Category Archives: Gift-Aways

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

Prize Drawing Winner & T-Shirt Quilt News

Hi!  Hello! Howdy!

2 quick things:

First things First:  I just drew the winner’s name for the  Applique Heart Monogram Alphabet

Our winner is:

World’s Greatest Grandmother – Helen Alexander!!!!

Helen, Your designs will be emailed to you shortly!

Now, for those of you who keep track, Helen Taylor won the last give-away.  This is not the same Helen!  (And even if it were, you’d just have to trust me, ‘cuz I don’t peek!)

Second things Second:  Many of you recently voted for the T-shirt Quilt to be our first sew along.  So far, I have posted up to step 3.   I just wanted to check in with you to see who is actually ready for step 4?

With this question, I do not mean:  “Who is interested in reading step 4?”

I mean, “Who is waiting on me to get busy and post step 4 already because you’ve got a T-Shirt Quilt to finish?!”

Please let me know by posting a comment here.

Thanks for reading!

Jenny Gabriel – alter ego:  StitchinJenny

Gift Give-Away!

It’s time for another gift give-away here at the SewVac Outlet Blog!

What is it?!  What is it?!

Master Digitizer, Marje Agostini, is sponsoring this gift give-away by donating her complete Applique Heart Monogram Alphabet to one of YOU, our blog readers!  This is an alphabet design collection that she has for sale in her Etsy shop:  Marje’s Embroidery Designs Boutique.

To enter the contest to win this awesome embroidery collection, all you have to do to is leave a comment on this post!  Please be sure to let us know what design format you will need or if you are not sure, please let us know the make/model of your embroidery machine.

On March 2nd, we will have a drawing  to select a random winner who will be notified by email.  It could easily be you, so be sure to leave a comment here!

Thanks for reading!

Let’s Get Sewing!

Jenny Gabriel – alter ego:  StitchinJenny

Free Embroidery Design: I Love 2 Sew

Aaaah, “What soft!  In yonder meadow brings…..”

‘Tis the season of Love!

So, I spent some time using my handy dandy Monogram Works software to create a simple message with an applique heart.

You can have it as a gift from sweet lil’ ole’ me.  (not sure about the spelling there…)

Here it is!

The above image is missing the fabric that should go in the heart, but you can add that to yours when you stitch it out.

This is a 5×7 design.  Sorry to all of my 4×4 friends!  (I’ll try to share a 4×4 design soon!)

5x7 Hoop

If you’d like me to send you this free design via email, please post a comment letting me know what format you need (if you’re not sure, just tell me what make/model of embroidery machine you own.  You can also send me a note via my website:  StitchinJenny.com

I’ve also shared this design on my StitchinJenny Yahoo Group.  Just visit the group and click to join.  Once you’ve joined this free group, the design will automatically be sent to your inbox!

That’s all for now!

Jenny Gabriel – alter ego:  StitchinJenny

We have our Winner for Wallet Design Pack!

Sample Wallet Laying Flat

Inside View of Sample Wallet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AND the WINNER IS:  Helen Taylor

Congratulations Helen!!!!!

You can pick up this design package at Humble Sewing Center at your convenience or email me your mailing address and I’ll send it to you.  Click here to contact me:  StitchinJenny Contact Link

That’s all 4 now!

Let’s get Sewing!

Jenny Gabriel – alter ego:  StitchinJenny

Gift Give-Away #2: In the Hoop Wallet Design Pack!

Hi Ladies and any Crafty Gents who may be reading!

Everybody’s Koozies and Key Fobs are ready and will be available for pick up as of 3pm, Dec. 7th, at Humble Sewing Center. Click this picture for more details and to see the winner’s list:

Everybody's koozies & key fobs are Ready!!! Click here for pick-up details.

Read on to Check out our next Gift Give-Away!

This month, Humble Sewing Center is giving away a design pack for this In-the-Hoop Credit Card Wallet created by our very own, Marje Agostini.  This project is made entirely in the embroidery hoop.  No sewing machine required!  (Wallet requires a 5×7 hoop.)

Package includes 27 wallet designs with Curlz letters A-Z and a blank wallet for adding your own monogram or other design.  Design CD has designs in all formats and also PDF instructions to make your project/projects.

I have this design set.  In fact, it was my very first in-the-hoop project ever and I really enjoyed making it.

I also made one for my uncle who LOVES to play golf.  So, I added a golf theme to the blank wallet and used my Janome, Jr. Digitizer software to print out my template to preview.  I stitched it out and gave it to him.  He was so impressed and thankful to have such a one of a kind gift.

Design Template for customized in-the-hoop wallet

Here are a few more pictures of a sample wallet:

Here is the wallet unfolded and laying flat.

Here is an inside view of the wallet. Perfect for holding credit or debit cards etc.

Ok!  So how do you win this awesome prize???

#1 Please make sure you are registered to follow this blog via email.  Only registered followers are eligible to win.  There is a link to register on the right hand side menu bar.

#2 Write a comment on this blog post letting us know that you want to be entered for this prize drawing.

#3 On Dec. 16th we will have a random drawing for all names entered.  If you are the winner, we will contact you via email.

#4 It’s that easy!  Good luck!

Thanks for reading!

Let’s Get Sewing!

Jenny Gabriel – alter ego:  StitchinJenny

Contest Update! We have our Winners!!!

Contest Update:

At last!  I have completed ALL of the key fobs and koozies!!!

As of 3pm on Wednesday, Dec. 7th, these items will be available for pick-up at Humble Sewing Center/Sew Vac Outlet.  Store hours:  Mon.-Sat.  9:30-5:30pm.  Address is:  19333 HWY 59, Suite 105, Humble, TX, 77338

If you won, and you live way out in Timbucktu (real place in Africa by the way), you can email me your mailing address & I’ll ship it to you instead of having you come pick it up at HSC.  Click here to email your address to me:  Contact Jenny

Thanks for participating in our very first gift-away!

Did you miss out on this contest?  No worries!  Just sign up to follow our blog via email and you’ll be among the first to know when we launch our NEXT gift-away.  (New contest coming soon!)

Winner’s List:

  1. Tina Tran – key fob – “Tina” in blue
  2. Liz Taylor – key fob – “Liz” in green
  3. Kathy Pigg – key fob – “Maw”
  4. Terri Sexton – koozie – “T”
  5. Sandy Wilkinson – key fob “Sandy”
  6. Patty Holmes – key fob “Patty”
  7. Rosalind Dunagan – key fob “Ros”
  8. Pat Ferr – blank key fob kit “girly colors”
  9. Joyce James – key fob – “Joyce” in red
  10. Alice Anjo – key fob – “Alice”
  11. Ann Mazoch – key fob – “Ann” in blue
  12. Lee Sweeney – key fob – “Lee” in lime green
  13. Melanie Leach – key fob – “Dillan” boy colors
  14. Janetta – key fob – “Janetta” red or blue
  15. Stacie Davis – key fob- “Stacie”
  16. Carrie Meeker -key fob- “Carrie” in pink
  17. Holly Bard – key fob- “Chris” in green
  18. Evonne Cobb – key fob – “Evonne” in pink
  19. Mary Benniee – key fob – “MB”, in pink
  20. Gayle Coleman – koozie – “Gayle”, red
  21. Rose Poppwitz – key fob- “Glenn”
  22. Georgann Putnam – koozie – “G”
  23. Pamela Sugg – key fob – “Pam”
  24. Charlene Everitt – key fob – “Charlene”
  25. Liz Richardson – koozie – “L” in red or green

Let’s Get Sewing!

Jenny Gabriel – alter ego:  StitchinJenny

Machine Embroidery Tips for Perfect Applique

Sew Crafty Ladies!

The Sew Crafty Houston Ladies! Photo By: Laura Burlton

Ok!  I know I posted this picture just a few weeks ago, but I have a good reason!

#1 I’m really missing my time with these gals.

#2 Don’t we look great?

#3 I promised to talk about how I made this applique banner in a future post.

Remember?  Well,  we are presently in the FUTURE!

So, here is a “General” Tutorial for how I did this and also some great tips for making machine embroidered appliques!

Machine Embroidered Banners 101

  • Decide how wide your finished banner will be.
  • Decide how large your letters will need to be.
  • Select the appropriate font and size from your favorite embroidery designs collection.  (I purchased an applique font online and chose the 5×7 hoop sized letters for this project)
  • Using your embroidery software, print out a template of each letter in your banner.
  • Using see through tracing paper, make a triangle template that nicely frames your letters.  Mark center on this template.
  • Using Embroidery Machine:  Hoop a 10″x10″ or larger piece of background fabric and applique a letter to it.    (see applique tips) Make sure you place the letter carefully so that you’ll have enough room to cut out your triangle!
  • Un-hoop the fabric.  Press if desired.  Lay your triangle template on top of your fabric, centering the appliqued letter within the triangle.  Pin the template to the fabric and cut out the triangle using pinking shears.  (If you don’t have pinking shears, you could just use regular scissors and hem your triangle to prevent unraveling.)
  • Repeat for all the letters in your banner.
  • Sew your appliqued triangles to a ribbon (I used 1″ wide grossgrain) and make sure you leave long tails at each end so you can hang your banner.
  • Enjoy!

A blurry closeup of one of my letters!

Machine Embroidery Applique Tips:

Recommended Stabilizers:  Floriani Appli-Kay Wonder or SewVac Outlet’s Fuse ‘n Stick

These stabilizers are fusible on one side and sticky on the other.  This allows you to hold applique pieces in place while you stitch.  I love it because it prevents shifting and bubbling in my applique and my needle doesn’t get gummy!  An alternative to the stabilizers would be a temporary spray adhesive that you use to spritz the back of your applique before you place it on the fabric.  This works, but I find that the stabilizer gives me more consistent results.

Seven Steps to Perfect Appliques:

Step One:  Hoop the fabric that you will use for your applique letter.  You don’t need a stabilizer beneath it – unless you’re using stretchy fabric.

Step Two:  Stitch the outline of the design.  Un-hoop the fabric and press if needed.

Step Three:  Lay your fabric with the design outline wrong side up so that you are looking at the back of your design.  Lay a piece of the Fuse n’ Stick or Appli-Kay Wonder on the fabric with the fusible side touching the back of your design.  (The fusible side is the shiny side.)

Step Four:  Fuse the stabilizer piece to the wrong side of the decorative fabric using a medium to high temperature setting on your iron.  (No Steam).  Start at a med. temperature and slowly increase until you get a good fuse.  Hold the iron in place for at least 3 seconds and then flip the piece over and press again on the fabric side.

Step Five:  Once cooled, cut out the appliqué design using the trace lines/ stitched lines.

Step Six:  Peel back the protective sheet to expose the sticky surface. **It is very important to let the applique cool before removing the paper.

Step Seven:  Hoop your backround fabric (use a cutaway or tearaway stabilizer behind it!)  and stitch the design outline one more time.  Now, position the sticky appliqué piece over the design outline and finger press in to place. *Press on the appliqué side and the fabric side for maximum bonding. Finish by stitching out the rest of your embroidery design, changing thread colors as needed.

Gift Give-Away Contest Update:

We only need 2 more winners!!!  Click the link to enter to win and find out what you get!  Contest Link

Let’s Get Sewing!

Jenny Gabriel – alter ego:  StitchinJenny

Happy Thanksgiving!!! Our Contest isn’t over!!!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Our 1st Gift Give-Away Contest isn’t over!  Click the contest link here to read the winner’s list so far.  Please share the link with your friends or post on facebook so we can get to 25 winners before Christmas!

https://sewvacoutletblog.com/2011/11/20/you-just-won-a-prize/

What does Hockey have to do with Sewing? Not much, but…..

What does Hockey have to do with Sewing?  Not much, but….  I just found some cool Hockey fabric today.  This occurred when I went to High Fashion on a Fabric Field Trip with friend, student, and blogger – Stacie, of http://www.staciethinksshecan.com/.

Look!  This is a close-up of the fabric I found! I plan to use it in one of those embroidered mugs as a gift for my husband.

My husband plays goalie....

What else does Hockey have to do with Sewing?  Well, I used my Janome Digitizer Jr., a purchased applique font, and my Janome Giga Hoop to embroider his player number on the back of his jersey.  See?

Can you guess what his favorite number is?

And, if you really want to know the truth of why I feel compelled to talk about hockey on a sewing blog,  Sunday night was the play-off game for his Hockey league.  Guess who won the Championship?

(Team Name: Bad Company) My husband is the one wearing blue gloves. He's 6'6" and almost as tall as me when he's on his knees. Photo By: Cameron Hagen

This victory is a big deal.  He’s been competing and shooting for a championship for a few years now.  Way to go, Gabe!!!

And, now for an update about our on-going Gift-Away:

We still haven’t reached 25 winners!   Hurry up and follow the “steps to win” so you can be in the 1st 25!!!

Steps to Win:

  • If you’re not already following, register to follow this blog by clicking on the link in our side-bar.
  • Then, contact me through making a comment on this blog post
  •  Let me know which item you want to claim – the key fob or the koozie
  • Let me know what name or letter you’d like me to custom embroider on your item
  • -Or- let me know if you want to receive it as a blank.  (A blank is an item that is ready for you to embroider yourself. )

I bet you want to see what you get, right?

Well, I decided to give you a choice between the two items pictured here.

As we add to our list of winners, I'll get these stitched out and make an announcement when they are ready for pick-up at HSC.

Click the Contest Link to see the updated list of Winners!  

Let’s Get Sewing!

Jenny Gabriel – alter ego:  StitchinJenny