Monogram of the Month – May

May 7, 2014
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Monogram of the Month – May

Embroidery Library’s Wild Side Alphabet a contemporary font with a bit of an edgy look. I love the nifty filigree background. Its scale sets the stage for the robust serif letter. At first glance, the letter appears to have four colors: the background scroll work, the letter’s fill, the satin accents on the curves...

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Multi-Needle Monday | The Dreaded Error Message

May 5, 2014
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Multi-Needle Monday | The Dreaded Error Message

Stitching grinds to a halt and the dreaded error message appears.  Here’s my method for unearthing the problem. First, check the needle thread and make sure the needle is still threaded.  Then take a look at the upper thread path and make sure the thread did not pop out of a tension disc or...

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Where’s the embroidery?

April 30, 2014
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As embroiderers we often think in terms of, ‘what will I embroider on this fabric?’ Oftentimes, some fabrics are quite busy and embroidery doesn’t seem possible. But sometimes the fabric is just too irresistible to pass up—like this bright and colorful linen. You might be asking… that’s a great bag, but where’s the embroidery?...

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Multi-Needle Monday | Applique and Onesies – Oh, My!

April 28, 2014
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Multi-Needle Monday | Applique and Onesies – Oh, My!

Applique and stitching on onesies have always challenged my multi-needle machine skills. First, trimming applique in those deep standard hoops is tricky on a small item. I can’t seem to get my scissors to trim close enough to the stitch line in those hoops without nipping the base fabric. And of course, hooping a...

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Has this ever happened to you? (Part 3)

April 23, 2014
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By Denise Holguin What a productive day I had planned! I created a fun embroidery project using the new Calligraphy Project Designer Software program. Plus, I unearthed a secret stash of fabric and thread. I grabbed my trusty Snap Hoop Monster, some polymesh stabilizer and some spray adhesive. It’s time to start stitching! Rather...

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Multi-Needle Monday | Cleaning the Upper Thread Path

April 21, 2014
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Multi-Needle Monday | Cleaning the Upper Thread Path

Just like lampshades and overhead fans at home, your multi-needle machine deserves to be dust-free. It will sparkle and perform at its very best if you keep the upper thread path clean. Set aside 45 minutes to an hour to give it the full spa treatment. Even though my photographs don’t show it, it...

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A Mended Heart

April 16, 2014
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By Denise Holguin, Managing Editor I found the perfect quote to stitch from one of my favorite authors—Jane Austen. Using the Calligraphy Project Designer, I typed the text, selected the Jester Pro font and created a heart shaped path. Lots of fun! Then I added the decorative embroidery element in the center. Everything was...

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