I pressed and laid out four layers of fabric to cut two pairs at once. After cutting I mark the back pieces with a safety pin well below the sewing lines.
The sewing instructions have been lost for many years, this is what I do. Serge the leg bottoms and the top waist band before sewing. Sew the front and back side seams together, then serge the seam. Next sew the the inseams and serge.
Turn one leg right side out and insert into the other leg to sew and serge the centre seam front to back. Next turn over one and one quarter inches on the waistband to make the casing. Insert a tag of grosgrain ribbon to permanently mark the back. Sew around bottom edge of the casing leaving a two inch opening. After threading the elastic and sewing the ends together, sew the casing closed. Move the flannel around the waist band to make the gathers even. Then while holding the fabric with the elastic stretched to completely smooth out the waist band, top stitch from the top edge and in the middle to keep the elastic in place.
This is a very simple, quick item to sew.
Exactly three hours and thirty-nine minutes from start to finish for two pairs.
Now for the big question, what should I make for a Halloween costume party on October 26th?
Well this month's quilting expert is Teri Lucas. She provided a very interesting challenge, stitch your own name in the block then fill the block in using a variety of fillers and threads. Teri suggested satin fabric. However, my free motion sample quilt is all cotton so that is what I used. I practiced on paper first, those nautilus shells were difficult to master. I also made a practice sandwich using my daughter's name.
My block ready for quilting.
I marked my name with a Sewline ceramic pencil.
Schmetz 90/14 embroidery needle.
100% polyester thread.
Every time I change threads, I sew a few stitches on a scrap to ensure the machine is sewing properly. With this challenge I changed threads many times.
The pink lightning bolt is 100% polyester triolobal embroidery thread.
The variegated thread is 100% polyester serger thread.
The green grid board is 100% polyester serger thread.
The light green leaves are 100% cotton Guitermann quilting thread.
The nautilus shells are 100% cotton denim thread.
The pink pebbles are 100% polyester embroidery thread by Marathon threads in Winnipeg.
At first I found these shells quite unruly to stitch out, after practicing a few times they went from unruly to fun.
Yippee! My block is finished! ~dancing around the room with glee~
Back side view. Thread colour selection was limited because vivid yellows, oranges and reds would clash with the pink fabric.
As the back is unbleached cotton any thread colour looks great, except beige which is hard to see.
I went to a huge craft sale on October 20th and bought a new tea pot for the sewing room. What do you think of it?
I wish my vintage machines could tell their stories of where they have been, what they sewed and how they were loved.
Introducing Pinky! - Japanese 15 Clone
1910 Bernard Stoewer Treadle
Made in Germany
1940 Singer 15-91 (Pearl)
This machine has a geared driven motor. Sold to Linda in Glenboro April 2015
1960s Imperial - Ruthie
Made in Japan. Ruthie was gifted to an immigrant family in August 2010.
Bernina Nova 900 (Novalee)
Manufactured in Switzerland between 1982-1985. Sold to Marge in Steinbach, Manitoba in February 2012.
1983 Bernina 930 Record
Manufactured in Switzerland
Elna Air Electronic TSP
Manufactured in Switzerland in 1976. This machine was gifted to my niece in September 2010.
1954 Elna Supermatic
Manufactured in Switzerland. This machine was sold to Jeanne In Winnipeg December 2011.
1970s Elna Supermatic (Ella)
Manufactured in Switzerland. Sold to Kristen in Winnipeg in December 2011.
Elna SU 62C
Manufactured in Switzerland. Purchased in July 2013 and sold in August 2013.
1996 Husqvarna 500 (Heidi)
Made in Sweden. I bought it new in 1997 and to this day it is still my favourite machine. Heidi complete with the cabinet she sits on was gifted to Shannon in July 2011.
Husqvarna 530 Lily
Manufactured in Sweden 1997 traded for the 555 in March 2012
Husqvarna Lily 555
Manufactured in Sweden sold to Rosalie in Stonewall May 2015
1979 Husqvarna 6570 (Ruby)
Manufactured in Sweden. Ruby was sold to Sandra in Winnipeg March 2012.
1961 Necchi Lelia 513
Made in Italy - sold to Maria in Winnipeg January 2013
1954 Necchi Mira BU
Manufactured in Italy. Mira was sold to Cindy in Florida in January 2012.
Pfaff 7510 (Phyllis)
Isn't she pretty? Phyllis was sold in June 2011.
I'm just tickled pink with her!
Singer Genie 354
Manufactured in France in 1974. Traded in to upgrade embroidery machine in September 2013.
Singer featherweight - Tinkerbell!
A tiny black beauty. Traded in to upgrade embroidery machine in September 2013.
1956 Domestic Automatic (Wilma)
Manufactured in Japan. This machine has a dozen cams to make fancy zig-zag stitches. Wilma was given to my son Jason in August 2013, she lives in Calgary now.
Fancy sewing machine cabinet
In 1988, I bought this cabinet without a machine for $35. My husband took it apart. It took me four months of evenings and weekends to strip and refinish it. Doug put a shelf in to fit a modern free-arm machine. Since 1997 this cabinet is home to Shannon's Husqvarna 500.
Elna Stella (Stella)
My Wee Sewing Machine made in Switzerland. Stella weighs about 12 pounds. This machine was sold on ebay to a lady in Hawaii.