Janome Skyline S9: Embroidered Shoes and Cactus Lou Box Top Hack

Since I’ve gotten the honor of keeping the Skyline S9 Embroidery machine for the year, I’ve done a little more experimenting with the capabilities of this machine. I’ve been loving the built in embroidery designs, but was ready to test out the USB feature and open myself up to the world of online embroidery designs. When I was thinking about a Spring project, I was trying to think of what my wardrobe needed and how I could use the Skyline to elevate my closet addition.

When the seasons start changing, the first thing I realize I’m missing is a proper pair of shoes to transition to warmer weather. I go from a closet full of boots and heavy socks, right into sandals. I usually need a pair of footwear that will cover my toes but are fun and light to walk around in.

Footwear is not something I can make. As much as I wish I could, shoes are not yet in my handmade wheelhouse. That’s when I thought a simple pair of white sneakers could become something so much more.

Janome Skyline S9: Embroidered Shoes and Cactus Lou Box Top Hack

Janome Skyline S9: Embroidered Shoes and Cactus Lou Box Top Hack

Janome Skyline S9: Embroidered Shoes and Cactus Lou Box Top Hack

Janome Skyline S9: Embroidered Shoes and Cactus Lou Box Top Hack

I love cacti (and the many varieties that exist), and I thought they would make a cute design on a shoe! These shoes are super simple, and very customizable! Here’s a little tutorial on how to make you own!

What you will need:

Embroidery Machine, Hoop, Threads and Stabilizer

Plain Canvas Shoes (mine came from Payless)

Embroidery Designs (small enough to fit on the shoe)

Frey Check

USB

Fabri Tab (or similar fabric glue)

Janome Skyline S9: Embroidered Shoes and Cactus Lou Box Top Hack

The first step is to find the embroidery designs you want to use. The two designs I used were from embroiderydesigns.com – Cactus and Geometric Circle. (I skipped embroidering the pots on the cacti for the design to fit on the shoe). Janome also offers some amazing embroidery designs on their website!  When downloading designs from a website, use JEF to get Janome compatibility. Copy the files onto your USB, plug the USB into your machine and open the files! It’s so easy to get the designs onto your machine from your computer!

For my designs, I used the tear away stabilizer with muslin to embroider. Depending on your design, you should be able to use two layers of tear away stabilizer and no fabric, but some designs might need a more stable base.

After embroidering, cut out your designs. Next, fray check all your edges. This will keep any pieces of fabric or thread from unraveling during wear.

Janome Skyline S9: Embroidered Shoes and Cactus Lou Box Top Hack

Once you figure out where on the shoe your embroidery will go, cover the back of the piece with fabri-tac and apply piece to the shoe. I love using fabri-tac because it is extremely strong and meant for material (a little expensive but well worth the price). After glue dries, stitch some securing stitches around the edges of the designs. Some spots may be hard to hand stitch because of the thickness of material, or tough to get to – like spaces in the toe that become hard to reach. On these sections, be sure the design is secure with extra fabri-tac.

Janome Skyline S9: Embroidered Shoes and Cactus Lou Box Top Hack

*For the top section, each shoe will be a bit different but mark in chalk or fabric pencil where to cut to piece the top part together.*

And your new shoes are ready to wear!

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I also made a fun new top for my wardrobe because you can never have too many cacti to wear. Pattern is Lou Box Top by Sew DIY with a hacked split back! I followed the tutorial by Natty Jane Sews to redraft the back.

Janome Skyline S9: Embroidered Shoes and Cactus Lou Box Top Hack

The Skyline S9 makes it so easy to switch from embroidery to sewing, I was able to embroider when cutting out my fabric, and switch right over to sewing when the embroidery finished!

Ready to add some embroidery to your shoes? Here’s some inspiration! {All shoe details on Pinterest}

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Wanna make a pair like these from Anthropologie? Follow fellow Janome Artisan Sew Caroline’s tutorial to make espadrilles!

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Patterns I’m Loving

I’ve been falling in love with so many patterns lately and I wanted to share some of the amaaaazing patterns I’m crushing on right now!

Rompers & Shorts

This romper from McCalls is so cute! I love wearing rompers (and making them) because they are a great wardrobe piece to throw on and go – plus it’s work friendly when on the farm! I love the floral print McCalls made the sample in and I’m thinking about View B with View A sleeves.

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One awesome thing about being petite is that I can look at most patterns – kids, teens and womens. Most of the time teens patterns are really lame and are in desperate need of an update. Mimi G gave Simplicity patterns a little facelift with this adorable overall pattern! The crop tee isn’t for me, and the pants are nice but the shorts are definitely the ones that got my attention.

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I’ve never made a bodysuit and didn’t really see a need for one until Ariane by Seamwork came into the picture. Ariane and a pair of shorts would be a great outfit for working in the garden during the summer.

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Named Clothing Patterns just came out with their Playground Collection, and while I love almost everything (Dungarees, Playsuit, and the Denim Jacket are all looking incredible) the one that would fit most in my wardrobe is Minttu Swing Top. So simple but I could see myself living in it all summer long!

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You still need the occasional sweaters and sweatshirts for those chilly spring mornings and summer nights, and when Anna Zoe shared her version of the Boxy Hoodie from Kommatia Patterns (a new company to me) I wanted one.

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I looove the new pattern from Helen’s Closet. The Blackwood Cardigan comes in two lengths and the pockets are so cute. It’s also a slimmer fit, meant for lighter weight fabrics making it the perfect cardigan to grab for a night out in summer.

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This year I have four weddings to attend. FOUR. Two of them are “black tie”, so I have to dress formally. I figure I can wear my floral maxi to one of them, but still need a second (since we will be seeing similar people at both black tie affairs). Originally, I was going to buy a dress but after some pattern research, I’ve decided to make one!

I’ve noticed pattern companies don’t make too many formal patterns, probably because they aren’t a wardrobe staple. There are a few options I’m considering:

Leanne Marshall makes gorgeous gowns and has a new dress pattern with Simplicity! I am so in love with the silhouette and think this gown would make a great option.

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I also love this McCall’s two piece by David Tutera but think I’m more drawn to the fabric than the pattern. Also not positive I want to wear a crop top to a wedding but it’s a stunning set.

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I’m also considering the Acton Dress from In The Folds. The top is awesome and if I change the skirt to full length, it could become a beautiful option.

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Can you tell I don’t like strapless dresses? I might go dress shopping to help decide what silhouette works best for my body and get some fabric inspiration.  Any pattern suggestions?

What patterns have you drooling lately? What’s on your sewing list?

 

 

Trish Stitched Turns 2! Floral Tamarack, Ginger Jeans & Etsy Sale!

It’s my little blog’s second birthday! For two years, I’ve been sewing & selling under the name Trish Stitched, and it’s been really great. In the years before Trish Stitched, sewing was incredibly important to me but it didn’t feel like I was going anywhere with it. But when I changed my name, I started focusing a lot more on the business aspect of sewing: my etsy shop got a facelift, my fabric choices started to mature (a little) and I really started to focus every free moment on where I wanted my sewing to go. To celebrate, I wanted to treat myself to a full handmade outfit.

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Floral Tamarack Jacket and Petite Ginger Jeans - Trish Stitched

For my jacket I turned to Tamarack by Grainline Studio. Have you ever been stalked by a pattern? Not stalking, but stalked…like everywhere you turn is another photo and it feels like it’s screaming at you to make it? That was the Tamarack Jacket for me. A couple months ago I started seeing it everywhere and I couldn’t ignore it. I wanted to make a version and was actually going to make it in a solid until I saw this fabric on fabric.com (link below ). I wanted a nice transition jacket, and I think this is it. It’s a little heavier than a piece like my Kelly Anorak, and I’m able to wear thicker pieces underneath. This will be a great jacket coming into spring and again when going into winter.


The Tamarack was a pretty quick make, I made version 2 which allows space to add snaps. I forgot to buy snaps but still wanted to wear the jacket so I will have to add them later. I ran into a little frustration with the welt pocket but luckily Jen has a tutorial on her blog about the welt pocket. I looooove the quilting options on this jacket, but I kept my quilting pretty simple this time around.

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My tee was also from Grainline Studio, the Lark Tee. I’ve made a few version’s of Lark so far and I really like it. My next versions will be a little tighter, but thankfully, that is an easy fix. I used Telio Organic Cotton from Fabric.com (link below) for the tee- I totally recommend this material. It has a nice weight, and isn’t see through. It also comes in some pretty colors.


For the bottom half of this outfit, I’ve been working hard on my second pair of Ginger Jeans, and am SO happy with the result!

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My first pair of Ginger Jeans were great. I was really happy with how they turned out but there were definitely parts of the fit I wanted to change for pairs going forward. I found this image on pinterest from Skinny Bitch, Curvy Chick on making Ginger’s petite, and I thought I would give it a go. The biggest problem my first pair had was having too high a rise, making the “low rise” version come up past my belly button. Not a really bad thing, but not where I usually wear my jeans.

The second problem with my first pair was the fit in the waist. I made the waist too large, and took them in but something wonky happened with the back and I wasn’t thrilled with the butt. I had a similar issue with my second pair. The waist was still too large, even with adjusting the pattern before sewing, but I did NOT want the same issue so I didn’t make the back adjustments. I have to wear a belt, but I really don’t mind since this pair is still much more wearable than my first.

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For this version, I made View A with View B skinny legs of Ginger Jeans by Closet Case Patterns. I also used Heather’s E-book and purchased a hardware kit. I still have to install my rivets but I think my neighbors were getting mad at all the hammering I was doing on my practice pieces so I’ll save them for another time. The fabric for the jeans also came from fabric.com (noticing a theme here?) but is no longer available! It is so beautiful, so I’m pretty upset I can’t get anymore. I think I have just enough to make another pair of jeans.

I also used a little bit of Rifle Paper Co. Fabric for my pockets!

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I treated myself to this awesome outfit, but I also wanted to treat you guys! I’m having a sale in my etsy shop! Use code YEARTWO to get 15% off any bag in my shop! I have a ton of new styles for sale, and within the next few days, my latest product will be available – key fobs – so keep an eye out for them! The sale will go on for the week and end Sunday night 2/26.

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I wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who reads this little blog. Every comment, follow & like brings a smile to my face, and I hope my sewing inspires you! One of my goals is to have fun with my wardrobe and encourage others to not settle for what you see in stores. Sewing brings me more than joy; it gives me confidence. I love stepping out of my apartment in a “me made” and knowing that no one else in the world is wearing what I am. I love knowing that my wardrobe is fit to my body, my style and my life.

Have a wonderful week!

Janome Skyline S9: Embroidered Peplum Pullover

I don’t know about you, but winter always makes me want to cuddle up. Even when I have to go out and look decent, I would rather just throw on a sweatshirt and be done with it. Drew and I have been going out more than usual this past year. Wait, let me rephrase that.  Drew has been making me go out more than usual and has tried to push me out of my introverted ways. I like to stay home on the couch with warm blankets and since I am forced out, I have been needing to find ways to bring the comfort along with me.

The initial idea was to make a “dressed up” sweatshirt, and I turned to one of my favorite patterns: Astoria by Seamwork. To dress it up a bit, I wanted to add some embroidery from the Janome Skyline S9 Machine. Oh, I should mention something super exciting! I’ve been asked to be a Janome Artisan! I’ll be keeping the Skyline S9 Embroidery/Sewing Machine for the year and sharing a whole bunch of projects made with the machine, which is an awesome thing because I didn’t want to give the machine up! Seriously, I love this thing!

I was a little nervous about this project because I wasn’t sure how well embroidery would work on a knit. With all the stretching of the fabric, I was sure something would pucker and become a mess. Luckily, Anna Maria Horner made it super easy for me to embroider with knits! Her kit comes with three different stabilizers, and following the instructions in her booklet, using two of those layers of stabilizer made this project a breeze! Here’s a little tutorial to make a peplum sweatshirt!

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What you’ll need:

  • Sweatshirt/sweater sewing pattern. (I used Astoria by Seamwork because it is a cropped shirt, which you will need to add the peplum portion.)
  • Knit Fabric, something medium/heavy weight. Follow your pattern for specific amounts and materials. I used Ponte from Joann Fabrics
  • Embroidery Threads
  • Stabilizers: No Show Cut Away Stabilizer & Embroidery Topping
  • Embroidery Hoop

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Start by cutting out your pattern pieces from fabric. Before sewing the shirt together, embroider the front bodice. Cut enough stabilizer to cover the entire front of piece. You will sandwich your stabilizer and fabric like so: bottom layer – No Show Cut Away Stabilizer, Middle – Front Bodice Piece, Top – Embroidery Topping.

On your embroidery screen, you can add multiple designs to the same screen- the editing mode on the machine allows you to rotate, duplicate and resize all designs. At this point, changing the hoop size to RE20a will allow you to embroider half of the bodice at once.  By using the ruler guide on the hoop, you can play around with placement and size of designs. I used embroidery designs from Anna Maria Horner (Bird), Embroidery Lace Designs (Flowers) and Combination Design (Swirling Stem). I only used four colors, so the shirt wouldn’t be too overwhelmed with color, the tones give this sweatshirt a more sophisticated look. You can see my left side bodice design below.

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*Tip: I used a stretch needle when embroidering, I believe you can use a jersey needle as well, but I have better luck with stretch.*

After completing one side, duplicate on the other side. This is where your ruler guide will come in very handy to get an idea of where your embroidery will sit on the bodice.

After completing the embroidery, cut the bottom stabilizer and tear away the top. Also cut threads. The embroidery topping dissolves with steam or water, making clean up a cinch!

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Follow pattern to attach front and back bodice and add sleeves.

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To add peplum:

Try top on and mark where you would like the peplum to start. I wanted mine to sit at my natural waist, which came to 14″ from my shoulder. Measure the circumference of where the peplum will be sewn. My measurement was 33″. To this length, you will want to add between 20-30″, depending on how full you would like your peplum.

Next, measure how long you would like your top to be. To get this complete measurement you will want to add in seam allowance and hem allowance (Around 1.5″).

My peplum measurements came to 57″ x 12″.

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Using the gathering setting on your Skyline S9, gather the length of your peplum piece down to your bodice waist measurement. (On mine: from 57″ to 33″). Make sure your gathering is pretty even- you don’t want it to look too full in one section and not another! Sew the ends of the peplum together with 1/2″ seam allowance, right sides together.

Attach the peplum to bottom of bodice, right sides together. Hem the bottom and you are done! You now have an awesome, comfy, stylish top! I wore mine to do a few errands the other day and I felt warm & chic!

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And these awesome brick walls were from Liberty State Park. I wanted to photograph indoors but my stark white apartment walls weren’t going to work. Drew and I went over to Jersey City and explored inside the ferry ticket building where the ferries to the Statue of Liberty leave. It’s such a cool spot, I can’t wait to go back and photograph. We couldn’t stay long because of other activities but definitely expect more photos from this place.

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Flower Power Watson Bra

Happy New Year! I don’t know where the first week of the year went, I was sick the last few days of 2016 and it crept into 2017 making the start of the year a little rough. I don’t get sick very often, and most of the time I work through being sick because it might be a slight sniffle but this time I was completely knocked out. I couldn’t even think of sewing so all my time was spent on the couch watching tv and sleeping. Sometimes your body just needs a break.

For the past few months, I’ve been focusing on sewing basics. It’s always been a goal of mine to have a handmade wardrobe, completely fit to my size and taste. The basics always seem to get pushed aside for something “fun”, like pieces I’m not going to wear very often because of my lifestyle.

I also push the basics aside because they tend to be more intimidating than a pretty dress. I mean, jeans are pretty easy to buy, but to find the right pattern and buy appropriate and quality fabric can get so. freaking. expensive. and you just don’t want to mess it up. I know this goes for all sewing, but it is so scary sewing something new. It’s like becoming a beginner all over again. And you start to get that panicked feeling that you are doing it all wrong.

I had this feeling with swimsuits, jeans, t-shirts and now undergarments. I actually sewed two pairs of underwear and can’t wear them. They don’t fit. Even after alterations and googling how to fix it. That was last year, and I thought, if I can’t make a pair of underwear fit, how the heck am I going to get a bra to fit? But I was determined. And I went into this year knowing that my sewing focus was going to be on pieces that are going to fit into my life. I bought a kit from Tailor Made Shop on etsy, so I wouldn’t have to fuss with getting all the right pieces. This is something I totally recommend for beginners. If I had to source all the materials for my first try I would have cried. Once you make and understand where all the pieces are going, I’m sure it’s easier to shop but I’m one of those, “well I can substitute this for that and it won’t be a problem” people. (This is also why I don’t bake, and hate to cook- substitutions don’t always work out)

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I made a first version of the Watson Bra for my bathing suit. And it worked out well, so I thought I would be fine going straight in. When I completed the bra, I have to be honest here, it does not fit as well as the first time I made it. It cuts too low, and I feel like the coverage is not as complete as I want it to be. My bra is still totally wearable, and I do plan to wear it, but the next time I make it, I may go up in size. I also think I’m going to make the regular version, not the longline. I wanted to try the longline because I love the look but ultimately think the everyday version will be more comfortable.

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I also added foam to this bra, which probably aided in the fit not being perfect. I feel very uncomfortable without a padded layer in my undergarments. It’s just my personal preference, and something I’ve grown up with, so making a bra with just a layer of fabric and no protective padding was a little scary. I looked up adding cups to the Watson, and since it wasn’t written in any tutorial, I was on my own. The only thing I could think to do was cut out the cups from foam and sew the foam directly to the cups before constructing the bra. It worked – and yes I know it’s not super professional – but again this is my first bra.

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I most definitely want to try the Watson again, but now I’m looking into the Boylston Bra by Orange Lingerie. This bra is meant for foam and underwire, so it will be very similar to the store-bought bras I wear now.

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I am very happy with my first bra making experience. I know what to do differently and I know the basic construction, so its easier to wrap my head around making more. I also found a new pattern for underwear from Orange Lingerie that I am super excited to try, and hopefully not mess up. I am so tired of buying undergarments and I’m finally one step closer to not needing to buy it ever again!

Have you made any undergarments? How was the experience for you? Any tips?

Also, if you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know I have major love for Seamwork Magazine and have made a bunch of patterns from them. This month  I am featured in Seamworker’s Closet! You can read my interview here!

Burgundy Rose Circle Skirt

Happy Holidays everyone! Sorry for the short absence, I’ve been taking a little time off for family, friends and finishing up some work. The farm is finally on winter break and I now have a whole month off of work to do all my sewing! I’m so excited to plan out my month, especially since there are a few projects I’ve put off in anticipation of this break.

I just have one project to share, a circle skirt made for my niece’s baptism! I have the honor of being Molly’s Godmother, and wanted to make something special for myself, since I made Molly’s dress. I had plans to make my whole outfit, including skirt and top, but didn’t have time to finish my top because of my craft shows.

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I used the tutorial from Cotton + Curls for a DIY Midi Circle Skirt. I thought a midi skirt would be appropriate and sophisticated enough for a church ceremony but be fun enough to wear again afterwards. The whole plan behind this outfit was to be able to wear again for any holiday parties, and I was planning to wear it to New Years Eve, but it sounds like I’ll be sitting down all night, so jeans it is!

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The skirt was very simple, the only major change I made was installing a visible zipper. The fabric is Rose Satin Jaquard Burgundy from fabric.com. I think the hardest decision when buying this fabric was which color to choose! It was a tight race between Burgundy, Plum and Hunter. Burgundy won out over Plum because it has a more “holiday” feel to it, and Hunter lost because I have a dream skirt that I want to make in green and I didn’t have time for making that skirt this time around. Click the link below to buy this fabric!

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The baptism went well and it was a beautiful day. Sorry I don’t have photos to share, but hopefully I’ll get some from other people soon.

In other news, my craft shows went great! I was so excited to be part of two holiday shows and could not be happier with their outcomes. My set-ups were smaller than the outdoor shows I’ve done so I changed a few of my displays.

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Quick question: are you guys on facebook? I have a personal account but really don’t go on much, and I was thinking about starting a facebook page for Trish Stitched, since not everyone is on Instagram (my favorite form of social media). Would you guys follow? Do you have a page for me to follow? Let me know!

Have a safe and happy New Year!

Janome Skyline S9: Guitar Strap

Here it is guys, the last project I made with the Janome Skyline S9 Sewing/Embroidery Machine!

A while back, one of Drew’s friends asked me to make him a guitar strap, and while I am a very selfish seamstress, I thought, sure it can’t be that hard to make right? So I let it go for a few weeks because so many other projects were on my list, and then I realized I could do some really cool embroidery designs on the strap! I was actually really nervous to make this because I wasn’t sure how it would work with the hoops and designing a strap with just a 2″ width that would show any stitching. Since making a few pieces previously, I knew that most of the embroidery designs within the machine were large so I had to think a little more careful about this project.

Sometimes the answer to a problem hits you right in the face… Inside of the top cover of the machine is a reference chart for all the stitches that are built into the machine. Since I was constantly changing the thread colors while doing embroidery, this cover was always up, staring at me. That’s when I decided to do a bunch of the decorative stitches featured on this chart! My personal machine comes with just the basics, a few zig zag stitches, and since I don’t use the decorative stitches that often, I usually forget about them.

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I used the tutorial from One Shabby Chick with a few adjustments. I started the stitching on a large piece of fabric to test out colors and stitches, but liked what I was working on, so I kept going. I didn’t cut enough fabric originally so I had to patch things a little. I needed an extra 5″ to make the strap, and instead of patching more stitch designs, I thought this would be a good opportunity to add in some real embroidery.

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I used another Anna Maria Horner Design for the center of the strap. The design was still a little large so I was able to make it smaller on the machine before sewing. I have loved being able to alter designs in size and direction on the screen of the machine. It was so easy!

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The strap pieces came from a lovely little shop on etsy, super quick shipping and great product- definitely recommend!

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Do you like my makeshift guitar? The other night I realized I needed something to show in photos and made a little cardboard guitar! It’s a little small but does the trick! =D

These projects are just the start of what you could do with this machine. Yes, I’m selling it big time because I believe in it and how useful it would be to have in your sewing room. I am completely amazed at its capabilities. If you are looking to get a new machine, or just want a fun addition to your collection, I highly suggest you check out the Janome Skyline S9. And just to clarify, I am not getting paid to write this, I was so fortunate to test this machine and every single word written about it has been my honest feedback.

After this post we will be back to regularly scheduled, un-embroidered projects! Thank you for reading all about my projects, and a super special thanks to the amazing team over at Janome for letting me test this awesome machine.

And a quick post to let you know (in case you didn’t see it on Instagram): This is my winter craft show lineup! December 3 & 4: Hoboken Holiday Craft Show and December 10: Brooklyn  Bust Craftacular! I will be there selling my bags, so if you are in the area, stop by & say hi and pick up some great handmade gifts for this holiday season!

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