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.

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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 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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You’ll LOVE These Embroidery Designs!

Lovely new embroidery designs for machine AND hand embroidery. The best of both worlds from Jenny Hart!

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Hand Embroidery Designs For Your Machine

As I watch more episodes of Absolute Beginner Machine Embroidery, I’ve become much more confident using my embroidery machine. On Pinterest, I noticed a pair of white denim pants with a fun embroidery design on the bottom on one leg. It was a pink flamingo, just on the one pant leg. I thought it was really cute.

It’s something really easy to do with an embroidery machine. But, instead of a a pink flamingo, I think I might give one of Jenny Hart’s new designs a try. Not sure I’m going to do white, since my lifestyle and white clothing don’t mix. But, I have plenty of pants to try.

You might not be familiar with Jenny Hart. Jenny is the owner, artist and talent behind Sublime Stitching. Jenny’s hand embroidery designs are quirky, sweet, sometimes cheeky, but never boring. Now, Jenny is the latest talent to join the Sew With Me series.

This series, featured in Sew News through out 2016 features sewing super stars. Jenny Hart is our first hand embroidery artist. Lucky for machine embroidery lovers she has digitized four exclusive designs for Sew News and Creative Machine Embroidery fans. If you’re a fan of hand embroidery or machine we’ve got you covered!

Question for the day: Do you hand embroider, or are you strictly machine embroidery only? Let me know on the blog and I’ll be showing off my latest machine embroidery creation!
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Islander Sewing Systems Certification Course

Islander Sewing Systems Certification Course brought to you by Sew News and hosted by Craft U.

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This course will run from May 31st 2016 through September 6th 2016.

 

You may be asking yourself, “What will I get out of the Islander Sewing System Certification”? This course has a lot to offer for all types of sewers.Janet Pray 300 Islander Sewing Systems Certification Course

Janet Pray of Islander Sewing Systems has written in her own words what each and everyone of you may get out of the course:

For the home sewer who wants to simply improve the quality of their finished projects, eliminate the frustration when operating the sewing machine and to cut down the amount of time each project takes. “If you like to sew, after you learn these techniques you will LOVE to sew!”islander sewing image Islander Sewing Systems Certification Course

For the sewing professional, making clothes and alterations for others this course will help increase the profit margin and gives helpful business information including record keeping and client contracts. A sample price list form and contract are included in the workbook for this course.

For the person who wants to manufacture and sell sewn items this course not only provides the more efficient sewing methods that create a better profit margin, it also provides help with pricing, purchasing wholesale and how to test market. I discuss how to increase the amount you can sell by hiring subcontractors and some of the important details of hiring subcontractors.

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For the home sewer who wants to teach others to sew the Islander Sewing System is an excellent opportunity to teach the very best techniques.

In the course I provide important information on teaching at different venues and how to structure your teaching approach for each and why. A sample teaching contract is provided in the workbook for this course. Those who certify and become teachers Islandersewing.com will post their contact info and teaching schedule. We will provide several handouts, critique forms and class descriptions when requested. Those certified as teachers will also have the ability to buy Islander Sewing Systems’ products wholesale to resell to students.

As you can see, no matter what kind of sewer you are, the benefits of this course will improve your sewing life.

You can enroll in the course at Craft U. In addition to the course, we have put together a convenient kit of all the specialty tools, notions and sample fabrics you will need throughout the course at Shop Sew it All.

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We hope you enjoy the course as much as we do!

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Mystery Sew Along Part 5: Lining, Top Stitching & Zippers

After this post, there’s only one more left. We’re all fairly certain you know what it is by now.  I think after now, there are some very nice projects finishing up. Maybe some have already finished! We have one more post and then we’ll pick a winner that will be featured in an issue of Creative Machine Embroidery magazine.

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Remember, there is still time to enter the sweepstakes! There are many great prizes that could be yours! Below is a showing of what is at ‘stake’!

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Let’s have Kim get started.

We’re in the home stretch of this mystery sew-away project. I’m sure everyone realizes we’re creating a purse! This post will focus on attaching the lining, topstitching the purse exterior and installing the zipper.

Press one strap tab in half lengthwise with wrong sides together; unfold. Fold each long edge toward the wrong side to meet at the center foldline; press. Repeat to fold the remaining strap tab.

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Fold the tab in half widthwise with wrong sides together; press. Insert the tab through a D-ring aligning the wrong sides together and the short ends. Repeat to create the remaining strap tab. Center one strap tab over one side-panel upper edge, aligning the strap short ends with the side panel raw edge. Hand baste 1/4” from the short ends. {Photo #5-2}

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Repeat to baste the remaining strap tab to the opposite side panel.

Fold the upper-back panel and interior band down over the panel right side. Whipstitch the side panel to the upper panel at each corner

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Place the lining over the exterior with right sides together, aligning the upper edge and seamlines; pin, and then stitch.

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Remove the zipper panel and strap tab basting stitches. Press the seam allowance toward the lining, and then press open the zipper panel and front panel seam allowances. Turn the bag right side out though he lining opening. Set your machine up to sew with the free arm. Insert the free arm through the lining opening and understitch the lining.

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Press the zipper panels toward the lining. Install a zipper foot onto the machine. Topstitch the zipper panel 1/8” from interior band/zipper panel seamline.

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Repeat to stitch the opposite zipper panel. Topstitch the upper-front panel, beginning at one short end as close to the side panel as possible.

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End at the opposite short end.

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Slipstitch the lining opening closed. Push the lining into the bag with wrong sides together, favoring the bag upper edge toward the lining.

If you purchased a zipper longer than 11” you will have to trim the zipper. If you’re using an 11” zipper, skip to the zipper insertion instructions. Measure 11 1/2” from the zipper end; pin-mark. Unzip the zipper 1” past the pin-mark. Trim the zipper at the pin-mark.

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Using a chalk wheel, mark 1/2” from the zipper cut edge. Using needle-nose pliers, remove the zipper teeth on each tape edge up to the mark.

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Position one zipper stop over the zipper tape just above the last zipper tooth. Using pliers, squeeze the stop together to secure.

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Insert the left zipper tape in between the front zipper panels, aligning the zipper end in the right panel short end seam allowance and the zipper teeth 1/8” from the panel long edge; hand baste.

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Align the zipper upper edge in the left zipper panel short end, folding back the zipper frayed short end onto itself and into the panel seam allowance. Hand baste to secure.

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Align the upper and lower zipper panel with wrong sides together; hand baste 1/4” from the folded edge.

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Topstitch the zipper panel 1/8” form the folded long edge.

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Repeat to stitch the right zipper tape to the back zipper panel.

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Below are two detail images of the zipper.

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SOURCE

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

The last post is coming up and will focus on creating the handles and straps. And you finally get to see the final purse put all together!

Here are the free designs from past blog posts if you should need them.

Arrow

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Diamond

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Pattern Fill

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Learn Fine Sewing Techniques from Martha Pullen Co.

We’ve talked a lot about the upcoming licensing event from Martha Pullen Co. Serger Serger! event.  This is really exciting because it is the first time that this course is offered online! No more traveling to other locations (although I think that’s part of the fun) you can now take the course in your own home.

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You’ll study with the same fantastic Martha Pullen faculty during your online experience but just in your home on your schedule. Continue reading

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Forecast Calls For Sewing -12 Hours of Sewing Ahead!

A Whole Day of Sewing?! What Would You Do?

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Style tips and inspiration with Katrina Walker

Celebrated author and teacher, Katrina Walker is a long-time contributor to both CME and Sew News, and she is the creator behind the fabulous Lovely in Lace dress featured in our newest issue of CME. Katrina’s creations are always immaculately constructed and with impeccable style. Read on to learn more about Katrina, her inspiration, her favorite recent trends and her upcoming webinar, called Sewing for Style. Continue reading

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Mystery Sew Along Part 4: Inserting Pockets

Kim continues on with the CME Mystery Sew Along. I’m sure the mystery is growing more familiar. MysterySewAlongLogo3 Mystery Sew Along Part 4: Inserting Pockets I love adding pockets to anything-dresses, pants, bags, whatever! And a small interior pocket for this project is no exception. This post will focus on creating an easy welt pocket and constructing the lining. You can also take this welt pocket technique and use it on another project. This technique is simpler than a traditional welt pocket, but looks just as good. Continue reading

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Winner Annouced!

The winner of last month’s blog post – For Machine Embroidery Fans Only on March 23 –

is Joi! I will reach out to you shortly and tell you how to get your gift pack.

If I don’t hear back within 30 days, I’ll pick another winner.

Thanks everyone for commenting and stay tuned for more giveaways!

Jill

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