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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Reusing Bobbins

Can we talk about bobbins?


I recently received some old bobbins that I'm going to use to make sewing related charms. They all had old thread on them that had to be removed. Most had more than one color of thread wound on them.
Stop!
Don't wind a new thread color over another color on your bobbin. First, you won't get a good wind with proper tension. Second, your machine's low bobbin sensor won't work properly. Finally, you risk getting odd knots that will wreak havoc on your sewing.

Look at the mess I encountered. I ended up throwing this bobbin away.


If you need to reuse a bobbin, take the time to pull off the old thread. Bobbins are inexpensive, so keep plenty on hand. I buy them in bulk so that I always have an empty bobbin handy.

Want to know more about bobbins? Check out this video from Sewing Parts Onlilne.


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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Sewing as Therapy

The Value of Craft

Arts and crafts provide value to our lives. And I'm talking about more than having an item in hand or dollars in the bank. I'm talking about spiritual and psychological value. I'm talking about value brought to our friendships and communities. The time we spend in our sewing rooms, craft rooms, she sheds, studios, or at our kitchen tables (whatever you call that space or wherever it is) is valuable and meaningful. It makes our lives richer and improves our mental health.

Making time to practice your art (and it is art, whether you sew or knit or paint) is making time to be a better person and create a better world.


Monday, January 21, 2019

Die Cutting Fabrics

Using the Cuttlebug for Fabric

I have a Cricut Cuttlebug that I often use for cutting shapes and embossing. It is a must-have in my studio when creating mixed media art pieces. However, I have never had much luck cutting fabric with Cricut dies. This past year, I became acquainted with the Accuquilt Go! cutter system and have toyed with buying it for those times that I want to be able to cut perfect fabric pieces. But I already have a Cuttlebug!



I did some research to figure out if Accuquilt dies would fit through my Cuttlebug (they won't) and stumbled upon Sizzix Bigz dies designed for cutting fabric (and all kinds of other materials, including chipboard). Everything I read said those dies would work in my Cuttlebug, so I decided to buy a couple and see how they worked. I purchased a 2 1/2 inch square die and a 4 1/2 inch triangle die. The video below demonstrates how well they worked.



I'm thrilled to find this solution. As an artist who is not a serious quilter (okay, I'm not a quilter at all -- I do not like to piece), this is an excellent solution. If you are a quilter who spends a lot of time cutting fabric for piecing, I think the Accuquilt cutters would be a much better solution since you'll get more options specifically designed for quilters. For the crafters and artists out there who need multi-tasking tools that can work for a variety materials, the Cuttlebug (or a Sizzix cutter) and Sizzix Bigz dies may be the perfect match.

Helpful Info

See Resources in the sidebar for a link to PersonalDieCutting . com's Sandwich Guide showing how to use different brands of dies in your Cuttlebug.

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Sunday, January 20, 2019

My New Digital Home

    2018 was a year of big changes:

  • New work at B-Sew Inn
    • ( I started there as an education consultant in November 2017.)
  • New living arrangements
    • (I sold my house and combined households with my long-time companion.)
  • Renewed interests in sewing and fiber arts
    • (My new work inspired my personal interests.)
  • Rejuvenated mind, body and spirit
  • New ideas overflowing
    • (My journal is filled with ideas for all areas of my life.)
  • New outlet for selling my arts and crafts
This whirlwind of change necessitated a change in how and where I blog. I had abandoned my previous blog since I recognized that it no longer served my needs, yet I yearned to bet back to writing and sharing my ideas. This blog, Amy Jo Sews and More, and my Amy Jo Art and Design website are now my digital space for sharing my way of making a life I want to live.

Here’s what you can expect to see on this blog:

  1. Pictures of projects
  2. How-to’s and tutorials
  3. Musings about my creative life
  4. Where to see and buy my stuff

What you won’t see on this blog:

  1. Ads running on the sidebars, in between posts, or hidden in links inside posts. I feel like we see enough ads. Don’t you?
  2. Product reviews or paid product placements. If I mention a product, it will be because I truly like and recommend it, and I won’t be receiving any compensation for talking about it.
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I welcome your comments and feedback! Life is better with good conversation.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Welcome!

This is my new blogging home on the web. I'll be covering a variety of arts, crafts, sewing, and machine embroidery topics. I look forward to sharing and learning with you!