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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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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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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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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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Designs in Machine Embroidery Hoop Comparison

June 19, 2013
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Designs in Machine Embroidery Hoop Comparison

Last week, I wrote about fishing, I mean teaching, in Bend, OR and while I was there, I introduced my students to the new Snap-Hoop Monster. Almost all of my students asked the same questions about the magnetic hoops so I thought I’d discuss it here. What’s the difference between Snap-hoop Monster and Snap-Hoop?...

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It’s Cold in Those Chemo Centers

May 22, 2013
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Bag of Hope

When you have a family member or friend diagnosed with cancer, it leaves many of us feeling helpless – what can you do to support them? Nancy Zieman and I decided to each create a bag stuffed with helpful items that we’d give to someone in treatment for cancer. The bags are a perfect...

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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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Napkin Ring in the Hoop

February 5, 2013
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This week we welcome guest blogger Sue O’Very from Sealed With A Stitch. We hope you enjoy her Napkin Ring project and make good use of it, perhaps as a Valentine’s place setting! You can download the designs for the project here. Materials (2) 4″ x 4″ Top ~ Cotton fabric (spray starch and...

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I can’t wait to meet you!

January 8, 2013
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I can’t wait to meet you!

Have you been itching to ramp up your machine embroidery skills? A two-day Stitching Sisters event may be just the thing you need to breathe new life into your hobby.  My Stitching Sister, Marie Zinno, and I travel the country to teach team embroidery classes which feature hands-on projects that cover tons of techniques –...

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