Just Sew Studio News http://www.justsewstudiomn.comhttp://www.justsewstudiomn.com/modules/news.htm?rssfeed=1 Sun, 23 Feb 2020 21:48:29 +0100 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Holiday Sewing for Non-Christmas Holidays http://www.justsewstudiomn.comhttp://www.justsewstudiomn.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8865 <p>It might seem a bit early to be starting your holiday sewing projects, but you&rsquo;re just in time! Starting in October gives you plenty of time to gather your materials and spend ample time creating the perfect gifts for everyone on your list. Some of your loved ones and friends may not celebrate Christmas, but there are certainly other non-Christmas items you can make that still fit the season.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Winter Collection<br /><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/3276/winter_collection.png" alt="" width="422" height="354" align="" /><br /><br /></strong></p> <p>The winter collection is perfect for everyone on your list. Each design is pieced and quilted in-the-hoop, and there are 5 graduated sizes. You can make mug rugs, quilt blocks, hot pads, home d&eacute;cor, pin cushions, and more! Designs include a snowman, heart, hot drink mug, and more.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Check it out here: <a href="https://www.kimberbelldesigns.com/product/machine-embroider-by-number-winter-collection/">https://www.kimberbelldesigns.com/product/machine-embroider-by-number-winter-collection/<br /><br /></a></p> <p><strong>Whimsy Winter Bench Pillow for Sewing<br /><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/3276/bench_pillow.png" alt="" width="289" height="179" align="" /></strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>The winter collection is perfect for everyone on your list. Each design is pieced and quilted in-the-hoop, and there are 5 graduated sizes. You can make mug rugs, quilt blocks, hot pads, home d&eacute;cor, pin cushions, and more! Designs include a snowman, heart, hot drink mug, and more.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Check it out here: <a href="https://www.kimberbelldesigns.com/product/machine-embroider-by-number-winter-collection/">https://www.kimberbelldesigns.com/product/machine-embroider-by-number-winter-collection/</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Whimsy Winter Bench Pillow for Sewing<br /><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/3276/candle.png" alt="" width="506" height="362" align="" /></strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Winter might be the cold season, but it&rsquo;s also the cozy season. That means lighting lots of festive candles with the scents of the season. What better way to make your candle a little more decorative and beautiful than with a candle mat?</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>See the designs here: <a href="https://www.kimberbelldesigns.com/product/lets-sew-candle-mats-volume-1/">https://www.kimberbelldesigns.com/product/lets-sew-candle-mats-volume-1/</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Seasonal Mug Rugs<br /><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/3276/seasonal_mug.png" alt="" width="414" height="275" align="" /></strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Enjoy your favorite hot seasonal beverage with flair! Mug rugs make the perfect gift. Make one for every season, and you&rsquo;ll have a holiday gift your loved ones are sure to appreciate and remember.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>See the designs here: <a href="https://www.kimberbelldesigns.com/product/machine-embroidery-cd-kimberbells-holiday-seasonal-mug-rugs-vol-1/">https://www.kimberbelldesigns.com/product/machine-embroidery-cd-kimberbells-holiday-seasonal-mug-rugs-vol-1/</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> The Value of Handmade Gifts http://www.justsewstudiomn.comhttp://www.justsewstudiomn.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8864 <p>Do you enjoy giving out handmade gifts for holidays and birthdays each year? There can be a certain stigma surrounding handmade gifts, but they really are perfect for so many people for a variety of reasons.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>How do you avoid giving a gift that will be tossed to the back of the closet or re-gifted? Make something! The latest technology might be nice in the moment, but it becomes outdated quickly. You could buy another store-bought gift like a book or t-shirt, but how can you be certain that they don&rsquo;t already own that item? What about the person who owns everything? They might have everything, but they most certainly don&rsquo;t have a handmade quilt, pillow, or scarf from you. A handmade gift from you is a one-of-a-kind item that no one else will have. You can personalize the gift, too. For instance, if your loved one looks great in a certain color but you can&rsquo;t find clothing in the store to match, you could just make it. You can also personalize handmade gifts with their name, favorite scent, or favorite ingredients.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>There is nothing quite as special as receiving a homemade gift. The receiver knows that it was made with love and customized for them. Handmade gifts take time and effort that store-bought gifts simply don&rsquo;t. Not only will you have a great time making the gift, you&rsquo;ll show the gift receiver how much they mean to you.<br /><br /><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/3276/gofts.png" alt="" width="402" height="268" align="" /><br /><br /></p> <p>One of the reasons that people are unsure of homemade gifts is because they think it means you&rsquo;ve spent no money on them. While some handmade gifts can be more affordable than a store-bought gift, the truth is that you often spend just as much on materials as you would if you had purchased a store-bought gift&mdash;not to mention how much time you&rsquo;ll spend making the gift. However, you can save money if you like to buy in bulk or shop sales year-round. Or perhaps you have built up a stockpile of a certain material over the years that would make the perfect quilt for your young niece.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Do you need an idea for the perfect gift? Visit us!</p> Sewing Machine Needle Guide: Part 2 http://www.justsewstudiomn.comhttp://www.justsewstudiomn.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8670 <p>Now that we&rsquo;ve covered the basic parts and pieces of sewing machine needles and that the variation in needles is determined by the shape and size of the parts, let&rsquo;s look at some actual examples of the different types of sewing machine needles:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Universal Needles have a slightly rounded point and come in various sizes. These needles are the safest choice for many general projects and fabrics.</p> <p>Topstitch Needles have a larger eye which makes them perfect for topstitching with heavier threads. Due to its larger eye, topstitch needles are easier to thread and the thread is less likely to fray.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Embroidery Needles have a special scarf, a slightly rounded point, and a slightly larger eye which makes them ideal for metallic and specialty threads. The thread used for embroidery is thinner and more fragile so the larger eye and special scarf prevent that thread from breaking or fraying.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Denim Needles have an extra sharp point so as to penetrate finely woven fabrics without impacting the needle.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Quilting Needles have&nbsp; tapered point and light ballpoint to glide through layers and batting easily.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Stretch Needles have a unique design to help eliminate skipped stitches due to fabric flex. The eye of the Stretch Needle is shorter and narrower and the scarf is deeper.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Twin Needles, as you can imagine, have two separate needles mounted to one shank. These are used for decorative sewing. The larger the number the wider the space between each needle. There are also Twin Stretch Needles that have two stretch needles mounted to one scarf.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Leather Needles have a wedge shaped point so penetrate the thicker material of leather and faux leather.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>It&rsquo;s also important to remember that dull needles will negatively impact your project so use new needles every time! Sewing machine needles can bend and become dull quickly so a it&rsquo;s a good idea to switch needles after around 7 hours of continuous sewing.<br /><br /></p> Sewing Machine Needle Guide: Part 1 http://www.justsewstudiomn.comhttp://www.justsewstudiomn.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8669 <p>One of the most changeable parts of a sewing machine is the needle and often, different needles are required for different projects. While all sewing machine needles have the same basic parts, needle shape and size vary depending on what you need. Sewing machine needles are made up of these parts:</p> <ul> <li>Shank</li> </ul> <p>o&nbsp;&nbsp; This is the part of the needle that fits into the sewing machine. The front side is rounded while the back is flat. The flat side goes toward the back of the machine.</p> <ul> <li>Shaft</li> </ul> <p>o&nbsp;&nbsp; This part tapers down from the shank. The needle size is determined by shaft diameter.</p> <ul> <li>Groove</li> </ul> <p>o&nbsp;&nbsp; This is the indentation that runs in the front of the needle to the eye. The thread is seated securely in this groove when the needle penetrates the fabric. You can feel the groove by passing your fingernail over the front of the needle.</p> <ul> <li>Scarf</li> </ul> <p>o&nbsp;&nbsp; The scarf is the indentation on the back of the needle above the eye. The scarf allows the bobbin thread to pass closely to the needle eye catching the needle thread to create a stitch.</p> <ul> <li>Eye</li> </ul> <p>o&nbsp;&nbsp; The eye of the needle is where the thread passes from front to back. The eyes vary depending on the needle.</p> <ul> <li>Point</li> </ul> <p>o&nbsp;&nbsp; The point is the sharp portion of the needle that penetrates the fabric. The points differ depending the type of fabric.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Selecting the correct sewing machine needle for your project is just as important as selecting the right fabric and thread. A good general rule to keep in mind is that the lighter the fabric, the smaller the needle should be. Needles are sized in metric and imperial. The smaller the numbers the finer the needle.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The right needle will make or break a project. With the correct needle you can create beautiful projects with stunning stitching. A worn, damaged, or incorrect needle can create skipped or crooked stitches, frayed threads, or even holes in your fabric. Part two of this blog will have a more detailed explanation of different needles so keep reading!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> How to Recharge your Sewing Mojo http://www.justsewstudiomn.comhttp://www.justsewstudiomn.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8559 <p>We all get into slumps where no matter how many adorable patterns we&rsquo;ve seen or how full our Pinterest boards get with inspiration, we just can&rsquo;t get motivated to start, continue, or finish a project. Summer can be exceptionally difficult when you&rsquo;re trying to balance all the family time and kids being home with your sewing. Don&rsquo;t worry, though, we&rsquo;re here to help you find your motivation so you can focus and Just Sew (pun intended!)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Take a Breather</p> <p>Maybe you&rsquo;re not going to be able to finish that one project before the end of the summer, and you know what? That&rsquo;s ok! Sometimes you just can get around whatever is holding you back from really getting into your project so take a little break and enjoy the summer!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Start a New Project</p> <p>Set aside whatever it is you&rsquo;re working on and start something new. Sometimes, no matter how great our intentions, it&rsquo;s just not working. You can always go back later and try the original project again&mdash;or not! It&rsquo;s totally up to you!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Reorganize and PURGE</p> <p>Sometimes when our physical space gets cluttered and chaotic it&rsquo;s impossible to be creative. When you reorganize your space you can calm your mind a bit. Consider how much a change of scenery can help recharge your batteries, now do that to the space you&rsquo;re in! Plus, think of all the things you&rsquo;ll find that you forgot about!? It&rsquo;s an added bonus!<br /><br /></p> How to Upcycle Fabric Scraps http://www.justsewstudiomn.comhttp://www.justsewstudiomn.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8558 <p>With any sewing project comes fabric scraps. They are unavoidable and can get out of control. It can be hard to throw them away for a number of different reasons&mdash;whether you just don&rsquo;t like to waste or you just really love the fabric, you don&rsquo;t always have to throw them away! You might have baskets, drawers, or closets full of scrap but if we&rsquo;ve learned anything from the current zero waste trend, it&rsquo;s that you can create some really great things with a little scrap.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Use the scraps to decorate a beach bag or wallet you&rsquo;ve made. You can cut the scraps into different shapes to add a little texture and dimension to other projects! The fact that you have a bunch of little pieces of different fabric will only add to the appeal!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>You can use larger scraps for book covers if you have school age kids! This will protect the textbooks and prevent you from having to pay for a damaged book at the end of the year! You can use the same idea to cover boxes for decoration and storage. We&rsquo;ve all seen those Pinterest worthy bookshelves with books, boxes, and picture frames on them. Well, take those fabric scraps and make a cute yet functional storage container!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Smaller pieces of fabric are great for a bunch of various DIY projects. You can make hair pins, book marks, keychains, card holders, hair ties, and even phone cases. Don&rsquo;t forget the always helpful pot holder and dish rag! The possibilities are practically endless.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sewing Through Summer: The Benefits of Bed Runners http://www.justsewstudiomn.comhttp://www.justsewstudiomn.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8557 <p>If you&rsquo;ve ever been to a hotel and loved the look of the beds you&rsquo;ll love this summer inspiration idea. When you&rsquo;re short on time or you want to get the aesthetics of a beautiful quilt without the weight of it for summer then a bed runner is the way to go. Bed runners are a perfect summer project because when the weather is warm no one really wants all that fabric that comes with quilting. Plus, with bed runners you can change the look of a room without constantly changing the quilts. With that in mind, here are some great tips for sewing bed runners through the summer months:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The best thing about bed runners is the convenience that they bring. You can use them to change the entire look of a room. Whether you&rsquo;re decorating the cabin bedrooms, guest room, or you just want to use a lightweight blanket on your bed but want a detailed bed runner to add dimension to the room, bed runners are a fun project for summer.</p> <ul> <li>Pick bright fabrics and patterns you can match to simple quilts</li> <li>Bold patterns add a fun element for summer projects</li> <li>You can select summer themed patterns like beach, waves, or other summer activities</li> <li>Embellishments are also a fun way to add a little something extra to a bed runner</li> </ul> <p>Below you&rsquo;ll find a link to a free sunglasses embellishment you can add from Kimberbell Designs. Whatever you&rsquo;re inspired to do this summer, it&rsquo;s always a great idea to take a little time and enjoy your hobbies!</p> <p><a href="https://www.kimberbelldesigns.com/15719-2/">https://www.kimberbelldesigns.com/15719-2/</a></p>