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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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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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It doesn’t have to take a village…

June 13, 2014
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It doesn't have to take a village

The entire community used to come together whenever the needle plate on an embroidery machine needed to be removed.  Together, they’d carefully hoist a giant screwdriver.   Not only was it heavy, but it was tricky and nearly impossible to maneuver in a small space. Then the community discovered the Stitcher’s Hardware, a handy tool...

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Multi-Needle Monday: My Go-To Gift

June 2, 2014
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Multi-Needle Monday: My Go-To Gift

Last week, I showed how to stitch multiple napkins in on a single-needle machine. Today, let’s look at how to do it on a multi-needle machine. The set-up is the same: Mark the location of the corner monogram on each of the six napkins. I use the Napkin On-Point template from the Perfect Placement...

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A Closer Look: Pincushion Tower

May 30, 2014
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We’re launching a new series on Eileen’s Machine Embroidery blog, called A Closer Look.  As the name suggests, it will show an up close view of embroidery machines, notions, tools and anything else you might find in a sewing, embroidery or craft studio – plus some unexpected surprises!  A Closer Look will take you on a journey...

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