Overlocker machine review

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If you’ve ever gotten a new, special sewing machine or serger, you know how exciting … and scary … it is to open it up for the first time and figure it all out. Lisa and u-handbag just got her first overlocker machine, and has a great post full of beautiful pictures and a review the new addition to her sewing studio.

Four New How Tos

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Hey BurdaStylers

We have four, yes four, amazing new how tos for you. Things have been a little glitchy around the site but the how tos are up and running again. Because its been a while we felt like we owed you a few. Ladies and gentlemen, your new how tos:

-Line the Charlie Bag

-Sew a Charlie Bag with Bias and French Seams

-Serge the Charlie Bag

And

-Sew the Pete T-Shirt

The first three how tos show the various ways to make the Charlie bag. One of these is bound to be the perfect fit for you depending on your skill level, resources and time. Creating a lining for the Charlie bag ensures that it wont rip when carrying your groceries or whatever else you were planning on carrying in there. By using a bias and French seams, your bag gets a polished touch. And using serger on the Charlie is a quick easy way to finish the seams…provided you have a serger.

The Sew the Pete T-Shirt how to not only shows you how to sew the Pete with a serger, it gives the long awaited size chart conversion! So if you have been wondering what S,M,L,XL means look no further than the Sew a Pete how to.

Have a good night everyone!

From Maternity to Empire

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Anitra Cameron of Coffee Pot People shows us how she took a $0.25 maternity top and transformed it into a cute empire waist shirt. It’s a great reconstruction that you could work on your thrift store finds or on maternity clothes you are no longer using. Thanks, Diane !

Featured Member: Jeffrey

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I am from Grand Rapids, Michigan; born and raised. I currently live in Grand Rapids and am attending Calvin College

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
The first thing I sewed for myself was a pair of short shorts, for basketball. My friends and I play recreation-league-intramural basketball at Calvin and we dress in 70’s clothes, including short-shorts. I wanted a pair that matched the colours we picked for the team.

3. What role does sewing play in your life?
Sewing plays the role of helping define my style and attitude towards life. Sewing is a hobby, but I would say that the role is practical. I like making things that I will use. I have made a lot of bags because bags are functional. Making rather than buying changes how I view my possessions. I appreciate them more because I have put something personal into them.

4. What is your favorite and what is your least favorite thing about sewing?
My favorite thing about sewing is brain storming, looking at something and thinking how to make it for myself. My least favorite thing about sewing is not having time to sew.

5. If you could make something for anyone who would it be and what would you make?
I guess I would make a camera bag for my older brother. I would really like to see him appreciate my hobby in the same kind of way that I do

6. What are you looking for on our site? What do you think should be improved and what do you really like?
I’m looking for a place to be together with like minded people. People who like to create; people who prefer homemade to brand-named. I’m not sure how the site could be better, more guy-oriented stuff would be nice, but it makes sense that there is so much women’s stuff.

7. What is your motto?
Make don’t buy

Jeffrey is one of the most prominent men on our site. Not only does he have great creations to share with us, he has taught us all how to weave our own cloth in his awesome how to. This month Jeffery is featured in Burda Mode magazine. Congrats Jeffrey and we look forward to seeing more of your creations on the site.

Sorry about that!

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As many of you have noticed we had a slight glitch in our site earlier today. It is resolved now and we are sorry for any problems this might have caused. BurdaStyle.com is going through a major code review and site redesign. What this means is that our awesome programmers are going through the foundation of our site and fixing the bugs. Thank you all for your continued reporting of the problems you find. And now without further ado we would like to present the ONE and ONLY Francesca!!! Check it out, it’s another member suggested pattern.

Using and underlay when cutting slick fabrics

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If you’re working with a slick piece of fabric that constantly shifts when you are trying to cut it, check out The Sewing Divas latest post about using an underlay. She’s given a great tutorial on this technique that will help you keep your fabric straight and keep you from getting frustrated when you work with special fabrics.

Wanna be creative, stop global warming and win prizes? You bet!

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Here at BurdaStyle we try to be as green as possible in our living. We bring out Charlie bags to the stores, try to refashion old clothes and up cycle old cloth. We believe in trying to reduce the impact we have on this world which is why we were so happy to hear about this project. We, along with, Craftster, Etsy, Craft: and ThriftyFun have all partnered with the climate awareness group 350.org to bring you a creative way to save the world, or at least do our part. The effort is called Creativity 350. This project aims to creatively spread the word about lowering greenhouse gasses to below 350 parts per million. Now here is where you come in.
There are two creative contests that you can enter: the Creativity 350 Craft Contest and the Creativity 350 T-Shirt Contest. Both contests are accepting submissions up to August 15th. There are tons of great prizes and this is a really great cause. Check it out and help us spread the word!

Featured Member: Lalalalayla

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I grew up mostly in Arizona with frequent visits to Manhattan, cut my teeth in Los Angeles, and gypsy’d across America last summer before landing in Brooklyn.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
Making has always been a natural and constant thing for me, so I don’t have a specific answer to this question. I come from a family of makers. My dad is a fixer/maker/builder, and I have a box of things my mom and aunties and grandmas made for me as I was growing up, from ceramics to costumes to party dresses to stuffed animals. I also grew up in a family that would get excited about a pile of garbage because ‘maybe we can make something out of this’.

With all that, though, I don’t remember starting to sew until college. I remember trying to recover a couch and choosing really bad material. And I remember getting my roommates to dress up with me as a rock n’ roll band for Halloween, and I made my costume from scratch: it was awful and too small and I obviously had no idea what I was doing and I looked like a hooker. A few years later, my ex-husband bought me a nice sewing machine, and it was onward and upward after that.

3. What role does sewing play in your life?
Sewing IS my life these days. Freelancing for BurdaStyle, I get to sew a lot of the beautiful garments you see in our Creations. And I’ve also been working on my Etsy shop, Led Thread, which keeps me busy and satisfied. I’m also doing a TON of custom work. Last year I dreamt of taking a sewing vacation (just sewing for a week), and now I dream of taking a vacation FROM sewing (no sewing for a week)! That said, though, I love sewing and the creative process and I am incredibly proud of how far my craftsmanship has come in the last few years.

4. What is your favorite and what is your least favorite thing about sewing?
I hate trying to get fabric to do something it doesn’t want to do.
I love the sense of accomplishment I get knowing garments I’ve made are out in the world living separate lives that I know nothing about. I like to imagine what they are doing: maybe shoved in the back of the closet, maybe in the donation heap, but maybe on a tropical vacation or fancy party.

5. If you could make something for anyone who would it be and what would you make?
I would make myself a really avant-garde gown.

6. What are you looking for on our site? What do you think should be improved and what do you really like?
Ah, well, I really truly love BurdaStyle and I think it is a beautiful project. I am very excited about the site redesign, because right now it is a bit clunky and difficult to navigate. I love having a place where people can share their creations, and I really like all the positive feedback our members are so generous with. I like seeing how people execute the patterns, what fabrics they choose and what changes they make. I also use the How To’s quite a bit to jog my brain if I’m coming up to a sticky construction issue. Oh, yeah, and the patterns!!

7. What is your motto?
There is no place to go save up.

Layla has been here at BurdaStyle since October of last year. In addition to keeping us laughing and being a major force behind our cookie consumption, she is also responsible for many of the patterns and creations put up by BurdaStyle (the Charlie bag, the Bella pants and Pete, the Men

Appliqued Flower Pillows

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Hello everyone in BurdaStyle land!
Today we have an awesome how to for you! We are teaching you how to create awesome appliquéd flower pillows; these can be seen all over the Sadie dress variation. These are an easy, fun way to dress up any piece of clothing you have lying around the house. Old jeans with a big hole? Now it has an awesome appliqué. Old pillow with a stain… appliqué. You get the point. We are not the first to do how tos on this, Mirela made this how to cutout applique for sheer fabrics and baerbelborn taught us how to appliqué with stamps. By following these how tos, you will be modifying everything in sight. Have fun with this one!

Taking Your Creations Further

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Happy Monday! I hope you all had a lovely weekend and a great Father’s Day. I know that we had a nice, relaxing sunny weekend. Now it looks like it is about to open up here in Brooklyn, ahh well.

Member suggested patterns

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Hi everyone and happy Friday!

The heat wave has finally broken. It’s always fun when you think of the upper 80’s as a cool day. As some of you may have noticed, we have been doing a lot of information gathering which also means a lot of sorting. We have gone through all, yes all, of the comments and suggestions left by you on the survey and put them in our idea bucket and sent them to our programmers. We are going to be keeping these ideas in mind as we move the site forward. Thank you for taking the time to write these. We have also been sorting through all your great ideas for new patterns. So without further ado here is the list of “Coming Soon” patterns suggested by you:

• Bathrobe
• One-piece bathing suit
• Hoodies
• More women’s patterns in larger sizes
• Raglan sleeve knit hoodie
• A winter coat in larger sizes
• More menswear
• Sweatpants
Men’s tee shirt
• Yoga pants
• Turtleneck sweater dress
Cowl neck tank

Keep in mind, these are not the only items that will be posted, there will be many projects and variations in between these patterns. And as a plus, whether you realize it or not, the in betweens help you grow as a sewer. By looking at the project, how tos and variations you are learning the skills to transform all patterns into your dream outfits! Have a great weekend everyone and we will be back on Monday!

Member suggested patterns coming up!

DIY Studded Belt on Threadbanger

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If you’re looking to add a little punk flair to your outfits, check out Geri’s latest tutorial over at ThreadBanger. She shows you how to whip up a knock-off, knockout studded belt for a fraction of what you’ll find in retail clothing shops. It’s a quick enough project that you could whip it up in the afternoon for that evening’s fun.

Featured Member: Bathina

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I am originally from Germany near cologne but now live more south in Mannheim. I also spend three to six months of the year in Ohio, because my boyfriend is from there.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
The first thing I made was the apron from BurdaStyle ;-) a very nice and easy 1st-sewing project.
The first time I was in Ohio with my boyfriend I thought about starting to sew. So I bought a sewing-embroidery machine on Ebay. I always wanted to do this but I never had time for it. The years before I went to my work and in the morning I studied in the evenings, so no time for any hobbies.

3. What role does sewing play in your life?
Since I started sewing a few months ago, I figured out how creative the world is and what fun it can be. At first I only made clothes but now I like to sew some decorations too.
There’s so much to learn and I want to learn it all. If it’s pattern drafting, designing, the knowledge of fabrics & techniques everything is very exciting for me. Normally I didn’t have patience for something – sewing has changed me at this point.
I feel such more in balance since I started to sew and the time in one day is never enough.

4. What is your favorite and what is your least favorite thing about sewing?
The result is my favorite thing of all it. The steps between are sometimes little and hard and in the moment it can be painful; you start to think that you will never finish this project like you planned. But at the end you forget all this anger (yes sometimes anger comes up) and you’re proud to reach your own little goal.
I haven’t gone to a sewing-school yet, only some great pattern instructions like yours, the www, TV and good Books helped me to ‘fight’ the patterns.

5. If you could make something for anyone who would it be and what would you make?
I would sew something for the home or a nice a bag. To make clothes for somebody is a bit difficult, above all it should be a surprise present.

6. What are you looking for on our site? What do you think should be improved and what do you really like?
BurdaStyle patterns were the first one’s which I didn’t have any problems with. And if I had a problem BurdaStyle has a very huge collection of helpers.
I like the community they are all very friendly. I like to see the members in process and that’s pushing me in my work.
BurdaStyle is easy to use- I like it!
Sometimes there are these ‘fake’ pattern ( only a picture without a pattern or an instruction) from the USER – I don’t like this

7. What is your motto?
Nothing is impossible to sew when you’re not afraid of your faults. Be accurate when you’re sewing. Don’t give up- give yourself time and try again later.

Follow Bathina’s creative thought process by checking out her blog! Also she and her girlfriend just opened a new website called Creativoo. The main idea of the site is it is a community for all kind of crafting hobbies that posts more videos instead of pictures. Check it out!

How To Select The Right Needle

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Universal, ballpoint, sharp. With so many different sewing machine needle styles out there, it’s sometimes difficult to pick the right one for your project. This entry at Craftstylish can help you in choosing the correct needle for your material.

Men’s Size Chart

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So we have been a little slack on keeping you up to speed about the comings and goings of people here at BurdaStyle.

Last week I mentioned that our all-star intern Nora worked on the badges. Well, I would like to introduce you to her.

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