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One simple question for all you lovers of machine embroidery. I would love to know what types of machine embroidery projects you like to do? Are you primarily interested in machine embroidery for garments? Or do you like to do quick and easy projects with your embroidery machine, such as Lisa Archer’s in-the-hoop projects?

pig 200 For Machine Embroidery Fans OnlyPerhaps you like to use your embroidery machine for quilting purposes or to make table runners and mug rugs? Are you interested in learning to digitize embroidery designs? Maybe you’re a beginner and want to learn the basics from pros like Lisa Shaw?
Maybe you would like to do something different such as make beautiful jewelry?Ombre Rose 300x300 For Machine Embroidery Fans Only

Whatever your tastes are, please leave a comment below as to what are your favorite ways to use your embroidery machine. Or if you are new to machine embroidery what would you like to get out of your machine?

Leave a comment on the blog as to your favorite ways you like to use your machine and you’ll be entered to win a sewing and embroidery gift pack.

This gift pack includes:

  • Anita Goodesign special edition quilt block set
  • Heidi Boyd Whimsy Kit
  • Kaffee Fassette’s Simple Shapes – Spectacular Quilts book with 23 original quilt designs
  • Busy with Buttons by Jill Gorski
  • Embroidery Workshops by Rebecca Ringquist

And, maybe a few other goodies for good measure. So, please leave me a comment and one lucky winner will be picked on March 29th.

Winner has been announced. Thank you everyone for commenting!

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New Webinar with Lisa Shaw! Learn All About Your Embrodiery Machine

Many of you who read this newsletter consider yourselves to be intermediate to advanced in your machine embroidery skills. Do you know all the inner workings of your embroidery machine? Do you know what it’s ‘guts’ look like? Have you ever wondered? If so, you you’ll want to check out the latest webinar Machine Embroidery 101 with Lisa Shaw.

ME101 Lisa Shaw New Webinar with Lisa Shaw! Learn All About Your Embrodiery MachineWe all know how expensive embroidery machines can be and you’ll want to protect that investment by knowing how it all functions beyond just turning it on. Machine Embroidery 101 with Lisa Shaw is all about the inner workings of a embroidery machine; important, need-to-know info! Continue reading

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Mystery Sew Along Part 3: Download Latest Design + Constructing Exterior

Finally, Part 3 of the Mystery Sew Along! Kim has been monitoring the comments and looks like we’re moving along. I’m sure some of you have already guessed what it is.

Here is the latest free design.

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In this post we’ll finish constructing the exterior to get ready for the lining.

Position one handle tab wrong side up on a flat work surface. Place fusible tape to each tab short edge; fuse following the manufacturer’s instructions.  Remove the paper backing. Fold each edge 1/4” toward the wrong side; press. Continue reading

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Mystery Sew Along Part 2: Download Latest Design + Beginning Construction

REVISED

It’s time to reveal a little more to this mystery project. In the first post, we listed all the supplies needed, and cut out the pattern pieces. Now it’s time to embroider and start sewing. Any guesses on what the project is yet? Continue reading

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4 Easy Projects – Perfect For Valentine’s Day

Seems that folks either LOVE Valentine’s Day or find it to be as artificial as the dye in those sweet candy hearts. I for one LOVE Valentine’s Day.

1602 CME Post 1 4 Easy Projects   Perfect For Valentines DayI love the colors pink and red. I love chocolate candy in the heart shaped box. I love the sweetness and love that it inspires in people. Sure we don’t need a day for this, we should be doing it EVERY day. For those folks that enjoy Valentine’s Day as much as I do, here are four fun and easy projects you can do for yourself or for that sweet loved one in your life.

The Tilda Doll is so cute. And, all though I’m not one for dolls (being that I’ve outgrown that hobby) this one is so adorable I would love to have her for my own. But, I think making her would be such a sweet experience too. Screen Shot 2016 01 12 at 12.50.03 PM 4 Easy Projects   Perfect For Valentines Day

The Tilda kit sold out fast late last year, but she’s now back in stock. The kit includes everything you need EXCEPT the wadding and she is 12″ long.

If you don’t want to purchase the kit, we also have the book with all sorts of Tilda inspired projects. tildatoybox bookcover 4 Easy Projects   Perfect For Valentines DayTilda 3 set 4 Easy Projects   Perfect For Valentines Day

Spell out your love and other secrets in with the Buds & Blossoms embroidery collection.

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I like this little box to hold little notes and things. It’s easy to make and the intricate scroll embroidery design can be used on other fabrics. Would make a lovely scarf design.

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If you have little ones these Valentine candy inspired designs will for sure be a hit. They’d also be great for a kid sized Valentine party.

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That’s it for now. Stay tuned for more easy projects for Valentine’s and any day!

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Fun & Quick Projects To Do On Your Embroidery Machine

If I had all the time in the world I would sew more complicated projects. But, reality impinges on my sewing life more than anything else. That’s why I tend to pick projects that are a breeze to sew, don’t have a lot of complicated parts and pieces and I can finish up in a weekend or two.

keep calm spring Fun & Quick Projects To Do On Your Embroidery MachineAs a new-comer to machine embroidery that is exactly why I love these projects from Lisa Archer.

With Easter fast approaching, these Easter egg holders will be fun to make for my Easter brunch, and they won’t take but maybe an hour from start to finish.

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I lovpig 200 Fun & Quick Projects To Do On Your Embroidery Machinee the cute little piggy  and I have a birthday party coming up for a sweet little one year old. Perfect! And, the in-the-hoop thumb drive designs have been incredibly popular. I’m making some for my own kiddos. Sewn up in colors suitable for boys, I’ll need to make myself one in a spring time print. When you purchase the design be sure to watch the video tutorial, it’s a freebie.

 

I’m currently working on a garment pattern from Christine Haynes.

CH SKirt 300 wf 299x300 Fun & Quick Projects To Do On Your Embroidery MachineI’ve it cut out but just now realized the hem would be really cute with an embroidered design, maybe with something like the Boho Rose collection. I like the mini rose design best. The Anya skirt pattern is easy to work with and I could finish this up in a weekend, no problem. All of Christine Hayne’s patterns are stylish and come in a wide range of sizes.

These styles would be lovely for spring. Skip buying a store bought garment for your Easter celebration and whip one up for yourself, niece and/or grandkid. Even with these quick and easy embroidery projects, there still isn’t enough time! What are your favorite easy projects to sew and embroider? Let me know in the comments section below!
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Mystery Sew-Along Part 1: Introduction, Supply List, Free Design & Pattern Download

Welcome to the first Creative Machine Embroidery Magazine Mystery Sew-Along post!

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REVISED CUTTING INSTRUCTIONS (2/18/2016)

Usually we’d post a photo of the finished project, but since this is a mystery project that’ll be completed and revealed over six blog posts, let’s keep things a secret for now. This post will contain the pattern that you will need to download, one free design and we’ll go over the supply list again.

First, download the revised mystery project pattern. If you are unfamiliar with working with e-patterns, please look over this handy sewing e-pattern print out tutorial.

Next, download the first of six free embroidery designs.

1 Arrows 150x150 Mystery Sew Along Part 1: Introduction, Supply List, Free Design & Pattern DownloadThis design is yours for free but is not needed in this project. Use it however you would like!

 

 

A note on digital embroidery designs. The following design formats are included: exp, hus, jef, pcs, pec, pes, vip and sew. Included in the zip file is an image of the design as well as thread count and spec sheet.

To extract the files, click the link to download the design files and save them 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.

Let’s get started!

Last month we shared the supply list with you, but to recap, you need: cotton duck fabric, a cotton print, heavyweight fusible interfacing and heavyweight cut-away fusible stabilizer. You also will need thread, needles and a few accessories such as zippers and D-rings.

Print out the project pattern, cut it out, and then tape it together, lining up the dots. From the duck cloth, cut one front panel, leaving 1” around the entire rectangle perimeter. This front panel will be embroidered, and then trimmed down. The excess fabric will ensure the design stitches out entirely on the fabric.

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From the duck cloth, cut:

  • One upper-front panel and one upper-back panel (use the “Upper Front Panel” pattern piece to cut both pieces. Designate one piece as the Upper-Front Panel and the remaining piece as the Upper-Back Panel.)
  • One front-zipper panel
  • One front panel
  • Two front-side panels
  • One upper-back panel
  • One back panel
  • Two back-side panels
  • One base
  • Two interior bands
  • Two side panels
  • One strap
  • Four zipper panels
  • Two handles
  • Two strap tabs
  • Four handle tabs
  • Four handle ends

Transfer all the pattern marking using a chalk wheel or removable fabric pencil.

From the heavyweight interfacing, cut:

  • Two front-side panels
  • One front-zipper panel (Trim the upper and lower seam allowance from interfacing before fusing to corresponding duck cloth piece.)
  • One upper-front panel
  • One back panel
  • One upper-back panel
  • Two side panels
  • Two interior bands
  • Two zipper panels (Trim each long edge seam allowance from both interfacing pieces before fusing to corresponding duck cloth pieces.)

Fuse the interfacing pieces to each corresponding pattern piece following the manufacturer’s instructions.

 From the lining and mediumweight interfacing, cut:

  • Two front & back linings
  • Two side panels
  • One front-interior pocket
  • One back-interior pocket
  • One interior pocket
  • One base
  • Two side panels

Fuse the interfacing pieces to each corresponding pattern piece following the manufacturer’s instructions

In the next post, we’ll embroider the front panel and construct the project front and back, including installing a pocket zipper. Stay tuned!

SOURCES

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

 

 

 

 

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What Are Your Plans for 2016 + What’s Your #1 Sewing Resolution

Looking Ahead to 2016

 Recently I was gifted a very nice embroidery machine by a friend. It shocked me so much that I cried! I don’t have a lot of experience with machine embroidery (odd as that sounds) but the desire has always been there.cmemagazine new year 1 What Are Your Plans for 2016 + Whats Your #1 Sewing Resolution

Since I am a garment seamstress tried and true, my desire is to embroider garments and accessories. Right now I am experimenting around with the machine. I am learning quite a bit by testing different stabilizers, fabrics, threads and designs. It’s so much fun!

I keep all my data, tests and notes in a handy little notebook. I put the fabric, stabilizer and anything else all together. I write notes on any observations that I might have. I’ve tested on linen, cotton and rayon. I haven’t tired a silky or a silk. Silk and silkies are my favorite fabrics to work with. However, I think I’ll need a lot more practice with the embroidery machine before I make something wearable. Thankfully, I work in a great place to support that!

My goal for 2016 is to go further with my embroidery machine. My first project will be embroidering cuffs and collars, maybe a hem. But, then what’s next? The sky’s the limit! If you’re new to machine embroidery we have fun and easy online videos and classes to support your new hobby. I’m watching these when I can and find them to be extremely helpful. If I can do this anyone can!

If you haven’t committed to learning machine embroidery, now’s the time to learn. There are so many easy ways for you to learn. We have a number of free machine embroidery projects available for you to watch on your computer. All projects are in-the-hoop, all are easy and you can watch Lisa give her expert instruction. Most don’t even take 15 minutes. Click on the little piggy below and watch how easy it is.

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For 2016 we have our exciting CME 15th Anniversary Sweepstakes happening. You can learn all about it here on our latest blog post. We have a fun sew along and you can make a machine embroidery project throughout 2016. There will be plenty of freebies offered through out the secret sew along.

Read the post here for all the details.

I’m looking forward to all the new embroidery designs coming for 2016. I’ve seen a a few samples and they’re going to be amazing. Our latest collection is the Boho Rose collection. So far it’s turning out to be one of our most popular sellers. For 2016 we have beautiful spring designs, spicy summer ones and more throughout the year. Stay tuned! What Are Your Plans for 2016 + Whats Your #1 Sewing ResolutionWhat are your resolutions for 2016? What did you accomplish for 2015, I’d love to know. Leave me a note on the blog. I’d love to know what you would like to see more of in 2016. What Are Your Plans for 2016 + Whats Your #1 Sewing Resolution

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New Year, New Resolution!

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Follow my journey this coming year as I reconnect with techniques that I was taught in college. Each month I will feature a brief introduction to a non-sewing, mixed media technique. Be sure to check out both Creative Machine Embroidery and Sew News blogs, as I will be posting between the two every month. Oh and did I mention, every blog will have a GIVEAWAY that corresponds with the featured technique?! Amazing! To find the Sew Beyond blog of techniques, simply search “Sew Beyond”. I look forward to taking this journey with you.

The January Sew Beyond blogs will be about dyeing! I will dabble in some shibori, immersion, resist and more!! I have a feeling 2016 will be a successful year!

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Embroidered Pendant Necklace

Check out what I am wearing to work today!

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I am IN LOVE with the Art Nouveau look of this necklace. It’s simple and classic with a little bit of pizzazz. Perfect for Friday work attire. This necklace is fun and easy to make. The Oval Nouveau design is FREE until Feb. 29th at cmemag.com. If you would like to make the whole necklace, you can find this kit available at Shop Sew it All.

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If Art Nouveau is not your style, we have a few other embroidered pendant kits available at Shop Sew it All.

The Ombre Rose Pendant Necklace Kit

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The Scarlet Lady Pendant Necklace Kit

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The Rose Trellis Pendant Necklace Kit

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Did I mention that ShopSewItAll.com has FREE SHIPPING today?? Amazing!! Use PROMO Code SHIPFREE18!

I hope you enjoy fun homemade jewelry just as much as I do!!

Happy Friday!

-Jessica

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