Sewing A Coat This Winter? Read Our Tips!

Warm Up in a New Coat This Season

I grabbed my lighter weight puffy coat and headed out the door this morning not thinking about the frigid temperatures. Thankfully I was smart enough to don my snow boots, which are lined with faux fur and quilted for extra warmth. The office wasn’t as warm as we all expected either–the heater is working overtime. But it’s getting there and we’re seeming to thaw out as the day progresses.

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The arctic chill has got me thinking–a nice wool coat would have fit the bill this morning, and would have been a much more stylish alternative to my puffy coat. And a longer coat that covers the top half of my legs would have kept me much warmer as I walked from my car in the parking lot to the front door of the office building. So, I’m looking to make the Night Sky Coat, featured in the Jan/Feb 2018 issue of Creative Machine Embroidery

Screen Shot 2018 01 16 at 11.09.11 AM Sewing A Coat This Winter? Read Our Tips!This project begins with the BurdaStyle 11/2015 #116 pattern. It’s called a Menswear Coat, and actually I love it in this tan as well.

Screen Shot 2018 01 16 at 11.13.16 AM Sewing A Coat This Winter? Read Our Tips!The collar and center band make great canvases for embroidery. I particularly love the allover embroidery technique on the wool. Plus, if you choose the right wool fabric (wool melton) there’s no need to finish seams or insert a lining (unless you want the extra warmth from a lining, that is).

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Here are 5 tips to get you started when working with wool fabric, a luxurious warm coating that is super great for this project, and easy to embroider, too.


1. Always preshrink wool fabric. Position the fabric over a pressing surface and press, using a steam iron on the wool setting. Let each section dry completely before moving the iron to continue pressing the entire fabric length and width. Or have the fabric professionally dry-cleaned before cutting and sewing.

2. Select a universal needle, all-purpose thread and a 3mm or 3.5mm stitch length for sewing. Use a 75/11 sharp needle for embroidery.

3. Press straight seam allowances over a wooden seam stick and curved seams over a ham to prevent iron imprints showing on the fabric right side. After pressing a section, use a wooden clapper and firmly press down over the seam until cool.

4. Grade all seam allowances to reduce bulk.

5. Most embroidery designs work well on wool, even complex designs, because heavyweight wool supports the density. Use a topper to prevent the embroidery stitches from sinking into the fabric nap.

6. Find more coat sewing tips on Sew Daily. We have Lucinda Hamilton of Sew Wrong giving us her best tips for sewing that perfect winter coat!

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Have fun!


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Basic Training: Color Theory For Machine Embroidery Projects

For expert use of color in your machine embroidery projects read below for tips and tricks. Follow these simple guidelines to successfully change the thread colors of an embroidery design for a professional look to all of your projects.

BT 1 thread  Basic Training: Color Theory For Machine Embroidery Projects HUE & VALUE

  • Hue refers to the actual color, such as blue, green, or red. There are many hues of every color, and colors can have similar hues. Value refers to a color’s lightness or darkness. Each hue can have myriad values. Two thread colors can also have the same value, but different hues. For example, a light green and a light orange might have the same value, though very different hues. Continue reading
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Sewing Toys For Your Pet

Did you get a Christmas puppy this year? I DID!

This is Leia.

IMG 1642 Sewing Toys For Your PetAnd, she’s super into biting and chewing, so I had to buy some rope toys and nylon bones right away. Of course I want to make her something, and a softie is a great toy for a dog of any age. Continue reading

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Remodeez Giveaway

Remodeez Giveaway

Start the year fresh and renew vintage fabrics from storage with the power of Remodeez Home Deodorizer. Simply place this deodorizer in your fabric stash and let it go to work. It lasts up to one year and should be placed in the sun monthly to recharge. This product is non-toxic, odorless and made from activated charcoal derived coco-nut husks.

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For a chance to win the below Remodeez Home Deodorizer simply tell us which fabrics you own that need some freshening up. One winner will be chosen on Monday the 15th of January!

Happy Fresh Year!


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Machine Embroidery Goals for 2018

As I started thinking about New Year’s Resolutions, I was challenged to think of some embroidery “resolutions” — though I would be more inclined to call them goals — for 2018. It was an interesting thought experiement; does one really have goals for embroidery projects? I don’t generally think of embroidery in those terms. But once I challenged myself to think about it, I did come up with some!

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The back of my embroidered velvet top

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First of all, I like to challenge myself. About a year ago, I tried to embroider velvet and it went very badly. I tried again recently, better prepared Continue reading

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Easy Embroidered Boy’s Pajama Set

I have two young boys in my life (and one girl!), and I have to admit that at this point, the handmade gifts tally tips very heavily in favor of my daughter. I’m working to remedy that: Christmas PJs to the rescue! These Space Jammies, from the CME holiday issue, are the perfect blend of cute and cozy, made from scratch and not store bought.

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DIY Mittens From Sweaters

DIY mittens from sweaters is a fun project to make and give. If you’re looking for a cute last-minute embroidered gift we’ve got you covered!

The Jan/Feb 2018 issue of Creative Machine Embroidery just hit newsstands, and it happens to have a quick winter project that’s actually a perfect Christmas or Hanukah gift. Behold the adorable Winter Blooms Mittens! And, the best part these DIY mittens are made from well-loved sweaters!

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Monogrammed Holiday Pillow Wraps + FREE ALPHABET!

CME11117 221x300 Monogrammed Holiday Pillow Wraps + FREE ALPHABET!Every year, my favorite CME issue is a toss-up between the Halloween issue and the Christmas holiday issue. There are many things to love in both issues, this year – and I have a ton of favorites from both issues!

The Wreath Wrap Pillows by Sue O’Very top my list. The project includes instructions to create a festive pillow wrap and include a download for a full monogram alphabet (!). Instructions are also included to make your own pillow insert but what I love most about this project is that you could use the wrap (and adjust the dimensions if needed) to update your favorite pillows for the holidays, then remove the wrap after: no new holiday pillows needed! Continue reading

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Luggage Tags – DIY

Travel in style with a personalized luggage tags. Luggage tags are always a good idea for quick identification in crowded luggage carousels.  If you’re looking for a jazzy set luggage tags then the Travel Tags featured in the Nov/Dec 2017 issue of Creative Machine Embroidery are the perfect project for you!

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Embroidered Paper Cards Project + Tips for Embroidering Paper

Create a personalized greeting in no (or bow!) time! Embroidering on paper is easy with a few tips and special tools.

Generally speaking, when you embroider on paper, you’ll want to avoid dense satin stitch designs; pick paper that feels and behaves like fabric such as handmade paper; use a fine needle and thread; slow the machine speed; and use lightweight tear-away stabilizer. Even if you’ve used the design before, always plan to do a preliminary stitchout so you can test how the design works on paper.Screen Shot 2017 12 04 at 11.20.27 AM Embroidered Paper Cards Project + Tips for Embroidering Paper

Here’s what you’ll need to make the card featured above: Continue reading

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