Thursday, March 11, 2010

Bernina Nova 900 "Novalee" & Hand Kitchen Towel Tutorial

I have a new toy.  Well new to me anyway.  It was actually manufactured in Switzerland from 1982 to 1985.  But I have only had mine for one week.  Novalee arrived via Canada Post double boxed and wrapped in tons of bubble wrap.  Yvonne, the charming lady I bought her from did a most excellent job of packing her up.  Every foot and accessory was individually wrapped, plus she even put the electric plug in a wee bag and tied it shut.
Here she is
First I unpacked her, then I played with all the stitches.  Next, I hemmed a pair of denim jeans and did a sample of free motion quilting.  Novalee is not only ornamental, she is a beauty of a sewer.

Below are instructions for a kitchen towel that I made with Novalee.
Materials required are one kitchen towel, pot holder and a big button.  I usually pick these up at the dollar store or a liquidation store.
Machine baste across the middle of the kitchen towel.
Draw a line in the middle on  the wrong side of the pot holder.  The loop end is the top.
Pull the basting thread to gather the towel to fit the width of the pot holder.  With right sides together pin the pot holder to the towel.  Follow the line on the wrong side of the pot holder and sew the towel in place with two rows of stitches about 1/8 inch apart.
Sew the button on the end of the potholder opposite the loop.  Remove the basting thread and it is finished.
These are pretty, practical, fun to sew and make excellent gifts.


  1. What a simple and cute little project. Great for stocking stuffers! (Am I already thinking about next Christmas? It's only March!!)

  2. Love the towels, thanks for the tutorial, I may have to try making some.

  3. Wow I love your new sewing machine! And you did such a great job on the kitchen towels.


  4. Berninas are treasures, that's for sure. Cute towel project too!

  5. Great Sewing Machine it's sure to get lots of use!

  6. First of all, I LOVE that you name your sewing machines:)Secondly...this dish towel idea is great!

  7. I need some of those, my hand towels are always sliding off the oven door handle!! Thanks for sharing! Peace, Stephanie

  8. I know you will create the most wonderul items. Love the hand towels. Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment.
    Happy Weekend to you.


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