Sunday, July 31, 2011

My new Brother

My new machine by Sew Spoiled
My new machine, a photo by Sew Spoiled on Flickr.
I love my new Brother PC420. It is so easy to use and the manual explains everything so clearly with pictures and diagrams. I have tried many of the stitches and I have not had any problems with any of them. However, there are so many I have only scratched the surface. The bottom two rows of buttons are the most commonly used stitches. If you click on the picture above it will take you to Flickr, I have labeled some of the others. I love all of the accessories and feet!!! It is an incredible buy! So far I am very happy with it. Make sure if you do purchase this machine that you buy the larger bobbins that the machine asks for. I am so happy!
I have to go back to sewing on it, Bye!
Here are some reviews…

Saturday, July 30, 2011

The July 2011 Giveaway Winner is….

Who said...
You have won the $30 gift Certificate from Janey Mac!!!

I hope you blog about it so we can see pictures of the girls room! Please email me at so I can send your information to Janey Mac.
Check out their blog here at, Janey Mac blog.
Thank you Janey Mac for sponsoring this month’s giveaway.
If you are interested in sponsoring a Sew Spoiled monthly giveaway please write to me at

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Sew Spoiled Kindle Case

Here is my Kindle 3 Case design. There are so many e-readers to choose from it was hard to start with just one. Kindle is probably the most common, so I decided to start there.

This is a picture of the interior pocket and if you are wondering,
“What’ s the pink thingy?”.
It is a loop, so when you open the case and you want to hold the Kindle with one hand you can slip the flap through the interior loop to hold everything in place.
A lot of case makers think it is a good idea to use fabric corners on all four corners but I have found that fabric corners really eat up your screen space. When I am reading I want to see the words, not the pretty fabric on the case. (And I love fabric!)
By the way I will be posting this case and 2 more like in my shop.
They are all adorable and I wish I could keep all of them one for every day of the week.
This one reminds me of myself a little reserved at first but once you open it up a lot of fun.
Please don’t forget the July Giveaway is still going on and it is amazing!!!
Janey Mac who specializes in vinyl wall art has so kindly sponsored this month’s giveaway, a gift certificate of $30.00 to her fabulous shop!!!
All you have to do to enter is make a comment. It is really that simple. 
Friday, July 29, 2011 is the last day to enter.

Monday, July 25, 2011

July 2011 Giveaway!!

The July giveaway is for a gift certificate of $30.00 to Janey Mac!
Janey Mac specializes in vinyl wall art.
Last year I updated my laundry room and found the perfect large vinyl decal at Janey Mac!
I love her whimsical designs and fun style!
Here are just a few more examples of her work! I adore the trees!
Thank you so much for sponsoring our July Giveaway!
Giveaway Rules!
+Our Giveaway will run July 25-29, 2011, with the winner being announced July 30, 2011!
+The winner will be selected by
+The details on the Gift certificate will be emailed to the winner by August 1, 2011.
+ To enter to win post a comment on this blog post!
+Only one comment please per person.
+This giveaway is open to everyone.
+Leave your EMAIL ADDRESS, you can leave it as: leah(dot)sewspoiled(at)gamil(dot)com
+This giveaway ends July 29, 2011 at 8PM Eastern Standard Time
Thank you Janey Mac for sponsoring our July giveaway!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Inspirational Sewing Spaces #1

Think big! If money was not an issue, you could have a sewing cottage!
I love this cute red sewing retreat.
I added this because it not only is a great idea, but the DIY instructions are linked in the article online.
Pink and green are some of my favorite color combinations, I also love the white furnishings in this picture.
Organization is a must in a sewing room, here is a great idea from Pottery Barn.
Shelving helps move some of the clutter off the floor. It is also a great idea to move all your sharp items higher if you have little ones.
The embroidery hoops in the background are a simple way to use your favorite fabrics for wall art.
Happy Sewing!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

iPad Folding Case with Accessories

Sometimes I like to go into my sewing room, sit down and try something different. I had a thought that when we take the iPad on trips we have to take the adapter with us but we seem to always forget it. Maybe if we had a pouch for the adapter, we would remember to pack everything... well....maybe

This fabric is so cute! You have to look closely but you can see yellow, green and blue mushrooms and sweet little buttercups and daisy flowers.
I love the Smurf blue fabric that matches the blue mushrooms in the print.
This pouch could be used as a makeup pouch or coin purse. My oldest wants one for her Little Pet Shop toys. :)
This matching set is available in my Etsy shop. I can make it for any 10” tablet with matching key fob and adapter pouch.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Brother 420 Sewing Machine

I looked at 3 stores yesterday, all different sewing machine dealers. (Singer, Pfaff, Brother and Baby Lock) After test driving many machines, I seem to gravitate to the Brother 420, Project Runway edition. At first I wanted a combo machine (sewing and embroidery machine), I thought that would be the only way to upgrade what I had. Boy was I wrong! This machine has over 294 stitches, design your own stitches with My Custom Stitch, knee lifter, automatic threader, cutter and 10 styles of buttonholes. Plus I can use the Brother feet I have collected over the years. The reviews on this machine are wonderful and the price is perfect! I can set up the Brother SE270D as my full time embroidery machine. I also have a Singer Serger so my table is getting a bit full but I have money in the budget to look at a new table for my sewing room. What do you think? Does anyone own a Brother 420?
Let me know your thoughts! I have not purchased yet but I think this one might be the one.
Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Smart Pocket is Available!!!

I am so excited to share the Smart Pocket Pattern! I really love how versatile this pattern is. It is only $9.95 and only available in my Etsy Shop. This pattern has 20 colorful pages, 18 steps, full size templates for everything including the armband, 62 pictures and clear instructions on how you can make your own Smart Pocket. This makes a great gift for a friend or family member who wants to carry their Smart Device wherever they go. If you like to make handmade gifts this pattern is a must have!
As soon as I made one for myself, I had 4 people in my family ask for one and 2 from work!
Purchasing the Smart Pocket Pattern also gives you the right to make these for your online shop, the only stipulation is you have to state in the description, “The Smart Pocket is a Sew Spoiled design.”
This is all you need.
Materials for all 3 parts:
Fabric A -1 Fat Quarter or .25 of a yard.
Fabric B -1 Fat Quarter or .25 of a yard.
Interfacing- Lightweight fusible1 Fat Quarter or .25 of a yard. 
Remnant of Extra Firm double sided fusible
1.5” rectangle slide-I found a supplier here!
7” multipurpose zipper
Sew On Velcro
Optional: Heavy Duty Snap Kit (tutorial)
Key Fob Hardware
It takes approximately 1.5 hours to make!
Read Island Girls Bags review! Thank you to all of my testers.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Looking for a New Sew/ Embroidery Machine!!!

I am so excited! After talking to my husband about my sewing machine and the pros and cons. He suggested that I buy a new machine! These three are on of my top list. It has been a little hard to search online because the price is not listed for most machines. I have only gone to one shop dealer in town. What are you sewing on? Baby Lock, Brother, Janome, Husqvarna Viking, singer, etc. Do you enjoy your machine?
What features would you want in a new machine to have?
I love this machine but it is a little over the budget right now.
Hoop Size: 5”X7” or 6.25”X 10.25”
Max Stitches per minute: 800
Built in Stitches: 313
Embroidery designs: 158
I like the price and features of this machine. You use your computer to access the embroidery side of the machine. The Singer Quartet is also a machine I would like to look at. It is the same as the XL 400 but with all of the embroidery software. It is a HSN exclusive machine.
Hoop Size: 4”X4” or 6”X 10”
Max Stitches per minute: 600
Built in Stitches: 30
Embroidery designs: 125
I just found out about this machine. It too works with your home computer but you can also use a USB memory stick to access designs. That means you can work on an embroidery design away from your embroidery machine.
Hoop Size: 4”X4” or 6”X 10”
Max Stitches per minute: 600-800
Built in Stitches: 100
Embroidery designs: 250
Wow! There s a lot to look at!!
Please give me suggestions and post comments about what you like and dislike about your machines!!
Happy Shopping!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Crazy Cherry Customized iPad Case

Angela, Flickr: rosasharn31's Photo stream, posted this amazing picture in the Flickr Group: Sew Spoiled. I instantly emailed her to find out how she customized her Sew Spoiled iPad Folding Case to match her iPad???
She found these cherry skins with matching wallpaper at Gela Skins. Gela Skins has a large variety of super cute skins for any digital device.
Angela liked them so much she started to look for matching fabric.
When Angela found this bright cherry fabric at Fashionable Fabrics it was a match made in heaven. I adore her case. I am shocked that the fabric matches up with the Gela skins of the iPad so well.
How are you customizing your iPad Cases??? Send pictures to Flickr: your Sew Spoiled projects to share your great ideas.
Thanks Angela for sharing your customized case with us!
You Rock!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Smart Pocket Progress?

I am hoping to hear from my testers soon. July is one of the busiest months and I have not received feedback from all of my testers. After I receive more information I will revise and post the pattern.
Thank you to those who have emailed me and asked about this new pattern. Thank you for waiting patiently.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Stitch Era Universal software

I recently came across this embroidery software. I just received it in the mail and I am installing and trying it out this summer. My hopes is that I will be able to use it to digitalize small simple embroidery designs. This is where I found the software, Free Stitch ERA Software and here is a site to help learn more about embroidery, EMBROIDERY ABC.
Has anyone tried this software? It has been available since 2009.
Happy Stitching!

Monday, July 11, 2011

A Dress Story; the Passport

First I found suit fabric at Jo Ann’s for $3.50 per yard, so I bought 4 yards! When I got home I knew exactly what pattern to make first, the Lisette Passport. In order to keep all of the sizes, I traced it with freezer paper. There is only 6 pieces to sew together and 4 are the bodice.Screenshot2011-07-09at7.36.44AM-2011-07-11-07-30.png
I checked the pattern envelop and cut out the dress but as soon as I finished the bodice I knew it was too small.
I started over and cut out a larger size but when I finished it was too large. 
At this point I wished I made a muslin!
So third time was a charm and I made a third bodice and completed the dress.
Lesson learned, next time I am going to make a muslin.
Here are a few great sites about making a muslin...
Happy dress making!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Tablet Talk

After many customers asking about masonite and wondering where on Earth to find it? I have decided to carry it in my Etsy shop! Masonite is the hardboard I use in all of my iPad Case covers. The masonite in my shop is cut specifically for the iPad Case epattern for the iPad first generation or 2.
New 10" tablets are becoming more and more popular, so I have started making custom cases for Motorola Xooms, Samsung Galaxy and the HP tablets. The Sew Spoiled Folding Case Giveaway is still being hostessed by Rocky Mountain Mama through July 15, 2011! I am sponsoring the giveaway and it is a $58 value!! 
Last but not least, it is rumored that the iPad 3 might come out with the iPhone 5 in October!!
Here are two articles on the topic...
iPad 3 Release
iPad Coming This Year
Do you think Mac would release 2 iPads in one year? What are your thoughts on this topic? Does anyone have another 10" tablet? What are your favorite features of your tablet??
Just thought we could share a little Tablet Talk!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

New way to read Blogs!

Blog hopping is one of my favorite pass times.
Usually I start with a sewing blog I know I love and read a new article, which links another blog and I continue to hop around until I get back home to Sew Spoiled. Here is a new way to see everything at once. It is called Dynamic Viewing, you can choose between flipcard, mosaic, sidebar, snapshot or timeslide. Here is an example of Sew Spoiled in flipcard mode. If you would like to try the other dynamic viewing modes click below for more information.
Happy blogging!