Applique

Down & Dirty; Quick & Easy Applique Circle

February 24, 2014
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Down & Dirty; Quick & Easy Applique Circle

Here’s a quick method for making a circle applique with the machine’s built-in stitches. In a later post, we’ll discuss the auto-applique feature but for now, this is a ‘down and dirty, quick and easy’ way to applique. On the main screen, touch the square and heart key.  Select the circle with the running...

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A few of my favorite things…Tools!

December 2, 2013
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A few of my favorite things…Tools!

As an embroiderer, sewer and crafter you can never have too many tools. Here’s a look at some of my faves and a limited-time offer available to you! Have you ever tried to cut applique with ordinary scissors? Sure, it can be done but why make it more difficult? Applique scissors are the solution!...

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Fusible Web

September 25, 2013
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I have a love-hate relationship with fusible web. I like to add it to the wrong side of applique fabrics, even those that will be finished with a satin edge. I love the insurance fusible web provides through the life of the garment because the applique will not work itself away from the base...

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Polka-dots, Stipple Blocks and Creativity, Oh my! Part 2

August 14, 2013
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Stipple Fabulous Flowers and Medallions

If you missed Part 1, click here. I was making excellent progress this afternoon—stitching block after block.  I have quite an assembly line going!  Then I heard the dreaded Low Bobbin Warning beep with the accompanying sad face on the machine.  I always appreciate that the machine feels my pain.  Maybe it’s also a...

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Polka-dots, Stipple Blocks and Creativity, Oh my! Part 1

August 7, 2013
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Polka-dots, Stipple Blocks and Creativity, Oh my!  Part 1

I was recently discussing color schemes with my associate Sherry.  Sherry was working on a quilt using our newest collection, Stipple Fab Flowers & Medallions.  That’s when I caught the sewing bug. Denise:  “Oooh!  If I were to stitch the blocks… I think I’d make one that was black, white and pink!” A few...

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We’re So Proud!

May 8, 2013
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Toot, toot!  Beep, beep! A special digital issue of Designs in Machine Embroidery is free for you – just click here to access. You’ll find projects, free embroidery designs, videos from our sponsors and access to leading companies in the embroidery industry. Wondering what’s inside? It’s packed with educational material for newbies, intermediate and advanced...

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Serving Up Style

March 20, 2013
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Today we are serving up a fun hemline project by Marie Zinno. Enjoy! Designs suggested a hemline theme, which sounded like a fun project. My lifestyle is very casual; sewing, embroidering for my business, housework and driving my kids to after school functions. I generally do not dress up unless we have a special occasion. However, I’m...

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You’ll still have time to decorate your holiday table

November 21, 2012
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Eileen Roche Tutorial on Stipple Jingle Bells

  Here’s a tutorial on a fast easy centerpiece.  You can stitch this in about two hours, and then just slip your potted plant, floral bouquet or a glass vase of sparkly Christmas ornaments inside the tube. It’s a fast and easy way to dress up your table.   You’ll Need: Stipple! Jingle Bells...

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Mini Quilts Make Great Handbags

September 19, 2012
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Mini Quilts Make Great Handbags

Want to try a new quilting technique but don’t have the time or materials to make a whole quilt? Then stitch up a mini-quilt and transform it into a handbag.  I used the embroidery designs from the Hourglass quilt, featured in my online Craftsy class, the Machine Embroidered Quilt, to make this fetching handbag. ...

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Appliqué

September 6, 2012
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Generally, I fall in love with a fabric and an appliqué design and uh, kind of, force them together. After watching Deborah Jones’ Learn from Expert DVD Applique FUNdamentals, I now know why I haven’t always been successful. For instance, I should have considered important criteria for both the appliqué and host fabric such...

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