Monday, January 29, 2018

Demo - A tool for sewing thick seams, clearance plate

Hello, I'm Michelle Paganini, owner of Paganoonoo, an upcycle fashion designer and patternmaker.If you don't already know what upcycling is here is my definition:

Upcycle (up-si-kel) To improve existing goods (such as clothing) through the use of labor, materials, and creativity.

Upcycle sewing is using existing garments to build new fashions, instead of buying flat fold cloth.  One of the things I love about upcycle sewing is the ability to take advantage of already existing features, like hems, so that no new hem needs to be created.

One of the problems with using existing hems is that they are bulky and difficult to sew.  There is a tool called a clearance plate (I call mine a thick seam aid, a.k.a "Hump Jumper") that solves this problem.  

Sandy Glickfield

Click here for my demonstration of how to use one. The one in the demo came with my Viking machine. There is a commercial version called a "Hump Jumper" that does the same thing.

This demo is my first home produced video so it will likely make you laugh.  It was filmed by my good friend Sandy Glickfield (who also came up with the name Paganoonoo.) 

My goal is to set up a home video studio and produce professional quality video classes and open an online school!  Stay tuned.


P.S. My upcycling instructions are for sale in the Paganoonoo Etsy Shop.  

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Sign up for workshops now!

If you have been waiting for Paganoonoo workshops registration is open for classes on Wednesday February 28th at the Puyallup, Washington  Sewing and Stitchery Expo.

Bring your favorite too-tight-at-the-hip t-shirt and walk away with an awesome blouse with hip and belly room and the ability to transform a whole bunch more!  You will get the Paganoonoo "Ellie" pattern which we will be following in class.



If you’d like to learn about mixed media embellishment techniques-

sign up for the pocket class. 

We will use fabric paints, stamps, fabric pens, beads and more, building up layers of interest. 

Use these techniques to spice up your wardrobe and create wearable works of art!
Leave with a stunning sample pocket.

Register on the website, click the "Tickets" button.  Once you have set up a profile, in the next step you can select classes by instructor, look for Michelle Paganini

If you won’t be there on Wednesday look for me on the free stage Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun and in our booth!

                                                       Happy upcycling!  Michelle

Friday, January 5, 2018

Tips for upcycling notions, video available online January 5 -12, 2018 on It's Sew Easy TV

One of my It's Sew Easy tips is airing on the  It’s Sew Easy website starting at noon on Friday, January 5, 2018 through Friday January 12, 2018.  The subject is repurposing notions from garments. Hint - often better quality and less expensive than the fabric store!
Full episode description: 1303 – On the Go
Upcycle designer Michelle Paganini has a tip for re-purposing  notions and trims from resale garments.  Embroidery expert Eileen Roche embroiders colorful and cool watchbands to add style to any outfit.  Using versatile hardware, Carolina Moore creates the ultimate travel bag with roomy pockets for all your take-alongs. 

More It's sew Easy info - 
I will going to Solon Ohio in the beginning of February to shoot more episodes for 2018 viewing!

You can enjoy segment 1208-3 from It's Sew Easy segment 1208-3 featured on YouTube, too! Learn about blind hems with Angela Wolf.  Explore the variety of pathways that lead to sewing with It's Sew Easy series 1000 on Create TV airing on Thursdays starting January 11, 2018. You can enjoy It’s Sew Easy on TV and on line.

Happy Upcycling,  Michelle

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