Category Archives: Quick & Easy Projects

Embroidered Sachets: Tips and Tricks

I have a special place in my heart for the in-the-hoop sachets in the Jan/Feb 2018 issue. While the concept of the project was a group effort, I was the one who laid out the construction process for the digitizers. … Continue reading

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Sewing Toys For Your Pet

Did you get a Christmas puppy this year? I DID! This is Leia. And, she’s super into biting and chewing, so I had to buy some rope toys and nylon bones right away. Of course I want to make her … Continue reading

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Embroidered Paper Cards Project + Tips for Embroidering Paper

Create a personalized greeting in no (or bow!) time! Embroidering on paper is easy with a few tips and special tools. Generally speaking, when you embroider on paper, you’ll want to avoid dense satin stitch designs; pick paper that feels … Continue reading

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DIY Holiday Stockings: Sew Stockings With Personalized Embroidery!

Stockings are great projects that are perfect for personalized embroidery embellishment. You can make an intricate stocking with piecing, applique, embroidery, beading–you name it. Or you can create a simple stocking using one fabric for the outer and lining stocking … Continue reading

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Design Ideas For Embroidered Tea Towels

Growing up, my mother had a set of days-of-the-week hand-embroidered towels that we used for years and years. When she passed, I searched for the towels to no avail. The nostalgia they conjured was palpable, and I desperately wanted to … Continue reading

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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!   This is the last issue of … 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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Cosplay with Freestanding Lace

Every September, there’s an anime convention in Denver called Nan Desu Kan. Some friends of mine run the registration desk, and for many years I have been volunteering for them. While registration can get very busy, there are usually some … Continue reading

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Enter To Win A CME Design Collection

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 … 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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