Inside My Studio

The Look and Feel of Screen-printing Without Screen-printing September 15 2017, 0 Comments


Decorating A Pouch and Onesie with Siser Easyweed Vinyl Cut with the Cricut Explore September 15 2017, 0 Comments


Decorating A Mug Using Sublimation September 15 2017, 0 Comments


I Almost Lost It When I Thought I'd Lost It September 03 2014, 0 Comments

 

Threading a needle used to be the only 'not so fun' part to sewing by hand -- or machine. I prefer sewing machines that have a needle threading system. For hand sewing, I used to keep a bunch of those tiny silver needle threaders with the thin wire handy.

When I was a teenager and young adult I used to wear glasses for driving, reading, and sewing. Then, one day I just stopped wearing them. The last time I wore prescription glasses was at least 10 years ago. I've been doing fine without them -- don't miss them. However, I do own a magnifying glass. Hey, it's not me! Some print is just too small! For instance, there ought to be a law about how small the print on a business card can be.

The good news is that one day I heard about the most fabulous needle threader in the world! I like using the short needles for hand work. Without a great needle threader, I end up saying some things that would make a sailor blush.

I always keep this new needle threader out on a table where I can see it. One time I misplaced it. I almost lost it when I thought I'd lost it.

The threader is by Clover.

 


Creativity, Meditation, A New Thing August 29 2014, 0 Comments

What? Tee Shirt Art

I believe that the moments we spend immersed in being creative -- whether it's writing, baking, sewing or gardening, etc; we are in meditation.

I call our creative moments a form of meditation because we are no longer caught up in the issues of this 3D world -- or, we chose to take a more empowering perspective on them. We go to a higher place. We are in touch with our intuitive wisdom, joy and strength.

When one is really in the creative flow, one looses sense of time and space. We have gone to our higher self. And when we return, we often return with a new feeling  -- or, "a new thing" that we have made or thought up. How cool is that?


Love for My Sewing Machines August 20 2014, 0 Comments

I love my family. Yes, all of them. Even the ones who are annoying and do and say things that I can’t figure out why anyone would do or say such things (I’m sure they say the same about me) – I truly love them anyway.

However, today I want to talk about three inanimate objects in my life that I love dearly and bring me much joy, peace and comfort. These three items are my main sewing machines. I say ‘main’ because I do have a few others. If I were a wealthier person I would own a huge craft studio with every kind of sewing machine possible. I would seek out the earliest sewing machines ever invented to the most up-to-date modern machine with all kinds of bells and whistles that do things that are not imaginable.

The first machine I want to introduce you to is my Pfaff Ambition 1.5

I purchased this machine at all teeny tiny shop on Broadway here in New York City called Crown Machine Services. It’s kind of like a machine repair garage (like a car garage). I say that because this tiny shop reminds me of the car garages my grandfather would take me to whenever he needed to have his car worked on.

Back in the early 90s, I came into a chunk of money and the first and only thing I wanted to buy was a sewing machine. I had read about the Pfaff - a sturdy German machine that I thought was just amazing. However, of course the most amazing ones are very pricy.

Let me explain the cost of that machine like this: I got great use out of that machine and then there was a period in my life when I realized I wasn’t going to be using it very much. Therefore, I decided to sell it. In fact, this machine was the first thing I ever sold on eBay. I sold this used machine for somewhere between  $2000 and $3000.  It sold right away and the buyer was very grateful.

While in the Crown Service shop that day, I was planning on spending a couple hundred dollars for machine because I didn’t have the money to buy a Pfaff like the one I had before.  One of the gentlemen working in the shop asked, “What kind of machine would you like?” I told him if I could get ANY machine, I would get a Pfaff but I didn’t think I could do that today.

Then he shows me the Pfaff Ambition.  I sat down to play with it. He told me that it would be somewhere near around $1000. Even though I wasn’t planning to, I went home with that machine and have been in love with it every sense.
It’s been about four years now and I’ve never had a bit of trouble with it. I’ll come back with more details on the Pfaff in another post because now I want to talk about:

The Brother Nouvelle 1500 S - What a workhorse!

I got this machine mainly for quilting – not only for piecing; it also can be set up to work with some of the quilting frames. I ordered this machine online from a place called AllBrands.com.  This machine is a great value at somewhere around $600.

It goes in two directions, forward and backward. No zigzag no decorative stitches  – just forward and backward.

I like this machine because it has an industrial feel to it. It is a very heavy solid machine. My favorite things about it are the scissor snips and the knee lift. The scissors snips allow me to clip the threads when I’m finished sewing the seam without having to use the scissors or thread cutter. The knee lift allows me to maneuver my fabric on the machine while I raise the machine foot up and down by pushing of lever with my knee.

And last-but certainly not least, the four thread serger – the Imagine by Babylock:

I love sergers!  They help make projects go so much faster. But most importantly they are key, sometimes, in creating the professional look and feel of a product.

Originally I used to have a love / hate relationship with all of my sergers because they were so darn complicated to thread. I used to sew in fear of one of my serger threads breaking. I was also hesitant to change colors because I was afraid a thread might break in the process.

This machine, however, is self-threading. It uses some type of air propulsion to push the threads through the channels they need to go through. I have been told that there can be problems with these machines, but so far I have had no problems and I have been in serger heaven. I got the serger at a store called Sew Right in Queens NY.

Well I think that’s enough for today. Until next time, peace.