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Have you been itching to ramp up your machine embroidery skills? A two-day Stitching Sisters event may be just the thing you need to breathe new life into your hobby.  My Stitching Sister, Marie Zinno, and I travel the country to teach team embroidery classes which feature hands-on projects that cover tons of techniques – everything from terrycloth to continuous machine embroidery.  Take a look at what you can expect.

 

We kickoff the event with a behind the scenes look at Designs followed by our Hooping Clinic. Marie and I hoop over 30 items in standard machine embroidery hoops, Magna-Hoops, Snap-Hoop and border hoops. We discuss why you select each hoop and what to do when you don’t have the ideal hoop. Attendees find this information priceless. One recent attendee in Puyallup, WA said, “I could walk out of here after this lecture and feel I got every penny worth of admission.” Here’s what some other attendees have had to say:

 

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Eileen and Marie,
Thanks so much for coming to KC! LOVED the event and all your stories/energy. WOW! It was awesome to have 2 days to get to study under you and learn so much. LOVE the Stipple products and techniques. Looking forward to seeing you again! – Judy Brennan
 
Eileen and Marie, we had so much fun in Atlanta. The information you gave and taught us was immeasurable. You two are definitely gifted in your talent and love for the embroidery industry.
Best blessings in everything you do.  Signed had fun in Atlanta – Jackie Wallace
 
 
Hey Everyone! I’d highly recommend going to the Sewing Sisters Event if you get the chance. I live in Oregon and I went to PuyallupWA with my friend from LongviewWA. We had a great time! I personally never won anything but I did receive a wealth of knowledge and inspiration not to mention all the fun ladies I met and new friendships made. The projects we did were great and we got the CD-rom to go home to make more. I’m really looking forward to the next event! Thanks Eileen and Marie!! It was great meeting you! – Jane

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Marie and I cover tons of embroidery challenges during our two-day, hands-on, team-sewing events: what to do when your fabric pops out of the hoop, stitching on terrycloth, vinyl, sheers, quilting with an embroidery machine, stitching multiples (and getting them to match!) are just a few of the 50 techniques we cover.  You’ll use all of Designs in Machine Embroidery products – everything from Magna-Hoop Jumbo to Snap-Hoop to placement kits. You’ll have access to several hooping stations so you can test different methods of hooping.  Once at the machine, you’ll navigate in the hoop like a pro.

 

You’ll learn three ways to do continuous hooping and find out what methods works best for your machine and your project.  You’ll meet PAL and PAL2– and see how these helpful little tools can make hooping square a breeze. Treat yourself to two-days of embroidery fun and education – you’ll go home with a smile on your face and some new-found knowledge that you’ll be inspired to put into immediate action.

New-found friends in Santa Rosa, CA

New-found friends in Santa Rosa, CA

 

Why don’t you join us?  We’ll be hitting the road and landing in a town near you!  February 8-9th finds us in beautiful San Marcos, CA at SewingMachinesPlus.com. There’s still room – click here for more information.

 

We are so excited to head to Timeless Treasures in Crofton, MD on April 12-13.  This will be the first Stitching Sisters event in Maryland, so if you’re Mid-Atlantic region, this event is for you. Click here to visit their website or call 410-451-0400.

 

After Maryland, we head back to the West Coast and teach two events for Moore’s Sewing. April 30-May 1 finds us in Pomona, CA and May 3-4 is in Huntington Beach. You just won’t believe how much fun you can have at a sewing event until you’ve been to one at Moore’s.  Join us in Pomona or Huntington Beach.  Visit Moore’s website here.

 

Marie and I hope to see you at a Stitching Sister event this year. Don’t wait any longer; come with a friend or by yourself.  Everyone is a sister at a Stitching Sisters event. Click here for summer and fall events in 2013. And, check out our new Stitching Sisters photo gallery!

Here’s your assignment this week:

Great things come in pairs. Shoes, diamond earrings, Stitching Sisters! Comment below on why you’d like to attend a Stitching Sisters event or if you have, what you liked most about it. We’ll award one lucky winner with two $20.13 gift certificates, one for you and one for your own stitching sister to spend on the Designs in Machine Embroidery website. Good luck!

The winner of last week’s assignment is:

Tell us your embroidery resolution for 2013. One lucky winner will win a $25 gift certificate to spend on the Designs in Machine Embroidery website!

And the winner is… “2013 I plan to create my own embroidery designs, organize my sewing/embroidery room, organize and catalog ALL my embroidery designs, and last but not least open up a shop on Etsy” – Angie G.

It’s all about the people.

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It’s all about the people

Last weekend, my Stitching Sister, Marie Zinno and I taught at Amy Baughman’s Sewing & Quilting Center in Cranberry, PA. People make a great Stitching Sisters event. The people part starts at the top – with the dealer, Amy and Ed Baughman; with the Brother Inc staff, (they sent four highly-qualified and helpful) staff members; with the students: Amy’s well-trained and loved customers and finally, with the speakers, Marie Zinno and me. Marie and I can’t do a good job without all of those other people. Amy is a blast – her customers love her and she’s full of contagious energy and joy. You can visit Amy’s website here: http://www.sewinformed.com/ The Brother staff came armed with gifts for every student and special deals for those who were interested.

Marie and I arrived with the desire to spend two days with 90+ passionate embroiderers and share as much knowledge as we possibly could. The setting was perfect – spacious banquet room, bright lighting, good food, Valentine’s Day decorations to set a party atmosphere and a plowed parking lot! We really appreciated that on day two.

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We met so many new friends, had tons of laughs and learned that we’re all more alike than we are different. Isn’t that what sharing a hobby is all about? It’s finding the common ground and sharing what you know. Here’s a comment from Facebook posted after the event.

Bonnie Best Readie

Thanks for two great days! Made a new best friend and learned so much. Came home exhausted but with a new Brother. Thank you, Eileen & Marie and Amy & Ed as well as the wonderful people from Brother. You made a dreary Pittsburgh winter like a breath of spring.

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We heard from other happy attendees as well:

Paula Roney

Thank you for such an inspiring, fun filled two day event in Pittsburgh. My sister and I had a blast and enjoyed every minute. The Stitching Sisters are the BEST!

Kathy Colwell

Thank you Eileen & Marie for a terrific show this weekend! I am so glad I could attend!

Connie Walsh

That 2 day embroidery event was fantastic!! Thanks Sisters and Thanks Amy!!!

Cristy Schrott

Thank you for the great 2 days in Pittsburgh Area at Amy Baughmans!

Amy conducts show-and-tell at lunch and wow –did we see some awesome projects. I was so touched that quite a few were from the pages of Designs. Here’s a recent project Connie made. You might recognize this bag—it was a project featured in the Volume 72 Jan/Feb 2012 issue, “Stitch it in No Time, Use it Forever!” by Lucy Holguin.

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And Connie’s sister sported a brown and pink version of a jacket we featured in Volume 36 Jan/Feb 2006: “A Jacket With A Redhead Attitude” by Katherine Artines.

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Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog

Marie and I love meeting you in person and we’re hoping to see you at an upcoming event this Spring and Fall. Click here for the schedule.

Here’s your assignment this week:

Tell me what you like best about attending embroidery events and you could win a one-year subscription to Designs in Machine Embroidery.

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The winner of last week’s assignment answered the following question:

What type of continuous embroidery project would you like to see featured in Designs in Machine Embroidery? Post your comment for a chance to win a $25 shopping spree on the Designs in Machine Embroidery website.

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And the winner is… Karin!

“I’ve been embroidering for a few years and I have never quite gotten the hang of continuous borders.  I have lots of designs that are digitized for it, just haven’t done it yet.

I’d love to incorporate this type of design in a quilt border or tablecloth, or even a Christmas tree skirt.  Or the hem of a square dance dress!  There are just sooo many uses, I can’t decide which one to do first!  Thank you for taking the mystery out of the process!!”

 

The Stitching Sisters are making their way across the US! Come join the fun!

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Eileen's Machine Embroidery BlogI can’t wait to meet you!

Have you been itching to ramp up your machine embroidery skills? A two-day event may be just the thing you need to breathe new life into your hobby. My Stitching Sister, Marie Zinno, and I travel the country to teach hands-on team embroidery classes which feature twelve hands-on projects that cover tons of techniques – everything from terrycloth to continuous machine embroidery. Take a look at what you can expect.

Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog

We kickoff the event with a behind the scenes look at Designs followed by our Hooping Clinic. Marie and I hoop over 30 items in standard machine embroidery hoops, Magna-Hoops, Snap-Hoop and border hoops. We discuss why you select each hoop and what to do when you don’t have the ideal hoop. Attendees find this information priceless. One recent attendee in Puyallup, WA said, “I could walk out of here after this lecture and feel I got every penny worth of admission.” Here’s what some other attendees have had to say:

Eileen and Marie,
Thanks so much for coming to KC! LOVED the event and all your stories/energy. WOW! It was awesome to have 2 days to get to study under you and learn so much. LOVE the Stipple products and techniques. Looking forward to seeing you again!

Judy Brennan

Eileen and Marie,
We had so much fun in Atlanta. The information you gave and taught us was immeasurable. You two are definitely gifted in your talent and love for the embroidery industry.
Best blessings in everything you done.
Signed Had fun in Atlanta,

Jackie Wallace

Hey Everyone! I’d highly recommend going to the Sewing Sisters Event if you get the chance. I live in Oregon and I went to Puyallup WA with my friend from Longview WA. We had a great time! I personally never won anything but I did receive a wealth of knowledge and inspiration not to mention all the fun ladies I met and new friendships made. The projects we did were great and we got the CD-rom to go home to make more. I’m really looking forward to the next event! Thanks Eileen and Marie!! It was great meeting you!
Jane

Marie and I cover tons of embroidery challenges during our two-day, hands-on, team-sewing events: what to do when your fabric pops out of the hoop, stitching on terrycloth, vinyl, sheers, quilting with an embroidery machine, stitching multiples (and getting them to match!) are just a few of the 50 techniques we cover. Attendees use all of Designs in Machine Embroidery products – everything from Magna-Hoop Jumbo to Snap-Hoop to placement kits and learn how to set themselves up for success and navigate on the machine like a pro.

You’ll learn three ways to do continuous hooping and find out what methods works best for your machine and your project. You’ll meet PAL – and see how this helpful little tool can make hooping square a breeze. Treat yourself to two-days of embroidery fun and education – you’ll go home with a smile on your face and some newfound knowledge that you’ll be inspired to put into immediate action.

Why don’t you join us? We’ll be hitting the road and landing in a town near you! This weekend finds us in Fresno, CA at Authorized Sew & Vac. There’s still room – click here for more information. http://www.authorizedvacandsew.com/

We are so excited to head back to BSew Inn in Tulsa, OK. It’s been a couple of years since our last visit so we are very excited to share our new techniques and projects. Mary Hess at BSew Inn is bringing in only the top of the line machines for you to use during the event. You’ll pampered in the lush educational environment of BSew Inn.

http://www.bsewinn.com/home.php

After Tulsa, we head right to Pittsburgh – a first for the Stitching Sisters. Amy Baughman is hosting the two-day event at Cranberry Township, PA. Click here for more information on the Feb 10-11 event http://www.amybaughman.com/

After Pittsburgh, we’re taking some time off because I’m getting married! The nuptials take place March 24th and I’ll be back from my honeymoon in plenty of time for the Spring Stitching Sister events. We have three exciting locations this spring:

Rocky Mountain Sewing & Vacuum April 13-14

We can’t get enough of the Rocky Mountains! Join us for two-fun filled days – sure to be full of special door prizes if I know the crew at Rocky Mountain Sewing!
http://www.rockymountainsewing.com/

Daines Cotton Shops April 27-28

This is a first-time visit for the Stitching Sisters to Salt Lake City, UT. We can’t wait to connect with all the stitchers in the Salt Lake area! I know from Designs’ subscriber list that embroidery is alive and well in Utah!

http://www.thecottonshops.com/

Schiller’s Sewing Circle May 10-11

We’re heading to charming, scenic Mystic, CT. Since Marie and I grew up on the east coast we are really looking forward to teaching in Connecticut. This lovely seaside resort is definitely a vacation destination. Bring your hubby – there’s lots to explore and enjoy!

http://www.schillersontheweb.com/StitchingSistersEmbBash.html

Here’s your assignment this week:

If you could have a one-hour private machine embroidery lesson with me, what would you want to learn?  Tell me and you could win one of two $100 gift certificates from Bunnycup Embroidery.
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The winner of last week’s assignment answered the following question:

So tell me, would you use the Table Keeper for a Kindle, Nook, iPad or traditional paper notebook? Leave your comment and you’ll be in the running to win a PAL – Perfect Alignment Laser. Don’t know what that is? Click here to read more about it.

And the winner of a new Perfect Alignment Laser is… Frances Medina!  Her comment below was randomly drawn as this week’s prize winner.

“I have the Nook Color and I would make a Tablet Keeper for myself as well as my granddaughter.  She has the first Nook.  Also several other family members have the Kindle so I will be very busy making birthday gifts.  The design you created will make it look professional.  Thanks.” – Frances Medina

 

 

Join the Stitching Sisters at an upcoming Hooping Clinic!

It’s been a great week and we’re planning a fabulous Fall!

On the set of It's Sew Easy

What a week! Last Thursday I traveled to Cleveland to tape the second series of It’s Sew Easy television show. I had a blast connecting with my dear friend June Mellinger, Director of Product Promotion for Brother, meeting other guests and doing my segments. It’s such a hoot to tape television segments because the real work comes weeks before the taping – so much prep! The actual day is really quite enjoyable, that is, if you arrive fully prepared!

Since my Stitching Sister, Marie Zinno, lives just an hour from the television studio, I spent the weekend at her house then both of us flew back to Texas together on Sunday to prepare for the 2011 Fall Stitching Sister Tour. I don’t know how I convinced her that was a good idea because it was 102 degrees when we stepped off the plane at 7:30 PM. Boy does it hit you like wave. Oh well, at least she’s not here to landscape my yard!

My sister Marie Zinno and I are busily planning the Fall 2011 Stitching Sisters Tour

Here’s a sneak peek at what we have planned for our upcoming events. First on the event schedule is our Hooping Clinic. Marie and I hoop over 30 items with adhesive stabilizer and without stabilizer in standard hoops, Magna-Hoops, Snap-Hoop and border hoops. We discuss why you select each hoop and what to do when you don’t have the ideal hoop. Attendees find this information priceless. One recent attendee in Puyallup, WA said, “I could walk out of here after this lecture and feel I got every penny’s worth of admission.”

But we all love to embroiderer and what’s an embroidery event without actual stitching? So Marie and I developed projects that really teach new techniques. Here’s a glimpse of two audience-favorite projects: the Ladybug Pin Cushion and a Designer Neckline t-shirt.

We'll show you techniques for embroidering on felt and knit t-shirts!

Marie and I cover tons of embroidery challenges during our two-day hands-on, team-sewing events: what to do when your fabric pops out of the hoop, stitching on terrycloth, vinyl, sheers, quilting with an embroidery machine, stitching multiples (and getting them to match!) are just a few of the 50 techniques we cover. Attendees use all of Designs in Machine Embroidery products – everything from Magna-Hoop Jumbo to Snap-Hoop to Placement Kits. Attendees learn how to set themselves up for success and navigate on the machine like a pro.

I hope you’ll join us this Fall and Winter – check the schedule, we might be coming to a location near you soon!

Here’s your assignment this week: If you could travel anywhere for a hands-on embroidery retreat, where would you go?  Just post a comment on my blog for your chance to win a Perfect Placement Kit!  (The winner is chosen in a random drawing) Kathy is the lucky winner of a $100 gift certificate from Embroider This!

Post a comment on for a chance to win!

The winner of last week’s assignment answered the question:  What type of projects would you like to see more of?
“Anything you come up with is always great, I do like the idea of embelishing ideas for ready-made clothing. My favorite place to get blanks is garage sales & second=hand stores. I find I get alot of practice without the great expense of retail, especially as I am just starting out, but getting better the more I practise. I do recommend using reference cards for embroidery. Nancy’s Notions carry really good ones, but when I was running out of them, I was able to customize some for myself with all the info I usually need.

I also love all the orgainzational ideas, an organized stitcher is a happy stiticher because we spend less time hunting and more time stitichin!!!”  – Kathy Schmidt

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