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The Year That Was

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When I sit and think about all the things that happened in 2014 I sometimes catch myself getting annoyed with myself and thinking about the things I had planned to do and just didn’t get done instead of what I have achieved and the beautiful things that I already have in my life. This quote seems to be an inspiration to me when I start to get caught up in it all.

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So this post is in recognition of the things that I have done and do have as a result of 2014 with a touch of what I want to focus on for 2015.

Baby Jordan

During July our family welcomed Jordan into the world, although a little earlier than expected and while we were on a little holiday! He is just gorgeous and his big sister adores him. My best creation by far for 2014 :)

Sewing Projects

I did manage to get a couple of easy sewing projects out there before Jordan came along like how to sew a lanyard project and how to make a reversible fabric book cover. I have received many positive comments and photos of peoples’ creations. I do hope to create more this year to inspire others to take up sewing, because it’s just too much fun sewing things, especially those practical things.

Podcast

The podcast has been extremely fun to produce and it has led to a lot of extra research, but that just means I learn and retain more in order to talk about it to everyone. win/win I say! You can check out the podcast here.

YouTube Subscribers Galore

Even though I haven’t created many new video at the moment, My YouTube subscribers has continues to skyrocket (in my opinion anyway)! All I can say in thank you to you all. It motivates me to make more videos in the future if that’s what people are finding helpful.  I’m currently sitting at 5719 Subscribers to my YouTube channel. Thanks everyone!

Facebook is probably me next biggest channel of communication for my new projects and how tos that I put out, but unfortunately not many of my likers there actually see what I post, unless I pay for it.

A Peek Into 2015 Starting with a UFO

In my personal sewing I have a huge UFO (unfinished object??) that I started in 2007! It’s a block of the month that just got away from me and became too huge. My goal is to have it all pieced together and ready to quilt by July. Then it will be ready to quilt with my sisters quilting machine when I visit her then. Yay! I seriously need to make a plan for that. I’ll keep you updated with that one.

Goals for ESFB

The How To videos and sewing projects are what people love the most. Understandable! My goals for this year is to create 12 new sewing projects, one for each month. I also want to create a a new ‘How To’ video each month as well.

I recently got a new overlocker/serger for Christmas and would love to work out how to use it properly. I’ve purchased 2 Craftsy classes and am slowly working my way through them. You can check them out here and here. I love Amy Allen’s hair in the Beginning Serger class. Looks perfect. I think I’m so memorised with it because she has much shorter hair now. (That was completely unrelated to anything, but I thought I would share it anyway LOL).

Another big goal for me this year is to create my first sewing project to sell. I was wanting to create all my projects for free, mainly because I didn’t think anyone would pay for something that I had created. I now believe that I can create something that is worth a small cost after having many purchase my free projects from my Craftsy store and receiving lovely emails and photos from others who have created something from them. I can do it!

‘Spare time’ is precious and a rarity at this point in time so I really do need to use it wisely. Getting my focus and self discipline back to where it was will be key here for me. I can do it!

Do you have any UFOs that you are planning on finishing this year or even something that you were proud to have accomplished in 2014? I would love to hear about it! Do you have any other sewing related goals for 2015?

Big deep breath and off we go!

Happy sewing in 2015!

 

 

[PODCAST] ESFB 006: Getting to Know Fabric and More

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On this episode I’ve invited my good friend, Janine, on the podcast to talk all things fabric. Janine has a passion for sewing and has been sewing since she was 7 years old. She has taught sewing through Home Economics at a secondary level for six years now and previously studied sewing at an industry level through TAFE (that’s Technical and Further Education). Janine is my sewing guru and has saved me many a times when my sewing ventures have not gone to plan.

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This podcast was supposed to be published before Christmas, but I ran out of time! So that’s why we’re wishing you a Merry Christmas even though it has been and gone :)

in this podcast episode we chat about (with lots of ums and ahhs, sorry):

  • the different types of natural and synthetic fabrics you may come across
  • Sewing Jargon you night come across when reading patterns such as selvage, bias, etc.
  • Prewashing fabric
  • Scissors for cutting fabric
  • Needles for different types of fabrics – and I was completely wrong about what the numbers mean for the needle sizes :/ One number is the American sizing and the other number is European sizing. If you scroll down to the bottom of this article it explains the number system really well.

My Recommended Resource

The Sewing Book – A great resource for any sewer to have handy. I made a quick video review of this book a while ago. You can find it here.

Janine’s Recommended Sewing Tool

Snips – these little things are awesome :)

Can’t wait to learn more about my new overlocker/serger as well! I hope to make some videos for you all soon!

Happy listening and a Merry belated Christmas!

[VIDEO] Tips for Cleaning and Maintaining Your Sewing Machine at Home (Front Loading Bobbin)

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Recently, I made a video showing you how to clean and maintain your sewing machine at home, but this one was using my machine with a top loading bobbin. a great friend of mine let me borrow her machine with a front loading bobbin so I could make a video for all of you out there with a sewing machine with a front loading bobbin. Both of these videos were inspired by a podcast interview I did way back in July!

Now everyone can clean out their sewing machine. No excuses! How much fluff do you have hidden inside your sewing machine?

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or watch it here on YouTube

Steps for cleaning and Maintaining You Sewing Machine (Front Loading Bobbin)

The following guide is a snapshot of what you will find in the video above

Before I started removing parts, I took out the thread and unplugged the power cord from the sewing machine. 

Step 1: Remove the needle and foot (I remove the ankle part as well to give me more space to work in)

remove needleStep 2: Remove the needle plate by loosening the screw/s. keep the screws with the needle plate as you do not want to lose these.

remove needle plateStep 3: Use a soft bristled brush to brush out all the lint and fluff front around the feed dog area.

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Step 4: Open up the bobbin cover and remove the bobbin case if you haven’t already done so. remove bobbinStep 5: Undo the ‘black finger’ looking clips (you may also just have a button in your machine) to release the hook ring and the hook. It helps to have your machine on a slight lean here to stop the parts from just falling out of the machine.

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Step 6: Completely remove the ring and the hook from the sewing machine. Give these parts a quick brush once you have removed them.

remove ringremove hookStep 7: Brush out the hook race area with your soft bristled brush to remove that lint and fluff build up.

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Step 8: Oil the centre of the hook race, if machine needs it. Double check with your manual.

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Step 9: replace the parts that you just took out. ensure the ring is the right way around. If you want to see someone putting the ring in back to front, then just watch the video! *facepalm* I do turn it around once I realise. I was a bit too focussed on making sure the notch at the bottom of the ring lined up with the groove.

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You can replace the needle plate, foot and needle here and be done with it or you can remove your face plate and oil one more part, if you want to give it a go.

If your machine has a screw holding the face plate on (this covers the mechanism that makes the needle go up and down) then you need to unscrew that first. Some machines may just have a hinged face plate, like mine machine does.

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You can apply some oil to the pin mechanism that moves up and down when you turn the hand wheel. You can also brush out any lint while you are here as well.

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replace al the bits and bobs you removed from the machine and you are done. You may want to give your machine a quick once over with a dry cloth, but that’s about it. Yay!

The thought of taking your sewing machine apart can be scary, but once you know how to do it, it’s not all that scary after all.

If you’re still having trouble getting your head around cleaning and maintaining your sewing machine then think of your sewing machine like you would think about your car. You tend to check your car frequently to see how the tyre pressure, oil, water, etc are going between professional services, right? It’s the same with your sewing machine. Cleaning out your bobbin area and feed dogs and oiling (if needed) is your maintenance you do in between your big sewing machine services. These big services should be done by your local sewing machine technician or specialist once a year or so. If you look after your sewing machine, it will look after you. ;)

Happy cleaning and maintaining!

 

[VIDEO] Tips for Cleaning and Maintaining Your Sewing Machine at Home (Top Loading Bobbin)

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It seems like a million years ago now, but I did a podcast with my local sewing machine technician about tips for cleaning and maintaining your sewing machine. I’ve finally recorded a video demonstrating how you can clean and maintain your sewing machine at home. You can see the video below. This video is for a sewing machine with a top loading bobbin, but the video using a sewing machine with a front loading bobbin is being uploading to YouTube now!

or you can see it on YouTube here

I had always been too scared to take my sewing machine apart, but doing the podcast with my sewing machine specialist made me realise that it wasn’t that scary after all (and he could fix my sewing machine if I did manage to break something anyway ;) ).

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Steps for Cleaning and Maintaining Your Sewing Machine

The following guide is a snapshot of what you will find in the video above

Before I started removing parts I took out the thread and unplugged the power cord from the sewing machine. 

Step 1 : Remove the needle and foot (I removed the ‘ankle’ part as well).

remove foot and needle plate

Step 2: Remove the needle plate by loosening the screw/s. keep the screws with the needle plate as you do not want to lose these.

remove needle plate 2

Step 3: Remove the bobbin case.

remove bobbin case

Step 4: Use a soft brush to gently brush out the lint build up and any pieces of thread in the hook race area. Be sure to brush the lint out of the machine and not let it fall through the cracks and further into your sewing machine.

brush out lint

Also clean between the feed dog teeth as well. You can get a big build up of lint here.

check your manual for this step as some machines do not need to be oiled!

Step 5: Oil the middle of the hook race with one or two drops of sewing machine oil. You really don’t need very much. (I’m using my old machine in the video and photo as my newer machine does not need oiling. I knew I kept it for a reason!)

oil hook race

Step 6: Reassemble your sewing machine and don’t forget to change the needle for a new one now if it is needed!

Step 7: Wipe you machine over with a dry cloth and you are done.

The thought of taking your sewing machine apart can be scary, but once you know how to do it, it’s not all that scary after all.

If you’re still having trouble getting your head around cleaning and maintaining your sewing machine then think of your sewing machine like you would think about your car. You tend to check your car frequently to see how the tyre pressure, oil, water, etc are going between professional services, right? It’s the same with your sewing machine. Cleaning out your bobbin area and feed dogs and oiling (if needed) is your maintenance you do in between your big sewing machine services. These big services should be done by your local sewing machine technician or specialist once a year or so. If you look after your sewing machine, it will look after you. ;)

Happy cleaning and maintaining!

 

[PODCAST] ESFB 005: Where I’ve Been for Two Months; the Habit of Sewing; Craftsy Class and More

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In This Episode

  • Where I’ve been for the last two months
  • Getting back into the habit of sewing
  • A great Craftsy class for beginner sewers
  • a quick tip to prolong the life of your tension discs

Keep scrolling to find links to things I’ve talked about in this episode…

See a cute pic of Jordan (and Elyse) on my previous blog post

Leo Babauta’s website Zenhabits.net

The Power of Habit book – Find it on Amazon* or The Book Depository*

How to Create a Habit Flowchart PDF from The Power of Habit showing you how to create a habit

Listen to an interview with Charles Duhigg on The Good Life Project Podcast with Jonathan Fields

Check out the recommended Craftsy class for beginning sewers

This is the other Craftsy class similar to the first one

Happy Listening :)