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Heirloom Embroidery Techniques: Sew Easy!

By Hope Yoder
Heirloom EmbroideryMost women are drawn to the romance of lace, ruffles and vintage reproductions so it’s a natural transition to translate traditional sewing techniques to new and exciting in-the-hoop techniques. Heirloom sewing is needlework that imitates the look of French hand-sewing styles created by women in the late 1800s and early 1900s. While traditionally made on a machine, (though it can still be done by hand such as with beads and ribbon embroidery) it can now be recreated with the embroidery units on home-based embroidery machines. Let's get started with our step-by-step tutorial! Read more »

Time for a Special Storybook

By Marjorie Busby
Machine Embroidery StorybookFabric books are quick and easy to make and are a wonderful children’s gift. Children love these books beginning as early as they can sit and all the way through the early elementary grades. In addition, this is a great way to use up embroidery designs that have been stitched as samples before starting a project or those that were leftover when a prior project was finished. Here’s a project that I made using samples of animal embroidery, photos on fabric, and novelty fabrics. Read more »

Free Pattern Friday: Crochet, Quilting, Sewing & More

By Craftsy
Free Crochet PatternHappy Friday! Let's celebrate with a new roundup of free patterns created by the best independent designers from around the world! From a cute crochet owl hat, to chic cozy, to a sunshine block and more, download the free patterns you like today. Read more »

Re-Embroidered Lace: The Vintage Look For Today

By Hope Yoder
Re-Embroidered LaceMachine embroidered appliqué is a very hot topic in today’s embroidery world. So this week lets look at some new ideas for lending a vintage feel to a traditional appliqué design you would normally use with printed cotton fabric. Read more »

Pick a Pretty Pocket: Machine Embroidery

By Marjorie Busby
Machine Embroidery PocketsWith machine embroidery I have found that adding a pocket is as easy as turning on my embroidery machine. And these are not just plain pockets or a one size fits all pocket. Machine embroidery pockets come in all kinds and sizes and can be added to almost anything. Read more »

Free Pattern Friday: Machine Embroidery, Knitting & More

By Craftsy
Free Crochet PatternCelebrate the weekend with a fresh roundup of free patterns created by the best independent designers from around the world. From an adorable baby dress and dapper boys pants, to comfy socks, stylish earrings and more, download the free patterns you like now. Read more »

Creating In the Hoop Trapunto Blocks

By Hope Yoder
In the Hoop Trapunto BlocksWith today's awesome technology, it is now possible to create an In the Hoop (ITH) trapunto technique using a little know-how, special supplies, and an embroidery software program. Enjoy a step-by-step tutorial that will teach how to do just that! Read more »

In The Hoop Freestanding Name Tags Tutorial

By Hope Yoder
Embroidery In-the-Hoop Name TagsToday let’s talk about the traditional ITH designs that are uniquely digitized to create freestanding tags or name badges for backpacks, lunch boxes, hanging from a lanyard, luggage, sewing machine cases, computer cases, and more. Enjoy a step-by-step tutorial here! Read more »