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Adventure in Quilting Event

sunflowerA few seats are still available. Register online.

Dates: Friday, Sept 11 or  Saturday, Sept 12
Time:  9:30 – 4:30 PM
Fee $10  (Includes “lite lunch”)
Instructor: Babylock Educator

During this event, you will experience Free Motion Quilting on the Babylock Tiara II and using the Destiny to Quilt with Embroidery.

“thinking outside the box in Quilting”

Techniques you will learn during the event.fence

  • couching
  • using rulers
  • thread painting
  • working with yarn
  • free motion
  • applique
  • piecing
  • quilting as you go
  • IQ designer
  • circular attachment
  • twin & triple needle
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National Serger Month

National-Serger-Month-2015-Badge-300x260Did you know that April is National Serger Month?  Sewers have National Sewing Month in September, National Embroidery Month in February, and National Quilting Month in March, and until recently there was no month dedicated to serging! Perhaps it’s because many people still believe sergers are only used for finishing edges and creating seams, or maybe people are so afraid of using their serger that they couldn’t possibly begin to celebrate for an entire month.

Baby lock has the best sergers on the market today. With easy air threading and NO tension knobs, baby lock makes using a serOvation-ExtraordinAirger fun, and not scary. No more worries about what to do when you thread breaks. You can just rethread. It is that easy.

There’s no better time than National Serger Month to bring home a serger. See all special offers available through April 30, 2015.  Learn More

Looking for serger inspiration? Baby lock put together a free e-book with 11 new projects. Check it out!

Do you need some additional help with your baby lock serger? Then check out the resources available for Serger 101 at the National Serger Month website.

If you don’t have a baby lock serger, don’t wait any longer. April is the best month to buy that new baby lock serger.

Contact the staff at Sew Vac Outlet (Humble Sewing Center) for a demo on a baby lock serger. Call 281-446-1818 or email any questions that you have to hsc77338@yahoo.com.

Happy Serging!

Crafts & Embroidery

On March 28, I am doing a seminar at Humble Sewing Center (Sew Vac Outlet) on Crafts and Embroidery. I’ve spent the last couple of weeks creating samples for the seminar, using Designers Gallery Embroidery Works, Floriani TCU, and Artistic Simple Cut software. For more information about the seminar or to register, visit www.sewvacoutlet.com.

MardiGrasI’ve embroidered shirts, created banners, cut and pressed glitter heat transfer on t-shirts, and added rhinestones for some added bling. All of the projects started with appliqué embroidery designs, which I purchased from Planet Appliqué or digitized myself. I even created a vinyl design for our motorhome using the same process.

About three years ago, I fell in love with adding rhinestones to t-shirts. At that time, Janome BrithdayShirtintroduced the Artistic Creative Products which includes Artistic Simple Cut (formerly known as Artistic Crystal). The Artistic SimpleCut software does exactly what it’s name suggests: makes cutting simple! When you hook up Artistic SimpleCut to your Digital Cutter, your possibilities are endless. You have the ability to create shapes, motifs and designs in the software and cut it out of virtually any material. You can cut fabric for appliqué, templates for crystal designs, vinyl to adhere to shirts, glassware, walls or mirrors, magnets for your car or fridge, paper for any scrapbooking or paper crafting projects. Be prepared to find yourself experimenting with new techniques, materials and designs in no time!  The Artistic Simple Cut software connects directly to some digital cutters, such as the Zing, Silhouette Cameo, and others.

birthdayRecently Designers Gallery Software introduced a new feature of Embroidery Works which works with most digital cutters. The appliqué part of an embroidery design can be saved in a format used by most digital cutters on the market, making it easy to use the shape of the appliqué to cut fabric for the embroidery process or to cut heat transfer material, vinyl, or card stock. Embroidery Works is one of the few embroidery software packages that is MAC compatible. I am a MAC user so this is particularly appealing to me. With Embroidery Works, appliqué embroidery designs and Silhouette Studio, I can make many different projects using my Silhouette Cameo. Em
broidery Works was used to create the spiral text on the t-shirt.Graduation 2015

In addition, Floriani TCU, now save artwork in .svg format which can be opened by the Silhouette Studio or Artistic Simple Cut.

So by now, you are probably wondering what I have created. I took some ideas from Designers Gallery and created some different projects. I purchased some appliqué embroidery designs from Planet Appliqué and created a few of my own with Mardi GraLivinTheDreams, Birthday, and Graduation themes. I made banners, shirts, masks, and goodie bags. I also created vinyl design for our RV. I used a picture of our RV and digitized an appliqué embroidery design.

Happy Embroidering and Crafting!

Marje

Fantastic Embroidered Lettering with Font Works

FontWorksLettering is essential to every embroiderer’s library, and wouldn’t you love more fonts. I found a great lettering program that is affordable, Designer’s Gallery Font Works MSRP $299. FontWorks comes with 135 built-in fonts. It lets you choose the perfect font for every project, and your lettering options don’t stop there. With FontWorks, you can import and use TrueType Fonts as embroidery fonts, too. The possibilities are endless.

puppyArrange your text to fit your project. Easily add text to any embroidery designs in your collection. Font Works will quickly become your go-to software for everything fonts.

Your text can be horizontal, circular, monogram, vertical, on a path, or in stairs. With the built in browser, you can easily search your embroidery design collection and then, add text to design. Shown are samples of circular text, text on a path and vertical text with an embroidery design from my collection.

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When you use the software save the design in the working file format as well as the stitch file format that you need for your embroidery machine such as pes, exp, jef, vp3 and more. The software can be used with any brand of embroidery machine.

In addition, there is a feature to add a list of names for a design. Adding names to jerseys or creating projects for an entire classroom? Quickly lay them out with Word Drop and save all of your font designs at once. When you save the design, one design is created for each name making the layout exactly the same for all names and saving so much time.

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The software is easy to use so even a beginner can use it. And, the best part, there are projects on the Designs Gallery Software Blog that you can download. The projects are designed to help you learn the software and to give you some creative ideas.

If you don’t have any embroidery software and you are getting tired of the same limited fonts on your embroidery machine, then head to Humble Sewing Center or your local baby lock dealer to purchase Font Works. You will be happy that you did. Imagine 135 fonts to choose from instead of just a few. And designing on a computer is so much easier then editing on your embroidery machine. Plus save the working file so that you can easily change the text for another project.

Quilters will love the ability to create custom quilt labels. You can create a template and then just change the details. How easy is that?

If you liked this post, let us know. If you would like some information on another topic, comment on this post and I’ll see what I can do to address your request.

Happy Stitching!

Marje

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Monthly Embroidery Club!

I LOVE my JOB!!!

I work at Humble Sewing Center where I get to spend every day with a great team of co-workers while being surrounded by a store full of amazing machines.

Once a month I get to teach Machine Embroidery Club to a growing number of wonderful embroidery students/enthusiasts.  It is very rewarding to see their smiles of satisfaction with their completed projects.

Well, this month we made In-the- hoop Coasters.  I created the design using a combination of software from Designers Gallery.  Anyway, I didn’t take a photo of their happy smiles this time, but I did get  some pictures of their Coasters..

Of course some of the ladies enjoy tweaking their projects a bit and you’ll notice that a few of them substituted a monogram in their coaster.

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Didn’t they do a great job?  Wouldn’t these make nice hostess gifts?  Hmmmm?

If you think you’d like to try some new things with your embroidery machine, you should really come to this class next time around.  Take a look at our calendar for details about what’s coming.

Hope to see you soon!

Jenny Gabriel alter ego:  StitchinJenny