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Come Sail with the Stitching Sisters and DIME

October 22, 2014
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Come Sail with the Stitching Sisters and DIME

Exciting news – Flash Sewing in Naples, FL is hosting a Stitching Sisters cruise in February, 2016 and to kick off the announcement, they are offering a special offer until October 30, 2015, buy one cruise at full price and the second cruiser is 50%. My Stitching Sister and I are so excited to sail on...

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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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Behind the Scenes of Volume 88 Sept/Oct 2014

August 20, 2014
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Behind the Scenes of the September/October 2014 issue What an exciting day we had lined up: Beautiful projects, a beautiful model and of course—Denise was on hand with her miniatures…. Designs Editor, Eileen Roche and Steve Woods review the photos to be sure we have the right shot. We loved this twin set from...

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Has this ever happened to you? (The ongoing series!)

August 13, 2014
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Eileen walked in to my office and in an excited tone, said, “I have something for you!” Since it was around 3 pm, I was thinking it might be chocolate. No, it was better than chocolate! We have a new policy at Designs in Machine Embroidery where we ‘celebrate’ mistakes by photographing them. It...

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Multi-Needle Monday: How Many People Can You Fit in Your Sewing Room?

August 11, 2014
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Multi-Needle Monday: How Many People Can You Fit in Your Sewing Room?

I don’t get a lot of company at my house but when I do, I love it. Recently, I had the pleasure of hosting my sister, her three daughters and two grandchildren. We wound up in my sewing room! Tons of room to spread out all over the house, but here we were huddled...

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A New Bag

July 23, 2014
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A New Bag

Nothing puts a little kick in your step quite like a new handbag – especially when you make it yourself. Once or twice a year, I like to dip into my fabric stash and see what I can use to create a new bag. I gather some materials I’ve been hoarding, I mean saving,...

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A Closer Look… How to become more centered

July 16, 2014
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A Closer Look... How to become more centered

Norman felt hopelessly lost as he hiked across the expanse of fabric. He had no point of reference. No guidance or direction. One day, he discovered a beacon of hope. It was a great beam of light shining forth across the fabric giving him direction—and guidance. He felt very… centered. What is the source...

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Monogram of the Month: A Reason to Celebrate!

July 2, 2014
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Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog

I was very excited when Eileen gave me the opportunity to write this month’s Monogram of the Month feature.  I’ve had my eye on the banner designs from JoAnn Connolly’s book, Sweet Stitches – and decided instead of monograms today I’d do a fun banner.   I’m quite fond of quick and easy projects that...

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Thoughts to Ponder

June 18, 2014
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Thoughts to Ponder

Subtle text messages are a lovely way to add sentiments to gifts, home décor accessories or even wearables.   A romantic mood can be set with the right fabric, color selection, charms, ribbons and trims. I enjoyed making these small projects – the fun is in the creating and ok, the gathering of the goodies! ...

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