June 19, 2009

Heirloom Sewing Class

I got a new Janome sewing machine(Magnolia 7330) for Mother's Day from Opelika Sewing Center, in Opelika, AL. The owners, Eddie and Rita Woodham, are the nicest people you could ever hope to meet. If you purchase your machine from them, they offer free club classes and a discount on your future purchases. Classes are also offered to the public for a fee.

Thursday was a "make-up" day which means that if you missed any class when it was offered, you can come in and make that class up. I signed up for an "heirloom sewing" class taught by Rita. Everyone in class was doing different projects since it was make-up day. Needless to say, it was one action packed day. Rita and Lee Sadler(she was teaching embroidery and applique techniques on some real hi-tech machines) were like two Energizer Bunnies...they just kept going and going!!

We all laughed a lot, learned a lot, and ate a lot of square donuts and blueberries(homegrown by Eddie and Rita).

I am very proud of my heirloom table runner and I can't wait to make more heirloom pieces. I definitely want to make some linen napkins and a tablecloth. The instruction was great. I guess I am just s-l-o-w!! The day was divided into three class periods and it took me all three classes to finish my project. Yep, I was there from 9:00 a.m to 9:00 p.m. But look what I made!!!! Make sure to click on the images to enlarge. You've gotta see the details. Thanks Rita and Lee. I will definitely be back soon for more classes.

Linen and instructions ready to go

Tiny pintucks in the center of a design-I loved doing these

Detail of hem with decorative stitching

Details of the heirloom lace placement-I had a hard time cutting the fabric away from the back of the lace. I cut my lace a couple of times, but not to worry-Rita had a speedy solution.

Center view of runner

Check out those mitered corners on the reverse side!



  1. Lovely!
    Hope you are enjoying your weekend Rhonda.
    Best wishes

  2. That is gorgeous! I wish I could just hem a straight line for a curtain... really lovely Rhonda!


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