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Multi-Needle Monday

December 30, 2013
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Multi-Needle Monday

Long-time single-needle machine embroiderers often tell me they are intimidated by multi-needle machines. I completely understand because I used to be petrified of any machine that didn’t look similar to my trusted mirror-imaged c-shaped machine.  You know, needle on the left, flat bed under the needle extending to the control panel on the right....

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20 Days of Savings!

December 4, 2012
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  It’s that time of the year again and two words we all like to hear right now…on sale. I’ve poured over the latest issue of Designs and discovered many discounts you can take advantage of before Christmas. Enjoy and happy shopping! Wow – Baby Lock has got the lock on savings right now....

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An Indispensable Tool

November 5, 2012
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An Indispensable Tool

I can’t believe how indispensable this tool is. Recently, I was stitching 24 onesies, a daunting task even when it’s not crammed into a heavy travel, teaching schedule. I think the only thing that kept me sane during the process was thinking of the new parents of twins who would eventually receive the onesies.  I...

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Every once in a while a new mousetrap is invented

July 13, 2011
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Every once in a while a new mousetrap is invented

We are spoiled. Just down right spoiled when it comes to choices in thread. There are reputable brands, manageable put-ups (the amount of thread on a spool or cone), reasonable prices, colors galore, fiber varieties, shimmering metallics, solar-changing hues, boxed sets, individual spools, you name it, we can have it. But there’s one company...

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What do jeans, bathing suits and handbags have in common?

April 6, 2011
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What do jeans, bathing suits and handbags have in common?

It’s almost impossible to find one that fits you! And the shopping experience is truly miserable. Let’s start with jeans. You have to bring at least six different pairs into the dressing room – a full range of sizes, cuts and lengths. Then there’s the joy of getting out of your clothes and trying...

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Video Debut

November 10, 2009
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On October 24th, I was on the road with my sister, Marie Zinno leading a Stitching Sisters event in Springfield, MO at BSew Inn. Back at the ranch (the office of Designs in Dallas), my assistant (okay the woman who makes many things happen here at Designs) was taping a video about my new...

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Montavilla Sew & Vac

October 24, 2009
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Montavilla Sew & Vac

Marie and I, The Stitching Sisters, are mid-way through our six-city tour. Last week, we spent Friday and Saturday with our host, Montavilla Sew & Vac in Portland, OR. The event was held in the spacious classroom of Fabric Depot (a worthy destination for all sewers). It took a team effort to set up...

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Quilting is Fun Again!

August 26, 2009
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Quilting is Fun Again!

Many of you may think I’ve vanished since I haven’t updated my blog since April. Shame on me for not staying in touch but I haven’t been lying on a beach (although that’s a lovely thought!). I’ve been busy stealthily working on a new technique. Stipple! Quilting designs are not new as we’ve been...

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