A new solution to squaring up fabric in the hoop

January 4, 2012
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Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog

Let me introduce you to PAL – Perfect Alignment Laser. I use PAL for common machine embroidery tasks: finding the center of a quilt block or pocket, squaring my fabric/design in the hoop and continuous embroidery.  First, I’ll show you how easy it is to set up PAL in your sewing room. Once it’s...

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A Machine Embroiderer’s Poem

December 29, 2011
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Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog

As I make the final stitches on projects for 2011 and excitedly plan next year’s lineup of editorial themes I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to all my readers! Without your loyalty and active participation on this blog, on Facebook and through the print magazine, Designs wouldn’t be the company...

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We have a backup plan if Santa does not deliver the goods.

December 21, 2011
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Everybody Smiles with Designs in Machine Embroidery Contest

Don’t leave it up to Santa to deliver the goods you want this year!  Take advantage of your last chance to win some some unbelievable prizes!  All it takes are four simple steps to enter the Everybody Smiles with Designs contest. All you have to do is ‘like us’ on Facebook (www.dzgns.com/facebook). Post a...

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No need to limit yourself to cotton!

December 14, 2011
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Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog

Part two of the Designer Handbags series on Sewing with Nancy is on the www.nancyzieman.com website. Watch how easy it is to finish the bag after the embroidery is complete. As you watch, you’ll notice we used cotton quilting fabrics for the bags. But you’re not limited to those fabrics. In fact, almost any...

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More than 12 days of Christmas Savings!

December 7, 2011
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Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog

I’ve been scouring the pages of Designs for you looking for deals. I found tons of savings in this issue. So many advertisers generously offer discounts and rebates at this time of year. So take advantage of these special savings.   Let’s start with www.EmbroiderThis.com Just type in coupon code DZ71 when you checkout...

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Designer Handbags by Nancy Zieman and Eileen Roche

December 2, 2011
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Designer Handbags by Nancy Zieman and Eileen Roche

If your sewing skills are holding you back from tackling complex projects, you might be interested in seeing how an embroidery machine can simplify complicated sewing tasks. How? The tough/challenging/persnickety steps are handled by digital files completely eliminating the need for top-notch sewing skills. You’ll be amazed to see how easy it is to...

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Advent Calendars

November 29, 2011
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Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog

I’ve always been charmed by advent calendars. When I saw this Winter Mitten Gift Card Holder from our friends at SWAKembroidery.com, I couldn’t resist transforming the in-the-hoop ornaments into 25 mittens to countdown the days until Christmas. The mitten is featured in the current issue of Designs and is a bargain-buy at $8.00 because...

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