straight stitch society 

I absolutely love the patterns and the philosophy of Straight Stitch Society. This is their "Feed the Animals" coin purse.

Their manifesto goes as follows:

1. Life is hard, sewing is easy.

2. When the going gets tough, the tough get sewing.

3. Sewing is cheaper than therapy and easier on your waistline than chocolate.

4. Don't make it if it's not super cute.

5. Don't let anyone trash talk your sewing skills. Especially your mother.

6. Sometimes a glass of wine really does improve your sewing. Or at least your attitude. Same difference.

7. A strategically used curse word can make you feel better when you need to get the seam ripper. But only the first time. After that you're a potty mouth.

8. No matter what happens, remember that it's only fabric.

9. If someone asks "Did you make that?" say "Yes" proudly and leave it at that, no matter how much you fudged along the way.

10. Sewing straight stitch society projects makes you thinner, younger, and richer. You'll see.

TOO CUTE. Straight Stitch Society puts out fun, easy patterns and projects that are useful and can be completed in a short amount of time. These are my favorite kind of sewing projects. They are funky, fresh, and you'd be happy to show off any of them. I made the delicious "Keep Your Cool" smartphone case last year. Featured is one of my many broken iPhones. I'd be much more cool if I wasn't constantly smashing the screens on my iPhones. Anyway...

I love projects that can be made with quilting weight cottons. It's soft, it's easy to work with, and it always has the most fun prints. All of Straight Stitch Society's patterns will be available here at the shop for the first week of September!

Happy Sewing!

Posted by DaleyByTheYard Admin Thursday, August 28, 2014 12:09:00 PM Categories: Classes @ Daley's Completed Projects Ideas Pattern Review

bobbinwork & reverse quilting 

Did you know you could work with these size threads/floss/ribbon in your sewing machine? If you put them in the bobbin, you can!

I decided to make a bed scarf to spruce up my boring, white comforter. I used 2 fabrics from the Collage line. I did some reverse quilting, following the pattern on the backing fabric.

The trick is to use a normal, 40 weight thread in the top of your machine. I just used Mettler Metrosene, in white and a variegated teal green. For the bobbin, I used both Razzle Dazzle and embroidery floss. Both gave me no issues inside the machine. All of these threads are available at the shop.

The trick to this technique is the tension. I used the Bernina 880 to work on this. There's a little tool that you stick on the bobbincase, and you just click the tension wherever, and then set it back in the middle to go back to normal sewing.

For all other machines, I recommend investing in a second bobbin case. Because you have to mess around with the tension on the bobbin case quite a bit to get the stitches to look right, it might be hard to get it back to 'normal' for regular sewing. Bernina makes special bobbin cases for bobbin work.  If you don't use a Bernina, just put a touch of nail polish on your bobbin work case so you know the difference. If you need a second case to give this technique a whirl, get in touch with me, and I'll order one for you.

For you bobbin tension, turn down. If your tension is too tight, the thread will have trouble moving through the case, and may break or jam. However, you don't want it so loose that your bobbin thread shows on the top side of what you're working on. You can also tweek your top tension, by turning it up to offset the low tension underneath.

Here is a link to WeAllSew that I found with tips on free motion.

Have you played with bobbin work before? How was your result? Share your story here, or on our Facebook page!

Posted by DaleyByTheYard Admin Tuesday, August 05, 2014 1:05:00 PM Categories: Ideas Tutorial Works in Progress

Let's talk about knits 

Have you seen the new Colette Guide to Sewing Knits?

(Available @ Daley's | $32.00)

It's a great resource for anyone who is interested in working with garments! It gives you tips on how to seam and finish knits, whether you have a serger or not. If you don't have a serger, it gives some suggestions on what features to invest in. You'll learn professional techniques, how to shop, and tips on how to fit!

It is true that you don't NEED a serger to work with knits, but boy, do they make life a lot easier! Here's a project I've done several times on my sewing machine, t-shirt applique. This is a technique that I've had trials and errors with over the years, so I've got some simple tips on how to make it great! The idea is, we all have t-shirts that we love, but unfortunately, we don't fit into them anymore. You hate to give it up, you may not be interested in whipping up an entire t-shirt quilt, so why not upcycle it into something you can wear again. I started playing with this when my fiance's favorite t-shirts were skin tight on him. I figured, how hard could it be to buy a plain black tee in his size, and then cut out the graphic on the old tee and sew them together? Easier said than done, but with a few great products, and a few manipulations of my sewing machine, I made it work.

*The featured tee is for a family reunion I'm attending next weekend, so head's up! I won't be in on Saturday, August 9th. The shop will be open from 10:00-5:00pm, as usual. Tom the tech, Sabina, and Jo Connolly will be here to help you!

First things first, cut out your graphic. I cut it out rough, so that I don't waste more interfacing than I need to. I also don't like cutting knits to their final size before interfacing them, because they warp and then are tough to work with. Next, interface your graphic.

I used Pellon "Easy Knit", we have it here for $3.95 per yard.

Once you've got your t-shirt interfaced, you can cut it to size. I find that straight lines are the easiest to deal with in this case, so I'm going with a rectangle.

I prepared the t-shirt I'd be working with by spritzing it with a little best press ($7.95). I love, love, love, to the 10th power: best press. It's a starch alternative. It comes in yummy scents. It's a miracle in a bottle. It gives you firmness without giving you stiffness, the way regular starch does. I didn't want to interface the entire t-shirt, it'll end up being heavy and uncomfortable. Therefore, a little firmness helps me reduce stretching the shirt.

Now, I could just pin the graphic onto the t-shirt and have at it, but as you can imagine; the knit will shift and make you sad. I used heat'n'bond ($2.28/yard), which is an iron-on adhesive, to 'stick' my graphic to the t-shirt. This ensures minimal shifting.

I ironed the heat'n'bond onto the back of my graphic rough, and then cut around it and got all the extra off. Once the product is ironed onto the back of the graphic, you peel the paper off the other side. Once this is pressed, it creates a permanent bond. I placed my graphic on the t-shirt where I wanted it, and then measured to make sure everything was centered.

Once you've bonded these two items together, you're ready to stitch!! I flip the tee inside out to work on it.

Here are the machine settings I used. My presser foot pressure is turned quite low, I want to avoid as much stretching of this fabric as possible. The stretching shows up as ripples, and ripples make your upcycling too obvious. This machine had a built in applique stitch that I used as a baseline. You can also just use a zigzag stitch and play with the length and width. My built in applique stitch was very close together, so I lengthened it. Again, you want to avoid stretching this fabric by all means. A dense applique stitch will lead to slower fabric feeding, which will lead to stretching.

I used a 1D foot to work with this applique. The extra boost of feed-power helps reduce any pulling. I also moved my needle position a bit, which you may notice on my screen. I generally like to use whatever presser foot I'm using as a guide. There is a center marking on the foot, which is very easy to see and very easy to line up in the center between my graphic and my shirt. Therefore, I moved the needle position over, so that the right side of my zigzag stitch would land on the very edge of my graphic, and I could use that marking as a guide. It's easier to move the needle position over than try to get that stitch to land perfectly by eye.

Do you work with a lot of knits? Or are you intimidated by them? Have you ever done t-shirt applique, or would you try it out? Share your story here in the comments, or on our facebook page!

 

 

Posted by DaleyByTheYard Admin Thursday, July 31, 2014 11:52:00 AM Categories: Challenges Completed Projects Gadgets Ideas Tutorial
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