7 Steps to Improve Your Embroidery

May 29, 2013
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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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It’s Cold in Those Chemo Centers

May 22, 2013
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When you have a family member or friend diagnosed with cancer, it leaves many of us feeling helpless – what can you do to support them? Nancy Zieman and I decided to each create a bag stuffed with helpful items that we’d give to someone in treatment for cancer. The bags are a perfect...

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Machine Embroidered Buttonholes

May 15, 2013
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Click here to download this article as a PDF for future reference. Many of you wrote that buttonholes are a struggle when it comes to sewing. I agree! One of the worst parts about adding a buttonhole is it’s just about the last thing you do when making a garment. I begin to sweat...

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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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The Machine Embroidered T-shirt

May 1, 2013
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I’m just tickled pink that my latest class on Craftsy, The Machine Embroidered T-shirt, has launched! If you’re not familiar with Craftsy, it’s an excellent platform for learning intricate techniques. So I was thrilled when they decided to offer this class. My goals in teaching this class were to make garments that you would...

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Nancy Zieman’s Sew Knits with Confidence Blog Tour

April 23, 2013
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Yeah! Another blog tour – combining a few of my favorite things – knits, anything designed by Nancy Zieman and gorgeous embroidery!  So what did I get when I put all those things together? A new favorite garment – my Newport Pullover Tunic, pattern designed by Nancy Zieman.  It’s the perfect canvas for embroidery...

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Made by Hand and Delivered in Person

April 17, 2013
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What better way to shower a first-time mother-to-be than by creating a gift from the heart. And if you can deliver it in person – all the better!  Last weekend, our family showered our niece with dozens of gifts for the new baby.  Lucky girl that she is, some of those gifts – well,...

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