Ice Bucket Challenge: Raising Awareness for Ovarian Cancer

August 27, 2014
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Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog

September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and what better way to approach the upcoming month than to accept the Ice Bucket Challenge! It all started when Blaine Austin, CEO of Allbrands and John Douthat, President of Allbrands challenged Eileen Roche to the Ice Bucket Challenge for the Be the Difference Foundation, an organization dedicated...

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My Friend Helen Gardner

August 23, 2014
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My Friend Helen Gardner

Normally, on Saturday, I write about software but this week, I’d like to share some thoughts about my business partner’s wife, Helen Gardner. I’ve known Helen for over 15 years and have always admired her. She was a smart businesswoman, loving wife and mother but when faced with a terminal diagnosis of ovarian cancer,...

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Behind the Scenes of Volume 88 Sept/Oct 2014

August 20, 2014
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Behind the Scenes of the September/October 2014 issue What an exciting day we had lined up: Beautiful projects, a beautiful model and of course—Denise was on hand with her miniatures…. Designs Editor, Eileen Roche and Steve Woods review the photos to be sure we have the right shot. We loved this twin set from...

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The Unintended Double-Run

August 16, 2014
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The Unintended Double-Run

Many beginning embroiderers come across a common problem when digitizing a single run element in a design. On screen, everything looks perfect and when viewed through the slow re-draw feature this problem is often overlooked – until you stitch the design. This occurrence is the unintended two-ply run stitch. I’m not a fan of...

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DiME Inspiration Software Update

August 14, 2014
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  As announced on August 9, 2014, Designs in Machine Embroidery (DIME) has been chosen by G7 Solutions as the new face for its popular line of quilting and embroidery software. Current owners of G7 Solutions software modules will receive a link to download the corresponding versions of DIME’s Inspiration Software free of charge...

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Has this ever happened to you? (The ongoing series!)

August 13, 2014
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Eileen walked in to my office and in an excited tone, said, “I have something for you!” Since it was around 3 pm, I was thinking it might be chocolate. No, it was better than chocolate! We have a new policy at Designs in Machine Embroidery where we ‘celebrate’ mistakes by photographing them. It...

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Multi-Needle Monday: How Many People Can You Fit in Your Sewing Room?

August 11, 2014
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Multi-Needle Monday: How Many People Can You Fit in Your Sewing Room?

I don’t get a lot of company at my house but when I do, I love it. Recently, I had the pleasure of hosting my sister, her three daughters and two grandchildren. We wound up in my sewing room! Tons of room to spread out all over the house, but here we were huddled...

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