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  • Singer 6215C Sewing Machine
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    Singer 6215C Sewing Machine Showcase

    How to Thread the Singer 6215C Sewing Machine According to the manual, the Singer 6215C sewing machine is from 1984, so it was one of the newest sewing machines in my vintage collection. According to the International Sewing Machine Collectors’ Society, the Singer 6215 models were produced in Brazil between 1985 and 1989. It features the free arm sewing machine bed option, 8 built-in stitches, buttonholes, and a drop in bobbin. I won this item in an auction for 1 whole Canadian dollar – approximately $0.70 US.  I couldn’t resist when no one bid on it. It was described as functional, but it turned out that it had timing issues.…

  • Fashion,  Tutorials,  Videos

    Video: How to Make a No-Sew Tutu out of Tulle and Elastic

    In this video, I’ll show you how I made this no sew tulle tutu skirt.  I used it as a photo prop in my daughter’s one month milestone photos, but you can make this in any size or length by adjusting the calculated measurements.  This tutu is perfect for photos or dress up play. This project comes together fast with just a few items: scissors, elastic, tulle, and either a single safety pin OR thread.  It’s a no sew project if you are comfortable using a safety pin as the waistband closure. This is fine if you are using it as a photo prop or for supervised play. If you are…

  • Jumbo Bunny Rabbit Sawtooth Star Quilt Block
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    Bunny Sawtooth Star Quilt Block and Baby Quilt Tutorial

    Today I’m going to show you how to make a sawtooth star quilt block featuring an applique bunny. I’ll include a link to the bunny template that you can download for free for your personal sewing projects. This tutorial is a two parter: first, I’ll teach you how to create the sawtooth star quilt block. Second, I’ll teach you how to assemble 6 oversized blocks into a quick and easy baby quilt with sashing and corner stones. The Sawtooth Star is a traditional quilt block that’s easy to assemble with half square triangle units (HSTs).   It’s composed of 3 different elements: 1 large central square 4 corner squares 8 half…

  • Husqvarna 1070 Sewing Machine
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    Husqvarna 1070 Sewing Machine Showcase

    Most of the sewing machine information I’ve been sharing on this blog are more “traditional” vintage sewing machines – gorgeous, all metal machines. However, this machine has grown on me, and I’ve come to choose it out of all my machines when I’m looking to do a decorative stitch. This is my first Husqvarna sewing machine, although I did share a Husqvarna serger with my mother when I was younger. I purchased this machine from the thrift store for $20, and over the years, I’ve invested in a new foot pedal, new standard feet and 1/4″ seam foot. A new walking foot attachment is actually tracking to arrive in the…

  • 5 Ways to Remove Candle Wax from Glass Jars
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    Video: 5 Ways to Remove Leftover Wax from Candle Jars

    This video is part 2 in my series on reusing candle wax. Previously I made a video on how to reuse candle wax by melting the wax in jars on the stove, then transferring all the hot wax to a new jar with a fresh wick. I got a lot of great feedback via comments on my YouTube channel from viewers on more ways to remove wax from jars. I’m currently stuck in the house due to the COVID-19 outbreak, so it’s the perfect time to try out your suggestions! If you have a tried and true method of removing wax that’s not described in this video or my previous…

  • How to Cut Fusible Web with the Cricut Maker
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    Cutting Fusible Web with the Cricut Maker

    If you own the Cricut Maker, you know that you can cut a variety of materials, including fabric. But can you use it to cut out shapes from fabric that is already backed with fusible web and the paper liner for your applique projects?  For some background, I was working on a baby quilt for my daughter who is due to be born next month. I wanted to applique some bunny shapes in the centre of my blocks.  I couldn’t find anyone online talking about using my favourite applique supply: Double Stick Fusible Web. I’ve filmed my experience using my favourite double sided fusible web from The Warm Company: Lite…

  • How to Sew Lined Stockings
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    How to Sew a Lined Christmas Stocking – with free pattern!

    In this tutorial, I’ll teach you how to sew a lined Christmas stocking.  I’ve created a free pattern that you can download to make it easier to follow along, but it’s easy enough to make your own pattern as well. Before we get started, let me tell you a little story.  For Christmas 2019, I planned on making my family a set of matching Christmas stockings with our names embroidered on the cuff.   I wanted to make stockings for me, my husband, our son, and even our unborn baby – really planning ahead so that I don’t procrastinate on the fourth stocking and so that all four stockings would exactly…

  • Personalize Your Water Bottles with Cricut Maker!!
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    How to Make Personalized Vinyl Water Bottle Labels with Cricut Maker

    I recently purchased a Cricut Maker, and my first vinyl project was making personalized Batman water bottle decal labels for my Batman-obsessed son. I transformed  Contigo water bottles by personalizing them with my son’s name. I’ll give you a quick walk-through of what I used to decorate these cups and the basic process of how to create a simple single-colour design featuring a shape with letters appearing in the negative space. Video Tutorial: Make Personalized Vinyl Water Bottle Labels with Cricut Maker FYI: These are just for personal use, so I’m not selling these nor would I suggest selling cups featuring logos or characters that you don’t own.  Supplies for…

  • Viking 788P Sewing Machine Review and Demonstration
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    Eaton’s Viking 788P Vintage Sewing Machine

    This is the Viking 788P sewing machine.   Recently my husband was passing through Value Village when he spotted this machine in the electronics section.  He texted me immediately and told me it was a retro Viking sewing machine for $19.99.  The bobbin case, cord and foot pedal were all there.  It operated well – and did I want it? Of course, I had to try it out.  Both of us figured it was an older Husqvarna machine.  But no!  These two Viking brands are totally unrelated. After doing some research online, I found out that Viking was the store brand of the Canadian department store chain, Eaton’s, which went bankrupt…

  • Michaels $4 Grab Bag Haul - What Was the Value?!
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    Michaels Grab Bag Haul: September 2019

    Periodically, Michaels grab bags are available, where Michaels combine several products together in a mystery bag, package it together, and sell it all for $4.00 flat. They do this several times a year, but I’ve been unlucky with timing and they are always gone by the time I get over there.  I haven’t had the opportunity to purchase one for over five years!  My last bag was great, full of scrapbook stickers and various paper craft items, so I was hoping that this round would be as useful for the kind of crafts I like to make. This year, a friend of mine posted on Facebook that she picked up…

  • How to Sew Quilt Binding 100% by Machine
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    Video: How to Sew Quilt Binding 100% by Machine

    This tutorial will show you the method that I use to sew my quilt binding in place – 100% sewn with sewing machine stitches.  I rarely hand sew, only when it’s absolutely necessary.  I’m someone who wishes she was a neater stitcher. However, I haven’t been able to force myself to practice more.  If I had to hand-sew my quilt binding in place, I think my work-in-progress pile would be even worse than it is now!  Meep! Typically, the binding is sewn in place from one side, then folded over to the other side and hand sewn in place with neat, almost hidden stitches.  As much as I admire those…

  • Melt Your Old Candles into New Candles
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    Video: How to Melt Your Old Candle Wax into New Candles

    When I started stashing away my nearly empty candle jars, I had good intentions of repurposing the jars for storage or decor purposes.  Before I realized it, I had so many candle jars. There’s always those few millimeters of unusable wax at the bottom that I wanted combine together to form a new candle. I’ll show you how my husband and I  turned 30 spent candle jars into 4 fresh candle jars.  The yield will depend on how much wax was left in each jar, so your mileage may vary. Before we begin, just a quick disclaimer to try this technique at your own risk. Always take care when handling…

  • Sewing,  Tutorials,  Videos

    Video: Singer 127 and Singer 128 Threading and Identification Guide

    In this video threading guide, I’ll be showing you how wind the bobbin, how to prepare the shuttle, and how to thread the Singer 128 and Singer 127 sewing machines. If you have a knee pedal version, I’ll also show you how to to install the knee bar lever. I’ll perform the demonstration on my model 128. The model 128 can be considered the little sister of the model 127, which is the same machine except at ¾ the size.  There are another pair of similar machines, model 27 and model 28, which are often confused.  If you’re not sure which one you have, scroll to the bottom of this…

  • White ESP Model 4000 Sewing Machine Guide
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    White ESP Model 4000 Computerized Sewing Machine Guide

    The latest sewing machine in my sewing machine collection is the White ESP model 4000 sewing machine. What attracted me to it was its small size – it’s no Featherweight, but while this sewing machine is in its case, it measures only 6 inches deep and 12.5” inches tall. After doing some research online, I learned that it was one of the first, if not THE first computerized sewing machines made by the White Sewing Machine Company, produced in the 1970s. This isn’t the type of sewing machine I usually seek out (I usually want them older), but I was pleasantly surprised with the smooth operation. I was walking down…

  • Singer Futura CE-200 - AUTOPUNCH Feature
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    How to Use the Autopunch Feature on the Singer Quantum Futura Embroidery Machine, CE-200

    I’ve wanted an embroidery machine for years, but the cost of these fantastic machines had always prevented me from taking the plunge.  That’s why when I saw this Singer Quantum Futura Embroidery machine pop up for auction on a local buy and sell group on Facebook with a starting bid of $150 back in October, I knew I wanted to get in on it. I heard that this was a good beginner machine, but the reviews were mixed online. This was the listing photo that pulled me in:   After the 24 hour auction with $1 increments was over, I won the bid at a whopping $152. Whoohoo! Getting the machine…

  • The Singer 66 - How to Thread, How to Wind the Bobbin
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    How to Thread the Singer 66 and Prepare to Sew

    I’ve written about my Singer 66 before, but I wanted to share some videos I prepared about this fantastic, reliable vintage sewing machine.  If you don’t have the manual, it can be tricky to thread the machine and wind the bobbin.  I’ve created a video series that showcases the steps required get the Singer 66 vintage sewing machine up and running, from opening the cabinet, to threading and operating the machine, to winding the bobbin.  I shared the threading video on my channel five months ago and finally finished up the bobbin video today. Video 1: Opening and Closing the Singer 66 in Cabinet 40 (with knee pedal) This video…

  • Quilting,  Sewing,  Videos

    Video: Diagonal Slice Quilt Block Tutorial

    My go-to baby quilt for gifting is the diagonal slice quilt block. I love that this quilt looks so complicated yet comes together so quickly.  Here is an example of one single block: I’ve created this tutorial as a video to show you just how easy it is to make your own diagonal slice quilt.  However, if you prefer written instructions, you can view my text and image only tutorial here.  This video will teach you how to create the diagonal slice quilt block and how to assemble it into the quilt top. I’m using a slicing technique that turns simple fabric strips into a complicated design. This baby quilt…