As a newbie to machine embroidery or a veteran of 20 years, there’s
always something new to learn. Once you’ve made the initial investment
of a state-of-the-art machine and countless design collections,
you’ll crave new techniques, tips and tricks to further your craft.
Many CME readers tell me that they subscribe to this magazine
because they live in a remote area, far away from the nearest
fabric store and need the inspiration, lessons and community that
CME offers. Some of these readers even make one trip per year to
gather fabric, stabilizer and other supplies for their creative endeavors.
I’m so lucky that I’m able to go to several stores every week
(every day if needed) to gather anything I need to make a project!
I’m also able to travel the globe, attending sewing, quilting and
embroidery shows across the country. These shows are always a
springboard for my creativity, leaving me energized and enthusiastic
to get to the sewing machine. Quite a few great shows are happening
this spring. Creative Machine Embroidery editors will be at the
Puyallup Sewing & Stitchery Expo from Feb. 28 to March 3. (Follow
our twitter feed @cmemagazine for up-to-the minute coverage on
our Sew it All Casting Call event. And visit sewnews.com for more
information.) The Original Sewing & Quilt Expo takes place
in Atlanta from March 7 to 9, Lakeland, FL from March 14 to 16,
Cleveland from March 21 to 23, Chicago from April 4 to 6 and New
England from April 11 to 13. Some of the contributors in this issue,
such as Lynn Lunoe and Dini Yan, are staff, teachers and vendors
at these events, and they’d love to meet you in person!
Sometimes a show, expo, convention or class environment
just isn’t an option. In this issue, Jenny Haskins speaks to a reader
who isn’t able to attend classes and is yearning for a hands-on environment
to expand her skills. Jenny has some great advice (see page
64), and helps navigate the web to explore a number of alternatives.
Whether you’re able to find a class in person, online or at a
sewing show (or not at all), I’m confident that this issue will expand
your knowledge of machine embroidery and have you running
to your sewing space to stitch something fabulous.
Thanks for reading,
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