Nancy's Tip of the Month A seam sealant like Fray Check is a must to seal all serger thread tails or edges. If squeezed directly to the fabric, you may get more than you bargained for. Apply the sealant to a Q-tip and then dab your fabric for greater control. Nancy Zieman can be seen on public television. http://wpt.org/sewingwithnancy/ Nancy Zieman
You sit down at your sewing machine, ready to start a new project. Fabric? Check. Thread? Check. Correct presser foot? Check. New needle? Umm…
I know they’re here somewhere… Here they are! No, those are Jeans needles, and I need Ballpoint. Maybe I can just use this one… Eek! Nope – it’s definitely too big for this t-shirt knit. Argh! Where did I put them!! And suddenly your relaxing afternoon of sewing turns into a frustrating search for a tiny package of needles.
That doesn’t happen to me (much) any more. I keep all my needles in a big plastic box. I’ve even labeled the sections!
Right now here at Atascadero Sew & Vac we've got some great deals on our used and consignment sewing machines! We've got brands like Bernina, Janome, Koyo, a serger, and our best deals right now are a $49 Singer and a floor model Babylock BL9 for $189 (which we currently sell new for $249!!!) Come in and test sew one or all of them TODAY!
Minky can be difficult and frustrating to work with. Here are a few tips to help you out.
*Minky does not have to be prewashed. Remember though if you are sewing it to another fabric such as flannel, that fabric must be washed. The project may not lay right, otherwise due to shrinkage after washing.
*Play with your stitch length. I prefer a longer length.
*Do not iron Minky. It will ruin nap.
*Pins are your friend. Minky can shift. Use pins. DO NOT SEW OVER THEM. *Lots of fuzz is left behind, care for your machine.
*Always use a ball point needle.
I am having so much fun making my grandson (due in July) all sorts of soft cuddly things with Minky. I hope you have fun with it too!
If you're anything like us, we are not the hugest fans of spring cleaning. But, during this time, we know how much of an advantage there is to having a well working, good filtering vacuum to help get the job done! While vacuuming may or may not be in the front of your mind when thinking about your spring cleaning process, here are a few tasks you may not have thought of to make this go a little bit smoother :)
Use your vacuum and attachments for:
~Inside cabinets and drawers
~Library and books
~Pillows and furniture
~Draperies and valances
~Ceiling lights and fixtures
~Even for "brushing" your pets to reduce shedding
And to add a little something special to this not-so-fun job, consider using a "scent tab". Sprinkle 1 tsp on the floor and vacuum up using a new vacuum bag or empty canister and during the life of the bag/canister your vacuum will smell like whatever fresh scent you chose!!!
If you need any tools, hoses, or attachments come by and see us!!
MENTION THIS AD AND GET 1 FREE SCENT OF YOUR CHOICE (many to choose from. $3.25 value)
Don't forget to keep an eye on our classes in case something might interest you!
Coming up on Wednesday, April 24th from 2-4 pm is a "get to know your sewing machine class". These 2 hours are very valuable! It doesn't matter if it's a new sewing machine or a used sewing machine from a yard sale. In order to be confident sewing with any machine you have to know how to operate it correctly and make it do what you want it to do! How many times have you been in the middle of a project and your trusted machine has decided it doesn't want to sew? The fun part of sewing is completing our creative inspiration, not fighting the machine! Let's get together and gather some tips, tricks, and ideas that will solve these issues from here on out!
Be sure not to miss out on our "how to" put in a zipper class! This class will provide tips and tricks (and lots of great information) to one of sewings most intimidating tasks!
The class will be taught by Carolina from Sew Exceptional on Thursday, April 25th or Saturday, April 27th. Visit our website at www.atascaderosewingandvacuum.com or call 466-4772 for more class information and sign ups!
Today we are sharing information about this Bernina foot. Edgestitch foot # 10 / 10C / 10D is a practical help for sewing finished edges even and straight.
Superbly suited to applying lace and trims, Edgestitch foot # 10 / 10C / 10D is also ideal for topstitching edges, pleats and hems. The guide blade in the center of the foot helps you sew seams and hems running perfectly parallel to the edge in next to no time.
Discover Edgestitch foot # 10 / 10C / 10D now – the professional for nice, neat edges.