Thursday, 12 July 2012

How To Wear a Shawl: Type 2 - wrap it and loop it ショールの着こなし方:スタイルその2

This is the variation of the first one.

You can create a knot instead of letting both ends hang loosely.


How you do:

Take one end and bring it around the other end to create a loop. Then insert that end into the loop and tighten. And there you go! A very nice and casual way to wear a shawl. With this style you'll look classy even when you're in your plain T-shirt and a pair of jeans!



For more batik silk shawl, visit my Etsy shop: Jagatara Art


First Project with Straight Stitches: Noren or Japanese Curtain 最初のプロジェクト:のれん

One of the misconceptions about using a sewing machine to do the stitching is that the machine will do EVERY little bit of work. I don't know if others have this idea but I DID. Before I began sewing that is.


Once I made the machine work, I tried to make stitches on a scrap of fabric. I lowered the presser foot and pushed the on button. As the machine was making stitches on the fabric, my eyes were closely watched the needle to make sure that the stitches were straight. Over and over again. More and more scraps. I wasn't satisfied as I made uneven stitches again and again. There's got to be tips. This one by Mallory I found really helpful!Thanks Mallory!!


After practicing this method over and over again, I finally felt more confident to try to make a real project. And what is the ideal project for a beginner like me is none other than Japanese curtain or NOREN. No curves, no gatherings, not this or that, I needed simply straight seams to create one. In spite of this, I was a bit nervous. I didn't want to waste expensive fabric if I failed. so I bought a piece of cheap fabric at the nearest 100 yen shop. It was supposed to be a furoshiki. And ta daaaaaa... This is my very first project a couple of months ago!


After this I became more confident to make a more challenging project!


Sunday, 1 July 2012

Learning To Use My sewing Machine ミシンの使い方を学ぶ!

When I decided to try my hand at sewing, the prospect was quite daunting. I mean, I had known what a sewing machine looks like but I was never curious as to know how it works. A friend suggested I should enroll at a sewing school or course. But there wasn't any around here. So the only way to do it is teaching myself. No ventured no gained, right?


Then I started browsing Youtube, searching for videos on how to use a sewing machine. These are some which I find very useful.


Her instructions are clear for a total beginner like me.


Watching her video convinced me that I could do it. I could teach myself to sew!!


But there was a crucial thing. In most videos, all of the sewing machines use foot pedals. The one that I got from my mother in-law doesn't have. It's a Juki HZL-9800. According to her, she's had it for over 10 years. And what's more, she has no longer the manual!! No manual, no foot am I going to make this work??? I was thinking frantically

でも、問題が一つありました。大抵の動画にあるミシンには、全てフット・ペダルがついています。でもそれが、お義母さんからもらったミシンにはついていないのです。このミシンは、Juki HZL-9800という機種です。お義母さんによれば、10年前に手に入れたそうです。それだけではありません。取扱説明書もない!説明書もなければ、フットペダルもない・・・。どうしたらいいんだ?私は悩みに悩みました。

With my husband, I pushed every button on it:


These buttons which I found out later on are for types of stitches..


Still types of stitches...


After a while he gave up when it seemed to be a hopeless effort. While I was still curiously searching. And finally I got it!!


See those two buttons with different arrow signs? The one below serves like a foot pedal. I was just like EUREKA!! You know. It was such an exciting moment!!


Then I found out that the knob on the right with two cute symbols of a rabbit and a turtle is to control the speed. And the button above with a U-turn sign is to do backstitches.


That day gave me more and more confidence that I would be able to sew. What a great day!!