Learning Serger Tips, Tricks and Troubleshooting with Gail Patrice Yellen

If you owner a serger and are not quite sure about all the wonderful things it can do, check out the web seminar Serger Tips, Tricks and Troubleshooting with Gail Patrice Yellen.

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Sergers and sewing machines are wonderful sewing room companions, but sergers can befuddle even the most experienced sewing machine operator. Once you can identify key serger components and how they each affect stitch formation, you’ll be able to manipulate settings like a pro. When is a 3-thread overlock preferable to a 4-thread stitch? Learn how to change stitch widths and what makes a stitch wide or narrow. What is differential feed and why is it such a fantastic serger feature?

Gail will give you a guided tour of your serger from top to bottom. She’ll highlight and explain the important serger parts, how to fine-tune their adjustments and troubleshoot problems. Even when all of the machine settings are correct, results might not be perfect—why? Sometimes it’s “operator technique.” You’ll see some common handling errors that cause failure and how to easily fix them.

Rolled hems that fall off the edges of sheer fabrics and stretched edges on knits can be discouraging. Gail will show you how to get beautiful results with just a few modifications. You’ll tackle your serger projects with increased confidence and knowledge.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Serger components—where they are and what they do
  • Overlock stitches and best choices for various construction techniques
  • What is differential feed and how to manipulate it
  • Common operator technique errors and how to correct them
  • Stitch length and width—get the right settings
  • Tension settings
  • Cover stitch—major differences between cover stitch and overlock functions

About the Instructor:

Gail has been an enthusiastic sewist since middle school and is an active member of the American Sewing Guild CT Chapter. Teaching classes and interacting with all levels of sewing enthusiasts continues to be a source of inspiration and fun. Her fascination with sergers is an ongoing source of ideas for embellishments. She has taught classes and workshops across the country including American Sewing Guild National Conferences, the Puyallup Sewing & Stitchery Expo, Original Sewing & Quilt Expos, American Sewing Expo—Novi, MI and numerous American Sewing Guild Chapter events. Her Craftsy class, 40 Techniques Every Sewer Should Know is one of their bestsellers. Gail is a contributor to Threads, Sew News and Notions. F+W Media will publish her book, Serger Essentials Master the Basics & Beyond! in December 2015.

Who Should Attend:

  • New serger owners who need to identify serger components and how they work
  • Experienced owners who want to refresh their knowledge and skills
  • Sewists who want to expand and finesse their serger skills for professional results
  • Owners who want to learn the “how” and “why” of manipulating serger settings
  • Serger owners who need to understand why operator handling technique is equally important as correct machine settings

Live Web Seminar Date: March 30, 2015

Start Time: 1 pm EST

Length: 60 Minutes

Cost: 19.99

Each registration comes with access to the archived version of the event as well as any handouts referenced during the presentation. You do not have to attend the live event to get the recording of the presentation or the handouts. In all Sew Daily web seminars, no question goes unanswered. Attendees have the ability to chat with the instructor during the live event and ask questions. You will receive a copy of the web seminar presentation in an e-mail that goes out one week after the live event. The answers to questions not covered in the live presentation will be included in this e–mail as well.

I hope your join us, your serger will be glad you did! Be sure to check out the web seminar page for more information.

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Learn to Sew With Online Education – Beginning Sewing & Tailoring Classes Starting Soon!

notions5 Learn to Sew With Online Education   Beginning Sewing & Tailoring Classes Starting Soon!So many things are happening here at Creative Machine Embroidery magazine.

You may have seen the latest redesign issue of Sew News magazine and in the end it really looks beautiful and fresh.


Same too goes with Creative Machine Embroidery magazine.

We are working hard behind the scenes to update CME magazine and give you the same great content and contributors but with a modern look and feel. We truly hope you like it.
After the magazine has been released to the world we’ll be working on a lot more behind the scenes with web seminars, online education programs and transforming CME, SN and SSIA websites. Wow, it’s going to be a busy year for us all.

And, speaking of online education if you know someone who is new to sewing and would like to learn Craft Online University is offering a beginning sewing class through it’s online learning program and Burda University.

Additionally, if you or someone you know is a bit more advanced in their sewing skills and would like to improve on tailoring and drafting skills there is a upcoming class for that offered through Burda. We’ll be telling you more about those in the days ahead.

Hurry, these classes start March 31, 2015!

We also launched our web seminar series with our first web seminar: Building a Better Blog with Veronica Graham as the instructor. Our next web seminar is all about how to use your serger. Stay tuned for details!

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CME redesign sneak peek

Inside the next issue, you’ll find all the greatest embroidery tips, tricks, projects and techniques that we are dedicated to bringing you, but you’ll also notice it’ll look a little different.

We’ve been showing you our redesigned magazine over the past few weeks, beginning with the new logo. We hope this fresh perspective inspires you to try new projects, think about embroidery a little differently and step outside the box to let your creativity fly!

Here’s another little sneak peek into what’s in store for you. In our Basic Training column, learn all about freestanding lace. The different kinds, ways to use them and tips for stitching them out perfectly every time.

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We hope you’re inspired by the open, chic photography and great information! Don’t hesitate to drop us a line at info@cmemag.com to let us know your thoughts when the new issue arrives in your mailbox!

Enjoy, and happy stitching!


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Win a Zentangle Starter Kit!

Have you tried Zentangle yet? It’s a beautiful art form that only looks complicated!

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Get step by step instructions from Pam Damour and everything you need to get started. Pam breaks down each element of the Zentangle squares to make it simple and fun. The symmetry and repetition of the squares is rather soothing! Take your work from paper to fabric and create one-of-a-kind projects.

Enter to win a Zentangle starter kit by answering the following question in the comments section below, “Have you ever tried Zentangle?”

If you’re not chosen as the lucky winner, purchase the kit at Shop Sew it All Here.

Get more instruction from Pam and yours truly in the video, Zentangle: An Introduction to the Art and Application at craftdaily.com.

Good luck and happy sewing!

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The New CME – More Great Projects, Improved Look & Style

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You’ve seen the new logo, but there are more changes coming to the new and improved CME magazine. We’ll still bring you the best machine embroidery tips, techniques and projects, but with brighter, fresher photography and easy-to-read layouts.

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Such as this table setting project in the upcoming May/June issue (created by yours truly). Featuring adorable retro CME original designs, these place mats and napkins amp up any kitchen decor.

Get the kit to create the project at shopsewitall.com. Find the designs, and the rest of the Diner Delights collection HERE.

Find more fun embroidery projects in the May/June issue, on newsstands and in your mailbox April 21st!

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The New Look of CME!

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What do you think of the new CME logo? We’re shooting for fresh and modern, and it’s not only the logo that’s getting a face lift. Layouts, fonts and photography will all be revamped in the May/June issue for your new and improved reading experience.

Don’t forget–YOU can be a part of Creative Machine Embroidery. It’s as easy as shooting us an email at info@cmemag.com. Send us your best machine embroidery tips and tricks– from tools you have lying around the house used in unexpected ways, to how you organize your designs or stabilizer stash. Share the knowledge!

While we at the offices love our jobs, we’re not here for our health, we’re here for YOU! And we want to know what you think.

Drop us a line, and have a great weekend!


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The new Creative Machine Embroidery logo

Hello Readers!

Thank you so much for responding to our survey and providing us with the information we needed to develop a brand new CME magazine. Here’s a sneak peek into our efforts to refresh and renew CME and transform it based on your suggestions.

I’m very excited to share with you the brand new CME logo!

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This is what you will see on the May/June issue when it arrives in your mailbox and hits newsstands in April. We love that the word embroidery is big and bold, and I love the scripty font that speaks to the creativity behind our embellishments.

We’re carrying this design through the pages of the issue, starting with bigger and bolder photography that gives you an up-close and personal feel with the designs so you can see the texture, quality of threads used and actual stitches. The projects will have a more modern aesthetic with the latest fabrics and designs featured, along with more options to buy kits so you can create exactly what you see on the pages of the magazine.

We’ll be be bringing you more sneak peeks as the month of March progresses, so check back on the blog frequently to see it all!

Let us know what you think in the comments below.

As always, thanks for reading!

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Sew it All TV Season 9 news + book giveaway!

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Hello crafty friends! You might be interested to know that Sew it All TV season 9 begins airing on PBS stations nationwide at the end of March!

Guests on season 9 include Stephanie Ohnmacht, Sarai Mitnick, Denise Wild, Melissa Mora and 9 more you’re sure to love.

Learn how to make a pattern-free stretch skirt, work with leather, serger tips and tricks, all about buttons and more!

This is a very special season because…well, I’ll let Ellen tell you:SIA end of the line Sew it All TV Season 9 news + book giveaway!

Dear Viewers,

I’m so excited to share Sew it All series 900 with you. I really think it’s our best season yet. The mix of projects and guests really makes the season one to watch!

I always enjoy thinking back to the week we taped the series (Yes, that’s right: We tape the entire 13-episode series in one week!). I had 3-month-old twins at the time and had to stop taping every two hours or so to feed them. My wardrobe was so problematic for this reason, as nothing was easily removable. So I practically had to dress/undress nine times throughout the day! Other than that, the guests were amazingly accommodating, and the crew was a delight as always.

Sew it All began as a little dream I had of presenting sewing as easy and accessible to the masses—“instant gratification sewing,” as I like to call it. I used to hear “People really sew?” all the time. Now it’s not a question anyone asks me. I’d like to think the talent, editors and crew behind Sew it All had a small hand in that change of thought.

It’s with a heavy heart that I tell you that we’re no longer producing Sew it All—the TV show and the magazine. I will miss it immensely. From the guests I met along the way and the viewers I made into friends, to the projects we made and the bloopers we taped, all of it holds a special place in my heart. I managed to have three babies in the five years since Sew it All first aired, though I feel like the show was also one of my babies.

Though I’m saddened by the end of Sew it All, it’s also the beginning of greater initiatives for the sewing division of Interweave/F+W. The show’s departure affords us more opportunity to do bigger and better things, such as new and exciting video initiatives, kit programs, pattern collections and more.

In the coming months, you’ll see a lot more from us, as we bring you online education offerings in the form of webinars and courses; entertaining and educational videos on Craft Daily, Sew Daily and Shop Sew it All; and special exclusive products you can’t find anywhere else. We hope to be your go-to source for everything sewing! We’ll continue to keep you updated on our Sew it All Facebook page, and if you’d like to make sure you don’t miss a beat, sign up for our monthly Sew News eNewsletter.

Thank you so much for supporting sewing on television. We couldn’t have come this far without you!


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So don’t miss a second of the farewell season! Of course, all PBS stations are different, so the schedule may vary. Visit pbs.org to find your local station schedule and watch or record the episodes for great technique instruction and cute inspirational projects!

If you missed previous seasons, round out your Sew it All TV collection with the DVDs, available here. For more information, visit sewitalltv.com.

Head on over to the Sew News blog tomorrow for a book giveaway from Denise Wild, one of our Season 9 guests!

Big thanks to our underwriters who made it all possible!

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Chocolate vs. Sewing What’s your idea of a perfect V-Day gift?

  Sure, romance is fine. Sweets are nice to eat but they do pack on the pounds. Flowers. Well, we all know what happens to those after a few days: garbage can.

But, what I could do with a yard or two of fabric or my favorite sewing patterns that I absolutely must have for spring and summer? I do need a new pair of scissors and some fresh embroidery designs. On and on my perfect Valentine list grows. See a few of the things I think would make for a perfect V-Day gift. Let me know what your perfect sewing day gift is in the comments section below.

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Find a beautiful table runner that can be made for any time of the year. This project is from the Jan/Feb issue of 2014, one our most popular table runner projects. Get all the how tos in the latest article reprint available now.

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Show everyone what you really love with the I heart sewing design.

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Nothing says “I love you” like a thoughtful card. Learn how to make your own with 100 Fresh and Fun Handmade Cards. index Chocolate vs. Sewing Whats your idea of a perfect V Day gift?

Any garment or quilt will only be more memorable with sweet embroidery and embellishments. Check out our super cute Love Is In The Air CME Embroidery Collection. That elephant would be so cute on a baby blanket.CMELOVCOL 500 Chocolate vs. Sewing Whats your idea of a perfect V Day gift?

Personalize more with this charming embroidery font collection. Suitable for all year around, it would make for a lovely way to personalize quilts and garments.

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This is just a few things I would enjoy using and making my Valentine’s a little more sewing centered. How ’bout you? What would be your favorite sewing gift this year?

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LunchBox Quilts Mixed Mutts Design Pack Giveaway!

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Enter to win this LunchBox Quilts Mixed Mutts design pack!

Dog lovers rejoice! The dogs are out! Ten whimsical applique embroidery mixed mutts adorn the quilt. A doghouse, fire hydrant, dog bones and paws complete the quilt.

Quilt patterns included to make a 26” X 43” wall hanging or a larger 52” X 59” quilt.

All you have to do is comment below. One winner will be notified by email on Monday morning!

If you’re more of a cat person than a dog person, get the Cat’s Meow design pack at shopsewitall.com!

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