Here’；s a note from Linda Teufel of Dragon Threads publications (be sure to check out their beautiful books!). Linda was one of the BERNINA Ambassadors who attended the recent Reunion event at BERNINA’；s Creative Center in Aurora， IL. –； Jo
I’ve been a member of the BERNINA Artisan Ambassadors group for over a decade. It has been such a thrill and an honor to have been invited to be a part of this prestigious group of sewing and quilting teachers and industry insiders! This month we had our first reunion in six or seven years so we were particularly excited to get together and see our friends and the BERNINA？staff!accent pillow case baby
I consider myself an advanced quilter but what I need to work on is my free-motion quilting skills. It is difficult for me to move the fabric under the machine and do “；quality”； quilting， but I found that the BSR [BERNINA Stitch Regulator] works wonders. John Flynn calls it “；training wheels”； for quilters and that is a great description.
One year at a quilting conventionbed pillow covers， I took a class on one of the giant silver industrial long-arm machines. Even though it moved smoothly on the carriage， my free-motion quilting was a disaster. I couldn’t make small circles and certainly couldn’t trace over the same stitching lines. It was too big and clumsy and not for me. Besides that， it would take up too much space in my studio.
So， I was excited to hear that BERNINA has a long-arm rail system for my BERNINA 830 sewing machine that connects to a small tablet! So easy! April， the BERNINA？expert， showed us how to use the pre-programmed designs to automatically stitch on our quilt， and I know I could easily teach myself the other features! It was that intuitive and successful! So much fun and a beautiful stitch.
The QuiltMotion software program was nice and easy and the rail system moved so smoothly. I’m sure that this would make my free-motion stitching look a lot better， and the ten-foot-long frame would easily fit in my sewing area! But shhhhh… I hear that a 20″； sit-down quilting machine and a 24” long-arm are in the works now in Switzerland…； so I think I will wait for their unveiling!
The tailor's knot is the best and easiest sewing knot that you can make. This technique was taught to me at school in 7th grade, and I have been using it ever since. I'm not a a big fan of hand sewing, but it's an essential thing if you want to make a professional hem with invisible stitches or if you need to close small openings on the linings of a handmade purse. Whenever I do any hand sewing, making this knot is the first step.
This is a “look-alike” scarf for my fem 4th Doctor cosplay and I have made a few alterations to make it look more in character. Additionally, this is a no crochet, no knitting method so it does not have the large woven scarf look of the iconic classic Who character. However! :) It is not as heavy and is made of lighter material, which is a HUGE plus as I frequent conventions during the summer. I have adapted my pattern from doctorwhoscarf.com and converted the rows of yarn into inches so I could measure my fabric. This a great project for people just learning to use a sewing machine since there are no complicated stitches. If you need some help getting started using your sewing machine, check out this very helpful introduction: WikiHow to Use a Sewing Machine Though I would also recommend consulting your sewing machine owner’s manual. If you do not have one, do a web search for “owner’s manual” with the name and model number of your machine.
When it comes to interior design ideas, it is easy to get excited about redoing a living area or kitchen yet most people lose interest when it comes to the bedroom. However, it is possible to give your bedroom a completely new look with the minimum of effort and fuss. Simply using existing elements coupled with complementary bedding or creating a focal point in your bedroom can breathe new life into your boring boudoir. You don't need to make significant structural changes to completely change the atmosphere and make your bedroom a place you can truly sit back and relax.