Thursday, December 21, 2023

Happy Holidays 2023!

 I don't know about you, but I can't wait for this year to be over. I feel like that is said every year, but things don't seem to change. The selling season has gone ok, not what I would've liked but I'm learning. I think I want to focus more on online sales and building up my business that way. It has been pretty crappy for my mental health to be constantly worrying about what to make and to try and guess what people will want to buy. Starting this new year I am going to be making what I want to make. Maybe open up for custom orders for a limited period and that's it. I have been a ball of stress since August and I was noticing that I was starting to dread going into my office to make things, I don't what that. Especially after making the big investment of the industrial machine. 

I have some of my Halloweens/Spooky bags listed for sale on a shopify site, Etsy will be for digital items like svg files and sublimation designs.

Look for more updates this coming year!

Happy Holidays and Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Life Updates and Another New Sewing Machine

 Well well, it's been another 9 months since my last post. Oops. I really don't do it on purpose I swear, I've been super busy making bags and getting inventory for my local pop up shop where my makes are for sale. It's been a fun experience and I'm hoping once the Holiday season really kicks into gear my sales will pick up as well.

    As I mentioned in the title, I did get a new machine! A Juki DU1181N to be exact. It's an industrial and I love her, her name is Layla. The only thing she can't sew is unlined cotton and I have another machine for that. The Janome HD5000 is fantastic and I love that machine but when it came to thick seams it still was a struggle and I was tired of manhandling the machine to get it to do what I wanted. This new one sews through anything I throw at it. 

    My online presence has been spotty lately I am trying to post more on social media but life gets in the way and it doesn't always work out. At the end of the summer my husband and I were in a bad car wreck, physically we both could be better. My husband especially is still in a lot of pain from the accident and we are both seeing specialists. So as you can imagine things have been different in our house lately. We got another dog in August of 2022 and we love her very much. She's a Havanese and her name is Jasmine. She's fresh and doesn't like to go on the paper and she is also destructive, as just tonight I pulled one of my daughter's no longer lost airpods out of her mouth and it was in 3 pieces. Love her, but my goodness, she's a menace. We also no longer have any babies in the house, our youngest turned TEN and there's something about when your youngest is into double digits. We also have an almost 14 year old, and I just turned 40. So, yeah. 

Jasmine, the Trouble Maker

    BUT I am loving sewing, I am loving the creativity of the community, it's very special and not as competitive as some other crafts. I wanted to give that quick update and as always I will try to not go so long between posts. Here are some photos of some bags I have made.

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

My New Sewing Machine! Janome HD5000BE

Before I get into the fun stuff with my new sewing machine, I would like to say a fond farewell to my Brother SE-400. It gave me many good years of sewing and I'm sad to see it go, I just don't use the embroidery like I thought I would and I needed a machine that can handle thicker layers since I'm getting more into bag making. 

With that being said, my new machine is a Janome HD5000BE, I LOVE this machine. It's mechanical so there was a slight learning curve for me, but other than that it has been a joy to use so far. The threading is easy and it still has a top loading bobbin that I was already used to, I think it's a great next step up for me since I'm no where near ready (and don't have the space) for an industrial. 
It does everything I need it to without all of the bells and whistles, it is sturdy, and the stitches look fantastic. I keep the zipper foot on 95% of the time but when you do have to switch feet it is a low shank machine so the snap on ones are great, but if you do have to switch the whole foot out that's easy too with the screwdriver. My machine came with the quilting kit which came with extra feet, which will be nice if I ever need them but for now this is great. I found an extra narrow low shank zipper foot which has become my favorite.
The HD stands for Heavy Duty and yes it can handle multiple layers of faux leather, vinyl and even denim. I wanted to get into more than pouches with different materials and I am confident I won't have any issues with this machine. I will post some of my projects at a later time, but for now, back to sewing!