Terrific Tip Tuesday: Cutter Clean Up

Today’s tip is pretty simple, but also pretty life changing if you don’t know about it. I learned it from Adam, the awesome tech who works on my sewing machines. You can remove and clean out the cutter on the side of your machine. This might not be true for all machines, but if it’s true for yours, prepare to basically have a brand new cutter. This picture is of my BERNINA 530 and it works on my 350 as well!

Once you pull out all the thread, the cutter works perfectly!

xx LC

BERNINA Ambassador 

I’m beyond excited to share some big news with you today! I’m a BERNINA Ambassador!! I’ve been sewing on a BERNINA since birth so it’s no surprise that I still love them. I currently stitch on a BERNINA 530 Swiss Edition (It’s red and adorable!) and travel with a BERNINA 350 Special Edition. There are lots of reasons why it is my machine of choice, but it all comes back to this.

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Perfect stitches every time. They’re straight. They’re consistent. I know exactly what I’m going to get. It’s all about the stitching. As I was thinking about sharing this news, I came up with a few ideas on what to talk about; there will be lots of fun things to come with this opportunity. There are some tutorials already in the works for the We All Sew blog that I’m pretty pumped to share. But I decided to talk about my favorite BERNINA feet. Here is my top five!

The #37
This little gem is commonly referred to as the quarter inch foot. Piecing for quilting would not be the same without it. It’s so easy to get a perfect 1/4″ seam every time! This foot basically lives on my machine. I get asked a lot why I use the 1/4″ foot without the guard. (The #57 has a guard along the right edge.) The easiest answer is that I’ve been using a 1/4″ foot longer than the #57 has been around. The other reason is that I can see everything better. I know exactly what the right edge of my foot looks like when the fabric is perfectly aligned with the foot. If you like the guard, use it! If you’ve never tried it, try it! You might find that the guard makes it easier for you. I’m a big believer in trying them all!

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The #39
This is the foot I use for decorative stitching. I used to prefer an open toe foot (#20) until I discovered this perfect foot. It’s clear so you can easily see everything and it smooths out the fabric as it stitches. I’ve found with an open toe foot, you would get bunching of the fabric in the middle; that never happens with this foot. I use it for all of my machine appliqué and fancy stitching. There is a center red mark on this foot that is great for when I’m doing machine appliqué.

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The #29
There are SO MANY options for free motion quilting feet! I’ve tried them all and this is the one that I come back to again and again. It’s not too large, but I find that it smooths the fabric as I work. It rarely gets hung up on a seam because the edges are slightly rounded. Plus, I can see everything because it is clear. I definitely recommend trying them all and finding what works for you.

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The #54
If you’ve ever tried to stitch on vinyl, you’ll understand why a teflon foot is genius. The teflon makes the foot glide over the vinyl like it is fabric. I have the zipper teflon because most of the time that I am stitching on vinyl, I am putting in a zipper. I tend to use vinyl on pouches. It’s easy to straight stitch with the zipper foot when needed as shown here.

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The #10
There is no way that I could write about my favorite feet and not mention the #10. Any comment that I’ve ever received on straight top stitching, I owe to this foot. It has a little guard that glides along the edge of the fabric so that your stitching is straight. It’s magical. Completely magical. You can also try a blind hem foot (#5 on BERNINA) as it has a similar guard. It’s not the same, but in a pinch, it works!

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BONUS: The Walking Foot
I had to put in one more! We’ve all watched as the feed dogs move our fabric along from below. Well, the walking foot basically is a feed dog for the top of your fabric. It works well when there are multiple layers, such as straight line quilting. I use it a lot in bag making too!

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This is where my feet live! This box came with the original 830 that my mother bought not long after I was born. She then passed it on to me. While I’ve moved on to newer machines, the box stayed.

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Happy Stitching!

xx LC

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Decorative Stitching

 

Today’s Terrific Tip came from my Bernina mastery classes. I said it to The Guru the other day and she said she’d never heard that. It’s rare for me to know something sewing machine related that she doesn’t. (Cue the silent cheering.) I would expect this would apply well to other machine brands, but check your manuals and ask hour dealers for your specific brand. When sewing a decorative stitch, set your speed to 50% and put your foot pedal 100% down. This way, you’re sewing at a consistent slower speed.

It will give you the best results on your decorative stitching. Plus, I use this tip for overcasting and such. Great stitches every time!

xo LC

GO! Pillow Talk: Hearts Around Pillow

I’m really excited about a new project that I’m doing with AccuQuilt! It’s called Pillow Talk!! Each month for the rest of the year, I’ll be bringing you a new pillow design. And the best part?! They’re FREE patterns available on the AccuQuilt website.

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We are kicking off today with the Hearts Around Pillow! You can get the pattern here.

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Along with each pattern, I’m offering a cool technique! You can check out AccuQuilt’s blog here to read about how to use paper to make appliqué designs on the AccuQuilt! As you can see, this is an appliqué pillow which makes it both fun and FAST! I whipped up this version using all white hearts on a red background! I stitched around each heart with the trusty blanket stitch. (It’s stitch 1329 on my Bernina 530 Swiss Edition. It’s one of my favorite stitches.)

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Thanks so much to AccuQuilt for this great opportunity! It’s going to be an action-packed (and pillow-packed!) year! I’ll see you February with the next pillow. My couch is about to be even more full than it already is!

xo LC

The Sewing Porch GIVEAWAY

I’ve recently cleaned up the Sewing Porch! Why you ask? Because I GOT A NEW SEWING MACHINE! Don’t worry, Macy is still around; she’s going to be my travel machine. I wanted a full size machine and I chose the Bernina 530 Swiss Edition. I’ll admit to being swayed by the super awesome red faceplate. This machine is pretty amazing! I’ll also admit that I might have gotten a new cutting mat to match. I do love red!

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I moved out of my bedroom and onto the Sewing Porch about a year ago. I love the space since it’s full of natural light. I wrote about my old space here. There are lots of tips for organization! I have most things set up the same in the new space. Off to the side, I have my old laptop (for endless trivial tv viewing), my iron, two tv stand ironing boards and a basket for scraps under my desk. I keep scraps in there until it’s full (this is pretty close!) and then I make a scrap project and donate the scraps to my guild!

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I still use my handy dandy red box from my old Bernina 830. It’s a great box for all my feet and such. I’ve long been a Bernina lover.

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Here’s a good shot of the machine! And my view!!

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To the other side, I have more stuff super important sewing loot! I love all the friends that made me these treasures and I hope that my treasures are loved in their sewing spaces.

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The new machine does some pretty fancy stitching. I had to play!

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And play some more!

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So, it’s time for the GIVEAWAY! What should I name the new machine?! Lucy and Big Red have been very popular as I’ve chatted with people this week. But what do you think? Nominate a name in the comment section. If I choose your name, I will make you something cool on my new machine!!

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I can’t wait to hear your ideas! The contest is open until I pick a name!!
xo LC