Saturday, October 22, 2011

Lazy, Lazy KCWC

Despite all my excitement, I only managed to get one project done for KCWC! And I didn't even get it to the flickr board. Boo, me!

Granted, it was a project I'd had in the back of my mind for many moons, so I still feel very accomplished for having crossed one. more. project. off that infinite list! And I tackled my fear of double needles and totally rocked it!

A bunch of old long sleeve tops + double needle showdown =
A bunch of cozy, comfy, FREE leggings for Ester!

See those yoga pants? Used to be a turtleneck!

Getting the hang of the double needling was tricky, but I figured it out after trying some things. For one, the manual to my machine was not clear or even right about threading a double needle! It had me putting both spool and bobbin on the thread bar (I know it's not called that, but KWIM?) and all the thread was getting bunched up in the fabric. 
I eventually figured out, after cleaning, oiling, and throwing said fabric on the floor, that I could load the second thread onto where I wind the bobbin...
...and then thread it to the needle!

Success! The thread no longer tangled and resulted in beautiful, professional stitching.
The best part about double needles is that it creates a zig zag underneath as it picks up the bottom bobbin thread, making it perfectly stretchy for knits! A great finish and makes knits a whole lot less scary, if not more fun!

I made the leggings by cutting the arms off the t-shirts and then turning one arm inside out and the second arm inside it, right sides facing together and matching up the seams. I then traced a pair of Ester's existing leggings onto the sleeves, cut it out, and sewed around the "U" to make the crotch. Turned inside out, made an elastic casing and threaded the elastic, and I was done! Literally made all three in under an hour!

You can learn all I learned about double needles at Make It And Love It!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

It's that time of year again!

Ester's favorite video ever, resulting in endless hours of, "Pease Hoween?"

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Vintage Brother

One day I hope to do a tour of all the things we've gotten from our amazing local Freecycle, but I am too excited about this to wait until that day!

I recently picked up this beautiful gem, and the best part - it works, and does so beautifully!
Brother Galaxie 230
It's a 1959 Brother Galaxie 230 (in my favorite color too!). A heavy, solid piece, complete in it's own table! I think my mom still has one of these, tucked away under her newer machine. I love how the table folds out and is flush with the needle plate - so great for sewing wallets and large pieces like quilts.
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I love all the knobs and settings - it makes me feel like I'm stepping into another, forgotten world for a brief moment.

Where are all our sewing shops now, DC? And what happened, Good Housekeeping?
And what I love the most are the extras - complete manuals and a little wooden box full of attachments and feet! How cool!
I don't even know what all these feet are for. 
How cool is this?
A welcome addition to my little sewing world - a beautiful, strong (not to mention turquoise) machine that has stood the test of time. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2011


I'm doing it! Yay, so excited for my first Kids Clothes Week Challenge ever! I plan on making a plaid hooded cape lined in a soft faux fur and, if there's time, flannel pajama pants for Ester - I figure those will be simple and fast enough, and definitely much needed. I also have a denim dress for Ester that I cut out but never assembled - because I didn't buy enough fabric! Hopefully I can find a match and get it finished.

Anyone else signing up?
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