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accent pillow case baby canvas home decor A Project Worth Waiting For — My Leather Jacket decorative pillow shams

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Sometimes it is rewarding to just take your time and work on a project that can’t be done in a day. This was one of those projects. I purchased four lamb skins some time ago and wanted to make a leather jacket that you couldn’t buy in any store. Thank goodness BERNINA has special presser feet that are great for sewing on leather!

Here are my suggestions and tips if you decide you would like to sew a project of synthetic or real leather:

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1. Trace copies of your pattern pieces so that you can really test the layout before you cut. Having right and left sides and complete pattern pieces allow you to be sure that you have enough leather before you begin.

2. Increase stitch length to 3.0 mm.

3. For many leathers, you do not need to use a leather needle; a sharp needle is more than sufficient.

4. Use alligator clips to hold the seams together instead of pins as leather or substitutes will show pin marks.

5. Plan on topstitching the seams to help encourage them to lie flat.

6. Use the outside edges of the skins for a special trim.

7. Be sure to have these feet available: Zigzag Foot with Sliding Sole #52accent pillow case baby canvas home decor,?Straight Stitch Foot with Sliding Sole #53, Zipper?foot with Sliding Sole #54, and Open Embroidery Foot with Sliding Sole #56. These feet are coated with a substance that will not stick on leathers or synthetic leather.

8. Remember to take advantage of changing the needle position to adjust the needle to a convenient setting for using the edge of the foot as a guide. This will help you stitch straigher.

Quilt/Wall Art Size: 38.5" x 43.5" (Bigger sizes in Step 13)

This year I really wanted to bring out Kastehelmi as one of our featured items in tableware at Unison. Not only because it is one of my personal favorites having grown up with it, but also because we love the designer, Oiva Toikka and wanted to honor his famous design, Kastehelmi (dew pearls in Finnish) as it celebrates it’s 50th year in production. I selected blue because it is a new color and it brings about that feeling of water and it complimented so well the Aerial cobalt table linens we developed with Chicago artist Stephen Eichhorn. We hope that those who purchase these seemingly simple blue glass plates and bowls will enjoy them for serving a special dessert or as a beautiful gift set for a marrying couple. They will last for ages and endure trends for generations to come.

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