Friday, August 5, 2022

Are Projectors for Sewing?

 


They can be! I had the pleasure of testing out the Vankyo Leisure 470 Projector, and I’d like to tell you all about it. This is a sponsored review, so I will keep it real cause that’s what we do on this channel.

My first thought about using a projector is that I would only use it on small sewing projects. I would not use it to sew full garments. The idea is to use the projector to mirror the PDF pattern onto the fabric. This would eliminate the need to cut out pattern pieces and pin them to the fabric for cutting.



The machine is sleek with all the accessories, including cords, screws, lens cleaning supplies, a remote, and a neat little case. 

They also sent me the standard ceiling mount for the projector.

I did a little research and found that there are a lot of sewists in the community that use projectors. I was able to find a lot of videos on setting up the projectors and calibrating them for use on PDF patterns. So there is help if you need it.

I was super excited to start things, so we mounted the projector and connected it to the laptop to get to work. But I didn’t know that I needed at least 10’ ceilings to use this particular projector!  So, sadly, I cannot review the projector as a tool for sewing. 

My ceiling is 7’ or 84,” and there is just not enough distance to get a clear image from the projector to my table. I found out after the fact that the minimum space from the projector to the image surface must be 52”, After adding in the mount and the height of my table I was only left with 36”.

I was a little bummed that this didn’t work out in my sewing space, but it did work just fine on my wall, which allows the needed space to get a clear image. Although I can’t use it in my sewing room, we definitely can use it in the family room for movie nights!

Vankyo does have a mini projector that may be suitable for people like me with 7’ ceilings. Although I have tested the mini projector, it may be a better option for smaller projects and limited space.  Other mounting options would allow the projector to be placed closer to the ceiling to allow the recommended 54"-62" from the projector lens to the cutting table.

So if you’re interested in using a projector, remember to do your homework and find the specs regarding the distance needed to use this as a method of cutting out your PDF patterns.

Thanks for listening, and if you have any thoughts on projectors and sewing, drop a comment below!

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Friday, July 8, 2022

As Seen In Sew News: Summer issue

 

Hey Peeps, it's me again with more projects for ya! I have 2 tutorials that are in the Summer issue. This time around it was all about workout gear and I took these average patterns and made them a little more interesting for your workout!


So grab yourself a copy if you want to upgrade your workout gear!







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Thursday, July 7, 2022

Sew & So Podcast Episode 37: Michelle Morris - We See You!

 

Be sure to check out my episode, it's live!!! For some reason, ya'll like to hear me talk about me!

Be sure to leave a comment.

Sew & So Podcast Episode 37: Michelle Morris - We See You!




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As Seen In Sew News Magazine: Spring 2022

 

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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Mimi G Simplicity S8889 -VS- The Closet Core Kalle Shirt : Part 2 Closet Core Kalle Shirt


Tee wearing two DIY shirts that she made for Sewn Magazine

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Monday, May 23, 2022

Mimi G Simplicity S8889 -VS- The Closet Core Kalle Shirt : Part 1 Mimi G Simplicity S8889


Tee wearing her DIY shirts from a Sewn Magazine Project
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Friday, May 20, 2022

16 Bandanas Equals 1 Cool Shirt: A DIY Sewing Project

 

Mori wearing a DIY shirt made from bandanas

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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

3 Piece DIY Outfit: Part 4 DIY Jewelry-Ankara Elephant Necklace Tutorial



DIY Ankara elephant necklace
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Monday, May 16, 2022

3 Piece DIY Outfit: Part 3 The Ankara Maxi Skirt Hack Tutorial

 

Mori wearing the Ankara DIY maxi skirt

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Friday, May 13, 2022

3 Piece DIY Outfit: Part 2 Denim Front Tie Top Tutorial

DIY Jean inspired tie-front top

I don’t know about you, but I live in denim jackets all year round. In fact, if I could wear denim all the time I would but my workplace only calls for jeans on casual Fridays. Anytime that I can inject the jeans look into a project I will.

I originally modified this pattern for this dance top above and that’s how I came up with this idea. Now before you say this top isn’t for you, let me say that you can apply this hack to any top! The pattern I used was the Diva Patterns Copeland Cardi (ballet wrap), which is meant to be worn over a tank top or dance leotard. 

For this hack, I created the front of the jean jacket on a large piece of denim. The idea was to create a large enough piece of fabric to cut out the pattern piece. You will need to piece together a few pieces to make it happen.

Sizes and measurements depend on how big you want your pieces and the size of your pattern. I’m just going to show you the shapes needed to create this faux denim jacket front look. NOTE: If you have a denim jacket pattern, you could use those pattern pieces instead of creating your own.

You will need these three pieces to create a panel, so make sure you cut a set for the right front and a set for the left front. I used a 9” x 13” piece of denim for this tutorial.
Once you have your shapes cut out, fold the raw sides of the middle piece inwards as shown and press.
Place the 2 remaining pieces about a finger’s width apart. 

Place the middle piece in the center of these 2 pieces and pin. 

Sew these 3 pieces together with 2 rows of topstitching. Be sure to use topstitching thread to pull off the denim jacket look.

Create the pocket flaps. I cut out 4 [ 3” x 5”] pieces

With the right sides together, stitch 3 sides of the desired shape, trim and turn to the right side, and press. Now add 2 rows of top-stitching. I started with a rounded shape but then went with the traditional denim pocket shape. NOTE: Make sure the flaps are about ½” wider than the top of the middle section so that it overlaps a little.

Baste the flaps to the middle section.

Now add the top piece of the panel. Remember the size of your pieces all depend on your garment and the size of the pattern. You may need to piece several pieces together.

Place the pattern on the pieced denim. *NOTE since you are cutting the front pieces one at a time, make sure the right side is faced up.


Place the pattern on the pieced denim. *NOTE since you are cutting the front pieces one at a time, make sure the right side is faced up.


Cut out the pattern pieces. *Add snaps to pocket flaps.
Thank you for stopping by and don't be shy. leave us a comment to tell us what you think!

Be sure to stop back by for part 3: The Skirt!

The series
3 Piece DIY Outfit: Part 1 Putting Together A Handmade Outfit
3 Piece DIY Outfit: Part 2  Denim Front Tie Top
3 Piece DIY Outfit: Part 3 The Ankara Maxi Skirt Hack
3 Piece DIY Outfit: Part 4 DIY Jewelry-Ankara Elephant Necklace




 

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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

3 Piece DIY Outfit: Part 1 Putting Together A Handmade Outfit

 

Mori wearing a DIY denim top and Ankara maxi skirt

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Monday, May 9, 2022

My #1 Shopping Bag: A DIY Tote

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Friday, May 6, 2022

1 Pair Of Old Jeans Makes A Great DIY Tote

 

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Friday, January 7, 2022

3 Classes at The Sewing Summit For 3 Cool Projects!

 

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