Thursday, August 22, 2013

I found a way to sew Hexies on the sewing machine!

I took abit of information from each of the following links and found a good way to sew hexies together on the sewing machine without hand sewing around the papers first. 

Please go to the Moda website click on the Honeycombs pattern for their PDF file.

From yesterday's post and video, I found that using an Open Toe foot makes it so easy to locate where to begin and end sewing (#20 for my Bernina). I know Pfaff also has an open toe foot. And the other manufacturers probably do as well.  Next I found this beautiful tutorial on marking your machine bed with tape instead of marking each hexie with drawn lines.  This method worked very well.'s what I have done with about 6 hours cutting from my scraps and sewing.  Today I will work on filling in all the gaps and then sew in rows as the Moda tutorial suggests.

As can be seen, on this sample, I have used some of all the tutorials listed above and from yesterday's video post. I did mark the bed of my sewing machine with painter's tape.  This really is a timesaver and helps immensely.

Without the Big Shot machine by Sizzix, the task of cutting the hexagons would have been very labor-intensive. Check out their website:

I do have an older style Big Shot; but the cutting action is the same.  Cutting up to 8 layers makes the cutting  go very quickly. I used Sizzix Hexagon, 2 1/4 in sides #657885.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Hexagons and Hexies

No matter how you say it, Hexagons and Hexies have become quite popular. I like to sew everything by sewing machine, and you guessed it, this process for hexies is not so easy. Here is what I have found to make the sewing more pleasurable.

I have found a great tutorial on the Inklingo site,  I really like her idea of using an open toe foot to see exactly where the sewing machine needle is placed.  I am going to try her technique today!