We covered magnetic bag clasps, as well as interfacing and linings for bags.
Patchwork for Beginners
Yesterday was the first of the Ask Loopy sessions of 2017. This month, it was totally done via live video. Here it is for you to watch.
We covered magnetic bag clasps, as well as interfacing and linings for bags.
I can't wait to see what subjects come up for next month. If you have any questions for the next session, then let me know as soon as possible.
Patchwork for Beginners
Here is a quick round up this month's Ask Loopy Session. The focus this month was on zips. Diane wanted tips on how to insert zips without getting and unsightly bulge at the ends. I hope you'll find them useful and, if you have any tips to share, I'd love to hear them.
Please note-these are not full tutorials on how to make the pouches, it's just to help with the specifics of inserting the zip
After doing this video, I did try it with sewing the tabs into the seam, and in the next video, I discuss the results.
Here are the photos of the two pouches so so can see the ends better.
I hope you've found that useful. If you have any questions for next month's session, please do not hesitate to contact me. The next session is going to be held on the 15th November.
Oh, it was a quiet making week last week. I spent two days rearranging the furniture in my work space. I managed to acquire some new shelving units from Freegle a few weeks ago and Daniel kindly put them together for me and helped me move the heavy furniture around.
The changes have meant we have more space in our living room, and I get to see a lot of my fabric. It's easier to find things and I can see what I need to work my way through. I definitely need to sew and knit faster!
In between moving the furniture, I spent over two days doing accounts and paperwork. It's all a necessary part of running a business, but I'd much rather be doing something a little more creative. This week, it feels good to be back at the machine. I'm now catching up with what I need to do for the Ask Loopy session next week and working on some new designs too.
First on the sewing table this week were these two pouches. I'd been asked about zips in pouches, so of course, I had to make some pouches. You'll get to see more of them next week when the videos go out. I quite enjoyed making them. The bonus was that they triggered the idea for a new make. I'll show you that later in the week.
It was a quiet session this month as it's holiday time. I thought I'd show you my new toy in action. It was a great help when I was making the cushion covers.
Next month, I will finally get the video done of adding the zipper to a knitted cardigan. I'm just finishing the collar on the cardigan at the moment. I've had another couple of questions come in too, so we should have an interesting session. The next one is 20th September, so, if you have anything you'd like to add to the discussion, please let me know.
Well, it seems that the UK is having a mini heatwave. For weeks, everyone has been moaning about the lack of summer, and now, after two days, I think many of us are wishing it was back to the cooler temperatures. It's certainly having an impact on the making going on here. I actually came to a standstill yesterday, it's just as well the Ask Loopy video was prepared the day before.
With the end of the school year and other events. it's been a bit quiet on the question front, but I did have a message from Pat-I am thinking of knitting jackets etc with zips in I have never done this would you be able to give me some tips on how to do this please?
I'll be looking out for a project to demonstrate inserting the zip. I do have one in mind, I just need to relocate the pattern and yarn.
If you have any questions for next month's session, please don't hesitate to contact me.
I just love the variety of these sessions. This month, there were two topics-knitted buttonholes and mitred corners on quilts.
The mitred corners on quilts was delayed from last month as I didn't get to binding the Tiger, Tiger quilt in time. As they say, better late than never.
The next question came in during the month from Katie about knitted buttonholes. Hopefully, this will help.
If any of you are left handed and have come across any good resources for left handed knitters, can you please let me know.
That's it for this month, if you have any questions for next month, please let me know as soon as you can. The more notice I have, the easier it is to plan the videos.
It's definitely been one of those months this month. The video was posted live to Facebook to introduce this month's session
The next video I did was done about the walking foot. During a conversation a couple of weeks ago, it came up that someone had a walking foot but had never used it. I wanted to show that they were easy to use.
Do you have a walking foot? How often do you use it? I know mine gets a lot of use, and not just for my quilts. I think this and my 1/4" piecing foot are the most used on my machine.
If you have any questions or tips for next month's session, please let me know as soon as you can. Hopefully, I can plan things better this month and get everything done in time.
This is the last of this month's Ask Loopy session. The last question was: "If I want to start learning to sew what is the best and cheapest machine to look for. I am useless at sewing"
What machine would you recommend, or even, what would you avoid?
One type of machine I'd say avoid, is the tiny ones that cost about £20/30. They are a real pain to sew on and will put anyone off sewing for life.
I use a Toyota, it wasn't the cheapest, but it wasn't the most expensive. I did manage to get it in the sale. It's been a real workhorse and very reliable. The man that did the servicing said they were among the best made basic, modern machines. Others that have them have recommended them too. It's not computerised, so less to go wrong. My only gripe about it is that I can't regulate the width of the zig zag, although it's not been a problem.
I know Hobbycraft have a sale on their machines at the moment, but I've not used a Brother machine, so can't tell you what they are like.
It may be worth trying Freecycle/Freegle to see if anyone is looking to rehome a machine. You never know you, could find yourself a gem.
Jax O I have that one Jane, works like a trouper, always loved my toyota's
Helen V i use an old singer, yep its just about electric you can usually pick thee up quiet easy, ideal if your new to sewing does forward back and zig zag nothing else fancy i got my last one at a charity shop so worth looking around
Joanne My machine's a Brother & it's great for what I need it for, clothing alterations & basic sewing
Clair I had a Husqvarna for over 20 years and it was brilliant
Susanne A I have a Toyota and my daughter a Brother Innovis and her overlock is a singer
Thanks to everyone that had an input. If you have any recommendations, please let me know and I'll pass them on. The next Ask Loopy session will be held on 21st April and I can't wait to see what comes in this month.
Here is the second part of the Ask Loopy session. The question came in via the website:"As a complete novice on a sewing machine,(which is why I hand sew lol) why wouldnt the bobbin thread be drawing through, and making a stitch once the machine is threaded up. Sometimes the bobbin part doesnt even allow the bobbin to move. Please help."
The machine in question is a Husqvarna 500, so if anyone out there uses this model and give some tips, they would be much appreciated.
My top tips for when my machine is playing up:
When my machine doesn't want to play nicely, I go through the following:
1: Make sure the machine is clean-clean bobbin housing and under the needle plate.
2. Make sure the machine is threaded properly-if necessary, refer to the instruction manual
3. Make sure the bobbin is loaded correctly-make sure the thread is coming off the bobbin in the right direction (usually clockwise) but check your instruction manual
4. Change the needle. Having a new needle makes a big difference and make sure the needle is correctly fitted
5. When was the machine last serviced? I once had a machine that never seemed to stitch properly from when it was new. A service rectified the problem.
And just check, you've reengaged the needle are winding the bobbin
Mo S What excellent advice! Especially number 3. My book makes no mention of that little detail and that was one of my variables I went through so often during one of Margaret's tantrums
What tip would you give?
If you have any questions for our next session, please don't hesitate to contact me.
I've decided to share this month's Ask Loopy session over two or three blog posts as there was so much covered. I know some people have problems if the posts are too video heavy. It was lovely to get so much input from page visitors too, and I'm hoping you'll have some recommendations too.
First up is a quick video just showing some of the different zipper feet for machines. This is especially for Mo. Any problems, just send me a photo of your different feet and I'll point you in the right direction
Question-Views on Toe up versus Cuff down socks
I've not done toe up socks before, so this was a challenge I had to take up. I'm going to break this up a bit. The differences are the cast on and toe, and then the heel, everything in between is the same. First the toe-
I like the fact there this no finishing at the toe. Doing a provisional cast on with waste yarn is fiddly to do, but does get easier with practice. The second one was definitely easier.
I was a bit disappointed with the shape, although this is due to me misreading the pattern not working a row between each increase row.
Heel-This is another case of making sure you read the pattern correctly. As you can see, the second one has gone a lot better than the first one. Again, it's not that difficult, just fiddly as you have to wrap stitches and then remember to knit them into the stitches.
Conclusion-I imagine this is really down to personal choice. Maybe if I'd done my fist socks as toe up, that would be my favourite. As with all things, practice definitely makes it easier, but personally, I prefer doing cuff down. The shaping just seems to go smoother and feel more logical to me and it might be just me, but I find it quite disturbing having the foot hanging from my needles when I'm doing the leg! As for the toes, I'm happy with my Kitchener stitch for finishing, so I don't get a seam on the toe anyway.
If you've tried both methods, which do you prefer?
Tomorrow, we talk more about sewing machines with some trouble shooting tips.
If you have any questions for our next session, please do not hesitate to contact me.
I have had a lifelong love of crafts which started with being taught how to knit at a very young age. It didn't take long to realise that great joy and satisfaction came from making things. Even now, I get a thrill seeing something that started just as an idea, becoming a finished product, whether I make it, or teach someone else how to make it.