FREE Aster design and 5 tips for embroidering on terry cloth

In this month’s issue Creative Machine Embroidery we have great festive fall freebies like the September flower of the month the Aster.

Download the design and use it to dress up guest towels. Find all the how-tos in the current issue. Plus, below are some bonus tips for working with terry cloth.

towels 500w FREE Aster design and 5 tips for embroidering on terry cloth1) Always use a topper.  Due to the high loft of terrycloth, a piece of stabilizer on top is very important. It’s best to use water-soluble stabilizer for ease of removal after stitching.

2) Cut-away stabilizer on the back of the towel will keep your design beautiful for years to come.

3) Match backing stabilizer to the density of the terrycloth. Not all terrycloth is heavy and dense, when choosing a backing stabilizer take into consideration the density of the material and use a matching stabilizer.

4) Hoop carefully, preferably on a non-skid surface such as a rug liner. All the time spent prepping for the stitching will pay off in the end, so make sure your stabilizer, terrycloth and floater are hooped securely together.

5) Tear away the excess topper carefully, then toss it in the wash to remove the remainder. If you prefer to not wash the towel right away, just rub away remaining stabilizer with wet fingertips.

Apply these tips to achieve a great look when making any of these fantastic projects:

Swim skirts

Kitchen Towels

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Free Table Runner Project!

Remember the table runner on the cover of CME March/April issue? We now carry it as a kit in AND it’s now 50% off! Plus, you can get the entire written project instructions FREE from CME.

CMECover 1404 500px Free Table Runner Project!Kit includes fabric from Free Spirit and Riley Blake for the quilt top, binding and backing. Crochet flower and buttons are included.
Project by Kim Hanson
Table Runner size: 28″ x 75 1/2″

Have a wonderful  day!


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Sew it All TV 13 Days of Giveaways Day 12: Win an A&E Thread Pack!

Happy Friday! Kick off the long weekend right–by entering to win another prize!

But first–yesterday’s winner of the beautiful Pendleton wool is Faith K.! Congratulations Faith, check your email for instructions on how to receive your prize!

On season 8 of Sew it All TV, we bring you great guests, including Ashley Briggs, former Sew News, Sew it All and CME editor! Ashley demonstrates how to make a big duffle bag for all your overnight needs. She teaches you how to add 3 different zipper types, including a separating zipper and pockets, to keep your mentionables and unmentionables secured. Plus, use fun decorative thread to add pizzazz.

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As you may know, you get an exclusive sneak preview into Sew it All TV season 8 on beginning this Monday, September 1. Check out the full instructions and download the free patterns for Ashley’s project and more, so you’ll be ready when the shows starts airing on PBS at the end of September!

Don’t forget to check out all the other cool freebies we have on You get full instructions and free patterns for ALL past 7 seasons. That’s 84 episodes to inspire your creativity! Such as this episode from Kay Whitt, where you learn how to sew with sheer fabrics and lace, and make this stunning sparkly dress!

KayWhitt Sew it All TV 13 Days of Giveaways Day 12: Win an A&E Thread Pack!Today’s prize is an Intressa thread pack from American & Efird! Intressa thread is a premium 40-wt. sewing thread. Soft, strong, UV resistant and colorfast, it’s used for fashion sewing, home-dec, serging, quilting and crafting. You can also use it on canvas, denim, vinyl, upholstery as well as quilting fabrics.

Who doesn’t need more thread, right? It’s almost as addicting to collect as fabric! Especially when it’s high-quality and beautiful!

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To enter to win this great prize, answer the following question in the comments section below: How much thread have you collected in your stash?

High-quality thread is not only imperative to sewing, but it’s a fun way to embellish projects as well. A line of decorative topstitching perfectly placed can be just the finishing touch you were looking for. Even all-purpose thread makes a great embellishment when topstitched using one of those fun built-in stitches.

Head over to the Sew News blog on Monday to hear the winner of today’s prize, plus enter to win the last prize of the giveaway! Remember–every day you enter, you’re also entered to win the Grand Prize, Sew it All season 7 on DVD!

Have a great weekend! Good luck and happy sewing!

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Sew it All TV 13 Days of Giveaways Day 10: Win a Subscription to!

It’s Day 10 of our Sew it All TV 13 Days of Giveaways, and we’ve got more prizes coming your way!  Plus, we’re previewing another episode from the upcoming season, featuring none other than Project Runway season 11 winner Michelle Lesniak!

But first- yesterday’s winner is Lynn G.! Lynn, your prize awaits! Check your inbox for more details.

Michelle stopped by the Sew it All studio to show us how to make this super cute and stylish swimsuit.

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Watch the episode to learn how to make a swimsuit that suits your style, plus learn tips for working with swimwear fabrics.  Sew it All season 8 begins airing on PBS in September, so the wait is almost over!

And starting Monday, get full instructions and patterns for this and every episode at  Get your gear ready and sew along with Ellen and this season’s awesome guests!

Speaking of things that are awesome, today’s prize is a subscription to!  In fact, we’re giving away three subscriptions, so that means more chances to win!  Catch up on all your favorite episodes of Sew it All, like this one from season 2 featuring another Project Runway alum, Peach Carr.

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Peach taught us how to make a girl’s A-line spandex skirt and pattern using a serger.  Want to catch the full episode?  Head on over to logo 300x159 Sew it All TV 13 Days of Giveaways Day 10: Win a Subscription to!

Plus, every day you enter, you’re entered to win the grand prize, a Sew it All Season 7 DVD pack!

To enter today’s contest, answer below in the comments section.  Have you ever made your own swimsuit? Why or why not? Tell us about your adventures in creating swimwear and enter to win!

And don’t forget to watch Sew it All TV season 8 in September on PBS.  Check for your local schedule, or contact your station to request it!

Good luck to all and happy sewing!

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Join the Ultimate Quilting Experience at Quilting Live, Atlanta GA September 11-13

QL 14 horizontal3 Join the Ultimate Quilting Experience at Quilting Live, Atlanta GA September 11 13Looking for the ‘Ultimate Quilting Experience’? Look no further than the Quilting Live event from Original Sewing & Quilting Expo. Starting on September 11 – September 13, in Atlanta, GA. There you will experience 3 days of inspiration, education, shopping, trunk shows and more.

Plus your favorite quilting magazines such as Quiltmaker, Keepsake Quilting, Quilty and many others will be there! Meet Marianne Fons and Liz Porter in person and enter in to exciting drawings and giveaways that are being held through out the weekend.

Another exciting event is the Disney Frozen Quilt workshop. Being held for two days, if you know someone special that loves all things Elsa, Anna and Disney’s Frozen you won’t want to miss this chance to make a special quilt featuring favorite characters from the movie.

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Admission is $10.00 per day or $19.00 for the weekend. You can find more information on hotels, class and workshop prices, directions and more here.

Here’s the line up of quilting educators and presenters.

Carolyn Beam
Barb Callahan
June Colburn
Rose DeBoer
Dusty Farrell
Victoria Findlay Wolfe
Mary Fons
Rachel Griffith
Debbie Grifka
Darlene Guillory
Deb Karasik
Mary Kerr
Debby Kratovil
Linda Lee
Cindy Losekamp
Ebony Love
Linda McGehee
Jean Nolte
Sue Patten
Heather Scrimsher
Cyndi Souder
Joyce Teng
Holice Turnbow
Nelly Vikeikis
Helene Weber
Jean Ann Wright
Casey York

We hope you get a chance to visit Quilting Live! for a fun filled weekend of quilting, shopping and meeting old and new friends.


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Sew it All TV 13 Days of Giveaways Day 6: Win a free April Rhodes Pattern!

It’s Day 6 of our Sew it All TV 13 Days of Giveaways, and we have two more awesome prizes to give away! April Rhodes is a pattern and fabric designer and is also one of this season’s super-talented guests. She is generously donating two of her lovely patterns for today’s prizes. One winner will win a copy of the lovely and versatile Staple Dress pattern, and the other will receive the The Riding Peplum & Party Dress pattern. I’ve made my own Staple Dress and I highly recommend it; it’s such a versatile piece that can be dressed up or down for any occasion. Plus, get sneak peek at April’s episode from the upcoming season!

But first, congrats to yesterday’s winners of Christine Haynes’ patterns and book! They winners are Kristina, Tina L., Alexis, Judy H., Arianna and Ashley P.! Check your inbox for more details.

When April visited Sew it All, she demonstrated how to stitch up a very cute and on-trend paper-bag waist skirt with in-seam side pockets. April showed how easy it is to insert in-seam pockets into any skirt or dress, even if the pattern doesn’t originally include it! And really, who doesn’t love pockets?

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Get full instructions and patterns for all season 8 episodes at beginning September 1st. Gather your supplies and be ready to sew when the episode airs! You can also find instructions and patterns from past episodes, like this must-have wrap skirt from Nicole Smith. Maybe you’ll even be inspired to add pockets! Check out the full instructions from season 6 here.smith pg guide 450 300x200 Sew it All TV 13 Days of Giveaways Day 6: Win a free April Rhodes Pattern!

To enter today’s giveaway for April’s patterns, answer below in the comments section.  Do you like to put your own spin on sewing patterns or do you follow the instructions word for word? Tell us your sewing pattern approach and enter for a chance to win!

Plus, every day you enter, you’re entered to win the grand prize, a Sew it All Season 7 DVD pack!

And don’t forget to watch Sew it All TV season 8 starting in September on PBS.  Check for your local schedule.  If your station doesn’t carry it, contact them and request it!  Good luck and happy sewing!


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Sew It All TV 13 Days of Giveaways: Day 2 WIN Linda Lum DeBono’s Book

Happy Friday and welcome to Day 2 of the Sew It All TV 13 Days of Giveaways! The winners from yesterday’s post are: 

  1. Michelle (the curvy girl!)
  2. and Jennifer L.

Please be sure to check your inbox for instructions on how to get your prize.

For today’s sneak peek into Sew It All Season 8 check out Linda Lum DeBono. New to the Sew It All studios Linda wowed us with her sewing techniques to create a beautiful one-of-a-kind, sturdy tote. In our new season Linda and Ellen will show you how to make this all essential bag that’s as sturdy as it is roomy.

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Check out more sneak peeks into Sew it All Season 8 and join us during the coming days in celebrating the next season.  Sew it All Season 8 will air in September, be sure to check your local for listings and schedule. This season will have so many great techniques and projects we can’t wait for you to view them all!

And, every day you enter in the 13 Days of Giveaways you’ll be automatically entered to with the Grand Prize Season 7 DVD  pack.

For more inspiration and fun projects be sure to check out all of the past seasons of Sew It All TV. Patterns and instructions are available to you now. Like projects with Mary Fons in episode 505 “Block Party” demonstrating quilting techniques to make a quick potholder.

maryfons450 Sew It All TV 13 Days of Giveaways: Day 2 WIN  Linda Lum DeBonos BookSpeaking of quick and easy. For today’s giveaway we are giving away Linda Lum DeBono’s book Sew Merry And Bright: 21 easy, fun and festive patterns. It’s never to early to get ready for a handmade Christmas. Linda Lum DeBono’s book is filled with easy projects you can make for the holidays.

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To win today’s prize, answer the question below in the comments section. Do you plan ahead for Christmas and holiday sewing? How early do you start? Or are you a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants type and wait tell the last minute? (Me).

Don’t forget to check to find when your local station airs Sew it All. If your local PBS doesn’t carry Sew it All TV, email or call them to request it!  Sew it All TV brings you host Ellen March and a guest from the sewing world to demonstrate a fun project. And, you can always check out anytime of the week to watch past shows or purchase DVD’s from

Good Day & Good Luck!

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Online Sewing Courses & becoming a Sulky® Online Certified Teacher

TCLogo TCwtag Online Sewing Courses & becoming a Sulky® Online Certified TeacherThe advent of new technology continues to make our lives easier. From needle apps for your smartphone to computerized sewing machines, smart advances help sewing just as much as other industries.

One advance that’s helped home sewists tremendously, especially those who live in rural areas, is online sewing classes. Find free classes via a Google search, or purchase premium classes from sites such as and for step-by-step visuals to create projects and learn new skills.

Even veteran sewists love honing their skills, finding fun new projects and refreshing their knowledge of basic techniques through online sewing courses.

Now YOU can become a certified sewing teacher for online Sulky sewing classes and impart your expertise to help others learn!

Whether you want to begin a career as a sewing teacher or advance your sewing career, the Sulky® Online Teacher Certification Training program is designed to enhance your success with the most up-to-date teaching skills. In the comfort of your home you’ll learn how to do and teach the most popular creative machine art techniques and how to use the newest creative products as you develop beautiful, inspiring samples; and have lots of fun doing it!

Even if you have no intention of teaching others, the course is creative and educational — go ahead and sign up just for the fun of it! (Save $100 on the registration cost by using coupon code SN100 at checkout!! Hurry–the offer expires August 15th!!)

The Sulky® Online Certified Teacher Training Program includes:

  • 10 amazing projects that teach you over 65 Machine Art Techniques
  • Video instruction by highly skilled, enthusiastic, National Sulky Educators
  • Access for 3 months to download all course materials and videos, and watch them for as long as you like
  • Access to communicate for 3 months with the Sulky faculty who will be available to answer any question you might have about projects, patterns and teaching methods
  • Downloadable Certification Manual which includes a comprehensive, tried and true curriculum, lesson plans, reproducible class handouts, full color photos which show you step-by-step how to create each project, plus Sewing and Business Education
  • An official Sulky® Certified Teacher Certificate
  • The immeasurable opportunity and status associated with the Sulky name


  • Receive training on the Business of Teaching: Marketing and Promoting Classes
  • Discover where to teach
  • Learn about class pricing suggestions
  • Learn about kit fees & class policies
  • You’ll receive the news release guidelines
  • Master teacher preparation
  • Learn how to understand threads and stabilizers: where, when, why and how to use them
  • And much more!

How to sign up!

  • Tuition is $499 (before discount), with a supply list being mailed to you from Sulky. Call Sulky at 1-800-874-4115 or email for more information on supplies and cost of supplies.
  • Start date is September 8, 2014
  • All projects are due December 8, 2014(7 of 10 projects must be completed to be eligible for certification)
  • This course and registration for this course take place on our sister company’s Website: Craft University.
  • Instructors are: Carol Ingram, Ellen Osten, Patti Lee

For more information on the fun projects you’ll be learning and how to complete the training, see this post. And then, Register HERE!

Challenge yourself, continue to learn and grow and add a new dimension to your sewing education with this certification!

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Live Web Seminar with Nancy Eha – Sewing Beads On Fabric!

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If you have ever wanted to expand you skills or learn how to use beading in your garments and quilts take a look at this great class from Craft U. Nancy Eha who has over 20 years experience teaching beading will be the instructor and guide you in learning all the possibilities of beading in your garments, crafts and quilts.

This is a great course if you have little to no fabric beading experience and want to learn the basics. It’s perfect for quilters who want to add embellishments to the quilts as well as garment sewers.

Look at some of the beautiful work.

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Lesson 1: Beading Skills for Professional Looking Results

  • Top tips for beading needles, thread, and beads
  • Controlling beads to lay flat on fabric
  • How to make the beaded back stitch
  • Making paper beading patterns
  • Several beaded vine options

Lesson 2: Beaded Vines and Stamen

  • How to make the beaded feather stitch
  • Construct beaded vines with the feather stitch
  • Consider uses for free form feather stitch
  • How to make the beaded stop stitch
  • Discover options for creating beaded stamen

Lesson 3: Beaded Petals and Leaves

  • How to make a lazy daisy stitch with beads
  • Explore rounded and pointed tip beaded petals
  • Learn eight styles of beaded petals
  • Consider using petal shapes for leaves
  • Add petals to the stamen from Lesson 2

Lesson 4: Beaded Grapes, Wisteria, and Berries

  • How to make the beaded raised satin stitch
  • Learn to make grape clusters
  • Make life-like wisteria
  • Realistic raspberry and blackberry

Be sure to check out the website for supplies list. The course is 49.99. The class has started but there is still time to enroll!

Happy Learning!

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Chat with quilting star Pat Sloan @ Quilter’s Club of America!

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Quilting glitterati Pat Sloan will be joining Quilters Club of America on August 10-17, 2014 to personally answer any quilting questions via an online forum on the Quilters Club of America website.

Not familiar with Quilters Club of America? QCA is an online community of passionate quilters. If you love quilting, showing off your work as well as  enjoying online fellowship with other like-minded quilters from around the country, then be sure to take a peek at QCA.

The forum with Pat Sloan will start on August 10, early. Any QCA Premium Member can post  questions there and have them personally answered by Pat Sloan. This is an exciting opportunity to “meet” and “chat” with famous quilt stars such as Pat Sloan. Having this forum online opens up a huge opportunity for those that may not be able to meet Pat at quilting events or expos.

So please, starting August 10 bring your quilting questions to Pat and if you’re not a Premium Member sign up today!

  • How it works: Q&A with a QCA Quilt Star is for Premium Members only. A forum will be open to Premium Members only who can see and make comments on. From August 10th to August 17th, post questions on the forum. Only quilting questions please. Pat will be logging on to QCA throughout that week and choosing questions to answer
  • How  and where to post:  On August 10th,  all Premium Members will know exactly where to post their questions.
  • Premium Membership: Sign up today to be a Premium Member, make sure to sign up to participate in the Q&A with a QCA Quilt Star! The forum will only be visible to Premium Members.

If you have any further questions please let me know!

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