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Saturday, 11 November 2017

Machine Embroidery and the Brother NV800E

The Brother Innov-is NV800E 

This embroidery only machine makes short work of embelishing anything from garments to bed linen and home wear. But it is not just an embroidery machine, it does free standing lace and applique too. The long arm makes it suitable for larger projects but it is equally at home with small intricate designs. Interested?


This is one of a set of velvet cushion covers I have been making. Velvet is notoriously difficult too work with but this machine had no problem with it whatsoever. More about how I made them later.



As you know I recently spent a day with Jaycotts to ask owners of the wonderful Brother Innov-is VQ2 sewing, quilting and embroidery machine
 The post is here if you would like to read it. The Brother Innov-is VQ2 .

Many of you already own a sewing machine which you do not want to replace, but if you  would like to own an embroidery machine too,  look no further than the NV800E from Brother.
I have this machine at home and I wanted to tell you more about it and why I like it.



First of all it has a large colour LCD touch screen. This is the place where you select your pattern and make alterations to it.
Once a pattern has been selected you then have editing options, so you can easily change the shape, size and position of the design. Not only that you can also change the thread colours and rotate the design creating a mirror image.
Each design gives the total time to sew and the amount of time before the next thread change.
It is easy to combine patterns and to change the font on your lettering.
A useful feature is that you can easily check that the embroidery fits inside your chosen frame.
Once you start embroidering the LCD screen displays the thread being used and the minutes it will take to complete that section. The colour list and thread number moves after each colour is stitched and puts the next colour at the top of the list.
There are many other functions easily accessible on this screen,  for example you may need to go back a few stitches or save a design to a memory stick. There is also a stitch counter which comes in handy if you need to turn the machine off and come back to it later
Once editing is complete the design is previewed in full colour.


Tuesday, 7 November 2017

The Pauline Alice ALDAIA dress for MinervaCrafts


A Minerva Crafts Blogger Network post 

This stunning dress teaches you all you need to know about working with knit fabrics and how to create the perfect fit - even when the pattern has negative ease.



Do you want to know more? I give plenty of tips and hints on the blog post over on the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network
Go straight to the link The Aldaia dress instructions and fabric details

I hope that you enjoy reading this post. It's a great dress to wear in cooler weather and very smart too!

Angela

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Introducing the Innovative and Intuitive Brother Innov-is VQ2


The Brother Innov-is VQ2 from Jaycotts.co.uk

I recently spent a day instore at Jaycotts finding out from owners of this wonderful machine just what it is that excites them so much.

What became obvious very quickly was the tremendous amount of enthusiasm and passion for this machine shown by both owners and staff, so I had to find out more!

I interviewed a group of  Jaycotts customers who all own this fabulous machine and have put their comments and thoughts together so that you can see it though their eyes

Quilt by Sue from Liberty Bell Chester
Ann has been sewing all her life and has not had the VQ2 for very long so she is still learning. She loves the electronic side of it, in particular the extra-large colour touchscreen which is so easy to use
All Ann needs to do is to simply touch the screen to edit stitches, customise the settings, change to one of 13 built in languages and set the clock. She also loves the on screen video tutorials and built in tutorials and help guides which recommend the perfect settings for her project.
Another feature which she loves is the lighting. This machine has ultra-bright LED lighting giving a crisp natural light, it is also adjustable, so it can  turned down or brighter as you require .The lighting is not just in the needle area as usual though - this machine goes better than that as the whole arm area is illuminated.

The VQ2  with quilting by Elaine
As soon as Elaine saw the VQ2 she knew instantly that she had to have it. She loves the way the fabric is fed through easily which was instantly apparent when she went for her demonstration.
Elaine recommends that when doing free motion quilting you practise first on a small sandwich of your quilting fabric, wadding and backing until you are happy with the effect you want to create.



Friday, 13 October 2017

My Vogue Wool Knit Tops


I wanted to give you some hints and tips for making your own wool pullovers or tops.

I am using two Vogue patterns, both from Jaycotts.co.uk


I love wearing soft snuggly tops don't you. There are so many easy patterns around and such beautiful fabrics that it makes sense to make your own 
Wool jersey is lovely to sew and I want to give you a few little tips to make it all even easier
The patterns I am using are -

And

Both are very easy to sew.


 When you are choosing your knit fabric look for something which will drape well and which is something you will want to feel next to your skin, although as the weather gets colder you will want to put a camisole or even a thin polo underneath.
When you get your fabric home pre-wash it but don't use fabric conditioner, as I find it makes it a little easier to handle. Once the garment is finished then I rinse it through with fabric conditioner to blend the stitches in and make it beautifully soft and huggable.


Tuesday, 3 October 2017

The Sewing Workshop Bristol Dress


This is a MCBN post for MinervaCrafts.




This is perhaps one of the simplest dresses I have ever made, but it really stands out. The design is so very clever and it is stunning, wearable and utterly fabulous.
The pattern is not cheap, but and this is a big but, all you need is fabric and thread and that is it. There are no fastenings, no facings. You can quite literally make it and be wearing it the same day. I have to admit that as soon as I put it in I felt so effortlessly stylish and comfortable that I didn't take it off all day.


Do read the post on the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network and I will give you hints and tips so that you can make yours just as easily. 
The pattern is suitable for all levels of ability. So, what are you waiting for? The link to the full post is;. The Sewing Workshop Bristol Dress

I do hope that you read the full post and purchase the pattern. I'm going to make another right away - it is that good!

Comments appreciated

Angela