|Fabric Bowls-sewing info
Is your machine capable of making a fabric bowl? First, you'll need to be able to do a satin stitch. This is a zigzag stitch done with a stitch length of nearly zero. Second, you'll need to be able to stitch through fabric layers that are fairly thick. There's no better way to know than by doing a test on scraps. This is also the perfect time to test the satin stitch, and take note of machine settings. You'll need quite a bit of thread...at least two bobbins full.
The original online instructions that I found for making these bowls called for Timtex sandwiched between two fashion fabrics. Timtex is described as a very firm/stiff interfacing-type product, similar to what is used in the brim of a baseball cap. I didn't want to make a special trip to the store for it, nor pay the expensive price. Instead I used 3 layers of a heavier interfacing that I already had on hand. Cut out circles of fabric and whatever stiffening you are using, a little bigger than your pattern. All these layers [I had 5 layers counting the outside fabric] need to be held together. Original instructions used a fusible product between each layer. I used glue stick on one bowl, and spray glue on a couple others...they both worked wonderfully. It works better to apply the glue to the interfacing, not the fashion fabric.
Next, trace the pattern onto the fabric sandwich [I used air soluble pen], and trace the little 3" circle in the middle [the flat bottom of the bowl], as a guide for satin stitching. Cut the outside traced lines, not going thru the inside little circle markings.
The first stitching I did was a zigzag around the cut edges, normal stitch length and 2mm wide. This is extra insurance that your layers stay together, and reinforcing.
Next set your machine for the satin stitch, using a 4mm wide zigzag. Sew the little inside circle, starting just a little before one of the 'dart' points. The machine moves forward so slowly that it's easy to make a perfect circle...DO NOT cut your thread...overlap your beginning satin stitch a little until you are at the beginning of the dart point. Leaving needle down on the outside of the circle, turn to head toward the outside edge. This is when you start forming the bowl shape, by bringing the dart edges together, butting them right up next to each other and satin stitching to hold the edges together. Again, the machine is moving forward slowly, so it's not hard to do. When you finish the first dart at the outside edge, cut your thread.
Move to the next dart point, pulling edges together, backstitch a little to that center circle stitching, then forward to complete the dart. Do this to all 8 darts. Trim thread tails and any uneven edges.
Satin stitch around the top edge of your bowl. I tied off my last stitch and used a needle to bury the ends, so the bowl would look really nice.
The original instructions suggested satin stitching everything twice for extra solid coverage, but I didn't find that necessary, my machine did a good job with one. Any questions, feel free to ask.