Create a "stitch" book & sociable sewing

  • September 23, 2012 · 2:00 PM
  • King County Library - Foster Branch

If you have decorative stitches on your sewing machines here's an opportunity to create your very own Book of Stitches in the company of others who are doing the same thing!  We often don't use the special machine stitches we have because we don't take the time to find out what they would really look like, and it's so much quicker/simpler to sew a straight line.  What if you had a handy-dandy reference of the various stitches you could use to create a little more beauty on your garments?

     If you don't have multiple stitches on your machine, not to worry - we'd love to have you join us anyway.  It's a chance to sew together and talk, or not, nosh on anything you bring, share information and ideas, ask questions, or just sit and soak up the atmosphere.  Whatever you want to work on or ignore, you're welcome to join us.  I hope to see you there.

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  • Shelly J.

    This was my first "social sewing" experience. I had a lot of fun, it was a great idea. I learned a lot about the stitches I have and how they look with different variables. Thank you to the Margaret for organizing and everyone else for the friendly welcome. I'll attend this kind of event again. Hopefully we can see about also using the Seattle library in Ballard as another meeting location.

    September 24, 2012

  • Shelly J.

    This was fun, thanks for organizing!

    September 24, 2012

  • Amy J.

    I had a wonderful time. I made good progress on my stitch book and discovered some really cool utility stitches I can use in a decorative way. The company was great, too. This is a group of very friendly ladies who are happy to share their expertise.

    September 24, 2012

  • Donna H.

    really enjoyed this meetup. I was so excited to keep working on the stitch book I set up my machine when I got home and worked for another hour on the pages. Discovered so many "new" stitches I didn't know I had and so cool to see how they change just by changing the length. Decided to start with length first, then go back and work on what they look like changing their width.

    September 24, 2012

  • Essie L B.

    I had a great time, I enjoyed learning more about my machine, Donna's book showed how nice the stitch book can be. Nice to meet all of you .

    September 24, 2012

  • Margaret

    That was fun!

    September 24, 2012

  • Marie D.

    An obvious 5star meeting

    September 23, 2012

  • Amy J.

    Ladies, just want to let you know I'll probably be 15-20 minutes late. See you soon!

    September 23, 2012

  • Shelly J.

    How many pages should we bring? One for each stitch?

    September 22, 2012

    • Donna H.

      Didn't even think of buttonholes! What a great idea, you not only get to see what the stitch looks like, it's put to good use.:) Shelly, 80 stitches doesn't sound like a lot, but Carol encourages you to lengthen and and shorten the stitch, which can make the stitch look different, so 80 might end up being 120 different looking stitches!

      September 23, 2012

    • Amy J.

      Shelly, that's a great idea, too! I think my machine may have the same feature. I'll check.

      September 23, 2012

  • Essie L B.

    I just purchased a cinch, I have not used it, I will bring it if someone would like to try

    September 23, 2012

  • Donna H.

    I have decided not to bring the Crop-a-Dile tomorrow. I tried punching holes in my pages and put the grommets in but they are too lightweight. It was designed for paper crafting and I thought it would work with fabric but it doesn't hold the fabric very well.

    September 22, 2012

    • Amy J.

      I'm thinking I might just make some buttonholes to stick the rings through. (I found some colored rings on Amazon like the ones Carol used in the video.)

      1 · September 22, 2012

    • Essie L B.

      I just purchased a cinch, I have not used it. I will bring if someone would like to try

      September 23, 2012

  • Shelly J.

    I'm also bringing along a double needle to see what stitches out with that as well as stabilized muslin.

    1 · September 22, 2012

  • Donna H.

    I am bringing felt to serve as my stitch book, an ivory and dark brown color. I picked the thicker nice felt, not the craft felt, which is the felt Carol Waugh used in her Stupendous Stitching book. Also bringing contrasting threads and actually some embroidery and metallic threads and plain cotton thread so I can see how each look.

    September 15, 2012

    • Donna H.

      Essie, Carol Waugh doesn't specify a size to make your pages but she says she makes the pages a size that makes it easy to travel with. From the pictures in the book, just guessing, they look like maybe 8x11 and 12x12. Also she puts grommets in the pages (probably after she makes the stitch page) so I am bringing my Crop-a-dile and grommets and anyone is welcome to use it. You are more than welcome to browse through the book to get the idea what it looks like. If you aren't sure what size page you want to make, bring the fabric and after you look in her book you can cut the size you want. Don't forget to also have a medium weight woven fusible interfacing which helps stabilize the fabric when you are stitching the decorative stitches that are on your machine. Joann Fabrics has it. If you have different kinds of threads, bring them with you, so embroidery thread, metallic threads, cotton threads, etc. This looks like a really fun project and can hardly wait to get started:)

      September 21, 2012

    • Amy J.

      Well, I started off getting some batik fat quarters at Jo-Ann, but then when I got them home, I decided that some of the prints might be a little too busy to show off the stitches unless I only use white thread, which may be kind of boring. So, today I went to Pacific Fabrics SODO looking for something less busy, and ended up going with Donna's felt idea. (Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery! ;-) ) I found some 9" x 12" felt pieces in fun colors and got some colorful contrasting threads. Perfect size, so I don't have to do any cutting! I think that they're heavy enough that I won't need to use interfacing (but I'll test that before we meet), so I just got some fusible web to fuse the "pages" together.

      September 22, 2012

  • anne

    I'm new, and I hope to be there so that I can meet you all, plus make a stitch book, which I've been putting off for ??? years.

    September 17, 2012

  • Margaret

    Bring your machine, of course : ). To make the book itself, choose a fairly tightly woven fabric that will hold the stiches well, and that you can write on to identify the length/width of the lines you stitch. Plain old muslin will work, as long as it's a tight weave. Any plain colored woven fabric would probably also work if you choose a thread that will contrast well and show up against the fabric.

    September 14, 2012

  • Essie L B.

    What should I bring

    September 14, 2012

  • Essie L B.

    Do we bring our machine with us

    September 14, 2012

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