Wednesday, June 13, 2012

How to make Kanzashi flowers flat

I have my tutorial for this Kanzashi flower for sale in my Etsy Shop. 
This tutorial is to help if someone wants to make these flowers flat because they can be quite tall.

After you follow the tutorial and have all your petals made, cut the back off like this but make sure you don't cut the thread.

You should now have a petal that looks like this

You will need to open the petal so when you heat seal what you just cut, everything won't stick together.

This is what the finished flower will look like after it has been put together. I added a pony-o to this one  but you can put yours on any clip you like. 

I hope you find this useful:)

Friday, June 1, 2012

Shirring: Brother Poject Runnway Sewing Machine

Anyone who has one of these machines knows how hard it is to figure out how to shirr because of the automatic bobbin feeder. I have found a solution.. I am sorry for the quality of the video I had to do it on my phone. Hopefully, as you follow along, you can see what I am talking about.

Here are some pictures if you want a clearer picture:
See the notch in the middle? That is where the thread goes.

 Here you can see where I have the thread
 Pull the elastic thread over

 Hold on to the thread that's on the needle and when you manually move the needle down and back up, gently pull on the thread you are holding and it will help bring the elastic all the way up. Put your machine back together and you are almost ready to go.
I set my tension on 9
 and the length to 3.5
This is what it looks like after a few rows

If you have any questions, feel free to leave me a comment:)