Planning Embroidery

Multi-Needle Monday: Speed Techniques for Handbags 2 Designer Knockoffs

July 28, 2014
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Multi-Needle Monday: Speed Techniques for Handbags 2 Designer Knockoffs

If you plan properly, you can stitch four grommets and four corners in three hoopings instead of eight or six.  Here’s how to do it. Hoop tear-away stabilizer in a large hoop, 8” x 12”. Select the grommet design and move it to the edge of the hoop.  Stitch the first color, the placement...

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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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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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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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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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What’s with Lower Case Monograms?

October 2, 2013
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You see it everywhere today – lower case monograms catch your eye and make you wonder if it really is a monogram. I think its popularity stems from texting. Many young people will tell you uppercase letters are a waste of time. What’s the point of engaging two fingers to type a letter when...

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Need an embroidery miracle? Then you need friends in high places!

July 24, 2013
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Where do you turn when you need a solution to an embroidery dilemma? It started innocently enough with “Honey, can you embroider my name and phone number on this strap?” I naively responded, “Oh sure, I’ll bet it’ll be an easy thing to do.” Then he hands over the ‘harmless’ strap. From afar, it...

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Upscale Bed Linens

July 5, 2013
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Upscale Bed Linens

I love embroidered bed linens. They are such a treat to slide between as you end a long day. Here are some tips for stitching gorgeous machine embroidery designs on sheets. Tips for Success • Take the time to prepare the design and the sheets. It’s well worth the effort. • Purchase an extra...

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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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