Thursday, September 1, 2016

Hemming Silky Fabrics

One job that is tedious but becomes manageable with the right tool is sewing narrow hem seams on silky fabric. 

Fortunately, the Foot Hemmer can help you sew a hem that you can be proud of!

I had a long evening dress with a lining that needed to be shortened 6 inches. Trimmed down to length, it was ready for hemming. 

The lining was made of satin. It was a firmer fabric and fed through the Foot Hemmer very well. 

The dress fabric was a silk charmeuse. It had less stability but with careful guidance into the foot, the hem stitched up nicely!

With the Foot Hemmer, you can hem beautiful narrow hems for miles!

See how to use this foot in the tab on the top of the page labeled "Featherweight Skill Series - The Basics" and start hemming today! Join and share your pics in my Facebook group, Featherweight Skill Series. Let's get sewing!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Knitting on Hooks

Have you ever used a knitting machine? It has a bed of hooks that the yarn loops around. When the carriage runs over the hooks, it pushes and pulls them while running the yarn across them and forms the stitches. As much as I love hand knitting, these machines are terrific!

It's a finely tuned, complicated unit that does its job quite well. You actually can knit up a sweater in a weekend. I've done it!

Here's a swatch that I made to get into the groove of the machine. 

The center has eyelets and little cables in the center square.

I'll make a bunch of swatches and use them into a future project! I'm thinking I could even combine them with fabric for an interesting effect!

Any knitters out there? What things have you made?

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Summer Jacket in Amethyst

Summer is soon coming to an end. The daytime highs are still up there but the air is getting cooler. Perfect days for a short sleeved jacket.

Made out of a cotton/nylon blend and cotton print, it is soft and has nice drape. 
Sewn on a 1950 Singer 221 "Featherweight" sewing machine!
With the right buttons on it, this will be a useful piece in a fall wardrobe.

Have a vintage sewing machine? Check out the "Skill Series" tabs on the top of my blog!
Want custom clothing? I can help you with that too!