Learn How to Thread Your Serger!

Learn How to Thread Your Serger!

How to Set Up and Thread a Serger

Some of the most common questions I get revolve around the serger.  A serger, also called an overlock machine,  is typically used to trim and finish the raw edges on fabric, yet the serger can do SO much more!  While the Brother Brand Ambassadors are taking over the Brother Facebook and YouTube channels I am going to add a series of tutorials on the serger and coverstitch machine.  To get started, I will explain the dials, tension settiings, and show how to thread the serger. 

I hope this live video helped you get the serger dusted off!  I have additional serging videos on my YouTube channel.

Until next time, Happy Sewing!

Sewing & Embellishing Pillow Cases

Sewing & Embellishing Pillow Cases

At Your Side 🧵 Virtually LIVE

Learn How to Sew, Embroider, & Embellish a Pillow Case

It has been so fun taking over the Brother Sews Facebook and YouTube channel during this stay at home mandate!  I always like to find the positive and this has been the best, being able to hang out with you all virtually.  Many have asked where to find the replay’s, so I will be sure to post them here on my blog at the end of each day. 

So going back, we had an entire week of making pillow cases, embroiderying ideas, BES 4 Lettering tutorial, and more!  Here are all the replays:

 

Now that was fun!  I hope you are inspired to dig into your stash and make a few pillow cases 🙂  Next week the theme is spa and pampering, which we all need a little of right now.

Let me know if there is a specific lesson you might like in the upcoming live shows. 

Cheers,

Learn How to Design & Sew Pajama Pants

Learn How to Design & Sew Pajama Pants

Pajama Pants are so easy to sew for adults and kids.  I have a full video tutorial below walking you through designing the pants and sewing.  I choose pants that have cuffs and a seperate waistband, a little sportier than the fold over waistband. 

Supplies:

  • Fabric
    • Flannel
    • Jersey Knit
    • Scuba Knit
    • Double Knit 
    • Rayon Knit
    • Cotton

      Check out the new fabric that just came in by clicking here.  (I am using my scuba knit)

 

 

 

Thanks so much for sewing along with me!  Be sure to share your pajama pants on social media #angelawolf  cool

Cheers,

Chloe Trench Sew Along

Chloe Trench Sew Along

A trench coat is a great jacket for any season and I thought this would be a great sew along to kick off 2020!  You can find short excerpts of sewing my Chloe Trench Pattern in season 18 of It’s Sew Easy TV and each of the episodes are listed in the Fashion Sewing Club and on my YouTube Channel.  I will also list these on each blog post as we go through the sew along. 

The Chloe Trench Sewalong will last 5 weeks, with each week focusing on a different part of the jacket sewing process.  The free live sessions will be on Facebook, YouTube, and Angela Wolf Patterns Facebook Group.  More in-depth live shows will take place on the Fashion Sewing Club.  All of the dates listed below are subject to change, be sure to sign up for my Newsletter so you don’t miss a thing! Now let’s get sewing!

 

Chloe Trench Supplies

Grab your copy of the Chloe Trench Pattern in either a personally signed Paper Version with includes paper pattern printed in full color along with a spiral bound notebook for the directions or Digital Download.  (Available from size 0 to 36W)

You can find the patterns, interfacing, and pressing supplies here at www.AngelaWolfPatterns.com and get 10% OFF with coupon code: NEWYEAR2020  (all caps)

Fashion Sewing Club Members get 25% OFF all patterns & supplies during the month of January 2020 – visit the club website for your coupon code.   

 

Chloe Trench Sew Along Schedule:

The activities for the Chloe Trench will be combined of blog posts and live shows; some of these shows are free and some are exclusive to Fashion Sewing Club Members.  Click here to learn more about the Fashion Sewing Club

Week 1: Choosing Fabric, Size, Interfacing, and Prep

Week 2: Fitting, Cutting, Interfacing (BONUS for FSC: Lining Options)

 

Week 3: Interfacing, Finishing Seams, & Getting Started Sewing

Week 4: Sleeves & Hemming

  • February 4th 3:00 pm EST Live Chat Fashion Sewing Club
    • Mark your calendar, a link will be posted closer to the date

 

Week 5: Top stitching, Final Touches, Show & Tell

  • February 10th 6:00 pm EST Live Chat Fashion Sewing Club
    • Mark your calendar, a link will be posted closer to the date

 

Please Note: All of these dates are subject to change. Make sure you are signed up for my newsletter to stay up to date. 

To get started check out my video below from It’s Sew Easy TV.  This will show you ideas for fabric and interfacing.  We will discuss this further in the live Q&A and weekly behind the scenes show.  Are you going to join the sew along?  Leave me a comment if you have any question or need help finding fabric.   

 

Can’t wait to see what you sew up!

Cheers,

Embroider Lace on Tulle Fabric Tutorial

Embroider Lace on Tulle Fabric Tutorial

How to Embroider Lace on Tulle

With the launch of my new lace embroidery collection A Touch of Lace, I thought this would be a good time to share a few tutorials showing how to embroider lace.  I am going to start with my all time favorite, embroidering on tulle fabric.  You might have seen my outfits with what I call “removable tattoos”.  These sleeves are designed by embroidering on tulle fabric; then I cut out my sleeves from the embroidered tulle fabric.  Let me show you how easy this is!

 

Supplies:

 

 

Choosing Tulle Fabric

When you start looking for tulle fabric, you might get a little overwhelmed with the options.  The main thing is to check the texture and hand of the fabric.  For example, since I am using the tulle for a garment I want the fabric to be soft to the touch.  I also prefer a drape vs. a stiff fabric.  How can you tell?  If you get a chance to shop for the tulle fabric in person, hold the fabric in your hand.  Does the fabric lay stiff like a sheet of paper, or does the fabric drape softly?  Does the fabric feel soft or scratchy?  If you are shopping online it’s a little harder to tell, but you can always purchase a small swatch.  Although tulle fabric isn’t very expensive, you might as well order whatever you need for your project.  Worse case you can use the tulle in a gift bag!  

Fabric Color

Tulle fabric comes in numerous colors, which makes this fabric fabulous for garment projects.  Black, white, brown, and cream are my go to colors for nude or see through sleeves.  Hold the fabric up to your skin; you might be surprised at how see thru this fabric really is.  Another option is to choose a color to coordinate with a specific project.  Below is a sample using navy tulle with navy thread and black tulle with black thread.   I will talk more about the color of the fabric in the next few tutorials.  

Navy Tulle Sample

Black Tulle Sample

How to Hoop Tulle

1. Open the embroidery hoop and place the lower section of the hoop on a flat surface.  Center the Sew’N Wash Embroidery Stabilizer  over the hoop, making sure the stabilizer covers the entire hoop.

TIP: Sew’N Wash embroidery stabilizer comes in different widths. I usually keep 12″ and  20″ wide on hand; the 20″ wide is ideal for the larger hoops.

2. Layer the tulle fabric, leaving at least 2″ excess around the hoop.

3. Place the top of the embroidery hoop onto the layers.  Gently push the hoop together, leaving the tension loose.

4. Gently pull the Sew’N Wash embroidery stabilizer tight at each corner of the embroidery hoop.  Check to make sure there are no wrinkles in the stabilizer.

5. Do the same for the tulle fabric, but be very gentle when pulling the fabric as the tulle fabric can tear very easily! 

6. Tighten the hoop a little.  Slide your hand across the center of the hoop checking for wrinkles or puckers.

7.  When you are satisified with the hooping, tighten the hoop and you are ready to start embroidering.

Thread & Bobbin

I use different embroidery threads including rayon and polyester, each offers a different look to your project.  I would suggest experimenting with a few different weights and textures to determine your favorite.  Keep the samples in a notebook so you can refer back.   I typically use the same color thread in the bobbin as I use for the top embroidery.  This takes more time when embroiderying a design with multiple colors, but if you are going to see the backside of the embroidery it is worth the extra task. 

Choosing an Embroidery Design

Depending on the area of the garment this embroidered tulle will be used for, choosing a design is very important.  In my embroidery collection A Touch of Lace, I have included low density versions of each design.  A low density designs has less stitches which will offer a softer, less stiff fabric when the embroidery if finished.  If you opt for a dense design, make sure the lace will be used on a fitted area of the garment, for example the bicep area on a fitted sleeve.  The tightness of the sleeve will prevent the thicker embroidery design from curling.  

You are ready to embroider!  Hopefully this tutorial will get you started to embroider on tulle.  The next tutorials will give you some ideas for using the newly embroidered fabric.  Can’t wait to see what you embroider with my new lace collection.  Be sure to share photos of what you are embroidering using hashtag #angelawolf 

Cheers,

DIY: Refashion Jeans with Trim

DIY: Refashion Jeans with Trim

Refashion Jeans with Trim 

You might have noticed some of the fashions of the late 60’s and 70’s making a comeback on the store shelves, from floral fabrics to embellished jeans. How about adding crocheted ribbon trim along the outside leg!  This is so easy!!!

Supplies:

  • Jeans
  • Measuring tape
  • Pins
  • Ribbon or trim (check that the trim is washable)

PREPPING

  1. Measure the outside of the jean leg from the bottom edge of the waistband to the hem.

2. Add 6 inches to the outside leg measurement and cut 2 pieces of trim that exact length.

3. Starting at the edge of the waistband, center the trim with the outside leg seam. Fold under the raw edge of the trim about ½” and pin.

4. Continue to pin the trim along the outside leg seam. Be sure to look for metal rivets or other hardware! Here I have a rive and I will make sure to mark this spot as to not break the sewing machine needle.

5. Pin the ribbon/ trim all the way to the hemline. If you plan on folding up the jeans, measure 4 inches below the hemline and cut the trim.  If you are not going to fold up the jean hem, measure 2 inches and cut off any excess ribbon.

6. Turn the jeans inside out. Center the ribbon on the seam allowance, fold under the raw edge ½” and pin in place.

7. Follow these steps on both outside leg seams.

 

SEWING

Depending on the style and size of the jeans, it can be challenging sewing all the way down to the narrow hemline.  To make is easier we are going to utilize the sewing sideways feature!

8. Set up the machine for sewing a straight stitch and move the needle all the way to the far-right position. Slide the jeans under the foot starting at the waistline. To read the full blog post, head over to my post as a Brother Expert Consultant on the Brother Stitching Social.

Looking for more ideas on refashioning jeans, check out my blog post on embellishing jeans with embroidery.Be sure to share photos on the social side #angelawolf – I always love to see what you are working on!

Cheers,

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Embroider Lace on Tulle Fabric Tutorial

Embroider Lace on Tulle Fabric Tutorial

How to Embroider Lace on Tulle With the launch of my new lace embroidery collection A Touch of Lace, I thought this would be a good time to share a few tutorials showing how to embroider lace.  I am going to start with my all time favorite, embroidering on tulle...

Vlog 118 Friday with Sewing Friends ♥

Vlog 118 Friday with Sewing Friends Checking in from Behind the Scenes in the studio, sharing details of last weeks trip to FIT in NY and Laura's Sewing Event in Palm Beach, Fan favorites, and upcoming events

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