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It’s Sew Easy – Episode 510

August 29, 2014
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It’s Sew Easy – Episode 510

  See me FREE, for 7 days, on the It’s Sew Easy web site in It’s Sew Easy episode 510. I’ll be demonstrating cutwork embroidery so stop by beginning today at 12:00PM Eastern Time. Click here to watch! Email this post

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My Friend Helen Gardner

August 23, 2014
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My Friend Helen Gardner

Normally, on Saturday, I write about software but this week, I’d like to share some thoughts about my business partner’s wife, Helen Gardner. I’ve known Helen for over 15 years and have always admired her. She was a smart businesswoman, loving wife and mother but when faced with a terminal diagnosis of ovarian cancer,...

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The Unintended Double-Run

August 16, 2014
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The Unintended Double-Run

Many beginning embroiderers come across a common problem when digitizing a single run element in a design. On screen, everything looks perfect and when viewed through the slow re-draw feature this problem is often overlooked – until you stitch the design. This occurrence is the unintended two-ply run stitch. I’m not a fan of...

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DiME Inspiration Software Update

August 14, 2014
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  As announced on August 9, 2014, Designs in Machine Embroidery (DIME) has been chosen by G7 Solutions as the new face for its popular line of quilting and embroidery software. Current owners of G7 Solutions software modules will receive a link to download the corresponding versions of DIME’s Inspiration Software free of charge...

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Multi-Needle Monday: How Many People Can You Fit in Your Sewing Room?

August 11, 2014
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Multi-Needle Monday: How Many People Can You Fit in Your Sewing Room?

I don’t get a lot of company at my house but when I do, I love it. Recently, I had the pleasure of hosting my sister, her three daughters and two grandchildren. We wound up in my sewing room! Tons of room to spread out all over the house, but here we were huddled...

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Monogram of the Month – August

August 6, 2014
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Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog

As you build your library of embroidery fonts, consider a basic applique font.  Not too fancy, not to juvenile, not too feminine, not too masculine, well you get the idea. A basic applique font is helpful to have on hand as you’ll find many uses for this type of font.  Upper case letters will...

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Hooping a t-shirt in Multi-Needle Monster

August 4, 2014
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Hooping a t-shirt in Multi-Needle Monster

Today’s blog is inspired by a reader’s recent question.  We hope you enjoy and be sure to keep those questions coming! ——————————- On July 21, 2014, reader Beth Price left a comment asking how to center a t-shirt with Multi-Needle Monster and PAL. Here’s how I do it. First, prepare your hoop. Multi-Needle Monster...

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A New Bag – Finale

July 30, 2014
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A New Bag – Finale

Here’s the windup on my new bag. After embroidering the corner accents and grommet designs on both bag outer panels, I followed the instructions in Handbags 2, Designer Knockoffs for stitching the grommets on the lining. Now it was time to construct the bag. I used a centering ruler to find the center of...

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Multi-Needle Monday: Speed Techniques for Handbags 2 Designer Knockoffs

July 28, 2014
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Multi-Needle Monday: Speed Techniques for Handbags 2 Designer Knockoffs

If you plan properly, you can stitch four grommets and four corners in three hoopings instead of eight or six.  Here’s how to do it. Hoop tear-away stabilizer in a large hoop, 8” x 12”. Select the grommet design and move it to the edge of the hoop.  Stitch the first color, the placement...

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A New Bag

July 23, 2014
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A New Bag

Nothing puts a little kick in your step quite like a new handbag – especially when you make it yourself. Once or twice a year, I like to dip into my fabric stash and see what I can use to create a new bag. I gather some materials I’ve been hoarding, I mean saving,...

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