Monday, April 30, 2012

Janome Sew Mini review

This is the Janome sew mini. This is a sewing machine my parents bought for my younger sister for Christmas. I use this machine to teach her how to sew. The sewing machine prices from 50-70 dollars.

- drop in bobbin
-4 Straight stitch lengths
- 3 zig-zag widths
-Straight stitch also available in left needle position.

Things I like...
-I like how light weight and portable this sewing machine is. This sewing machine is small enough to fit on my sisters desk and still have enough space to maneuver the fabric.

-The sewing machine is quiet.

-I does its job, the stitches are neat and the machine runs smoothly.

-Awesome beginners sewing machine, great for small projects.

- kid friendly, my 12 year old sister loves it and makes doll clothes all  the time on it!

Things I don't like...
-The stitches are very tiny. Stitch D looks like a basting stitch on the machine but I could not even get my seam ripper under it. I was very disappointed about the stitch length.

-  small foot petal. I wish they made it a little bigger.

-no seam guide

Update 2/27/2013
A year later the machine has stopped working; My sister was using the sewing machine daily to sew felt and cotton for her beginners sewing class.  I would recommend this sewing machine for scrapbooking and lightweight fabrics only.

Here is an image of the Stitches

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Mccall 6327

This is McCall 6327  in view A. It is a simple elastic skirt with an asymmetrical overlay. This skirt is perfect for the spring/summer time.

Pattern size: I made a size 14, which is one size smaller than the recommended size on the envelope. The fit was perfect.

Fabric used: I found some lilac cotton from Joann's and thought it would be perfect for this skirt.

pattern alterations: There was no pattern alteration. This pattern was really quick and easy to sew. I finished the hem with a serged narrow hem.

Conclusion: This is cute and easy pattern to sew for the summer .  I enjoyed sewing it and will probably make in again in a print.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

College color blocked Jacket

  This is color blocked jacket I made for my school fashion show. The theme of the fashion show is 60's mod, which was the style I was trying to achieve with this jacket. I made this jacket from some mystery fabric at Walmart on sale for two dollars. The jacket was made from a size 10 sloper my teacher created. The only changes I did to the sloper was lengthen the jacket by six inches and add button loop.

Problem with the Jacket
The only problem I had was all the puckering in the sleeve area. Easing the sleeves was a pain in the butt.I had to ease the whole sleeve in to the armhole. I did everything I could think of to reduce the puckering. It was just way to much ease in the sleeve. Other than that, the jacket came together well.