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Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day

As a mom, I think Mother’s Day is overrated. A bouquet of flowers doesn’t erase a year of dirty clothes on the floor. A box of chocolates doesn’t mend ugly, unkind words spilled in a moment of anger. A fancy brunch doesn’t mean you love your mom if you don’t talk to her on a regular basis. Keep the gifts and the frills. Sit beside your mom and tell her how your life is working out. Assure her that some of the things she taught you are actually helping you deal with many of life’s challenges. Tell her when you are faced with temptation; you hear her voice in your head encouraging you to take the right path. Tell her you forgive her for her shortcomings. Tell her she did a good job of being there for you, of guiding you in the right direction, for letting you spread your wings and fly. Tell her you are grateful for the life you are leading. Tell her your joys and your sorrows. Tell her all of it, don’t buy any gifts, just open your heart to your momma. She loves you.

Happy Mother’s Day to you – I hope you get to share it with those you have nurtured or have nurtured you!

For this week’s giveaway we’ve hand selected 6 of our favorite pastel thread colors from Robison-Anton. These Mini-King spools of rayon thread include Pale Yellow, Pink, Spruce, Penny, Tulip and Sea Mist.  They are the perfect shades to stitch your own floral bouquet!

For a chance to win, simply share your memories of when your mother taught you how to sew. Did you sew a set of linens for the home? Maybe the two of you worked together on a new dress for a special event. Or maybe, you taught your mother how to sew! Post your comment for a chance to win!


The lucky winner of the Embroider It Yourself Series—Little Black Tee is…Gail!

grammaheh1 said…
My first project was of a turtle stitched out on a t shirt. It stitched out beautifully, except for the colors. Being a newby, I exactly followed the colors that showed up on my D 1 screen. Unfortunately, they were not the colors of a turtle…
May 3, 2010 5:19 PM

Congratulations, Gail! Be sure to email Amanda at to give us your address so we can send you your gift!




  • chellemom

    My first sewing project with my mom was making clothes for my Barbie and Ken dolls. Back then they had the clothing printed on fabric. All you had to do was sew on the printed lines. After that we had many happy hours sewing together in the sewing room.
    Cindy, OK

  • Sherrie

    My first sewing project with my mother was making doll clothes on a childs electric sewing machine when I was about 7 years old. She then showed me how to use her adult machine with supervision. From that point on I made all of my school clothes. I am now passing on my knowledge to my 9 year old granddaughter. We are making quilts and clothes for her webkinz.

  • Mary

    I don’t recall my mom teaching me to sew, but she bought a new electric Singer sewing machine in a blonde cabinet so there would be a machine at home to help with the vest I made in school and to make a gown for the school choir. So somewhere in there there had to be instructions from her because she mended for the 7 of us. (My dad died when I was 5 and I was the 7th) First was the treadle machine then the electric one but it still was the black machine that only sewed forward and backward. Was that love, or what.

  • Cheryl

    Oh wow, my first sewing lesson from my mom was sewing strips of rag fabric together, so she could make rag rugs to sell. It was a White treadle machine, that is still in the family. Later, when I didn’t need as much supervision she purchased, with S&H Green Stamps an electric zigzag portable machine, so we could both sew at the same time.

  • bowlinggirl

    My first project with my mother was a skirt sewn on a converted Singer shuttle. That was a long time ago (1956). The lesson learned was how to sew a straight line. Most recently, I made a placard for a quilt my mother and grandmother hand stitched in 1942. My siser-in-law hand quilted this in 2009 – 67 years after it was made. Making this placard was the most memorable thing I have ever done. My mother taught me how to make a straight line, and I’ve never forgotten.

  • kaye

    My mom taught my 2 sisters & I how to sew without a pattern. When my daughter was young, I would make her an outfit- then run to mom’s across the street to sho her . I was so proud of it. Then she would show me all the mistakes I made, undo them, then fix them or tell me how to fix them. I was really frustrated then, felt nothing I did was right. It was many years later, I realized, she was teaching me the art of custom sewing. I did custom wedding dresses for over 20 yrs. Without my mom’s guidace I would never have created my own daughter wedding dress.
    I miss my mom, but glad I spent all the time I did with her.
    kaye in la

  • grammaheh1

    My first sewing project with my mom was learning how to make a doll dress on her new Singer electric sewing machine when I was in the second grade. My mom did not do much sewing, but encouraged me to learn how to sew and bought the patterns and fabric for me to sew with. Her encouragement enabled me to learn a life long hobby.


    My mom taught us girls to sew-she would take a newspaper and cut out and sew coats, dresses, blouses, skirts and many other garments. Us girls were in 4-H, and every year we had to sew a garment, mom was there trying to get us to do things right. we would try and get her to fix our mistakes and she would say –you won’t learn if i do that and make me and my sister do it.

    Now, I chuckle because when am teaching my grandkids–I say the samething.

    I realize that as I was thinking about my mom she was so creative and was passing that creative along–wow ladies as moms, we are teaching and encouraging our kids and grandkids to pass on the heritage of creativeness. Applaud yourselves.


  • Karen

    It’s funny to think about sewing with my Mom. I learned to sew, like so many, by making doll clothes by hand using Mom’s scraps.

    Then I ‘graduated’ to patterns to make some simple clothes for myself. Mom’s specialty was home dec, making curtains and covering cushions,etc, but she helped me learn all those tricky things like darts.

    My favorite memory is when I had my first apartment and no money. Mom came to visit and helped me make simple curtains for all the windows. Privacy was such a gift as I lived on a busy street. We often did not agree on things, but Mom was always willing to share her talent with me.


  • Mary

    It’s been a VERY long time ago when I was little. Mom had an old Singer treadle machine but then she got a White with an electric motor. I learned to make doll clothes on the White. Barbie was not even a glint in somebody’s brain but I had a doll baby that was all rubber (plastic wasn’t around yet either).

  • Vera

    Mom made all my clothes (far superior to store bought, though I didn’t realize it when I was 8 yrs old!). I hated fittings — always got stuck with pins. But when mom bought a Barbie pattern, I really got excited about selecting fabric and which version of the dress would be MINE. Mom helped me through the entire project. When we finished, it was back to the store for a pattern for a dress for me. I helped select the fabric and had lots of input AND did some of the hand-stitching. Wow! I was hooked from that point on. Today I use what mom taught me to make costumes for owners of Arabian horses. And mom (at 82) is still helping me every step of the way. Can’t thank her enough.

  • Anne

    My mom and I made ruffled-edged pillow shams together because I was newly married and couldn’t afford to purchase them. Mom chose a bed sheet and suggested I cut the slip-over back pieces using the hemmed edges of the sheet. Mom also showed me how to sew two rows of basting stitches, so we could gather the ruffle easily. The shams were a huge success, thanks to my mom’s seasoned sewing skills. My dear mother died 15 years ago. Whenever I use these beautiful shams we created together, I recall very fond memories of sewing with my precious mom.

  • Katherine

    Unfortunately my Mom can’t or doesn’t sew so I learned in a Home Ec class and on my own

  • Maureen Mangan

    My Mom taught me to sew on her treadle machine when I was probably 9 or 10. I used to watch her mend our clothes. I am the youngest of 8 children so there was a lot of mending going on. The first sewing I remember doing is a skirt for cheerleading. It was a wide circle skirt that came down to the top of my knees. It had a lining of a different color and I remember the lining didn’t come out too good. It was not quite even. But Mom not being a seamstress didn’t know how to fix it. We made it work but it was not the best. It also had a waistband on it. It was a dark blue with a yellow lining. I kept that skirt for years just because I loved it. That was over 50 years ago that we made that skirt. I might still have it in a box somewhere, I am not sure. Before that, I took dancing lessons for 5 years but my girlfriends mother made all of our costumes for our recitals. I was amazed at what she could do with a sewing machine. That’s why I decided that my Mom and I could make that cheerleading skirt. I figured if she could do it why can’t we? Since then I have made some gowns, a roller skating outfit for competition, another Cheerleading dress, maternity tops,etc.

  • Jane Holleran

    Eileen, I can’t believe I am writing this for the third time; although I am catching on and I am writing this in Word before I do a cut and paste into the form to submit it. It has been one of those days and believe me if I had not had the help a 4 yr old can give, (LOL); I don’t know where I would be at this point This is one of those moments when you realize it has nothing to do with the support tools; but that not having a high-end machine – embroidery is just a lot of work to just complete one design. When I was writing the second version of this submission, I was crying and I didn’t know why the tears were copious. I realized that all the tools in the world don’t help if you can’t see the design in the window, or you can’t stitch it out in the size you just purchased. I have redone so many designs only because I could not tell which way the design was going to face despite my best efforts. Even the test designs can look perfect and then when doing the don’t make up for having to take the hoop off and things not line up I embroider the cuffs and I love the way the designs look and the kids just love them so much.

    I love your tools and I can’t imagine where I would be without them. The Magna Hoop and the placement tools that help me keep everything looking the same. I have all of your tools, the placement for child, baby, towel and I just read you now make one for men and if I ever have a man in my life maybe I will purchase that placement software too go with him. I have the first Ellure to be produced and I have also learned to wait and see what accessories come out with it. I would love to see a sock holder for the Ellure and other machines. They would make a nice inexpensive gift for when I need an impromptu birthday party for child and adults. . consider will one for men too. I am sure you wonder about the high-end machine but I have the first Ellure and really, you can’t see what the design will look like and that puts you at a distinctive disadvantage; only being able to stitch in a 5×7 stitching field. I have thousands of designs and many of them I haven’t used yet, but I have so much hope. Last night, I started a spreadsheet of all of the designs I have purchased and the list was amazing as well as the amount of money for these designs.

    Everything I did today took a wrong term and I just hope tomorrow will be betters.

  • Deb Fischer

    My grandmother actually taught me how to sew, first by hand making a pillow case, then on her treddle (spelling?) machine. I was much older when she purchased her first “electric” sewing machine and guess what the first thing she helped me make on that was? You guessed it, a pillow case! Thanks so much for asking. I had forgotten all about it and what a fun memory that was. I have now learned how to make a “no raw edge” pillow case and will be doing sets for all our children for Christmas on my new Baby Lock Elisimo.

  • Cobi Lee Henry

    The first projects I did were on a hand crank toy my grandmother got me in 1958 for Christmas, doll clothes started the passion, and from there I learned that I preferred “unique” rather than “off the rack” and that I enjoy personalizing items with the receivers’ getting their personal style preferences as well as the colors they love.
    My husband enjoys that i make most of the gifts we give for 3 reasons, one he sees the delight I feel in the “doing”, and 2 he does not have to fight the shoppers especially at Christmas. And even more important is the 3rd, and that is the times I find out about a child I have sewn for that refuses to “take the item off” at bedtime, and “mom has to slip it off to launder while the child is asleep. And actually there is a fourth and that is seeing some of these things tucked away into a “hope chest”, and yes in our family we still “have and stock them”, and yes they are clean and carefully folded with tissue and a bit of dryer style sheets of fabric softener. I have to admit, it humbles as well as delights.
    I love the idea of the snap hoop, looks like a wonderful answer for arthritic hands. My Designer 1 is a wonderful machine, but I too get “bothered hands in the hooping process, so that is on my “wish list”
    I just hope to keep up on all the “computer” knowledge I
    need to keep up with my passion. Even hubby knows the right tools make things easier and the finished product better than “the rack”. Happy creating! Cobi

  • Nancy

    Hi. I always had a sewing machine around since I was a child. My mom sewed some of my clothes for school and I felt special. I would watch my mom sew all the time. One day I grabed some scrap fabric and started to sew doll clothes. I even made an out fit for my cat. When I look back on the picture of my cat, she looks very angery at me. I lived in Maine and didn’t want her to get cold in the snow. I even made openings for her ears on her hat. She never let me put it on her again. I still have that picture. From there I moved on to clothes for me. My mom was very patient with me and never scolded me for messing up the tension or any other problems I induced into her machine. She answered my question and tought me how to read patterns. I love sewing to this day.

  • Nancy

    I love your stipple designs and I have an older machine that does 4×4 designs. IAre there any stipple designs for my machine? Is it possible to do continous embroider on my machine? I have a Viking Rose. Thank you. Nancy

  • baryan

    My grandmother taught me to sew on her treadle machine when I was 5 – mostly putting quilt blocks together. One of my greatest joys and successes was to keep learning how to sew other items. I made my wedding gown and my bride’s maid dress when I married in 1961 and continued with children and grandchildren’s clothing over the years – wedding dresses, bride’s maids dresses, baptismal gowns and Renaissance costumes. I remember watching “Sewing with Nancy” in the early 1970’s and ordering items from her catalogues which came in the mail – before internet. She has made sewing so much easier for me over the years, but I have’nt been able to find local broadcasts of her show and really miss seeing her teach my granddaughters new and exciting “short cuts” and easier ways to sew.
    Thank you Nancy, for many beautiful sewing years!

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