I've been a little preoccupied lately with listening to and grading speeches, but I declared this weekend to be my sewing weekend. I spent most of Saturday talking to my family in Michigan who, oddly enough, were without power for almost two days. Yes, Sandy spared me (and I live in NY) but my family who lives 330 miles west of me were not so lucky. It did teach me a lesson - get a gas fireplace!
I managed to squeeze in a little sewing time. I hemmed a pair of dress pants using a blind hemstitch and my Bernina Foot #5. I rarely use this stitch so I had to go online for a tutorial. I found this one at We All Sew. This tutorial will help anyone with any machine brand. The feet are basically the same. The foot is a real gem and it comes with most machines. You might be thinking, "I don't hem." And that's fine, but this foot can be used for more than hemming.
I wrote a previous article about the Edgestitch Foot. You can often use the blind hemstitch foot instead of the edgestitch foot. Recently, I was showing a friend how to sew double-fold bias tape. When she was top stitching the bias tape (the final step) she exclaimed, "I can't sew a straight line!" I looked in her foot collection and found the Janome Adjustable Blind Hem Stitch foot. She attached the foot, made some adjustments, lined up the guide, and sewed a perfectly straight line! So, yes, you might have some feet that are designed for one thing but can be used for other things. I really encourage you to explore your owner's manual and visit the manufacturer's website for tips and directions.
it was wonderful getting back in my sewing room to sew even if it was only to hem a pair of pants. I did manage to set aside some time today go to Ithaca for the first meeting of the local Modern Quilt Guild. I'm hoping for a little inspiration!
If you are interested in making and/or sewing double fold bias tape, head over to my Craftsy Pattern Store for some free tutorials!