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Zig Zag Stitch: Layered Rainbow

Susan Beal

Simple Sewing Projects for Beginners

Susan Beal

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6. Zig Zag Stitch: Layered Rainbow

Lesson Info

Zig Zag Stitch: Layered Rainbow

But I'm just going to go ahead and start my his exact process and explain it to you guys so that we can move forward with it, so I use a narrows exact for this I won't go through the whole testing process again, as we did with the first one, just because we've already had a little experience with that. Now I'm just going to go with the setting that I noted that I liked for my earlier version, which in my case and on this singer heavy duty is about a two and a half with because you don't want it to be quite as why it is that kind of satin such approach, um, and a one links because again it's going to have a little more breathing room and be narrower. And then I put my tension for this at four, so I stitch this one with white thread, which again, isn't particularly, you know, dramatic choice, but I think the same light blue that we used for our heart application, I'm just going to use that one for this project because I think it will have a nice settle mix similar to the white, but I'd a...

ctually like to see the difference between the two as we go, so oh, absolutely, I've said mine at two and a half with which is the top dial on this machine and I've said it at one length which is the upper rate and then the tension I've set at four so using this exact I'm going to start here and with this one and you will be stitching around for example this earned one you'll want to just as you did without first applicator you'll want to stitch around this orange curve just as you did before catching almost all other stitching on this orange one and any loose threads like this you can either trim now quickly or get at the end when you're cleaning up your finished application so I'm just sitting forward on my straight away is very easy and quick to sell as I heard I want to start serving my work is I go just a zay did with that heart but this time I don't need to go slowly because I've had we've had more experience with it's when I get so thiss point I just want to look at my work great I like how the zigzag ahs this's a nearer when if you're not as comfortable with the near zigzag and one a little more join or stability or with your welcome to make it a whiter stitch I just like that the nearness because it doesn't take a cz much of the colorful fabric space just go forward around the same time creates so I've finished my first one like how the light blue just reads almost this wait it's really not a very different effect but just a slight very subtle soon I'm going to do my next one and it's exactly the same approach except for that I am going to be doing a slightly tighter curve it's pretty subtle difference between these two by the time we get to the middle be a lot tighter let's see this one love how the thread cutter at the side of the machine is very handy okay, so I'll continue the same way and I'm remember each time I think it's easiest to start when you sync your needle into the side of the fabric that you're switching on justus you did with a t shirt where you're sitting on the application side and not just mostly onto the onto the item your application on to in this case the outer color yeah, sure how important his attention when using the sewing machine, our viewers saying I've never changed attention but I would love to know when I should be looking changing attention and what it does well, becky definitely give a very educated viewpoint on this, but for me I would say the very most important thing is with six sacks attention if you have a correct tension and that your stitches air balanced here zigzag will flow beautifully, it won't pull the bobbin thread up where our show that or employer upper threat down the road the tension just creates a really strong, durable beautiful stitch, so I would say experiment, experiment, experiment make notes that where your attention setting is and what's worked twelve and you'll just end up with a much better picture of your own machine and also always be sure to get your machine tuned up so that it has got, you know, a fighting chance at being in good safe rather than you're battling it now they also noticed that when they're sewing, the fabric is lifting a little on is there anything you can do to prevent that puckering when you're actually going to this matter to prevent puckering the same they noticed the fabric is lifting slightly is oh a good press right before you so I also really like this sudden but certain such foot because it has a smooth it smooths the fabric as it goes instead of an open toe and I would say just making sure you're using a nice mid midway cotton it's harder to use like something very light and slippery or very stretchy and net stabilizers wonderful best presser in our back stabilizers greats were on the home stretch with this rainbow I'm working on my blue everybody else is going okay so just finish my eyes excite that connects my green and blue and this is the last one I'll be able to sew that quickly the next I just have to to go and they're both a little tighter of curves, so you'll see that our and hear that I'm sewing them together a little more slowly because there just going to involve a lot more of a direction change in a quicker time, a way to better all right? So my last, my last one should go pretty quickly since even though it's a little more challenging about curve it's short and then we'll d'oh are trimming, which is a nice finish, it makes it look so much cleaner and meter and then when you do need to make a more pronounced adjustment, always make sure that your needle is down never left her presser for while your needles up, or you'll just lose your place near sewing, and it may just jump a little statue or make a movement all right, so here's mine before I change, I'm just going to do ah quick perimeter stitch you can either trim and then perimeter stitch or and it cut this now, so that has a need even straight line tio work on and all the says is gently cutting away. You're backing fabric without cutting into your application, so this isn't hard but definitely don't look up while you're doing it or you may end up losing a little bit of your intentional space, which would be a bummer and remember the zigzag I can always be corrected you can use a seam refer as we did in the earlier segment just to show where that one place where the pivot didn't go smoothly, you can always use your seam ripper, take it out and re zig this is just a totally flexible, easy project and when things don't hit and quite the rate spot it's very flexible, so now I'll just do my last little but here of sitting around the edge and the main difference here is that I'm not application onto anything. I'm just searching an edge with nothing on the other side of it, just a perimeter stretch for these curves I'm doing my same approach I have on other projects you can slow down when things are getting a little bit more precision turn and then you can go faster on the part that's a little bit more straight forward so here's one important place when I approached the corner, I want to leave, I'll use the flywheel to advance my last few stitches and I want to leave my needle in the fabric, make my need ninety degree turn and then stitch forward the same way and then this part I also want to leave my needle in my fabric and this little curve is probably the most challenging part of the whole thing, but the good news is it's very short so we'll just make our quick, neat curve and finish up with a victory straight away, as you can see, I'm going very slowly around this purpose, I just want to try toe, follow it easily almost there and guiding it quite a bit with my hands. So there's one place here, I'm just going to do a quick meant and what I'll recommend is just passed in your hand over this and seeing if anywhere just kind of doesn't lie flat, it means you haven't caught it there's one little place right here that all re zig well, I'm going, so here we go and I'm just going to stretch right over the sames execs, I don't think it's going to show it's very subtle and it's going to be near the bottom of the application, but that way I know it won't fray or break over, you know, another yearsworth of mud puddles and field trips and every day at school and when a reverse since I started again, but normally when you're just following your permit or you don't have to reverse, then these extra threads got caught and I have another reading both yeah, students is pretty much there as well carolina lee, how are you doing? I'm great did you cut it out at this point? I have them all sewn together perfect and cutting it out is perfect now and then you can do your perimeters stitching you could also do your perimeter stitching and then trim it but you run the risk of accidentally snipping some of your perimeters exact threads so I always prefer to cut my not first and then do my perimeter such um and you'll see on the back one thing I like about using this contrast threat this time is that you can really see um where the says it's just got a lot of really nice kind of easy to follow areas and this backing fabric makes us a very durable applicator I think it might be a little too fragile if it didn't have a sturdier back sensor seven pieces united but now that this is ready to go you can use any number of ways to attach it. You can use the second sheet of usable press it down and then a blanket stitch or by hand using a pearl cotton or you can machine stitch and use something that you know another zig zagged or another decorative said she like and follow this whole perimeter but yeah, this is now what's also nice about this is that if it does end up getting like my daughter's backpack for example I blankets such that last august when she was getting ready for school and it's held up really well for a year susan's well, take a look at that, but I can always go back and easily re stitch the perimeter where a full year of carrying the backpack has broken the pearl cotton thread. I hand blankets, tents, so do you always stitch onto? The finished article will do sometimes glue are used? Some server d civil was just itching I've always stitched, but using the usable is a layer underneath the application, even though this already has a single layer of usable with the backing it's definitely a nice kind of secondary insurance that it'll stay together. So, yeah, the screen bose a nice one, because it has such a sturdy and just very flexible, sturdy shape. It's not stiff. If you had used the seven layers as we talked about with our little leftover pieces, you might end up with quite the quite the sturdy, heavy kind of inflexible piece would be hard to stitch through, but I really love this one, so it was so fun to translate it into a pattern for this class again way only add about just over an hour in this particular segment, we've already got something finished, which is so special to see in all of our students who have varying level of experience, they've all managed it ahs wells, that's great. Laura, you know, so I think I'm getting better. And now that my inner rainbow, they're going better than my outer wear. Well done, everybody, we've got a lot more exciting things become a cz we go through these sessions later on, we're going to be looking at creative kids clothing we've got two parts to that in the session one and then in session to we're going to make it to be all about love for lunch part wanted to for that and then artful ideas all of that is still to come because some great comments coming through online thank you so much for sharing with us. Lauren is a new viewer joining creative life for the first time and she's saying, I can definitely see that my free time is going to be very full now I've got to learn how to multi task I feel like creative life was made for me. I do photography crafting music. Andi, I run my own business. I'm feeling totally in heaven here will welcome lauren, thank you for that comments. Great to have you here with us in our community and tori b is saying I have a brand new sewing machine it's been sitting on my table for months because I've been too afraid to use it, since I have no clue what to do. So thank you, susan, for making this seem so easy. I'm going home to pull it out, dusted off and make things. So you've inspired somebody there. Susan. So well done for that.

Class Description

Are you intimidated by your sewing machine? Don't be! Join experienced sewist Susan Beal as she guides you through the basics of sewing, including using straight stitches, zigzag stitches, simple appliqué, and easy binding.

Using simple projects in kid's sizes, Susan will teach you to customize t-shirts, create simple tote bags, reusable napkins, and more! You'll learn tricks that the experts use to create their own contrasting binding tape, how to sew on a variety of fabrics, and how to incorporate snaps and eyelets into your projects.

If you're a beginning sewer this course will give you clear, easy-to-follow ideas and inspiration for projects that tap into your family’s creative spirit.

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What a great class! Susan does a fabulous job explaining each project and is great at giving you a heads up on what issues you might face with each project. I've now made two applique projects with another in the works. I've also made two of the girls skirts. Susan gave me the confidence to try and I am really happy with the results. Hope to try the binding tape soon. Thanks for offering this video.

Amanda Siska

Susan's projects were the best introduction to sewing I could have hoped for! I wasn't able to watch every project, but the ones I saw were simple, VERY clearly explained, and perfect for a beginning seamstress like myself. I'd never used binding tape before, or elastic, but now I'm confident about making my own binding tape and adding elastic waistbands to pretty much anything. I was immediately inspired to make a few skirts for myself after watching the simple children's skirt in this course, and I'm planning to make cloth napkins and an oilcloth lunch sack as well. I wish I'd gotten to see the applique portion, so I think I'll have to purchase the course in order to see that part. I'm positive that it will be just what I need to learn the process! I see that the previous reviewer was disappointed by the lack of diversity of crafts for this course, but I find that the name "Simple Sewing Projects for Beginners" was completely accurate for what it was. Perhaps it was categorized in a craft category, which would still seem applicable. I think it was advertised as having back to school projects to make for your kids, which is an even more detailed description of the course, since it includes clothing for boys and girls, as well as a lunch tote, cloth napkin, cape, and maybe more things I missed. Overall, this was my first Creative Live experience, and I was blown away by how informative and fun it was to watch!


Fun projects to make for your little one. Susan explains things so clearly. Very nice that she also offers patterns and written instructions for free