How to Clean a Sewing Machine

In this tutorial I will be cleaning a Brother LS-2125.

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Cleaning a sewing machine is very easy!

It takes about 10 minutes, and afterwards, your sewing machine will sound “sew” much better.

What you need:

  • Screwdriver
  • can of air
  • sewing machine oil or 3 in 1 oil

 

Here is how:

1. Turn off the machine and unplug it.

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2. Remove the screw on the back of your sewing machine and remove the face plate.

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4. Take your air can and blow all the dust away. Mine usually gathers in the bobbin chamber.

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3. Put a few drops of oil on each of the points above. {Basically you put oil on whatever moves.} I use a paintbrush so I am sure not to get to much oil. {Too much oil will soil your thread and fabric}

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4. Now run your machine for about two minutes. No need for thread {unless you have some old stuff you want to get rid of} I usually just put a scrap piece of fabric on and sew away! This gets all of the oil moving around.

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5. You are done! Sew away! You are supposed to clean your sewing machine every week, but…*cough* I don’t do that. *cough* =)

“52 Weeks of Happy” {Week 13}

Happy Moments!

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Being a quilter, I was ecstatic when I realized that the Sochi Olympics appeared to be centered around patchwork quilts!  I am loving the Norwegian curling suits by the way… {picture 3}

The USA has some really cool snow coats too! {Picture 4}

If I could buy that USA coat {and if it was affordable} =) I would!

 

4H! I finally am relieved to say that I am officially going to be able to enter the 4H quilt competition! We weren’t sure at first, because we thought we had missed a meeting, but I just found out yesterday that I will be able to compete! I will be making a “Trip Around the World Quilt”

Wish me luck! The fair is in 42 days {cutting it a bit close I think =) }

(no pun intended)

Quilt Tutorial “Trip Around the World Quilt”

So a couple of you have asked me to do a tutorial on how I make the Around the World Quilt. Today I am fulfilling your wish!

{Let me just say, this is a tutorial on how I make this quilt. I am not saying this is the right way, but I am not saying this is the wrong way, I am just saying this is how I make this quilt!}

Quilt pin itBuckle down! This quilt is super fun but super time consuming.

{ If you have any questions at all, or a part of the tutorial does not make sense, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below and I will try my best to help you! =) }

Without further ado…. {Drum-roll please}

 

The Tutorial:

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  • First thing is first, you are going to need to choose your fabric!
  • You will need 6 coordinating colors.

  • For the twin size Quilt shown here, I used roughly one and a half yards of each color. I say roughly, because sometimes I have a couple inches of one color left over, and sometimes I have none left over, {It all depends on how the fabric lady cut it.}
  • Choosing the fabric is always the most fun, but can also be the most frustrating! Me and my mom were in the fabric section of Hobby Lobby for literally 45 minutes, picking up bolts of fabric, comparing prints, putting some back, rearranging, and finally settling on these 6 colors.
  • We got 1 1/2 yds. of each print. {These measurements do not include the border back or binding. 1 1/2 yds. of fabric is just for the top, but you will have some left over.}

 

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Please, do me a favor and don’t skip this part:

  • Wash
  • Dry
  • And Iron your fabric.

This step prevents your fabric from shrinking after it is all put together.

I personally wash my fabric in hot water, twice. Because here is the ironic thing… I am allergic to fabric! Crazy, I know! A big time quilter allergic to her #1 hobby! I am pretty sure it is the chemicals and starches they put on the fabric that makes my hands break out. Because of this, I always wash my fabric twice, and just recently started wearing gloves.

 

Cutting time!

Now it is time to start cutting strips. {No matter what quilt size I am doing, I always do this step the exact same for every quilt.}

1. Fold all of your fabric in half the same way. {This can be long ways or short ways, the point is to have all strips that are the same length} I tend to cut all my strips longways, so they come out longer.

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2. Starting from one end of your fabric, mark your strips, and cut. Each strip should be 6’’ wide. Do this to each color. {I usually cut a handful of strips (5-6) and then skip to the next part. If you need more strips later, you can cut some, but if you don’t, then you have a bit of uncut fabric you can use as binding later or for another project.}

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3. Decide what order you want your strips in. This is the order it will appear in your quilt. As you can see in the picture above, I choose the zebra fabric to be fabric #1. This meant it was my cross, or middle. Next I chose the pink swirl. My third fabric was roses, and so on.

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4. Sew these strips lengthwise, right sides together, as you have them laid out. {Zebra to pink swirl…pink swirl to roses…etc.}

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5. Now you should have basically a “fabric of fabrics” if you will. Sew them into a tube {right sides together!} You do this by taking both ends {in my case it was the zebra and the black, pink, gray checkered fabric} Place them right sides together, and sew lengthwise like you have been doing. It should come off your sewing machine as a big tube of fabric. 

{Why I have brown thread in this picture, I have no idea, because the thread I was using was black. =D }

Do this to as many strips as you have.

6. This next part depends mainly on your quilt size. For a twin {shown above} I tend to cut these next strips about 3’’ wide. For smaller quilts I tend to cut the strips thinner.

HOW TO CUT THE STRIPS:

1. Lay out one of your tubes. {it needs to be flat.}

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2. Start from one end of the tube {you might need to trim the end to make it straight}

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3. Measure out your desired strip length. {I am cutting mine 3’’ wide}

4. Mark the strip and make your cut. {I used my handy dandy OLFA safety rotary cutter}

You should end up with a bunch of little 3” tubes.

5. Now here comes the fun/confusing part. This part will make the quilt look really intricate but in reality, it will be really easy.

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6. Take your first little tube. Hopefully you already know what is going to be your middle (zebra) color. You also should know what your end color is {pink, gray, and black checkered.} You are going to cut these two colors away from each other! Some people like to take the seams out with a seam ripper, but I prefer to cut the seam off with a rotary cutter. {it is faster}

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Now you should have a strip with all 6 of your colors in it, in the order you want.

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7. The next time you make a cut, instead of cutting the seam, you will be cutting the strip. Take your middle fabric {zebra} and fold it in half. Cut that piece directly in half!

8. Do the same exact thing one more time.

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9. Lay out your strips.

10. They should look like the picture above

11. You can sew these strips together now, or at the end. I think it goes faster if you cut everything first, then sew everything together. Your pick. 

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12.Now that you have cut the {zebra} middle fabric in half, that color is done. So the next step is cutting the middle {zebra} away from fabric #2 {pink swirl.} You can use a rotary cutter or seam ripper. Do it just like you did step 6!

As you can see in the picture above, the zebra fabric is now at the top, while the pink swirl is at the bottom.

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13. Now, you have to cut the pink swirl in half, just like the zebra!

14. You continue to do this over and over… until you reach your desired length.

15. Make a mirrored image of this end.

16. It’s pin time! Take that giant pincushion of colorful pins and match up the two pieces. All the seams should match! Use LOTS of pins!
When you sew it together, you should have a {zebra} cross in the middle. The rest of the colors should surround the cross in a diamond shape.

Now all you have to add is the 3 B’s,

  • Border
  • Back and
  • Binding!

Have FUN!

What do you think?

Was this tutorial helpful?

Have any questions?

I would love any feedback you have!

You can ask me those questions by simply leaving a comment below! =D

 Hope you had “Sew” much fun!

PS: That last line was free of charge.

PPS: I will be entering this quilt in the 4H fair in my city!

PPPS: Read this article. I stumbled upon it today and thought it was the craziest coincidence I have ever seen! She made a twin zebra around the world quilt {just like me} entered it in her first 4H fair, {just like me} and won first prize…{hopefully like me} = ) What a coincidence, huh?

“52 Weeks of Happy” {Week 12}

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

First Happy Moment: I was on time this time! I actually posted this 52 weeks of happy post on Friday! Woop Woop! = )

 

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The 100 Pushup challenge! This has been one of my goals this year, and I started it at the beginning of this month.  The point is to use this chart, to build up muscle. then at the end of 7 weeks, you should be able to do 100 pushups in a row! {without breaking a sweat} Hopefully it will work because…

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I really want this shirt! When (or if) I complete the 100 pushup challenge, I am going to buy the shirt to prove it!

 

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The 99! This is another goal of mine this year…to do the 99! I have started training this week, can’t wait till I will be able to do it all in one shot!

 

CHALLENGE: I really encourage you (and challenge you) to pick a workout to do as a goal this year. Just because it’s not New Year’s, doesn’t mean you can’t still have a goal! Pick something fun, and when you finish, reward yourself with a prize: (t-shirt…etc.)

I would love to stay updated! Leave a comment below telling me what you are going to set as a goal, and how it’s going for you.

Good Luck Everyone!

“52 Weeks of Happy” {Week 11}

I totally forgot about Friday’s happy post!

So here it is:

Top Golf

Top Golf!

Top Golf! Whether you like golf or not, this place is…AWESOME!

You stand out on a balcony. (there are three levels, and we were on level three) When you look out, you can see 8 large holes in the ground. (two you can’t see in the picture) and there is also a large trench in the very back. You simply get a golf ball and club, (They provide these) stand on the green turf, and swing away! The more times you hit the ball in a hole the more points you get! The computer keeps track of your score, so it was a family competition.

The only scary thing is that you are really close to the edge. But it is still fun, and the food is good too!

 

Snow day!

 

Snow day!

Snow…sorta! Okay, so it wasn’t snow, it was sleet, but we did manage to scrape a couple handfuls of it off the cars and form it into snow balls. (sleet balls? Never mind.)

This is Texas, so it is rare to see snow where we live. We went out and caught it on our tongues, threw ice balls at each other, then ran back in to sit by the fire.

ahhhhh…..satisfaction!

 

 

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