New Tilly and the Buttons Pattern!

Tilly and the Buttons came out with the cutest new dress pattern that she adorably named Francoise.  It is a sixties-style shift dress pattern that is super easy-to-follow. The design features striking French darts and raglan seams. Choose from two-piece three-quarter length sleeves or a sleeveless version, with optional collar and waist tab.  I love how Tilly’s patterns all come with real pictures next to each step.  This makes it so easy for a beginner to follow.  See below…

Tilly has created the Francoise three week sew-a-long series on her blog.  She gives you tips and tricks all along the way!  You can check out her blog post here.

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This classic dress is perfect for all seasons.  You could make it out of medium weight cotton, ponte, linen  and even light weight wool or brocade.  The dress only take 2 yards of 60″ fabric no matter what size you are!  I know I can’t wait to make this cute dress!

Happy Sewing!

Last Minute Holiday Craft Projects

If you are anything like me, you might be crafting right up until Christmas Day! Here are a few really quick, very last minute ideas. Maybe you just found out your third cousin Robert is coming to the Holiday Party and you want to whip him something up real quick :)

produce bag

Organic Produce Bag

potholder

Quick and Easy Pot Holder

placemats

Easy Placemats and Napkins

key chain

Easy Key Chain

headbandand bow ties

Baby Headband and Bow Ties

grocery bag

Grocery Bag

glasses-case

Easy Eye Glasses Case

dingleballscarf

Dingle Ball Scarf

bibs

Baby Bib Tutorial

Happy Holidays and Happy Sewing!

-Katrina

Holiday Decorating Ideas + Tutorial!

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Where did December go?? This always happens doesn’t it!? There aren’t many days left until Christmas, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have time to make a few quick and easy projects! Decorating for the holidays doesn’t have to be time consuming or difficult. With so many fun holiday fabrics and cute decorative trims, you can spruce up your home for the holidays in no time at all!

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Candy Cane Felt Ornament Tutorial

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The Holidays are fast approaching, and that means it’s time to start decorating! Who doesn’t love a quick and easy craft project? These ornaments are simple to make and add a homemade touch to your holiday decor. I have chosen to make my felt ornaments in a candy cane shape, but you can really use your imagination to make a variety of shapes!

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Holiday Gift Giving and Machine Review for 4120QDC

The holidays are the best time to get deals on the best sewing machines out there! So tell your family members now that you want a new sewing machine and it won’t be too much of a burden on them ;) I have been sewing with a Janome since I started sewing too many years back to remember. Janome makes sewing easy. Rarely do you have to deal with looped threads, tension problems, or any of the other things that make you pull your hair out during the everyday sewing process. Sewing can be hard enough without struggling with silly machine problems. We are so proud of our Janome Sewing machines that we are dying to get more of them out into our community of sewers. That’s why we are dramatically dropping our prices for a limited time only!

Today we will talk about the 4120QDC.

Janome 4120QDC Great Machine for quiltersThe 4120QDC is an excellent, midrange, all around sewing machine. The “QDC” stands for “Quilters Decor Companion” meaning its great for quilters, home decor, or anything else you can think of. The majority of the sewing I have done on this machine is for fashion projects. My favorite features are:

Memorized needle up/down function: This means while you are sewing, every time you take your foot off the pedal the machine will bring the needle all the way to the down position or up position. Lots of machines do this nowadays but if you are in the market for any machine, make sure it has this feature! For me the biggest difference this makes is more control over bigger projects so it doesn’t move around while I am re-adjusting. Also you will NEVER have to deal with the tension problems you can get when the needle is not in the full upright position.

Automatic Thread Cutter: With the push of a button your thread will be cut off your project AND and remaining bits if thread will be pulled to the back of the project for easy clipping.

Start/Stop Button: Now at first when I saw this option on a machine I said to myself, “Why on earth would you need to sew without your using your pedal?” But the more I use my machine the more I love it! Simply unplug your pedal and sew press the Start button and you machine will start to sew for you! I once had a customer tell me that she has some major ankle issues and sewing with her pedal is very painful. The Star/Stop feature allows her to sew pain free! I use this feature mostly for buttonholes because all I have to do is press that button and an entire button will be finished, it will stop automatically!

It has 7 Automatic button hole options which makes sewing anything with buttons breeze! If you have an old school machine that needs more than one step for your buttonhole you will just be AMAZED by the difference.

Check out this video we made for the 3160 QDC which is one step down form this machine but the button hole process is the same. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsEO-OMCPD0

Can you believe the the price on this machine right now is the SAME as the 3160QDC? So what do you get for the 4120 that is so much more you ask?

Lettering stitches-so you can label your project with your name or anything else you can think of.

Extension Table-makes it easier control your large projects on your table.

Memory Capabilities- Program different decorative stitches to come out in a sequence to truly customize your project.

You will notice on our website that you can’t purchase the Janome 4120 online. That’s because certain Janome Machines have a limit on how low you are allowed to sell it for online and this is too low!! All that means is you have to either come into the store to buy it or give us a call 831-423-5434 and we will get you all set up and answer any questions you might have about this fabulous machine.

Hope you enjoy your Holiday Season

Singing out-

Katrina

Katrina at Harts Fabric