eXpressive 920 Combining Stitches

The Elna eXpressive has 400 stitches and several fonts to choose from.  Recently I wanted to create a label and thought I would share how to do this.
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Combining Decorative Stitches
Touch Home > Decorative Stitches > Play.
Touch Combine  combine  and select stitch #4 (shoe).  Touch stitch #4 a second time.
Touch up arrow at bottom of stitch display bar to move cursor under second shoe.  Image turns red.
Select Horizontal mirror image.  horizontal mirror
Touch down arrow at bottom of stitch display bar and move cursor to the bottom of combination.
Touch Home > Decorative > Bridge #5  Note:  Bridge stitches are used to insert straight stitches between patterned stitches.  The number beside the pictured stitch indicates the number of straight stitches.

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Groovy Kitchen by Mary Tanana

What are you cooking this week?  Mary Tanana’s Groovy Kitchen embroidery designs should get you in the mood to mix it up. 

AcuDesign Groovy KitchenFind the full collection in our AcuDesign app.

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SEWING REVOLUTION

BLAINE’S SEWING CENTER in Cranston, RI is excited to present a Sewing Revolution event
May 1 & 2, 2017.

Sewing RevolutionBlaine’s is excited to present this two day workshop with Kym Goldup-Graham from the Sewing Revolution. Kym along with Ann Duncan have invented several different rulers to save time and effort with patchwork and quilting as well a machine embroidery and applique placement. Kym and Ann are also ruler designers for Creative Grid USA. You are guaranteed to not only learn from this presentation, but also be entertained and leave with a smile on your face!

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The event will be held at Miller’s Crossing located at 43 Olde Bald hill Rd Cranston RI 02920.  Please contact Blaine’s Sewing Center at 401 463-8824 for more information.

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Village Sewing Center – Santa Rosa CA

We shine the spotlight on our Elna dealer:                                                                      Village Sewing Center in Santa Rosa, CA.

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 Address:
1455 Santa Rosa Ave. Suite B1 Santa Rosa, CA 95404                                                         Phone:
707 544-7529
Working Days/Hours:
Store Hours: Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm
Saturday 10am – 5pm
Sunday: Closed

They will be at the Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival in Santa Rosa CA on May 18 – 20, 2017.

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Stop by their booth to see the newest sewing machines and products from Elna including the Elna eXcellence 780.

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PROJECT IDEA: SEWING A COSY WINTER NIGHTGOWN

 

The cow nightie.....note I did not say nightie for a cow!

The cow nightie!

I bought this fabric earlier this year and then wondered later what I had been thinking at the time……must have been a heck of a deal? A closer inspection really made me think of cows & not animal print for a long sleeve top which is what I had at first thought I would use it for.  So I decided it would need to be made into a nightgown which will have a very limited audience!  I took one of my tried &  tested as successful knit top patterns: SIMPLICITY 3790 which may not be available anymore as I have had this pattern awhile – but you could adapt many different patterns or use a nightgown pattern) I simply extended the hem length by a good 20 or so inches on my knit top pattern – view 3 + I used the long sleeves from view D. I made the sleeves a lot narrower but the cuff was still a bit wide hence adding elastic as mentioned below.

I think I have made tops using this pattern (all successful) maybe 7 times.

I think I have made tops using this pattern (all successful) maybe 7 times.

I decided it needed something to break the cow pattern going on there so I made a scallop trim using black t-shirt fabric.  Search in the box to the upper right of this post for previous posts about making your own scallop trim – basically just use the blind hem stitch but check out the post(s) for more information.

Everything was sewed on my Elna 5 thread serger using the 4 thread knit program and my EL760 for the sewing of the scallop trim  & top stitching etc.

There it is - inserted into my bodice seam and top stitched afterwards which made it lie nice & flat. Knit fabric can have a tendency to curl so top stitching is a good way to tame it.

There it is – inserted into my bodice seam and top stitched afterwards which made it lie nice & flat. Knit fabric can have a tendency to curl so top stitching is a good way to tame it. I also trimmed the cuffs & added a little elastic around the wrist as the sleeve was a bit wide for me. Lastly I added the same black scallop trim around the hemline – don’t think I would do that again as it made it a bit stiff and I might find it irritating   see pic below:

cow hem

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SERIES ON FEET PART 8: PIPING FOOT

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There are a few different feet so let’s make it simple:

PIPING FOOT FOR 7mm machine models. Part Number: 200314006

piping footPIPING FOOT FOR 9mm machine models  Part Number: 202088004

piping foot 9mm

PIPING FOOT FOR ELNA SERGERS  – there are  few different ones for different model sergers so please check with your local ELNA dealer who can advise you what is available for your specific ELNA serger model. This foot allows you to insert piping into a seam AND finish the seam with a serged overedge at the same time. Very useful in many applications.

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Here are some step-by-step pics  and video for making  & inserting piping using the Janome/Elna piping foot:

 

First fold the fabric over to form a bias 45 degree angle. This is very necessary for piping that will be applied to curves or corners

First fold the fabric over to form a bias 45 degree angle. This is very necessary for piping that will be applied to curves or corners

 

Now use the rotary cutter & ruler to cut strips of bias fabric to cover your piping cording. Cut as much as you need and join strips together as necessary. Suggestion: cut strips wide enough to fold over & around the cord and still give you enough fabric to work with for insertion into the seam. You can always trim this down later - much better than fiddly with too little fabric! My strips were 1 1/2 inches wide.

Now use the rotary cutter & ruler to cut strips of bias fabric to cover your piping cording. Cut as much as you need and join strips together as necessary. Suggestion: cut strips wide enough to fold over & around the cord and still give you enough fabric to work with for insertion into the seam. You can always trim this down later – much better than fiddling with too little fabric! My strips were 1 1/2 inches wide.  

Strips ready to join & cover the cording to make the piping

Strips ready to join & then cover cording to make the piping

 

Here's a tip: cut those 45 degree angles off the ends of your strips to join. Place then RST as in pic and sew the bias seam diagonally as shown with the pins. I do not usually pin. I lay the ends overlapping by a 1/8 - 1/4 inch so I can see where to start & stop my seam.....really clever so I now frequently use this tip I learned along the way.

Here’s a tip: cut those 45 degree angles off the ends of your strips to join. Place then RST as in pic and sew the bias seam diagonally as shown with the pins. I do not usually pin. I lay the ends overlapping by a 1/8 – 1/4 inch so I can see where to start & stop my seam…..really clever so I now frequently use this tip I learned along the way.

 

Now you need the piping cord. I prefer to use cotton although poly or nylon cording will also work. If cotton it MUST be pre-shrunk or your piping will "wrinkle" later when you wash the item. Just put in a bowl and pour boiling water over the cotton cording. When cool, hang to drip dry.  Rat tail also works well.  If you want to use micro piping (baby items or doll's clothes), then use crochet thread or similar as your cording. Lay the cording inside the piping fabric strip & fold over enclosing the cord.  I find it helps to use my fingernail to crease up against the cord to keep it real snug in the fold. I do this & sew for a bit, stop, push into the fold again & sew some more.

Now you need the piping cord. I prefer to use cotton although poly or nylon cording will also work. If cotton it MUST be pre-shrunk or your piping will “wrinkle” later when you wash the item. Just put in a bowl and pour boiling water over the cotton cording. When cool, hang to drip dry.
Rat tail also works well – you do not need to pre-shrink rat tail & other similar poly or nylon products.
If you want to make micro piping (baby items or doll’s clothes etc), then use crochet thread or similar as your cording.
Lay the cording inside the piping fabric strip & fold over enclosing the cord.
I find it helps to use my fingernail to crease up against the cord to keep it real snug in the fold. I do this & sew for a bit, stop, push into the fold again & sew some more.

Why are there 2 grooves under the foot? That is because you can make double piping or welting with this foot…..but that is for another day!

AND, of course, you would use this same piping foot when you insert the piping into the item you are making….pillow? dress? skirt? the list is endless.

This is where the Piping foot is INVALUABLE. Ride the foot over the cord using one of the 2 grooves under the foot. Adjust the needle position so that you are sewing the cord snugly into the fold of the fabric.

This is where the Piping foot is INVALUABLE. Ride the foot over the cord using one of the 2 grooves under the foot. Adjust the needle position so that you are sewing the cord snugly into the fold of the fabric.

 

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THE CALGARY SEWING SHOW IS ALMOST HERE – SEE YOU THERE!!

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THE CALGARY SEWING SHOW : THE CREATIVE STITCHES AND CRAFTING ALIVE SHOW WILL BE HELD NEXT WEEK.

PLEASE NOTE THAT IT WILL NOT BE HELD AT THE STAMPEDE SHOW GROUNDS……THE VENUE HAS MOVED TO SPRUCE MEADOWS, SOUTH OF CALGARY.

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We understand that you may take public transit to the last south stop where a shuttle bus will be available to take you to Spruce Meadows. If you decide to drive there, parking is FREE!!! A real bonus after the very expensive parking at the venue where the show was held previously.

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COME VISIT ME AT THE SEWING WORLD  BOOTH WHERE I HAVE SOME EXCITING NEW THINGS TO SHOW YOU……please bring me your queries as well as your show & tell. Looking forward to seeing you.

I will also be doing a presentation at the stage area once per day. HERE IS WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT AT MY DAILY PRESENTATION:  

ARE YOU USING YOUR SEWING MACHINE TO THE MAX?

DO YOU KNOW ALL THAT YOUR SEWING MACHINE IS CAPABLE OF DOING?

I find that SO many sewers & quilters are only scratching the surface of what their sewing machines can actually do…….which is a huge pity as there is so much more sewing fun to be had right there!

This lecture/demo presentation will highlight some of the features & functions found on most sewing machines as well as some that many people don’t know exist or have forgotten about.

Attendees  will be able to SEE as all machine demo’s and close up’s will be projected onto a large screen.

There will also be show & tell items to see and photograph if desired.

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