Twin Needle Twist

I have wanted to learn how to use a twin needles for a while. House of Pinheiro has a good post on using twin needles so I followed the instructions over there. I also looked on You Tube for a Bernina Activa to see if there were any tutorials on twin needles. Click here to view a video on using a twin needle on the Bernina Activa.

My first efforts were a total disaster  'practice makes perfect' right? I soon sorted it and all I needed to do was put both my threads through the same side of my tension disks. Once I did this my efforts were good....I  think though I  need to loosen the bottom tension a bit. But I'm not to sure how to do this though. More practice I think!

Twin needle sewing on the
Bernina Activa 220

Being Frugal is so Easy

It's Friday and I'm being frugal again, it's Frugal Friday...
This is very easy project which probably doesn't need a tutorial. But it's good way to save some of your grocery dollars...I hate paying out for cloths, sponges just to dust or wipe my bench. I now make micro/polar fleece cloths instead. They work just as well as the bought ones and wash up nicely too.

Cloth size: 15" X 15" (80cm approx)
Fabric: Polar fleece, I bought a couple of metres for $10.00
Materials needed: Polar or Micro fleece, overlocker, thread, scissors, measuring square, template, Rotary cutter, pen

Make template out of board and lay it 
on the fabric. Then cut around it with a
 rotary cutter. You can also trace around 
 the template with a pen and then cut out the
 fabric with scissors if you prefer...
Cut out double thickness or as many layers 
as your rotary cutter can handle... 
Now overlock the squares, you can use a contrast
cotton if you like. You can leave them as they are
 too...But I prefer them edged it gives the cleaning
cloth some class!
Use woolly nylon on the lower lopper of
your overlock/serger. I'm using a
  3 thread overlock stitch
Curve the corners as you overlock the
I use a close overlock stitch to finish the edges
but you can also use a wider spaced stitch.
I prefer the closer stitch...
All finished with curved edges ready to fold
 Put away and ready to use....

Learning to use the Hump Jumper

There is a teaching video I at  S N Designs Co for learning how to use your 'Hump Jumper'. You can also find more information on the Hump Jumper and other sewing products on Sandy's other  website. The Hump Jumper can also be purchased here too. SN Designs Co. ships internationally as well...

Sewing with the CoverPro

This clear foot is very good and worth purchasing
enables you to see where you have to join up your
 stitching. It's much easier with this  clear foot
Janome Centre Guide Foot  Part number: 795819108
for a 3 needle CoverPro, costs around $79.....easy to use
but a bit tricky to get on
Top stitching on the neck band
The neck band was short lived,  I didn't catch all the fabric
  when I machine sewed it in place. Too late now to save the
 neck band I just cut it off. Then I turned the neck hem to
 the inside and sewed a 2 thread cover stitch..... 
This is the top stitching using a two thread
 cover stitch and using the clear foot
This is the inside stitching, my turn over is way too big. I
 didn't used my usual sticky note guide I just guessed! If this
 happens  just use sharp scissors, not snips and cut the hem
 flush with the stitching. Then you'll have a smaller tidier careful though. Yes I did it I snipped through the
  fabric and made a hole  using very sharp SNIPS... 
Sleeve hems  
T-shirt all finished...hem fixed up, now  it's a bit

CoverPro: Removing the Fabric

How to I remove the fabric from your Janome CoverPro 1000CP?

Because the cover hem machine is not like a sewing machine you cannot just stop stitching and  then pull the fabric out and snip the threads...This is how I remove fabric from the Janome CoverPro1000CP when I've finished sewing. There are other ways too, but this is my method I use.

Stitching to the end of the fabric.....
Lift foot, use and pull the threads towards you.
Then  pull the fabric backwards towards the left
side....Sometimes I have to turn the wheel to release
 the stitches before I can pull the fabric back
You need to cut the thread, there is a thread cutter on the
 side of the machine. Then knot or sew in the thread to stop
the stitches unravelling...I use fabric glue. This is important
as the thread will unravel easily....

Beginners CoverPro Tips & Tricks

Little helpers for when you are using a cover stitch machine....

Use a postie/stickie note pad as a seam guide...
Use a 'Humper Jumper' or is it Hump Jumper when stitching.
Then sew slowly over the seam. You can also flatten out your
turn over seam opposite to body seam. This will reduce the
bulk on the hem seam...
Have plenty of scraps of material ready to use for starting off
or finishing plus for testing the stitches before you sew

Janome CoverPro 1000CP

Today I'm playing around with the Janome CoverPro 1000CP. Some people love them and some don't.....There is plenty of information on about this machine and other cover hem machines. I must admit I hated this cover hem machine for a long time, it's main issue was that it missed stitches when going over seams. But that all changed with practice and knowledge and lots of reading of online resources. Now it's my best friend and I now enjoy using it, though it can still be temperamental with some fabrics....

What does this cover machine do?
 It's a three three and two needle operation, another words you can do a three thread cover hem stitch and a two thread cover hem stitch. When using the three thread stitch, you use 4 spools on cotton just 3 for the two. You can also do chain stitch on this machine. The width for stitches are: 3 needle cover stitch, 6mm and 2 needle cover stitch, 6mm. It also does a 3mm cover stitch.

What needles does it use?
Schmetz ELX705

Stand alone models available:
Janome CoverPro 900 CP (discontinued here I think, but can be picked up second hand)
Janome CoverPro 1000CP
Janome CoverPro 1000 CRX

Other stand alone models:
Elna Cover Hem 444 very similar or same as the Janome CoverPro

Links for using a cover hem machine:
Stitches and Seams

Support: For fixing or problems with the machine take back to your Janome dealer. Very little support in way of classes here in NZ.

Online Manual:  Janome CoverPro1000CP

Janome  CoverPro 1000CP is a light weight stand
alone, free arm cover hem machine You can carry it around
easily....Also you are able to adjust tensions manually
to suit your fabric. It also has an extension table
 but I don't use it...
Light... and thread cutter to the left (you can't see it in pic)
It has a large bed space too...
Thread tensions can be adjusted manually and are colour coded
Inside the CoverPro...lower lopper, simple colour coded
diagram to follow for threading the machine
Close up...Sideways view of lower lopper
Manual is easy to follow and user friendly...

The Barnyard Comes to Town

School holiday fun....except I thought there would be more animals, But the sand on the ground kept the children amused. I should have worn gumboots.....

I like knitting their soft
Rounding up the ducks....
Eyeballing those ducks!
His fleece was so hard, bought back memories
when I use to spin the fleece....
Time to leave....all sandy & messy!

Easy Noro Winter Scarf

Wool: Noro Kureyon 4 balls 50g 100% wool (mixture of shades)
Needle Size: 4.5mm, I used 5mm
Pattern: Made it up, use as many stitches in garter stitch as you want, Slip first stitches knit wise to give a firm edge. I never counted how many stitches I had on the needle.....
Sewing up: Twist to make a mobius twist and sew up ends, then wrap it around your neck to keep warm...

You can source this wool in NZ but my batches
 were from Japan. I've finally got around to
knitting them up 2 years later...

Little Red

I'm having a little sewing break at the moment (hope it doesn't turn into a long one LOL) This scarf and hood is knitted from Drops pattern 109-56. The knitting pattern requires you to use a super chunky wool, which you knit up on size 10 knitting needles. The you change to 12mm  knitting needles for beginning of the scarf. If you are keen to knit this hoody/scarf you can access the pattern here. It took me a while to work it out as I like knitting instructions to be very specific, or more visual...I got there in the end though!

This is an adult pattern and it's made to fit an adult although I have a child is modelling my effort. I've got a thing for red this winter.....I've also just finished some wrist warmers in red which are kinda cute (for me this time).

Wool used: Moda Vera Shiver 100% acrylic
Knitting Needles: 9mm & 10mm

Did I have problems with the pattern?
Yes I was all my own doing by not using the wool to the pattern or doubling the thread. Plus I don't do tension guages...I'm knitting in acrylic too so I changed the pattern slightly to fit.

For the Hood: I cast on 58 stitches and used size 9 needles.
For the scarf: I cast on 20 stitches and used a size 10 needle, then changed back to 9 when attaching the hood
For the back seam: I used a 3 needle bind of. The bind off seam was shown on the inside of the hood
Would I knit this pattern again? Yes....because it was an easy pattern once you worked out the fit. Next time though I would use 100% wool, mainly because I prefer knitting in wool and it is much warmer fibre...

I had a reluctant model and in the end this
  one charged a fee to pose....Very wise child,
 holiday pocket money solved!

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