Creating Vinyl Designs with the Artistic Sewing Suite or Artistic Simple Cut

Did you know that your Artistic Sewing Suite or Artistic Simple Cut (formerly Artistic Crystal) software can do so much more than create Crystal Templates. You can also create vinyl designs and cut them with your Cameo, Zing, or Edge Cutter.

And, don’t worry if you are not sure how to cut the vinyl, there are directions on the Artistic Creative Products website.  Click on this link, the select software, projects. Scroll down the list until you find the Vinyl Bag Makeover. It is on page 2. The directions of the project are listed on the right side of the page or just click here for a link to the instructions. Don’t limit your ideas. Have you seen the vinyl wall signs in the stores? Now you can make your own.

If you don’t have the software or a cutter, then stop by Sew Vac Outlet (Humble Sewing Center) and ask about how you can get started. Besides, crystal and vinyl, you can also use your cutter to pre-cut your appliqué material.

Vinyl Applique – Leather Bag Makeover

The Artistic software is not just limited to creating embroidery and crystal designs – it also has lots of great applications for various crafting techniques. For example, you can cut your design out of vinyl to embellish things that you wouldn’t normally be able to do embroidery or applique on. See how Artistic Educator Maddie Bushman takes this sweet leather bag and gives it a makeover with vinyl adhesives.

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Anita’s Playhouse Embroidery Party

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GET A SNEEK PEEK AT UPCOMING RELEASES

Have a blast learning new techniques in our hands-on team sewing environment.

EVERY ATTENDEE WILL RECEIVE THE FOLLOWING

A brand new full color catalog, an exclusive $500 value CD with 9 design collections, plus the event projects and more, with a tutorial book! All for a total value of $699 for just attending.

WHERE      Humble Sewing Center
19333 Hwy 59N, Suite 105
Humble, TX 77338

WHEN       March 6 & 7, 2015

FEE              79.99   (Early Bird Special  69.99 thru 1/31/15)

How to Sign Up
Call 281-446-1818, stop by the store to sign up or register online at www.sewvacoutlet.com

Digitizing w/Aggie Jan. 10, 2015

“Santa in a Car” 

Masterworks or Floriani FTC/U

SANTA IN CAR STITCH-OUTWhen: Saturday – January 10, 2015 – 10 pm – 1pm 

Where: Humble Sewing Center/SewVac Outlet 

Class Project: Santa in a Car (Beginner & Advanced)

Cost: $30 pre-paid at SewVac  (in store, online via PayPal, credit card via phone)

Before Class: Get latest software update, run anti-virus, bring your computer mouse! 

Santa will be on vacation in Hawaii for this class, but he is a great subject to digitize because of the techniques that you learn. This “Santa in Car” design measures 7.5” x 8.5” high.  Santa’s suit, cap and car are appliqued, his hair is wave filled and his beard and mustache are embroidered with the “Satin Path” to provide a silky, curly look.

It utilizes the following stitch types:

  • Running Stitch
  • Satin (Steil) Stitch
  • Standard Fill
  • Wave Fill
  • Column (Satin) Path
  • Jagged Column (Satin) Path

Because of the stitch types used in this design, its clipart is excellent for learning how to digitize.  However, depending on a minimum familiarity with your software, this entire design cannot be taught or digitized within a 3-hour class period, but it can be managed by separating into the following suggested parts:

  1. Face, Beard and Mustache
  2. Hair, Facial Features, Cap and Holy Wreath
  3. Body and Car

You will learn how to:

  • Digitize for Applique
  • Choose and use stitches that give the appearance of texture – such as the look of fur
  • Apply stitches that curve with the artwork
  • Determine the correct pathway through the design – the order in which parts should be stitched

You will learn how to perform the basics for digitizing the design and get you setup for completing parts on your own away from class.  In the first class you will learn how to prepare your artwork before beginning to digitize and will be given a “pathway” plan to follow that will minimize time required to stitch-out because of fewer thread cuts and thread jumps.

Register

Floriani Total Control/U Digitizing Class (Feb 7, 2015)

 “Fun with Fling” 

FTCU_Scatter1 FTCU_Scatter2 When: Saturday – February 7, 2015 – 10 am – 1pm

Where: Humble Sewing Center/SewVac Outlet

Class Project: Create an In-the-Hoop Design for Baby Bib or Blanket (Suitable for Beginner +)

Teacher: Ann Schmidt

Cost: $30 pre-paid at SewVac

  1. In this class you will create a design suitable for a baby’s bib or blanket. We will:
  2. Use text and skew the letters for a cute look (I’ve used two text styles new with the latest Floriani update);
  3. Add two buttonholes (What for? Come and find out);
  4.  Select an outline design provided by the software, resize and add stitches.
  5. Copy, paste, create multiple images and sizes all with the push of one button. Which is why we use a hoop while digitizing so that we can ‘corral’ them. Then we’ll place them where we want them, resize as desired, change colors. This is a hoot! (Not to mention a nice repetitive process for newbies to learn from.)
  6. Finally, we’ll discuss stabilizers to use to achieve a nice sew out.

Click here to Register.

Masterworks Digitizing Class (Feb. 7, 2015)

  “Carousel & Scatter” 

MasscatterterWorks II will achieve same results using different tools.

When: Saturday – February 7, 2015 – 2 pm – 5pm

Where: Humble Sewing Center/SewVac Outlet

Class Project: Create an In-the-Hoop Design for Baby Bib or Blanket (Suitable for Beginner +)

Teacher: Ann Schmidt

Cost: $30 pre-paid at SewVac

In this class you will create a design suitable for a baby’s bib or blanket. We will:

  1. Use text and skew the letters for a cute look;
  2.  Add two buttonholes with a border design (What for? Come and find out);
  3. Select an outline design provided by the software, resize and add stitches.
  4. Circle and scatter the bottles – one button for each choice. ( In MW II the process is different, but achievable. This is a nice repetitive process for newbies to learn from.
  5. Discuss stabilizers to use to achieve a nice stitch out.

Click here to register for this class.

My Holiday Pillow

PillowHi, the days are getting closer to Christmas with only 5 days left, there is still some time to make a holiday gift. Here is a simple holiday gift that you can make in a couple of hours.

I’ve finally finished 3 of these pillows for Christmas gifts. The pillow form is 18″ x 18″. The pillow front and back is to 18 1/4″ x 18 1/4″. I used a 1/2 seam allowance for construction of the pillow and a 1/4″ seam allowance for the piecing of the front and back blocks.

Center Row

  • ho – 8 1/2″ x 9 3/4″
  • HO – 4 3/4 x 9 3/4″
  • H Ornament – 5 x 9 3/4″

Top Row (reverse the fabrics for the bottom row)

  • Fabric A – 4 3/4 x 9 3/4
  • Fabric B – 4 3/4 x 8 1/2″

Pillow Back.

  • Fabric 18 1/4″ x 18 1/4″ or alternately piece fabric to create that size block.
  1. Embroider designs in each section of the pillow.
  2. Sew the blocks together so that each row is 18 1/4″ long.
  3. Sew the rows together using a 1/4″ seam allowance.
  4. Trim Pillow front to 18 1/4″ x 18 1/4″.
  5. With right sides together (pillow front & back) and using a 1/2” seam allowance, the bottom of the pillow only.
  6. Lay the pillow flat with right side down so that the seam is in the center.
  7. Place a 14″ zipper on top of the seam allowance.
  8. Pin on one side. Using a zipper foot, sew the zipper in place. Sew down one side of the zipper, turn and sew across the bottom of the zipper, then up the other side and across the top of the zipper. Stitch across the top and bottom of the zipper again.
  9. Turn to the right side. Using a seam ripper, open the seam on top of the zipper.
  10. Move the zipper pull towards the center.
  11. With right sides together, sew the sides and top of the pillow together using a 1/2″ seam allowance.
  12. Trim the corners and turn right side out.
  13. Insert the pillow form.

 Click here to download the Embroidery Designs used in this project. 

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!