カテゴリ:Sewing/Crafting( 19 )


What Women Want for Christmas

This is my lovely sewing machine called Quilter's Choice Pro from Baby Lock. It does only straight stitches, but powerful and beautiful. And I LOVE it. Soon after I opened the shop, I was searching for one GOOD one with which I don't have to curse everytime I get to the heaviest layered part where my needle eats up the fabric and refuses to go any further. I didn't need any fancy stitches but beautiful secure straight stitches. I was going for JUKI for its strong reputation, but I didn't know where to buy it locally. The place I went to in Daly City is no longer there, but they sold Baby Lock instead. I tried it, and fell in love. It was like magic. You will know what I mean if you try it. The owner gave me a deal and this baby came home with me that day. Besides beautiful stitches it creates, I love the automatic thread cutter. This makes a big difference in your sewing life. The price wasn't easy, but a good investment. Around $900, but it was totally worth it. The price usually associates with a number of stitches and fancy functions, but in many cases, you probablly don't use them. Straight, zig zag, button holes, zipper. That's all you need. Really. I think $300 is plenty for a good new one, and there is always a good second hand. So what do you want for Christmas? Just say a sewing machine.
it's made of metal. so heavy, but a heavy machine is a good machine...
one press on the scissors button, a thread is cut. no time and a thread wasted...
my serger next to baby lock. you don't need it, if you don't sew clothes. zigzag does the job, but it's nice to see the clean cut edges that a serger creates. mine cost about $180.

by peapodfabricssf | 2009-12-18 16:13 | Sewing/Crafting  

Hello Pajama Pants

f0194450_7574821.jpgSawubona, Salaam, Zdravo, Buon Giorno, Shalom, Guten Tag, Jo Napot, Hoi, Goddag, Namaste, Hola, Bonjour, Zhivjo, Aloha, and Konnichiwa everyone!
I just wanted to say Hello :-)The new print I received shows Hello in different languages. I think it's a cool print, and pajama pants are always fun things to make with a funky print. I just replaced the top photo from my cute elf with my new pjs, but sorry it doesn't really show the true color (I wanted to retake it, but someone didn't cooperate with me). But, here they are, nice and bright.

by peapodfabricssf | 2009-12-12 08:39 | Sewing/Crafting  

A Retro Tunic

f0194450_6345217.jpgI finished the tunic, but I didn't challenge the invisible zipper...shame on me. Instead, I used two buttons to close the back. Truly, I was going to try the zipper, but but... I totally blame Kathy for cheating. She was making the same tunic and told me about the button closure idea. "Oh yeah, that makes it so much easier" we chatted about how to "cheat" on the zipper when she came to pick up some fabric. And she is a middle school teacher :-) But, thanks to her, I really like the way it turned out. To confess, this was my first time using Ms. Butler's pattern, and it is true that the instruction is very well written and easy to follow. I will make it again, but probably skip the pockets next time. So you want to try?
f0194450_6355923.jpgHere is what I did for the back closure. Loops and buttons...

by peapodfabricssf | 2009-11-12 07:53 | Sewing/Crafting  

Happy Friday

f0194450_98519.jpgAlmost done...
And I'm going to cheat. You will know what I mean when you see the result or you could guess now from this happy face :-)

by peapodfabricssf | 2009-11-07 09:12 | Sewing/Crafting  

Frenchy Things

f0194450_7314561.jpgBefore my vintagy floral tunic, I was preoccupied with something else. French knots that was. My plain tunic was ready for an embellishment for a while, and I finally picked up a needle. A French knot is a super easy embroidery stitch. You just make a knot by looping a thread a couple times around the needle. Here is how to do it if you ask. I just made them a lot to shape dandelions. This helped me meditate while watching the balloon boy story on CNN :-) I used my brown linen cotton blend for the tunic and linen embroidery floss for the dandelions. And this is my second tunic using the same pattern. And speaking of French, a Peapod regular Sophie is blogging about me, but in French...so who reads French? And I just visited her blog and saw her Frenchy images of my fabrics. Red gingham and dot...to me it's not country. It's a French thing! Merci Sophie!

by peapodfabricssf | 2009-11-06 08:58 | Sewing/Crafting  


f0194450_5245657.jpgI started my next project, and it's a tunic from Amy Butler's Mini dress/Tunic/Top pettern. I always wanted to try it, but the word "invisible zipper" on the back of the package kept me away from it. See I share your fear :-) And I have a very similar looking tunic pattern which requires no zipper. But, I think it's time. Time to conquer my fear. I chose the fabric, washed it, ironed it, traced the pattern on a piece of parchment paper, and cut it. And actual sewing will begin tonight.
f0194450_5253152.jpgif a parchment paper is not wide enough, just tape the two pieces together...
f0194450_612629.jpgthe arrow on a pattern should be placed along the selvedge...
f0194450_6484170.jpgjust because the red head pin was cute...

by peapodfabricssf | 2009-10-29 07:13 | Sewing/Crafting  

Thank You Arpon

f0194450_4561833.jpgI don't cook that much of Japanese food. It just takes too much of preparation time for a working mother. So I probably eat more Mexican food than my native food. But, recently I've been treated by Japanese mom's cooking a lot. Well, not by my own mother, but my friend's mother who is in town. Some of her cooking is unfamiliar to me as she is from a different part of Japan, and it is fun to experience different food. She loves to cook and entertain, but the sad news is that she is leaving soon, so this is my thank you apron for her.

by peapodfabricssf | 2009-10-26 06:31 | Sewing/Crafting  


f0194450_7285741.jpgWhat do you do In when you have a hole on your favorite sweater?
f0194450_7295360.jpgin my case, butterflies came to fill it for me! No they did not come and land on my sweater :-) but I did fuse the butterfly print I love and cut out and hand-appliqued. I didn't have four holes, but I added three more butterflies so it might not look like an obvious patch job.

by peapodfabricssf | 2009-10-22 07:43 | Sewing/Crafting  

I Quilt and So Does Mary

f0194450_6274019.jpgI knit, I sew, and I quilt. This is a cross quilt I finished a while ago. Remember I was working on all solid color quilt? I was going to layout the pieces randomly as I usually do, but after seeing this amazing quilt, I just had to copy it. I used eight or nine shades of blue, brown, green, and white (I'm sorry that I didn't throw some orange in), and I cut the squares in eight and half inches. I just love it and can't wait to wash it. I never knew that a quilt feels even better after washing it until one day Mary brought her doll quilt which had been washed. It felt soooo good. She is the one who told me about Imagiknit, and you could tell she is a knitter, but knitting is just one of the million things that she does. You could explore more of her creations here. Check the photo in which her little boy pointing at an owl in the stripy blue quilt she made. My favorite!

backed and bound with the good old Katie Jump Rope...

made a matching pillow case too...

by peapodfabricssf | 2009-10-18 06:56 | Sewing/Crafting  

A Brown Hat

f0194450_6165851.jpgHere it is...


by peapodfabricssf | 2009-10-18 06:21 | Sewing/Crafting