12 Days of Christmas Giveaways (Day 4) Win a Design & Stabilizer Pack!

12 days of xmas image 300x251 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways (Day 4) Win a Design & Stabilizer Pack!Congratulations to yesterday’s winner: Dana R! Check your inbox for an email from me!

I hope you’re all getting into the spirit of the season. It’s a little hard when you’re used to snow and there’s none, but all the festive lights certainly warms my heart. To help get you (even more) in the spirit, here’s another giveaway!

Today we’re giving away the Husqvarna Viking design pack Cute and Cuddly!

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The pack includes adorable in-the-hoop projects and 11 pop-up-embroideries with fun animals for your children or grandchildren. Embellish clothes, blankets and/or bags! Designs are digitized for hoop sizes from 240×150 up to 360×350.

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Plus–3 stabilizer packages! You can always use more stabilizer, right?

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 What gets you in the holiday mood?

Is it the lights, the baking, the songs on the radio? The snow (if you’re fortunate enough to have it)? Or maybe stitching gifts for your loved ones?

The contest closes Friday 12/12 at 7a.m. MST.

Tune in to the Sew News blog tomorrow to find out if you won, and to enter to win another great prize!

Good luck and happy sewing!

~Nicki

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12 Days of Christmas Giveaways Day 2: Win a thread pack!

Hello machine embroidery enthusiast! Welcome to day 2 of our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways! Now is the time to use all of your creativity and share it with loved ones. There is nothing that I love more! It is so fun being able to create gifts personalized to my loved ones. And what an amazing treat we have for today’s giveaway that will help you create many projects to come!

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Congratulations to yesterday’s winner, Dianne N! Check your inbox for an email with instructions on how to claim your prize!

Today we’re giving away a Robison Anton thread gift pack from Husqvarna Viking!

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Add more thread to your stash with this gift pack of 24 spools! Who doesn’t need more thread, right?!

To enter to win this great prize, answer the following question in the comments section below:

“How much thread do you use in a year?”

Do you blast through spools like nothing? Or do you have thread spools from years ago still lingering?

Check the Sew News blog tomorrow to see if you won, and for another shot at a great prize!

Good Luck and Happy Holidays!

-Jessica

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New Machine Newsflash: Features & Designs Galore!

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We’ve been having so much fun playing with the brand-new Brother PE540D Embroidery-Only Machine.

Many of you probably already have standard sewing machines in your sewing room, so this embroidery-only machine is a perfectly compact and affordable addition (with the current special offer of $399 (MSRP).

You don’t even need a sewing machine to complete in-the-hoop projects using the Brother PE540D. ITH projects make for quick, easy gifts that can be customized in a snap.

The PE540D has tons of fun features and 105 built-in designs, including 35 Disney designs and 5 fonts. Kids or grandkids will love a Christmas gift embroidered with their favorite Disney character. Heck, I’d love something embroidered with my favorite Disney character! Adults are not immune to the charm of Disney.

Embroider past projects or ready-made items with ease using these great designs.

For example, did you stitch the Over the Moon pajamas from the December/January 2015 issue of Sew News? (If you haven’t yet, click the image and go download the free pattern!)

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They would be the perfect canvas for this built-in Sulley design from Monster’s Inc.

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And just in time for the traditional Christmas Eve PJs gift!

Or stitch this easy satchel in your favorite colors and adorn it with your favorite Disney Pixar character.

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Download the free pattern to stitch this pocket-ful satchel!

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Choose from classic Disney characters, such as Mickey Mouse, Goofy and Donald Duck, and Disney Pixar characters, such as Nemo and Marlin, Buzz Lightyear, Towmater and more!

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Have a plain, boring shirt or bag that needs some jazzing up? Add one of these fun designs to give it some character (pun intended).

Find more about the  the brand-new Brother PE540D Embroidery-Only Machine here.

Happy sewing!

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The art of hand embroidery + enter to win a FREE Book!

I love hand embroidery, and I love the book Artfully Embroidered by Naoko Shimoda. It is a beautiful book with lovely projects like accessories, home decor items, purses and tote bags.( Click on any photo and you can watch a short video review.)0044.art emb book cover The art of hand embroidery + enter to win a FREE Book!

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I’ve been talking on and on about hand embroidery and I think this is the book to get me to finally start up again.

Do you have an itch to learn a new technique or hobby? Or maybe revisit an long dormant hobby like hand embroidery? What’s stopping you? What motivation do you need to take the plunge? Leave a comment in the section below and two people will be picked to win the copy of Artfully Embroidered by Naoko Shimoda.

And, thanks! I can’t wait to see what you have to say!

Happy Embroidery!

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Learn how to make treasures from scraps & crafting supplies

Do you have an excess of fabric and crafting supplies hanging around? Kristy Neal has a great way to take those unused craft items and make them into adorable art and even wearable jewlery

HoopLa Os and Xs3 300x199 Learn how to make treasures from scraps & crafting suppliesKristy Neal, author of Hoopla: 100 Things to Do with Embroidery Hoops, will show you in her new webinar the fun and practical ways to use embroidery hoops for unique and sweet gifts. If you no longer use your hand embroidery hoops this is the perfect webinar to show you how to take them from ordinary embroidery hoops to one-of-a-kind work  of art.

For those of us who make a lot of gifts over the holidays, ideas can become hard to come by. Kirsty will show you how easy it is to use materials on hand (or easily purchased) to make a quick but memorable gift.

This webinar will start December 5, 2015 and is approximately 1 hour in time.

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Kristy will demo two projects, a holiday themed one and a perpetual calendar. Plus show you a gallery of many other projects.

Can’t make the live event? Don’t worry! Your registration comes with access to the archived version of the program and the materials for one year. You do not have to attend the live event to get a recording of the presentation. You will receive a copy of the recorded presentation in an email that goes out within 1 week after the live event.

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IMPORTANT: If you purchase this webinar, you will be prompted to confirm your registration via a link on the order confirmation page/email. This is VERY IMPORTANT as it is unique to your purchase and the only way that you will be able to access the live event. See your order confirmation page or order confirmation email for details.

For more information on our web seminars, checkout our FAQ page or contact us at customerservice@fonsandporter.com.

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Machine Newsflash: Must-Have for Your Gift List!

Check out the new arrival in our office! We’re thrilled to introduce you to the absolutely brand-new Brother PE540D Embroidery-Only Machine:

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So cute! The PE540D has tons of fun features and built-in designs, making it a great addition to your sewing room. The machine includes 105 built-in designs, including 35 Disney designs and 5 fontsIt’s arrived just in time for you to move it to the very top of your holiday wish list, especially since it comes in at such an economical price point with the current special offer of $399 (MSRP)! Or, even better, treat yourself now to the PE540D so you can quickly and easily make gifts for your family and friends as the holidays approach.

Here at CME, we absolutely love making In-the-Hoop projects for  any gift-giving occasion. If you have several grandchildren, nieces or girlfriends to sew for, you can save time by using an ITH design to make gifts for every single one and still get fantastic results. Embroidering in the hoop allows you to customize each gift with different fabric or embellishments while keeping a professional, consistent look every time because the embroidery machine actually completes the construction for you! The Brother PE540D makes it especially easy to quickly create ITH gifts because of an impressive speed of 400 stitches per minute and many handy features, including an advanced needle threading system and a backlit LCD touchscreen.

These adorable table topper designs from “Table Trimmings” in the Nov/Dec 2014 CME would be a great choice to jump in with the new Brother PE540D, either to make as fun Christmas favors for friends, or to create in time to decorate your Christmas dinner table. All three designs, including the candy holder, topiary and flatware holder, are available for FREE until Dec. 31, so act fast!

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Find out more about the new Brother PE540D and start planning your fun, speedy and simple holiday ITH embroidery projects now!

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Fast Thanksgiving Embroidery Projects!

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Turkey Day is two days away! Greet guests or spoil a favorite hostess with these quick and fun embroidery projects.

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Hosting at your house? Embroider napkins with a thankful message and wow guests. Sew it All contributor Miranda Anderson shares her tips for painting napkins, but the same effect could be created using embroidery. Select a built in font (or purchase a new one just for the occasion) to spell out your thankfulness. Fold the napkins to hold silverware with the message facing up and show off the delightful finished product. Take a tip from Miranda’s book and use metallic thread for a warm finish.

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Make a pot holder in no time at all!

Stitch up a quick and cute pot holder using this complete tutorial from Beth at Sew News.

Use the pot holder in your kitchen or take one along on Turkey Day to thank a hostess for her hard work.

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Insert image: Thanks3, caption: Photo Credit: emblibrary.com  The free designs offered by Embroidery Library this year are incredibly lovely and include a swallow and several sunflower designs.

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Add a cozy touch to a plain vase

Have an old sweater in the donate pile? Don’t send it away just yet! Use that sweater to make a beautiful vase cozy. The complete instructions for this project can be found in Sew it All vol. 4 or online here.

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Cute Fox from the Forest Friends CME Collection

Add a design to the vase such as the friendly fox from the CME Forest Friends collection available at shopsewitall.com. Be sure to use a water soluble topper when embroidering on a sweater! That way your design won’t sink into the knit.

 

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Embroider a koozie!

Heading over to help cook early on Thursday? Why not embroider a cup koozie and deliver coffee to kick things off right? Use this complete tutorial from Ellen March to make the koozie posted on the Sew News blog last year. Add a favorite embroidery design, or if you’re one of many kitchen helpers embroider names onto the koozies for a personalized touch.

Now get to stitching! There’s not much time left before Thanksgiving. Be sure to share your creations on the CME Flickr group, we love to see what you stitch up!

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What’s all the Hoopla! Live Web Seminar with Kirsty Neal For Quick Gift Ideas

It’s soon to be crunch time for making handmade gifts for friends and family. If you need any suggestions, help or ideas we’ve got a very fun webinar that will give you plenty of ideas and more for quick gifts to make and give.

hoopla Whats all the Hoopla! Live Web Seminar with Kirsty Neal For Quick Gift IdeasKristy Neal, author of Hoopla: 100 Things to Do with Embroidery Hoops, will show you in her new webinar the fun and practical ways to use embroidery hoops for unique and sweet gifts. If you no longer use your hand embroidery hoops this is the perfect webinar to show you how to take them from ordinary embroidery hoops to one-of-a-kind work  of art.  For those of us who make a lot of gifts over the holidays, ideas can become hard to come by. Kirsty will show you how easy it is to use materials on hand (or easily purchased) to make a quick but memorable gift.

This webinar will start December 5, 2015 and is approximately 1 hour in time.

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  • Where to find embroidery hoops and how to prepare them for crafting.
    Supplies you’ll need for making hoop crafts.
  • Step-by-step instructions and an exclusive pattern for how to make a perpetual calendar using an embroidery hoop, fabric, and paper.
  • Step-by-step instructions for making a Christmas/winter-themed decoration.

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Can’t make the live event? Don’t worry! Your registration comes with access to the archived version of the program and the materials for one year. You do not have to attend the live event to get a recording of the presentation. You will receive a copy of the recorded presentation in an email that goes out within 1 week after the live event.

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IMPORTANT: If you purchase this webinar, you will be prompted to confirm your registration via a link on the order confirmation page/email. This is VERY IMPORTANT as it is unique to your purchase and the only way that you will be able to access the live event. See your order confirmation page or order confirmation email for details.

For more information on our web seminars, checkout our FAQ page or contact us at customerservice@fonsandporter.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Best Tools & Fun Embroidery Designs — Nicki’s Picks

My sewing room is chock full of gadgets and attempting-organizational tools. I have multiple seam rippers (hurts to admit), stilettos, point turners of all kinds and marking pens and pencils falling out of my ears.

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Well if you’re like me, I’m sorry but I’m about to bust your over-shopping-for-tools habit. Check out these cool tools from Shop Sew it All.

FP7757 The Best Tools & Fun Embroidery Designs    Nickis PicksI love mechanical pencils for marking. You never have to bother with a sharpener, and you still get a fine tip every time. Get this one at Shop Sew it All.

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These wonder clips are great for securing bulky items, such as bound edges, while sewing. I even use them to keep large items or excess fabric in control and out of the way while embroidering. And they’re a must if you’re working with leather or any other fabric that shouldn’t be pinned during construction.

8161 The Best Tools & Fun Embroidery Designs    Nickis PicksKeeping my sewing room neat and tidy is an ongoing process. These nifty Bobbin Buddies keep bobbins from unwinding when in storage, keeping your sewing area free of thread tail tangles!

Let’s not forget the embroidery designs! I’m partial to the CME original collections. Have you seen this adorable Christmas Goodies collection that’s featured on the cover of the November/December issue?

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Get the featured cupcake design free here until the end of December!

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One of my all-time favorite CME collections is the Forest Friends Collection. Beautiful, folkloric woodland creatures? Yes please, always and on everything.

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So cute on any project year-round!

Those are my favorites from Shop Sew it All, I hope you enjoy them!

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Nicki

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Last stop on the Holiday Blog Tour – Gifts for the quilter, seamstress and embroiderist

This has been a really fun blog hop. I enjoyed the responses from the Sew News Blog post and browsing what the others on the tour had to say and show.

2 copy square Last stop on the Holiday Blog Tour   Gifts for the quilter, seamstress and embroideristToday I have a few more fun ideas for gifts for the seamstress, the quilter and the embroidery lover. And, it should go without saying that any of these gift ideas would make a pretty great present for yourself! Indulge!

It may be difficult to bring 3 different hobbies together under one gift guide. But, what seamstress, quilter or embroiderist doesn’t love fabric as a gift?

My favorite collection thus far is the Downton Abbey Collection. I am a huge Downton Abbey and Walking Dead fan. Fortunately for us they don’t have a WD Collection. Instead we have this collection of absolute stunners. As a garment sewer, I can’t wait to get my hands on this and see what I can do with it. What would a quilter do with this gift? Hmmm.

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box o fabric Last stop on the Holiday Blog Tour   Gifts for the quilter, seamstress and embroideristWe all need, use and cherish our pin cushions. I think this sweet pin cushion charm is all the bomb and a $10.00 it would be great as a gift for a new quilter or sewist. Check out the sewing machine and quilt block too.

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Books! Books! Books!

I’m old school. I still love going into a bookstore and I usually head straight to the craft section. Nothing beats an actual book in my opinion. If you’re still into books, there are so many great ones, its hard to choose one. Plus, we’ve got titles for any level of seamstress plus e-books make easy gifts, no shipping.

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It’s no joke that we love to organize. I love these bigger Buddy Cases now in a bigger size.

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Be sure to download these free gift tags templates for whatever makes it into Santa’s sack.

string of crafty tags1 Last stop on the Holiday Blog Tour   Gifts for the quilter, seamstress and embroideristWell, I could go on and on picking out gift ideas for quilters and seamstresses. What about you? Do you like holiday shopping and picking out gifts?  Answer below and one winner will be picked to win the following from the CME stop on the Ho Ho Ho Holiday Blog Tour.

  • The Sewing Machine Embroiderer’s Bible
  • Sew It All: Quick Projects
  • Vintage Made Modern
  • More Twist-and-Turn Bargello Quilts.

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All winners from each blog stop will be announced on Monday November 10. But, be sure to visit the other blogs through the weekend, there’s still time to enter into all the tour blog stops.

Sat. Nov. 1 – Sew News
Sunday, Nov. 2 – McCall’s Quilting
Monday, Nov. 3 – Fons & Porter
Tuesday, Nov. 4 – Quilting Daily
Wednesday, Nov. 5 – Quilter’s Newsletter
Thursday, Nov. 6 – Quilters Club of America
Friday, Nov. 7 – Quiltmaker
Saturday, Nov. 8 – Creative Machine Embroidery

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