Thursday, September 19, 2013

Shaina's Sewing School - presser feet

Night one of Shaina's Sewing School was spent exploring all the presser feet that accompany your machine and all those that can make your sewing life much easier.  How many times have you pulled out your accessories and wondered what they are for or you know what they are but have no clue how to use them.  My problem is thinking that the time spent figuring out how to use it will outweigh the benefit.  BUT I assure you, every time I have have taken the time to play around with with a foot I've never been disappointed.  There are learning curves that accompany everything. 

Shaina demonstrated the various feet and shared some great tips! Above she is showing us the foot used to stitch a button on...YES! no more hand-sewing on buttons! ...and they come with just about every machine.

The proper organization of your sewing feet is a sure fire way that you will remember what a foot is for and use it!  Shaina picked these boxes up at building supply store.  Less than $10 for 3 boxes!  If you have more than one machine you can use a separate box for each machine.  Notice she's also included the page number from her manual that shows how to use the foot - Genius!

Adjustable Hemmer Foot - no need for ironing!

A portion of the class was spent hands-on.  Several machines were set up and ready to go with a special foot for test driving.  Plus, each person brought along their own machine so they could become more familiar with their feet and settings.

Ruffler Foot

Next week we will be exploring different threads!  There are so many different threads with so many different purposes that give you so many different looks.  Learn how to use them with your machine!  Sign-ups are still being taken on and individual basis.  Check out our website, call or stop in!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

to establish a new blog or not....

All told I've had a shop open for just over two years.  What a crazy adventure.  I never dreamed I would be where I am today.  (cliche? yes.) Some days, probably more than not, I question my decision to become a business owner.  It's round the clock and if you own your business you know what I mean.  There's no going home to get away from it or taking a vacation without thinking about checking in..everyday.  It's certainly freeing, to a certain extent, being your own boss and yes you can take time off when you need it but if you take that time off then there is no money being made.  And then there's a certain now 4 year old and 6 year old that really like to be active.  It was almost easier when they were 2 & 4. 

So what does this have to do with the blog title? no idea.  sometimes the thoughts just start flowing and you have to go with it. 

What I did sit down to write about is the fact that I have been pondering starting a new blog under my retail shop's name, Stitch Lounge.  Then it occurred to me that the Stitch Lounge is me and part of my everyday life.  My kids are there with me many times and I've made a special space for them.  It's our home away from home.  Part of me wishes that it was my home!  So with all that said - I think I will keep this blog as my shop blog.  It's important to see where it all started and how it morphs into what I don't yet even know.  Plus, keeping up with two blogs is a little more than I want to add onto life right now.  So, following this post you will now see more business updates...along with tips, tricks, techniques and tutorials!