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How To Sew A Basting Stitch

  A basting stitch is a great way to put in a temporary stitch. For holding together to pieces of fabric temporarily. The trick is that you want the stitch to be easily removable, hence the word temporary.  To to this, you can just sew with the regular straight stitch on your sewing machine, but set the length to it’s max.  The max length on my machine is 5mm.  But also make sure that you do not backstitch, as this will make it more difficult to remove! You should now have a nice, and easily removable, basting stitch!

How to sew an overcasting stitch

  An overcasting stitch is like a serging stitch on a home sewing machine. It looks very professional and is easy to do.   You’ll need a different sewing foot than you normally use. On my brother sewing machine, i use the G foot.  Important to note: you don’t want to back stitch with this foot and when lifting the foot and removing the fabric, remove the fabric towards the  back  do not remove the fabric towards you.  Place the fabric so that the stitch with go just over the edge of it and use the overcasting stitch on your machine. On my machine, the brother se600, I use 1-14.  Do a couple reinforcement stitches and start sewing, you should end up with a nice finished seam!

Milestone reached: 300 sales!

Thanks so much to all of you for helping me reach this milestone with Lizzsews. I’m very grateful for all of the support and wouldn’t have been able to get this far without all of you!  Coming up in the summer will be even more articles! 3D printing, sewing, embroidering and even more crafting!!

3D printer

Recently, I purchased a 3D printer! Along with it the filament, which is pretty much just the raw plastic. I’ve been playing around with it and learning a lot! I’ve done tons and tons of research for this printer.  I got the Anycubic Mega Zero 2.0. On 3D printers, the nozzle tip goes all the way to 200 degrees Celsius, and the bed to 60 degrees Celsius! To create an object, the 3D printer melts the filament and creates the object layer by layer. One that was a big surprise to me after getting my 3D printer, was how long that it takes to print! This small little owl that I made, which came as the tester pattern with my machine, took 3 hours! Along the way I have come over multiple speed bumps and made many mistakes. Would you be interested in me sharing my learning process through this 3D printer? Share what you think in the comments, it helps me know what type of content you guys all want to see (read)! A few of the speed bumps/learning process main points: - Changing the filament - pa

How to sew a fabric tray; the quicker way

In one of my previous articles, I shared how to make a fabric tray. These are one of my favourite projects for they are so fun to create and the final result is always so beautiful! The only thing that wasn’t as fun with making the trays was that bindings are a lot of work sometimes. So, I created this pattern. This new fabric tray is just as beautiful, but can be made quicker! This leaves more time for free motion quilting if wanted and also makes the perfect last minute gift. But the one receiving the gift would never be able to tell it was last minute! What you will need: Cotton fabric Iron and ironing board Batting Rotary cutter and cutting mat (or scissors) Seam gauge or measuring tape Sewing machine Sewing machine thread and needle Free motion quilting foot Optional: pins and safety pins The steps: Cut  two pieces of fabric and a piece of batting to 13” x 13” Optional: you could embroider one of the pieces.  ‘Sandwich’  the pieces together. Place the two pieces of fabric right si

How to sew pattern weights

  A very simple, yet quite helpful and important sewing project. Pattern weights are essential for sewers and are such a fun project. You can make them as colourful or as plain as you want! Have fun sewing! And remember, unless otherwise stated, or if it’s a different type of stitch or seam, sew right sides together.  What you need: Cotton fabric Iron and ironing board Rice or other filling Rotary cutter and cutting mat (or scissors) Sewing machine Sewing machine thread and needle The steps: Iron and cut 6 squares of 2.5”.  Sew 4 of the squares together in a line, and iron.  Sew one square on top of and one square below the second square in the line. Iron.  Sew the left side of the square on top with the top side of the first square in the line.  Sew the right side of the square on top with the top side of the third square in the line.  Sew the left side of the square below with the bottom side of the first square in the line. Sew the right side of the square below with the bottom side

How to sew a fabric tray

After spending a bit of time figuring out how I could get a fabric tray to actually stay up by itself and be rigid enough to actually be called a tray, I ended up with this pattern.  What you will need: Cotton fabric Iron and ironing board Batting Rotary cutter and cutting mat (or scissors) Seam gauge or measuring tape Sewing machine Sewing machine thread and needle Optional: pins and safety pins Optional: walking foot (makes it easier to sew all three layers) or free motion quilting foot (if you’d rather quilt it than sew in the ditch) The steps: Cut  two pieces of fabric and a piece of batting to 13” x 13” Optional: you could embroider one of the pieces.  ‘Sandwich’  the pieces together. With one square of fabric on the bottom, the batting in the middle and the other square of fabric on the top. With the right sides of the fabrics facing away from the batting.  Optional but recommended: using safety pins, pin the three layers together in multiple places.  ‘Stitch in the ditch’  using

Making the winter soldier book

 I don’t know about all of you, but I know that I’m a huge marvel fan! (And Star Wars too!)  And the new Marvel series, Wandavision and The Falcon and The Winter Soldier just got me even more into Marvel! And that gave me the idea of creating the winter soldier book for myself! What I used: Printer + paper Black twill fabric Red cotton fabric Notebook (mine was about 7” x 5”) Sewing machine + supplies  To start , I came up with a basic idea of what I wanted, what I was looking for.  I decided that I wanted a tightly fitting book cover that fit as if it was the cover of the book. And I wanted it to resemble the book from marvel.  I started by creating  a basic book cover  design with the size of 10” x 29”, it ended up being very large.  ( Here’s what I did for the basic book cover: I took the strip of fabric and folded in the short side two times, both sides and sewed along the edge.  I then folded each side towards the middle with a gap in the middle of under 3” 1” down from the top I