Shortly after completing the throw for the family room I ordered more fabric to make matching pillows. Problem was, my sewing machine gave up the ghost. After a lot of going back and forth, I finally decided to buy a new one.
So I tackled the pillows today and wow, I felt like a completely new sewer (I've been sewing since I was a little kid). This was my first time tackling cording and it's hard! Don't let those cute tutorials fool you ... it's hard! I would not even attempt to give anyone instructions but I will give a noob tip - I sewed the cording on using a zipper foot trying to get as close to the cording as possible, but then I went back again and found I could get closer. I even went around the corners a third time to get really close.
Once the cording was on I then did another new technique - the invisible zipper. Again, don't let those nice little tutorials fool you ... it's hard to install an invisible zipper! Well, I guess not hard, just fiddly. But check out the end result. Do you see the zipper - no you don't (except the end but that doesn't count).
I am extremely pleased with how this looks, especially next to my new Capiello poster. Oh, did you notice there's only one? I am really trying to talk myself into making that second pillow. Unfortunately there was only one zipper at the fabric store in the size I needed so it's on hold for now. I could start on the cording but I need a break.
In case you were wondering, the machine I chose is the Kenmore Limited Edition 17 stitch. It's a great, basic machine. Smooth and great attachments. My old machine was a Kenmore so the learning curve was very small.