A New Year’s Gift

December 31, 2014
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A New Year’s Gift

If you’re like me, you might be experiencing a reprieve now that the holiday season is over. My shopping, decorating, wrapping, cooking and cleaning are done and yesterday, I finally had time to give myself a gift I’ve been longing for: the time to finish my quilt, Sun-kissed, on my embroidery machine! The thought of finishing that pretty,...

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A Clutter-Free Digital Workspace

December 27, 2014
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A Clutter-Free Digital Workspace

It’s common to feel the urge to get organized in January– purge closets, cabinets and drawers. Many sewers feel the same way. We want a fresh start in the New Year, often pledging to finish projects, clear the cutting table, and tame our stashes – fabrics, stabilizers and threads. The goal is to follow...

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Last minute thoughtful holiday gifts!

December 24, 2014
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Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog

In the middle of summer my friend and I went hiking at Lost Maples State Park.  We’ve hiked before but neither of us realized what we were getting into.  The walk was difficult from the start.  I tried to distract myself by admiring the rocks.  They were pretty white rocks! We walked for several...

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The Best Way to Learn Your Software

December 20, 2014
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The Best Way to Learn Your Software

People ask me, “What’s the best way to learn my software?” My answer is always, “Use it!” You can read, watch videos and go to classes but until you start using your software as often as possible (ideally everyday!), you really won’t be comfortable. You just have to get in there and do it!...

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Behind the Scenes: Cutting-Edge Serger Techniques

December 17, 2014
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Behind the Scenes:  Cutting-Edge Serger Techniques

We recently took a trip to Austin, Texas where we dropped in on our friend, Barbara Goldkorn who was teaching a 3-hour hands-on class.  What a fun event! Students made their own version of the Woven Table Runner featured in Barbara’s new book, Cutting-Edge Serger Techniques.  Students made the table runner entirely with their...

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My Most Rewarding Embroidery Task

December 12, 2014
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My Most Rewarding Embroidery Task

Yesterday, I had the honor of embroidering my daughter’s white coat for her graduation ceremony at University of Texas, Pan American. Janelle has completed her Master’s degree and will be a certified Physician’s Assistant. It’s been a long journey. Her path included several semesters spent in a cadaver lab during her undergraduate studies where her...

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Look What Comes With the shortE

December 10, 2014
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Look What Comes With the shortE

  On Friday, I showed the ShortE to students in my recent Stitching Sister event. Many were intrigued by the designs that come with The Shorte so I thought I’d give you a closer look.  We’ve included two versatile sets of quilting designs for allover quilting on whole cloth quilts or pieced quilts. The...

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