Now’s a good time get your new Snap Hoop Monster out of the box and apply the rulers. Here’s a quick solution for precision placement of the adhesive rulers on your Snap Hoop Monster magnetic frame. Download the Crosshair design (click here) and send it to your machine.
Hoop stabilizer in Snap Hoop Monster. Align the top frame with the bottom frame. Attach the hoop to the machine. Select the Crosshair design and stitch it in black (or other dark thread). Make sure you do not move the design before you stitch it.
Remove the hoop from the machine and place it on a flat work surface.
If you have Perfect Alignment Laser (PAL), turn on PAL and align the beams with a cutting mat or the DIME hoop mat.
Place the hoop under PAL. Align the stitched crosshair with the laser beam.
The beam will extend over the frame. Remove the protective paper from the wrong side of the rulers. Place the rulers on the frame, centering the zero on each beam.
Firmly press the rulers to the frame. Trim the excess off the ends. Done!
Use a ruler to extend each leg of the stitched crosshair to the frame.
Remove the protective paper from the wrong side of the ruler. Place the ruler’s zero mark at the extended crosshair. Press the ruler to the frame.
Join me Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 1:00 PM CDT on Facebook Live and YouTube Live. We have lots to talk about and I can’t wait to share some of the April #DimeDoors that you’ve been stitching! See at 1:00 tomorrow!
I’m wrapping up National Quilting Month with quilting projects: one large and one small. I’m quilting a large – and I mean – large quilt! It’s 90″ x 90″ and I’m quilting it on my embroidery machine. I spent weekends in March piecing Red Ribbons by Kaffe Fassett and added extra borders as the original size of Red Ribbons is 68″ x 68″. You can find the pattern in his Quilts in America book.
Truth be told, when I’m piecing a quilt, all I think about is the next step – the quilting – as that’s my favorite part of quilting! I love seeing the design come to life and watching the quilt morph into a dimensional, cozy quilt sandwich. The texture of the quilt completely changes as the stitches are added and the end of the task comes into view. It’s motivating!
But there are quite a few challenges along the way – like what design to select, what hoop to use and how to handle the bulk of the quilt. Tomorrow, on Facebook Live you can watch the process as I’ll be quilting the second half of the quilt. I finished the first half this past weekend. Come see for yourself how you can handle a 90″ x 90″ quilt on single needle embroidery machine!
And…meet Becky Thompson, from San Antionio, TX, my guest on tomorrow’s Live session. Becky is the force behind Power Tools with Thread (fun name wouldn’t you agree?). She’s so passionate about machine embroidery, I just had to introduce her to you. We’re going to have fun because she’s going to be quilting an Edge to Edge design in her studio while I’m quilting in my studio! Join us at 1:00 CST PM on Facebook Live!
But wait there’s more! My small quilting project is the big reveal of the April Door! If you’ve been looking for a breath of spring – you’ll find it in the April Door. I can’t wait to share it with you tomorrow on Facebook Live. See you at 1:00 PM CST on March 26, 2020.
Hey Embroidery Friends!
We hope you all are staying safe, healthy, and creative! We had an absolutely wonderful time with our good friend Reen Wilcoxson of Embroidery Garden today on our live session. We talked about her collaboration with DIME’s My Lace Maker software on her lace collection, her new space, all the new monster hoop sizes, the ways you get to “cheat” with a cheater quilt, and more!! We even had a giveaway (;
If you missed us live and need something fun to do while at home, watch our rebroadcast below!
Snap Hoop Monsters and Cheater Quilts on sale now HERE.
For our Hoop Compatibility Chart CLICK HERE.
Now is the perfect time to catch up on your #DIMEDOORS! If you missed stitching January through March, CLICK HERE. If you didn’t see your door shown on one of our lives yet or would like to again, make sure you post your door onto YOUR personal page with hashtags #dimedoor and #dimesewalong so we can find you!
Most of our recent events have been postponed to later this year. Please check out our Inspired by Dime website for details when you CLICK HERE.
Next week, we will have special guest and renowned YouTuber, Becky Thompson. We can’t wait to chat with her and share more amazing embroidery with all of you.
Hey Embroidery Friends!
We hope you’re staying safe and cozy in your homes during this unprecedented time. What better way to take a load off your mind with something fun and worthwhile then by joining our live as we bring on our very special guest, Reen Wilcoxson!
Reen is the founder of Embroidery Garden and she is an absolutely brilliant creator for embroidery enthusiasts everywhere. We will discuss her lace collection, our #dimedoors, HOOPS, and so much more!
Follow Embroidery Garden on Facebook HERE.
Make sure you’re following DIME on Facebook and YouTube so you won’t miss out on all the fun!
See you tomorrow at 1:00 PM CST !
Two embroidery experts are joining me tomorrow on Facebook Live at 1:00 PM CST, Christine Connor of Amelie Scott Designs and DIME Inspiration Education Consultant, Ashley Jones. It’s going to be so much fun as I continue to celebrate National Quilting Month. They will both share their secrets on quilting on their embroidery machines – from Christine’s Edge to Edge quilting techniques to creating the perfect quilt label.
Hope to see you there – it’s going to be fun and packed with tips and techniques to help you quilt those quilt tops! You can watch on Facebook Live or YouTube Live at 1:00 PM CST. Bring your questions, we’ll be happy to help.
Hey Embroidery Friends!
March is National Quilting Month and to celebrate we’re kicking it off by discussing our best selling Snap Hoop Monsters! We will show you how easy it is to quilt inside the hoop with your embroidery machine, answer your snap hoop questions, and reveal the first round of March #dimedoors!
Take advantage of our special offer on ALL our hooping systems going on NOW for a limited time only HERE. Use code FSHIPSHM36 for FREE shipping up to $15 in the US!
Today was particularly special because right after our live we guest starred on SewingMachinesPlus.com LIVE with Blaine Austin to discuss exciting upcoming events and learned some new information on Eileen’s beginnings in embroidery.
Check out below!
I’ll bet you have a quilt top or two waiting to be layered and quilting. I know I do. Join me tomorrow at 1:00 PM CST on Facebook Live and I’ll share some guidelines on how to select quilting designs. I’ll discuss the difference between overall quilting and custom quilting and when to choose one over the other.
Bring your quilting questions and let’s get those quilt tops transformed into finished quilts! See you on Facebook Live or YouTube.
There are several ways to handle the bulk of a large quilt. How large is large? In my book, large is any dimension beyond a crib size quilt (36″ x 52″). Once a quilt is wider than four hoopings, it’s time to pay attention to the weight of the quilt.
A few weeks ago, I discussed handling a large quilt in my Facebook Live session on the Weightless Quilter. You can watch that broadcast here.
Tomorrow at 1:00 CST, I’ll demonstrate the shortE – the Embroidery Short Arm with a Long Reach. Since it’s quilting month here at DIME, I figured it was a good time to have a live Q&A on the topic. The shortE is set up in the studio so you’ll get a good look at it and you can watch the quilting process. I’ll discuss how to prepare a quilt when using the shortE, how to ‘work the quilt’ and what’s the difference between quilting on the shortE vs. the Weightless Quilter.
Not anymore with the ease of the Weightless Quilter!
Watch today’s Facebook LIVE and see why the weightless quilter is a perfect solution to your quilting needs.
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If you read our last blog, you’re aware of our recent trip to St. Louis MO for Baby Lock Tech 2019! Baby Lock retailer Christopher Blakeman and Eileen had a blast going from vendor to vendor gathering over $2000 in prizes including two Baby Lock sewing machines, the Zest.
There’s still time to win one of the prize bags! All you have to do is watch the video, share it with your friends, show some love with smiley faces, hearts and a thumbs-up. The person who engages the most will win half of the goods! The other half of the prizes go to Christopher Blakeman’s winner from his page.
The winners will be announced this Friday, September 6, 2019 so make sure you hop onto this wonderful opportunity while you can! We hope you win!