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!

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In the Navy Bag

This is the last issue of our 15th Anniversary celebration, so inside you’ll find a feature on our mystery project. I think the secret’s out by now (spoiler alert!) — It’s a truly beautiful and professional-looking bag featuring a pretty embroidered fill stitch. It’s quite the complicated set of instructions, and I can hardly believe that so many of you followed along with the construction without actually knowing what you were making (at least at the beginning)! I’ve had the opportunity to see some pictures you’ve sent of the bags you made, and I’m so impressed by your talent.

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Festive Forest

This issue is chock-full of in-the-hoop projects, and I had the opportunity to stitch up samples of some of them (I love my job!). The first thing I got to work on was the Festive Forest chenille trees, which are such a great holiday/winter décor project. I was a little unsure about using white on the outside to make a “snow covered” version of the tree, but I think it turned out well. At least the art team liked it enough to use it! What do you think?

 

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Snowman Snow Globe

 

The other thing I had the opportunity to work on was the Snow Globe Ornaments. The staff had been working on this concept since before I started at CME, so when they asked me to test the stitch-outs to make sure everything was happening in the right order, I was a little intimidated. Then, when someone suggested that I should combine the testing with actual sample-making — as we did need a set to photograph — I was really intimidated! But I got the hang of them fast, and I’m really proud of the final set. They’re such a cool concept and so much fun to make. Here’s a fun fact: this is the neatest glitter-including project that you will ever make! Since you pour the glitter and then cover it with vinyl and stitch immediately, fully enclosing it, it never has a chance to get anywhere.

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Christmas Tree, Birds & Berries, and Holiday Home Snow Globes

The Snowman design is free until December 31, but I personally love the whole collection, which you can find at shopsewitall.com. The Birds and Berries is my very favorite design — look for a little video on our social media next month featuring yours truly making one.

Endless 233x300 November/December 2016 Issue PreviewI have to say one of the most helpful embroidery articles I’ve seen is the “Endless Possibilities” story that you’ll find in this issue. Ramona Baird, who is a genius with embroidery software, teaches a very cool technique for perfect alignment in multiple hoopings. The piece she made to accompany and illustrate the technique is absolutely gorgeous. I hope you learn as much from the story as I did! If you’re interested in the design that Ramona used please head over to Embroidery Designs and you can purchase them there.

In the issue you’ll also find two more in-the-hoop projects, some great embroidered gift ideas and ways to dress yourself up for the season.

The November/December 2016 issue of Creative Machine Embroidery can be found on newsstands now or purchased at shopsewitall.com in print or digital versions.

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We Wanted YOU To Hear First….

Good News!

New classes for beginner and advanced level machine embroiderists are starting soon! Plus, a hot-off the presses book from Lisa Archer and our new issue is out!

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First, just for the beginner, we have CME columnist Lisa Archer’s in-the-hoop projects all rolled into one course, and the entire course is FREE! Lisa has a lot of basic information in this course, plus she’ll show you how to make six in-the-hoop projects.

Beginners might not know Lisa Archer, but her teaching style is great for beginners who are new to all the ins and outs of machine embroidery. Please pass this along to any newbies you know.

For those more advanced or who want to improve the machine embroidery skills, Lisa Shaw is visiting us again with another webinar. Her first one Machine Embroidery 101 discussed the basics.

Her second webinar is Tips & Tricks for Expert Results is intended for machine embroidery owners who already have a basic knowledge of their machine. Much of her webinar is taken directly from her own student’s top questions and concerns.

Tune in October 18 for this informative webinar

Next, we have a new book out by Lisa Archer, the Modern Machine Embroidery book with four in-the-hoop designs plus a monogram font. The book is softcover and has full-color photos and expert step-by-step instructions – perfect for both beginner and beyond machine embroiderists.

Last but never the least is our newest issue of Creative Machine Embroidery. It’s hard to work on a Christmas and holiday issue in the middle of summer and fall, but here it is! Look for an upcoming new issue review on the CME blog and of course you can download this month’s free design right now.

Happy Embroidering!

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Jill Case
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FREE Embroidery course 150 We Wanted YOU To Hear First....Learn the BasicsJump start your creativity and expand your basic know-how with expert and Creative Machine Embroidery contributor Lisa Archer in this free online course.In Machine Embroidery; The Basics, you’ll learn about the different kinds of embroidery designs, such as fonts, linework, filled and in-the-hoop designs; finding the right format, buying, and downloading designs for use in your machine; and all about the basic tools you’ll need for successful embroidery, from blanks to stabilizer to marking pens and so much more!ME101 Lisa Shaw 150 We Wanted YOU To Hear First....

On-Demand Webinar Lisa’s first webinar is perfect for the beginner machine embroidery enthusiast. You’ll learn all what goes on ‘under the hood’, basic machine anatomy and how various parts work when stitching designs. Plus you’ll learn:

  • Machine embroidery basics
  • Embroidery machine anatomy
  • How embroidery machines work
  • The features of different kinds of embroidery designs
  • The purpose of embroidery software
  • How to expand your machine embroidery skills.

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Tips & Tricks for Expert ResultsLearn new tips and tricks to get the most out of your embroidery machine.  Lisa Shaw is your host and this webinar will start October 18! Don’t miss out on this informative webinar that will help you improve on your machine embroidery skills.This webinar will focus on digitizing, software, lettering, different stitch types, plus the nitty gritty of how a design is composed, importance of density and other factors. Also she answers her past students top questions regarding machine embroidery. This webinar is great for those wanting to take their machine embroidery skills to the next level.

modern machine embook 150 We Wanted YOU To Hear First....Modern Machine Embroidery - Need to know the ins and outs of successful machine embroidery? This fantastic machine embroidery book from Lisa Archer of Pickle Pie Designs and Creative Machine Embroidery magazine contributor, teaches you how to embroider like a pro, giving your sewing projects and purchased items a truly personalized touch.With expert how-tos and full-color photos to show you how to do it successfully, this book is great for beginners and advanced.

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Absolute Beginner Machine Embroidery: Preview 10

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.trans Absolute Beginner Machine Embroidery: Preview 10

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.

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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 month on the Sew News and CME blogs will be presenting a very quick preview of the latest episode.

Episode 10 is all about quilting in the hoop

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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Tapestry Tattoo Elementz GIVEAWAY!

Enter to win a set of the Tapestry Tattoos by Urban Elementz (designs shown below). Add some fun and pizazz to your embroidery machine. Unlike real tattoos, you can remove them with ease whenever you wish. There are 8 cut designs for you to use as you choose how and where they are placed on your machine.

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To enter to win this fabulous prize simply answer: Do you decorate your sewing/embroidery room or area? If so, what theme or colors have you chosen?

A winner will be chosen at random and emailed on the 17th of October 2016.

 

Good luck and have fun!!

-Jessica

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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.

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And they’re a lovely canvas for embroidery designs, which can be used as a design feature to compliment the block or fabric pattern or as the quilting design. I love a basic log cabin block – and that’s just what I had in mind when I designed the Halloween Scene wall hanging .

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Get started with this handy how-to guide for piecing, starting with the common four-patch block for practice.

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Absolute Beginner Machine Embroidery Series: Preview 8 Trapunto Designs

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.trans Absolute Beginner Machine Embroidery Series: Preview 8 Trapunto Designs

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: Preview 8 Trapunto Designs
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 month on the Sew News and CME blogs will be presenting a very quick preview of the latest episode.

Episode 8 is all on trapunto designs, how they work and a quick project.

Watch a quick preview of Absolute Beginner Machine Embroidery now!

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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How To Become Certified( In Sewing Not In Crazy)

I get a lot of questions on what certification means when taking a online or face-to-face class. It’s a good question and I think it deserves a bit of space, because some of these classes can be expensive, so you’ll want to know exactly what you spending your money on. Sulky has a number of certification course with a number of different prices points, one to fit most budgets.

I wanted you to hear what you would get from Patti herself. There’s no one more knowledgeable on the benefit of taking online classes as Patti. So, let’s have Patti take it away!

Hi everyone!

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Are you asking yourself, “Why would I want to become a Sulky Online Certified Teacher, NOW of all times?”. While these economic times are creating challenges for everyone, they are also creating great opportunities. If you have a job you don’t like or that is unstable; if you have the need to supplement your income or if there has been a change in your family’s earning potential, now is the time for you to do what you love, and learn to be successful at it as you take this Sulky Online Certified Teacher Training Class. 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 slow periods when I get to people-watch—or, more accurately, cosplay watch. NDK has been the source of many of the most complex and amazing costumes I’ve ever seen. It’s also fun to see how people who don’t have the skills or resources to make huge, complicated costumes manage to make very passable costumes through just small touches or the use of simple skills. Continue reading

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Kids Off to School? Now’s The Time To Get Back 2 Sewing!

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Back 2 Sewing

For many kids school has started. For a lucky few school starts after Labor Day. But for most of the country we can still enjoy warm, perfect end of summer temperatures.This kind of weather is perfect for sewing; not too hot, not too cool.

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Who’s excited for back-2-school?

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Easy To Sew & Fast To Finish Projects & Ideas

Currently I am working on a new quilt even though I haven’t finished the first one and never will. I grew tired of the old quilt, and really wasn’t that invested in it to start. This one is different. I love the fabric and the colors I’ve chosen. I plan on actually using it for myself. Somehow sewing things for me is a great motivator.

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Right now I am still piecing the quilt together and this is a very easy patch quilt. I shouldn’t have any problems with this one. Fingers crossed. Continue reading

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