Jefferson, LA, US

craft interests: embroidery, fashion, gifts, home decorating, quilting, sewing

Member Since: 12/07/2008

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Re: Win a Copy of ScrapTherapy Scraps Plus One!

I love all the packing you do. It looks so neat and have everything packed in a neat order. Also I would love to have gone to Checker. I would have love to have seen all the fabric they had and all the quilting notions and patterns. I would love your second book and try some of the patterns in your second book. I bought your first book and I try to do the scrap organization with my scrap fabric. It is slowly coming along.

Re: Which sewing conferences or classes are you looking forward to attending this year?

I am going to take a string quilting class tomorrow night at The Quilted owl, a quilt store here in Jefferson, LA. I hope to take more quilting classes in the months to come. I also took a Quilt as you go class too about three weeks ago.
I would like to go to a Sewing expo but there are none close by around here.

Re: What are you sewing for the holidays this year?

I made two Christmas potholders with my serger for a Christmas party. I have also embroidered some towels, a set for my mother and some hand towels for my father in law. My mother in law will get a fleece wheelchair lap throw.

Re: What sewing tools can you not live without?

I just cannot live without my seam ripper. It has saved me many times over, especially when you make a mistake in your sewing and you just have to rip. I cannot live without my serger tweezers, too. They help get threads through the needle of the serger and the loopers. I also need an iron and ironing board, a working sewing machine and a serger. A must in the garment construction are marking pens or chalk to mark the material from the patterns. You also need pins, a pin cushion and a wrist pin cushion. I use all of these.

Re: What machine are you sewing on now?

I sew on an Elna Xquisit II sewing/embroidery machine. I do not have the room in my sewing room for another sewing machine so I sew and embroider on the same machine. It does wonderful embroidery (still on the learning curve for embroidery). I also sew garments and home decor. I love this machine. I would not trade it in for anything. It does everything I could ask for it to do. The trick for any sewing machine to work properly is to keep it clean, especially the bobbin case (keep the lint away from it). Oh, by the way, I have an Elna 634 serger, that I have had for about seven years now. Love that serger too.

Re: Who first taught you to sew?

My mother tried to teach me early on, but I was not interested. She had me take a sewing class right after college and I made top and skirt outfit. I also made a sleeveless dress. They both came out pretty reasonable. I quit sewing for a few years, then when I got married, I picked it up again. (I was taught how to make clothes again by a sewing teacher who does not live from me here in Louisiana. I still call her from time to time for sewing advice.) I am now making clothes, quilts, home decor and embroidering on my machine. I remember my mother who was an excellent seamstress. She made all her clothes, my sister's and my wedding dress. I still love that dress to this day.