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There are two very good reasons to love July. Firstly, you‟re past the shortest day, so can start to look forward
to getting up in the daylight again! And secondly, you‟re smack bang in the middle of winter, which is the ideal
time to lock yourself away and do lots and lots of sewing! In this issue of Sew Informative you‟ll find a fun
sewing project, tips for creating perfect buttonholes, stunning examples of fibre and textile art, plus these super
July savings…

Why you should buy in July!
Because wet winter weather is made for sewing… and because you‟ll save stacks with these special offers:

Get overlocking for $599
The new bernette 610D can be yours for just $599, saving you $100. Or SAVE $400 on the Bernina 800DL
overlocker, now $999.

SAVE big on Berninas
Slice a whopping $2500 off the price of a Bernina 820 when you buy a demonstration model – only 5
available countrywide! And save $250 on the Activa 210 Special, now only $1599.

Make your own patterns with My Label
Save $200 on My Label Fashion Pattern software, now just $499.

Plus throughout July we have special prices on selected bernette sewing machines. So with plenty of winter
weather still to come, if you or someone you know is thinking of a new machine, this month really is a great
time to buy! But hurry, offers end 31 July 2010.

Easy, attractive and smells great too!

This scented casserole pad is a fun little sewing project that makes                                      an
attractive accessory for your kitchen. It‟s also a great way to use up                                    any
odds and ends of fabric you might have lying around. Simple to                                            stitch
together, this project makes an ideal gift. And it smells divine!

Download the easy step by step instructions at

So much easier with see through sole

In the scented casserole pad project above, Embroidery foot #39 works
brilliantly. With its transparent sole, this foot provides a great view of your                           working
area, making it easy to follow any markings on your fabric.

The small hole in the centre of the foot also acts as a guide for couching a                              narrow
cord. This foot is especially suitable for decorative stitches, satin stitching,                          appliqué,
couching perle yarn, sewing off-the-edge scallops, etc.
Check it out at and pick one up in store. [

Stunning examples of fibre and textile art

Interested in fibre and textile art? See some beautiful
examples now featuring on

The 2010 Fibre Art Awards took place earlier in the year in                                                 Nelson
as part of Changing Threads 2010 - an exhibition of
contemporary fibre and textile art. Bernina New Zealand
sponsored the award for the „Most creative entry using a                                                    sewing
machine‟, which was won by Judy Keylock of Nelson with                                                      her
entry „Beach Front Bird House Colony‟. Doesn‟t it look great!

Creating the perfect buttonhole

The style and quality of your buttonholes can be the difference between your garments having a professional
touch or not. Here‟s some useful advice for creating great looking buttonholes plus ideas for using different
types of buttonhole to suit your fabric.

Marking Buttonholes
Mark the center and ends of the buttonhole on the fabric - one way that works well is a straight line through the
center, with short perpendicular lines at the ends: +----+

Position the marked buttonhole under the buttonhole foot, aligning centres, with one end directly under the

Sewing Buttonholes
Stitch buttonholes according to the instructions in your machine instruction manual.

The sequence in which the parts of each buttonhole are sewn varies from one machine to the next, but the
basic parts of the standard buttonhole are the same regardless of the order of the steps i.e. two long satin
stitch beads, one at each side of the buttonhole, a bartack at each end, and a series of short securing stitches
to prevent the buttonhole from coming undone.

Tip 1: Some buttonhole feet have a sliding gauge for measuring the length of buttonholes without marking
them on the fabric; simply mark the beginning of the buttonhole and use the gauge to set the length.

Tip 2: If your sewing machine has an automatic buttonhole feature, use it when stitching multiple buttonholes,
such as at the front of a coat or blouse. After stitching the first buttonhole, your machine will “remember” it; to
stitch additional buttonholes, simply position the foot and sew. The machine will automatically move through
the steps and stop when the buttonhole is complete.

Used for fine to medium weight fabrics - blouses, shirts, lightweight                                 trousers.

Stitched over cord for added stability and/or a more prominent                                        appearance.

Follow the instructions in your sewing machine manual for creating                                     corded
buttonholes. Generally a length of cord is folded in half and looped                                   around a
“toe” at the front or back of the buttonhole foot. Position the looped end toward the edge of the fabric, as this is
the end that receives the most stress when the garment is buttoned and the fabric pulled taut. When the
buttonhole is complete, pull the ends of the cord to pull the loop snug at the end of the buttonhole. Trim ends; if
working on a knit fabric, pull ends to back and knot together before trimming.

A buttonhole with narrower beads than a standard buttonhole. Used                                     for fine or
lightweight fabrics - blouses, shirts, dresses, children‟s clothes,                                   heirloom

Less dense and more flexible than a standard buttonhole. Used with                                     all knit and
stretch fabrics, such as cotton interlock and jersey.

The look of hand-sewn buttonhole stitches. Used for light to medium                                   weight
fabrics, such as handkerchief linen and cotton batiste - blouses, shirts.

Used for medium to heavyweight fabrics, with the rounded end                                           toward the
edge of the garment - jackets, coats.

Used for heavyweight non-stretch fabrics, such as suiting, with the                                   round end
toward the edge of the garment - coats, jackets. To determine the                                     buttonhole
length, calculate bead length only; eye will sew accordingly.

Straight Stitch
Used to prestitch buttonholes and pocket openings, as well as to                                     reinforce
button openings in leather.

Make the most of July by experimenting with a few new sewing techniques and projects at home and coming in
store for some super savings, added inspiration and ideas. It‟s cosy and warm too!

„til the next time…

Dianne and the team at Clever Hands

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