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Multi-Needle Monday! Roulette Table Cover!

February 16, 2015
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If you are using your multi-needle embroidery machine for a hobby or as a business, I’m sure you have some interesting and unique requests. Through my ten years as a commercial embroidery business owner I have had my share—believe me! Recently one of the interior decorators that I embroider for asked me to meet...

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What I learned from a box of gourmet chocolates

February 11, 2015
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Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog

We receive these gourmet chocolates every year from our good friend, Katherine Artines.  It arrives in a specially wrapped box – Eileen and I open the box together.  I usually take photos of the process.  We are, after all, unwrapping art! We usually gasp in delight as we look at the delicacies—decorated with stripes,...

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A visit with THE Dream Machine

February 4, 2015
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I was telling my friend about my work day. “I watched online videos of THE Dream Machine Innov-is XV8500D from Brother. My conclusion: The machine is a dream!” We both agreed it would be a good idea to see THE Dream Machine in person. I made an appointment to visit our friends, Carla Plant...

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Webinars – Watch Anytime, Anywhere and Learn

January 24, 2015
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Webinars – Watch Anytime, Anywhere and Learn

Did you watch Tuesday’s webinar with our new presenter, Katherine Artines? If you did, I’ll bet you learned a few tricks to make your embroidery stitch flawlessly. Katherine has been writing for Designs for several years and is the author of Posh Pincushions – a reader favorite. She brings creativity to the technical side...

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Monogram of the Month – January 2015

January 21, 2015
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Create a monogram for Nancy Zieman? The stress mounted as I thought about the assignment. I opened EmbroideryWorks™ software and started experimenting. There’s a unique quality about Nancy Zieman’s initials that I hadn’t considered. Rotate the N and it becomes a Z. Rotate the Z and it’s an N. I started out with the...

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The Day the Elves Returned to Santa’s Workshop

November 26, 2014
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Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog

I knew this day would come—but I was certain it was in the very distant future.  With Thanksgiving this week, the inevitable couldn’t be avoided any longer. Elfis and Elfira are needed at Santa’s Workshop! But before I prepared them for their trip back via UPS, I decided to take the elves out for...

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How a trip to the gym inspired today’s embroidery lesson!

November 19, 2014
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Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog

I was at the gym this week and decided to increase the weight on the Rotary Calf machine. I added 5 pounds to what I thought was already pretty hefty.  I completed the exercise with ease.  Armed with a little more confidence I added another 5 pounds. I braced myself for what would likely...

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The day elves came to play at the photography studio!

October 29, 2014
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August is the hottest month of the year in Dallas, Texas.  It’s also the time of the year we work on the holiday issue for Christmas!  For the Designs in Machine Embroidery team, it feels like we get to celebrate Christmas twice a year! This year was especially fun, we had two very special...

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All for Me!

October 15, 2014
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Improvise! Create! Have fun! I wanted to create something fun and personalized for my friends. These luggage tags featured in Shelly Smola’s book, All for Me, fit my needs for creativity. They can be used as gift tags, luggage tags or even Christmas ornaments! The luggage tags are designed with a handy pocket made...

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A Closer Look… On the Wrong Foot

October 1, 2014
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Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog

Elizabeth and Henry started off on the wrong foot today. Henry later apologized and professed his love for Elizabeth. They do make a nice couple.     About the image: The featured BERNINA foot is #40C – A Sideways motion foot!  Imagine the possibilities!   Here’s your assignment this week: What foot do you...

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