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About Designs by Marje

Marje is an avid sewing and machine embroidery enthusiast. She started sewing as a teenager and has continued sewing through the years. About 15 years ago she purchased her first embroidery machine and software. She was hooked! Marje previously worked in the information technology field for 35 years which has given her a solid background in computer technology and software. She has been teaching sewing machine guide classes and embroidery software classes for more than 12 years. Her resume includes teaching at a number of local sewing machine shops and at the Husqvarna Viking Annual Dealer Convention where she taught classes on Embroidery software to dealers and their associates. By attending her sewing, machine embroidery and embroidery software classes you will expand your knowledge in sewing, embroidery, software, and computer technology.

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!

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!

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.

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…

Babylock Ellisimo Upgrade IV Review *****

I stopped by Humble Sewing Center today to pick up Upgrade IV for my Babylock Ellismio Gold. I could not wait to get home to install the upgrade. The box contains the W2 embroidery foot, multi-function foot control, the W2 embroidery foot, a couple of BLSOGUpgradeIVscrews, a bottom plate used to attach the large and small foot pedals, installation instruction manual, and Ellisimo Upgrade IV CD.

New Features include:

  • LED Pointer shows you the exact needle drop position.
  • Multi Function Foot Control that allows you to customize how the foot control functions.
  • Two large 6″ Embroidery fonts.
  • 15 Buttonholes in three sizes with decorative frames.

Led Pointer for Needle Drop Position

When using the included Embroidery foot (W2), you can see the exact spot where the BLSOG2_needlebeamneedle with penetrate the fabric just by touching the icon on the screen.  When doing embroidery you can see exactly where the needle is going to drop so that you embroidery line up is perfect every time. This particularly helpful to me when I use embroidery quilting designs to quilt my quilts.

Customize your Multi-Function Foot Control

With the multi-function foot control, you can customize the functions of the foot control. You can program the pedals to start/stop sewing, thread cutting, setting needle position up or down, single stitching and reverse stitching. And, you can decide if  you want to BLSOG2_footcontrolposition the small pedal to the left or right of the large pedal.

I positioned the small pedal to the left of the larger one. The large pedal has both a toe function which is starting/stopping sewing and a heel function which I set to raise or lower my needle. I shift my foot to the left and press the small pedal to cut the thread.  I  got into the habit of sewing with my left years ago. I find it easier to manage my sewing speed with my left foot. Now all I just move my foot to the right or left instead of using my fingers to cut the thread and raise/lower needle, allowing me to keep my hands on my fabric.

Large 6″ Embroidery Fonts 

BLSOG2_alphabetsHow many times have you wished that you would you have a larger embroidery font for those extra large bath towels or a throw pillow. Now you have them. Two new large embroidery fonts are included with the Ellisimo Upgrade IV.  I am going to buy some ultra suede fabric and start making some Christmas gifts shortly.

Large Buttonholes

Buttons make nice accents on home dec items and clothing. Large buttons are particular neat looking, but making a buttonhole for those large buttons manually is not my thing. I can never get the sides of the buttonholes to match up perfectly. Now you can make perfect buttonholes with embellishments for them. Another idea is to add a row of buttonholes when making a shower curtain. Before finishing the side hem, feed ribbon or lace through the button holes securing the ends in the finished sides.

Installation

The first step in the installation is to read the instruction manual. If you follow the manual step by step the process goes very smoothly. You do need an internet connection to do the upgrade.  When do the upgrade, don’t skip the step that downloads the Upgrade IV user manual.  I printed the manual so that I could reference it as needed. I added the manual to my Ellisimo Inspiration Guide.

Embroidery W2 Foot

Finally, it is time to use the new features. I did an embroidery with the W2 Embroidery Foot. There is a new button on the embroidery screen that shows a laser light in the needle drop position. Mark your embroidery project or place a positioning sticker on your project and press the button. A laser light shows you exactly where you needle will drop so that you can easily position the design for proper placement.

Multi Function Foot Control

I assembled the multi-function foot control with the small pedal on the left. After attaching the new foot control to the machine with two connections, open the settings to page 2. Select the desired function for the large pedal heel and the small pedal.  After closing the settings, I was ready to sew with my new foot control. Wow, what a nice feature. Now I can sew, raise and lower the needle and cut the thread, all hands free.

New Fonts and Buttonholes

I did not have the time to stitch out a some large monograms on ultra suede to make some new throw pillows and to try out the new buttonhole designs.  That will have to wait for another day.

Conclusion

I am extremely pleased with the new Ellisimo Upgrade IV. The functionality of the multi-control foot pedal is great. I like the hands free operation. And, the laser light for needle drop down position makes it so easy to properly position embroidery designs where you are doing the first design or adding another design to an existing project.  The new fonts are ready and waiting for my next embroidery project.

Ellisimo Special Event

Hi everyone,  on Monday and Tuesday, May 6 & 7 we are hosting an Ellisimo Event at Humble Sewing Center. I apologize for the late announcement, but it is something that we just decided to offer, especially since we have so many new Ellisimo owners. We needed to offer the event before Mother’s Day because so many of us have busy lives between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. It is the time of year for graduations, weddings, family reunions, end of school year activities, etc.

If you have an Ellisimo you are invited to attend this special event. Please call the store on Monday morning at 281-446-1818 to let us know you will be attending. We would like to have enough workspace setup for each of you.

Do you have an Ellisimo? If so, you don’s miss this event. All Ellisimo owners are invited to attend. You must bring your own machine.  This is your opportunity to learn even more about your machine.

Don’t own an Ellisimo. No problem, we have a limited number of seats available for those interested in an Ellisimo.  Call to store to register. The project is not exactly like the one pictured below, but it will be similar.

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What you will learn…

  • Learn how to use the on screen designer. (Ellisimo Gold have On Screen Designer, Ellisimo owners the optional Upgrade II.
  • Learn how to resize embroidery designs on your machine.
  • Learn how to use the color visualizer to change color selections automatically to different color palettes.
  • Using Embroidery Edit, design the front of a throw pillow.
  • Learn how to construct the front of your pillow using decorative stitches to enhance the seams.
  • Learn how to precisely position your embroidery.
  • Learn how to scan the fabric to position other embroidery designs.
  • Learn how to embellish your project with bobbin work.
  • Learn how embroidery software can make the embroidery design part of the project faster and easier.

Supply List

  • 1  – 18 1/2″ x 18 1/2″ fabric
  • 1  – 6 1/2″ x 10 1/2″  fabric
  • 3 –  6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ fabric
  • Variety of Embroidery thread to coordinate with fabric
  • Sewing Thread to coordinate with fabric
  • Ellisimo
  • Embroidery Unit
  • 8×8″ hoop
  • 8×12″ hoop
  • Scissors, sewing machine needles, bobbins, pins, ruler, marking pen, rotary cutter.
  • Tearaway Stabilizer
  • Positioning stickers.
  • Embroidery Foot “W”
  • Sewing Foot “J”
  • Decorative Stitch foot “N”
  • Overcast Foot “G”
  • Screw Driver for changing foot and/or needle
  • Bring your lunch for Tuesday or go out.
  • Bring any snacks that you want during the day.

Lunch Break on Tuesday from 12-1:30 (no lunch provided)

I look forward to seeing many of our Ellisimo Owners on Monday and Tuesday.

Have a great sewing day,

Marje

TruStitch Regulator from Babylock.

ImageYou can now add a stitch regulator to your Babylock sewing machine. Yes, that is right, a stitch regulator for your Babylock Ellisimo, Unity, Crescendo, Ellegante, Ellageo Plus, Esante or Symphony. WOW!  This weekend, Feb 1-4, 2013 you can buy a TruStitch Regulator with 24 months 0% financing for qualified buyers at Humble Sewing Center. We have them in stock and ready to go. If you don’t have a Babylock, then you add the machine of your choice to your purchase and start free motion quilting today. 

Imagine Free motion quilting with stitch regulation. I am doing just that. I now have my TruStitch Regulator setup on my Ellisimo.  All I need is a little practice and I will be ready to tackle my first quilt with free motion quilting using the TruStitch Regulator. 

As soon as I finish, I will post a photo of my first ever quilt using free motion quilting. I have always loved the look but have never been able to master the technique. With a stitch regulator and some patience on my part, I am sure that I will be create a beautiful quilt.

Until next time, happy quilting,

Marje