Review // Madam Sew ultimate presser foot kit

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Recently, Madam Sew sent me one of their Ultimate Presser foot sets to try out. I was pretty excited because I only have and use two feet - my regular foot and my zipper foot. So this was pretty cool for me!

The presser foot set comes with 32 presser feet, a snap on adapter, an instruction manual, and a DVD with instructional videos. there is also an app you can download to see all the video tutorials and instructions, as well.  Both the written instructions and video tutorials were very helpful, especially with some of the feet/techniques I’ve never used before!

Most of the feet are snap-on, but work with both snap-on and screw-on sewing machines, because it comes with the bonus snap-on adapter for screw-on machines! *One thing to note, though - if you work on a Bernina, you will need an additional adapter (sold separately) because Bernina uses their own presser foot system. But its worth it, and totally simple, because once its on, you can use both screw-on feet and then also uses the snap-on adaper, too!

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There are some feet that I’m personally excited to play around with. Including an adjustable bias binding foot, rolled hem/narrow hem foot, invisible zipper foot (no longer need to use my regular zipper foot!), piping foot, and a lot more! I’ve also been using the zig zag foot a lot recently. It has a big, clear open area in the center so you can see where you are stitching better! And if you work with sticky fabrics like leather, suede, plastic, etc - there are also a few different feet (roller foot and non-stick foot) to make sewing those fabrics easier.

In today’s post, I’m going to show a small sampling of 4 of the presser feet I played around with. And you can also head to my Instagram (@hollydollydarling), where I’m sharing videos of all of these samples in my stories! The story videos will be up for 24 hours, but I will save them in my highlights in my profile afterwards.

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GATHERING FOOT

This foot is fun! I create gathers a lot for peplums, dresses, ruffles, etc. So this is the first one i jumped to try. Using this foot, it automatically creates gathers as you sew, no need to pull on threads and finger-gather. They are fixed-gathers though, so you can not adjust them after the fact. So you should play around on scraps before a project to find the settings for your perfect gather. By adjusting the stitch length and tension on your machine, you can create loose/farther spaced gathers, really full gather,s or anything in between. The dvd included with the presser foot kit (or the instructions in the app) is very helpful in explaining how to get the gathers you need.

The foot also has a little slot on it which allows you to gather one fabric AND attach it to another fabric at the same time!

see below for my results.

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EDGE JOINING/STITCH IN THE DITCH FOOT

The main purpose of this foot is for joining the edges of two pieces of fabric together. I didn’t test that out. I was more excited about using this for stitching in the ditch - something I do a lot! The foot has a thin guide bar right in the center, which is lined up perfectly with the needle. As you sew, the bar glides right along in the ditch/seam, with the needle following behind - keeping your stitch-in-the-ditch stitching perfectly straight with barely any effort.

See below for my results.

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STITCH GUIDE FOOT

This is a pretty simple foot, but a very useful one that I know I’ll find myself using quite often. Especially on jeans and pants that have a lot of topstitching! Topstitching is my nemesis. I’m not the most patient person, and my topstitching often ends up uneven and wavy. This foot has a small perpendicular bar that extends out, with markings ever 2mm. You can use these guides to sew parallel topstitching lines and keep them even and straight. And because there are so many lines, you can do it at any width you need, up to an inch.

Look how straight my 4 lines of topstitching lines are below.

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OVERCAST FOOT

This foot requires a machine that has an overcast stitch setting (there are different kinds of overcast stitching, so your machine may have a few options). An overcast stitchh is done along the edge of fabric, to finish the raw edge , in a manner that looks similar to a serger/overlock finish. And this foot helps aid your machine when using that stitch! It has a guide bar to help keep the edge of your fabric lined up, as well as a center piece that helps create overlock stitching without rolling.

I’ve actually never used this stitch before, since I have a serger. But I thought it would e fun to show for those of you that don’t!

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That’s all I am showing you for now! Don’t forget to check out videos of these samples in action on my Instagram stories and highlights (@hollydollydalring), and check out the full kit at Madam Sew here.

Review : Francis Drake Eyewear

( from top to bottom: Marin, Valencia, Montclair, Merrit, Berkeley )

Hey everyone! Long time, no see! 

You all know how much of a glasses girl I am. I have a small collection of frames, and they are my most important accessory. Well, A few months back, I received the opportunity to review a new-to-me eyewear company. Francis Drake Eyewear is a premium and healthy, yet affordable, brand manufactured in Italy. And they are now added to my favorites list.

Obviously, the very best thing is the price. Affordable, but not cheap and flimsy. Every frame that I tried were sturdy and of good quality. And they are pretty much the same price as Warby Parker and Bonlook frames. They also offer a home try-on just like the other brands, too. The difference though, between Francis Drake and the others, is the attention to detail. My two favorite frames were Montclair and Merrit, both which sport delicate sculpted sides (see last photo). Seriously sets them apart! 

So which pair did I pick? Montclair in Champagne (top left)! Check back tomorrow for my first outfit post sporting my new frames. 

 --- Home try-on and prescription frames were provided to me by Francis Drake Eyewear, but all opinions are my own. ---

Jose Eber Review and Giveaway

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Ever since I chopped off my long hair back in October, I’ve become more and more obsessed with curling my hair. It’s very rare for me to keep my hair straight these days! So when the lovely people at Jose Eber sent me one of their clipless curling irons, I was super excited to try it out. 

I must say - I’m pretty impressed with it, and I don’t think I will be going back to my regular curling iron any time soon. The best part is that the curls have lasted longer than any other curls I’ve tried. I’m writing this post the day after taking these photos, and my hair is just as curly now as what you see here. And that’s impressive. Especially for my hair, which hates holding a curl. 

Other perks? It comes with a heat resistant glove, so you don’t burn your hand while your holding your hair so close to the barrel. And it comes in cute prints like this giraffe one. I mean, come on.

I’m sold. 

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And now you have a chance to win a 19mm clip less curling iron yourself! Just enter using the Rafflecopter form below. Madatory entry  - follow Jose Eber on Facebook. After that, you have five more chances to enter. Good Luck! Giveaway ends promptly at 12:00AM Feb. 8th. Winner will be announced in this post. 

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HANA Titanium

I have relatively straight hair. But after I shower, Sometimes I don’t comb it and let it air dry. So I end up with the frizzy, slightly wavy kind of straight. Which is fine some days. But most days, what I really want is that sleek, pin straight kind of straight :) So I reach for the straightener. 

When the people at www.misikko.com contacted me and asked me if I would like to try their HANA Titanium 1.5” Flat Iron, I couldn’t pass it up. Misikko is a site that specializes in salon grade flat irons, curling irons, and CHI hair dryers. So when I received my package ( filled with a whole bunch of really good stuff! they do a great job ), I was pretty excited. 

And it didn’t let me down. It heated up nicely, the temperature adjusted perfect, my hair didn’t snag, and I was done straightening in only a few minutes. It worked perfectly, and fast, and I would definitely recommend it. 

The only down fall is that they are very pricey. But if you are able to invest in these tools, it would definitely be worth it. They will last you a long time - the quality is awesome.