Free Embroidery Project with Angelina Fibers And A Giveaway!

shawl 500 Free Embroidery Project with Angelina Fibers And A Giveaway!It’s always chilly here in the office and that’s why I always have a favorite pashmina scarf nearby. These are perfect for spring and summer when there still might be a chill in the air. And, great for the office because they look stylish and give the right amount of warmth in a breezy office.

In the latest issue of Creative Machine Embroidery magazine you can get the Angelina Pashmina project and all the how tos and instructions HERE. This article tells you how to achieve wonderful results when working with Angelina fibers to make a plain pashmina into something one-of-a-kind.

For today’s giveaway there is a collection of Angelina fibers from Embellishment Village for one lucky reader. This collection is the Forest Floor collection, which includes beautiful green, blue pink and earth tones. These would give a lovely sparkle to a pashmina scarf.

All you need to do to enter is answer the following question: Are you always cold in the office or are you constantly overheating?

AGForestFloorweb Free Embroidery Project with Angelina Fibers And A Giveaway!The winner from the last Wednesday Giveaway is Laura K. Thank you for your funny cat story! I will be in contact with you shortly to tell you how to claim your prize!



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5 Quick Tips for Interfacing!

TakeShape 154x300 5 Quick Tips for Interfacing!The proper application of interfacing can create a polished professional look. Interfacing provides stiffness, support and structure to fabric. It is often found in bags, home dec projects, collars, cuffs and curved areas on knit garments. Discovering the inherent helpfulness of interfacing can take your sewing skills to the next level. Use these tips to master interfacing and get stitching in no time!

1. To Fuse or Not to Fuse: There are two main types of interfacing, fusible and sew-in. The type determines how the interfacing is applied to the fabric. Fusible interfacing is adhered to the fabric wrong side using glue that is applied to the interfacing in the creation process. Sew-in interfacing is sewn to the fabric wrong side and is used primarily when the fabric cannot withstand pressing. In general, fusible interfacing will change the fabric hand, creating a stiffer result.

2. Weigh In: Both fusible and sew-in interfacing comes in several weights ranging from light to heavy. Consider the fabric’s end use as you select the interfacing. If the project is a bag or home dec project a medium to heavyweight interfacing will most likely work best. If the project is a chiffon shirt (or similarly flowy garment) a lightweight interfacing is best. If you’re using interfacing simply to reinforce the fabric for longevity, match the fabric weight to the interfacing weight.

3. Knit or Woven: In addition to all the versions of interfacing listed above, there are also knit and woven interfacings. Knit interfacing should be used with knit fabric; it’s often used to reinforce curved seams. Woven interfacing is best used when working with woven fabric; try to align the interfacing grain with that of the fabric for best results. There’s a third type, non-woven interfacing, this includes fusible fleece, it has barely any drape to it and is best used when fabric needs to be seriously stiffened (such as for a bag).

4. Adhering Advice: When fusing interfacing to fabric, make sure to determine the interfacing side with the glue first. The glue side will have either dots of glue across the surface or it will have a sheen to it. The glue side will also feel different in comparison to the non-glue side. Always place the glue side to the wrong side of the fabric. Use a damp press cloth to adhere the interfacing. Be sure to press down with the iron, pick it up and move to a new spot on the fabric. Never run the iron over the surface of the interfacing while adhering it to the fabric. Check the packaging instructions for additional advice on adhering the interfacing to your fabric.

5. Go for a Test Drive: Adhere a piece of interfacing to fabric the wrong side and send it through the laundering process you plan to use on the finished project. If the interfacing comes unglued or there’s excessive shrinking, either consider a different type of interfacing or choose a more delicate method of laundering (such as dry cleaning).

With these interfacing tips under your belt, you’re ready to stitch something up with a little rigidity. Here are a few projects and resources to consider:

Coupon Clutch 200x 5 Quick Tips for Interfacing!Embroider a handy coupon clutch to keep grocery trips organized and headache-free! The interfacing gives this fun project the stability to hold all your coupons and then some.

Summer Style TN 5 Quick Tips for Interfacing!Make an interfaced collar with an all-over design and let your creativity shine.

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Stitch up an interfaced frame for someone special. This is a great gift for moms, dads and grads!

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For an exceptionally thorough look at interfacing, purchase the Feb/Mar ’14 issue of Sew News from

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Super Sweet & FREE Baby Embroidery Design from Sealed with a Stitch!

Springtime always seems to bring lots of new babies and baby showers. We even have some exciting new additions to the CME family lately, with Associate Editor Nicki welcoming a little girl in March, and Editor-in-Chief Ellen getting ready for twins in a few months! It’s so special to be able to present new parents with a handmade gift for their little one, and today Sue O’Very from Sealed with a Stitch is making that extra easy by providing this super cute and FREE Enchanted Baby embroidery design! The design features adorable baby items drying on a clothesline held by sweet little birdies:

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This cute design would look fantastic on a bib, onesie, baby quilt and much more. Plus, the design comes in three different sizes, so it’s very versatile! To download the free Enchanted Baby design, just click here, and then save the designs to your computer. Transfer the correct design file extensions (designated by your machine brand) to your embroidery machine using a usb drive or the cord that was provided with your embroidery machine. And then, most importantly, have fun embroidering the Enchanted Baby design on the project of your choosing!

Thanks so much to Sealed with a Stitch! Be sure to check out for dozens more designs, patterns, instructional DVDs and more!

What will you be embroidering the Enchanted Baby design on? Share your answer in the comments section below!

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Free Lettering Design & Giveaway featuring Lunchbox Quilts!

In the latest issue of Creative Machine Embroidery Angie Steveson courtesy of Lunch Box Quilts,  has a super fun and easy project for the cat lover.

meow 500 Free Lettering Design & Giveaway featuring Lunchbox Quilts!Read Kibble Catcher in the latest issue and you’ll find all the how-tos to make a cute place mat for the family cat AND, you can download the ‘Meow Chow’ lettering for FREE! 

We love Lunch Box Quilts, they always have the most adorable designs and kits. Up for Wednesday Giveaway is the Lunch Box Quilts ‘Cat’s Meow’ Quilt Kit.

productimage picture cats meow 358 jpg 400x600 q85 Free Lettering Design & Giveaway featuring Lunchbox Quilts!The kit includes quilt pattern and applique designs for embroidery machines for the following formats: .ART, .DST, .EXP, .HUR, .JEF, .PCS, .PES, .SEW, .SHV, .VIP, VP3.

Question of the week: Tell me a funny cat story, or what was the name of your favorite cat (or dog).

One winner will be picked next week!

And, the winner from last week’s giveaway is: Carol A! I will be in touch with you shortly on how to get your prize of You Can Quilt It!


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Free Spring Embroidery Design Round-Up!

Spring is finally in the air! And with Easter just a few days away, it’s time to start thinking of pretty bright colors, sunshine, flowers, bunnies and everything that makes spring so lovely. Here’s a quick round-up of five free embroidery designs to inspire you to start stitching up spring projects!

Baby Bliss

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Spring and summer always seems to bring lots of new babies and baby showers! In fact, we’re having a bit of a mini baby boom here on our staff. Be ready for the next new arrival with these cute baby bib designs from CME! You can download the Cutie Pie and Roar-some! designs for free until April 30, and also find the instructions to make the bibs in the March/April CME. And don’t miss the entire Baby Bliss 6-design collection here. 


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I just love when the irises start blooming here in Colorado. This free purple iris design from Aljay Designs on Oregon Patchworks would look great on a tote bag or gardening apron.

Rainy Day Duck
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This super-cute little puddle duck would look great on a quilt or tea towel, and is free from Embroidery Library until April 30.

Little Bunny

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Do you still have some Easter sewing decorations or gift to finish up? Customize your projects with this sweet Little Bunny design, free from Bunnycup Embroidery!


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Personalize a little girl’s spring dress with this perfect little Daisy design, free from Embroidables!


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Wednesday Giveaway – Enter to win a free prize from CME!

Screen Shot 2014 04 02 at 1.47.46 PM Wednesday Giveaway   Enter to win a free prize from CME!If you love free-motion designs you love the book You Can Quilt It: Stunning free-motion quilting designs made easy.

Learn the secrets to machine quilting from the award winning expert Deborah M. Poole. With step-by-step instructions, well illustrated examples you gain knowledge and skills to make your own beautiful free-motion quilt design.

To be entered to win today’s Wednesday Giveaway answer the question below in the comments section. One winner will be picked next week.

Have you ever use free-motion quilting in your designs? What did or didn’t you like about free-motion quilting.

The winner from last week is Sharon A. I will be in touch with you shortly to tell you how to get your prize.

Good luck!


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New exhibit featuring Kaffe Fassett & Free Giveaway to Celebrate!

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Wonderful news for Kaffe Fassett fans around the world. Kaffe Fassett will have a special exhibit at the American Museum in Great Britain. The display, called “The Colorful World of Kaffe Fassett,” will be open now through November 2.

Additionally, the New York Times ran an wonderful article on Fassett and the exhibit. You can read more and see a slide show of the exhibit from the New York Times HERE. Many of us know the beauty and wonderful sense of color and design that Fassett has displayed over the years. Now more people will get to experience his art. If you are lucky enough to see the exhibit please let us know what you thought at!

For Wednesday Giveaway let’s celebrate the great exhibit and the wonderful art of Kaffe Fassett. Please leave a comment below regarding your experience with Kaffe Fassett. Maybe you have met him personally, or used some of his fabrics or yarn in your work. Maybe you are new to this amazing talent, please give me details in the comments section below. One winner will be announced next Wednesday.

ikaffee mages New exhibit featuring Kaffe Fassett & Free Giveaway to Celebrate!For last week’s winner it is Kellieann A. I will be in contact with you shortly with instructions for getting your prize.


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Tips For Embossed Embroidery Projects & FREE Designs

CME Small Square tips logo Tips For Embossed Embroidery Projects & FREE Designs

Learn how easy it is to create the embossing effect on fabrics with your embroidery machine. Follow these easy tips to create subtle designs on you next project. Plus, find great embroidery designs to use for embossing or other projects at

And, check out fantastic list of  FREE eBooks on the Creative Machine Embroidery website.  There are free projects, tips, tutorials and more! Plus, find a free design at the end of this post. Hurry freebie will expire on April 30th!

Types of fabrics best for the embossing effect.

  1. Thick terry cloths
  2. Choose fleece that is smooth and/or heavyweight
  3. Sweatshirt fleece
  4. heavyweight velvets
  5. faux fur

Embossed embroidery designs need the fluffy nap to create the ‘puffed’ look. Terry cloth with thick closely spaced loops are ideal. Fleece is good for the embossing effects as well. Faux fur can be embossed too. Choose low- to-medium pile fabric. High pile fur will interfere with the presser foot. Faux fur that is too long won’t puff up.

To create the embossing effect you will need a topper, a layer of stabilizer. Using a stabilizer either temporary or permanent will keep the loops under the embroidery stitches.

Use designs that have stitches only in negative space – the background. Don’t cover the entire project with flattening stitches.

The threads that consistently work best are semi-gloss or matte. These are preferable to high shiny threads. Polyester works best and holds up to repeated washings and blends in to the background of cotton terry cloth. If the wrong side will be visible sue matching embroidery thread in the bobbin and needle.

Stabilizers should be chosen based on the project and fabric used. Most projects for embossing are used on towels. A water-soluble stabilizer that washes out is a good choice. Using a mesh water-soluble stabilizer over a film will decrease the amount of stretch during embroidery.

Light weight tear-away stabilizers are good for embossing designs too. Best when used if the wrong side is not visible, however the excess stabilizer can be removed easily due to the flattened negative space.

Use adhesive stabilizer to avoid hooping the napped fabric. Or baste the fabric by machine to a piece of hooped non-adhesive stabilizer.

Embossing effects will add another dimension to your embroidery skills. Good Luck!

Get the “Cutie Pie” and “Roarsome” FREE designs HERE, but hurry they expire on April 30, 2014!

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Leave a comment to win a FREE prize for Wednesday Giveaway

roses for mary Leave a comment to win a FREE prize for Wednesday GiveawayThanks for all the great comments from last week’s post. I love appliqué in quilts, crafts and garments as do you!

For this week’s freebie Roses For Mary from Jenny Haskins Designs. What a way to start Wednesday! Jenny always has such beautiful designs. This includes 39 designs and is available in multi-format CD Rom. It is for the following formats: ART V 1.0 through V 4.0, DST, HUS, JEF, PEC, PES, VIP, VP3, XXX .

If you would like to participate in this giveaway please leave a comment below on what is your favorite thing to embroider.  Do you like embroidering floral designs, or cheeky sayings? Maybe you like to embroider free-form? Whatever gets you to your embroidery machine, let me know!

And, the winner for last week’s prize is Cindy L. E. Cindy you will be notified of how to claim your prize shortly!


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11 Tips for Embroidery on Oilcloth, plus a Free Tote Bag Project!

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With April showers soon headed our way, oilcloth is a great fabric option for creating weather-resistant projects, such as raincoats, hats and tote bags. However, with its extra slippery, shiny texture, you might be wary to try machine embroidering on it. Have no fear! Click here for the FREE instructions to make the cute oilcloth tote bag above, and try these tips and techniques to successfully embroider it:

  • Oilcloth is similar to vinyl in that pins and needles create permanent holes. Be careful to pin only within the seam allowances, or use transparent tape or paper or binder clips to secure oilcloth layers.
  • Choose a lighter, more open design because overly dense designs can cause oilcloth to tear during embroidery.
  • Test-stitch the hooping method and chosen design on an oilcloth scrap to make sure the design, stabilizer and fabric work well together.
  • Use tear-away stabilizer in a weight that’s compatible with the oilcloth weight. Secure the stabilizer to the oilcloth using temporary spray adhesive. Or use sticky paper-release stabilizer. Any adhesive residue can be wiped away with a damp cloth after stitching.
  • Keep in mind that oilcloth will dull needles more quickly than regular fabric. Use a sharp size 75/11 or 90/14 needle to embroider and sew oilcloth.
  • Use 40-wt. polyester embroidery thread, which is strong enough to stitch through the tough oilcloth surface.
  • Direct heat from an iron will melt the oilcloth. Rather than pressing, use warm air from a blowdryer to remove creases and wrinkles.
  • Hoop the oilcloth with stabilizer, or try floating it over the stabilizer to prevent difficult-to-remove creases. To hoop it, secure the oilcloth to the tear-away stabilizer with temporary spray adhesive, and then smooth away all bubbles and wrinkles. Hoop both layers as smoothly and evenly as possible. Or use adhesive paper-release stabilizer in the hoop and adhere the oilcloth to the sticky surface without hooping it.
  • Pay close attention while the design is stitching out to make sure the oilcloth doesn’t detach from the stabilizer.
  • Advance through any basting stitches included in the design, if applicable, to prevent unnecessary permanent holes and needle perforations.
  • After embroidering the design, carefully tear away the stabilizer from the fabric wrong side.

Have you ever embroidered oilcloth or vinyl? Share your tips in the comments section below!

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