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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

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.

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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…

Who Won that Free book from the Blog Tour?

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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

Round Pillows and Reverse Applique at Girl’s Sew Club

We made some wonderful projects this month at our Girl’s Sew Club!

I like to select projects that will help the girls to learn new sewing techniques each time they come to class.

This month, they got to practice the art of sewing around curves while they made a round pillow.

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They also learned to embellish their custom pillows with a fun technique called “reverse applique”.  The girls were encouraged to write their initial on the pillow or to draw a simple shape like a heart.

They then sewed around their letter or their drawing.

After that, they cut away the first layer of fabric to reveal the “peek-a-boo” fabric that was hiding underneath.

To top it off, some of them were even willing to try their hand at sewing piping around their pillows as well!

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It was an evening of fun and lots of happy kids with some REALLY cute pillows!

Take a look to see what I mean:

Working Hard:

Stuffing Pillows!

Stuffing Pillows!

Sewing her pillow closed all by herself!

Sewing her pillow closed all by herself!

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The only thing cuter than that pillow is her beautiful smile!

I LOVE those happy colors!

Look closely and you’ll see that she added a star above her M.So creative!

Mothers & Daughters Make the Best Sewing Teams Ever!

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Group Photos:  Look what we MADE!!!

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Each one of the girls deserves a big applause!  Everyone, and I mean each and every one of them did such a great job at class tonight!

Mom’s, you are amazing!  Thanks again for bringing your daughters to this class and helping them with their pillows!

Looking forward to seeing you next time!

Fill in the form below if you would like to find out about attending our next girl’s club!

Blessings,

Jenny Gabriel alter ego:  StitchinJenny

Jenny Haskins Contest….

We at Humble Sewing Center needed to stitch out samples of the projects for the upcoming Jenny Haskins event. (It’s not too late, there are a few seats left! Call the store to register! 281-446-1818)

We were encouraged to personalize our samples and we’d like to see who’s projects get the most votes…..  So, we are posting a few of them here.  You can comment below to let us know what you think!

Brooches & Hair Accessories

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Flower A

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Flower B

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Flower C

TerryG

Flower D

Toilet Paper Holders

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TP Roll A

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TP Roll B

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TP Roll C

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TP Roll D

Ipad Covers

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Ipad A

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Ipad B

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Ipad C

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Ipad D

Lots of Fun at Girls’ Sew Club Feb. 2014

As you who already visit our blog may know, I offer a monthly sew club for girls and their moms/mentors at Humble Sewing Center.

If you are interested in joining in on the fun, Click our calendar for more details.

I must say, this month’s club was the one of the best so far!  We had a BLAST making some amazing Bone Neck Pillows.  What’s a Bone Neck Pillow you ask?  Well, check out these pictures and see for yourself!

NOTE:   COMING SOON – a very abbreviated tutorial for those who attended the class and want a few reminders so they can make MORE Bone Neck Pillows and be superstars when they sell them or give them as gifts!

Precious MOTHER/Daughter TIME:

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Super MOM!
Super MOM!

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Learning a Life Skill and LOVING it!

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Sweet Little Smile and  a finished Bone Neck Pillow!

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Thank you, thank you, thank you to all the mom’s who stayed and helped with sewing!  You made the night a complete success!

I’m looking forward to seeing you all soon!

I’ll be posting a supply list for March Sew Club ASAP.  I hope to see you there!

Note:  Please remember to contact me and let me know if you plan to attend the next club.

Thanks for visiting!

Jenny Gabriel alter ego:  StitchinJenny

Preview Projects for the Jenny Haskins Tour!

It’s time to sign up for the

Jenny Haskins Touch of Magic Tour

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Exciting Two Day Event

Date: March 21 & 22, 2014

(Friday & Saturday)

Time:  9-5 PM

Fee $99

Location:   Humble Sewing Center

Check out what you will be making!

 

Magin in Bloom 3-D Flower

Magic in Bloom
3-D Flower

Tissue Roll Holder

Tissue Roll Holder

 

Sachet

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Reverse Applique Quilting in the Hoop

Reverse Applique Quilting in the Hoop

 

Monogram Gift Bag

Monogram Gift Bag

 

Double Quilting in the Hoop

Double Quilting in the Hoop

 

iPad Cover

iPad Cover

 

See you soon!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Border Event

Saturday, Jan 19 from 1-3 PM

Saturday, January 19 from 1-3 PM

Fee $15

Do you have an Ellisimo? Do you have the upgrade III? Do you know how to match your border with multiple hooping? You will learn how to all of the above at the Ellisimo border event.

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All Ellisimo owners are invited to attend. You must bring your own machine.

Don’t own an Ellisimo. No problem, we have a limited number of seats available for those interested in an Ellisimo. If you don’t have upgrade III, come to learn just how easy it is to create borders with the Ellisimo Upgrade III.

Ellisimo Gold & Ellisimo Continuous Border Hoop Embroidery Upgrade III

The Ellisimo and Ellisimo Gold have innovative embroidery features to help nurture your creativity, and with the Ellisimo Gold Continuous Border Frame Upgrade III, you can really get the most out of them. With this upgrade, you can easily add beautiful borders to any project.

The upgrade comes with the large 300mm x 100mm (12″ x 4″) Continuous Border Frame for less re-hooping. It also comes with 10 new, exclusive border designs to get you started. Effortlessly create elegant, unique border designs by working with the NeedleCam Digital Camera and the Enhanced Border Design Capability.

Explore your creative side and take advantage of the embroidery features on your Ellisimo and Ellisimo Gold with the Ellisimo Gold Continuous Border Frame Upgrade III.

Supply List

  • Pillow case or Sheet
  • T Bobbins earaway Stabilizer
  • Embroidery Thread
  • Pre Wound
  • Ellisimo with Upgrade III installed
  • Embroidery Unit
  • Embroidery Foot
  • Power Cord
  • Border Hoop 4″ x 12″

Notions:

  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pins
  • Embroidery Needle, size 75/11

If you have an embroidery design that you prefer to use, please bring it on a flash drive for your machine.

What’s New at Humble Sewing Center

Happy New Year to all of our blog readers! This is the time of the year when we reflect on the past year, with resolutions and plans. My plan is to keep our blog alive and well. To add more seminars, events, and classes of interest to our customers. With so many requests for Saturday classes, we have added them to our calendar.

Starting this month, you will see a regular schedule of Saturday classes. If you have suggestions or requests, please let us know. We will take all requests or suggestions into consideration when planning the schedule. And, if possible do our best to accommodate those requests.

Upcoming Events
Masterworks Jan.8
Business Seminar Jan.12
Bling Seminar Jan.12
Artistic Sewing Suite Jan 15
Embroidery Club Jan.19
Ellisimo Border Event Jan.19
Florinai TCP Jan.22
Jelly Roll Quilt Feb 2 & 9

And, you will see regular posts on our blog. I will be adding tips and techniques, tutorials, information on new products, videos. Stay tuned. We are back online.

More information about the Upcoming Events is on our website at http://www.sewvacoutlet.com

Have a Very Happy 2013. Happy Sewing, Quilting, and Embroidering!

Marje