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We’re So Proud!

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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 embroiderers. Devour the expert information on stabilizers and how to embroider on ribbon, polos and t-shirts! Learn to create continuous embroidery with confidence; stitch a little something for the man in your life and develop your designer’s eye – all in this one special issue!

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Download the familiar .zip file, unzip and inside you’ll find an exciting interactive Adobe Acrobat PDF file you can read and enjoy from the convenience of your desktop computer or laptop. Use the free Adobe Acrobat reader to achieve full interactivity and flip through the pages, zoom in on projects and print whatever you’d like. Use the arrows on your keyboard to navigate through the pages: advance by clicking the arrows pointing down or right while the arrows pointing up or left will take you to a previous page.

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We made it simple to navigate, easy to view and inspirational to read – I think you’ll see why we’re so proud of our new digital issue. My hat is off to the whole Designs team for making this happen – led by Sam Solomon, Denise Holguin, Stephanie Smith and Sandy Griggs. Designs wouldn’t be here without that team – they’re awesome! I think you’ll agree when you see what they’ve created.

A very special thank you to our valued sponsors: Brother, Embrilliance, Embroidery Library, Five Star Fonts, Janome America, HoopSisters, SWAKembroidery and Urban Threads –  Enjoy!

Here’s your assignment this week:

Download our FREE digital edition of Designs in Machine Embroidery magazine. Give it a read and enjoy all of the interactivity, photo zooming abilities, videos and beautiful photography captured for each stunning project. Then, come back and leave us a comment on what you think about it – good or bad, we can take it. One lucky reader will win a gift certificate to Designs in Machine Embroidery for $25!

You can use that $25 to buy anything on our website including a 1 year subscription to our print magazine offered at the special price of $24.97 for a limited time only.

The winner of last week’s assignment is:

Go over and give Craftsy a looksy! Tell us what classes interest you or if you’ve already taken a class on Craftsy – tell us what you love about it. One lucky reader will receive a link for a complimentary download of Eileen’s new class, The Machine Embroidered T-Shirt!

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And the winner is…“I’ve been checking out Craftsy website, and some of the free classes. My sister told me about this site, she had taken a class and loved it! I would really LOVE to win the chance to take the T-shirt class. I have a fear to try new things, but I’m sure taking the class would give me more confidence. Thanks for sharing your embroidery expertise.” – Jane B.

Congratulations Jane, we hope you enjoy your class and share your experience with us!

Serving Up Style

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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 lucky enough to play tennis 2-3 days a week, so I based my projects on a tennis theme. I embroidered two tennis skirts and a white long sleeve shirt with the Polka Dot RikRak designs from Zippy DesignZ. I focused on the shirt details (diagonal pockets) and coordinated the skirts to match with the shirt. The white shirt has only the multi colored polka dot designs; this is a great quick embroidery design that would work on many blanks.

The Polka Dot RikRak designs are a versatile collection to have in your library. They add a unique element to baby and home décor items. In fact, I am going to use them as trim on burp cloths and baby blankets.

Embroidery Products

Polka Dot RikRak #3 embroidery designs by Zippy DesignZ available at http://www.zippydesignz.com/

Materials

  • Poly mesh cut-away stabilizer (white)
  • Polyester embroidery thread
  • Templates of design #3 (printed on tracing paper from embroidery editing software)
  • Target Stickers
  • Two purchased tennis skirts
  • One white purchased long sleeve shirt

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Lime Green Tennis Skirt
Step 1.

Open the RikRak #3 design in embroidery software. Insert vellum paper into the printer and print two templates of the design.

Step 2. Embroider

Measure the skirt hemline and the exact length of RikRak #3; calculate how many repeats of the design are necessary to embroider the entire circumference of the skirt. Mark the center of each design with a target sticker. (Six repeats were required to stitch the entire circumference.)

Hoop two pieces of poly mesh cut-away stabilizer with the skirt fabric. If the skirt fabric is quite stretchy, do not pull the fabric. The hemline will have a warped look after the embroidery is complete. Two pieces of poly mesh work better than one heavier cut-away stabilizer in this application.

Embroider the skirt by stitching from one side seam to the other; carefully check all target sticker placements. Remove the extra stabilizer as neatly as possible from the wrong side of the skirt and trim all threads.

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Blue Skirt
Step 1. Embroider

Use the same template from the lime green skirt and place it on a diagonal slant near the side seam. Repeat the placement for the opposite side mirror image. (Just flip the template over to get a mirror image of the design). Slide a target sticker under the template and align the crosshairs. Make sure the lower edge of the design is close to the bottom hem.

Place two pieces of poly mesh cut-away stabilizer in the 5″ x 7″ hoop, and embroider the design on each side section. Trim all threads and stabilizer from wrong side of skirt.

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White Long Sleeve Shirt

I wanted to highlight the side pocket details of the shirt and coordinate it with the blue and lime green tennis skirts. However, I eliminated the actual RikRak portion of design #3 and embroidered just the polka dots.

Step 1. Embroider

Open Polka Dot RikRak #3 in editing software, delete color #1 and save the design as PolkaDots in the appropriate format.

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Print two templates of the new design, PolkaDots. Use the templates to determine the exact placement of the design on the shirt detail.

Place the template of PolkaDots on the long sleeve shirt. (If the purchased shirt has different details as the sample, adjust the layout as you like.) Position a target sticker in the center of the design. Hoop the shirt with poly mesh cutaway and stitch the polka dot designs. To make color changes easier, use your color sort tool on your machine or with software. The polka dots can easily be embroidered in one color to simplify the task even further. Repeat embroidery on the opposite side of shirt.

Here’s your assignment this week:

Zip on over to ZippyDesignZ and let us know what your favorite RikRack pattern is. Six lucky winners will get a $25 gift certificate code to use at ZippyDesignZ!

The winner of last week’s assignment is:

Pick your favorite design from above, A, B or C. One lucky winner will win their very copy of Perfect Placement Software. Thank you and good luck!

And the winner is…“I like design “C” best because it has a more free-flowing aspect to it than the first two designs. It is somewhat art nouveau in feeling which is a favorite design style of mine.” – Rosalyn S.

Napkin Ring in the Hoop

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 press)
  • (2) 4″ x 4″ Bottom ~ Cotton fabric (spray starch and press)
  • (4) 4″ x 4″ Cut-away stabilizer – medium to heavy weight
  • (1) 8″ x 8″ piece of Tear-away stabilizer – medium to heavy weight


NOTE: Avoid Tear-away that leaves extra fibers!

i.e. Bosal Medium weight Tear Away

The basic napkin ring was used in photos as the example. All the napkin rings have the same basic steps.

For more details, see pages 7-9 for photos and steps of each napkin ring.


Tools

  • Ruler, rotary cutter, cutting mat
  • Hoop with 4″ x 4″ sewing area
  • Appliqué scissors
  • Embroidery snips
  • Embroidery needle size 14
  • Spray adhesive
  • Iron
  • Spray starch
  • Embroidery thread, bobbin thread and two empty bobbins
  • Seam sealant

*Bonus Appliqué instructions on page 10

 

KEY:

RS = Right Side

WS = Wrong Side

 

Step 1: Wind Bobbins

a) Wind one bobbin with thread to match the outer satin stitching for the Top (example is grey). Wind the second bobbin to match the outer satin stitching for the Bottom (example is pink).

b) At this time, thread top and bobbin with thread for the Bottom outer satin stitching (example is pink thread).

Step 2: Prepare Fabric

a) Spray starch and press all cotton fabrics (not shown).

b) Lightly spray one side of each Cut-away piece with spray adhesive. Place both Top and Bottom pieces RS facing up, centered on top of the Cut-away.

Step 3: Bottom

NOTE: All Napkin Rings will have the same first five stitch sequences. In these instructions we will refer to them as:

*Ring Placement Stitch

*Ring Secure Stitch

*Ring Satin Stitch

*Top Placement Stitch

*Top Secure Stitch

a) Hoop Tear-away stabilizer (not shown).

b) Insert hoop into machine. Stitch first stitch sequence, which will be the Ring Placement Stitch and where to place the Bottom fabric.

c) Lightly spray the WS of one piece of the Bottom. Place over the placement stitch on the front of the hoop.

d) Lightly spray the WS of other piece of the Bottom. Place over the position stitch on the back side of the hoop.

e) Insert hoop into machine. Stitch the second stitch sequence, which will be the Ring Secure Stitch.

f) Remove hoop from machine and place on a flat surface. Do not remove the materials from inside the hoop. Use appliqué scissors to cut away extra Bottom on front and back of hoop. Cut as close to the stitching line as possible without cutting the secure stitch.

g) Insert hoop into machine. Stitch the third stitch sequence, which will be the Ring Satin Stitch.

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7 – Top Back Secure Stitch

8 – Top Satin Stitch

 

 

Step 4: Front of Top

a) Insert bobbin weight thread (usually 60 wt white thread). Top embroidery thread should be same as for outer satin stitching (example is grey thread) (not shown).

b) Insert hoop into machine and stitch the fourth stitch sequence. This will be for the Top Placement Stitch.

c) Lightly spray the WS of one piece of the Top. Place over the front of the hoop over the top placement stitch.

d) Stitch the fifth stitch sequence which will be the Top Secure Stitch.

e) Stitch the Design Accents. NOTE: Some Napkin Rings will have multiple thread colors for this step. Follow the color breakdowns or see pages 7-9 for more details on the Design Accents. Be sure to clip all little jump threads as Design Accent colors progress. The basic napkin ring has only one design accent color. NOTE: You can also add your own design or monogram at this time by editing the design.

Step 5: Back of Top

NOTE: All Napkin Rings will have the same last two stitch sequences. In these instructions we will refer to them as:

*Top Back Secure Stitch

*Top Satin Stitch

*Lower speed to avoid thread
breakage for final satin stitching around Top.

*Raise presser foot height when stitching over the final satin stitching. Check your manual or ask your local dealer to see if your machine has this feature.

a) At this time, use matching top and bobbin with thread for the Top outer satin stitching (example is grey thread) (not shown).

b) Turn hoop with the WS facing up.

c) Spray WS of the second piece of Top. Place over the Top Secure Stitch and align with the Top front piece.

d) Insert hoop into machine. Stitch the second to last stitch sequence, which will be the Top Back Secure Stitch.

e) Remove hoop from machine and place on a flat surface. Do not remove the materials from the hoop. Use appliqué scissors to cut away extra Top on front and back of hoop. Cut as close to the stitching line as possible without cutting the secure stitch.

Step 6: Finish Napkin Ring

a) Insert hoop into machine. Stitch the last stitch sequence, which will be the Top Satin Stitch.

b) Notice that the satin stitching has perforated the tearaway stabilizer. Hold the hoop and pull the napkin ring toward you in order to release it from the stabilizer.

c) To help get rid of any extra pokey threads or stubborn stabilizer around the outside of the napkin ring, try this – dab some seam sealant on your finger tip and run your finger around all the edges of the Ring and Top of the outside edge of the satin
stitch.

 

BONUS matching Appliqué designs to coordinate with the Napkin Rings

Material

  • (1) 4″ x 4″ Appliqué material ~ Cotton fabric (spray starch and press)
  • Cloth napkin (spray starch and press)
  • (1) 4″ x 4″ Fusible web i.e. Bosal Splendid Web or Steam-A-Seam 2®
  • (1) 8″ x 8″ piece of Wash-away mesh style stabilizer –
    i.e. Bosal Wash-Away Plus

The basic appliqué design was used in photos as the example. All the appliqué designs have the same basic steps. For more details, see pages 14-15 for photos and steps of each appliqué design.


Tools

  • Hoop with 4″ x 4″ sewing area
  • Appliqué scissors
  • Embroidery snips
  • Embroidery needle size 11
  • Spray adhesive
  • Iron
  • Mini iron (recommended) i.e. Clover mini iron
  • Spray starch
  • Marking pen
  • Towel (for drying napkin)

KEY:

RS = Right Side

WS = Wrong Side

Step 1: Prepare Materials

a) Spray starch and press Appliqué material (not shown).

b) Spray starch and press the Cloth napkin.

c) Iron on a piece of fusible web on the WS of the Appliqué material, follow the manufacturers instructions.

d) Peel off paper from fusible web.

NOTE: These designs were digitized using Sue’s techniques along with specific stabilizers and materials for Napkins. Not all appliqués will be digitized with these exact steps.

Step 2: Secure Napkin

NOTE: All Appliqué designs will have the same first three stitch sequences. In these instructions we will refer to them as:

*Appliqué Placement Stitch

*Napkin Secure Stitch

*Appliqué Secure Stitch

a) Hoop Wash-away mesh style stabilizer.

b) Insert hoop into machine. Stitch first stitch sequence, which will be the Appliqué Placement Stitch and where to place the Napkin.

c) With a marking pen, mark the center of the design on the Napkin (not shown). Lightly spray the Wash-away stabilizer with spray adhesive. Place the “mark” over the center of the Appliqué Placement Stitch and press the Napkin down in place.

d) Insert hoop into machine. Stitch the second stitch sequence, which will be the Napkin Secure Stitch.

Step 3: Appliqué Material

a) Place the Appliqué material RS up over the Napkin Secure Stitch and finger press the fusible web down to hold in place (not shown).

b) Insert hoop into machine. Stitch the third stitch sequence, which will be the Appliqué Secure Stitch.

c) Remove hoop from machine and place on a flat surface. Do not remove the materials from the hoop. Use appliqué scissors to cut away extra Appliqué material. Cut as close to the stitching line as possible without cutting the secure stitch.

d) Press the Appliqué material with the mini iron. This will set the fusible material.

e) Stitch the Design Accents. NOTE: Some Appliqué designs will have multiple thread colors for this step. Follow the color breakdowns or see pages 14-15 for more details on the Design Accents. Be sure to clip all the little jump threads as the Design Accents colors progress. The basic Appliqué has only one design accent color. NOTE: You can also add your own design or monogram at this time by editing the design.

f) Stitch the last stitch sequence, which will be the Outer Satin Stitch.

Step 4: Finish Napkin

a) Remove hoop from machine. With appliqué scissors, cut wash-away stabilizer close to the satin stitching.

b) Follow manufactures instructions to remove wash-away stabilizer. NOTE: Do not distort the embroidery stitches. I use warm water and gently massage the back of the stabilizer.

c) Let dry on towel for a little while (not shown). Press flat once all the stabilizer is removed. The results are a very professional clean finish on the front and back of the napkin.

d) Fold and slip napkin ring into the appliquéd napkin ring and set the table for dinner.

Here is your assignment for this week:

Tell us what Valentine’s Day projects you have in the works. One lucky winner will win a $25.00 shopping spree to DZGNS.com!

The winner of last week’s assignment is:

Tell me what embroidery task you find most challenging to win an autographed copy of Machine Embroidery in 6 Easy Steps and the Sew with Nancy DVD.

And the winner is… “as a newbie my biggest problem is which stabilizer to use.” – Vicki

Congratulations Vicki, we hope you enjoy the book!

I can’t wait to meet you!

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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 – everything from terrycloth to continuous machine embroidery.  Take a look at what you can expect.

 

We kickoff the event with a behind the scenes look at Designs followed by our Hooping Clinic. Marie and I hoop over 30 items in standard machine embroidery hoops, Magna-Hoops, Snap-Hoop and border hoops. We discuss why you select each hoop and what to do when you don’t have the ideal hoop. Attendees find this information priceless. One recent attendee in Puyallup, WA said, “I could walk out of here after this lecture and feel I got every penny worth of admission.” Here’s what some other attendees have had to say:

 

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Eileen and Marie,
Thanks so much for coming to KC! LOVED the event and all your stories/energy. WOW! It was awesome to have 2 days to get to study under you and learn so much. LOVE the Stipple products and techniques. Looking forward to seeing you again! – Judy Brennan
 
Eileen and Marie, we had so much fun in Atlanta. The information you gave and taught us was immeasurable. You two are definitely gifted in your talent and love for the embroidery industry.
Best blessings in everything you do.  Signed had fun in Atlanta – Jackie Wallace
 
 
Hey Everyone! I’d highly recommend going to the Sewing Sisters Event if you get the chance. I live in Oregon and I went to PuyallupWA with my friend from LongviewWA. We had a great time! I personally never won anything but I did receive a wealth of knowledge and inspiration not to mention all the fun ladies I met and new friendships made. The projects we did were great and we got the CD-rom to go home to make more. I’m really looking forward to the next event! Thanks Eileen and Marie!! It was great meeting you! – Jane

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Marie and I cover tons of embroidery challenges during our two-day, hands-on, team-sewing events: what to do when your fabric pops out of the hoop, stitching on terrycloth, vinyl, sheers, quilting with an embroidery machine, stitching multiples (and getting them to match!) are just a few of the 50 techniques we cover.  You’ll use all of Designs in Machine Embroidery products – everything from Magna-Hoop Jumbo to Snap-Hoop to placement kits. You’ll have access to several hooping stations so you can test different methods of hooping.  Once at the machine, you’ll navigate in the hoop like a pro.

 

You’ll learn three ways to do continuous hooping and find out what methods works best for your machine and your project.  You’ll meet PAL and PAL2– and see how these helpful little tools can make hooping square a breeze. Treat yourself to two-days of embroidery fun and education – you’ll go home with a smile on your face and some new-found knowledge that you’ll be inspired to put into immediate action.

New-found friends in Santa Rosa, CA

New-found friends in Santa Rosa, CA

 

Why don’t you join us?  We’ll be hitting the road and landing in a town near you!  February 8-9th finds us in beautiful San Marcos, CA at SewingMachinesPlus.com. There’s still room – click here for more information.

 

We are so excited to head to Timeless Treasures in Crofton, MD on April 12-13.  This will be the first Stitching Sisters event in Maryland, so if you’re Mid-Atlantic region, this event is for you. Click here to visit their website or call 410-451-0400.

 

After Maryland, we head back to the West Coast and teach two events for Moore’s Sewing. April 30-May 1 finds us in Pomona, CA and May 3-4 is in Huntington Beach. You just won’t believe how much fun you can have at a sewing event until you’ve been to one at Moore’s.  Join us in Pomona or Huntington Beach.  Visit Moore’s website here.

 

Marie and I hope to see you at a Stitching Sister event this year. Don’t wait any longer; come with a friend or by yourself.  Everyone is a sister at a Stitching Sisters event. Click here for summer and fall events in 2013. And, check out our new Stitching Sisters photo gallery!

Here’s your assignment this week:

Great things come in pairs. Shoes, diamond earrings, Stitching Sisters! Comment below on why you’d like to attend a Stitching Sisters event or if you have, what you liked most about it. We’ll award one lucky winner with two $20.13 gift certificates, one for you and one for your own stitching sister to spend on the Designs in Machine Embroidery website. Good luck!

The winner of last week’s assignment is:

Tell us your embroidery resolution for 2013. One lucky winner will win a $25 gift certificate to spend on the Designs in Machine Embroidery website!

And the winner is… “2013 I plan to create my own embroidery designs, organize my sewing/embroidery room, organize and catalog ALL my embroidery designs, and last but not least open up a shop on Etsy” – Angie G.

Advent Calendars

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I’ve always been charmed by advent calendars. When I saw this Winter Mitten Gift Card Holder from our friends at SWAKembroidery.com, I couldn’t resist transforming the in-the-hoop ornaments into 25 mittens to countdown the days until Christmas. The mitten is featured in the current issue of Designs and is a bargain-buy at $8.00 because you get five different designs in three sizes.

I opted to use cotton quilting fabric instead of traditional red felt. Either works just fine but felt is more economical. If you choose felt, use one layer for the front of the mitten and one layer for the back. Cotton fabric needs a bit more stability so fuse two layers of fabric with fusible web together for the front of the mitten. A single layer of fabric works fine for the back. You’ll need enough for 25 stockings or five hoopings in a 200×300 hoop.

In embroidery editing software, open Mitten4x4 Christmas Tree. Remove the Christmas tree. Copy and paste the design four times. Position the mittens in the hoop leaving ½” between each design. If the fabric doesn’t have a directional print (such as a stripe), rotate the fifth one to fit in the hoop. Select three of the mittens and mirror image them.

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Color sort the design. Select the lettering function and type in number 1. Place the digit in the first mitten (thumb facing to the right) and size the letter to a height of 1.46”. Repeat for numbers 2 through 5.

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Move the numbers to the first color of the design. Save it as Mitten1_5.

Remove the numbers and replace them with numbers 6 through 10. Save it as Mitten6_10. Repeat this process until you have 25 mittens with the numbers 1 through 25, five hoopings.

If you don’t have embroidery editing software, you can do this at the machine but you’ll have to ‘embroider responsibly’. Open the embroidery design in the machine’s editing feature. Merge as many mittens into the largest hoop as will fit. Add a number to each mitten, centering the number over the Christmas tree.

Attach the hoop to the machine. Stitch the numbers by advancing through the design. Stitch the placement guide for the trim. Add the trim. Skip the colors of the Christmas tree and advance to the mitten outline. Place a second piece of fabric under the hoop and stitch the final outline. When stitching the final outline, it’s wise to cover the fur on the side opposite the thumb. Use a skewer or pencil to hold a scrap of water soluble stabilizer over the fur as the needle advances to the fur.

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Remove from the hoop.

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Trim about ¼” from the outline.

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Create your advent wreath by attaching to a decorative ribbon, clothesline, or wire. Adorn a mantel, staircase or tree with the mittens. The kids will have so much fun checking for a small treat each day.

Want to use multiple fabrics for a charming, quilty look? Don’t assign the numbers to the mittens in chronological order, change fabrics with every hooping and consider doing some of the numbers in single hoopings.

Here’s your assignment this week:

Christmas decorations and ornaments can evoke warm memories of childhood. What’s your favorite motif? Is it a star, reindeer, Santa, snowflakes or a menorah? Do you have a central theme running through your holiday decorations? Share your thoughts and you could be one of four lucky winners this week. What’s the prize? FOUR lucky winners will receive a $25.00 gift certificate from SWAKembroidery.com!
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The winner of last week’s assignment answered the following question:

I’d love to know what digitizing program you use – and maybe you don’t! Tell me that too. Just leave a comment and let me know if you do or don’t digitize and if you do, what program you use. You could win one of my favorite embroidery editing programs, Perfect Alignment Software.

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The lucky winner is…  (drum roll please!)
“I use Embroidery Magic 2 and Fancyworks.  They take some effort to learn but the results are well worth the effort.” – Becky

Congratulations Becky!

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