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  • I Sew For Fun

    To all of us, Nancy Zieman was an industry icon but to her granddaughters, she was Grandma. Nancy loved hanging out with all of her granddaughters. Sometimes she would sew with Avery and Luella (the older granddaughters) but often they would bake. Playing in the kitchen with Grandma is something every child wants to do.  […] Read more…


  • Tips for Digitizing for Metallic Thread

    It’s sparkle time!  Dealers around the country are watching metallic thread fly off their shelves as embroiderers reach for their favorite holiday thread.  You can add this shiny element to many designs but you should set yourself up for success. Use your digitizing software to change some elements into metallic-friendly details.  In Inspirations’ Perfect Embroidery […] Read more…


  • Embroiderers Always Get This Request

    Stitching a name on a stocking cuff is something almost every embroiderer is called upon to do during the holiday season. Most cuffs are faux fur with long fibers that can creep over embroidery obstructing the beautiful stitches.  On Saturday, I showed how to use Perfect Embroidery Pro digitizing software to create a light complex […] Read more…


  • Tame Those Furry Fibers!

    Cold weather calls for cozy fabrics like Minky, faux fur and lofty knits.  As wonderful as they are to wear, they present challenges when it time to add embroidery to them.  First, their fibers creep over embroidery camouflaging the beautiful stitches. Second, since they’re lofty and bulky, they’re hard to hold in a hoop. Inspiration’s […] Read more…


  • Christmas Village Sewing Instructions

    This is Part 2 of the Christmas Village series.  If you missed the software instructions, click here.  If there’s one thing you take away from the series it should be this:   You are permitted to break the rules.  Experiment.  Try.  Learn.  Succeed! Refer to the original instructions with the collection to familiarize yourself with the […] Read more…


  • Christmas Village: Software Instructions

    Eileen tasked me with the responsibility of turning the Stitch Swag Cozy Dog Suite into an ornament.  At first glance, I thought I’d use Christmas colored fabric for the dog house. But between the home renovation television programs I watch and my recent experimenting with building a railroad model… I knew I could do more. […] Read more…

Multi-Needle Mondays!


  • Multi-Needle Monday | Cleaning the Upper Thread Path

    Just like lampshades and overhead fans at home, your multi-needle machine deserves to be dust-free. It will sparkle and perform at its very best if you keep the upper thread path clean. Set aside 45 minutes to an hour to give it the full spa treatment. Even though my photographs don’t show it, it is […] Read more…


  • Monogram Mishap

    It’s that busy time of the year for everyone; and especially true if you own a commercial embroidery business. We stitch and sell the items that most people put under the tree, not to mention stitching, cooking and shopping for our own families. I am grateful for my flexible schedule and choice of profession, but […] Read more…

Software Saturdays!


  • Tips for Digitizing for Metallic Thread

    It’s sparkle time!  Dealers around the country are watching metallic thread fly off their shelves as embroiderers reach for their favorite holiday thread.  You can add this shiny element to many designs but you should set yourself up for success. Use your digitizing software to change some elements into metallic-friendly details.  In Inspirations’ Perfect Embroidery […] Read more…


  • Tame Those Furry Fibers!

    Cold weather calls for cozy fabrics like Minky, faux fur and lofty knits.  As wonderful as they are to wear, they present challenges when it time to add embroidery to them.  First, their fibers creep over embroidery camouflaging the beautiful stitches. Second, since they’re lofty and bulky, they’re hard to hold in a hoop. Inspiration’s […] Read more…


  • Christmas Village: Software Instructions

    Eileen tasked me with the responsibility of turning the Stitch Swag Cozy Dog Suite into an ornament.  At first glance, I thought I’d use Christmas colored fabric for the dog house. But between the home renovation television programs I watch and my recent experimenting with building a railroad model… I knew I could do more. […] Read more…


  • Free New Features in PEP!

    The development team at Inspirations wants to wish you a happy holiday season with two exciting new features in Perfect Embroidery Pro!  Update your software now (for free!) to Version 9.68.  I’m sure you remember (and it might be why you purchased PEP) that all updates are free for life in Perfect Embroidery Pro. Katherine […] Read more…