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The Final Steps for Professional Embroidery Results

March 16, 2011
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The Final Steps for Professional Embroidery Results

We talk so much about planning embroidery and hooping fabric but we rarely discuss what to do with a project when we take it out of the hoop. Just like a golf swing, follow-through is important in embroidery. Once the design is complete, remove the hoop from the machine. If you used a basting...

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I Missed It…again…

March 9, 2011
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I Missed It…again…

Last year, I sullenly sat at my desk during the first week of March wishing I was somewhere else. Not because I don’t like my job. Oh no, I love what I do I just wanted to do it in Puyallup, WA that week. You see, the first week of March heralds in Sewing...

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Working with Prints – It’s all about Color and Scale

March 2, 2011
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Working with Prints – It’s all about Color and Scale

Combining embroidery with patterned fabric is challenging but here are a few tips for a successful outcome. • Add a plain fabric as the base for the embroidery. • Take your color cues from the printed fabric. • Differentiate the scale of the embroidery In this tunic, I selected a base fabric (manufacturer unknown)...

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There’s Something about Nancy

February 11, 2011
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There’s Something about Nancy

Many of us think we know Nancy Zieman. We see her in our living room (teaching us sewing via PBS) and we see her smiling at us from her many of her nifty notions she’s created over the years. In fact, every time I press a hem, I see her name on my seam...

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It’s National Embroidery Month!

February 4, 2011
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It’s National Embroidery Month!

Really, it is, I didn’t make it up! And if I did, I would have never settled on just one month because it’s always National Embroidery Month here at Designs. So why just one month? One month is for sissies; one month is for people who dabble in embroidery. The rest of us –...

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Continuous Embroidery – Simple Steps for All Embroiderers

January 21, 2011
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Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog

Many embroiderers strive to master continuous embroidery that is seamless and flawless. It looks so impressive and with a little planning and the right tools, you can achieve professional results. You’ll need some basic tools for seamless continuous embroidery: -Printed templates of the embroidery designs -Target Stickers -The right size hoop -Embroidery machine with...

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On the Road Again…

January 14, 2011
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On the Road Again…

Atlanta was crippled last week under several inches of snow and ice. Mild winters are the norm there so it’s no wonder it took days to clear up the mess. I am just so thankful it happened last week because my Stitching Sister Marie and I are headed there on January 28. It’s our first...

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2011 Project Gratitude

January 7, 2011
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2011 Project Gratitude

Our web czar, Amanda Griffin, sent an email request last week to everyone in the office asking for donations to send to a troop of soldiers as part of the www.anysoldier.com drive. The request was simple, small treats and snacks, to carry in their pockets, laundry detergent, magazines, etc. The employees here at Designs...

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Stitching on Fur

December 3, 2010
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Stitching on Fur

It’s that time of year….surely someone has asked you to personalize a Christmas stocking. Did you agree? Do you wish you hadn’t? Afraid to tackle the long, furry fibers of faux fur? There’s still time to do the job correctly. Let’s take a look at the biggest challenge when stitching on fur. The fibers...

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Stitching on Knits

October 21, 2010
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Stitching on Knits

A few weeks ago, we received many comments requesting information on stitching on knits. Well, knits is a pretty large category! So I’ll give you some general guidelines on stabilizing t-shirt knits. Eliminate the Stretch The number one goal of hooping and stabilizing knits is to eliminate the stretch during the embroidery process. My favorite...

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