The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 29, 2001 · Page 30
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 30

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, April 29, 2001
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DB SUNDAY, APRIL 29. 2001 T SEW SIMPLE LIFE THE SALINA JOURNAL Gown made for frequent wear Dear Eunice Farmer: My daughter is looking for bridesmaids' gowns the girls can wear again. Her wedding is very informal and will take place in our garden. Can you help with a selection that looks young, is in style and yet sort of casual? — Norma P. Dear Norma: I have selected Butterick 3021, sizes 8-24. It features a chemise style with double fabrics, which are so ^ popular today * The basic two- piece gown can ••r«i«^ be a lovely shade of linen, rayon or blend. Top it with a single layer of printed georgette or another shade of the basic under dress. The pattern is simple, flattering to all figures and requires little fitting. It can be worn again and again this summer by all the girls. Dear Eunice Farmer: I love to sew with knits. They are easy to use and care for, and they require less fitting than woven fabrics. My question is how to get the creases out that have been pressed into knits. I have had this happen frequently, and the crease refuses to come out, even if the garment is washed. — Leslie T. Dear Leslie: The crease you are referring to was never actually pressed into the fabric — it is simply a result of the fabric being folded onto a board. After you have pre- washed the knit and dried it either in the dryer or by hanging it up, you must refold the fabric before cutting. EUNICE FARMER King Features Butterick 3021 Bring each of the selvage edges to the center. Now you will have two folds. Since the polyester, rayon and wool knits are 60 inches wide, it will be possible to cut your garment without ever having to use the original fold at the center. Dear Readers: With Mother's Day just around the corner, it's always difficult to give that very special person the right gift that she will use and love. I hope you'll consider an OTT-LITE. It's perfect for sewing, quilting and crafting, where color-matching is so important. There are three versions: a flip-open table lamp, a table lamp with a flex arm and a floor lamp with a flex arm. The OTT-LITE replicates the true colors of daylight and brings it indoors. For the tiniest details, it's like magic — and it also causes less eye strain. You will find imitations, but to find a dealer nearest you, call 1-800-842-8848. This is one gift that is sure to please. Pattern winner Each week, a reader wins a McCall's pattern of his or her choice for sending in a helpful sewing hint. This week's winner is Ann Roth of Roswell, Ga. Her tip: "I have just discovered Thimble-It by Tailor They are self- adhesive ovals that are wonderful for appliqueing or quilting, especially the under-finger — much better than Band-Aids." You, too, could win a current McCall's pattern of your choice. Send your sewing tips to Eunice Farmer, Box 31729, St. Louis, MO 63131. If she selects your tidbit for publication, you'll receive this prize. Eunice Farmer is a nationally recognized authority on sewing. She is an author, teacher, lecturer and fashion reporter, and she owns her own fabric boutique and sewing school. T SEWING MACHINES Adjust tension for balanced stitch Thread tension on your sewing machine may need adjusting if you are sewing with heavier-or lighter- weight fabrics than ones previously used, using differ- * ent weight threads in the needle and the bobbin, or doing some special sewing techniques. Adjusting the thread tension provides a balanced stitch with individual stitches clearly visible ^ both on the upper and under side of the fabric. A sewing machine forms a stitch when the bobbin thread hooks the needle thread in the shuttle area under the throat plate. Before sewing on a new project, check the tension by sewing through two layers of scrap fabric. The stitches should each be distinctive and appear the same both on the top and under side of the fabric. If the stitches looks MARY LOU ODLE KSU-Saline County Extension Agent- Family and Consumer Sciences too tight or too loose, adjust the tension. A needle thread tension dial usually is on the top or front of the machine. Most machines also have a screw on the bobbin case that controls tension. Do not adjust the bobbin case tension until you have tried all other methods to correct the tension. When adjusting needle tension dials, turn the numbered dials lower to loosen upper tension, and higher to tighten needle tension. If the needle thread appears tight and straight on the fabric while the bobbin thread forms individual stitches, needle tension is too tight. Check that the needle thread is securely in the tension disc. Then dial the upper tension knob to a lower number If the bobbin thread appears tight, dial to a higher number to tighten the needle thread and balance tension. Thread tension can appear uneven because of a dull needle or a needle too large for the fabric. A size 11 or 12 needle is appropriate for most fabrics. Use a size 14 or 16 needle for heavy fabrics. Thread tension adjustment often is necessary when the needle thread is different from the bobbin thread, especially when using invisible thread or top stitching thread. Usually buttonholes and decorative stitches will look nicer if needle tension is loosened so the interlocking knots remain on the underside of the fabric. Quality of thread also can affect tension. Inexpensive thread sometimes has thick and thin areas. The thick spots may not feed smoothly through the tension disc and can cause uneven tension. If it is impossible to balance thread tension after adjusting the upper tension knob and putting in a new needle, try adjusting the bobbin tension screw, giving it only one-quarter turn at a time. Puckering of seams can be a tension problem, but it also can occur when stitches are balanced. Hold the fabric ;^ taut in front of and behind ^' the needle as you sew, allowing the fabric to feed through"^ the machine on its own. If puckering of seams continues, try a smaller needle. If you cannot get the tension adjusted on your sewing machine, it is time to take it to a sewing machine shop. Your Total JVeivs Source ""Salina Journal Conneeling communiUtM with lt\fi>rmalUm §[SITOURSUN CENTER Accessories Accents To Complete Your Spring Fashion Statement The finer womerts clothing Fashion Palette Downtown Minneapolis 785-392-3035 9-5, Monday-Saturday • After hours by Appointment Protect your eyes from Harmful Rays! • Polarized lenses available • Quality frames in many styles • Available in prescription lenses Drs.Lewerenz, Welsh & Murphey 50 Years Dispensing Experience! 900 Westchester • 785-825-0659 / 1-800^246-7403 FREE BERNINA Free! Imagine that. A free Active 130, value $1,399, when you buy an Artlsta 180E? Yep, that's right. You'll get the finest, most customizable sewing system in the world, the machine accomplished sewers dream of. Plus a free Activa 130 - the perfect machine to help a new generation of sewers experience quality. It's a great gift for a daughter, grandchild or niece. Or even your favorite youth charity. But remember, this great offer only lasts from May 1 to May 31, 2001. So bring this ad in today. AcrosH from Gibsons & K-Mart 340 S. Broadway, Salina Mon.-Fri. 9;00-5;30 785^_^5-0451 • 1-800-864-4451 "nt "PjHH3 Sat. 9:00-5:00 www.midwests e w .com ^mmtulatim'. RENAISSANCE STUDENTS OF THE WEEK SAUNA HIGH SCHOOL CENTRAL • John Nguyen is a Senior at Central where he carries a 4.0 GPA. He participates in cross country track, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Governor's Center for Teen Leadership, National Honor Society, orchestra and breakfast buddies. He is also a volunteer at the Salina Regional Health Center. John will be attending Kansas State University in Manhattan. He received the Dane Hansen Memorial Scholarship, Earl Bane memorial Scholarship and a Kansas State University Foundation Scholarship. , Son of Niem and Dung Nguyen ROOSEVELT LINCOLN MIDDLE SCHOOL ^ Candice Wardyn is a seventh grader at Roosevelt where she carries a 3.71 GPA. She participates in S.H.O.C. activities which include volunteering at the Art Center, packaging gifts at the Salvation Army during Christmas and helping prepare for school functions. She attends the Elizabeth Catholic Church and CCD classes..Candice would like to become a cosmetologist or work in the field of art or music. Daughter of Gerald and Teresa Wardyn SOUTH MIDDLE SCHOOL ^ Sarah Schumacher is an eighth grader at South Middle where she carries a 4.0 GPA. She participates in jazz bandj FCA, Science Olympiad, track, basketball, volleyball and band where she is drum major and also plays with the Salina Youth Symphony. She volunteers at the Salina Cares Clinic and the Public Library and is on the Youth Advisory Board at the Public Library She helps with the Vacation Bible School at St. Mary's Church. Sarah plans to go to K-State and major in veterinary medicine. Daughter of Joyce and Jerry Schumacher SALINA HIGH SCHOOL SOUTH Trevor Duell is a Sophomore at South High where he carries a 3.95 GPA. He participates in marching band and jazz band where he plays the trumpet. He is also in wind ensemble and orchestra. He is involved in several theater productions and is currently acting in Godspell. Trevor plans to go tp!college. Son of Roger and Margy Duell Sponsored by X Salina Journal ContiecHri} cmmmUia with ivSormalion *The Renaissance program is a partnership between business and education to recognize and reward academic excellence, continuous improvement, and citizenship. ^0nmtulati0nsl i RENAISSANCE TEACHERS OF THE MONTH SALINA HIGH SCHOOL CENTRAL • Pete Meagher - "When I was in high school I really enjoyed wood working and playing sports. My woodworking teacher was also one of my coaches.yHe'te great influence on me and he seemed tp-^eBJtfy^^^ was doing." Mr. Meagher has been teaching 21 y«a'rg, all at Central. "Parents,:;get involved with yotir kicis! lives; Try to remember yon were their age'ai|ce;j^i}el]t» them'imake choices - but don't choos^'for them.^' - ; > •, ROOSEVElit^COii SCHOOL < Barbara Sackrider - "I was interested in doing something in sports. At that time there were few opportunities for woman in this area. The closest I could get was physical education. I have never been sorry." Mrs. Sackrider has been teaching 31 years, 30 at RLMS. "Parents, be a part of your child's life. Be interested in all that they do. If you don't care, they don't care." SALINA HIGH SCHOOL SOUTH ^Idridge - "My father taught math for 40+ ' irothers were teachers and it just ^ lecome a teacher." Mrs. Auldridge 3^ •s, 24 at South High. "Parents, £ to school and see what our idirfccomplish! I could make your tak6'S, yo^^g^^O day" ^ Cyndy Knutson - "When I w helping others who found schoo as a profession so I could help yo and become life long learners." teaching 21 years, 16 at South Mid you to the parents and community students and me during my 21 years of teaching. Always remember our young people are one of the finest assets our community has." ^^J^U. Sponsored by (^fe & t„§?li??.J9M^"^* OOL [, I enjoyed ise teaching joy learning itson has been .rents, thank lupporting my Connecting commmilies with information *The Renaissance program is a partnership between business and education to recognize reward academic excellence, conrinuous improvement, and cmzenship. an?!'^

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