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Fusible Web

September 25, 2013
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I have a love-hate relationship with fusible web. I like to add it to the wrong side of applique fabrics, even those that will be finished with a satin edge. I love the insurance fusible web provides through the life of the garment because the applique will not work itself away from the base...

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We’re So Proud!

May 8, 2013
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Toot, toot!  Beep, beep! A special digital issue of Designs in Machine Embroidery is free for you – just click here to access. You’ll find projects, free embroidery designs, videos from our sponsors and access to leading companies in the embroidery industry. Wondering what’s inside? It’s packed with educational material for newbies, intermediate and advanced...

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Nancy Zieman Hobo Bag Tour

February 26, 2013
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Hip, Hip, Hooray! Today we’re a stop on the Nancy Zieman Hobo Bag Tour. Nancy sent me all kinds of goodies Hobo Tote Templates Create-a-Strap interfacing Magnetic snap closures Bag feet and a Create-A-Shape bag shaper Lazy Girl Designs sent interfacing – Face-It Soft (woven fusible interfacing) and Stiff Stuff Firm (sew-in interfacing). I...

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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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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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Appliqué

September 6, 2012
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Generally, I fall in love with a fabric and an appliqué design and uh, kind of, force them together. After watching Deborah Jones’ Learn from Expert DVD Applique FUNdamentals, I now know why I haven’t always been successful. For instance, I should have considered important criteria for both the appliqué and host fabric such...

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I always learn something from Deborah Jones….

July 18, 2012
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I am amazed at Deborah’s wealth of knowledge when it comes to embroidery. She has such a grasp on the technical aspect of this complicated process we all love. I have to admit it was Deborah who taught me about underlay – when to use extra and when a little goes a long way....

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How to Embroider on Minky

February 22, 2012
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How to Embroider on Minky Do you love the feel of Minky but have been afraid to add embroidery to this luscious fabric? Its cuddly-soft texture, stretchy give and lush fibers tend to scare the most courageous embroiderers. But don’t worry; it’s fairly easy to tame Minky. Let me show you how. First, select...

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How to stitch on baby soft knit fabric

February 1, 2012
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Those stretchy, skinny t-shirts are so popular. Here are some tips on how to stitch them successfully. First, the right embroidery design for the right fabric is crucial. Don’t try to force a design on any fabric. Look at the limitations of this baby soft knit fabric (sheer, 4-way stretch and nubby). That’s an...

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Just a Couple of Bag Ladies

November 2, 2011
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I’m afraid to count. I feel like Imelda Marcos but instead of shoes, it’s bags. Handbags. In the past five months, I’ve made over 20 handbags. Wow – it would be embarrassing if it wasn’t necessary. Every time I made a bag, I learned something very valuable that I applied to the next bag....

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