Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Baby Steps

This past weekend, I walked into my sewing room for the first time in 2 weeks and sat down at my sewing machine. I decided to sew the buttons on to one of my Stitchers Garden blocks. My Bernina sewing machine offers a stitch (#17 on my 440QE) specifically for this purpose. I had no idea that there is a standard size for button holes. Who knew?
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Bernina also has a specialty foot to sew on buttons - #18. See how it has that prong in the middle? You use it to line up the foot in the right place. When you stitch the button on the thread goes over that prong so some give is built in and it does not get sewn on too tight. Neat, huh? I sewed on a dozen buttons in just a few minutes. The biggest pain was clipping threads. I really love this feature of my machine because I hate to sew on buttons.
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Here's the completed block with the buttons. Evidently I didn't notice the border was crumpled before taking photos.
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Here is a close up of some of the details.
So I sewed on my buttons, took these photos, turned off the lights and left the room.
Maybe next weekend, I'll do a few minutes more?

27 comments:

Zlaty said...

You did beatiful job using your machine Jackie!
The block is just beatiful! I love how you use decorative stitch to quilt the background on the block!

Happy sewing!

Linda said...

Your block turned out just darling! How neat to see such a buttonhole foot. Who knew, is right! I'm a lifelong Bernina owner and have never seen that foot! Thanks for sharing.

Margaret said...

It's a beautiful block. I love seeing how your button sewer on-er works. How cool is that? Definitely take baby steps. There's no reason to force yourself to sew if you're not up to it. Hope you're getting to relax!

Julia said...

My machine will sew on buttons too. I've never tried it but after reading this I think I will when I get home from AZ. Your block is wonderful! Great details!

QuiltSue said...

I love the block, and the button-sewing-on-thingy.

Lois said...

What a great quilt block Jackie and also great that your sewing machine can do it and save you a lot of hassle!

Simone de Klerk said...

Lovely quilt and what a great way to sew on the buttons!!!
Hope you are feeling better somehow.
Take care! Liefs xo

Annie said...

Gorgeous block. I love that yoyo in the center.

My old Singer can do buttons, but I've never tried it. I guess I don't mind doing them by hand. Yours do come out with really even stitching though so maybe I should try it for kicks.

Beth said...

Love that yo yo flower!

imquilternity said...

Wonderful block! I really like the quilting your did in the white area. Very nice!! I wish my machine had that buttonhole foot/feature...how easy is that.

Mandi (a.k.a MissMandiGirl) said...

What a gorgeous quilted square! :) I have sewing machine envy now :)

Robin (rsislandcrafts) said...

Great job! I love the button feature on your machine. Buttons are great accents and so much easier if the machine does it for you.

Littlebit said...

Love, Jackie..so that is what that little thingy is for? LOL!

yarnjourney said...

Perfect! I love the colors too. The 18 foot can tack ribbons, charms, even hooks and eyes in place. It is a great foot to have.

Sherry said...

the block is beautiful!

Carol said...

What am impressive sewing machine you have, Jackie. My 30+ year old machine looks positively ancient in comparison!

Your machine sewed on buttons are perfect on that pretty block :)

Nancy said...

This block is gorgeous Jackie! I think it's amazing that you can sew buttons on with a machine!

woolwoman said...

that block is wonderful - such neat details such as the buttons - love the color - lots of greens!Hope you have an enjoyable and restful weekend - Mel

Micki said...

I love the block! My Pfaff 4.0 Expression can do that too, and boy do I love that feature too.
Micki

Dot said...

Oh Jackie, don't you just love your 440QE? I have one as well and I'm so glad I bought it. I used to have a wonderful old Pfaff that I would use to sew on buttons. I haven't got that far on my Bernina yet. I really must go and buy that #18 foot.

I'm enjoying your "Stitcher's Garden" blocks. I think they're all lovely so far and you're managing to keep up with them very well. I look forward to seeing them all put together. :o)

Cari said...

Oh Jackie...what a riot...great post. I've done the very same thing. Aren't those fancy, dandy la-d-do-dah machines the best? Your quilt block is beautiful...I really like it! Good job and thanks for sharing!

Kellie said...

Your garden block is beautiful. I had no idea that there are sewing machines that will sew on buttons... how cool is that! :)

Brigitte said...

This block looks great. How convenient that your machine has such a programme. And it seems to be very easy. Now you made me curious and I'll have to look if my machine can do this as well. Would be really great ...

Heidi said...

Never knew that either Jackie and have never tried to sew my buttons on by machine. Your block is adorable.

Hugs from Holland ~
Heidi

P.S. - And YES you will feel cooler if you work on a Christmas project. It really works or I am not an elf...lol.

Candace said...

Don't you just love it when you discover another cool function on your Bernina? I haven't tried the botton sewing foot yet - i think I need to! Great little project, Jackie!
Cheers!

Suzanne said...

I have a Bernina and I didn't even know there was a special foot for sewing on buttons. Your block looks great.

Barb said...

You sure inspire me to try new things....