Sunday, August 19, 2007

Taylors first job

Todays raininy weather was perfect for getting a few things done around the house. I finially felt inspired to work on the zipper for K's sweater. After re-reading Grumperina's tutorial, I decided that hand stitching the zipper into the sweater and the ribbon onto the zipper was more than I was interested in doing. I am not a huge fan of hand sewing. Maybe because it always looks messy to me. In anycase, I decided it was a perfect time to pull Taylor out and see what he could do.

The plan was to sew the ribbon onto the back side of the zipper and then place the zipper into the sweater. I made sure to pin the ribbon to the zipper to keep things from shifting around. Made sure the ribbon had the dark stripes closest to the zipper's teeth to make it symetrical. I put on Taylors letter "I" zipper foot and proceeded with caution.
Taylors first stitches
Once I was done, this is what I had created...
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I was very pleased with the results and must say that using Taylor for the first time was quite easy. I used the manual to figure out how to wind the bobbin thread, and thread the machine, but both where pretty easy. I am certainly happy with this machine so far!
I was able to get the zipper hand stitched into the sweater while watching some movies in the afternoon. It is not finished. I only sewed the outer edge and have not yet tacked down the inner side of the ribbon. You will have to wait for 100% finished photos to see how it all turned out!

Also of interest today- I took a square of embroidery that my great uncle had brought home from Japan during the war and put it into a frame. It was given to me by my grandparents when they where cleaning out their home before moving into a smaller place. I believe it had spent a lot of time folded and tucked away in a closet. I hated for it to have the same fate at our home.
Framed embroidery
We decided to hang it in our bedroom. I am not sure if it is hanging in the right place- or if it just needs to be lowered, or should have something else hanging with it. Any suggestions?
Framed embroidery 2

One last note- Today is my little sisters birthday!! Happy 24th Julie!!


  1. oooh! i can't wait to see the finished sweater with the zipper detail! so far it looks GREAT! i love the technique that she uses :)

    i think the embroidery sampler looks fine where it is, what a cool thing to have :)

    thanks for the new post btw, i've been bored looking at the same few things on everyone's blogs lately... and i've resorted to leaving messages on blogs of strangers...

  2. i cannot wait to see the sweater finished! it's so neat to see what you can do. you are amazing!

    i did not know you had that embroidered cloth... nor did i know it existed, but i like it. it's neat that you've hung it... and honestly, i think it looks fine where it is and how it is. it's got history & i think it should be by itself. i also think you're just not used to anything being there.

    thanks for the birthday wishes! the pool party was a flop. stupid weather. why does it always rain/be cold on my birthday?! we swam for like an hour.. then came back and played wii. i got the 2nd controller & nunchuk. you & k have to come play!!!


  3. You are so brave to tackle the zipper! I used to sew, but now something like that makes me really nervous.

    Love the embroidered piece!

  4. The ribbon on the zipper is a nice touch, I think it will look great.

    I love the sampler...and from what I can tell, it looks good where it is.

    Also, we got that same laundry hamper for Finn :-)

  5. I love the embroidery! What a great idea to frame it!