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Blog Tour Finale

February 13, 2013
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Wow – what a fun two weeks! We’ve given away a dozen books over the past two weeks and have received tons of comments and questions. My hat is off to all of our blog tour participants. Here’s a look at the stops: 1 Hoop Sisters http://hoopsisters.blogspot.com/ 4 Think Crafts http://thinkcrafts.com/ 5 Indygo Junction...

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6 Easy Steps Blog Tour

January 30, 2013
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Welcome to the first day of my Machine Embroidery in 6 Easy Steps Blog Tour! During the next two weeks, 6 Easy Steps will travel around the internet and make 11 stops, visiting some popular blogs. It’s a great opportunity for you to explore new blogs and win some giveaways on each stop. Each...

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We’ve Been Busy!

January 23, 2013
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Placing embroidery on a shirt has got to be the most challenging task an embroiderer can face. Oh, there are many solutions to the fairly easy job of left chest placement but when you want to really decorate a neckline, cuff or yoke, things can get tricky.  Nancy Zieman and I first addressed this...

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Six Easy Steps

December 25, 2012
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When planning a two-part series for the Sewing with Nancy television show, Nancy Zieman realized we hadn’t addressed embroidery basics in ages.  Since the hobby has welcomed so many new embroiderers, she felt it was time to address that subject. I wholeheartedly agreed. After carefully studying the embroidery process (hard to do when you...

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Upscale Bed Linens – Tips for stitching gorgeous machine embroidery designs on sheets

November 28, 2012
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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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Put a Neckline on a Hemline!

October 24, 2012
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Uh? Put a neckline on a hemline? Well, kinda. I’ve been looking at the peek-a-boo transformation on Designer Necklines and wondered if I could use it to decorate something other than a neckline. After an aha! moment, I decided to try it on the hem of a sweatshirt. Look how easy it is. First,...

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Ribbed Knits

September 26, 2012
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Here’s a great tip for embroidering on ribbed knits. Aren’t ribbed knits so comfy to wear? I love the stretch and texture but I’m not too fond of embroidering on that challenging fabric.  This weekend, I wanted to stitch something special for my daughter, Janelle. She’s in her second month of grad school –...

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7 Steps to Improve Your Embroidery

April 5, 2012
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7 Steps to Improve Your Embroidery 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. Build a test stash. Keep a test polo shirt, stretchy t-shirt, terrycloth towel and common items that...

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Spring Roses By Lorraine Allen

March 28, 2012
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Note from Eileen: A big welcome to guest blogger Lorraine Allen! Many of you may remember Lorraine when she worked in customer service here at Designs.  Now she’s living in Utah and is definitely missed in Dallas. Since I’m on my honeymoon I thought I’d let Lorraine share an easy t-shirt makeover. It’s so...

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Placement Guides, Alignment Marks, Placement Marks, What’s the Difference?

February 8, 2012
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Placement Guides, Alignment Marks, Placement Marks, What’s the Difference? No matter what you call them, they are a visual aid to place fabric in a hoop so that the design stitches exactly where planned. Placement Guides A placement guide is usually a running stitch partial outline of an item such as a collar point,...

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