Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Sewing with the new machine

I'm loving the Singer Stylist...which I'm thinking of naming "Zoe" (as in Rachel Zoe).
It's quieter and gives me much more control over my projects. It still doesn't account for my bad sewing but I'm getting better.
Pinning and top stitching are taking some time to get used to. I'm also just generally learning everything as I go along right now because I'm such a newbie. Classes will help with that (just 12 more days).
I finished the envelope I was making for Ben.
I'll get better at cutting and pinning so you don't end up seeing my lining fabric when the item is closed.
I will also remember when it says "right sides facing" to do that. Instead of ending up with an inside out lining.
Then again I wasn't really following the directions because I thought I knew what I was supposed to do.

Okay...did much better when I made a coaster for myself. Getting better at top stitching. My seams are getting a bit better too. The top stitching would have been cleaner on this except that I messed up and had to rip the seams the first time and I guess I didn't get everything out.

Children's Television

Watching Sesame Street with Garrett. It's pretty hilarious. I've laughed out loud a couple time. He like Thomas the Tank Engine as well. yeah, I let me kid watch TV. But if I didn't have something on I'd lose my mind. We still play together and read books and have plenty of other fun stuff we do together. We have a balance that works for us. Because I'm sitting here going "big bird is yellow, he's a yellow bird" and sounding like a dork but I don't care.
Aww, they have a Mariachi band playing and people dancing and Garrett started dancing and clapping.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

My husband the hero

According to my husband he's been calling around all day to find the Joann's that has this pretty little number. He's going to exchange the Pixie for a Singer Stylist.

He was talking about getting it for me once I got into sewing a bit more but he decided after I was so upset last night when the machine wouldn't work that I was serious about sewing.
I can't wait!

Review for the Pixie Plus by Singer

I purchased a Pixie Plus 2 weeks ago. I figured it was compact, had basic feature and would be perfect for a beginner. Boy was I wrong. The thread wouldn't catch, the bobbin was difficult to replace and it kept getting jammed.
After a 2 weeks it's just not working. So it's going back to the store to exchange it for a better machine.

I get the feeling Singer doesn't really like having their name on this cheap excuse for a machine because you won't find any information about it on their webpage.
I can't wait to get a better machine and be up and sewing again.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Here we sew again.

I'm all set for my sewing class. Oct 9th and Oct 16th I'll be spending 4 hours learning to sew. I plan to make this pair of pants for Garrett as my project.

Until then I'm still trying to get the hang of my sewing machine with smaller projects. Tonight I'm sewing Ben an envelope to keep his reciepts in. The fabric is cut and pinned and tonight I will sew it together.
This is of course after getting some work done on the knit shawl this weekend and taking the little guy to play group this afternoon.

I think this blog will become more of a dedicated craft blog. Since I'm no longer just knitting I think I'll change the title.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Sew What?

I bought myself a small sewing machine. The Pixie Plus by Singer. It's fairly basic but a great beginner machine. I'll be taking classes to help me learn how to use it better.

I really am becoming a crunchy mom and I love it.
Ben and I are still working on Granola Strolla and are getting together a list of people to do some product testing for us.

Here is a picture of my first project:

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Granola Strolla

Some people have been hearing the buzz from me about Granola Strolla. It a new business venture that Ben and I are starting up.
We're on Facebook and Twitter. Check us out and follow us. Share it with your friends.We're letting everyone follow us as we build our company up. We'll be looking for people to test prototypes for us so give us your feedback and let us answer any questions you have.

Know of any mommy bloggers who would be interested in getting a free product and doing a review? Let us know.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Garrett turns 1

I haven't had much time to post, so here is a picture from his 1st birthday