Wednesday, April 10, 2013

PREEMIE DIAPERS FOR TEENY TEARS

I am finally getting around to finishing up these preemie  for Teeny Tears.  I have more to cut out and sew but hey....this counts as a finish right???

I want to tell you what helped with making these.

Gene Black suggested when wanting to do top stitching close to the edge that you use your zipper foot.  Oh my stinking gosh....this is like the greatest most clever idea.  What a help Gene, thanks!!!

I know, I sound like I am harping about this straight stitch plate.....but...

I am here to tell you that it helps tremendously when you want to go around the corners.
I had my regular plate on and couldn't figure out why when I went around the corners that it would get chewed up in the plate.  That is when the AhhhhHA moment came, I switched plates and boy what a difference.

When I was at the store with my husband debating on whether to get this plate (seeing how I was paying a mint at the time to get my embroidery machine out...didn't want the added expense).  I told my husband, what if I forget to take the plate off when I want to blanket stitch.

He said....oh you won't (this is me snorting right now)

Does the man really know me?

Well...time only proved my passing thought right, I went to sew the other day with the straight stitch plate on there and wham!!!  Needle broke.  Hummmm I thought, what is the problem?  Needle must have been bent.

Oh yes...you guessed it, wrong plate.  I suppose I need to tape something on my machine to remind me to check my plate.  But what if I forget to read my note?




16 comments:

Missy Shay said...

Maybe you can mark your straight stitch plate, with either some blue tape or pink finger nail polish as a sort of visual reminder?

Karen L. Bates said...

New toys are always good! Enjoy!

Teresa in Music City said...

That's so funny! I do that all the time :*) It makes me so mad that I can't just remember to check when I move the needle or make a change from straight stitching. But it still happens!

Gene Black said...

I find it interesting that only one of my machines will not let you make that mistake. Someone suggested putting a red fingernail polish line on the edges of the plate to help you remember.

I love the zipper foot for top-stitching trick!

suemac said...

Those preemie diapers are just so cute.

Cindy said...

Hmm..an idea to try about using a zipper foot.
I make lists: I forget lists. (BIG problem for me, LOL)

Just Ramblin' said...

Wish I'd known about the zipper foot when we were making all our diapers. It would have been so much easier. Nola

JudyCinNC said...

I thought I would just keep a good supply of needles on hand, problem solved - but you know hitting that plate with the needle can ruin your machine. So I put a little dab of red nail polish on the right fron of the throat plate and it makes me stop and wonder which plate I have on when I see it "about 50% of the time". LoL Not a perfect solution, but helps. Judy C in NC

Rhonda said...

Oh Barb, those tiny diapers are precious. As for the plate issue, I've broken needles by not remembering to replace the plate. I've started to use a sticky note or those sticky arrows on my machine as a reminder that something needs to be noticed....hope that made sense!!

SewCalGal said...

Your premie diapers are so cute.

I too have forgotten what stitch plate I was using and broke a needle, but after a few mistakes I pay more attention to it now.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

sandra said...

You sound like me Barb, Ian suppose to change my stitching width when I want 1/4" seam and even though I had a sticky note on my machine I almost always forgot.
Those premie diapers are so adorable where did you get the pattern, I wouldn't mind making some.

Needled Mom said...

Been there and done that, Barb. I put a piece of masking tape on my machine now when I have the single hole plate in place.

Crispy said...

I find using a post it on my forehead works wonderfully LOL.

Crispy

Barbara said...

Cute project and great tip. The rest is just funny, you entertain Barb!

Marsha said...

I have this problem too remembering which plate is on. I take a big sticky note 2"x2" or larger and place it over the spot I need to "touch" to change the width. It seems to stop me because I have to "lift" the sticky note if I want to make a change. So far it is working for me.

Denise :) said...

Oh Barb...I'll do you one better...I've broken several needles from forgetting to switch from the proper feet when changing from straight stitching to zigzag. My 1/4" foot doesn't work real well with the zigzag! LOL!! :)