Monday, May 13, 2013

Cheater Ruffles with the Brother Dreamweaver XE and a 1/4" Foot!

To make ruffles/gathers without the pesky pulling (and possibly breaking) of threads, simply set your machine's stitch length to the longest possible (5 mm on the Brother Dreamweaver XE) and set the tension to the tightest possible (9). Use a normal foot. Brother also sells a Ruffler Foot for this sewing machine, but I do not have it so I found this method to work quite well.

In this video I am sewing ruffles onto sheets that I've cut up to make anthropologie style ruffled curtains! I'm using 2 twin size sheets for the actual curtains. I've sewn a rod pocket across the top of these. Then I cut up 2 queen size sheets into 12" strips. Before I ruffled them I made sure 3 sides were hemmed. I left on the original hems to save time.

To sew the ruffles to the twin sheets I will lay out the sheets side by side on the floor and line up the ruffles evenly, pinning them into place and being sure to overlap them just enough to hide the ruffle stitching.

Thanks for watching my little video.

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

And, the sewing machine goes to...

Tonight after rushing home from setting up the church for the ladies tea, my bff and I face-timed (first time for everything!) while my daughter looked over my shoulder, I clicked "Add a Winner" on the RaffleCopter! I'm excited to announce that Amelia O'Reilly will be the proud new owner of a beautiful NX-450Q Sewing and Quilting Machine compliments of Brother Canada.

Thank you everyone for entering!

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Quilting Along with my Brother


In case you hadn't noticed, I've been having quite a bit of fun with the Brother sewing machine I've been reviewing. Last week I packed it up and took it to quilting class. I don't think it's meant as a portable machine, but it worked! It was just a little heavy.

There's a neat feature that I wish I'd known right away. There's a needle plate that is made for straight stitching only and another needle plate that works for everything. When the straight stitch needle plate is installed, your machine automatically knows that it can only do straight stitches with the needle in the middle position. Before I realized this, I busted two needles and one of them flew into my upper lip and stayed there until I pulled it out. Ouchies. This wouldn't have happened if I'd had the straight stitch needle plate installed or if I'd double checked to make sure I had selected a stitch that was compatible with the foot I had on the machine. Live and learn... and there's so much to learn about this machine because of all the amazing features it has. To really discover its full potential I'm going to need to keep it for a lot longer ever!

The quilt class I'm participating in is taught by Marla Pinchin using her book The Beginning Sampler. I'll be making mine a queen size with each block being different. At the next class we were supposed to have all of our blocks completed and she will teach how to do sashing properly. My blocks are far from being done... too distracted with my new machine! lol

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Enter to Win a Brother Sewing Machine!

You could win this!

Here's the give away you've all been eagerly waiting for! To enter, simply use the Rafflecopter widget below. Comments made on this post are nice, but do not qualify as entries. I've been having such a great time with the V-Series DreamWeaver™ XE Innov-is VM6200D and am dreading the day UPS will come to pick it up! One of you lucky ducks will have just as much fun with this amazing sewing and quilting machine! The retail value is $1,379.99!

Here's some great info about this machine from the Brother Canada website.

Have you been looking for a machine to take to Quilt Club meetings? The NX-450Q features not only a variety of quilting stitches and sewing accessories, it also includes a quilting table for added support as well as a knee lifter for easy fabric control as you piece and sew your quilts. The large extension table expands your sewing work area, has convenient built-in rules, and has adjustable, rubber-tipped legs for stability. All of these features make sewing and quilting more enjoyable.

Built-in stitches, buttonholes and fonts
• 129 built-in sewing stitches, including 10 styles of one-step
buttonholes and 3 sewing fonts.
Easy stitch selection via 10 stitch keys
• Ability to quickly select the stitch pattern desired with a
simple touch on the stitch keys. Easy to attach and view
stitch reference chart also included.
Advanced needle threading system
• With the press of a lever, the thread is pushed through the
eye of the needle.
Built-in scissors
• Cut the thread with just the touch of a button. Programmable
thread cutting.
My Custom Stitch™ feature
• Create personalized stitch patterns for any style of sewing.
10 Memory pockets
• Save your favorite pattern combinations in one of the
memorypockets for future use.
Easy to read LCD display screen
• The LCD display screen makes it easy to manage all sewing
functions including stitch selection, stitch length and width
and recommended presser feet.
Hard cover included
• Provides travel and storage protection for your machine.
Quilting accessories included
• Wide table, walking foot and quilting foot

Good luck!! The winner will be announced on May 8, 2013

Please note: you must have a Canadian mailing address to enter.
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