Tuesday, July 20, 2010


Have you ever heard someone say, I hate alterations,, well it was probably me..I hate ripping out seams,,  I was given some clothes the other day,, and some of them needed to be altered, to fit either myself of Holly,, this was a dressy top, this is the first time I have put in an invisible zipper though,, I didn't even know if I had my foot attachment or not,, but I luckily found it.. 
Not only did I have to put in the zipper in, but I also had to deal with the fact that there was a little excess material,, I didn't feel like taking in the seam, and besides, I thought I could ease the material in a little,, the print material I figured would "hide" and puckers,, and it did... 
In the process of learning invisible zippers, I found out you can get too close to the teeth, the black thread shows where I actually stitched into the teeth,,so  #1 seam ripped out,,, now where the thread is also, is where the zipper is curled, where my thumb is is where I have "opened" it up,, like a normal zipper would be,, it may be hard to see, but and invizible zipper is actually where the teeth of the zipper has been curled around to back, so that when the zipper is closed all you see is material, as opposed to a regular zipper, where you can see the teeth,,
This is a pic of after I have sewed it in,, to the left  of my thumb, there is about 2 mm width of the zipper stay, that is the part that is sewn to the material,, to the right of my thum,, I got a little closer than that,, too close actually,, it probably would have been fine,, but it just didn't seem like the zipper layed as flat sewn that close to the material,, so taking out another seam,,
Much better here...
Done,, and the puckers don't show too bad,, yes I know the seam is a little off,, but in reality, it isn't that bad,,,

Friday, July 16, 2010

Re-uphostering chairs

This is what I have been working on for about a week,,,

We have had our kitchen set for about 15 yrs.. I think it was time  for a make over,, they have been bad for a while,, I just didn't know if I could redo them,, well this summer I finally decided to, I mean after all, I couldn't do much worse,, lol...
Ahhh, now this is better,, and it only took me a week,, I have never seen so many staples in my life,, at least until I put them back together,, "raised eyebrows",, I think I put back in  twice as many staples, I wanted to make sure these puppies werent coming apart,,, ha ha.. and yes  the seat is a different color,, the chairs are so old, Joann's didn't have the "exact color", which didnt bother me anyway plus, the back didn't need anything done to it, and we were trying to save money in the first place by  me doning it myself,, the chairs are functional and the look tons better, and no one is complaining,, I have even had some compliments form dear hubby, so all is good,,, :-)

Friday, July 2, 2010

Summer's here,

But not a lot of sewing going on yet,, just a lot of buying,, material and embroidery designs, 4 sets from,, here here here here all from, From the Needle of Anne,, and another one from My embroidery haven , now I just have to get sewing,,,