My Grandchildren – Embroidered Turtleneck

There are only 10 days until Christmas! Christmas is my favorite time of the year.Shirt It is a time of such joy in my family. Family get togethers, watching the children experience the fun of Christmas. And, this year, I have a new grandson which was the inspiration of for the shirt.

Masterworks III has a great text tool. I used 10 fonts and 11 colors for the lettering. Then, I used the heart in custom shapes to add the small hearts in the design.

I embroidered the design on my Janome 9900 so I my only limitation was the size of the hoop 6.7″ x 7.9″. It is the perfect size of the front of a turtleneck shirt.

The following are the fonts and the sizes that I used:

  • MWIII DesignNatee – Font: Compact; Height: 22 mm (rotated)
  • NICK – Font: Crafty; Height: 18 mm (vertical)
  • Becca – Font: Bookworm; Height 24 mm (rotated)
  • Teagan – Font: Lizzie, Height 16 mm
  • AMANDA – Font: Capital Key Block; Size 18 mm (vertical)
  • MACY – Font: Crafty; Size 20 mm
  • shannon – Font: Mansfield; Size 25 mm (rotated)
  • JEREMY – Font: HobbyHorse; Size 16 mm
  • Kaitlyne – Font: LittleLordFonteroy; Size 22 mm
  • DREW – Font: Ribbon; Size 24 mm (vertical)
  • My Gandchildren – Font: HobbyHorse; Size 15 mm

DesignI varied lettering, adding some all uppercase and all lower case in addition to the traditional first letter upper, remaining lower.

You can create text embroidery designs from many embroidery software programs, such as Designers Gallery Embroidery Works, Floiani FTC/U, Viking 5d Embroidery, 6D Embroidery, Palette, PE Design, and many more.

Holiday shirtDon’t just use this idea for the names of your children or grandchildren. I also create a holiday shirt for the holidays.

I added one of the Christmas embroidery designs from my collection to the text.

Are you inspired? If so, open that embroidery software see what you can create!

Posted in Embroidery Projects, Embroidery Softare | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Embroidering the Embossed Towel

FinishedTowelEmbroidered towels look great in your powder room or bathroom. They also make great gifts for showers, weddings, house warmings, birthdays, or the holidays. It is easy to embroider the towel if you follow a few easy steps.

Look at your towel. Most towels have a band on the front, and some on both front and back. Usually, there is a label on the back of the towel. Your embroidery should be on the front.

For the best results always mark where you want the embroidery to be placed. I learned that eyeballing the placement never works.  The embossed embroidery design is 4″ x 4 1/2″.  Always use the smallest hoop

1. Measure the width of your towel. My towel is 15 1/2″ wide.

measure 2. The bottom of the design is placed 1/2″ – 1″ about the band, if the towel has one. If the towel does not have a band, place the design about 3″ from the bottom of the towel. Since my design is 4 1/2″ high, the middle of the design is 2 1/4″. My design is 1/2″ above the band. Measure 2 3/4″ above the band and mark with a + or use a positioning sticker.  You can mark your placement with a water soluble pen, air erasable pen or friXion pen.  The center of the + is where the needle should penetrate the towel before starting the embroidery; the + lines show vertical and horizontal alignment. Note: Don’t use a water soluble pen, if you use heat n’ gone topping. The use of an iron will permanently set the mark.

center

 

3. Always use the smallest possible hoop for your embroidery. It saves on stabilizer but more importantly, provides better stability during embroidery.  I like to use Floriani Stitch and Wash Tearaway. Cut a piece of stabilizer about 1″ larger that you hoop. Place it in the hoop and tighten the hoop screws so that it is taught. There is no need to over tighten the screw.

InHoop4. Lightly spray the stabilizer with temporary spray adhesive. I like 505 because it does not leave a sticky residue on my needle when embroidering. Stray by putting your hoop into a box or trash can to minimize spraying all over the place.

5. Select a thread color similar to your towel. Wind a bobbin with the same thread so the back of your towel is not covered with white bobbin thread. If you embroidery machine uses a different bobbin case for embroidery change your bobbin case. Insert the bobbin and thread your machine.

6. Turn on your embroidery machine and open your design.

7. Place the towel on the hoop. Use the template that came with your embroidery machine to position your towel in the middle of the hoop. Reposition the towel if necessary.

templatem

7. Place the hoop on the embroidery machine. The design should be near the center of your hoop. Move the design around as needed. Lower the needle so that it penetrates the embroidery mark or sticker. Raise the needle.

needledown

8. Remove the position sticker if you used one. Place a water soluble topping or heat n’ gone on the embroidery area. Use a piece of Floriani Pink Embroidery Tape to hold the topping in place during embroidery. I sometimes use blue painters tape to hold the topping in place.

topping

9. Embroider the design. Remove the towel from the hoop. Tearaway as much stabilizer from the back as possible. The remaining will wash out. Pick water soluble stabilizer from the top. Use a spray bottle to remove stubborn parts. Use an iron to remove heat n’ gone.

Enjoy your towel!

Posted in Home Decor, Machine Embroidery FYI, Project Tutorials, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Embossed Towel

As I mentioned, I am traveling in our RV.  Maybe traveling is not the appropriate word at the moment, since we are spending the next 3 months in Clermont, Florida.  We are a few miles from Disney World which has been one of our favorite places for many years. My sister-in-law came to visit from New Jersey. She is staying for 2 weeks. She enjoys sewing as much as I do, but has not done any machine embroidery. In our travels to the local quilt shops, we satowelw a towel with an embossed letter. I told her that I could make that. So we bought hand towels to embroider. I bought one. We don’t need many in the RV. Rose bought six, 2 for each of 3 daughters.

Back at the RV, I created the “embossed design” using Florian Total Control/U. I had 4 designs to create, A, G, F, and V.

I embroidered the towel using my Janome 9900.

Below is a link for the instructions on how to create the monogram using the Floriani Total Control/U software.

Embossed Monogram

Next post: Instructions on how to embroider the towel.

Posted in Home Decor, Machine Embroidery FYI, Project Tutorials | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Stitches from the Road

My husband and I are traveling in our RV with our two Bichon Frise dogs, Sammy and Morgan. Since living in an RV means that space is small. I had to make some decisions on what I could take with me on the road. My Babylock Ellisimo Gold is just too large for the RV so my Ellisimo Gold is waiting at home for my return.

After 6 weeks on the road, I was ready to embroider or quilt something. But, I did not have my machine with me. I decided to buy a new machine that would be more conducive to RVing. I selected Janome 9900.  It has a maximum embroidery area of 6.7″ x 7.9″ (170xx x 200mm), and the embroidery unit is small. It fits on the back of the machine and opens to the rear. The machine has a 9mm stitch with will be nice when I use decorative stitches. The 9900 has a maximum embroidery speed of 800 stitches per minute. With 200 stitches, 6 one step button holes, 175 built-in embroidery designs and so much more.

I’ve had my new Janome 9900 for a week now, and I love it. I’ve done some embroidery, after digitizing the designs, and am making a Christmas themed throw pillow.  Below are pictures of the embroidery designs that I created.  The letters are appliqué designs with a bean stitch inside the satin outline which adds a uniqueness to the design. I used a true type font for the ho and HO. I drew a funky H and created the ornament using a circles, lines and a hand drawn ornament topper. I will provide instructions on how to digitize the designs in a subsequent post as well as instructions on how to create the pillow.

ho3hoHO2

HOhoHO pillow

In the meantime, happy embroidering, happy quilting, and Happy Holidays. If you are in the market for a nice sewing/embroidery machine, consider the Janome 9900.  The staff at Humble Sewing Center (Sew Vac Outlet) will be glad to demo this awesome machine.

Stay tuned for subsequent posts about my HO ho Ho pillow.

Happy Stitching…

Posted in Just for Fun | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Fun Tissue Holder Covers at Anita Goodesign Workshop

During our September Anita Goodesign Workshop, we had a great time making the CUTEST tissue box covers ever!

Since it’s September, the project was all about getting ready for Halloween.

Trick or TREAT!

photo 5

Look at a creative touch that Opal Hobbs added to her project…..

Isn’t that a cute ruffle?!

opal

These tissue cover designs are EXCLUSIVE to the ladies who attend the Anita Workshop.  They are not available anywhere else.   So, if you are seeing things you like and wish you could get, maybe it’s time for you to join us at next month’s workshop.  Hmmm?

We’d love to see you there!!!  Here’s the link to details about next month’s Anita Goodesign Workshop

See some of the very nice ladies you will meet and get to know:

AND, sometimes we even have surprise Give-Aways….

Our newest workshop attendee, Robyn Cayton, won a free copy of Nancy Zieman’s latest new book:

Quick_Column_Quilts_Book_Cover

 

It’s time for you to join the fun and try some new things with your embroidery machine!

Hope to see you soon!

Thanks for reading!

Jenny Gabriel alter ego: StitchinJenny

Posted in Classes, Embroidery Class | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

News from Serger Savvy Retreat

We recently hosted a 3-Day Serger Retreat at Humble Sewing Center.  Our instructor was Joan Friedrich.  She is a National Educator for Baby Lock, a Serger Expert, Designer, and repeat guest on the television show:  Sewing With Nancy.

It was a wonderful event full of great ladies and lots of fun!

Our guests were able to bring their own Baby Lock Serger or try out the new Baby Lock Ovation serger.  After seeing and experiencing the benefits of the new features on the Ovation, several ladies decided to trade-in and trade-up to the Ovation!  It was a happy time for everybody!

Getting Started:

Joan Friedrich is just Warming Up….

DSC_0382DSC_0330DSC_0327

Below are a few pictures of samples that Joan Friedrich shared with us during her 3 day Serger Savvy Retreat.  Some of her samples featured:

  • sweatshirt makeovers
  • crafty aprons
  • ruffled quilts
  • journal covers
  • pillow covers
  • and designer handbags

She is SEW talented!!!

Then, we got busy learning a TON of very handy, useful, and easy Serger techniques.

First of all, Joan is FUN!

Joan Friedrich

Joan Friedrich

Joan Friedrich having a Designer Revelation for new funky zippers with the serger....

Joan Friedrich having a Designer Revelation for new funky zippers with the serger….

Getting to Work:

Here are a few photos of Joan keeping us very busy learning lots and lots of great serger techniques:

 A Moment to recognize Student Achievement:

This was Frances' first time to sew in a zipper by machine.  She is VERY pleased!

This was Frances’ first time to sew in a zipper by machine. She is VERY pleased!

Fun with SERGER CROCHET:

Joan shared her exclusive method for creating serger crochet.  This beautiful accent can be added to clothing, home decor, and can even be used to make a one of a kind scarf!  We can order you the instructional DVD if you like!

Clipboard01

Yes, one sweet husband chose to join the fun!  I think Joan LOVED his hat idea:

 

Joan Friedrich having a Designer Revelation for new funky zippers with the serger....

 

 

 

 

 

We learned so many things…. We even learned how to use one of the optional accessories to attach fold over elastic to a stretch knit.  This will make the easiest elastic waist skirt, pants, or shorts ever!!!

DSC_0394
And there was still time for our ladies to make new friends and enjoy long-time friends as well….

I hope you’ve enjoyed our flashback to the Serger Savvy Retreat.

If you are kicking yourself for missing this one, I do have one bit of good news for you….

Joan has filmed a Serger Techniques video made up of 3 DVDs.  The dvds include almost everything she taught during the 3 day retreat!

You can get this set from us!  Just call for details!  Humble Sewing Center: 281-446-1818

Thanks for reading!

Jenny Gabriel alter ego:  StitchinJenny

Posted in Classes, Serger Class | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

In-the-Hoop Zipped Pouch from Anita Goodesign Workshop

Take a look at all the fun we had during August’s Anita Goodesign Workshop at Humble Sewing Center.

We made Fully Lined zip pouches completely in the embroidery machine – no sewing machine steps required!

This group of ladies is such a pleasure to work with!   Some are beginners and some are experts who come to enjoy the new friends and fun projects.  Our workshops are always a lot of fun and we hope to see you soon!

Here’s a link to the details about September’s Anita Goodesign Workshop.

Also, we’ve got a special hands-on embroidery event coming up in October.  It will feature some really neat techniques like embroidery on puffy foam etc.  Check it out HERE.

Workshop Photos:

Thanks for visiting!  Join us for a class sometime soon!

Jenny Gabriel alter ego:  StitchinJenny

Posted in Classes, Embroidery Class | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Serger Tips & T-Shirt Makeovers at BabyLock Club

Each month I get to host BabyLock Club at Humble Sewing Center….

Today we had several sweet ladies who braved the storm to attend this fun and FREE monthly meeting.

We had a great time getting to know each other, sharing sewing stories, exchanging tips and ideas as well as making a little mischief….

You see, I decided to demo how to revamp an over-sized  t-shirt into something more figure flattering and also how to modify the neckline.  Everything was innocent enough except, the only available shirt in my home happened to belong to my husband and it did happen to be one of his FAVORITES.  Ooooops!

tshirtPlease look closely and notice the bleach stain at the bottom hem of this shirt…. and also the torn hole to the far right of the word Champions.  Oh yes, this shirt was officially in need of a make-over.

In the process of the make-over I used a couple of essentials to ensure pleasing results:

#1:  The T-Shirt Makeover from: Pamela’s Patterns

This pattern provides templates and easy instructions to successfully re-size those big, boxy shirts that just swallow you up. (Yes, we can order this for you and, it will cost you less at our store than it would buying online.)

tshirt3

 

 

#2:  Designer Necklines from: Eileen Roche & Nancy Zieman

This is a collection of embroidery designs used to change the shape of the neckline of any t-shirt into a variety of styles.  It also includes accent designs to embellish a shirt with beautiful embroidery. (Yes, we can get this for you, too.)

tshirt4

 

I chose the Peek a boo neckline – which you will see in just a moment.

I used the embroidery machine and sewing machine for the neckline changes and I used the Makeover pattern with a serger/cover stitch machine to re-size, re-shape, and hem the shirt.  It was EASY!  I could have used the sewing machine for the entire project but, the serger made it so much easier to get the results I wanted.

tshirt2

At the end of our meeting, I was a little nervous about telling my husband what I had done and a couple of the ladies suggested I show him what I did to his favorite shirt in a way that would appeal to him.

I hope he likes what I did cuz’ it’s MY favorite t-shirt now!

Thanks for reading!

Jenny Gabriel alter ego: StitchinJenny

 

Posted in Classes, Clothing, Project Tutorials | Tagged , | 2 Comments

Who Won that Free book from the Blog Tour?

Quick_Column_Quilts_Book_Cover

And the winner was found VERY scientifically….

I went into my sleeping teen’s room this morning, nudged her and said, “Hey, pick a number between 1 and 39.”

She groggily replied with her random number and Liz is our winner!!!!

Liz says:

Lovely quilt. Looks like it would be a great stash buster.

Dear Liz,
You are the winner of the Quick Column Quilts Book give-away!!!!!!
Contact me at hsc.jennyg@gmail.com with your mailing address and I’ll ship this out to you!
Thank you so much for participating in the blog tour!
Happy Stitching!!!!
Jenny Gabriel alter ego: StitchinJenny

Posted in Gift-Aways, Just for Fun | Tagged , | 1 Comment

We are Part of Nancy Zieman’s Quick Column Quilts Blog Tour!!! Yay!

Quick_Column_Quilts_Blog_Tour_Badge

 Hi!  Thanks for stopping by!

Be sure to keep reading so you can see which quilt sample I chose to make from Nancy’s AWESOME new book!  Drum Roll, Please! …………………………………….

My name is StitchinJenny and this is where I blog about all the fun things I’m doing as an educator at my favorite sewing shop:

Humble Sewing Center/SewVac Outlet

This week, I’m taking part in Nancy Zieman’s Blog Tour to help get the word out about her latest book.  Let me tell you, it’s FULL of great quilt projects that will delight the novice to the expert quilter with it’s easy to follow instructions and tips.  You are definitely going to want your own copy of this one!

Quick_Column_Quilts_Book_Cover

PRIZES! PRIZES! PRIZES!

Enter to Win a FREE Copy of Nancy’s Newest Book!!!

Would you like a chance to win a free copy of Quick Column Quilts?  Just leave a comment on this blog post and a random winner will be chosen from the comments at the end of Nancy’s blog tour on Sept. 17th.  We will ship your book to you once we receive our copy from the publisher!

MORE PRIZES! PRIZES! PRIZES!!!

Nancy Zieman will be hosting a grand giveaway of 15 prizes!!!  If you would like to enter to win PLEASE follow the instructions below:

Readers must comment on Nancy’s September 4th blog posting to qualify for the giveaways. Click this link and make a comment on her quick column-quilts post.                 http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog/blog-tour/quick-column-quilts/

I chose to make the Happy-Go-Lucky Chevron Column Quilt:

blogtour9a

First, I had to decide on which fabrics to use.

First, I had to decide on which fabrics to use.  I got these fun prints from my designer friend, Erin Schlosser.

Then I had to cut the fabrics into strips as directed in the handy dandy instructions.

Then I had to cut the fabrics into strips as directed in the handy dandy instructions.

Next, I sewed the strips together using a really neat method to create a staircase effect.  This helped eliminate waste when creating the chevrons....

Next, I sewed the strips together using Nancy’s method to create a staircase effect. This helped eliminate waste when creating the chevron columns….  See next photo for my fabric “Stairs”

Downstairs Strips!

Part of my Downstairs Strips!  I love those big,colorful flowers….

Once my strips were sewn together, I followed Nancy's very clear instructions for cutting my "Stairs" into what would become the chevron columns.

Once my strips were sewn together, I followed Nancy’s very clear instructions for cutting my “Stairs” into what would become the chevron columns.

My first Chevron column!

My first Chevron column!

Once I had all my columns prepared, I needed to decide on a layout for my quilt.Preparing the columns was so easy. (There's some cool steps involved that save fabric and give great results.)

Once I had all my chevron columns prepared, I needed to decide on a final layout for my quilt. Preparing the columns was so easy. There’s some cool steps involved that save fabric and give great results.

Next, I stitched the narrow strips in between and around the columns.

Next, I stitched the narrow strips in between and around the columns.

I love how this quilt top turned out!

I love how this quilt top turned out!

So, I must confess, I’m not done with the final steps such as adding the batting, backing, binding, and actually QUILTING my quilt.  (Yes, I’m one of those quilters who loves to make the tops and procrastinates the finishing….)

BUT, I was relieved to see that Nancy included a lot of helpful illustrations and instructions to help newbie quilters like myself get this job done and done WELL!  I’m looking forward to finishing this and improving my skills in the process.

If you’d like to see more from Nancy’s Blog Tour, just visit the links below:

Here is a listing of all the wonderful bloggers on the Quick Column Quilts Blog Tour:

09/04/14         Nancy Zieman

09/05/14         Quilt Taffy and Simple Simon & Co.

09/06/14         Diary of a Quilter  and Stitchin Jenny

09/07/14         A Woman a Day  and Craizee Corner                

09/08/14         Jina Barney DesignzLilac Lane Patterns, and Totally Stitchin’ 

09/09/14         Esch House Quilts and The Cottage Mama

09/10/14         Designs in Machine Embroidery and Pat Sloan

09/12/14         Happy Valley PrimitivesDoohikey Designs, and Quilt in a Day

09/13/14         Quilt Dad and Just Arting Around

09/14/14         Lazy Girl Designs and  Marie-Madeline Studio

09/15/14         Always Expect Moore  and Polka Dot Chair

09/16/14         Amy Lou Who Sews and Riley Blake Designs

09/17/14         Indygo Junction and Amy’s Creative Side

Thanks for reading!

Jenny Gabriel alter ego:  StitchinJenny

Posted in Good Books I've Found!, Quilting | Tagged , , | 41 Comments