I gave my new sewing machine a try out yesterday and made this Teddy using a free Bear pattern from www.cuddlecrewpatterns.com You have to sign up for her Newsletter to be able to download it. The lady also has a number of tutorials on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoT0WeGUokjSaGq3yx6xlEg I was very pleased with how he turned out. This morning I'm on the search for a free rabbit pattern I like 😉 I've decided to keep my week-ends free during the dark months to try my hand at different crafts.
I've brought hardly any thread in the last 30 years as I had quite a stock from when I worked in a haberdashery department when I would purchase thread when it was on Sale. I'm slowly running out so I looked around for good thread at a good price and came across Moons Overlocking thread. It's made by Coats so I knew it would be of a good quality. The cheaper makes you can find are often a little fluffy and not very strong. On eBay I found 2 x boxes one of dark and one of pale colours, 48 spools in total for £29.95 with Free postage. There is 1000m on each spool so I think these will last me a life time.....Bargain 😊
I brought this lovely little sewing machine as it's much smaller and lighter than the temperamental Singer I've had for the last 30 + years (My Goodness can't believe it's that old)
It comes with good instructions. I find it a lot easier to learning from visual instructions so the tutorials on Youtube were perfect for me.
The weight and size is just what I was hoping for. I think in the US they call this size 3/4 machines. Even the electric foot peddle is smaller.
It's very easy to thread both the top and the bobbin and the automatic needle threader works like a dream.
I like the lever to back stitch too.
It stitches very well, but does not sound as smooth as my old Singer. I would of liked a stitch between the smallest No 1 and No 2. Also the the needle does not center for straight stitch but is on the left of the foot, which I'm not use too, but it isn't a problem.
I'd not used a metal bobbin with a casing since school and found I had to kneel on the floor to get the bobbin in but I'm sure now I know how it works I'll be able to fit it with out looking so closely.
It comes with a dust cover but it is very flimsy. I brought a large canvas carrying bag for it. No one seems to sell a sewing machine bag for a 3/4 machine but they are available from the US.
It's small enough to go on a shelf on my work table so it will be easy to get out for even the smallest of jobs.
So far no negatives and I'm more then happy with it.
Saving this to my blog as is it's taken me 3 days to work out 🌝 Many hours & Youtube tutorial watched and I've only these few lines of instructions! 😄
Make a Stencil in Artrage → From any Image or drawing → Save as PNG
Open in Ps CS2
Make a layer → delete all background
Invert Image → Image → Adjustments → Invert
Select all → Magic Tool & hold ↑ highlight all design.
Path → Make path work → Tolerance 0.5 → OK
Edit → Define Custom Shops.
Shape is now in Custom Shape in Ps CS2
Make Line Thicker PS
Filter → Other → Minimum
-------- I've discovered Adobe Capture 😃 It is a free phone or ipad app. You can take photo's of your drawings and then use the image in photoshop CS2 or any other program you may use.
export all your new icons as a .csh file.
To do this, go to your ‘Preset Manager’ (under the edit menu) and choose ‘Custom Shapes’ from the ‘Preset Type’ dropdown. From here you should see all your new icons listed (most likely at the end). By holding the ‘Shift’ key you can select multiple icons/shapes, so select all of the icons that you want in your .csh and then hit ‘Save Set’. Save this .csh file to your chosen location.
You now have an icon file that can import all of your favourite icons into Photoshop, wherever you are
My very first custom shapes I've made. I will be adding more here if anyone can use them they are welcome too.