Can’t imagine my sewing room without a serger. (actually have more than 1, just in case… )
I’ve been making a note if I use mine daily, now that I know it has its’ own month on the calendar, and yes… I do something with mine at least daily! There are days it is the only machine I use.
I’m not adept at all the things mine will do, mostly because I have never taken the time to investigate the possibilities. When I purchased my latest one, I wanted so badly to take the Get to know your serger class the store offered, but I was caring for my mom & her twin and knew I would never get to class. Now, years down the road, the machine is still working great; The operator however, is just sewing with the basics still.
How about you, do you use your serger for more than finishing seams? How about mastering the narrow overcast hem business? ( I have figured that one out….on most fabrics anyway)
I have been busy sewing on clients’ orders, but have managed to get a few things completed and a new scarf on the needles. Not sitting idly by here!
Interesting yarn, white with eyelash detail and another strand with little puffs of color. Will end up being a great summer weight scarf.
Planning ahead for football season! Baby sized football hat for the little fans!
Upcycled T shirt Scarf; Fun summer accessory
Stop by the shop to see what else I’ve been up to. Stitchknit; Creations in Fabric & Fibers
Celebrate simplicity and practicality this Safety Pin Day. Legend has it that, in 1849, Walter Hunt, the inventor of the safety pin, owed a friend $15 and decided to invent something new in order to earn the money to repay him. He invented the safety pin.
Strong and sharp, yet safe enough to be used on clothing, safety pins are a simple yet ingenious invention, which practically everyone has used at some point.
I use safety pins here at Stitchknit. All the time! The handiest use is when I’m fitting a garment on a child, or anyone worried about getting stuck with a straight pin. Using safety pins for a fitting is a perfect solution. Thrilled that Mr Walter Hunt came up with this handy little invention!
I also use safety pins when knitting & crocheting. If I can’t find a fancy-pants marker, a safety pin works just as well. The larger one will usually slip over a needle too, so I can also use them as a quick stitch counter. For students who find a ‘live’ dropped stitch in their work, a safety pin will keep the stitch in place until they can get here for some Knitting 911.
Do you have safety pins in your sewing or knitting tools? What’s your typical way of using them?
Deep Cayenne Red Cotton Yarn…The latest addition to my ‘found’ yarn
This is a lovely yarn, great for knitting or crocheting!
Stitchknit; Creations from fabric & fibers
Collection of mystery yarn from Stitchknit
Available in my shop for $21.00. Great gift idea for Mothers Day, if you have a grandma or mom who delights in making crafts, doll clothes or other small projects! I ship these inside the US and will be happy to include a message from you!
I’ve been working on this hat for what seems like years. More likely, just months……….but with these tiny needles it is taking an age!
On the needles; slouch hat in pink with a glint of gold
Just a couple more inches I think………then I’m going to just gather up the crown and sew up the side seam. Should fit loosely, falling into soft folds in the back.
Could be done by Christmas!
I’ve already had my first order for Halloween! Seems early, but I’m thrilled it will be one less ordered in October!
Getting ready to add fringe to Ms Poppins inspired scarf
Try as I might, I can’t get ahead on this wispy little scarf. I’ve had a completed one in actual inventory here a total of ONE week! Yes, within 7 days, ‘she’ was off to her new home…………practically perfect in every way!
I will get started on another soon. Tuesday in fact. I’m taking my mom to the dentist, so will make good use of my waiting room time and see if I can put one of these on the shelf here!
My version of Mary Poppins scarf $46.00
Tie Dyed T shirt Scarf from Stitchknit
Add a pop of color with this easy to wear upcycled T Shirt scarf. $17.00
I have more of these coming………they are on the cutting table, so getting close to listing them! (gray, dark green, purple, heathery looking dark blue)
My tiny crocheted hearts are included here! See some of the other colors available here in my Etsy Shop.
Orchid is such a beautiful color and just right for a Spring wedding….
Treasury tool by StylishHome.
Finally, I have pictures of the Christmas 2013 project here at Stitchknit. This took a full year, from November 2012 and they were picked up November 2013.
This was the stocking to copy….4 times!
It took me until February to source the materials, matching the 2 ply wool yarn was the toughest. Ordered white Angora to match the hair and beard and discovered they were actually cream. Finally got my materials and then tackled the “notes” from the original knitter. These were truly notes. Not a pattern as we know patterns today. The notes started from the cast on at the top of the sock and had some detail regarding the Santa face……….but the directions stopped at the heel flap! Said to just continue as a sock! Good thing I love sock knitting, and after painstakingly counting stitches on the original………just barreled ahead. I was sweating the supplies I had ordered, as I truly am NO good in figuring yards, ounces and such. Once I had the first stocking done (minus the double knitting at the top, the bells and the personalization) I felt so much better with the amount of yarn I had for the remaining 3.
Sock #1 & #2 Before blocking
Inching towards summer at this point and starting to see the November deadline flashing in front of me! Implemented an hour a day on this project which helped me see consistent progress and kept me from away from full-blown crazy.
Saved the fussy bits at the top of the sock until I had all 4 stockings knit and sewn up the back. (yes, the original had them worked flat until the Santa was knit, then joined & worked on double points. Did the double knitting on all 4, added the bells and then stitched on the names. Stopped mid way to block these before the bells went on…. Getting ahead of myself here.
Best news ever…….I did finish them on time, the client picked them up before Thanksgiving, so they could have their traditional decorating event that weekend. Thanks to Rachel from nomarkatall.etsy.com I have pictures to remember the project. The client gave me permission to write up a complete pattern to offer in my Etsy shop too, so the pictures are ready to go!
Blocked and Completed
Ready to Display!
Now, I just need to write up a pattern & share this vintage goodness!