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Multi-Needle Monday: My Go-To Gift

June 2, 2014
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Multi-Needle Monday: My Go-To Gift

Last week, I showed how to stitch multiple napkins in on a single-needle machine. Today, let’s look at how to do it on a multi-needle machine. The set-up is the same: Mark the location of the corner monogram on each of the six napkins. I use the Napkin On-Point template from the Perfect Placement...

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My Go-To Gift

May 28, 2014
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My Go-To Gift

If you think you don’t have time to stitch a last minute gift, think again! Let me show you how to stitch six napkins in no time. Mark the location of the corner monogram on each of the six napkins. I use the Napkin On-Point template from the Perfect Placement Kit – no math,...

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Embroidering on Children’s Shirts

May 21, 2014
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Embroidering on Children’s Shirts

We received a message from Melinda on our Facebook page asking for some tips for embroidering on children’s shirts. Here are my top 10 tips for embellishing children’s shirts with machine embroidery. 1. Keep it light. Kids hate stiff, itchy embroidery so select embroidery designs that have a low-stitch count. 2. Use applique to...

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Great Grandma’s Linens

May 14, 2014
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By Denise Holguin Managing Editor Where do you find inspiration?  Oftentimes it’s right under my nose—or in this example, in my kitchen drawer! This flour sack towel was hand stitched by my great grandmother.  My mother gave it to me when I moved into my first home years ago.  The simplicity and the cheerful...

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Multi Needle Monday: Looking through a camera lens

May 12, 2014
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By Guest Blogger, Denise Holguin Managing Editor I volunteered to cover Eileen’s Multi Needle Monday while she’s teaching this week.   Once I realized what I had done panic set in.  After careful consideration (and excitement over using a newly purchased macro camera lens) I thought I’d take an entirely different approach for today’s blog...

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The Best Mother’s Day Present

May 10, 2014
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What is the best Mother’s Day present you can give? Time. Time out of your busy schedule; time out of your hectic life; time for just you and your mom. If your mother is still here on this great earth then make the time to see her. It doesn’t have to actually be on...

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Monogram of the Month – May

May 7, 2014
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Monogram of the Month – May

Embroidery Library’s Wild Side Alphabet a contemporary font with a bit of an edgy look. I love the nifty filigree background. Its scale sets the stage for the robust serif letter. At first glance, the letter appears to have four colors: the background scroll work, the letter’s fill, the satin accents on the curves...

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Multi-Needle Monday | The Dreaded Error Message

May 5, 2014
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Multi-Needle Monday | The Dreaded Error Message

Stitching grinds to a halt and the dreaded error message appears.  Here’s my method for unearthing the problem. First, check the needle thread and make sure the needle is still threaded.  Then take a look at the upper thread path and make sure the thread did not pop out of a tension disc or...

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Where’s the embroidery?

April 30, 2014
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As embroiderers we often think in terms of, ‘what will I embroider on this fabric?’ Oftentimes, some fabrics are quite busy and embroidery doesn’t seem possible. But sometimes the fabric is just too irresistible to pass up—like this bright and colorful linen. You might be asking… that’s a great bag, but where’s the embroidery?...

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Multi-Needle Monday | Applique and Onesies – Oh, My!

April 28, 2014
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Multi-Needle Monday | Applique and Onesies – Oh, My!

Applique and stitching on onesies have always challenged my multi-needle machine skills. First, trimming applique in those deep standard hoops is tricky on a small item. I can’t seem to get my scissors to trim close enough to the stitch line in those hoops without nipping the base fabric. And of course, hooping a...

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