Wednesday, April 9, 2014

I love shiny, happy things!

One of my favorite sites to visit is Pinterest because I love seeing all of the crafty, DIY tutorials out there. I became inspired to make a sequin word shirt. Basically, I took a plain tshirt, cut the neckline off, and the plan was to sew on sequins along a hand drawn word.

I wrote the word Love in cursive on the t-shirt and then I placed the string of sequins on the drawn line so I could see how it would look finished.

Sounds easy enough, right?
My carefully laid strung sequins

Except my Plan A involved hand sewing the string of sequins onto the front of the shirt. Two hours and twenty curse words later I gave up.

Plan B? I go to YouTube and look for videos on how to attach the sequins by machine. Lo and behold, I discover that there is such thing as a sequin foot. I go to my Baby Lock site, look for the part number, find it, verify that it IS compatible with my machine, and then I'm off looking for the foot. I find the foot and order it. When it arrives, I open it and... wait... WHAT?! It doesn't fit? It seems that the presser lever will not lift the presser foot high enough to get the foot under it to snap it in properly. I decide to improvise and lower my feed dogs and I can barely get the foot under it and it is really tight. I decide not to try the foot for fear that I may damage my machine. Instead, I write to the seller and to Baby Lock. The seller just tells me that I can return it if it cannot fit but Baby Lock tells me to go to my dealer. I still have the foot and I'm going to drop by the dealer when I get time to see what the problem is.

In the meantime, my project sits unfinished and abandoned until I can get more information on how to complete the shirt.

I have a feeling that the product, although advertised to be a Baby Look and Brother foot, may not truly be a Baby Lock foot and THAT is why it doesn't work. I posted a question on a Quilting Forum and someone suggested that it may be a Brother foot or may have been compatible with the older version of my machine.

Anyway, I just want to add that I follow a blog called All Things Schwin and I was excited to see that one of the posts was a DIY tutorial on making a sequin anchor shirt. It reminded me of my unfinished, neglected Love sequin shirt.

I'm going to try to attach my sequins using the All Things Schwin technique and see if that makes a difference.

Wish me luck!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

I'm interrupting this Blog Post with an important announcement...

Happy Spring Equinox! Today is the first day of Spring!. It is a time for rebirth, renewals, and new beginnings.

What am I getting at? Yes, I'm baaaaack!

I have missed posting and blogging. The holidays swept me away and I neglected my blog! I have so much to update but I am making a list (and checking it twice...hey I am a Christmas baby, I HAD to throw that in) of the things I am going to post about so I can hold myself to some sort of blogging schedule over the next couple of weeks. Here is a sneak peek of what's to come!

Let's see what I have for a start....

  • Nyan Quilt update and finish
  • Iron Quilter update
  • MIL quilt update(I finished it and sent it to her)
  • Two baby quilts I made (1 finished, 1 in progress)
  • My box of WIPs
  • Oh, my NEW sewing machine that my darling sweetheart surprised me!
  • The box of goodies that a colleague of mine gave to me (wait until you see this)
  • The vintage sheets that another colleague gave to me (I think they're vintage)
  • The pattern sale that I came upon at Joann Fabrics (even though I am a beginning sewer)
  • The bags that I made over the holidays as well as the aprons
  • My experience making vinyl/paper wallets from a tutorial on Martha Stewart's site
  • The sewing swag I scored (say that three times fast) at Tuesday Morning
  • The test coasters I made using bathroom tile and a tutorial from Pinterest
and seriously, there's more! I have been busy!

I'm considering moving my content over to my WordPress blog which is empty with default goobledegook so that is something that may also happen soon.