Thursday, July 10, 2014

Now you see you don't: Invisible Zippers

Last night the Sewphisticuts were treated to a demo of installing an invisible zipper.  Judy L, despite suffering a bout of back pain, came through for the group and shared with us her knowledge of invisible zippers.  She discussed the zipper construction, considerations for placement, and how the invisible zipper foot works.  Then she installed one in a sample piece of fabric.  An interesting side note covered how to make sure the fabric on each side of the zipper matches, something you need to do if your fabric is plaid, striped, or if the zipper crosses a waistband or other seam perpendicular to the zipper.

In other business, the group decided that for Make a Difference Day in October, the project will be walker and wheelchair bags for Castle Point VA hospital.  Several members volunteered to organize the day.  More information will be on the way later.

Maura's baby quilt for a friend's grandbaby
There were quite a few show and tell items.
Peggy's summer top

Cindy's bracelet

Judy's swimsuit

Peg's bag to carry her cutting board, ruler, and machine table

Linda's ipad bag

Linda made a graduation gift for her grandson

Connie's placemats

More placemats

Summer colors in a quilt

Wall hanging

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Sewing Studio Tour

This past Wednesday, the Sewphisticuts continued the July tradition of touring a member's sewing room.  Many of us refer to our sewing spaces rather grandly as "studios", when the reality is closer to "closet", but Sue K's sewing space is truly a studio!  Recently she had her downstairs room redone to make a beautifully spacious sewing and design space, with stations for sewing, quilting, ironing and cutting.  The L-shaped room  has lots of shelf space for storage of books, fabric and notions, and a padded wall to pin up pieces as part of the design and assembly process.

Design wall with long-arm quilting machine in foreground
Of course all the rest of us were awed and envious of this well-appointed space, truly a dream come true for sewists! 

After the tour, we enjoyed a pot-luck dinner which showed that our creative skills are not limited to the fabric arts.   A few people had brought show-and-tell, from tote bags to t-shirts.  Most intriguing were some fabric flowers that Peg S. brought, formed by embroidering organza over a special texturizing layer that then shrinks when sprayed with water.  You can see one show-and-tell piece in the top photo;  Peggy N. made a summer romper by combining a favorite shorts pattern with a sleeveless blouse pattern, sewing the two pieces together at the waist to create a casing for the elastic and adding a zipper at the back of the blouse.