• 7/21/2021

    It is a new week and time for the next installment of the Good Tidings Quilt Along designed by Janome Maker Melanie Call from A Bit of Scrap Stuff! 

    This week Melanie stitched up  Good Tidings Quilt Along - Patchwork Squares on her Janome Continental M7! 

    Hi Quilty Friends! I hope you had fun making all the flying geese blocks and bonus half-square triangles last week. No worries if you are behind, this week is quicker! 

    This week we will be sewing the Patchwork Squares!  Patchwork is always been a favorite of mine! Simple and looks fabulous!

     


     

    Good Tidings Quilt Flying Geese Instructions (HERE).  I hope you are joining as there are AMAZING PRIZES from Riley Blake Designs, Fat Quarter Shop, and Oliso. Don't forget to share your fabric selection, cutting, and flying geese  on Instagram with the hashtag #GoodTidingsQAL

    Be sure to check my A Bit of Scrap Stuff Blog  each week as I will be sharing a new pattern section each for the FREE Good Tidings Quilt Quilt Along (schedule at end of blog post)

     

     

    Good Tidings Quilt    

    Finished size:   59.5" x 59.5"

     

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    Patchwork Squares Instructions

     


     
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    I can't wait to see your Good Tidings Quilt progress photos!!! #GoodTidingsQAL
    Be sure to follow me on Instagram @ABitofScrapStuff and on my A Bit of Scrap Stuff Blog for more fabric fun!


    Have a great day and happy quilting! 
  • 7/15/2021

    We are very fortunate to have so many talented Cosplayers in the Janome Maker Program. It is inspiring to learn how they create spectacular costumes by thinking outside of the box, using items that are not typically thought of as sewing fabrics, and somehow making it all come together seamlessly! 

     

    Janome Maker Nipah Dubs wanted to create a chainmail top for his latest  Warrior of Light Paladin cosplay that is attainable for everyone! Get ready to be astounded at the look he accomplished and then try it yourself! Thank you, Nipah for this great tutorial! 

     

     

     

    It's REALLY easy and gets the idea of chainmail across rather well in my opinion without needing to spend a lot of real chainmail and also not having to deal with the weight/bulk chain mail has.

     

    Materials

    • Non-slip rug mat

    • Baby Powder 

    • Rustoleum Silver spray paint 

    • Design Masters Floral Spray (Black)

      Hey guys, I wanted to share with you how I went about making my chainmail for my Warrior of Light Paladin cosplay. It's REALLY easy and gets the idea of chainmail across rather well in my opinion without needing to spend a lot of real chainmail and also not having to deal with the weight/bulk chain mail has.

      So first off, what is it made out of? Well, it's simply just the rubber floor matting you put under carpets so they don't slip and move around! These come in various styles but you want to get this version where it's a spaced-out grid pattern!

                  

    Go ahead and unravel the mat and fold it over so it is double-layered, I will be making just a chainmail top so a standard sweatshirt pattern is all you need. When cutting out your pattern be sure you make it bigger than you need, that way you can take it in as you go, this material DOES NOT stretch at all and can be a pain to get on and off due to its nature being a non-slip rubber.

     

    I got the basic shape I needed (Again, making it much larger than myself) and now it was time to sew!

     

    When putting it on your machine to sew, make sure to interlock the grids so that the holes are filled in by the overlapping grid of the top layer, this way you’re not sewing into nothing.

    I used your standard Zig-Zag stitch for this, that way it would catch the fabric much easier and had less chance of messing up (ex. if I used a straight stitch it would be much harder to sew). The material is a bit hard to sew through so take your time and go slowly making sure to adjust as you work your way through.

    Repeat the last steps while taking it in and keep trying it on till you get to a point where it fits well enough on your body! You don't want it too tight where it's uncomfortable after all, just loose enough to where it's still fitted/flattering on you.

    Now comes painting! Be sure to spray in a well-ventilated area using protective gear for safety. Please read all of the manufacturer’s requirements prior to use.  Due to this project being rubber and something that will move as it is worn,  I am using Design Masters Floral spray in black, this paint is intended to be used on fake flowers and crafts that do move and bend, the paint moves with it and will NOT crack. I usually use this on boots but it also works perfectly as a base for this project. Spray evenly to give a decent coat to both sides and let it dry thoroughly. Next, I am using silver spray paint to get the look of metal. 

           

    One thing to note about spray paint against rubber is that it doesn't cure 100% properly due to the material, it leaves it a bit sticky but there is an easy way to get rid of the stickiness. Take some baby powder and put a portion of it inside a plastic bag, then put the top into it. Tie up the bag and shake it around for a couple of minutes, enough time to get the power on all of the spaces it needs to of the chainmail. Once you're done, take it out and shake it off to get rid of the excess powder and ta-dah, no more stickiness!

              

     

    You can opt to leave it like this if you wish but in my opinion, it's rather difficult to take on and off by slipping it over your head so I opted to do something to help with that issue. I installed a zipper down the front, it would not be seen on the cosplay, and this way it would be MUCH easier to put on. I also used a Zig-Zag stitch for this to help catch the chainmail underneath and make sure it was fully stitched onto the zipper. For extra measures, you can go over your zig-zag stitch with a straight stitch if you want!    

                   

    I installed a zipper down the front, it would not be seen on the cosplay, and this way it would be MUCH easier to put on. I also used a Zig-Zag stitch for this to help catch the chainmail underneath and make sure it was fully stitched onto the zipper. For extra measures, you can go over your zig-zag stitch with a straight stitch if you want!

    And with that, it is done! Hope this tutorial helps you out on your cosplay adventures!

     

  • 7/15/2021

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    Hi Janome Friends!  It is time to start piecing the Good Tidings Block with Janome Maker Melanie Call from A Bit of Scrap Stuff!

    Join Melanie for her favorite part of making a quilt! She loves watching the cut pieces of fabric become a quilt...just like a fabric puzzle. Plus her Janome M7 sews so fabulously!

    This week we will be sewing the Flying Geese Block ... I love this versatile block! Be sure to keep reading as you can make bonus half-square triangle blocks from the trimmed fabric scraps.

     

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    Good Tidings Quilt Flying Geese Instructions (HERE) Don't forget to share your fabric selection, cutting, and flying geese  on Instagram with the hashtag #GoodTidingsQAL

    Each week  I will be sharing a new pattern section each for the FREE Good Tidings Quilt Quilt Along (schedule at end of blog post)

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    Good Tidings Quilt    
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    Flying Geese Instructions

     

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    Bonus Half-Square Triangles 
    Don't toss the trimmed off triangle fabric scraps. You can sew (2) triangles together to make a half-square triangle! 
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    Trim the half-square triangles to 2.5" squares. I like to use the Bloc-loc Half-Square Triangle Ruler for accurate trimming.  You can use the (72) half-square triangles to create a bonus project! My favorite scrap project is to make a pillow because each quilt needs a matching pillow :)

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    I can't wait to see your Good Tidings Quilt progress photos!!! #GoodTidingsQAL
     
    Be sure to follow me on Instagram @ABitofScrapStuff and on my A Bit of Scrap Stuff Blog for more fabric fun!

    Have a great day and happy quilting! 

    Melanie Call



     

     

  • 7/15/2021

    With an upsurge in garment sewing, there has also been an increased interest in sewing undergarments.  If you have ever been curious about starting your own under wardrobe, you will be joyous to learn how easy it is to make your own panties with Janome Maker Raven Maureen. Not only is Raven a Janome Maker, she is also a Makerist Ambassador.  Time to demystify constructing your own panties! 

     

     

    Download the FREE Leonie panty pattern by visiting HERE. 

    For this project, you will need the following:

    Serger and/or sewing machine.

    I used my Janome Air Thread 2000D Serger and the Skyline S7 sewing machine for this project.

     

    • Lingerie elastic. This is the one that I used.
    • Lycra, jersey knit, or spandex.
    • Contrasting lace or fabric is optional
    • Stretch knit needles for your machine

     

    After printing out your pattern, cut out all of your pieces following the cutting instructions included. You'll need to cut 2 gusset pieces. For construction,  you can use the zig-zag stitch on your machine, but for this tutorial, I used my serger. It's completely up to you.

     

     

    With the right sides of the fabric facing,  sew the gusset to the front piece. 

     

     

    On the other side of your front piece, wrong sides together sew your other gusset piece. It should look like this.

     

     

     

    Attach your back piece, sewing through all thicknesses. If you do not have a serger, use the zig-zag stitch on your sewing machine. 

     

     

    Attach side pieces. At this step, it should already start to look like a pair of panties. YAY!

     

     

    A quick tip: This is not part of the instructions but it helped me prepare for the next step. Baste your gusset pieces together so that they stay put while sewing on your elastic.

     

     

    Here's the tricky part. Attaching the lingerie elastic. I always sew my elastic with the design showing on the right side. It's just easier that way and I don't believe there is a right or wrong way to do it if you ask me.

     

     

    Using your zig-zag stitch on your machine, you'll need to add this piece to the waistband and the leg openings of your panties. I turned my panties so that the wrong side of the is showing to make sure that my stitch is catching the elastic and the fabric.  I stitched all the way around my waistband and leg openings.  Be extra careful not to stretch your elastic or the fabric during this step.

     

     

     

     

    Next, overlap the edges of the elastic at the seam to avoid bulk.

     

     

    TA-DA! You are all finished!

     

  • 7/14/2021

    Janome Maker Carolyn Norman has leveled up her wardrobe using the Janome Circular Attachment! 

    Carolyn will reveal how easy it is to use the beautiful built-in decorative stitches on your Janome machine to personalize your wardrobe whether store-bought or hand-sewn. This method can also be used on other sewing projects like bags, home decor, and even quilts!  

     

     

    I saw a Ready-To-Wear top that inspired me to try creating some circular designs on a tunic.  My tunic is me-made but you could easily do the same thing on a purchased tunic or top.  

    Here's how I made it happen ~

    Skill Level:  Intermediate

    Time to complete the circles:  4-6 hours; additional hours if you sew your garment.

    Project Supply List:

    Janome Circular Attachment

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    Compass & pencil

    Sulky Total Iron On/Tear Away Stabilizer

    Schmetz Universal #70 Needle

    Small screwdriver included in Accessory Kit

    Amann Group Isacord 100% polyester ombre thread or a rayon thread of your choice

    4" small sharp scissors

    I am sewing on a Janome 9450QCP but the Circular Attachment is available for other models.

    The pattern for the top is The Katie by MimiGStyle

     

     

     

    Application of the Design:

    1.  Follow the instructions included in the packaging for the Circular Attachment to attach it to your sewing machine.

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    2.  Determine where on your garment you want your design to be.  I put the design on my garment pieces before sewing them together.

    3.  If you are embellishing RTW, try it on and make light marks where you’d like the designs; for something you’re making, hold the pattern pieces up to yourself and mark the center of the circle.  You may want to use the compass to draw out the smallest circle which you can stitch first. 

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    4.  After you've made a mark to begin stitching out your circles, apply your interfacing and place the stabilized fabric on the sharp point of the Circular Attachment, place the black cap back on, and lock the bar into place. 

    5.  Decide what decorative stitches you want to use. I would suggest making a few samples on scrap fabric to see how the stitches lay on the fabric.  If using a RTW garment, I would suggest using a less dense stitch so it doesn't change the fit of the garment. 

    6.  For my garment, I started from the outside of the row of stitching farthest from the pin working inwards.

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    7. The largest circle was on the back of the shirt and consisted of 8 rows (10 inches wide) using 4 different design patterns:

        - Outer circle 1 row - Quilt stitch #33

        - Next 3 rows - Quilt stitch #22

        - Next 4 rows - Quilt stitch #23

        - Center of the circle - Satin Stitch #8

    8.  After determining the order of using the designs, sew each circle until you reach the last point of your design.

    9.  I decided to make my last round of designs 1" from the center point. 

    10. When adding the next row of stitches, I aligned the side of my presser foot with the row of stitching.  This allowed the space between the stitches to be the same for each row.

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    11. When coming to the end of the circle, adjust to a slower speed to ensure that the stitches join cleanly.

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    12. If while stitching, you're unsure of how the design is progressing, stop sewing (with the needle in the down position) and lift your foot.  You can smooth out your fabric or check how the stitching is going without causing the machine to lose its place.

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    13. Here's what a finished circle looks like after completion. I added a design to the center to cover the hole from the pin.

     

    I added circles to the back of my tunic ~

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    Several sizes of circles to the bottom front of my tunic. You can choose one color or more for a completely different look! 

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    I also added one on the elbow of the sleeve for an extra design pop! You can add a variety of sizes of circles and decorative stitches to create a gorgeous statement piece! 

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    A Few Tips to make using the Circular Attachment easier:

    - When you take the screw out of the package, put it in a magnetic pin cushion holder so it will not be lost.

    - Gently ease the fabric - because the machine will do all of the circular stitching but if you're sewing on a large piece of fabric or a full garment, you will need to make sure ALL of the fabric is easing around the pin. 

    - I found it easier to let the machine perform the circular pattern stitching further away from the pin.  You will need to manage the fabric more as you get closer to the pin.

    You too can add any type of circle design or embellishment to your garment, a bag, a hat, or a new make.  Give it a try! It's a new way to experience the wonderful abilities your sewing machine has to enhance a RTW or new garment make.





     

     

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