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Donna shares her secrets on the elusive “travelling sewing kit.”  This applies to the tools that might be used most often at a meeting when the Sew Crazies are sewing. A kit should have:  fabric scissors, thread scissors, assortment of hand sewing needles, basic threads (black, white, tan, red), seam ripper, tape measure, sewing gauge, assortment of needles for your machine, 2-3 bobbins, tweezers, small screwdrivers (flat and phillips) and bandaids.  A few misc. buttons, chalk, a dime and nickle (for buttonhole placement) are also handy.  
Mystery Solved:  Travelling Sewing Kit Revealed
Our Next Meeting Saturday, June 16 th 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fletcher’s Homemade 510 E. Elk Ave., Downtown ELizabethton
Girl Scouts:  Let’s Get Sewing with Sew Crazy
   Girl Scouts!  Are you or your troop looking for a worthwhile community service project that you can do, all the while learning a creative and fun skill?    Sew Crazy is looking for you!    Sew Crazy has helped Girl Scouts turn old t- shirts into tote bags, an upcycling project that resulted in sacks for their cookie sales.  Other beginning sewing projects may also be available for your troop to try, depending on the age of participants and purpose of the project.    Let Sew Crazy help you get started.  Contact Donna Horowitz, director and sewing instructor, for more information.  Phone (423) 434-0424 or e-mail info@sew-crazy.org.
Scraps and Squares
Don’t forget Sew Crazy’s ongoing projects -- the 6x6 squares for Nicaraqua and fabric scraps for the dog beds.
Sew Crazy
Where Sewists of All Ages, Interests and Skill Levels are Welcome!
Botanical Arts
Learn to make jewelry with dried plant material!  Saturday, Aug. 25th from 9:30 a.m. to noon in the Gathering Room at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, Sara Bowers and members of the Shady Oaks Garden Club will teach this class.  There is no cost and all materials are provided. Max 30 participants.  Reserve your spot by calling 423-543-5808.
Shop for Sew Crazy
Amazon shoppers can now get their favorite deals and benefit Sew Crazy. Start your Amazon shopping at smile.amazon.com and choose Sew Crazy of NE TN as your charity.  A percentage of your total will be donated to Sew Crazy.  You know you are going to shop Amazon, so help out Sew Crazy while you’re at it!
Stitching with Stitches The Sew Crazy Cat
With the arrival of warm weather, I’ve been really busy with my cat job -- harassing the neighborhood wildlife and sleeping.  But on those rainy days, of which there’s been plenty lately, I devote some time to hanging out with and instructing my human. One day I noticed her puzzling over the sewing machine zipper foot, wondering what that little hook in the front was used for.  She had some gimp in the bottom bin on the sewing machine cabinet, so I casually stroll over, pull out a strand and start playing with it.  To my human’s credit, she made the connection.  Corded buttonholes! My human isn’t a big fan of buttonholes anyway, so the idea of corded buttonholes sounded complex.  That’s where the little hook and the grooves on the bottom of the zipper foot come in.  If you want to make a buttonhole that stands out and is more durable, try sewing them over a length of gimp (narrow cord). Start by setting up your machine for buttonholes like normal.  Put your fabric under the zipper foot and sink your needle at the buttonhole start point.  Now take a length of gimp, fold it in half, and with the zipper foot raised loop the gimp over the hook projection on the zipper foot.  Pull the two ends to the back under the foot, following the grooves on the bottom of the foot.  Lower your presser foot and sew the buttonhole as usual.  As you sew, the gimp will be pulled along through the grooves and covered over by the stitches.  When completed, there will be a little loop that was over your hook, and the two ends opposite the loop.  Grab the ends and tug them to pull that loop back flush with the stitching.  Then use a large eye needle to take the ends through to the back side of the fabric. Tip:  Don’t skimp on the gimp.  You need enough to go down both sides of your buttonhole obviously, but you also want to be left with tails long enough to pull back through with a needle. (The picture is too short to make threading easy.)  Also you want to stabilize the spot under your buttonhole if you don’t already have interfacing.  That will keep it from going all wonky while sewing and tugging. So now you know why the zipper foot has that little hook on the front edge.  My work here is done -- back to sleep.  Until next time -- Purrfectly Stitches.