Basic Training: Embroidery Essentials – What You Need To Get Started

Discover the must-have and some nice-to-have tools and materials to help achieve embroidery success.

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Creative Machine Embroidery Magazine New Issue Preview

I have a confession to make — the Nov/Dec issue is always my favorite. I love the fun gift ideas, cute décor and holiday finery that we always pack into the issue. The 2017 issue is hitting subscribers’ mailboxes now, and it will be on newsstands on Oct. 17. Keep reading for a sneak peek at what you’ll find in the issue!

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On the cover, you’ll find a set of Christmas-themed tea towels. We love the nostalgic feel of tea towels in general and the vintage-style embroidery designs we added to the towels. It was tough deciding which designs to use on these samples — the whole collection is so cute! Find it at shopsewitall.com.

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We borrowed a coworker’s adorable daughter to model the embroidered baby featuring our exclusive Cross Stitch Christmas Collection. Designed to be embroidered in a single color, these designs stitch up quick and add a homemade touch to any project. The collection includes two borders with a fair-island flair. You can see one of them on the baby-dress yoke. Grab a free snowflake design at cmemag.com.

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Cross Stitch Cutie

Our In-the-Hoop design for this issue is a cute mini-stocking that holds a gift card and can be personalized. Hang it on the tree or attach it to a gift for a unique homemade tag.

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In-The Hoop Mini-Stockings

 

Looking for the perfect gift? These wool totes are gorgeous. Made from high-quality fabric and embellished with pretty ombre stitching, anyone would be delighted to receive this from an embroidery-minded friend, relative or coworker.

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Winter Woolens

My favorite thing about the pillow wrap project is that it’s a space saver. Because the embroidered section is separate from the pillow, you can pack it away in January and leave the pillow out, either unadorned or (better!) wrapped with a similar sleeve embroidered for the current season. Find the free design featuring your initial at cmemag.com.

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Wreath Wrap

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I’m not a quilter myself, but I’m fascinated by our Quilt This article this issue. It’s about taking three motifs and using them to create unique but coordinating quilt blocks. I’m kind of tempted to try it out… and if I’m tempted, I’m sure this story will be extra interesting for all the quilter-embroiderers out there.

And that’s only about half of what’s in this issue! Find it on newsstands or at shopsewitall.com for even more great projects, including a snowflake-studded skirt, more in-the-hoop ornaments and décor, a quick reverse-appliqué method of dressing up a store-bought dress and a set of adorable space-themed children’s pajamas.

Happy Holiday Issue!

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Easy Embellishment Ideas for Holiday Sewing

As soon as the pumpkins come out each year, I know I should probably get started with handmade Christmas gifts. I love adding embroidery to simple sewing projects. A simple design can add a lot of impact to a basic sewing project. Here are a few ideas for the folks on your list, hand-picked from our latest issue of Sew it All magazine (volume 11, if you can believe it!).

red pincushion Easy Embellishment Ideas for Holiday SewingGift making made easy! The Business or Pleasure by SN editor Jill Case is perfect for gifting, especially if you’ve got crafty friends on your list. Instead of the supplied applique templates, embellish a felt gift card holder with sewing-themed embroidery designs. Continue reading

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Tip of the Week

Tip of the Week:

MILK ITS WORTH

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To avoid adhesive overspray, cut the bottom off a plastic milk carton and spray through the lid.

Email your tips to info@cmemag.com and your tip could be featured in a future issue of Creative Machine Embroidery!

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Behind The Scenes: A Creative Machine Embroidery Photo Shoot

There’s an old saying in the theater — never work with animals, children or drunks. Basically, they’re hard to control and make a lot of extra work for everyone. Sometimes it’s worth it, though, like when we brought seven kittens to our photoshoot for our September/October issue.

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The pet beds we were shooting were made with the names of my cats, but we had several reasons for shooting with kittens instead. The main reason, of course, was that even though my cats are pretty cute, kittens are even cuter. Also, kittens are very adaptable and are able to roll with unusual situations in a way adult cats can’t or won’t. Continue reading

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Tip of the Week

Tip of the Week:

COLOR MATCHING

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When embroidering on a towel (or anything else that you want to appear nice on the back), match the bobbin thread to the towel or fabric color rather than the top thread.

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New Issue Preview: Creative Machine Embroidery September/October

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Like it or not, fall is coming, friends! And we have a lovely issue to help you get ready…er, wrap your head around the fast-approaching cooler temps!

We love Halloween around here, so if fall has a silver lining, it’s definitely that! We’ve got fun decor, interactive games and all kinds of spooky fun – and kittens: we have kittens!! Plus learn how to:

  • CME1710 Leggings 221x300 New Issue Preview: Creative Machine Embroidery September/OctoberSew a sweet monogrammed pouf for your favorite critter.
  • Customize handmade lingerie with lace.
  • Embroider basic leggings for a high-end look.
  • Make a spooky set of travel pillows.
  • Quilt with silk.
  • Work with border designs.
  • Add texture to your creations with felting and couching in the hoop and more.
  • Stitch a set of harvest-themed ornaments for fall decorating.

That ought to keep you busy for a while…at least until our upcoming Christmas holiday issue!

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What’s Your Favorite Type Of Embroidery?

Do you have a favorite type of embroidery? I love the slow nature of hand embroidery, but the more I do of machine embroidery I find that to be a lot of fun too! I have been working on my first (successful) quilt and I’m finding that quilting and machine embroidery is a whole new ballgame for me. I love putting personal touches on my quilt using my embroidery machine. Really didn’t think I would take to embroidery like I have.

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How To Build Up Your Embroidery Collection – Easily!

What Is The Internet Embroidery Club?

Thank you all for being a part of this family who loves the wonderful, creative things that your remarkable embroidery machines can do. We’re striving to increase your enjoyment of this 21st century implementation of a centuries-old technique for adding an “artist’s” touch to the beautiful things you make. The Internet Embroidery Club is THE place for unique and original machine embroidery designs.  You may not know, but Creative Machine Embroidery magazine is not our only machine embroidery publication. We have the Martha Pullen Company under our umbrella too. So, please be sure to check them out as well.

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IEC Membership Benefits

The Internet Embroidery Club (IEC) is a calendar year membership (January through December) providing embroidery designs of the highest quality for members to download to their own computers. When you join you will be able to download all the designs (January through December) of the calendar year for which you join.

Members of the current IEC year will receive email notifications as each new design is released.

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You may purchase any of the past IEC years at anytime, and access to those designs does not expire after the year is over. Browse all of the designs from 2001-2017, then visit our online store to purchase any of those years.

Stay tuned to more designs as they come out. You can shop the entire collection here. We’ll also be dropping designs on the shopsewitall.com site.

Please check out the site and let us know if you like these designs. What designs would you like to see more of?

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Sew A Softie

Sew A Softie today and reconnect, slow down and share your love of sewing soft cute things with the next generation of sewists.

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Join us in July to Sew a Softie! The event was founded by Trixi Symonds, a designer, sewing teacher and author of Sew Together Grow Together, a book of simple sewing projects for parents and children that aims to bring children and parents together over a common love of hand sewing, unplugging and, of course, super-cute softies.

Be sure to pick up a copy of the latest Creative Machine Embroidery magazine and read all about Trixi and learn what Sew A Softie day means to her, how it got started and why it’s important to teach kids to sew.

Join Trixi’s Sew A Softie Facebook Group and connect with all sorts of people. This group will have schedules, line ups of blog tours, great tips and tricks and other important and fun information. We hope you join along and sew a softie or two this July.

If you sew one use the #sewasoftie and we can see all the cuteness!

Don’t forget you can get two softie designs for free now and through August 31 Find the cutie little piggy softie and a monkey softie and join in the fun!

 

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