Easy Embellishment Ideas for Holiday Sewing

As soon as the pumpkins come out each year, I know I should probably get started with handmade Christmas gifts. I love adding embroidery to simple sewing projects. A simple design can add a lot of impact to a basic sewing project. Here are a few ideas for the folks on your list, hand-picked from our latest issue of Sew it All magazine (volume 11, if you can believe it!).

red pincushion Easy Embellishment Ideas for Holiday SewingGift making made easy! The Business or Pleasure by SN editor Jill Case is perfect for gifting, especially if you’ve got crafty friends on your list. Instead of the supplied applique templates, embellish a felt gift card holder with sewing-themed embroidery designs. Continue reading

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Tip of the Week

Tip of the Week:

MILK ITS WORTH

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To avoid adhesive overspray, cut the bottom off a plastic milk carton and spray through the lid.

Email your tips to info@cmemag.com and your tip could be featured in a future issue of Creative Machine Embroidery!

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Behind The Scenes: A Creative Machine Embroidery Photo Shoot

There’s an old saying in the theater — never work with animals, children or drunks. Basically, they’re hard to control and make a lot of extra work for everyone. Sometimes it’s worth it, though, like when we brought seven kittens to our photoshoot for our September/October issue.

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The pet beds we were shooting were made with the names of my cats, but we had several reasons for shooting with kittens instead. The main reason, of course, was that even though my cats are pretty cute, kittens are even cuter. Also, kittens are very adaptable and are able to roll with unusual situations in a way adult cats can’t or won’t. Continue reading

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Tip of the Week

Tip of the Week:

COLOR MATCHING

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When embroidering on a towel (or anything else that you want to appear nice on the back), match the bobbin thread to the towel or fabric color rather than the top thread.

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New Issue Preview: Creative Machine Embroidery September/October

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Like it or not, fall is coming, friends! And we have a lovely issue to help you get ready…er, wrap your head around the fast-approaching cooler temps!

We love Halloween around here, so if fall has a silver lining, it’s definitely that! We’ve got fun decor, interactive games and all kinds of spooky fun – and kittens: we have kittens!! Plus learn how to:

  • CME1710 Leggings 221x300 New Issue Preview: Creative Machine Embroidery September/OctoberSew a sweet monogrammed pouf for your favorite critter.
  • Customize handmade lingerie with lace.
  • Embroider basic leggings for a high-end look.
  • Make a spooky set of travel pillows.
  • Quilt with silk.
  • Work with border designs.
  • Add texture to your creations with felting and couching in the hoop and more.
  • Stitch a set of harvest-themed ornaments for fall decorating.

That ought to keep you busy for a while…at least until our upcoming Christmas holiday issue!

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What’s Your Favorite Type Of Embroidery?

Do you have a favorite type of embroidery? I love the slow nature of hand embroidery, but the more I do of machine embroidery I find that to be a lot of fun too! I have been working on my first (successful) quilt and I’m finding that quilting and machine embroidery is a whole new ballgame for me. I love putting personal touches on my quilt using my embroidery machine. Really didn’t think I would take to embroidery like I have.

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How To Build Up Your Embroidery Collection – Easily!

What Is The Internet Embroidery Club?

Thank you all for being a part of this family who loves the wonderful, creative things that your remarkable embroidery machines can do. We’re striving to increase your enjoyment of this 21st century implementation of a centuries-old technique for adding an “artist’s” touch to the beautiful things you make. The Internet Embroidery Club is THE place for unique and original machine embroidery designs.  You may not know, but Creative Machine Embroidery magazine is not our only machine embroidery publication. We have the Martha Pullen Company under our umbrella too. So, please be sure to check them out as well.

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IEC Membership Benefits

The Internet Embroidery Club (IEC) is a calendar year membership (January through December) providing embroidery designs of the highest quality for members to download to their own computers. When you join you will be able to download all the designs (January through December) of the calendar year for which you join.

Members of the current IEC year will receive email notifications as each new design is released.

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You may purchase any of the past IEC years at anytime, and access to those designs does not expire after the year is over. Browse all of the designs from 2001-2017, then visit our online store to purchase any of those years.

Stay tuned to more designs as they come out. You can shop the entire collection here. We’ll also be dropping designs on the shopsewitall.com site.

Please check out the site and let us know if you like these designs. What designs would you like to see more of?

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Sew A Softie

Sew A Softie today and reconnect, slow down and share your love of sewing soft cute things with the next generation of sewists.

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Join us in July to Sew a Softie! The event was founded by Trixi Symonds, a designer, sewing teacher and author of Sew Together Grow Together, a book of simple sewing projects for parents and children that aims to bring children and parents together over a common love of hand sewing, unplugging and, of course, super-cute softies.

Be sure to pick up a copy of the latest Creative Machine Embroidery magazine and read all about Trixi and learn what Sew A Softie day means to her, how it got started and why it’s important to teach kids to sew.

Join Trixi’s Sew A Softie Facebook Group and connect with all sorts of people. This group will have schedules, line ups of blog tours, great tips and tricks and other important and fun information. We hope you join along and sew a softie or two this July.

If you sew one use the #sewasoftie and we can see all the cuteness!

Don’t forget you can get two softie designs for free now and through August 31 Find the cutie little piggy softie and a monkey softie and join in the fun!

 

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Basic Training: Needles

In the past, needle choice was limited to different needle sizes, but the current market offers so many choices, making it overwhelming. Learn the basic needle options to narrow down the choices and make needle selection easier.

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•    The needle system is denoted on the package by a series of numbers/letters (A). There are many needle systems for commercial machines, but most home machines use the 130/705H system. Check your machine manual for the needle system that your machine uses. The needle system number is listed on all needle packages, regardless of the needle type or use. The needle system number may be followed by a dash and another letter. That letter refers to the needle type, such as 130/705H-J for Jeans or 130/705H-E
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15 Patterns + 2 Embroidery Design Collections + Free Class!

It’s all in the details this summer! The best on-trend detail you can add to your 2017 garments is embroidery. This kit includes 15 digital sewing patterns and 2 collections of machine embroidery designs that you can load onto your machine. Check out a few of the patterns and the full embroidery design collections below. You’ll find all the details and patterns here!

And, wait there’s more! You will receive access to a free class on machine embroidery. This is such a great opportunity for those that love to sew and fans of machine embroidery and all for $29.99.

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