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I am so Excited… About Babylock Tech.

I am in St. Louis at Baby lock Tech. It is the time when Baby lock introduces their new products. And, this year the new products are really exciting.

The Ellisimo is still the top of the line sewing and embroidery machine with a new product that will really excite the quilters. A Tru-Stitch stitch regulator is on the way. We expect to receive it in December and are taking pre-orders now. Stop by Humble sewing Center for more details. So many customers ask about a stitch regulator and, now, finally we can answer “YES”. There is no better time to buy a Baby lock Ellisimio. We are offering a fantastic fall promotion, as well.

I will add pictures when I get home. Watch for the updates.

Happy Stitching,

Bling, Bling, and more Bling!

Do you like crystal designs on t-shirts, totes, or on pants? It seems that bling is everywhere. Some crystals can make a plan t-shirt look like a designer t-shirt. And, it is EASY… You can put the crystal wand in the closet; you won’t need it anyone with the Artistic Crystal Software and Cameo Silhouette cutter. Create a crystal design from a clipart, add crystals to an embroidery design, or use your fonts to create designs with team names, bridal party accessories, birthday t-shirts. You are limited only by your imagination.

The Artistic Crystal System is on display at Humble Sewing Center. Stop by the store to see a demo and some samples that we have created.  Check out the shirts that I did this weekend.

To create the crystal cross template:

  1. Draw a cross on paper and scan it.
  2. Open the Artistic Crystal software with the image as a backdrop
  3. Using your mouse, place the crystals around the cross in the desired pattern.
  4. Save the design.
  5. Turn on the Cameo Silhouette and load the template material.
  6. Export it to the Cameo Silhouette and cut.
  7. When the cutting is complete, unload the template material and pull it off the mat.
  8. Place the template on the backing board.
  9. Place the template in a tray and pour crystals on top of it.
  10. Using a trim and touch up pad from the starter kit, move the crystals on the template in a back and forth motion. The crystals will fall into the holes.
  11. Turn any upside down crystals over with the silhouette tools included with the cutter.
  12. Cut a piece of transfer tape to the size of the template. Separate the sticky top from the bottom.
  13. Place the clear tape on top of the template. Press it with your fingers so the crystal stick to the transfer tape.
  14. Pull the transfer tape off of the template and place the bottom on it.
  15. When ready to iron on the transfer, pull the bottom off of the transfer tape.
  16. Place the crystals on the t-shirt in the proper position.
  17. Place a pressing cloth on top of the transfer tape, hold a hot, dry iron on top. Hold in place for 30-40 seconds. Remove iron and pressing cloth. Lift transfer tape carefully. It will be hot. If crystals do not stay on the shirt, replace pressing cloth and iron. Hold in place a little longer.
  18. Lift transfer tape. Crystals should remain on shirt. Place the pressing cloth on top again and hold the iron for 10-15 seconds for one last shot of heat to secure the crystals.

You are finished. Save the template. You can use it whenever you want to use that design. You reuse the transfer tape as long as it remains sticky.

Michelle’s Designs at Sew Vac Outlet (Humble Sewing Center)

Michelle's Designs

Michelle Griffith is coming to Humble, Texas.

In case, you don’t know who Michelle is you can check out her “simple & elegant” designs and patterns at Michelle is creating a new design collection which she will introduce at out event on June 1 & 2.

Michelle's Designs New Collection

Michelle will host a Trunk Show showing samples of her designs and she will also teach a class in which you will make a beautiful embroidered small personal tote with a design from her new collection.

In addition, to Michelle, there will be 2 national Baby Lock educators at the event. Margaret Tully will guide you through a fantastic serger project. You will be surprised what you can do with a Baby Lock serger.

You will also be introduced to the Embroidery Works software from Designer’s Gallery. This software makes it  E A S Y  to combine and edit embroidery designs.

Humble Sewing Center will provide the machines and the kits to make the projects. All you need to bring are your basic sewing supplies, a SMILE, and a desire to LEARN a new tip or technique.  Registration is limited to 60 attendees for the full two day event. Check out the details or register at

I hope to see you at the event.

Have a happy sewing/embroidery or quilting day,


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

Sewing with my Daughter part 2

Today, my daughter finished up making her “Ugly Doll” that she named, “Alex”.   She had me help with sewing on his eyes, but other than that, she did it all herself! I’m so proud of her!!!

Way to go Mar!  I want one, too!

McCall's 5826


It's true love!

I’m teaching sewing classes all day tomorrow from my in-home studio so, it looks like I’ll be able to post Part 3 of the T-Shirt Quilt on Sunday afternoon or early Monday.

See you soon!

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:

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

Introducing our 1st Quarterly “Sew Along”

Hi Ladies!

I don’t know about you but, sometimes, I just need a little fire under my rear to get me going….

So, I thought it would be fun to offer a quarterly SEW ALONG for the followers of this blog.

What is a Sew Along?

I’ve been researching this, and honestly, it seems that a “sew along” is an extended tutorial for one particular project.  That way, if I want to take you from start to finish on fitting, altering, and constructing something more extensive like a garment, I can break it down into several manageable posts.

These posts can be published daily or weekly and will include help with each step of the project and can include tutorials for the variations and options for a particular skill, etc.

Participating in a Sew Along is kind of neat because you are “sewing along” on the same project, at the same time as your fellow blog friends possibly from all over the world AND at the end, we get to post our pictures of what we made!  It’s a shared experience and a good way to try new things and connect with others who love what you love, too!

The quarterly Sew Alongs will be posted in addition to the tips and tutorials etc. that you can find here.


Well, since one of my goals is to keep you happy and informed, our very first SEW ALONG project is going to be the one that gets the most votes from you!

So, here is a list of suggested sew alongs.  Vote by sharing a comment at the end of this blog post.  You could help me out by saying which one would be your 1st, 2nd, and third choice and even a “not interested” choice is ok, too.

If I’ve totally missed it, and you have some Sew Along suggestions, you can share those here as well.

I’ll post the winning sew along on Feb. 3rd.  That announcement will also include our official “Start Date”!

T-Shirt Quilt

Classic Pencil Skirt

Make this Simplicity skirt Pattern #2906, View B and learn to sew darts & your choice of a lapped zipper -or- an invisible zipper!

PJ Ensemble 

 Over a series of posts, we’d be making the refashioned t-shirt, altering/modifying the pj pants, and going step by step to make the slippers.  This could be in child sizes or adult sizes.  I used Simplicity patterns:  2278 for the slippers & 2503 for the pants.

Amy Butler Hooded Rain Coat

Child Size

Adult Size

These links are to Amazon.  If they are out of stock, you’d just need to google to find where else to order them.

Well, I’m looking forward to hearing from you soon!

Have a beautiful day!

Let’s get Sewing!

Jenny Gabriel – alter ego:  StitchinJenny

Two Great Classes Coming Up This Saturday….

Back by popular demand:  Machine Embroidery Seminar 10am-2pm & Serger 101 3pm-5:30pm!

Join Marje Agostini @ Humble Sewing Center this Saturday to learn what it takes to launch and run your very own Machine Embroidery Business!

I have attended this seminar myself and found it very informative and helpful.  There are still a few seats available so it’s not too late to sign up.  See below for more details:

Start Your Own Embroidery Business Seminar

w/ Machine Embroidery & Digitizing Expert:  Marje Agostini

Saturday, January 28th from 10am – 2pm

Fee:  $20   Click to Register

You will  learn:

  • What you need to start your Business
  • How to plan a Business Strategy
  • What your equipment options are
  • How to plan the Sales process
  • How to plan the Production process
  • Wholesale sourcing Options
  • How to price your product
  • What you need to know about Copyright Laws
  • Digitizing considerations and options
  • How to sell online
  • Do you need a website?
  • and more
Serger 101 with StitchinJenny Gabriel:

Supply List: Your serger in good working condition. (Unfortunately no refunds will be given if your machine breaks down during class.) Scotch tape, pen, 4 cones regular serger thread, 1 spool of poly yarn or wooly nylon serger thread, scissors, all of the accessories and if possible the manual for your machine.

You Will Learn:

  • Threading a Serger:  Tips & Shortcuts
  • Serger Tension How-To’s
  • Serger Maintenance Tips
  • Setting Up & Tips/Tricks for 4-thread, 3-thread, and 2-thread serging
  • Using Differential feed – when, why, & how…
  • Rolled Hemming & Lettuce Edge Rolled Hemming
  • Serging Continuous Corners
  • Flat-Lock Serging
  • Using Decorative Threads
  • And More, More, MORE!

To Register, please visit SewVac Outlet to pay in person during regular store hours -or- Click to Register

Thanks for reading!

I hope to see you soon!

Let’s get sewing!

Jenny Gabriel – alter ego:  StitchinJenny

We Love Nancy and Nancy Loves Us!

One of the bloggers that I follow is my sewing mentor from afar:  Nancy Zieman

The other day, I found out about a “Tablet Keeper Blog Tour” that she is doing during the month of January.  This is what I read:

“Twenty bloggers have been selected to participate in this fun and creative Blog Tour. Clover sent each blogger a Tablet Keeper template set, plus all the findings (shaperscreate-a-straphardware, stabilizer, etc.) For 20 days in January, a different guest blogger will showcase their Tablet Keeper creation. With the impressive lineup of bloggers, I know the creative options will be noteworthy!”

Day Dreaming Leads to Action

As I scrolled down the list of featured participants, I found myself wishing that I could someday have my name included in this list of Nancy’s go-to bloggers.  With a little encouragement from a friend, I decided to go ahead and write a short note to Nancy.

Dear Nancy:

I started the note by mentioning that I had met her back in April of 2011 at the Love of Sewing event that SewVac hosted.  No, I didn’t send her the photo!

Knowing that she’s a very busy person, I tried to keep it really short and get to the point.

In a nutshell, I let her know about my contributions to this blog and how I often feature clips from her video demos here….

And then I mentioned that I’d love to participate the next time she does a blog tour.  There!  I officially tossed my “hat into the ring”.

Yours Truly, Jenny Gabriel – alter ego:  StitchinJenny

Didn’t really think anything would ever come of it but….

Today I received an email from Deanna Springer, a member of Nancy’s amazing team of ladies that help her do what she does.

Nancy read my note!  She’s excited to hear about our blog and has invited me to participate in the blog tour that is happening right now!  After a short phone conversation with Deanna, all the details are set and our magical date is January 18th!  That is the day that I will be showcasing my efforts in making one of the sizes of the Tablet Keeper.  Yay!

My creative juices are already warming up.  I can’t wait to make this!

Wanna make one with me?  Nancy has a great online tutorial with instructions and details.

You should be able to get your supplies at Humble Sewing Center soon, or online via: Nancy’s Notions

Send me pictures of your projects so I can post them on the 18th!  We’re all in this together!  Contact Jenny

Need some inspiration?  Here’s a link to a free project sheet of some variations of Tablet Keepers

Let’s Get Sewing!

Jenny Gabriel – alter ego:  StitchinJenny