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14 Sep

Goodreads Giveaway: The Sewing Machine Embroiderer’s Bible by Liz Keegan

On Friday we warmed you up with a motif-style embroidery design for our Freebie Friday from The Sewing Machine Embroiderer’s Bible by Liz Keegan and today we’re back with the Goodreads Giveaway.

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Included in The Sewing Machine Embroiderer’s Bible are step-by-by step instructions showing how to create a wide variety of embroidery designs from heirloom, free standing, 3D, fancy lettering, trapunto, and everything in between, plus how to use and place your designs exactly where you want them on any project. “Idea Files” provide inspiration with close-up images of the designs used in a variety of ways. With expert advice about what to look for when buying a new machine and a troubleshooting section for solving common mistakes and problems, this guide will help you get the most of out of your modern sewing machine.

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Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Sewing Machine Embroiderer's Bible by Elizabeth Keegan

The Sewing Machine Embroiderer’s Bible

by Elizabeth Keegan

Giveaway ends September 18, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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12 Sep

Freebie Friday – The Sewing Machine Embroiderer’s Bible by Liz Keegan

The hardest part about beginning something new, something technical, is finding the right guidebook for it. The Sewing Machine Embroiderer’s Bible by Liz  Keegan is the perfect book for beginner (and experienced!) embroiderers. Today’s FREEBIE FRIDAY is a motif-style embroidery design, the ones most frequently used with embroidery machines.

 

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Motif-style embroidery design

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ELIZABETH KEEGAN launched, compiled, and edits Flair, the U.K.’s only machine embroidery magazine. She also teaches and lectures about machine embroidery. Elizabeth lives in the U.K.

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Here is all the help needed to get the most out of your sewing machine’s embroidery functions, including details about the types and formats of available designs, how to get these designs off the internet and onto your machine, how to stabilize your fabric, which threads and needles to use to get the best results, and of course how to use the patterns creatively for stunning results. It also provides guidance for making use of the built-in embroidery stitches that modern sewing machines offer, but which are mostly forgotten about and underused. The focus is non-brand specific, so you can follow along no matter what model you have. A comprehensive section covers the details of editing, organizing, and saving your designs to transferring designs between your computer and sewing machine, downloading from the internet, and much more.

Also included are step-by-by step instructions showing how to create a wide variety of embroidery designs from heirloom, free standing, 3D, fancy lettering, trapunto, and everything in between, plus how to use and place your designs exactly where you want them on any project. “Idea Files” provide inspiration with close-up images of the designs used in a variety of ways. With expert advice about what to look for when buying a new machine and a troubleshooting section for solving common mistakes and problems, this guide will help you get the most of out of your modern sewing machine. 

Don’t forget to check out our Goodreads Giveaway on Sunday!

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5 Sep

Freebie Friday: Ear Warmer Headband

I love summertime and if I had my way, I’d bask in warmth and sunshine all year long. But I’m also a sucker for the changing of the seasons and all the loveliness that comes with it. I tell my friends and family back home in southern California who brag about the weather and question my choice to live in what they call a ridiculously cold and unbearable place, that it’s only unbearable if you’re not prepared and dressed properly for the weather.

So today’s FREE PATTERN DOWNLOAD, an Ear Warmer Headband from Cindy Cummins’ Game Day, is both a look ahead to the coming fall and winter briskness and an homage to being prepared. I’m not quite ready for the full-on winter wool beanie and this stylish alternative (the pattern includes a clever hole for a ponytail), which uses fleece, is perfect for those chillier evening strolls through the park or sitting in the bleachers at your favorite baseball team’s postseason game.

Feel the need for more fleece?

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Game Day includes more than 50 projects that use fleece–from blankets and scarves and chic arm warmers to drink cozies and even a pet bed! and features ways for you to showcase and celebrate your favorite sports team’s logos and colors. Game Day is also a guide to choosing the right fleece variety for your project and includes all sorts of tips on how to sew fleece. Fleece is arguably a super fabric; it’s available in a variety of weights, colors, and prints.

So… get it now…err…while it’s hot!

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4 Sep

Project of the Month: Pencil Case

Happy September!

It’s officially that time of the year again. It’s back-to-school week here in New York City and we’re reminiscing about all those ‘first days’ of school once again. A new year means all new supplies, clothes and accessories. For me, my pencil case was the highlight of all of the back to school supplies I badgered my mom into getting for me. So, our Project of the Month is in honor of those that want something different from their pencil cases. We pulled this Pencil Case pattern from Sweet & Simple Patchwork Gifts by Hisako Arai and Yoko Sanjo because it offers not one but two methods of making the case – one with a zipper and one with a spring clasp!

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This charming collection of delightful, easy-to-make patchwork projects, originally published in Japan, is perfect for creating gifts for loved ones. Using five classic quilt patterns—simple squares, hexagons, log cabins, stars, and polygons—the projects range from pincushions, potholders, and pillows to handbags, coin purses, and a variety of zippered cases that are quick to make. This is the perfect book for beginner quilters or veterans looking for small projects and fun ways to use up their fabric stash. 

(Note: Instructions below are for the spring clasp pencil case but the pattern download includes both)

Materials (for spring clasp pencil case)

  • Fabric a, backing, and casings (plaid)
  • 9 3⁄4″ x 11 3⁄4″ (25 x 30 cm)
  • Fabric b (pink print)
  • 2 3⁄4″ x 3 1⁄2″ (7 x 9 cm)
  • Fabric c (yellow print)
  • 2 3⁄4″ x 3 1⁄2″ (7 x 9 cm)
  • Fabric d (floral print)
  • 4″ x 7 3⁄4″ (10 x 20 cm)
  • Fusible batting 6″ x 13 3⁄4″ (15 x 35 cm)
  • Lining 6″ x 13 3⁄4″ (15 x 35 cm)
  • Clasp
  • One 4″ (10 cm)–long spring clasp

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Cut the fabric.
Trace and cut out templates A and B on page 17 (following template cutting instructions on page 107).

Cut fabric pieces adding a 1⁄4″ (0.7 cm) seam allowance:
• 2 A pieces of fabric d
• 2 B pieces of fabric a
• 2 B pieces of fabric b
• 2 B pieces of fabric c
• 2 casing pieces of fabric a: 1 1⁄4″ x 4 3⁄4″ (3 x 12 cm)
• 1 backing piece: 4 1⁄4″ x 6 3⁄4″ (12 x 16 cm) of fabric a
• 1 lining piece, cut without seam allowance: 4 1⁄4″ x 12 3⁄4″ (12 x 16 cm)

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1. Make the pencil case top: Sew the pieces together as shown in the patchwork diagram on page 15. Sew the case top to the case backing along the short edge. Press the fusible batting to wrong side and quilt as shown in the above diagram.

2. Fold the pencil case in half with right sides together. Sew both sides and press the seams open. Miter corners by stitching across each corner at 3⁄4″ (2 cm).

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3. Repeat step 2 for the pencil case lining.

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4. Make the clasp casing by folding each piece in half lengthwise with right sides together. Sew both short sides and turn right side out. Fold in half again and sew 1⁄4″ (0.7 cm) along the raw edges. Make second casing.

5. Position the raw edges of the casing on right side of the pencil case top. Sew the casing to the top of the pencil case, then repeat for second casing.

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6. With wrong sides together, insert the lining into pencil case. Fold over the seam allowance on the lining and hemstitch to the case. Insert spring clasps through casings to finish.

Et voila! Your pencil case is ready to rock ‘n’ roll!

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Each project in Sweet & Simple Patchwork Gifts by Hisako Arai and Yoko Sanjo is accompanied by clear construction diagrams, with easy-to-follow step-by-step photos for how how to cut, arrange, and sew up the project, making this the perfect book for beginner quilters or veterans looking for fun ways to use up their fabric stash. Also included are complete instructions for inserting zippers, plus many other techniques to help you give all your gifts a professional-looking finishing touch.

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29 Aug

Freebie Friday: Wise Owl Knit

Happy Labor Day weekend, Crafters!

Monday is the start of September which means Halloween decorations will already be moving into stores (if they haven’t already). That means it’s time to start thinking about our Halloween costumes. Luckily we have got you and your little one covered! Today’s Knit Owl CostumeFREE PATTERN is the wise owl knit from Monster Knits for Little Monsters. In Monster Knits for Little Monsters, Nuriya Khega provides step-by-step instructions for knitting adorable costumes ranging from a fluffy bunny to an alien elf (yup, you read that correctly).  So don’t delay and get started on your first today. This pattern consists of a knit owl hat and a tree scarf to keep your little monster warm on those cool nights.

Monster Knits for Little Monsters is an adorable collection of animal-themed hat and mitten sets for babies and toddlers from ages six months to three years, that kids will love and adults can’t help but fawn over. These cute coverall hats kMonster Knits for Little Monsterseep your child’s head, ears, and neck warm and toasty, and have a practical pullover design so that they can’t tug it off easily. Also included are knitting patterns for matching mitten “paws,” socks, and scarves. Featuring bears, owls, frogs, foxes, sharks, robots, dinosaurs, bunnies, and even Shrek-like ears, there are loads of delightful ways to dress up your child in charming creations that are quick and easy to knit. The book is organized by the different kinds of creatures like Cuddly Critters, Feathered Friends, Huggable Horrors, Adorable Aliens, and Festive Friends, inspiring you to make hats for your children to dress up in all-year round.   Each project contains step-by-step instructions, plus information for finishing touches to make your projects stand out. A knitting refresher course is given in the back of the book for complete beginners, covering tools, yarns, and all the techniques and stitches you’ll need to create the projects. And a Create Your Own Design section will inspire knitters to let their imagination run wild to create personalized accessories that their little monsters are sure to love and cherish.

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Author of the Month

This month we sit down for a Q&A with expert sewing machine embroiderer Liz Keegan, author of The Sewing Machine Embroiderer's Bible. Liz launched, compiled, and edits Flair, the U.K.'s only machine embroidery magazine. She also teaches and lectures about machine embroidery. With expert advice about what to look for when buying a new machine and a troubleshooting section for solving common mistakes and problems, Liz's new book will help you get the most of out of your modern sewing machine.


The Sewing Machine Embroiderer's Bible

Project of the Month

Pencil Case






Happy September! It’s officially that time of the year again. It’s back-to-school week here in New York City and we’re reminiscing about all those ‘first days’ of school. A new year means all new supplies, clothes and accessories. So, our Project of the Month is in honor of those who want something different from their pencil cases. We pulled this Pencil Case pattern from Sweet & Simple Patchwork Gifts by Hisako Arai and Yoko Sanjo because it offers not one but two methods of making the case--one with a zipper and one with a spring clasp!

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