Leigh’s Ruffle Love Bottoms by Snuggle My Baby Patterns

Leigh’s Ruffle Love Bottoms by Snuggle My Baby Patterns were recently released!  I had1 the honor of testing them.  They’re simple and cute, depending on the fabric and trims you can dress them up or down!  This knee length pattern has a flat front with an elastic back on a separate waistband so you can use a contrasting fabric or not.  There are options for one ruffle or more and back pocket with ruffles!

Cailey change up from her “Signature” purple and instead decided on this cute green frog cotton print that I’ve had in my stash for ages.  She opted for one ruffle and of course the ruffled back pockets!

2These will be perfect for school!  And with the longer length these can be worn into the cooler fall weather.

Leigh’s Ruffle Love Bottoms pattern comes with a full tutorial and color photos in an easy to print PDF. The tutorial includes body measurements chart, fabric layout chart, and required fabric chart! Pattern pieces have been created in layers for easy printing! Layers are great because you only need to print the size that you need! The size range is a 2T thru 12 and are recommended for the beginner thru the advanced seamstress!



Serger Maintenance

I’ve only had my Brother 1034D serger for about a year.  A serger is used in conjunction or sometimes in place of the sewing machine.  It cuts off the seam allowance and finishes the raw edges of the fabric at the same time.  Some weeks it gets used almost constantly, img_20170119_012316392_hdrothers not so much.  I have religiously followed the manufacture’s directions about opening the front cover and clean all the lint out after every every session.

Thanks to a FB post I found out that it should be cleaned in other places.  I wish I had img_20170119_010106352taken a picture of the mess when I took the side off, because it was so full of lint that it was ready to expload!  I got in there with the machine lint brush, but that wasn’t getting the lint out of all the nooks and crannies so I ended up using Q-Tips.

This is most of the built up lint I removed.  It was also on my table, floor img_20170119_010014316_hdrand me!  After removing all the lint I put a drop of oil on all the moving parts. Since this is not a part of the regular maintenance, it would have lead to a very expensive repair!  All clean now!

I’ll be sure to clean this area out more frequently.  Special thanks for the posting in one of my FB groups for saving me a ton of money!

This is an example that we have become a “throw away society.”  The cost of servicing this machine would be about the same amount as buying a new one.  And it would be so easy for the manufacturer to include instructions on how to preform this maintenance.  What happened to “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle?”  The majority of people would probably get an estimate for the basic servicing and just throw it away and buy a new one!  When I buy a sewing machine, I expect them to last more than a couple of years.  Now knowing this information, I will hopefully have this one for many years to come.


First Post

I’ve been thinking about writing a blog for a while now, but I kept putting it off. Who would read it? What would it be about? It all comes back to my first love: sewing. I have been very lucky to be chosen as a tester for several designers. A tester is a person who gets an advanced pattern. gets to help proof read the instructions and then get to make the garment. They provide feedback about how the pattern goes together, the fit, etc. I think I found my niche! I love to sew, I have 2 grandchildren who are constantly growing. I have a very large fabric stash. I love trying new patterns and I’m glad to help new designers out! So this is basically what my blog is going to be about. Sewing-pattern testing, new patterns, tricks and tips of the trade…but there may occasionally be post about other things. Follow along with me on my journey and see where it goes!