Hooping

7 days FREE at It’s Sew Easy

April 11, 2014
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7 days FREE at It’s Sew Easy

I’m always so excited to head to the It’s Sew Easy studio to tape new embroidery projects.  It’s a whirlwind of activity and usually involves a snowstorm or two.  Taping occurs in northern Ohio in February and although the natives think nothing of 3, 6 or 10 inches of snow, the guests have completely...

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Multi-Needle Monster

April 7, 2014
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Multi-Needle Monster

For years, people have been asking me to design a flat, magnetic hoop for the multi-needle machine that is recognized by the machine. Well it took some doing but it’s finally here, Multi-Needle Monster! It features two points of attachment to the machine, at the right and left of the sewing field.  When attached,...

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How to Stitch a Onesie with Hoop Guard

March 12, 2014
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How to Stitch a Onesie with Hoop Guard

Don’t you hate it when you’re working on a large (or small project) and as soon as you turn your back on the machine, a portion of the fabric (that’s not in the hoop) falls into the sewing field? It never seems to fail that the more time and materials I have invested in...

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Multi-Needle Monday | Who’s on First?

March 3, 2014
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Multi-Needle Monday | Who’s on First?

You are!  Sure to be a hit with all baseball fans, here’s a little baseball stitching to get you into the mood for the season.  Celebrate Opening Day 2014, whether you’re a major league baseball fan or tee-ball devotee, by wearing this design. It doesn’t have to be on the back pocket of a...

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The Value of Hooping Correctly

February 26, 2014
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The Value of Hooping Correctly

Our friends at Baby Lock have excellent advice for achieving beautiful embroidery on any machine.  As guest bloggers this week, they point out the necessary steps to take get professional results on your embroidery machine. Plus, they have a VERY generous giveaway this week!  Read on for details…   The Value of Hooping Correctly...

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7 Steps to Improve Your Embroidery

February 19, 2014
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7 Steps to Improve Your Embroidery

1. Print a template(s) of your embroidery design so you can plan the embroidery layout. Place it on the item (garment, home décor, craft or quilt) and critique its placement and size. 2. Build a test stash. Keep a test polo shirt, stretchy t-shirt, terrycloth towel and common items that you embroider on all...

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Multi-Needle Hoops

February 17, 2014
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Multi-Needle Hoops

If you’ve been following along with the Multi-Needle Monday series, I hope you’re beginning to see similarities between the domestic, single-needle and the multi-needle machines.  If there’s one area where the difference between the two machines is visible, it’s in hooping. Wrapping my head around how to hoop on a multi-needle machine was my...

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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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