No Time For Stress – Find Easy Gifts To Make

‘Tis the season to not be stressed out.

Thanksgiving is over and now the planning for December has begun. Have you started to make gifts for family and friends? I love embroidering tea towels for gifts. Working with cotton is so easy and the results look like I bought them from a nice department store.

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Recently, I made a set for my mom and the compliments I received for my ‘hard work’ were quite flattering! Plus, it’s a project that is fast from start to finish.

What types of holiday projects are your go-to gifts for gift giving? I gave a few ideas last week, but I would love to know what your favorites are! I can use

Easy Holiday Ornament Project

We need to start off our easy project list with these super adorable and easy to make snow globe ornaments. I think these would be super cute as gift tags too. You could even embroidery someone’s name on it or date for a personalized touch.

Let me know how you use these in your holiday decorating and gift giving on the blog!. We would love to see how you’ve made these up!   Plus, you can download the snowman globe for free until December 31, 2016!

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Snow Globe Ornaments

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Butterfly Kisses

I must admit, I’m in love with these butterflies. butterfly Effect 300 180x300 No Time For Stress   Find Easy Gifts To MakeI have been ever since they debuted in our Mar/Apr 2016 issue. I’ve made up half a dozen or so (probably more). This time around I’m making them in gorgeous colors of chartreuse, plum, raspberry, gold and turquoise. I’m going to use them on sachet packets.

This is a really easy project and can be modified to suit your needs and your fabric scraps. I used 5″x5″ scraps of various cotton prints and solids.

  • Pick one scrap of fabric for the top side. Once you have stitched your butterflies, take a butterfly and tack it down on your 5″x5″ piece of fabric.
  • Take another 5′x5″ scrap and with right sides together stitch all three sides using a 1/4″ seam allowance.
  • Stitch the top of the bag about half way, turn right side out.
  • Stuff with your favorite smelly potpourri such as lavender or orange peel.

You could put in some dried lentils to give it a bit more weight if so desired. Hand stitch the remaining bit closed. And, you’re done!

Easy Gifts All In-the-Hoop

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Hoop Sisters

Nothing is easier than in-the-hoop projects. You could whip up several of these babies in no time flat. Here we have a freebie for you to use as a gift giving idea or make one for yourself. Better yet, these whip up so fast you can make a bunch.

My favorite in-the-hoop project from Lisa Archer is the USB case. Such a tiny project, but my do they come in handy! For more ITH projects that finish up fast, check them all out here!

Let me know in the comments below!

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Easy To Sew Gifts + FREE Designs!

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In this crazy busy time of the year, the last thing we need is complicated projects to sew. Here are a few suggestions for  sewing projects that you can do in a few hours.

Use these ideas for your gift giving this year or modify them for any time gifts.

Easy Holiday Ornament Project

We need to start off our easy project list with these super adorable and easy to make snow globe ornaments. I think these would be super cute as gift tags too. You could even embroidery someone’s name on it or date for a personalized touch.

Let me know how you use these in your holiday decorating and gift giving on the blog!. We would love to see how you’ve made these up!   Plus, you can download the snowman globe for free until December 31, 2016!

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Snow Globe Ornaments

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Butterfly Kisses

I must admit, I’m in love with these butterflies. butterfly Effect 300 180x300 Easy To Sew Gifts + FREE Designs!I have been ever since they debuted in our Mar/Apr 2016 issue. I’ve made up half a dozen or so (probably more). This time around I’m making them in gorgeous colors of chartreuse, plum, raspberry, gold and turquoise. I’m going to use them on sachet packets.

This is a really easy project and can be modified to suit your needs and your fabric scraps. I used 5″x5″ scraps of various cotton prints and solids.

  • Pick one scrap of fabric for the top side. Once you have stitched your butterflies, take a butterfly and tack it down on your 5″x5″ piece of fabric.
  • Take another 5′x5″ scrap and with right sides together stitch all three sides using a 1/4″ seam allowance.
  • Stitch the top of the bag about half way, turn right side out.
  • Stuff with your favorite smelly potpourri such as lavender or orange peel.

You could put in some dried lentils to give it a bit more weight if so desired. Hand stitch the remaining bit closed. And, you’re done!

Easy No-Sew Project

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I love buttons, the older the better. I go to button conventions at least once a year to find one-of-a-kind buttons to use in my garment sewing. I find all the good ones in the discount bins. These orange buttons came off a military band uniform from long time ago. I bought them from a very nice man and thought they’d look great as a bracelet.

If you want to recreate a button bracelet, check out this tutorial from Sew News. You’ll have so much fun making this, all your fashionista’s will want one in their silkstocking.

Easy Gifts All In-the-Hoop

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Nothing is easier than in-the-hoop projects. You could whip up several of these babies in no time flat. Here we have a freebie for you to use as a gift giving idea or make one for yourself. Better yet, these whip up so fast you can make a bunch.

My favorite in-the-hoop project from Lisa Archer is the USB case. Such a tiny project, but my do they come in handy! For more ITH projects that finish up fast, check them all out here!

Do you like these projects? What are your easy go-to sewing projects for the holidays? Leave me a comment below, and happy embroidering and sewing!

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Sew Cured: My Breast Cancer Story

It’s my one-year anniversary of hearing the words “you have invasive ductal carcinoma.” For those of you who don’t know that I’ve been battling breast cancer for the past year, the cat’s out of the bag. I had six rounds of aggressive chemotherapy, of which I had a 100% response; a double mastectomy; five weeks of daily radiation; Herceptin infusions every 3 weeks (which I’m still receiving); and I’m awaiting my second surgery, which happens in December. The fight isn’t over, but the cancer is gone (and so is my long hair).

Right away after my diagnosis, the sewing community rallied together in support. I received notes from strangers who found out on social media, anonymous donations to my Go Fund Me page from “a sister in sewing,” “a fan of Sew it All on PBS,” and more. Eileen Roche, editor of Designs in Machine Embroidery (one of our competitors), posted about it on her blog. My friends at Sulky of America sent me an incredible care package. My colleagues organized a meal train during my chemo weeks so my family wouldn’t have to stress about buying or making food. The outpouring from fellow sewists was amazing. It further proves to me that this is a community where I belong, where I feel like family, and where I want to stay.

I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart and the depths of my soul. You will never know how much your support means to me and I hope to repay it in some way.

I also want to take this opportunity to encourage you all to get a mammogram. I was “too young” for screening and not a candidate for early testing. My twins helped me discover my tumor when they rejected my left breast during feedings. Without them, I’m not sure how far this would have spread. They saved my life. If you feel something is not right, if you are worried or have a suspicion, go get checked. The quicker you find something, the faster you can heal.

Whether or not you know someone with a history of breast cancer, have lost someone to the disease, or are a survivor warrior yourself, here’s a free pink ribbon design to stitch onto whatever you choose. Show your support during this month of Breast Cancer Awareness, and all months that follow.

Ellen March

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November/December 2016 Issue Preview

Have you seen the November/December issue of Creative Machine Embroidery yet? I have my copy sitting next to me, and I have to tell you — I am so excited about this issue!

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In the Navy Bag

This is the last issue of our 15th Anniversary celebration, so inside you’ll find a feature on our mystery project. I think the secret’s out by now (spoiler alert!) — It’s a truly beautiful and professional-looking bag featuring a pretty embroidered fill stitch. It’s quite the complicated set of instructions, and I can hardly believe that so many of you followed along with the construction without actually knowing what you were making (at least at the beginning)! I’ve had the opportunity to see some pictures you’ve sent of the bags you made, and I’m so impressed by your talent.

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Festive Forest

This issue is chock-full of in-the-hoop projects, and I had the opportunity to stitch up samples of some of them (I love my job!). The first thing I got to work on was the Festive Forest chenille trees, which are such a great holiday/winter décor project. I was a little unsure about using white on the outside to make a “snow covered” version of the tree, but I think it turned out well. At least the art team liked it enough to use it! What do you think?

 

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Snowman Snow Globe

 

The other thing I had the opportunity to work on was the Snow Globe Ornaments. The staff had been working on this concept since before I started at CME, so when they asked me to test the stitch-outs to make sure everything was happening in the right order, I was a little intimidated. Then, when someone suggested that I should combine the testing with actual sample-making — as we did need a set to photograph — I was really intimidated! But I got the hang of them fast, and I’m really proud of the final set. They’re such a cool concept and so much fun to make. Here’s a fun fact: this is the neatest glitter-including project that you will ever make! Since you pour the glitter and then cover it with vinyl and stitch immediately, fully enclosing it, it never has a chance to get anywhere.

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Christmas Tree, Birds & Berries, and Holiday Home Snow Globes

The Snowman design is free until December 31, but I personally love the whole collection, which you can find at shopsewitall.com. The Birds and Berries is my very favorite design — look for a little video on our social media next month featuring yours truly making one.

Endless 233x300 November/December 2016 Issue PreviewI have to say one of the most helpful embroidery articles I’ve seen is the “Endless Possibilities” story that you’ll find in this issue. Ramona Baird, who is a genius with embroidery software, teaches a very cool technique for perfect alignment in multiple hoopings. The piece she made to accompany and illustrate the technique is absolutely gorgeous. I hope you learn as much from the story as I did! If you’re interested in the design that Ramona used please head over to Embroidery Designs and you can purchase them there.

In the issue you’ll also find two more in-the-hoop projects, some great embroidered gift ideas and ways to dress yourself up for the season.

The November/December 2016 issue of Creative Machine Embroidery can be found on newsstands now or purchased at shopsewitall.com in print or digital versions.

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We Wanted YOU To Hear First….

Good News!

New classes for beginner and advanced level machine embroiderists are starting soon! Plus, a hot-off the presses book from Lisa Archer and our new issue is out!

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First, just for the beginner, we have CME columnist Lisa Archer’s in-the-hoop projects all rolled into one course, and the entire course is FREE! Lisa has a lot of basic information in this course, plus she’ll show you how to make six in-the-hoop projects.

Beginners might not know Lisa Archer, but her teaching style is great for beginners who are new to all the ins and outs of machine embroidery. Please pass this along to any newbies you know.

For those more advanced or who want to improve the machine embroidery skills, Lisa Shaw is visiting us again with another webinar. Her first one Machine Embroidery 101 discussed the basics.

Her second webinar is Tips & Tricks for Expert Results is intended for machine embroidery owners who already have a basic knowledge of their machine. Much of her webinar is taken directly from her own student’s top questions and concerns.

Tune in October 18 for this informative webinar

Next, we have a new book out by Lisa Archer, the Modern Machine Embroidery book with four in-the-hoop designs plus a monogram font. The book is softcover and has full-color photos and expert step-by-step instructions – perfect for both beginner and beyond machine embroiderists.

Last but never the least is our newest issue of Creative Machine Embroidery. It’s hard to work on a Christmas and holiday issue in the middle of summer and fall, but here it is! Look for an upcoming new issue review on the CME blog and of course you can download this month’s free design right now.

Happy Embroidering!

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FREE Embroidery course 150 We Wanted YOU To Hear First....Learn the BasicsJump start your creativity and expand your basic know-how with expert and Creative Machine Embroidery contributor Lisa Archer in this free online course.In Machine Embroidery; The Basics, you’ll learn about the different kinds of embroidery designs, such as fonts, linework, filled and in-the-hoop designs; finding the right format, buying, and downloading designs for use in your machine; and all about the basic tools you’ll need for successful embroidery, from blanks to stabilizer to marking pens and so much more!ME101 Lisa Shaw 150 We Wanted YOU To Hear First....

On-Demand Webinar Lisa’s first webinar is perfect for the beginner machine embroidery enthusiast. You’ll learn all what goes on ‘under the hood’, basic machine anatomy and how various parts work when stitching designs. Plus you’ll learn:

  • Machine embroidery basics
  • Embroidery machine anatomy
  • How embroidery machines work
  • The features of different kinds of embroidery designs
  • The purpose of embroidery software
  • How to expand your machine embroidery skills.

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Tips & Tricks for Expert ResultsLearn new tips and tricks to get the most out of your embroidery machine.  Lisa Shaw is your host and this webinar will start October 18! Don’t miss out on this informative webinar that will help you improve on your machine embroidery skills.This webinar will focus on digitizing, software, lettering, different stitch types, plus the nitty gritty of how a design is composed, importance of density and other factors. Also she answers her past students top questions regarding machine embroidery. This webinar is great for those wanting to take their machine embroidery skills to the next level.

modern machine embook 150 We Wanted YOU To Hear First....Modern Machine Embroidery - Need to know the ins and outs of successful machine embroidery? This fantastic machine embroidery book from Lisa Archer of Pickle Pie Designs and Creative Machine Embroidery magazine contributor, teaches you how to embroider like a pro, giving your sewing projects and purchased items a truly personalized touch.With expert how-tos and full-color photos to show you how to do it successfully, this book is great for beginners and advanced.

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Absolute Beginner Machine Embroidery: Preview 10

Hello fans of Creative Machine Embroidery magazine. We are excited about the latest launch of a new machine embroidery series. This series teaches and inspires both new and experienced machine embroiderers to get the most out of their machine investment and create beautiful embroidered projects.

If you are new to machine embroidery, you’ll love this new series. If you need a refresher this series might just be the thing to get you back to creating beautiful machine embroidery garments, crafts and quilts.trans Absolute Beginner Machine Embroidery: Preview 10

You can purchase a subscription to the series on QNNtv or purchase the entire series now for 24.99. 

Absolute Beginner Machine Embroidery will guide you through a variety of topics including:

  • different types of embroidery designs
  • stabilizers and threads that are available
  • how to embroider on ready-made-projects
  • embroidering on difficult fabrics
  • different stabilizers & how to use them
  • the basics of embroidery software, and so much more.

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This series is great for those that sew garments, quilts and/or crafts. As long as you have an embroidery machine and you want to learn all there is to it, you’re all set! Just sit back and find out how fun machine embroidery can be.

Each month on the Sew News and CME blogs will be presenting a very quick preview of the latest episode.

Episode 10 is all about quilting in the hoop

You can purchase this as a subscription to QNNtv.com or purchase the entire series (26 episodes) here for only 24.99

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Tapestry Tattoo Elementz GIVEAWAY!

Enter to win a set of the Tapestry Tattoos by Urban Elementz (designs shown below). Add some fun and pizazz to your embroidery machine. Unlike real tattoos, you can remove them with ease whenever you wish. There are 8 cut designs for you to use as you choose how and where they are placed on your machine.

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To enter to win this fabulous prize simply answer: Do you decorate your sewing/embroidery room or area? If so, what theme or colors have you chosen?

A winner will be chosen at random and emailed on the 17th of October 2016.

 

Good luck and have fun!!

-Jessica

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Technique in Focus: Piecing

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If there’s something I love more than embroidery, it’s embroidery AND quilting together.If you’re new to piecing, start with basic quilt blocks, as they’re more approachable and serve as a good basis for perfecting basic quilting techniques. And they’re a lovely canvas for embroidery designs, which can be used as a design feature to compliment the block or fabric pattern or as the quilting design. I love a basic log cabin block – and that’s just what I had in mind when I designed the Halloween Scene wall hanging in the latest issue of CME.

Get started with this handy how-to guide for piecing, starting with the common four-patch block for practice.

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Absolute Beginner Machine Embroidery Series: Preview 8 Trapunto Designs

If you are new to machine embroidery, you’ll love this new series. If you need a refresher this series might just be the thing to get you back to creating beautiful machine embroidery garments, crafts and quilts.trans Absolute Beginner Machine Embroidery Series: Preview 8 Trapunto Designs

You can purchase a subscription to the series on QNNtv or purchase the entire series now for 24.99. 

Absolute Beginner Machine Embroidery will guide you through a variety of topics including:

  • different types of embroidery designs
  • stabilizers and threads that are available
  • how to embroider on ready-made-projects
  • embroidering on difficult fabrics
  • different stabilizers & how to use them
  • the basics of embroidery software, and so much more.

ABME 450x3001 Absolute Beginner Machine Embroidery Series: Preview 8 Trapunto Designs
This series is great for those that sew garments, quilts and/or crafts. As long as you have an embroidery machine and you want to learn all there is to it, you’re all set! Just sit back and find out how fun machine embroidery can be.

Each month on the Sew News and CME blogs will be presenting a very quick preview of the latest episode.

Episode 8 is all on trapunto designs, how they work and a quick project.

Watch a quick preview of Absolute Beginner Machine Embroidery now!

You can purchase this as a subscription to QNNtv.com or purchase the entire series (26 episodes) here for only 24.99

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How To Become Certified( In Sewing Not In Crazy)

I get a lot of questions on what certification means when taking a online or face-to-face class. It’s a good question and I think it deserves a bit of space, because some of these classes can be expensive, so you’ll want to know exactly what you spending your money on. Sulky has a number of certification course with a number of different prices points, one to fit most budgets.

I wanted you to hear what you would get from Patti herself. There’s no one more knowledgeable on the benefit of taking online classes as Patti. So, let’s have Patti take it away!

Hi everyone!

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Are you asking yourself, “Why would I want to become a Sulky Online Certified Teacher, NOW of all times?”. While these economic times are creating challenges for everyone, they are also creating great opportunities. If you have a job you don’t like or that is unstable; if you have the need to supplement your income or if there has been a change in your family’s earning potential, now is the time for you to do what you love, and learn to be successful at it as you take this Sulky Online Certified Teacher Training Class. Continue reading

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