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So Many Designs. So Little Time.

We made it to July. Has your sewing curbed at all in the hot months or are you still going strong? I’m trying to keep my AC bill low this year, so I’m sweating it out.

The other day I needed to stitch out an older design from a CME Collection. Remember the Love Is In The Air Collection? It’s so sweet. After I finished stitching it out, I thought I really need to make something with it. Continue reading

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Absolute Beginner Machine Embroidery Series – Episode 6

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. Continue reading

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How To Survive A Summer Remodel

The photo below is one room in my house. The entire house is basically a giant construction zone.

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Remodel work is never done

Just recently I had a 40 yard roll-off in the driveway. We didn’t think we’d fill it, but we did, embarrassingly so. Funny thing is, now there are two other households with roll-off’s in their driveways! We’ve started a trend. Continue reading

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Picnic like a pro with the summer Picnic Quilt Kit!


InstantPicnicBlanket 222x300 Picnic like a pro with the summer Picnic Quilt Kit!
If there’s one thing I love about summer, it’s picnic season. As soon as it’s warm enough, my family prefers all our meals outside. These days – with two small children – our picnics aren’t quite as leisurely as they once were, but we do enjoy ourselves. Continue reading

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Disney’s Finding Dory Movie Excitement and Quilt Project

Have you seen Disney•Pixar Finding Dory yet? Did you love it? We’re all super psyched over here at CME, so we’re celebrating with a fun and easy machine-embroidery-enhanced quilt project.

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Hide & Seek Dory Quilt

Cute, don’t you think? The central panel is a print showing Dory, Nemo, Martin, Destiny, Hank and Bailey. Around the edge there are in-the-hoop stipple-stitch “bubbles” that can be lifted up to reveal… Dory, of course! The quilt itself is machine quilted in fun under-the-sea designs, including coral, seaweed and fish. Continue reading

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American Pride

It’s time to start on your festive Independence Day decorations. Are you hosting a patriotic party this year? If so, the Fabulous Fourth table setting kit is perfect and on sale!!4th Table Kit American Pride Continue reading

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Absolute Beginner Machine Embroidery Series – Episode 4 Preview!

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.

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   Episode 4 Preview!
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 week on the Sew News and CME blogs will be presenting a very quick preview of the latest episode.

Episode 4 is all about stabilizers. You’ll learn about the different types,what they are, how to use them and more.

Watch a quick preview of Episode 4 of Absolute Beginner Machine Embroidery

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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Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!

You’re almost there! We’ll finish the purse today and you can finally see what you created over these past six blog posts. This post will focus on the finishing details, such as the handles and straps.

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This type of handle is usually used to leather goods that don’t fray, so creating the same look in a woven fabric takes a little bit of hand stitching, but the finished look is worth it.

Fold one handle-end upper edge 1/2” toward the wrong side; press. Mark a 1/4” seam allowance on the side and lower edges.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!With right sides together, position one handle end over one handle short edge; pin. Stitch using a 1/4” seam allowance and pivoting at each corner. Repeat to stitch the remaining handle end to the opposite handle short edge.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!

Trim the seam allowance to 1/8” and trim the corners.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!Turn the handle end right side out using a chopstick

 Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!

Press flat. Topstitch the handle end 1/16” from the perimeter.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!

Press each handle long edge 1/2” toward the wrong side. Center one cording length over the handle wrong side, aligning the end with the handle-end folded edge.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!

Fold the handle in half lengthwise, enclosing the cording within handle and aligning the folded long edges; pin. Whipstitch to secure the handle long edges.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!

Repeat to construct the remaining handle.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!Insert one handle end into one D-ring on the bag front and fold TK” with wrong sides together; pin. Hand baste 1/2” from the short end.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!

Topstitch 3/4” from the fold.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!Repeat to stitch the opposite handle end into the opposite bag front D-ring, making sure the handle isn’t twisted.

Fold the strap in half lengthwise with right sides together; pin. Stitch the strap short end and long edge using a 1/4” seam allowance. Trim the seam allowance to 1/8”. Turn the strap right side out using a long dowel.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!

Trim the stitched short edge 1/2” from the end. Fold each strap short end 1/4” toward the wrong side; press. Press the strap flat. Topstitch the strap perimeter.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!

Insert one strap end into a swivel clasp and fold the strap end 1”; pin. Topstitch 1/8” from the short end. Repeat to attach the opposite strap short end to the remaining clasp, making sure the strap isn’t twisted.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!

Attach the clasps to the strap D-rings.

For an additional embellishment, create a quick and easy zipper fob with your monogram for the front pocket. You’ll need a 1/2” swivel clasp, 2 1/2”x6 1/2” scrap of leather or faux leather, mediumweight tear-away stabilizer and embroidery design letters 1/4” tall.

Hoop three layers of tear-away stabilizer. Center the leather scrap right side up over the stabilizer; secure the perimeter with painter’s tape.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!

Open your initials on the embroidery machine screen. Rotate each letter 90º and position the surname letter near the screen lower edge center. Position your first-name letter over the first, making sure they are properly aligned.

Thread the machine needle with 40wt. embroidery thread and the bobbin with matching bobbin thread. I used thread that matches the color of the leather. I think it gives it a subtle, yet sophisticated look. Place the hoop onto the machine. Embroider the design.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!

Remove the hoop from the machine and stabilizer from the hoop. Trim any jump threads. Carefully tear away the stabilizer from the design perimeter. Trim the leather using the zipper fob pattern. Insert one fob short end through the swivel clasp and align the short ends. Topstitch the fob near the swivel claps bar. Attach the clasp to the pocket zipper.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!

To make a zipper pull for the purse zipper, cut a 1”x5” strip of leather or faux leather using the template. Topstitch the leather 1/8” from the folded short end. Open the ring slightly, and then insert the ring through the folded short end.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!

Insert one ring open end through the purse zipper, and then squeeze the ring to close. Move the leather to cover the ring opening.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!

We’re finished! We’ve created a designer-inspired purse with a geometric embroidered panel and cool gold hardware.  Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!

SOURCE

Big Duck Canvas Warehouse provided the 15-ounce navy blue duck fabric: (800) 704-6138, bigduckcanvas.com.

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Learn Expert Home Decor Tips & Tricks with Pam Damour

Pam Damour, known as the Decorating Diva, is an interior designer that has been beautifying homes for over 30 years. Pam has written several top selling home decorating books, has taught world-wide through in-person classes, DVD’s as well as online instruction. You won’t find a more knowledgeable and down-to-earth instructor.

Pam damour ss3 Learn Expert Home Decor Tips & Tricks with Pam DamourIf you’re interested in learning insider secrets to the home décor industry, want to start your own business or simply want beautiful draperies in your home, Pam Damour’s Window Treatment School is the one to take. In Pam Damour’s Window Treatment School, you’ll learn key techniques for creating beautiful draperies. Techniques that go beyond the basic how-to book or course. You’ll learn pattern matching, how to achieve perfect corners and curves.

Plus, a simple way for making perfect pleats. In addition you’ll learn fabrication sequence, proper pressing, mounting, installation of draperies and:

  • How to calculate yardage
  • Create contrasting facings
  • Add trims
  • Difference between linings and interlinings and how to construct them
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Pam’s special patterns make it super easy

With the patterns and course materials included, you’ll know how to make custom window treatments to add value to any home or business. The possibilities are endless when you know how to do it yourself.

To register and more information check out CraftOnlineUniversity! Class Starts May 31.

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Absolute Beginner Machine Embroidery Episode 2 Preview

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.

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 Episode 2 Preview
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 week on the Sew News and CME blogs will be presenting a very quick preview of the latest episode.

Episode 2 is all about embroidery threads. You’ll learn about the different types, colors, needle choice and more.

Watch a quick preview of Episode 2 of Absolute Beginner Machine Embroidery

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

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