. I pulled up next to her car. As I got out of my car I heard "are you Cindy? You look the same but your hair is a different color than your picture."

Maria handed me two big bags with 98 patterns in them - WOW! And I was all ready to hit the pattern sale to buy 5 for $5. Ha! (really bad picture because I was excited to get so many patterns - my mom came over and we were talking while I was doing this - 101 things at once.. LOL)
 
Most of the patterns are from the 80's and 90's. A few of them are duplicates in different sizes. All woman patterns and a few girl dresses. 
Maria quilts now and hasn't sew garments in years. I told her about Once Upon A Quilt and asked if she went there. The owner, Robin and my sister-in-law went to high school together. If people are interested in quilting I send them there. She had forgotten about it and said she would stop by sometime. I was happy I was able to give her something in return for all her patterns.

THANK YOU MARIA! It was well worth the drive to meet you.

Parting note: The daddy didn't bring home his screw gun (guess I have to nag) :) so no pictures to show of the "after" room makeover. Hopefully soon.

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

Feb 16, 2010

Room Makeover - Say Goodbye to "Under the Sea"

We're in the process of doing a room makeover for son who's birthday is tomorrow. He's going from a kids to a preteen room.

I had tons of fun doing his "Under the Sea" room when he was 5 years old. I thought I would share the before pictures.

It all started with adding glow in the dark to the color paint to make the coral rocks. I wanted to paint them big so he would feel like he lived under the sea. Then came the green sea weed. This looks really cool at night with the glow in the dark paint. I tried to take a picture of it while it was glowing but as you can see it didn't work.

The walls were white. I mixed some colors together to make a blue color. After I painted the coral I used a sponge to swirl the blue color in between to make it look like water. This was the fun part - it didn't matter how good of job I did since water isn't one color. We did knockdown on the walls when we moved in which gave it a great watery look.
 
First of all - a painter I'm not. I tried my best to paint what's in my mind. Sometimes it doesn't come out the way I want but hey - that's art, right? I did the best I could painting fish around the room before I got tired and found a shower curtain with fish I cut out and glued on the wall.
 
Because his room was a garage at one time before we bought it he has this header going down the ceiling. I used the glow in the dark paint to do the edge and glued shells we found on the beach along it. After many years of him jumping up to hit the wall he's taken down most of the shells. Can you see the hot pink the room used to be painted under the ones he pulled off?
 
Then came Spongebob and Patrick. I drew this on the wall before I painted it. When the kids were babies and shared a room I painted the teletubbies, elmo, teddy bears and others on the wall by taking clipart or pictures out of a coloring book, took them to kinko's to have them blown up 300% then traced them on the wall. They came out a lot better then these two.
I bought some fish fabric to make curtains. I wanted to hang them on "real" curtain rods but that never happened. I also wanted to paint a treasure chest and hang some netting that didn't make it. Always UFO's in everything huh?
 
I found this other shower curtain to hang instead of closet doors since the doors are never closed anyway.

We took everything out of his room Friday night. Primed the glow in the dark paint on Saturday (and it still kind of shows through) Painted the color on Sunday. Painted the shelves yesterday. Bought some new curtains at Target because they were on clearance and I couldn't buy the fabric for less then I paid. Hopefully if the daddy brings home his screw gun tonight we can hang everything and I'll have pictures of the after tomorrow...

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

Feb 15, 2010

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

Sewing Over The Wire 02/15/10

This is a weekly series where I share sewing news I receive with you. There's more than usual since I had no internet last week.

Enjoy your reading.


Project Runway:
TV Watch: 'Project Runway' recap: Cover story
Entertainment Weekly
Fri, 12 Feb 2010
Officially, the name of this week's episode was ''Run For Cover,'' but surely that's the edited-for-television version of the original working title: ''Run Over Mila's Ego Repeatedly (With Your Special Issue Project Runway Brother Sewing Machine) Until the Cocky Beyotch Finally Gets Her Comeuppance.

About People:
Sewing volunteers create costumes for living-history farm
Post-Tribune
Tue, 02 Feb 2010
There was a time -- before television, computers, cars and multi-tasking -- when women meet regularly to sew, socialize and support one another. In that regard, not much has changed at
Buckley Homestead County Park, a living historical farm. Early each year, the Buckley Volunteer Sewing Parlor meets each week through early March to do just that -- socialize, support and sew the many period

Learning a life skill
Marshall Independent
Mon, 01 Feb 2010
MARSHALL - "I like doing artsy things and thought it'd be something fun to do on early out days," said Maddy Sook. The sixth-grader was one of nine girls at Fabrics Plus on a Wednesday afternoon, learning how to sew an apron

His art is oh, sew fine
Evansville Courier & Press
Tue, 02 Feb 2010
EVANSVILLE âSince his retirement, Earl "Doc" Andes, a former doctor of internal medicine at Welborn Clinic, has been able to devote time to a hobby he began almost by accident some 40 years ago.Andes, a spry 92 years old and a resident at Holiday Village Independent and Assisted Living on Evansville's North Side, devotes much of his time to creating needlepoint, cross-stitch and other fabric art ...

How football and fabric help fight cancer
WCAX-TV Vermont
Sun, 07 Feb 2010
Football and sewing may seem like an odd combination. But they are two of Craftsbury resident Frank Halden's favorite hobbies and together they are furthering his goal to help find a cure for cancer.

Quilters skip Super Bowl for stitches | By Scott Rochat © 2010 Longmont Times-Call
The Longmont Times-Call
Mon, 08 Feb 2010
LONGMONT - Saints? Colts? Big deal. There’s stitching to do. On Super Bowl Sunday, the Quilter’s Studio was a sanctuary for those looking to escape the big game. No TVs, no radios â just a whole lot of sewing machines and a circle of women glad to get out of the house.

Stitching It Up offers variety, keeps it simple
The Spectrum
Mon, 08 Feb 2010
CEDAR
CITY â Kim McAllister never thought she'd one day turn her passion for sewing, embroidery and other crafts into a small business. McAllister is the owner of Stitching It Up, a small sewing shop, in downtown Cedar City on Main Street. After sewing and learning other crafts when she was about eight or nine years old, McAllister first went into the hairdressing and cosmetology industry ...

First ladies' causes: Dolley's orphanage and more
The Norwalk Citizen
Tue, 09 Feb 2010
The first first lady to take on a public project,
Madison helped to found an orphanage for young girls, the Washington Female Orphans Asylum. She gave money to the project, donated a cow to provide the girls with fresh milk, and helped to sew uniforms.

Malvern artist's work showcased at Jenkins Arboretum
Daily Local News
Thu, 11 Feb 2010
Nancy Cosmos warmed up to quilts at a young age. Growing up in northern Minnesota, she designed her first quilt, a log-cabin one with yellow centers and rounded edges, for her bedroom in the seventh grade. She pieced it together from scrap sewing fabrics and old clothing, including polyester double knits. Her mother, Irene, helped with the design and sewing.

Miller cut from the right cloth
The Buffalo News
Thu, 11 Feb 2010
Teresa Miller didn't waste much time after the
U.S. Olympic hockey team was announced before sitting down at the sewing machine and getting to work. Over the years, that had been her escape, her gift and her reward. The coats, pillows and other masterpieces have become a scrapbook of sorts, a celebration of her family's life in sports.

Sewing shop owner gets tailor-made solutions to problems
Los Angeles Times Sun, 14 Feb 2010
Jeanie Joe, owner of Sew Joe Stitch Lounge in
South Pasadena, wants to increase sales and hire her first full-time employee. Jeanie Joe is scrambling to keep her South Pasadena sewing shop humming while juggling on-site sewing classes and designing the eclectic handbags she sells in the sunny store.

About Businesses:
Jo-Ann Stores Implements JDA Supply Chain Management Solutions to Reduce Gross-Net Inventory and Enhance Forecast ...
Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance
Thu, 04 Feb 2010
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.----JDA® Software Group, Inc. today announced that Jo-Ann Stores, Inc. is live with JDAâs best-of-breed supply chain management software solutions. Operating in 48 states with annual revenue of $1.9 billion, Jo-Ann Stores is the nation’s largest specialty fabric retailer, featuring a variety of sewing, crafting and home decorating merchandise.

National Labor Committee: Women Paid 10 Cents to Sew $80 Peyton Manning Jerseys for NFL and Reebok
PR Newswire via Yahoo! News
Thu, 04 Feb 2010 04:05 AM PST
Forced overtime, cheated of wages, constant harassment, trapped in abject poverty in a Salvadoran Sweatshop

Brother targets double digit growth this year
Malaya
Tue, 09 Feb 2010
Brother International Phil. Corp., a leader in home and business IT and sewing peripherals, yesterday said it sees a double digit growth in revenues and sales this year aligned with the expected recovery of the economy.

Events:
Stepping Back in Time
Brenham Banner-Press
Mon, 01 Feb 2010
Jerry Dove (left) teaches Dr. Miriam Bixler how to work a Singer hand cranked Model 99 sewing machine Saturday afternoon during a âMaking Every Stitch Countâ program at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical Park. The event featured several hands-on activities such as sewing and also had a quilt show featuring a variety of designs.
 
Giving Back:
E. Hanover college student sewing for Haiti
Daily Record
Wed, 03 Feb 2010
Kimberly Cignarella said she woke up at
8 a.m. and began sewing dresses. Nearly 10 hours later, she was still sewing. "This is the fourth day I've been doing it," Cignarella, 21, said last Friday about her unique contribution to Haitian relief efforts. And she's been working at it since.

Local quilters join forces in effort to comfort Haitians
The Grass Valley Union
Fri, 05 Feb 2010
Scissors and sewing machines snipped and zipped at the Grass Valley Seventh Day Adventist Church as Nevada County residents raced to make quilts for homeless children in Haiti. So far, they've stitched 79 quilts to send to earthquake victims, with more in progress at quilters' homes. They're part of a nationwide effort led by the nonprofit Project Linus to send 10,000 blankets homemade with love ...

Surry Woman Donates Quilts to Habitat for Humanity
Fenceviewer
Tue, 09 Feb 2010
ELLSWORTH â A Surry woman recently cleaned out her sewing room and gathered 14 of her handmade quilts to donate to Hancock County Habitat for Humanity.

Clay woman shares love of volunteer sewing for wounded soldiers
The Journal-Enterprise
Wed, 10 Feb 2010
It wasnât easy, and Margaret Cole almost gave up on it, but is now finding strength in sewing alterations into clothing for wounded soldiers. Cole, who lives in Clay, got started with the national Sew Much Comfort program several months ago.

How To:
Recycle old sweater into pair of mittens - Mon, 08 Feb 2010 PST
The Spokesman-Review
Mon, 08 Feb 2010
This is the time of year when kids and adults like me lose one or more of their mittens. Our pairs simply donât match up in February the way they did in November. If you’re in that same predicament, try this quick and super-easy sewing activity to replenish your supply for the weeks left in the season. Make a new pair of mittens from an old sweater.
New Products:
In-Line Sewing Machine features multi-language control.
ThomasNet
Wed, 10 Feb 2010
Designed for on-demand photo books, automatic ODM Super Sewer(TM) features touchscreen LCD control panel that allows operators to choose settings in English, French, Spanish, Japanese, German, and Italian. Control panel also offers selections for producing 4 x 6 to 14 x 18 in. sewn books up to ½ in. thick. Able to stitch up to 600 books/hr, ODM Super Sewer includes Back Tack Technology(TM ...


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

Feb 13, 2010

Week in Review - Slowing down for Love

Not many people attended class this week with the Miami Boat Show, Coconut Grove Art Festival and Renaissance Festival  going on around town this weekend and the Super Bowl hangover from last weekend. With the week being slow in attendance it still passed quickly. And ~ Can you feel the love in the air with Valentines Day tomorrow?

3 people attended the machine class
4 people came to the cutting class
14 people attended sewing class sewing skirts, dresses, king size bed dust ruffle, baby clothes and toddler clothes.

The dust ruffle is coming along nicely. We've added all the sides of the skirt together, put a gather line at the top and hemmed the bottom. The only thing Cynthia has to do is put the fitted sheet on her bed to pin the ruffle to. This is the only way she's going to be able to make sure it hangs straight. If she brings it back in I'll take a picture of it. I'm not sure if she's going to need help sewing the last stitch all the way around the bed or she can do it herself at home. This project sure is growing large as we stitch all the fabric together.

Daniele, who pick a really hard fabric to work with making a knit black dress came to class a couple times this week to work on a much easier top. She's using a jersey that has no stretch this time. The first time she pressed a seam in this fabric she smiled because she knew it would come together with less effort than her last project.

I get a lot of students who want to start business. I have a student Christina who's come in a couple of time to learn how to make lunch boxes and place mats for children. She's got a great idea to tie in children's books, recipes and cute little table accessories to teach kids about good eating. She also has characters she's going to bring them all together with. I love how creative some people can be. 

Sorry to say I don't have many pictures to share this week. It's been a crazy week with some great news to share. (more about that in a minute)

Lydia came in today get help on a few projects she's working on. She's almost finished with this cute little lightweight red cotton skirt. She installed the zipper in class and the waistband. The only thing she needs to do is the hem and closure at the top of the zipper. She also worked on replacing an invisible zipper in a dress and a zipper in a jacket.

Friends Erin and Jennell returned to class today. Erin's almost done with the toddler top to go along with the pants she made a couple of weeks ago. Jennell finished her dog coat for Kitty. She said Kitty hates having it on and won't move when she's wearing it... LOL. She cut a dress for herself last week and started sewing it today.

For everyone who' covered with snow this is one nice thing about living in South Florida this time of year everything stays green as you can see in the picture.

Scott came in to work on his purple dress. He did his very first welt pocket. It came put much better than I did taking a picture.

I have to say this pattern is a challenge to figure out how they are telling you to construct. He's doing Vogue V1088. There isn't a pattern review on this pattern that I can find. He's already put 14 hours in construction on this dress. He has the bodice done and we almost have the skirt finished. The only thing left to do is attach them at the waistline, buttons and hem. I hope to have a picture of this finish dress soon. I am very proud of Scott for taking his time to get things right on this design.

This picture is from last week. I wasn't able to share it with you since I didn't have an internet connection.  Sam used an old sheet she found at the thrift store to copy a halter top of her daughters to make a dress. It has two casings of elastic running at the top with a little tie going from center front to wrap around the neck to tie. She cut the top stripes one direction and the bottom (skirt) another. She did finish this project before she left class but I didn't get a picture of it.

The thing that made me a little crazy this week...
Ask and you shall receive.  I have been wanting for a long time to have my business near Jo Ann's Fabrics. When I had to move my business last year there was nothing affordable open. A few weeks ago several store fronts came available.

I made the call this week to find out about the rent info. I was given such great news that I'm going to move again at the end of March. I'm so excited about this news. If we need something for class to make our projects and we don't have it all we have to do is walk across the street. And.. I only live a couple of blocks away so I can walk back and forth since I hold classes a couple of times during the day not to mention home for lunch.

The unit needs some work but I'll be given some free months rent to do the labor. It's going to be hard work to move again but all worth it in the end. I'm very excited and hope to sign a lease next week and give a 30 day notice where I'm at now.

Next week classes:
Darts, Gathers, Pleats for Technique Tuesday 6-8pm
Sewing Wednesday 11am-1pm (no evening class due to it's my little mans and my birthday - we share the day)
Sewing Thursday 10am-2pm
Machine Thursday 6-8pm
Machine Friday 10am-12noon
Sewing Friday 1-3pm
Cutting Saturday 10am-12noon
Sewing Saturday 1-5pm

Next week I'm going to share a room make over I'm doing for my son for his birthday. When he was 5yrs old I did an Under the Sea room for him. He's going to be 12 and wants his room painted. Bye Bye Spongebob and Patrick.

Hopefully I can get some sewing in next week because I wasn't able to work on any of my projects last week.

I hope your Valentines Day is filled with much love and you enjoy your day off Monday for Presidents Day.

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

Feb 12, 2010

Make Your Prom Dress and WIN $50,000

For anyone who wants to make their own prom dress you can win big bucks!

Joann Fabric    Own Your Look Prom Contest   Winner Receives 50K - Second to Tenth place are also winners.

Jo-Ann Own Your Own Look Prom Contest 2010 comes with prizes which is form of cash. Different prize value depend on category of prizes. The concept is for students to create their own outfits for prom utilizing fabric and accessories from Jo-Ann fabric and craft stores. Grand prize is $50,000. Open to students between the ages of 1 -19. To enter, visit website www.joann.com/prompeople and follow the instructions to complete the entry process. Jo-Ann Own Your Own Look Prom Contest 2010 promotion period has been started from January 10, 2010 and it will end on June 15, 2010.
I hope some of my students want to enter. If you do want to make your prom dress we need to get busy with it to have it ready for June.

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