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This might surprise you

January 8, 2014
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This might surprise you

With the recent launch of Volume 84 January/February, we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to highlight one of our talented writers, Shelly Smola of My Fair Lady Designs who is featured in the current issue. Shelly has contributed articles for Designs in Machine Embroidery since 2007. Among the projects featured are the...

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Multi-Needle Monday II

January 6, 2014
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Multi-Needle Monday II

In upcoming posts, we’ll address threading, hooping, editing and more but for now, let’s get that baby in a safe location! There are several efficient stands available for the multi-needle machines. Most of them have a feature that secures the legs of the machine. It could be a well that is made specifically for...

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Monogram of the Month

December 31, 2013
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Monogram of the Month By Eileen Roche EmbroideryArts.com’s Arabesque Monogram Set 9, candlewick font is elegant and timeless. Imagine it scrolled across the corner of a linen tablecloth, or centered on smooth finish cotton pillow shams. Regardless of where you place it, you’ll be making a statement of ownership. When working with elegant monograms, experiment with thread colors...

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Multi-Needle Monday

December 30, 2013
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Multi-Needle Monday

Long-time single-needle machine embroiderers often tell me they are intimidated by multi-needle machines. I completely understand because I used to be petrified of any machine that didn’t look similar to my trusted mirror-imaged c-shaped machine.  You know, needle on the left, flat bed under the needle extending to the control panel on the right....

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Bernina Part 2

December 26, 2013
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Bernina Part 2

Day 2 of the BERNINA Ambassador Reunion found me in BERNINA educator Debbi Lashbrook’s class. Debbi’s talent extends far beyond the teaching podium. Her eye for design is unique and yet not so far out of the box; her style appeals to everyone. She stretches the imagination and backs it up with solid stitching...

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Stitching Lettering on Fur

December 20, 2013
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Stitching Lettering on Fur

I know thousands of embroidery machines will be humming right up until December 24th. So here’s how to handle tricky faux fur – a favorite last minute gift item. Scroll lettering has a tendency to disappear when stitched on faux fur.  Here’s how I tackle that problem. I used Floriani Total Control Pro to...

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An Early Christmas Present

December 18, 2013
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An Early Christmas Present

Last week, I gave myself an early Christmas present – the gift of time to focus on one of Designs’ valued partners. I have to admit, it had been way too long since I had the opportunity to spend such quality time with my friends at BERNINA. They invited me – along with some...

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Thoughtful & Quick-to-Stitch Gift Ideas for the Holiday Season

December 13, 2013
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Long before the holidays spring up I have great plans for stitching gifts for family and friends. But inevitably, the hustle and bustle of preparing a Thanksgiving meal, decorating the home and fighting the crowds everywhere I go and staying within budget leaves me overwhelmed. That’s why I think finding balance and coming up...

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Keep It Simple Snowman

December 11, 2013
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My Stitching Sister, Marie Zinno, is so busy right now. Every time we talk (and that’s every morning), she’s got all three of her machines cranking out holiday orders.  Marie is a commercial embroiderer based in Canton, OH and one very pleasant person. She never grumbles even in the midst of holiday stitching chaos....

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Handbags You Can Knockoff

December 4, 2013
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Handbags 2 - Designer Knockoffs

Nancy Zieman and I have seen so many versions of Designer Handbags (our first handbag embroidery collection and book), we decided to create a second series, Designer Knockoffs, Handbags 2.  This collection focuses on trendy grommets, beautiful and functional pockets plus in-the-hoop techniques. I have to admit, I love these new bags!  Let me...

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