Tag Archives: Free sewing tips

{ Tips on Tuesday } Alternative to backstitching to secure a stitch

5 Apr

The quaint little town, a mile high chalk FULL of American History with snow like glitter and warm and friendly folks was my favorite place we ever lived.  Coming home to our log house was like living in a vacation home!  This is where I learn this trick . . . even though Custer, SD is a  small town of about 4000 people, there is a cute little quilt shop and a friendly owner.  This gal and I were visiting and she shared this trick . . .

When you begin to stitch, were you would go forward and then backstitch before you continue to sew your seam, do this instead:

  1. decrease your stitch length to a very small stitch and begin to sew
  2. sew 1/4 inch – 1/2 inch with a very tight, small stitch length, this will secure your seam where you begin
  3. increase stitch length to normal setting and continue sewing your seam
  4. as you near the end of your seam, decrease your stitch length again to secure the end of your seam

(I have an electronic Elna so this is how I adjust my stitch lengths, whether you are sewing on an electronic machine or manual one the idea is to adjust the stitch length)

This is how my machine looks when I begin with the normal settings for a straight stitch

Now I decrease my stitch length quite a bit to secure before I begin to sew my seam

Once I have sewn a bit, then I return my machine to the normal settings finish my seam and do this process again before I reach the very end of my seam.

Ta Da!  An easy quick way to secure your stiches at the beginning and end without backstitching!

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{ My Projects } Tooth Fairy Pillow

3 Apr

So here is the Tooth Fairy Pillow I made in Speedy Gonzales fashion one late night when my little lady Kyndall lost her first tooth.  You can read about that escapade here!

I had to think quick if I wanted to get this crazy Mom project done . . . but then all my projects have to be fairly quick anyways being a Mom of 5  or they just don’t get done!

I remembered over at mmmcrafts,  that talented gal Larissa had a really cute pattern for a tooth fairy pillow.  Click here to visit her post for the pattern.

Of course, being as late as it was, and being my thrifty self, I dug into my stash to complete this quick project.

If I were to make another one ( I see four more in the future, as all  the girls were swooning over this one.  lol )  I would embroider some cute eyes or use googlie eyes and make a little skirt and maybe some ballerina shoes.  It would be fun to use organza for the wings.

As it was I just grabbed whatever color felt I had and made it work.  So this tooth fairy pillow ended up with green eyes and flowered paisley wings!  Not the cutest she could be, but hopefully she will inspire all you creative ladies none the less.  I just love how the mouth opens for a place for the tooth to hide!  So cute, Thanks Larissa

Send me a photo if you make one . . . I’d love to see {{ smile }}

{ Tips on Tuesday } Gathering

29 Mar

I don’t know about you, but I find it very annoying when I have to do a lot of gathering.

Pattern instructions often say to stitch two rows of a loose stitch and then pull the bobbin thread to make a nice bit of gathering.

You know me, I am always looking for a way to cut corners so I never stitch TWO rows of loose stitches and then inevitably as I’m gathering I break the thread . . . AAHH!

Here is a wonderful tip that was passed on to me and it works beautifully every time!!

Set your machine to a loose zig zag stitch and then zig zag over embroidery floss, or light cording, even a heavy thread would work.

Then the zig zag stitch will easily gather as you pull the heavy thread beneath.

Beautifully gathered with no broken stitches and even saved time because you only had to stitch once . . . I love it!

Try it and let me know what you think . . . I’d love to hear from you.

Tips on Tuesday

12 Mar

As I was working on my latest tutorial I was thinking . . . of all the little things I do to cut corners, save money, save TIME!, keep me sane 😉 and make things work in this busy household of mine!  I decided to begin

So . . . Every Tuesday I will share a life altering (just kidding) tip that I have learned through trial and error, blood sweat and tears (I like to be dramatic it’s fitting for a house full of GIRLS!) It may be sewing, crafting, cleaning, organizing, cooking, baking or just plain surviving from day to day in this roller coaster life as a MOM . . . chaufer, referee, cheerleader, queen bee, money saver . . . oh my the list goes on!!!! I love every minuite of it even though I am often exhausted at bedtime.  🙂

Someone once told me of raising children . . .

The days are LONG, but the years are FAST!

I can tell you for sure this is true.  There is a lot to get done in a day, but these lovely ladies are growing FAST.  I try to treasure every moment ( and then there’s those other times; when we just pull the car over and cool off before we continue 😉 lol )

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Every little bit helps! 🙂

~Lia