Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Scribd eBooks

Things continue to change on us, don't they? Whether they are life changing events, or just those itty irritations. I pray for those who are involved in those life changing events. Having been through many, there is nothing that brings us closer to God and just fall on our knees in tears. The tears can flow for years. My prayers are with you.

I have just a minor irritation. It really shouldn't be an irritation but I can be really comfy with the status-quo. I have had eBooks on Scribd.com for years and years. At times I checked them - off and on. Then all of a sudden I find an email hidden in some folder! Ever have that happen? You don't remember seeing it but all of a sudden it's there. It was from Scribd and they have changed some of their format. Changes are always good (unless you stay comfy like I do).
I loved seeing the black hemmer against the black Featherweight.
The adjustable hemmer is a joy to use!

I am in the process of adding some of my eBooks back on. The first one is the beginning of my first published book, The Sewing Machine Attachment Handbook. I love that book! The publisher did a fantastic job and the photos they did were beautiful. So sorry they decided to stop publishing. HOWEVER,

this eBook is the copy I sent to the publisher! It seems like a circle from the beginning and back again.

You can purchase my eBooks from Scribd or directly from me. Click on the Book tab and you will see the many choices.


Monday, March 7, 2016

Life changes on us!

What a changing past two years. So much to be thankful for, and so much when I depended on Jesus to literally carry me. With His strength I believe I can see the light at the end of that tunnel! Whoooo! Hoooooo!

Always welcoming; providing comfort

Amazing how a simple fire can be so calming - even if it's an electric one........LOL...... Many hours were spent just staring into the fire, looking for strength. I did get my strength but not from the fire. I got it from the Father in Heaven, his son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Then the fire let me know "peace".

Something I read the other day I just keep mulling over it. The article was about Justice/Fairness vs Mercy. As we are in our Year of Mercy, it caught my eye. Our human idea of Justice and Fairness is - of course - a learned thought from our childhood. If I'm good and righteous, and someone else is bad. Why does the bad son get the fatted calf in the Prodigal Son parable? Because he was lost and has returned. To many this still seems a tad unfair. The bad child squanders away his share of the fortune, comes back penniless, and willing to eat whatever scraps are thrown his way. Yet the Father is ecstatic! Nothing but the best for this Prodigal Son.

Fairness? Justice? Mercy? With 100% fairness, God would remember and punish ALL my sins. That's the other side of the two-sided coin. Would I rather have God's Mercy? Absolutely yes! When it rains, it rains on both the bad and the good. When the sun shines brightly, it does so on both bad and good. I would much rather have God's Mercy. So especially in this Year of Mercy, since God has been so Merciful to us may we be just as merciful (and forgiving) to others.

Happy Stitchery! Blessings to all!
Charlene P.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Part of my stash ready for some sewing projects.
My spoiled Abby when she was a little pup!

Batting finally on quilter! Have several quilts ready to be quilted.
After I finish the doll for granddaughter!
Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Projects, Mobile Apps, and Project Ideas

Many of us find there is always an "app for that". I want to share a sewing app I use regularly. As springs winds down (hopefully! We have had such high winds), it's time to start looking for some new projects or just ideas to spurn our own.

BERNINA, USA has a wonderful app for your sewing feet. I have downloaded this one on my phone, Kindle, and tablet. Love it! Click here for information. You can also download the PDF file.

If you are not into mobile apps but still want some fabulous ideas, then sign up for BERNINA newsletter.

Somehow a comment was published that really played havoc with the website. Hoping all is well now - deleted the comment. Fingers crossed!

What are you working on? I am still playing around with crocheting with beads. Startlingly VERY small, a bracelet. Pics to come (soon as it actually looks like something......)

Happy Stitchery!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Get Creative! Sew With Your Feet

Always near and dear to my heart is sharing with others anything I have learned. Since we learn from trial and error (and errors I've made!), I hope to relieve you of too many errors. Whether learning how to use your sewing machine attachments/accessories, serving quick and easy projects, how to use your sewing machine, or learning new techniques - I love them all! 

Feel free to email me at charlene@thesewbox.com
Find additional information by clicking the "Author" page

Get Creative! Sew With Your Feet e-book was the start of publishing my works. This eventually led to the publication of The Sewing Machine Attachment Handbook, published by Krause. Available once again as a pdf e-book. 
$10.00 (plus shipping) - email for more information.

Your Featherweight 221/222
Especially written for your Singer Featherweight 221/222! Begin with Singer history, facts, and interesting rid-bits. Next, learn how to use some of those lovely Singer attachments made for your Featherweight. Lastly, have at your hands a listing of attachments/accessories and their part numbers. Never purchase an incorrect one again! 
$10.00 (plus shipping) - email for more information

Click the "Author page" tab to find additional e-books and all three books published by Krause

The Sewing Machine Attachment Handbook
The Sewing Machine Classroom
Simply Serging

As always,
Happy Stitchery!

Sunday, January 25, 2015


I always think of Sunday as the day of rest - just as God devised. Rest and relaxation and sewing seem to go hand in hand. There are so many UFOs I need to finish and they range from quilts to purses (and totes!) to stuffed toys. I just keep starting more! Then I'll grab a crafty book to "just read" and BOOM! I am starting another item. I have sewing, crochet, and even knitting to finish.

I finished two stuffed pigs that had been cut out for a year! They are gracing my sewing room so nicely.

I finished my comfy pants! Simple pattern but I still had to make major adjustments. Some in fitting, others as the sewing steps, and also in design. Gotta make it your own!

Sitting beside me is our spoiled cocker spaniel, Abby. I made her outfit last week and finally made my pants to match. No - I'm not going eccentric, just having fun! Though at times that may be somewhat eccentric and crazy!

Pics will follow of my cutie pigs!

Even with all my UFOs laying around and my goal to tackle them one by one and not start anything new - totally blown! I just feel ready for several new purses and totes!

 The clothes line purse was fun and educational to do.
Loved this purse I made from my grandma's curtain.

Need to make another tote using the Mylar. Both the totes I made for the magazine article have bee given away!

Sew.......... will see what I grab to do while sitting in front of the TV tonight. Maybe crochet, finish the knitting project, hand sew miniature quilt...... hummmmm.

Happy Stitchery!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Therapy time for my fingers! Making progress but slowly. Found out the fingers will move more and more when I crochet, so started small with new dishcloths. Can never have enough of the crocheted ones!

I started making progress organizing the sewing room. I can now see the solids I am very low on. I did make a shopping trip to Joann's but no solid colors did I buy.....lol..... I just had to have some timex, wonder under, and gorgeous lilac fleece! The room does seem to overflow with fabric, yarns, books, patterns, and everything in-between - even scrapbooking supplies! Lots more organizing to go but fabric finishes, patterns almost, and now on to the rest! Still great therapy for the mind and soul. I just know God created the lovely animals to give us everything we need!

Today is Sunday, and a day of rest. Reading, crocheting, and catching up with YOU! my fabulous sewing friends.

Happy Stitchery!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Yep! this is the second surgery on November 18th on the fingers. Splint off and now therapy to loosen up stiff fingers. a sort of "torture".

I try to watch where I'm walking now! Clutzy me and with all the snow and ice in the next months - well, I'll try :)

I hadn't sewn a stuffed toy in so long! Was a fun time with grand daughter.

Now back to sorting fabric. Following good suggestions from sewing friends, will separate by color and categories such as, animals, solids, tone on tone, fairies, etc.

This is just a fourth of fabric all over the room!

Happy sewing!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

2015! a brand new year

With 2015 I hope good health for all along with a fabulous support group of family and friends. The death of my sister over two years ago - friend and sewing buddy - left such a void in my life and sewing. Following her death, came more of uncle, aunt, step-sister, step-mother. Hubby battling cancer the past year - seems a load of struggles. I know I am not alone as many of you have you have your own cross to bear. So, with THREE tubs of fabric from sis's stash (added to my own very large stash), I'm ready to tackle new projects. Ready for new challenges also!

the end of September left me in a hand cast - emergency surgery for two broken fingers - pins put in. Mid November was another surgery on the pinky. another cast, finally it's now January and recent splint off most of the time. Therapy begins!

Be safe and soon as figure out how to get pics from phone to new tablet - will share more!


Monday, August 26, 2013

Wonderful to have some energy! I should post at least a tad when the fibromyalgia has me down. There are many of you that also deal with fibro or similiar diseases, or possibly dealing with financial issues due to the economy. We certainly have to help and support each other.

Was busy with canning season. Freezer now stocked with garden sweet peas, peaches, slaw, corn, and strawberries. Hope to have enough tomatoes to can. Last of cabbage fermenting into sauerkraut. All yummy this winter. Canned strawberry and peach jams.

Nothing is more energetic than sewing & crafting with friends. St. Bridget's Church, Liberty, Indiana is having Oktoberfest September 21st. We've had workshops to make items for our Country Store. We had fantastic fun making chicken hats, wreaths, towels, and so many are making preserves, breads, cakes, and more yummies! WhooHooo! I can't wait to shop our Country Store!

I have added several more tabs to the blog. A "work in progress"! I hope you enjoy other parts of my life. One new tab is about books, which we all love.I found a super site called Blogging For Books. If you are like me and love! love! to read, then check it out. I have just started and am almost ready to post my first blog. After that, I choose another book to review; it comes in the mail (FREE!), and I read and blog again. There are all genres to choose from. Wonder if they have my books.....hmmm...

 Remember to keep using your serger! Add binding using the cover stitch. Soon (soon! soon! please!) I want to get a dedicated cover stitch machine. I can think of so many things to make and do with the stitch. Would be nice to just move over to the machine that is ready to go. So envious of you who have one already!
 My vintage attachments article in this issue. I so love this magazine!

Love this vintage apron. Was my grandmother's. A nice way to zip through the house and do some quick pick-up. I think my "Decide later" pocket would be fuller than the others!

Happy Stitchery!