Cutting Knit Fabric

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Good Morning! Eileen here from GoofingOff Sewing with something to share.

Everyone has a challenging moment when it come to sewing and, for many, cutting knit fabric is one. Here is a good tutorial from Tilly and the Buttons to use.

In the tutorial a rotary cutter is used. Someone commented that she has a problem using her cutter and wasn’t sure if it was due to a dull blade. Unfortunately, rotary blades dull quickly (or at least it seems quick). On a personal level, I struggled with my cutter until I treated myself to a new blade. What a difference a $6 purchase makes……Just a thought.

Another thing she recommends is pre-washing the fabric. Please, pre-wash your fabric if it is washable (you folks who work with silks, rayon, and other fabric that hate water might want to ignore this). Some fabric shrink and “act up” when washed so pre-washing will be one less aggravation when you have your finished product….as in puckering where you didn’t plan to pucker.

So, check the tutorial. It is worth a look-see. Happy sewing!

Napkins to Embroider

I love a good embroidery kit especially crewel. It’s like a class where I can learn or practice a few stitches….and at times, a challenge. Still, despite my love of an everything-in-one-bag kit I enjoy having a blank canvas to express myself. With that in mind I listed blank napkins to embroider.

 

These lovely napkins are 16 inches by 16 inches, enough to cover one’s lap sufficiently. They are 100% cotton and machine hemmed. They are sold in sets of 2 for $4. There are 6 sets available.

 

 

New Listings at GoofingOff Sewing

 I have so much going on that I almost don’t know where to start. The first fundraiser for our medical mission is done and it was a success! Just the right amount of chili, cornbread, and fixings, lots of friends and family, and donations to buy medical supplies for those in need. The venison chili came out great. We had chili to go and that sold out, too. We might hold another fundraiser closer to Christmas featuring our Mission Cookies.

This week is our yard sale with proceeds going to our mission expenses. We need money for translators, food and lodging, and transportation.  It’ll give me a chance to clear some things out that I haven’t had a chance to list on Etsy. Folks have donated a few things to help out. I have a number of vintage rolling pins and teapots to set out among other things. Wish us luck.

In the meantime I have new patterns in GoofingOff Sewing…..great holiday dresses for the girls, outfits for the ladies, and a few things for the guys with just enough time to put together a few gifts.

 

Simplicity 8118 Misses’ Jumper Size 10 UNCUT

So retro and easy to wear.

McCall’s 6544 Misses’ Sundress Size 8 UNCUT

A casual look with a flattering cut that has a soft, easy flow.

1940’s DuBarry 6018 Boys’ Playsuit and Jacket in size 1. COMPLETE

So cute in a size 1 from the 1940’s. I can hardly believe it survived the years.

Simplicity 5287 Jiffy Ties….Straight and Bow Ties, 1970’s Style 

Ties in a Jiffy pattern….be still my heart. The envelope doesn’t look too good but the pattern is a treasure. The only part that was cut was the bow tie and it is still usable. Great look for a wedding party.

Simplicity 8338 Personal Fit Pattern Pants in Size 8 & 10 COMPLETE

Pants for a personal fit from the 1970’s. 

McCall’s 3281 Girls’ Jumper Dress, Top, and Pants Size 6 COMPLETE

So retro and easy to sew. Cute look for a little girl.

Simplicity 7413 Girl’s Dress and Shawl from 1976. UNCUT Size 12 & 14

This dress is a timeless look from the 1970’s.

McCall’s 3224 Girls’ Dress and Pullover Top in size 8 UNCUT

More retro looks for girls from the 1970’s. 

So, there’s a taste of the new listings in GoofingOff Sewing. New fabrics, too, like Dora the Explorer, Miami Dolphins, and Spongebob.

Miami Dolphin Fabric 60 inch wide by the half yard

 

 

 

Dora the Explorer by the half yard.

Spongebob and Patrick 44 inch by the half yard.


Lots of great stuff so stop by when you have a chance. I’ll keep listing and adding. 

There’s always something going on at GoofingOff Sewing.

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Sit and Sew at the Suwannee Valley Quilt Shop

Made by Karen Brake from “Skinny Quilts for All Seasons” 

Happy Thursday! 


Yesterday I took a trip to one of my favorite sewing/quilt shops for supplies (Yes, I needed more fabric….stop laughing). I spent quite a while just walking around…until I realized I was getting lost in the fabric. Ever do that? I’m sure I’m not the only one. 
 
Anyway, while checking out I noticed this adorable quilt hanging on the wall. One of our local quilters, Karen Brake, made this lovely and is going to teach others to do the same. 

I don’t know if anyone remembers but a few months ago I sat in at the monthly Sit and Sew. It was wonderful. I could sew for hours, get tips, have lunch with good company, and not be disturbed by the phone, dogs (please walk me, whine, whine), hubby, or something on the stove (Babe, are you cooking something? Oops). I watched Karen as she started the table runner and was amazed by her work. She is also quite knowledgeable and taught me how to do French seams on the pillowcases I was making. Mais oui!
 
If anyone lives in this area….as in North Florida…..stop by for the Sit and Sew. The next one is August 22 at 10am. I won’t be there (working….got patients to care for) but Karen will be. You can make the table runner if you want to or just take advantage of the time away from the house and do anything. I worked on pillowcases and made a strip quilt…..it was good to have people there who had experience so I could ask questions. 
 
Besides, time with the girls is always good. 
More about what I bought and what I am making (a baby quilt) later. 
Enjoy the day. Pack it full of good stuff. Savor every moment. It only comes around once. 
 
Post by Eileen of GoofingOff Sewing…….Helping you make magic with every stitch.
 
 
More about what I bought and what I am making (a baby quilt) later. 
Enjoy the day. Pack it full of good stuff. Savor every moment. It only comes around once. 
 
Post by Eileen of GoofingOff Sewing…….Helping you make magic with every stitch.

New Fabric Listings in GoofingOff Sewing

I do a little sewing, usually a pillowcase or two for do-good work. Making something for little girls comes pretty easy to me….something pink, a little bit of lace, and a ribbon or bow (or two…or both) and Voila! perfect for girls. Boys, on the other hand….hmmm….that’s a bit of a stretch for me coming from a family of 4 girls and having a daughter…an estrogen-enriched atmosphere if there ever was one.  So I did a little looking around and found some fabric suitable for everybody.


Moon Owls 100% Cotton fabric. By the Half Yard. Owl circles are 2 3/4 inches across. These little owls are so cute!

 

 

Halloween Stache Fabric 100% Cotton by the Half Yard When I found this fabric I couldn’t stop laughing. Vibrant colors, nice weight. 

 

Race Cars fabric by the half yard Vroom, vroom!

 

 

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Alexander Henry Fabric Route 66 By the Half Yard Get your kicks….. This is really nice fabric. Good for pillowcases, passport holders, journal covers….

 

Alexander Henry Aloha Girls by the 1/2 yard  Beautiful fabric.

So there’s a few ideas to work with. Make magic happen.

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Pluto: Am I the Only One Obsessed?

Star Gazer Fabric in Half Yard or fat quarter lengths

The scientific world is buzzing lately with the pictures of Pluto coming back to earth. I love looking at them. I am so amazed at the thought that we have real pictures of this planet (ok, dwarf planet) coming back to earth. Ice mountain ranges, a moon with craters, and nitrogen (maybe water?) on this frozen planet!!! So cool. 

A patient called me into his room when the photos were first broadcast. He was as excited as I was. He went on to tell me how JFK spoke about putting men on the moon and space exploration and how lucky he was to be alive to see it. Well, I guess that’s how I feel.

 I doubt if I will be the nurse in the first Mars colony but maybe it will be someone I helped train or influence. Never know….Why not? The movie Avatar starts off in a VA hospital….yes, a very futuristic VA hospital….there will always be a need for nurses..even on Mars.

Or maybe I might get a pattern order from the colony…. Wonder what the shipping charges would be? How would they cut the fabric? Pattern weights probably wouldn’t work (low gravity) Or maybe they would…(more gravity). Lots to think about. 


Post by Eileen Patterson…..who is GoofingOff….and stargazing.