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Learn about double-cord pressers on show


March 19, 2017

Information on using scrap fabric in new ways, new vacuum cleaner technology and using a double-cord presser foot will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” on Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. and on Thursday at noon. (All times are Mountain.)

Extension Home Economist Shannon Wooton knows that anyone who sews has lots of fabric scraps, and she’s going to share some projects that incorporate these left-over pieces of fabric. She’s with the NM Cooperative Extension Service in Roswell.

Toufic Khayrallah, or T.K., is going to demonstrate how the Sirena vacuum system works to collect pet hair, allergens, dust and debris from carpet, upholstery and floors. This is especially important for those who suffer from various allergies. He is the CEO of Sirena, Inc. and lives in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Kerri Forrest represents Bernina Sewing Machine, and she’s going to explain what a double-cord presser foot can do and demonstrate using it. She says that it can be used with any utility, decorative or quilt stitch, and she’ll also show how to do couching and piping with this foot. Forrest owns and operates The Sewing Basket in Clovis.

Information on making knitted and crocheted mini purses, changing wreath decorations and new and unusual kitchen tools will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” on Tuesday at noon and on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Michele Muska is with Simplicity Creative Group in Antioch, Tennessee, and she’s going to show how to use a new rotary cutting machine from Simplicity and a “leftie rightie” ruler to make some creative knitted and crocheted mini purses.

Michele Robertson, a floral designer formerly with Hestand’s Floral & Gifts, will show how to make minimal changes to a wreath so it can be repeated each season or holiday, as desired. Robertson lives in Carlsbad.

Chef and cooking school owner John Vollertsen (known as Chef Johnny Vee) will share some great kitchen gadgets that make cooking easier, faster and altogether more fun. He uses new and unusual kitchen tools when teaching his classes as well as in his restaurant. He owns and operates Las Cosas Cooking School in Santa Fe.

Las Cosas Cooking School pantry

According to Chef Johnny Vee, unless you can easily locate ingredients and equipment for cooking, it can become very frustrating for budding cooks. He recognizes that life is too busy and he either stocks a wide variety of ingredients or gadgetry in his cooking school, or provides a list for online purchasing or a list of reputable stores in Albuquerque and Santa Fe so school attendees can find everything they need or want when trying recipes from his cookbook “Cooking with Johnny Vee.”

In the Great Gadgets section of his cookbook, he recommends the following: Cameron’s Stovetop Smoker, garlic press, biscuit cutters, E-Z Roll garlic peeler and microplane cheese graters and zesters. Other items include a bamboo steamer, a Rosle Mandoline, a mani-kare cut-resistant glove, and a Rick Bayless pepper roaster. He also recommends Cuisinart Ice Cream maker, a culinary torch and a chocolate rack. He suggests looking online at: for information on these items before purchasing them.

“Creative Living" is produced and hosted by Sheryl Borden. The show is carried by more than 118 PBS stations in the United States, Canada, Guam and Puerto Rico and is distributed by Westlink, Albuquerque.


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