My Industrial Sewing Machine & Her Feet

This picture was one of the first images I shared on Raspberry Sunshine back in 2011. My Juki 8700-7 industrial sewing machine in all her glory, fresh out of the box.  I had never owned an industrial machine and worked exclusively on a very moody Bernina.  So when I start sewing and selling bags and other accessories it became clear that the Bernina wouldn’t cut it. So the hubby and I shopped around and kept coming back to Juki’s.  This {Read More}

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Tutorial: How To Use A Ribbon Foot Attachment

This week I’m going to be sharing my go-to sewing feet for bag construction, both on my home machine and my industrial.  To start it off, I am re-posting a tutorial from a few years back that I did on the Ribbon-Sequin Foot.  This is a really fun and easy to use foot that would be a great addition to your sewing box! See you Monday! After finishing some projects in the studio this week, I began to gather my {Read More}

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WIP Wed: Block 19 & 20 of The 163 Japanese Patchwork Book

Early last year I started making blocks from a wonderful Japanese Book titled (roughly):   163 favorite Pattern of Patchwork .  ISBN 9784391140.  It caught my eye because I have a serious love for Japanese sewing and quilting books, but mainly because each block was deconstructed for you so you could see how to best assemble them.  By December 2014, I completed 18  8″ blocks. Not too bad! I plan on continuing this project in 2015, so today I got my book out once {Read More}

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My First Snowshoeing Adventure!

Last weekend I had the opportunity to go snowshoeing with my kids and their Scout Pack/Troops.  Being a native Floridian, this sport was unknown to me up until a few years ago.  So with a large group of experienced outdoorsmen and women (and the hubby) I was excited to finally give this a try. The trail we took was located in Highland Forest in Fabius, NY.  During the summertime, our scouts camp there and it’s popular for hiking, hunting, biking, horseback riding, {Read More}

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My EQ7 Block Challenge Entry & Bonus Sketches

A few months ago, EQ7 announced it had partnered with Moda for a EQ users block challenge.  The challenge:  Design a block using the new “Fresh Cut” fabric line by Basic Grey.   There was no sewing or presentation involved,  nor was there block size limitations, just plain designing in your EQ7.   I am still slowly learning EQ7 but I after reading the challenge I decided it would be a fun way to make a new block and sharpen my {Read More}

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