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My Latest Project: Sewing Machine Covers

Today I’ll be showcasing my latest project: new sewing machine covers!

One of my greatest delights comes from being able to sew something myself, rather than purchasing it from a store. I love taking ordinary materials, and transforming them into something functional and fun. As a result, almost everything in my sewing studio is hand-sewn by me!

My sewing students love walking through my studio, pointing to things and asking, “Did you make this? How about that?” This has inspired me to continue sewing new pieces to show my kids that, when you put your mind to it, you can create something that looks just as good (if not better) than what you can buy from a store.

One of my most recent projects has been sewing brand new sewing machine covers for my studio sewing machines. This has been such a fun project, since I’ve gotten the opportunity to work with different fabrics and piece together a creative and cohesive look for my studio.

First, I found some fun fabric in three different colors: red, white, and black. This was perfect for me, since it would match the new décor in my studio. I also gathered some fun looking buttons, as well as some twill tape with measuring tape printed on it. This would work as my trim.

Then, I went to work on my sewing covers. I must say, these came out even better than I expected them to! Plus, I was able to use my creativity to come up with a truly unique design that is a reflection of my unique style. The kids love them!

I made six of these covers – one for each of my students’ sewing machines, one for my machine, and one for my serger. . The project turned out to be a complete success! You can see the finished product in the pictures below:sewing machine covers

sewing machine covers

sewing machine covers

Sewing Tip:

If you are sewing something for yourself, make it your own! Get creative and choose fabrics and accessories that you love. Don’t be afraid to take a risk, or to try something new. Remember: you can always change something if you want to. However, these projects often turn out much better than you’d expect! By making something your own, you can be proud of the work you put in, and the piece will truly be a reflection of you.

Stay tuned for next month’s blog, where I’ll tell you all about my featherweight sewing machine.

Happy Sewing!

JoLene

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Fresh Face, Same Place: My “New” Sewing Studio!

You may remember the look and feel of my sewing studio – its last update was in December of 2013. The room has been lovely, and it’s been such a joy using it to hold sewing classes for children and adults over the last few years.

However, my sister and I decided the room needed a fresh, updated look to go with my fun new summer classes. The two of us put our heads together and decided to take on one of my biggest projects yet – giving my sewing studio a brand new look!

Fresh Face, Same Place: My “New” Sewing Studio!

Here’s a picture of what my studio looked like before:

sewing studio

This project has been a few years in the making, but it’s been worth the wait!

Slowly but surely, my sister and I (with the help of her wonderful foreign exchange student) were able to turn the room into a masterpiece. Here’s some of the new additions:

  • We took my collection of wooden spools and made a heart design out of them using a wire frame.
  • My sister and I found some great vinyl stickers that would work perfectly for the main wall.
  • We used some old flags I had kept from my 5th anniversary, and sewed them into a banner.
  • My sister and I took my collection of antique dress patterns, as well as some old picture frames I had in storage. We painted the frames black, and placed the patterns inside.
  • I hand-stitched some new sewing machine covers for my machines. This was a project I had forgotten about from a year ago, but decided to finish it for my new studio.

Here’s a few pictures of the studio coming together:

sewing studio

sewing studio
Here’s a picture of the finished project! Many thanks to all the help I’ve had in getting this project completed. I love it!

sewing studio

Remember, my summer classes are now underway. Be sure to sign up now to see the new studio and to save yourself a seat!

Stay tuned for more details on my latest project: new, hand-stitched sewing machine covers.

Happy Sewing!

JoLene

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New Sewing Studio

My new sewing studio is finally finished!

 sewing studio

We moved into a new home with our daughter Stephanie and her family in August 2012. Hard to believe that it’s been over a year already! The first thing we did in our new home was put together my sewing studio, where I held classes throughout the year as I continued to work on getting it where I’d like it to be. Putting together the sewing studio has been a lot of hard work and there are still things I would like to do,  as always, but for now I will call it finished.

After moving a door, adding new lighting, and painting, the room was ready to start looking like a sewing studio. There are many small (and not-so-small!) elements that came together to make this lovely space in which to sew and to teach sewing.

  • I bought used cupboards from someone remodeling an apartment. They fit perfectly.
  • My daughter Stephanie ripped out her breakfast bar from upstairs and we recycled her counter top with a lot of help from my husband. After adding a ton of elbow grease we made it fit and it looks lovely.
  • I bought four black desks from Ikea for sewing stations. They were just what I wanted. I used to use long plastic fold up tables, but I think the individual stations work much better.
  • I bought four  brand new Janome sewing machines from SAVE Stores on Foster and 67th in SE Portland. I’m a big fan of Janome machines, and last year I replaced my computerized machine with this same brand.
  • My mother-in-law left us her table and chairs and with nowhere to put the chairs I decided to use them in my sewing room, giving the room an added charm.
  • My antique walnut table is serving as a cutting table. With square ends and the ability to become longer if I need it, I just love having it there.
  • The rest of the room includes shelves that house the rest of my supplies and fabric.
  • My sister Tonya has come a couple of times and helped me organize and decorate, which has been invaluable. The last time she came we decorated the big wall above the sewing stations. It says it all: SEW in big red letters with hoops in a variety of fabric.
  • And last but not least the door. I bought an antique door, stripped and painted it, and put different handles and hinges. It really tops off this simply lovely space.

sewing studio 2

sewing studio 3

My dream of having a sewing room/studio has come true. Sometimes I have to pinch myself when I am at my own sewing machine sewing to make sure I’m awake!

Happy sewing,

JoLene

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