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Date: 12/10/13 6:19 PM

I enjoy receiving inspiration from projects created by other PR members. But perhaps you haven't posted because yours was done on more than one machine. So I thought it might be nice to have a forum where everything could be displayed and discussed, whether you used one machine or several. This way we can help each other learn why we turn to certain models for certain applications.

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Date: 12/10/13 6:26 PM

OK, I'll kick it off. I've been really busy with gifts and a costume. For a last minute gift, seasonal pillowcases are fun and can help reduce your stash. I just made 14 of them for my family - we will celebrate Christmas on a ski trip to CO. I'll give them out at the beginning of the trip.



If you don't already have the pattern, just Google burrito method pillow cases.

I made all of these these on my Bernina 350SE but used my BL Ovation to run the first seam (the one where rights sides are out). I find this neatens the edge for the French seam with just enough thickness so you can feel the edge, so you'll have no threads poking through once you turn it wrong sides together to sew the final seam.

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Date: 12/10/13 6:36 PM

Here's a quickie that most any embroidery machine can handle. Purchase a robe (I got mine almost free at Macy's with my Macy's Amex $25 off certificates plus the usual Macy's 20% off coupons.) Then just add a name or monogram. These are really red red but my camera made them look pink. I did these on my Ellisimo using a Floriani monogram design. I was so glad I used that machine, because at one point I began the wrong embroidery for the size robe I had on the machine. I let it finish the border. I changed designs to the one with the correct initial, and used the needle cam to line things all up again and finish. I used Aqua Magic Dissolving Adhesive stabilizer on the back so I wouldn't have to hoop the fleece, with a top layer of lightweight water soluble stabilizer. I did one for each of the fairer sex. For the less fair sex, I bought red hoodies and just did their initials (6.5" high) on the left side front just above the ribbing. Hoping to get a good group photo!

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Date: 12/10/13 6:50 PM

We were invited to a masquerade ball with a Great Gatsby theme. I found the perfect pattern, Butterick B4093, because I didn't want to go as a flapper at my age, plus the gown underneath can easily be changed to another costume, such as Renaissance gown, in the future. I wore a fascinator on my head and made a mask to match (which I ditched as soon as possible). I wore silver pumps that had a vintage look. I was comfortable yet still garnered many compliments yet felt really authentic in this pattern.



I made this on my Pfaff CP, which fed some not-easy-to-work-with fabrics (the kind that begin shredding if you have a fan on) flawlessly, and the seams were smooth with no pulling or puckering. It also handled the lacy fabric just as well. I substituted French seams on those sleeves instead of what the pattern called for. I also used the Ovation to finish the seams on the gown and tunic before they shredded away to oblivion.

I used the special basting stitch on the PCP in several applications. That stitch allows you to determine the stitch length as you go along. That was so nice to have, because I skipped much of the pinning and whether sewing or serging it was great to have no pins to worry about. For the "girdle" I just layered the sleeve fabric over the gown fabric and embroidered pver both using my Ellisimo. So this was a 3 machine project.

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Date: 12/10/13 8:13 PM

Wow, you have been busy! We did pillowcases like that in ASG for a children's charity. They were small, so used up lots of the scraps I had. I agree about using a serger for the first seams.
Love your gown! That came out so nice with the embroidery.
I don't have anything to show off right now, but I'm very glad you started this thread! I'm looking forward to sewing more, so I hope I can contribute soon.

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Date: 12/10/13 9:04 PM

Oooooooh! Everything looks so festive. Nice idea to have a little gallery here of things hot off the machines- even 3 for one project!

About the french seams for the burrito pillowcase- I introduce 8th graders to machine sewing with flannel PJs. We keep extra flannel on hand for pillowcases. I show them the burrito method and they think it's so cool. In flannel, I'm concerned about the french seam bulk where the accent strip, band and pillowcase body are sandwiched. Is it lumpy in flannel at that intersection, or OK? Do most of you use lighter weight cotton prints with less bulk? I'd like to gift some very special peeps, so thanks for the fine points.

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Date: 12/10/13 9:15 PM

I've only ever used quilting cotton, but you could try flannel. It would be just a bit bulky, but I bet it would be fine once washed a few times. Just press the heck out of it.

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Date: 12/10/13 9:18 PM

I might need a hammer!

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Date: 12/10/13 10:51 PM

Wendy, I haven't tried flannel but it does get a little bulky at that accent strip in quilting cotton, for certain. I think flannel has a slightly looser weave usually, so it might be OK with pounding and/or hump jumper. If not, then I'd just serge finish instead of using a French seam. Of course you're not likely to set 8th graders loose on a serger but if the machines have a nice overcasting stitch that would work too (but use an awful lot of thread).

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Date: 12/10/13 11:05 PM

I do the pillowcases, including the burrito method, in flannel. I wish I could post a pic. There is more bulk with the accent strip, using flannel, but it's still doable and looks ok. I do deco stitches on the accent strips also, usually with my 820, but in the past with a Pfaff 7510 and BL Quest Plus, and they all do ok with the bulk without much trouble.

The IL tornado and a school event got my last batch of pillowcases, but I need to do more, hopefully with the boys over winter break.

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