I'm so glad you stopped by to join me in my exploration of textile surface design. I hope you enjoy the ride and learn something new.

circles again

once again, i am going in circles.  on the sewing machine that is.  when i researched a circle stitch attachment for my older Pfaff 1475 i didn’t find one.  but i did find a pfaff video and one of the things they showed in the video was stitching 4 and 6 petal flowers with the attachment.

i wanted to do the same, using my diy version of the circle stitcher.  took me a little time, but i figured out how to do.

4 petal flower with circle attachment

4 petal flower with circle attachment

you can see my construction marks i plotted out for this.  and here is the 6 petal flower.

6-petal-flower with circle attachment

6-petal-flower with circle attachment

to conserve thread, i just used a straight stitch for this.

i am working on a template for this, so i don’t have to plot it out each time.  or shall i say, i’m having hubby work on a template.  he is better at that than i am.

linking up to Nina Marie’s Off the Wall Friday again.  Go take a look at some of the fabulous work artists are doing.

 

sewing in circles

i have an idea forming in my head involving circles.  so i pulled out my circle attachment for my old high school Kenmore sewing machine.

circle attachment

circle attachment

it worked fine, but my Kenmore only has 10 stitches and they are utility stitches.  so i pulled out my trusty Pfaff 1475, but darn, the attachment didn’t fit.  did some research to see if i could get one for the 1475.  Pfaff does make one, but it doesn’t fit.  even if it did, i wouldn’t pay over $80 for it.

being the diy’er i am, i decided to make one myself.  and it works great.  here is the sample i made.

circular stitching

circular stitching

looks great, don’t you think so!

i fused a medium weight stabilizer to the fabric and i did find after stitching 4 rows, the fabric starts to buckle, so i needed to press with steam.

working on a tutorial for making your own circle stitching attachment.

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Singer Featherweight

i’ve wanted one of these for a long time.  a very long time.  finally lady luck shined her light my way.  Two weekends ago a friend called and said she saw this beauty at a garage sale.

singer featherweight

singer featherweight

didn’t take me long to hop in my car to go take a look. they were asking $175 for it.  not a bad price at all, not at all.

singer featherweight

featherweight

there was the original table with it.  and i was able to get bot the machine and the table for $175.  the table is in good shape, and since I don’t need it, I will put it up on Craigslist.

singer featherweight

singer featherweight

such pretty details.

featherweight

singer featherweight

love it.

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rusted strip of fabric

it has been a rusty kinda couple weeks around here.  i’m having so much fun rusting fabric that i can’t stop.  this latest piece was a strip of fabric left over after cutting some fat quarters.  it is approximately 7″ X 60″ or so.  i just put it in the tray with other pieces at the last minute.  love how it came out.

rusted-stripnot sure what to do with it.  thinking about cutting it up for fabric postcards.

rusty orbit

lately i’ve been into rusting some fabric.  most of the time, i don’t attempt to get anything specific, just go with the flow.  but this time i wanted something specific.  i wanted to get the look of a planet with objects orbiting around it.

rusty orbit

rusty orbit

i used a rusty saw blade for the planet and rusty nails for the orbiting objects.

rusty nails

rusty nails

the neat thing about rusting on fabric is you get a different look on each side of the fabric.  here is a close up of the saw blade.  i really like this side.

rusty planet

rusty planet

cool, don’t you think.

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