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Updated! May 7

It’s been almost 2 years since I have posted here. It’s not that I haven’t had anything to say. Life just sweeps me by and some things just get lost… in the shuffle…

anyway. if you know me…. you know that I don’t like to follow rules. my whole life I’ve bucked the system. the teachers in school found me annoying when I didn’t want to do the math problem their way (even IF my answer was the same) I’m sure my mom found it annoying (tho she thought it was cute in math! lol) and my sisters and i could never play a game following the rules! rules are…. well a guideline and if there is a better/faster/easier way that has the same or better result… i will likely find it! :D it’s just who I am.

So I decided to sew, again. :) I found a few patterns I liked. The Nini and the Lulu were my first from this designer!

In the lulu pattern the designer talks about elastic thread. she suggests using stretchrite. I looked high and low online… and found it at walmart for $1.49 for 30 yards!  I made the lulu… actually 5 of them. and thought. hmmm…. why couldn’t i use this elastic thread for gathering. I asked a few ladies…. no one around me had done it… hmmmm… i thought… why not? i think i’ll try it! it worked perfectly wouldn’t you say?

I’m sure you are dying to know my secret! and I think I’m kinda dying to tell! but first here is another photo of my nini jumpers. :)

I’ve learned a lot about elastic thread. :) There are a few tricks to using it!

Wind your bobbin with elastic thread. I used my Elna sewing machine for this. I also put my presser foot down and left my tension just the same… 3.5 or so…. turn my tension to 0 to fill my bobbin. We were finding that it was too tight to spin the bobbin tighter than that. The elastic will stretch and be tight. Place the bobbin in your bobbin slot and set up your machine to sew like normal.

Then adjust your settings. I put my sewing machine on the highest tension 9 on the same tension as tho I’m sewing straight and my longest stitch length which is 4  and leave my stitch length the same as normal straight stitching as well. (I may have to do a tutorial??)

First I zigzag or serger my raw edges. Trust me it takes MUCH less time then cutting strings… head smack! Also hem it now, if there is a hem on the bottom of your ruffle.

You always backstitch at the beginning and the end otherwise it can come undone. You place your fabric that you wish to gather under the foot and sew about 1/4 inch seam allowance and sew with your right side up so the elastic goes on the back. You do one line of this. Backstitch at the end. :)

Then I wash and dry it. At first I just steamed it with my iron but it doesn’t shrink the fabric enough plus it shrinks MORE when you wash it. so just throw it in on fast wash/dry. sew something else, make dinner, wipe a nose….. lol whatever... I’m back to just steaming it. I have to cut the elastic off every time no matter what for gathering! ( another tip, I did all the elastic thread on all my layers at once, even tho the pattern doesn’t suggest that, so that way I could just finish the jumper)

Once it’s dry, I pin to the other part of the outfit and sew! (stretch a bit to fit) zigzag/serger the seam. Make and pin the edges, then the middle, then split the fabric evenly, just like with gathering but ummm way easier! :D

ALSO, trim your elastic after you have sewn your ruffle on. If your elastic is too snug when washed it can gather the garment it’s sew too. :) This shouldn’t be an issue as long as your only use one row.  (example look at Attie’s dress, the girl on the left, i didn’t know these tricks and put three rows of elastic on her gathers and even still after washing and snipping it lots, it’s pulling in too much, i’m gonna have to cut it off)

any questions? :)

here is a great tutorial on shirring! :D


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today’s freebie is on how to make butter…. looks like more work that i originally thought… so not sure that I’ll try it! lol

good news today…. i gave in/up my main living room… to have SOMETHIng instead of NOTHING and God is faithful! 
The plan worked out… dreamt some new ideas… implemented them this morning… new plan in the works by my BIL… and have great hope and expectation again….. whooohooo!!! and found a place for a love seat and a chair… perfect for mama chat while kids play in the everything room… tv/toy/school! lol
i am pleased…. thanks for riding my roller coster!

The house plans have been put on a complete hold. The rooms were not as big as I had thought. with furniture it just won’t work…. no point in having the same problems I have now. We’ve considered adding on two sides… but at so much more cost. 

Even building new is alot….. maybe more than we want… IDK…. I’m feeling shocked… after nearly a year of planning and creating a floor plan that I felt was perfect…. it just isn’t…. when you are designing your own house design it around the furniture you want…. lol…. 

All hope is not lost…. we just aren’t sure what to hope… It’s hard to put more money here… .but staying here means putting more money here to make it work better for us… that’s what most people do anyway right? just make do……….. :) 

I am thankful for all the things my husband has done to this beautiful house! It’s huge and more than a lot of people have… and it’s home…. will get busy making it more of what we can live with until something changes…. what else can you do?!

figured out a way! Using the storm cellar as laundry! whooohoo! we have to have a place to put clothing. even in dressers we’d need 4! at LEAST!  and the storm cellar will be bigger than what it shows in the picture! i forgot about that! whoohoo… so it will be additional storage too! whew! It’s crammed… for sure… but it’ll be summer… I’m hopeful! At least there are the basics… it should be easy to keep tidy as long as I don’t let too much stuff wonder down… Maybe I’ll have them put an actual closet there where thee coat/shoe station is… i’ll need one later…..

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