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Easy Cross Stitch Ornaments

Our Cross-Stitch Christmas Collection is easily one of my favorite collections. Aside from my favorite set of mushroom ornaments, I’m surprisingly traditional when it comes to Christmas decor and these designs are the perfect fit for that. The cross stitch … Continue reading

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4 Techniques for Embroidered Pants

We hope you’ve been enjoying pants month, here and on the Sew News blog. Machine embroidery is one of the best ways to customize your pants creations. Today we’ll discuss 4 techniques for embroidery that are easily customized to a … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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New Issue Preview: Creative Machine Embroidery September/October

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 … Continue reading

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Technique in Focus: Piecing

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 … Continue reading

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Picnic like a pro with the summer time quilts

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Holiday decorating with Heidi Boyd

Do you ever wish you could take a peek into your favorite designer’s homes for the holidays? Today, we chat with designer Heidi Boyd about her favorite holiday decorations and traditions, as well as tips for homemade ornament making. What … Continue reading

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Christmas in July! Don’t Get Stuck – Plan Early & Sew Often

Oh, July: time to be with family, relax by the pool and sip fresh lemonade on the porch….all while planning your holiday gifts, right? I’ve always been a fan of Christmas in July: as a kid, I wore our VHS … Continue reading

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Summer Sewing: 4 Totally Awesome Tote Bag Patterns

I like my bags big and with easy access to all my stuff, which these days includes diapers in two sizes, random toys, and (always) fruit snacks, so totes are my go-to. Casual, durable, and big, they’re good for so … Continue reading

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