PULL OUT YOUR FAVORITE SCRAPS FOR THIS EASY QUILT, AN UNUSUAL TECHNIQUE MAKES (ALMOST) 3D BLOCKS! Pull a variety of fabrics in your favorite styles from your stash for this easy quilt. Give it an all out scrappy look or coordinate the colors around a particular theme. Either way you’ll have a lovely quilt when you’re done. The blocks are super easy to make. Surprisingly, they’re made with squares folded in half for the triangular pieces, giving the quilt a bit of a 3D effect (learn more about the Fold and Sew method here). Of course, you could make the blocks up in the traditional way by stitching squares to form the triangle corners and cutting off the excess. Instructions are not provided for this approach but experienced quilters shouldn’t have any trouble with it. The finished quilt, designed by Lucy Fazely, is 45″ x 63″.
Why are they so enchanting? Could it be because they give shape to our dreams? Let’s go back in time and get to know their history. “It is one of the few useful things ever invented” (Mahatma Gandhi, Hindu leader, when in prison he learned to sew on a SINGER machine) “After the plow, this sewing machine is perhaps the most blessed instrument of mankind.” (Lois Antoine Godey, 1856)” When Did the First Machine Appear? Before the advent of the sewing machine, the process of joining fabrics was done entirely by hand and could take a long time (days or months in sophisticated finishing) to execute and involved several seamstresses. Alternatives in order to solve these issues started to be thought with the objective of increasing production. In 1775 the first patent was made that referred to a sewing machine, however, the project was never found, and little is known if it ever existed. At this time, the industrial revolution began to take shape and new equipment appeared to meet the demand, such as machines that manufactured fabrics, and so began the race for a system that would speed up the sewing process in order to evolve the technique and the commerce of clothes and fabrics.
Sewing Machine – Know how to choose yours: There are several types of sewing machines on the market today, with different shapes, functions, and providing various finishes. According to the book, the first step to choose the equipment is to identify the real needs in making the pieces:
- Do you sew only sometimes or frequently?
- Do you manufacture simple or complicated pieces?
- How much are you willing to pay?
These questions will help guide the choice of the ideal sewing machine to perform the work. Some stores that specialize in selling these products provide complete information about each item and give demonstrations. Therefore, see if it is possible to test the equipment before buying it and check the complexity of handling. Choose the simplest models to operate. Also observe if the buttons and operation levers are well located and easy to access. If you have the opportunity, do some tests with the equipment. Check if it is easy to put the thread in the sewing needle, if the light illuminates properly, if the machine moves properly on light and heavy fabrics. Don’t forget to check what other accessories come with the product and where there are specialized workshops. Also check if the instruction manual is detailed, easy to understand, and has clear illustrations. When choosing the presser foot, be as careful as you are when choosing the machine, because there are specific feet and accessories for sewing hems, finishing, knitting, overlock, among others, as well as decorative work. Only buy the sewing machine after you are sure that the manufacturer has an efficient customer service and that the device is well designed and easy to use.
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