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  1. Reva's Tips: It's Illuminating

    Reva's Tips: It's Illuminating
    Where I live there is a beautiful scene out every window. Living in the country and by cows has its perks! I suppose if I lived in town I would still like to look out and see what the world was up to. It is my preference to have my machine face toward a window so I can enjoy the...
  2. Reva's Tips: A Sharp Memory to Share

    Reva's Tips: A Sharp Memory to Share
    One sewing tool that I have always loved collecting is scissors. The cutting out of patterns has always been my least favorite part of the sewing process. But still, I love scissors. The fascination began with my mother's pair of buttonhole scissors (A). My dad had special scissors that were specific for paper (B). My favorite part is the sound...
  3. Creature Comforts

    Creature Comforts
    The change from summer to fall brings on what I like to think of as blanket weather. There is nothing better than snuggling into a warm blanket while reading, covering your lap while you are sewing or just draping a beautiful blanket on the couch for fall décor. When I saw these adorable creature blankets I knew I had to...
  4. Costume Making Tips

    Costume Making Tips
    It’s that time of year where the kids are back to school and the weather is encouraging us to get our sweaters out of storage. Along with that, it is time to start thinking about costumes for our sweet little ghosts and goblins (or maybe ourselves). Do you remember when costumes were made up of more imagination than merely a...
  5. Glass Etching: How & Why You Should Use It!

    Glass Etching: How & Why You Should Use It!
    You don't have to be super crafty to enjoy etching glass. There are so many ways you can use glass etching and I would like to share with you one of my all-time favorite projects. It is fun, useful and makes amazing gifts! Over the years I have lost many of my favorite dishes to social gatherings. I am sure...
  6. Reva's Tips: Getting Clean

    Reva's Tips: Getting Clean
    I call it creative organization… When in-between projects, it is so satisfying to clean up and make my space fresh and ready for the next creative adventure. With so many great things to work on, I have been trying to keep some kind of handle on the chaos during a project so that the cleanup time is less work all...
  7. Free Travel Purse Project

    Use this handy purse when flying, going to the beach, on a cruise, or going to your next Sewing/Quilt Expo. It's just the right size to carry your driver's license, cash, credit card, and/or room key. One side has a clear pocket for your name badge, passport, or cell phone. Wear it across your shoulder for security, or short, in...
  8. Reva's Tips: What's In Your Toolbox?

    Reva's Tips: What's In Your Toolbox?
    Sometimes we find a product with which we find great success and enjoy using for years. Other times we use the same product over and over because that is "just what we use" and either don't know of anything better or just don't bother to try something new. Recently RNK (the creators and makers of Floriani products) partnered up with...
  9. Reva's Tips: Get Yourself Organized

    Reva's Tips: Get Yourself Organized
    Sometimes It is so easy to get excited about a new project that we may not have taken the time to make sure that we have everything we need before starting. This can cause frustration, delay of project completion or abandonment of the project altogether. Using a planning journal is a great way to keep all your project information in...
  10. The Birthplace of the World’s Finest Sergers

    The Birthplace of the World’s Finest Sergers
    Have you ever wondered what it took to build the amazing Baby Lock sergers? Who are the people who invented the home serger in 1965 and have brought us countless improvements and innovations over the past 50 years? My wife and I recently visited the Baby Lock factory in Yamagata, Japan. We enjoyed a hero’s reception and spent a full...
  11. Reva's Tips: Why on Earth Would I Want Embroidery Software?

    Reva's Tips: Why on Earth Would I Want Embroidery Software?
    I love technology and computer stuff. What I really love is using embroidery software. Digitizing (creating embroidery designs from artwork) is so much fun for me but I know this is not the case for everyone. So lets chat for just a minute about the everyday uses for embroidery software. Embroidery software does so much more than simply creating designs...
  12. Reva's Tips: The Shape of Things

    Reva's Tips: The Shape of Things
    After months of sewing for others it is time to start sewing something that is just for you. At least something that YOU want to make! I have never enjoyed prepping for my next project especially the cutting part. Cutting is not part of my "joy" in sewing. If you are like me, I have the thing for you. Do...
  13. Reva's Tips: Keep it In Line

    Reva's Tips: Keep it In Line
    The new year is upon us and it is time to get our priorities in line and sew straight. Well, at least there is hope for the latter. Sewing a straight line when stitching in the ditch or top stitching can be a real challenge. If you want to stay on the straight and narrow, try out these feet: Quarter...
  14. Reva's Tips: Personalize It - Custom Embroidered Gifts

    Reva's Tips: Personalize It - Custom Embroidered Gifts
    Personalized gifts are always a hit for the Holidays. Having the right tools and fun items to embroider will make gift creation a joy! Below are my favorite tips for quick personalized gifts: Adding a name, monogram or design to a purchased item or garment: A side seam may need to be unstitched (opened up). This will give you more...
  15. Reva's Tips for Freestanding Lace

    Reva's Tips for Freestanding Lace
    Fall is officially upon us! Now is the time to settle in and sew! At the recent "Sew What’s New Parties," we had the most adorable freestanding design CDs. These are as cute as can be and include 3D seasonal items and even a village of houses. They are buttoned together so they stand up and can be unbuttoned to...
  16. Reva's Tips: Trimming Tips

    Like many of you, I enjoy applique projects using my embroidery machine. This of course calls for the trimming of fabric around the shape to be appliqued. Here are a few things that will make your trimming a cut above! Give it room—Give yourself a large enough piece of fabric to hold onto. Using a piece that just barely fits...
  17. On the Road aka "I'm On Vacation"

    Reva & Robin in Michigan at a local quiltshop on their way to a Quilt Retreat. So you long for the open road and lazy days of not doing much of anything? Sounds good doesn't it? What could possibly be better, you ask? Why sewing on the road of course! Did you know that it is OK to give...
  18. Reva's Tips: It's a Pressing Situation

    Reva's Tips: It's a Pressing Situation
    I just love both quilting and creating projects in the embroidery hoop. The thing that I find frustrating when working on these projects is the constant upping and downing going back and forth to the ironing board. I guess you can say that the truth of the matter is that I am impatient. I just want to move on to...
  19. Reva's Tips: It's a Foot Thing

    Reva's Tips: It's a Foot Thing
    If you love feet like I do then you will have every foot that is made for your machine. I just love them all! Here is a question, do you remember what each foot is for? To store my feet I have them in small craft organizers with small divisions the perfect size for a foot. I have labeled each...
  20. Quilters Select 3x12 Ruler and 80wt Para Cotton Thread

    Quilters Select 3x12 Ruler and 80wt Para Cotton Thread
    Why do I need these? I am so glad you asked. Let’s start with the Quilter’s Select 3x12 ruler. If you have looked at these rulers, you will see they have easy-to-read numbers going in both directions. No more flipping rulers to get to the correct side. Measurements are exact to the edges of the ruler, and the pale yellow makes...
  21. Sewing Tip from Reva: Turn! Turn! Turn!

    Sewing Tip from Reva: Turn! Turn! Turn!
    I was recently working on a project where I wanted to make an 18" Circle. My first thought was to raid the kitchen for a plate or platter. Guess what? I do not have anything that size in my kitchen. Not even my cake plate… in hindsight that would be one big cake, wouldn't it? In need of a solution...
  22. It's Time to Get Excited for the 2017 Sewing & Stitchery Expo!

    It's Time to Get Excited for the 2017 Sewing & Stitchery Expo!
    Dear Sewing Enthusiast… That special time of year is almost upon us and I don't mean the holidays! Early March is a special time for everyone who loves to sew, quilt, craft or embroider. The WSU Sewing and Stitchery Expo begins its four day run on Thursday, March 2 and 2017 promises to be the best ever. By now you...
  23. Sewing Tip from Reva: Threads For Your Thoughts

    30wt thread, 40wt thread, 50wt thread Thread weights can be so confusing! Let's demystify thread, shall we? With thread, the general rule is that the higher the weight number the thinner the thread. This means a 50wt thread is finer/thinner than a 30wt thread. 30wt Thread Most all-purpose polyester thread, like Aerofil is 30wt thread. This thread is stronger and...
  24. ScanNCut Type Converter

    This application is used to create cutting data for character patterns from TrueType fonts installed on your computer. Have you been wanting to cut letters from the True Type fonts in your computer, but found it difficult to get it right? Brother has a FREE download to do just that!! Go to support.brother.com and click on Downloads. From Search by...
  25. Accuquilt Go! Qube Christmas Table Runner

    Accuquilt Go! Qube Christmas Table Runner
    If you're looking for a fun way to spruce up your holiday tabletop, or looking to make a beautiful gift, try this Christmas Table Runner project! This project uses Accuquilt dies and cutters, including the 8" Accuquilt Qube. From the 8” Qube: Go! Die #1 (55708) Go! Die #5 (55712) Go! 6” x 6” Cutting Mat (55137) Additional Dies: Go...
  26. ScanNCut Christmas Pennants

    ScanNCut Christmas Pennants
    In this tutorial, you will be creating a Christmas Pennant for a gift box with helpful tools in ScanNCut Canvas. There are many beautiful borders and lettering just waiting to be used in this fun project. Skills you will learn: Removing parts of a border Dividing a border Sizing Welding Distinguishing line and drawing types Fill the area in an outline...
  27. Loading Artwork Into ScanNCut Canvas

    Loading Artwork Into ScanNCut Canvas
    If you have not used ScanNCut Canvas before, create your free account. If you are unsure how to do this, click here to watch this video from Brother. Create an account, then log in. Once the software opens, you will see dozens of Canvas Projects from holiday decorations and gift giving to creating cards and decorative fabric projects. The possibilities...
  28. Reva's Tips: One Good Turn Deserves Another

    Have you ever had to turn anything right side out? This has always been something that I have not really enjoyed. It seems that the piece that I'm working with doesn't necessarily want to cooperate with me and often times the opening gets stretched out. I often end up creating a small hole when trying to get the corners nice...
  29. ScanNCut Canvas: Getting Started

    ScanNCut Canvas: Getting Started
    ScanNCut Canvas is free cloud-based software to let you create, prepare, add-on, remove, save, etc. a design for your ScanNCut. You can also create rhinestone designs and make stickers and stamps. The software is automatically updated so you do not have to do anything for the newest releases. The formats that can be used in ScanNCut Canvas are SVG, JPG...
  30. Bathroom Makeover Project

    If you're looking for a fun summer project, Elizabeth Cecchettini from Baby Lock has some great instructions on how to make shower curtains and spruce up your towels and bath mat with new fabrics! Download the Instructions Here! Start your makeover by selecting a fresh and exciting fabric! Use the fabric as the inspiration for the colors and designs, updating...
  31. French Seams by Lana L. Jones

    A French seam is perfect for lightweight to medium weight fabrics. All the raw edges of your seams are covered for a professional finish… and it is not hard to do. For the July Sew Fun presentations, I choose a black lightweight gauzy fabric that has been aging in my stash waiting for just the right pattern. Lemon Squeeze Cardigan...
  32. Clover to the Rescue!

    By Lana L. Jones I teach a lot of classes that I take my press to, and that is great as the press has 100 pounds of pressure when the arm is pulled down which makes for excellent pressing. But, with the number of people trying to get their projects done and the fusibles used in class, the pressing surface...
  33. Shift Happens

    Can you fight physics?Have you ever cut two pieces of fabric exactly the same and when you sew them together one is longer than the other when you are done with the seam? Why does this happen? Or more specifically, how? It's simple. It's Physics. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defined Physics as: "a science that deals with matter and energy...
  34. Tips from Reva: Make Mine "To Go"

    I love to learn something new and to take classes. Especially if it is on one of my favorite subjects - Sewing! Surely many of you feel the same way. I always enjoy attending classes and retreats but have never enjoyed gathering everything up (usually at the last minute). Here is something that you may find helpful and decrease the...
  35. Celebrate National Quilting Month

    Did you know that March is National Quilting Month? What a great time to make something fun! I saw the cutest in the hoop project and I just could not resist making one, or two, or...ok so I made a bunch! In fact, I thought that I would make some as fun little gifts for a few of my sewing...
  36. Tip from Reva: Wrap It Up!

    Using the Perfect Foot for the Right Situation! I was recently working on a project just for the fun of it. I thought I had planned for it, but when I got to the last step I discovered that I really needed a specialty foot! Boy, was I glad that I had a great variety of specialty feet for...
  37. Tip From Reva: Your ScanNCut and Iron-On Vinyl

    Do you love your electronic cutter? I simply love the ScanNCut and thought that I would share with you some tips for using Iron-On Transfer Film Sheets. When this vinyl material is cut it can be applied to fabric or a garment to add your own custom flair; it will look a bit like it was screen printed. Here are...
  38. Get Inspired with Free Holiday Projects!

    If you're looking for fun & easy holiday projects to make this month, let the leading brands in the business inspire you! From Brother: From Baby Lock: From Pfaff & Husqvarna Viking:
  39. Tip from Reva: Fun and Easy Gifts to Give and Fun for You

    It's the time of year, once again, to shower those that we care about with gifts. The best way to show someone you care is to create something just for them. Even better is having the joy of creating them. What fits into my time schedule and I'm sure yours, are fun little projects that can be completed in a...
  40. Tip from Reva: The 123s of ABCs

    Gift-giving season is quickly approaching! One lovely way to show your affection is to create personalized gifts just for the special people in your life. Personalizing purchased items with names and monograms is one quick and fun way to customize your gifts. For children and pre-teens consider putting their first name or nickname on items like bags, towels and pillowcases...
  41. Quick Halloween Ghostly Embroidered Plush

    Hello! This is Chris with Quality Sewing, and I’d like to show you how I made these adorable little plush ghosts with the Brother Dream Machine: I confess I’m actually not much of a sewist; I work behind the scenes of Quality Sewing in advertising. But the Dream Machine is so unbelievably easy to use that even I could do...
  42. Tip from Reva: Decorative Stitching at Its Best

    Our machines have the most beautiful decorative stitches that are so fun to use and can add an artistic touch to your next project. Here are a few tips that can help make your stitching have the most impact: Stabilize - Decorative stitches are a form of embroidery and you will get the best results if your fabric is stabilized...
  43. September Sew Fun Harvest Sweatshirt Tutorial

    This is a fun use for an embroidery design set that was originally designed to be a table runner. Lee decided to be extra creative and use the design set to embellish a cute sweatshirt jacket. It was simple to do and makes quite an impact. You could use a variety of design sets to create your own stunning project...
  44. Tip from Reva: Convenient Pinning Pins

    Convenient pinning pins are an absolute necessity in one's sewing room. Not all pins are created equal, though, and this is why most sewists have several different styles of pins within easy reach while working on a project. The style that I use the most are the Clover Flower Head Pins: Here are some of the finer points (pun intended...
  45. Tip from Reva: Etched In Stone... Well, Glass Anyway: Glass Etching with the Brother ScanNCut

    I love to explore and try many different creative techniques. Lately I have been exploring glass etching using my Brother ScanNCut. The supplies needed for Etching on glass are very simple: • Etching Cream - this does the actual work • Plastic Spatula - to apply a nice, even coat of cream • Mask Vinyl - cut your design out...
  46. Sewing Tips from Reva: Make Those Threads Behave

    Decorative threads, such as, Mylar and metallic can be so beautiful and add such interest to your project.  There is one thing, besides their beauty, that they all have in common, they can be oh so very temperamental. There are a couple of things that I have found to be helpful when working with theae styles of threads: Use the Right Needle...
  47. Tips from Lana & Friends

    Tips for July Sew Fun Projects! From Doree Shandera – “Mix the flavored Best Press with the unflavored Best Press to tone down the fragrance.” Love this idea as I want the pretty fragrance, but not the strong smell…Perfect! From Amanda Brown – Use a Heat gun to gently shrink the stitching into place. Hats are a perfect place for...
  48. Sewing Tips from Reva: Sometimes You Just Have to Let Things Slide

    Have you ever worked with vinyl, leather, oil cloth, microfiber, or any other type of material that had a surface that was difficult to feed through your machine? Did you know that the source of relief for this frustrating situation could be as simple as changing your sewing foot? Try a teflon, or non-stick foot! This foot has a teflon...
  49. Sewing Tips from Reva: The Easiest Way to Cut Appliques for Your Embroidery!

    Have you seen what the new update for the ScanNCut CM550DX can do? It's simply amazing!! Let me show you how quickly you can take an applique that is from your machine and have your SNC cut it out automatically for you. This info works with any Brother embroidery machine that has a color touch screen. 1) Choose an...
  50. Ann's "White and Black Binding"

    From Ann: As I have been traveling around with Sew Fun I have had numerous requests for a copy of three demos I have done on Binding. I thought the easiest way would be to post them on the blog and then you could read and copy them. Here they are: Foolproof Binding Method Starting and Ending the Binding White...
  51. Ann's "Starting and Ending the Binding"

    From Ann: As I have been traveling around with Sew Fun I have had numerous requests for a copy of three demos I have done on Binding. I thought the easiest way would be to post them on the blog and then you could read and copy them. Here they are: Foolproof Binding Method Starting and Ending the Binding White...
  52. Ann's "Foolproof Binding Method"

    From Ann: As I have been traveling around with Sew Fun I have had numerous requests for a copy of three demos I have done on Binding. I thought the easiest way would be to post them on the blog and then you could read and copy them. Here they are: Foolproof Binding Method Starting and Ending the Binding White...
  53. Photos From the Quilts of Valor Sew Day at our Tukwila Creative Center!

    The National Quilts of Valor Sew Day was on February 7th, and we were proud to host a session of it at our Tukwila Creative Center! The mission of Quilts of Valor is to cover all combat service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing quilts. Participants in the Quilts of Valor Club donate their time...
  54. Sewing Tips from Reva: Perfect Design Placement with Embroidery Perfection Tape (AKA Pink Tape)

    Do you want to make sure that your embroidery designs stitch right where you want them? Not to mention, easily? Well I have the answer for you, Pink Tape! Officially known as Floriani’s Embroidery Perfection Tape. 1. Start by marking your fabric with the horizontal and vertical center placement lines for your design. You will also want to make sure...
  55. Sewing Tips from Reva: Tips for Quilt Success

    1) When beginning a new project, piece a trial block to make sure that the finished block ends up the size that is intended. This also helps by giving you a good visualisation of how the colors will work together. 2) Use quilting and piecing feet that are made for your machine. This will increase the accuracy of the piecing...
  56. We'll Be on KBTC Saturday, Oct. 18th!

    Be sure to watch KBTC this Saturday 10/18 from 8:00am to 12pm. You will see great sewing and quilting shows like Quilt in a Day and Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting. Plus you will see many Quality Sewing staff members answering the phones during the annual pledge drive. Before you say, "Pledge drive? I don't want to sit through...
  57. Sewing Tips from Reva: This is one cool tool!

    Have you ever needed a screwdriver that is easy to hold and just the right size for the job? Even if you have one, each situation requires a different screwdriver. So you'd better not misplace the one that is perfect for removing the needle plate, or the other one that works for the ankle, or... Well, now you have every...
  58. Light Up Halloween with Spooky and Bright Designs!

    With Halloween approaching it’s time to have some spooky fun with Amazing Designs “Spooky and Bright” CD. This design pack was created so you can add lights or crystals to embellish your embroidery projects. We offer Fabric Lights that fit perfectly within the designs. To add lights to your design: Embroider the desired design on anything you want to...
  59. Sewing Tips from Reva: Which way to put on buttonholes?

    There are two common ways to place a buttonhole on a garment: horizontally and vertically. Once you know the purposes of these two different orientations, you can decide which one would work best for your project. Horizontal buttonholes are ideal for areas that will receive stress. For example, if you are making a blouse with a front or back button...
  60. Live From Baby Lock!

    Paul, Carmen, Reva, Jim, Pam & Margaret have been at Baby Lock Tech in St Loius this week seeing all of the new items that Baby Lock and Koala have to offer. You are going to love these new products that are going to make your sewing and quilting easier. Here are a few of our favorite new items: Your...
  61. Sewing Tips from Reva: Make Easy Continuous Bias!

    1) Start with a Square of fabric. Example: a 26" Square will yield a 3" strip of bias just over 5 yards long 2) Mark the opposite sides of your square with pins. 3) Cut the square in half diagonally 4) Sew the pinned edges together right sides together, as shown. 5) Using a quilting ruler and a fabric marking...
  62. Chalkboard Wine Bag Sewing Tutorial

    Sew Fun for August has many great ideas for gifts for you to make. To get you started, here is a quick wine bag that you can personalize with Chalkboard Fabric, and Bistro Chalk Markers. Supplies: Sewing Machine and Serger in good working order 18”x18” Burlap 4” x18” Chalkboard fabric Serger thread in beige (4 cones) Sewing thread in black...
  63. Custom Name Flourish

    By Lana L Jones, Educational Consultant, Quality Sewing When you were a kid, you probably doodled your name on your notebook to see what you could make. With a few handy free apps, you can create custom name flourishes and easily use your Brother ScanNCut to cut them out of fabric for applique, paper and cardstock for scrapbooking, vinyl for...
  64. Sewing Tips from Reva: What is a Scant 1/4” Seam Anyway?

    Do you want to sew a perfect scant 1/4” seam when you are quilting? Let’s start with this... What is a scant 1/4” seam and why would you want to use it? Why would you even to care to use a scant 1/4”? If the quilt that you are piecing has sharp points or many pieces that require your blocks...
  65. New Video: Embroidering Multiple Designs on a Pashmina Scarf

    Pashmina scarves are a great accessory. But they can be made to be even greater with embroidery. Watch our new video where Reva guides you through how to place multiple embroidery designs on a pashmina scarf: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0etTwW90jJE For this project, Reva used a couple of very useful products: Wet 'n' Gone Stabilizer Reva used Floriani Wet 'n' Gone Stabilizer...
  66. Create an Easy Jacket from a Pashmina Scarf

    What a quick and easy project to make for yourself or a gift? Why not give transforming a Pashmina Scarf/Shawl into a cute jacket? Pashmina scarves come in so many pretty colors and are so soft, you just want to wrap yourself up in them  (A pashmina is a long rectangular scarf/shawl with fringe on both short ends and is...
  67. One of Our Own Wins Koala's National Holiday Sweepstakes!

    Over the Holidays, Koala held their nationwide "I’m Dreaming of a Koala Studio" holiday sweepstakes. When they drew the winner last month, it turns out it was someone who filled out the entry form at one of our own stores! Congratulations to Genelle T., who won Koala's grand prize of a Koala Storage Tower! "I have too many used machines...
  68. Cutting Wool Felt With Brother's ScanNCut

    We've been getting a lot of questions recently about how best to cut felt on Brother's new cutting machine, the Brother ScanNCut. So Reva made this video where she demonstrates successfully cutting out felt designs that you can watch here: Cutting Wool Felt on Brother's ScanNCut One key to successfully cut felt is to stabilize the fabric as much as...
  69. Sewing Perfect Circles with Circular Attachments

    There isn't a "Foot of the Month" video for December 2013. Instead, Reva tells you all about the Circular Attachments that let you sew perfect circles! Inquire about a Circular Attachment for your sewing machine at your local Quality Sewing, or see them on our website here.
  70. A Great Rotary Cutting Safety Tip

    I had the joy of spending time in my sewing room watching the Saturday morning sewing shows on KBTC this past week and saw a great tip on Fonds and Porter - Love of Quilting. Don't you just love starting you Saturday that way? The tip that stood out to me was one concerning safety while using a rotary cutter...
  71. Sewing & Quilting Smart Phone App Roundup

    Did you know that iPhones only make up about 12% of all "Smart Phones" nowadays? Over 80% of Smart Phones are Android phones now, so I thought I would write a post about some of the quilting and sewing apps that you can download on your Android phones: • Quilting Calculators Robert Kaufman Fabrics and Quilter's Paradise have joined forces...
  72. Free Holiday Applique Embroidery Design & Tutorial!

    Have you tried the new Brother ScanNCut? This fantastic cutter is all you need to cut fabric for all of your appliques with your sewing machine or embroidery machine. Simply scan your design and cut out your fabric. Need more than one? Want to maximize the use of your fabric? Do you only have scraps you are working with? Do...
  73. Zipper Insertion Using a Welting Foot

    This zipper technique works well in craft projects, bags in particular. Check with your particular machine manufacturer and find a foot with a tunnel, such as a welting foot. The tunnel must be approximately ¼” to accommodate the larger zipper teeth and stops. The tunnel may be off to the side or it may be in the center of the...
  74. Foot Tip of the Month: Couching Foot

    If you're looking to work with really heavy-duty or specialty yarns and cords, you should look into the couching foot. Reva shows you the ins-and-outs of the couching foot in this video: You can inquire about the couching foot at your local Quality Sewing & Vacuum Center. It is also available to purchase on our website here.
  75. Make Quick and Easy Wool Felt Ornaments

    Sometimes when you're looking to make a quick hand-made gift, there is not much better than a pretty little kit containing all the coordinating fabrics and threads that you need to create a perfect project. Honestly, kits are far too often something that I "pet" as opposed to dismantle and cut up to create the designated project. I think that's...
  76. Personalize Every Gift with Unique Gift Tags

    The perfect touch to a Holiday gift is the presentation. A beautiful wrapping job can add so much anticipation and joy. One thing that I find frustrating is that so much effort and resources go into our holiday wrapping, just to be thrown away. If there were only… I enjoy creating things that are quick and fun to make and...
  77. Recipe Towels Make a Fun and Festive Gift for Anyone On Your List!

    With the Holidays quickly approaching, do you anticipate finding yourself in need of a quick and easy gift that is beyond the normal and one of a kind? Make sure to read to the end to see what fun ideas you can make! Might I suggest a gift that will not soon be forgotten? How about a kitchen towel...
  78. Appliqué Cutting with the Brother ScanNCut

    George Moore shows you how to use Brother's ScanNCut scanning & cutting machine to create the perfect applique cut-outs in this very informative video:
  79. Happy Halloween Project: Minkee Monsters!

    Minkee Monsters: they are oh-so-soft, cuddly, and cute (with just a tiny dash of scary). If you are looking for a quick and simple project for a special little one, then we have just the right one for you. We are really excited to bring you a tutorial for these furry little creatures. Minkee Monsters are destined to be a...
  80. Foot Tip of the Month: Piping Foot

    Have you ever used a piping foot to create your own custom piping for embellishing your projects? It's surprisingly easy with a piping foot! Watch Reva as she shows you how it's done: You can inquire about piping feet at your local Quality Sewing & Vacuum, and they can also be found on our website here.
  81. Brother ScanNCut: The Worlds 1st Cutting Machine with a Built-In Scanner!

    We're very excited for Brother's brand-new ScanNCut, in-stock now at all store locations! Brother's ScanNCut is a cutting machine that can cut intricate designs out of various papers, fabrics for applique, stickers, and more, for a wide variety of crafting projects. But the ScanNCut is the first cutting machine in the world that has a built-in scanner so you can...
  82. Simon Haskins' Sunshine 4 All: The Leukemia Quilt Project

    Many of you have met Simon Haskins, son of Jenny Haskins. Both are very talented, creating beautiful embroidery and quilt designs for us to use in order to create our own stunning creations. Simon was recently diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. This is a very rare form of blood cancer. He is fighting the battle with determination, strength and a...
  83. The Great Machine Embroidery Stitch-Off Recap

    The Pacific West Quilt Show happened at the end of August, and was full of amazing quilts. Perhaps some of the most inspiring were the entries in the "Great Machine Embroidery Stitch-Off." Each quilt entered had to be embroidered using machine embroidery. Now we've gathered all the entries in this gallery! Click any photo to see a larger version:  ...
  84. Foot Tip of the Month: Quarter-Inch Quilting Feet

    Do you know about the different types of ¼″ quilting feet? Do you know what all the markings and guides are for on them? Let Reva show you in this fun and informational video: You can inquire about all the different quilting feet at your local Quality Sewing & Vacuum, and they can also be found on our website here.
  85. Using PED Next to Change Any Existing Cutwork Embroidery Design to Make It Work With Brother’s PR Cutwork Kit

    Brother introduced an amazing cutwork kit to use with the PR series machines last year. This kit allows users to remove the first four needles and replace them with four different cutwork needles. These needles act like little chisels and can be used to cut out the different fabric shapes. There are many different cutwork designs available that embroiders have...
  86. Class @ APWQ 2013 - Decorative Quilting with your Embroidery Machine

    Do you ever feel intimidated when it comes to quilting your latest project?  I sure can.  Sometimes it seems as though I do more "over-thinking",  stressing and just plain old "un-stitching" when I quilt my quilts using free-motion techniques.  I think I need a lot more practice. One thing that I can do really well is to put fabric into...
  87. Foot Tip of the Month: Decorative Stitching & Candlewicking Foot

    Have you ever looked at two sewing feet and asked "How are these feet different?" Do you know how the Candlewicking Foot works? Let Reva show you in this fun and educational video: You can inquire about the Candlewicking Foot (and any other decorative feet in which you might be interested) at your local Quality Sewing & Vacuum center, and...
  88. Serge your ‘art out: A serger-cally enhanced life

    "Serge your ‘art out: A serger-cally enhanced life" Coming up very soon we have a dynamic lady from Australia named Ann van der Kley coming to a few of our stores to inspire us. "Anne is a pioneer in contemporary textile techniques in the 21st century— her major tool, the humble overlocker." At Sew Expo, I was fortunate to spend...
  89. Puyallup Sew Expo is Feb 28 to March 3, 2013

    Did you know the nation’s largest event for sewing enthusiasts takes place right here in the Pacific Northwest? The Sewing and Stitchery Expo is a non-profit educational event that features inspirational seminars daily, hands-on workshops, style shows and vendors from all over the country with booths that specialize in the latest in fabrics, tools, and supplies! This year Sew Expo...
  90. New Features of the Brother DreamWeaver Machines!

    Brother's new V-Series machines—the DreamWeaver Innov-is VQ3000 sewing & quilting machine; and the DreamWeaver XE Innov-is VN6200D sewing, quilting, & embroidery machine—have some amazingly innovative, industry-first features. Here are just a few: Advanced Droplight™ Embroidery Positioning Marker Trying to guess where to drop the needle is a nightmare of the past with V-Series! Use the embroidery foot with LED pointer...
  91. Announcing Wednesday Trick-or-Treat Giveaways on Facebook!

    Every Wednesday in October (starting today) we are going to be holding a giveaway drawing on our Facebook page! To enter the drawings, simply follow the instructions on that Wednesday's Facebook post. Winners will be randomly selected from all who enter.*  Then on October 31st we'll have our Grand Prize drawing! Anyone who enters into any of the other Wednesday...
  92. Community Outreach: Sewing With Calvary Chapel of Olympia

    The Calvary Chapel of Olympia is involved with various ministries that reach out to homeless folks in their community. Recently they reached out to women who find themselves on the street or in a shelter environment. They invited these women to their church, and provided fabric and supplies in order for them to sew themselves a simple pillowcase (they also...
  93. Favorite Photos from Sew Fun March 2012

    Every month each of our Quality Sewing & Vacuum centers hosts a Sew Fun lecture/demo class that is Free for Sew Fun Members (if you don’t know about Sew Fun, be sure to learn more about Sew Fun Classes & Memberships). A big part of each Sew Fun is the show & tell, and photos are taken of the wonderful...
  94. Watch New Episodes of "It's Sew Easy" Online Now!

    You can now watch the PBS sewing show "It's Sew Easy" online! Visit the It's Sew Easy website anytime all week long to watch the latest episode. New episodes are posted every Friday. "It's Sew Easy" is a wonderful show full of wonderful tips, tricks, and project how-tos. From their website: Welcome to It’s Sew Easy where our many experts...
  95. My Favorite Time-Saving Features of the Brother PR-1000

    A while ago I wrote about how excited I was to get the new Brother PR-1000 and how much time I thought it would save me. It has done that and much more. There were some things that I didn’t realize would be so useful: One favorite feature is the way the machine remembers what colors I have on the...
  96. Easter Weekend Sewing Projects Roundup

    Well, it's Easter weekend, so just as I did for Valentine's Day, I've compiled some of my favorite free tutorials and patterns for Easter sewing projects! Take a look at these and let them inspire you: Easy Bunny Candy Pouch Tutorial Plush Easter Egg Sewing Tutorial Bunny Bag Pattern Jellybean Garland Tutorial Zakka-Inspired Rabbit Bag Tutorial Baby Bunny Hat Tutorial...
  97. Favorite Photos from Sew Fun February 2012

    Every month each of our Quality Sewing & Vacuum centers hosts a Sew Fun lecture/demo class that is Free for Sew Fun Members (if you don't know about Sew Fun, be sure to learn more about Sew Fun Classes & Memberships). A big part of each Sew Fun is the show & tell, and photos are taken of the wonderful...
  98. Last Chance to Sign Up for Tomorrow's Tips & Tricks of Machine Quilting on a Frame!

    Join Denise Applegate-Schober, an experienced Instructor specializing in the art of machine quilting, as she presents an informative Seminar focusing on machine quilting with a frame, a machine, and how the computer industry makes machine quilting a breeze. Sign Up for this event now — there are still spaces available at our Everett Store tomorrow, March 7th! Here is a...
  99. Sew Expo Day 1 Highlights, Don't Miss the Fun!

    Are you coming to Sew Expo this year? It is better than ever! There are so many fun booths and great deals. It also sounds like everyone is having a ton of fun their classes. Check out some of our favorite highlights below and you can click any photo to see it full-sized. Looking forward to seeing you at Sew...
  100. Sew Expo Starts Tomorrow, March 1st -- Check Out Our Preview Videos!

    Don't miss the largest sewing show of the year! We have been busily setting up our booths and are excited to share the fun with you. Here are two sneak peek videos: We hope to see you all there! Be sure to stop by our booths and say hello!
  101. Valentine Weekend Sewing Projects Roundup

    This weekend is the last weekend before Valentine's Day. Have you already started your Valentine Sewing Project? If you're looking for some tutorials, we've collected eighteen projects here to get you inspired: Ruffled Heart Valentine Dress Frayed Cutout Applique Heart Shirt Cookie Cutter Valentine Heart Shirt Ruffle Heart T-Shirt Shaggy Heart Valentine Dress with Heart Knee Pad Leggings Boys' Monster...
  102. Snowed-In Fleece Projects Roundup

    Well, if you're here in the Pacific Northwest with us, then you know that we all got hit pretty hard with an ice-and-snow storm this week. A lot of us were snowed in and unable to get to work or school or the store. But one good thing about being snowed in is that it gives you plenty of time...
  103. 12 Days of Gifting Recap

    Last month on our Facebook Page we ran a series of polls where we asked our fans various questions and you answered. Now at the beginning of 2012 we've compiled some of those polls into handy charts so we can all learn more about this great sewing community around us! We asked, "What is a sewing technique that you've always...
  104. The Brochure for the 2012 Sew Expo is Available Now!

    The 2012 Sewing & Stitchery Expo (or "Sew Expo") is coming to the Puyallup Fairgrounds March 1st through 4th 2012. If you're not familiar with Sew Expo, it's a massive annual event with over 400 vendor booths, in-depth workshops, hands-on seminars, daily free stage shows and more! The Sewing & Stitchery Expo has just released on their website their entire...
  105. Participate in National Tie One On Day: Sew an Apron!

    What is National Tie One On Day? It's a grassroots effort to help those in your community who are a little less fortunate this Thanksgiving season. Here's how to participate: On the day before Thanksgiving, Wednesday the 23rd this year, make or buy some sort of baked good: a loaf of tasty bread, muffins, a pie, etc. Wrap it up...
  106. How Does Your Machine Make a Stitch?

    There are a lot of things in life that I just take for granted. One of these is how a sewing machine actually makes a stitch. I understand tensions of both needle and bobbin threads and their relationship to how that effects the actual stitch (see "Adjusting Sewing Machine Tension" to learn more). I know the parts that are necessary...
  107. Trace 'n Create Free Project Round-Up

    How many of you have used Clover's Trace 'n Create templates? If you're not familiar with these great templates, they were designed by sewing guru Nancy Zieman. There are templates avialable for a multitude of different projects and they take all of the guesswork and uncertainty out of cutting the fabrics for your project. Simply place the templates on your...
  108. New Anita Goodesign Project Collections

    Anita Goodesign has released a new type of collection: Anita Goodesign Project Collections. We're very excited to be able to offer this brand new series from Anita Goodesign. Anita Goodesign Project Collections are collections that include all the instructions you'll need to make complete projects from start to finish. These Projects aren't confined to "In the Hoop" either. They incorporate...
  109. Garden Fresh Quilt Pattern: Free Download

    I was watching a rebroadcast of a Fons and Porter Love of Quilting show (Episode 1506: Garden Fresh) recently. Currently this episode is available to watch only on Public Television. The guest on the show was Gail Kessler, who designs fabrics for Andover Fabrics. It was very interesting to hear how the designing of fabric is approached. One thing that I found very fascinating is that...
  110. Quick & Easy Halloween Tutorial Round-Up

    Halloween is on Monday! If (like some of us) you're a little behind on making costumes for you or your family, don't worry; I've scoured the web and here I present a handful of simple project tutorials that you can easily complete over the weekend! For Little Girls: Elphoba Witch Hat From Momtastic comes this tutorial for how to make...
  111. Brother Pattern Alignment with the Snowman™, Innov-Eye™, and the Continuous Border Hoop

    A new Brother software upgrade will provide precise alignment tools through use of the Snowman™ and the Innov-eye™ Camera System on some models of Brother machines. When the software upgrade is added to the machine, the included Camera Pattern Alignment program will add new capabilities to make design alignment even easier. The software upgrade is a part of the single...
  112. Why You'll Love Brother PE Design® Plus Software

    Who needs more software? Many people struggle with the ones they already own. PE Design® Plus is a breath of fresh air for those who want good, really-easy-to-use software. The included tutorials will make learning a simple task. One of the features that makes it so very special and different from other available software is that it includes the entire...
  113. Free Quilt Shop Locator App for Your Phone

    Have you ever found yourself in need of a quilt shop and you just don't know where to find one?  It's okay, "there's an App for that"! Download the Quilt Shop Locator called "Quilt Shops" from Itunes or the Android Market. If you don't have a smart phone,  just visit the website. “Quilt Shops” – is a free application to...
  114. Mitering a Border Print, Will It Work?

    I love stripes but finding a way to feature them in a project can be a challenge.  When I find a stripe fabric that is great, I like to feature it in my project so that it looks its best. Mitered Borders are a great way to achieve this.  But how do you know if the border print or stripe that...
  115. Create Embroidered Greeting Cards with Pfaff's 5D Card Shop Software

    Creating beautiful embroidered greeting cards couldn’t be easier with the new 5D Card Shop. The templates perfectly place all sides of your card flawlessly. If you have created cards before and wanted to do them in one hooping but got confused on which way each side should be set, upside down, right side up…5D Card shop has that all figured...
  116. Make it With Wool Contest

    This October the Puyallup Quality Sewing store will host Washington’s Make It With Wool (MIWW) Contest  (formally held at Pacific Fabrics). What is Make It With Wool? MIWW is the longest, continuous promotional entity of the American lamb and wool industry. It began to help promote wool and generate new interest in sewing with wool among young sewers.  Sponsorship of the program...
  117. Free Project: Needle Carrying Case

    As seen in the September Sew Fun Presentation: This soft case is for all of those needles you take out of your machine and want to use again, but don’t want to put back in the package because they aren't “new” anymore. It has a printed grid so you can store and find exactly what you are looking for when...
  118. 2011 APWQ Show

    The APWQ Show a few weeks ago at the Tacoma Convention Center was so inspiring!  I sure hope you were able to attend.  If you missed it, I will try to give you a brief recap. The APWQ (Association of Pacific West Quilters) hosted what will now be an annual show in Tacoma.  There were so many beautiful quilts to...
  119. Snap-Hoop Now Fits More Machines!

    Snap-Hoop has always been a great hooping system. It comes with a flat magnetic top and flat metal bottom frame. Simply lay the fabric over the bottom frame and snap the magnetic top frame in place! Voila! The fabric is secured. You can tug the fabric around between the two layers without distorting it so that you don't have to...
  120. Bernina Convention

    Bernina Convention was just a few weeks ago in San Antonio, Texas. Sandi from the Tacoma store and Robin from the Puyallup store both attended this education-packed event. The most exciting new thing that Bernina debuted was their new Bernina 5 series! Sandi was lucky enough to take a class on the new machine and she loved it: "The...
  121. S.H.A.R.E. is Coming to the Puyallup Quality Sewing Store

    Do you have a desire to help those in need and enjoy the fellowship of working with others of like mind? S.H.A.R.E. (Sending Hugs and Reaching Everywhere) might just fit you perfectly. The S.H.A.R.E. group meets once a month, on the third Wednesday of each month from 1pm—6pm.  Some of the groups that have benefited from S.H.A.R.E.’s efforts are Multicare...
  122. Live from Brother Convention in Nashville!

    Nashville is really hot, and it is not just the weather. The new Brother 2012 products are amazing, and I wanted to share some of them with everyone as soon as possible! Here are the highlights: New Brother Quattro 2 New Top of the Line Quattro 2, NV6700D: Quattro 2 has all of the features of the Quattro 1 including...
  123. Project Runway Bling Machine

    Did you see the crystal-encrusted sewing machine that Brother will be awarding to this season's winner of  Project Runway? This machine was unveiled today at the Brother Convention and will truly be a "shining" symbol of the winner's achievement. Wouldn't it be a fun machine to have? It makes me wonder how long it took to place each of the...
  124. New Sewing Shows on KBTC & KBTC back on DirecTV

    Did you know that KBTC is a great resource for sewing and quilting? KBTC airs many programs that focus on sewing techniques and projects. In fact, two new shows recently started airing: It's Sew Easy and Sew it All. Here is the current line up: • 8:00 AM - Creative Living • 8:30 AM - Quilting Arts • 9:00 AM...
  125. Do You Dream of Designing? Project Runway Starts Thursday

  126. Pacific West Quilt Show is Coming Soon!

    Are you ready to be inspired?  This may be just what you are looking for!  The Pacific West Quilt Show (formally known as the APNQ Quilt Show) is coming to the Tacoma Convention Center August 26-28, 2011. The Show is presented by Pacific West Quilters and offers a Juried & Judged Quilt show & Contest with prizes equaling $25,000 and...
  127. I Love Our New Puppy but Our Carpet Doesn't

    This past fall we got a wonderful new addition to our family.  Roca is the sweetest puppy ever!  The only drawback is that we had just had our carpets cleaned and our sweet little pup didn't come pre-trained or with a bladder larger than a postage stamp. Now that you can surely imagine my plight, let me give you a...
  128. Embroidering with Metallic Threads & the Designer Diamond deLuxe

    Have you ever embroidered with metallic threads?  I just love how they look.  However, when using these temperamental threads, one thing that needs to be considered is that normal tensions and sewing speeds don't always work well for metallic threads. Even when the machine is adjusted for them they can be tricky. I had a very different experience this past...
  129. 5D MultiWave Fill

    Have you upgraded your 5D software with the new FREE features Reva mentioned in our earlier blog post? They are amazing! The MultiWave Fill is powerful and beautiful. This impressive technique allows you to do fills with a default wave fill, or change the wave to any creative style you wish. By changing the line that controls the wave you...
  130. Sewing with Betty Cotton

    This past weekend I was at the Puyallup Store and Audrey was giving a class on Cotton Theory by nationally sought after Author and Designer Betty Cotton. It has been a bit since I have made a project using the Cotton Theory. After seeing how much fun everyone was having, it has encouraged me to start another one. I think that...
  131. Free 5D Embroidery Software Update

    There has been a recent update to the 5D Embroidery software.  If you own either 5D Professional or 5D Suite, this is something that you will want to take advantage of right away.  The new features are amazing! The first thing that you will want to do to be able to take full advantage of the updates is to make...
  132. The Right Tool, The Right Time

    A good tool is valuable; a great tool makes the job easier. A great tool always saves money in the long run because it saves time and frustration. I bought my Brother PR 600 in 2004 and have always relied on its workhorse ethic. It has always been ready to tackle any job. In fact recently I was asked to...
  133. New Viking Diamond Deluxe and new Deluxe Stitch System

    Have you ever heard of Thread Portioning? Until recently, I had never heard of this technology either. Thread portioning is a patented thread delivery system just introduced on the brand-new Viking Designer Diamond Deluxe. What is it? It’s a very clever system for delivering exactly the right amount of thread – the correct portion – for every stitch, embroidery design...
  134. News from the Viking Convention!

    Guest post from Lana L Jones As we traveled to Reno for the Husqvarna Viking Convention the excitement of seeing the new Diamond Deluxe was on our minds. What features could they add that no one else has thought of yet? If you have a top-of-the-line machine, you know it has lots of the most technically-advanced features that make sewing...
  135. Who are the "Stitching Sisters" you ask . .

    They are only one of the most talented and fun Sister teams around!  This dynamic duo is made up of Eileen Roche (embroidery innovator & Editor of Designs in Machine Embroidery Magazine) and Marie Zinno (sewing sensation & Eileen's real life sister). Eileen and Marie, both, became infected with the love for sewing as young adults and have a fresh...
  136. Pinless Pin Weaving

    Do you remember, back in elementary school, how much fun it was weaving construction paper strips together to make a checkerboard placemat?  I always loved that project.  There was something so instantly gratifying to see how the pattern began to form from something so simple. Later, paper turned into fabric.  Strips of fabrics can so beautifully be transformed into a...
  137. PE Next For Your Business

    Increase your productivity – which increases earning potential, by using the exciting new business features included in the Brother PE Design Next Software program. One labor saving item is the Link feature.  Link is available when using PE NEXT with the PR 1000 or PR 650. (Free update for the PR 650 and 650C available on Brothers website, this update...
  138. Anita Goodesign Embroidery Party

    Have you ever been to an Anita Goodesign Embroidery Party? If you haven't you are missing out on tons of fun! What better place can you imagine than a room filled with beautiful top of the line embroidery machines surrounded with happy and excited sewing & embroidery enthusiasts? All gathered together in one place to learn and be inspired by...
  139. 3D Flower Centerpiece Fit for a Fancy Tea

    A friend of mine and I participate in a ladies tea each year.  There is a friendly competition to see who can have the most elaborate and the most beautiful table for 8. Each year we change the color and the flowers.  This year we wanted to do a very colorful table and after I saw the 3D Flowers CD...
  140. Leading Edge Tips & Techniques with Steve Wilson from Anita Goodesign

    If you are unable to attend the Anita Goodesign Embroidery Party on April 28-29th, come visit with Steve Wilson on Saturday April 30th, from 10am to 1pm at the Everett store. Steve will show the newest Anita Goodesign collections and even offer you a sneak peak of what's coming out soon. He will also teach his "quilt as you go...
  141. Show Off Your Quilted Masterpieces at the Pacific West Quilt Show

    Enter your original quilting masterpieces to be judged at the 2011 Pacific West Quilt Show and you could be one of the winners of over $25,000 in cash and prizes. The entry submission deadline is Thursday April 28, 2011. There is a limit of 2 quilt entries plus 1 wearable entry per person. To be eligible to enter a submission...
  142. Take a Tour of the Koala Cabinet Factory in West Chicago, Illinois

    This video tour of the Koala Cabinet Factory in West Chicago, Illinois is worth taking three minutes out of your day to watch! It is fascinating to view the entire process that goes into making each one of the Koala cabinets. Starting simply with raw material and ending with a finished product, there are numerous steps involved in creating each...
  143. Easy Pocket Potholder Project

    It is so hard to find potholders in fabrics that I like or that match my décor. An fast and easy way to get plenty of potholders that match any color scheme is to make your own. I would like to share with you a very easy to make pot holder that has pockets on the back side so that...
  144. The New TrueCut Comfort Cutter by Grace Company

    Grace Company is known for it's TrueCut rotary cutters that in conjunction with their rulers, mats and grips, form a cutting system that enables more accurate cutting. This system is safer and easier than traditional rotary systems. I was so excited to try out the newest rotary cutter available from Grace Company, The TrueCut Comfort Cutter. The Comfort Cutter...
  145. 2011 Sew Expo Highlights

    The 2011 Sewing & Stitchery Expo at the Puyallup Fairgrounds was last weekend. This year's event was bigger and better than ever! A few of our employees  that worked the Sew Expo have highlighted their favorite parts: "It is hard to believe that another Sew Expo has come and gone.  As always, it is so much fun to see...
  146. Effortlessly Scan Images for Embroidery with the New Flip Pal Mobile Scanner

    I  just returned from a trade show in Las Vegas and I'm excited to share with you the neatest thing that I saw there. Brother has just came out with a brand new hand held portable scanner.  You can quickly and easily scan photos and other images without a computer connection. Use the scanned images to create beautiful, realistic...
  147. Sewing for a Cause Follow-up

    Last month we posted a blog about numerous sewing and quilting groups that meet around the Puget Sound region to sew for a charitable organization or cause. We had a fantastic response from numerous readers that participate in groups! Read about these additional groups, plus we included the information posted previously to get the word out about these rewarding opportunities...
  148. Gearing up for the 2011 Sewing & Stitchery Expo!

    Did you know the nation's largest event for sewing enthusiasts takes place right here in the Pacific Northwest? The Sewing and Stitchery Expo is a non-profit educational event that features over 100 seminars daily, hands-on workshops, style shows and over 400 booths that specialize in the latest in fabrics, tools, and supplies! This year Sew Expo will be taking place...
  149. Celebrate National Embroidery Month

    Did you know February is National Embroidery Month? In honor of the national observance of the embroidery craft, we are excited to be hosting an upcoming Anita Goodesign Embroidery Party with Steve Wilson! Last year we had Steve teach an embroidery party, this event was so popular we have arranged to have Steve come again. An embroidery party is...
  150. How to Guide: Cutwork Needles & Embroidery Designs

    One of the newer innovations in home embroidery is cutwork needles. These specialty cutting needles along with specifically digitized designs make it possible to create beautiful cutwork or applique projects on your embroidery machine while your machine does all the fabric cutting. No scissors needed- what a treat! There are needles that are made for Bernina embroidery machines as well...
  151. The Love of Sewing Retreat with Special Guest Nancy Zieman

    We recently hosted the Love of Sewing Retreat with special guest Nancy Zieman at the Puyallup Fairgrounds.  This was a unique opportunity for our customers and employees alike as Nancy only presents four sewing retreats a year. The event was a success and I think everyone had fun! Two of Nancy's samples that inspired me the most were the Trace...
  152. Sewing for a Cause

    It's a new year and we wanted to share ways to benefit the community through sewing & quilting! These organized groups offer a wonderful opportunity to make a difference in our communities while doing what we love...to sew! The Piecemakers Quilting Group Giving back to the community while incorporating their love for quilting, the Piecemakers Quilting Group meets twice a...
  153. Sew Fun Open House Show & Tell

    The Holiday Sew Fun Open Houses were recently completed at all of our stores. What a wonderful fun-filled three weeks! While not able to attend each open house, I loved the ones I attended.  I heard great reports from the Sew Fun Consultants that were at other Open Houses. Do you know we have the most talented customers? It’s...
  154. Interview with Nancy Zieman

    I had the opportunity to interview Nancy Zieman this week! It was so much fun. Thank you to everyone who emailed me ideas of questions. You can see the questions and answers below. If you enjoy reading this interview be sure to attend one or both of the Nancy Zieman lectures at the Love of Sewing Retreat next week...
  155. PE Design Next

    PE Design Next is an easy to use, complete software package that includes: Photo Stitch, Auto digitizing, Digitized fonts plus all the True Type fonts on your computer, Easy editing of existing designs, Resizing with recalculation of stitches, Full manual digitizing tools and much more.  If you already own PE Design Version 5, 6, 7 or 8, the good...
  156. Help Me Interview Nancy Zieman!

    Next week, I am going to have the opportunity to interview Nancy Zieman! What questions should I ask? I really want to know what her favorite sewing projects are and how she became the sewing icon she is. What else do you want to know? Comment on this blog with your questions or email directly at carmen@qualitysewing.com. I can't wait...
  157. Inspirational Show and Tell

    We recently posted a blog about stitchable teddy bears...stuffed bears that are specially designed to be embroidered on. These teddies have been a hot selling item this holiday season.  Gayle, a reader of our blog shared with us her success story with these bears and included pictures of the bears that she stitched for the children in her family. "I...
  158. The Limited Edition Laura Ashley NX-2000 Sewing Machine by Brother

    Laura Ashley has always been a name that was connected to excellence and quality in every aspect of fabric and garment or home decoration products.  Brother machines are also known for their excellence and quality, so it was a match made in heaven when Brother began to offer the special Limited Edition Laura Ashley NX-2000 machine for the sewer who...
  159. Vacuum Survival Tips for the Holidays

    It's that time of year that we are all scurrying around trying to clean our houses before company comes over! It's work enough preparing to entertain, but when your vacuum doesn't work right, it is even harder. Your vacuum cleaner is an important tool to keep your carpets and floors clean. With the holidays coming, your vacuum will be put...
  160. Stitchable Teddy Bear Project

    Just in time for the gift giving season, you can use your standard 4"x4" embroidery hoop to stitch a lovable Teddy Bear! Teddy is designed to be used  on any home embroidery machine. It features a removable stuffing pouch. Just unzip the zipper from the base of the bear and remove the stuffing pouch. You bear is now ready to...
  161. Urban Craft Uprising is this weekend - Seattle's Largest Indie Craft Show!

    Have you been to an Urban Craft Uprising show before? If not, you have been missing out! This is the one stop shop for a large variety of hand-crafted goods including clothing of all types, jewelry, gifts, bags, wallets, buttons, accessories, aprons, children's goods, toys, housewares, paper goods, candles, journals, art, food & much more. The admission is free and...
  162. Little Monsters Sock T-Shirt Project

    This is an adorable kid's t-shirt  that uses socks as sleeves! It's a very easy project to create...all you need is a children’s short-sleeved t-shirt, a pair of  socks for the sleeves and the Anita Goodesign Little Monsters Embroidery Design Pack. 1. The first step is to center and embroider the monster of your choice onto the t-shirt. Each monster has a...
  163. All I want for Christmas is a Sewing Machine

    “All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth”…..was an old song – but a phrase heard often lately is “All I want for Christmas is a sewing machine.”  It seems like all ages are expressing a huge desire to learn to sew! There are many wonderful choices for the perfect sewing machine to place under the Christmas...
  164. Create Your Own Holiday Gift Tags & Enter to Win a Brother SE-400

    Look at this great gift tag project free from Eileen Roche's blog, perfect for adding a personal touch to all your holiday gift giving this season! I plan on using this design to make gift tags that can also be used as Christmas ornaments. I can't wait to add beading and fun ribbon for a little sparkle! A simple...
  165. KBTC Sewing Shows and Recent Pledge Drive

    Do you watch the sewing shows on KBTC? They have a wonderful flight of sewing & quilting related sewing shows each Friday and Saturday morning. We are so lucky to have so many great sewing shows playing in our area! Many communities are lucky to have 1 or 2 sewing shows that play weekly and we have 8 different...
  166. Design the Sewing Room of Your Dreams with Nancy Zieman

    Do you have your own sewing room? I wish I did! I sew in my dining room and living room, stashing my machine and supplies in the hall closet.  I have three small children so the majority of my sewing happens late into the evening hours. I shut down shop when I am not sewing and put away my machine...
  167. Quick and Easy Towel Angel Project

    This is a fast and fun idea for a quick holiday gift.  I received one last year for Christmas from a very creative friend.  All you need to create this unique angel are two kitchen towels, a matching hot pad, a package of extra wide, double fold bias tape, a couple yards of ribbon and some trim of your choice. ...
  168. Bobbin Work

    A new spin in decorative sewing is Bobbin Work.  Bobbin Work allows sewers to use various threads, yarn and ribbon that can’t pass through the eye of a needle in decorative stitches to add texture and make them look hand stitched. Wow, my grandmother would really have appreciated this! It really is an easy process, simply wind the heavy...
  169. Simple Twisted Braid Ornament

    Come to November Sew Fun and see how uncomplicated it is to create this stunning ornament!  It is made simply from a Styrofoam ball, twisted cord, glue and a little ribbon for embellishment. This idea for an easy Christmas ornament was shared with me by an Everett Sew Fun member, Sharon. The braid lengths supply list: For a 2 inch...
  170. Embellishing Delicate Pashminas with Success

    In September Sew Fun we featured embellished Pashmina scarves.  In November Sew Fun you will see more samples of embellished Pashminas. There have been questions about how to care for your Pashmina and what the fiber content is.  First off, what is Pashmina? Pashmina refers to a type of fine cashmere wool and the textiles made from it.  The...
  171. Celebrating 25 Years of Quality Sewing

    So it was September 1985 and Christine and I had our 1200 square foot store in Juanita and our friend Jerry Belvill had his store in the Burien area. We had been sharing the cost of advertising in the Seattle Times with John Coan who owned Ballard Sewing. John decided it was time to retire and sold his store...
  172. The Perfect Seam Allowance

    Quilters often struggle with keeping an accurate ¼” seam. Garment sewers have always known that being just a tiny bit off the seam line can really impact the way a garment fits. That must be the reason that last pair of slacks were a little too tight! Fortunately for all sewers there is a perfect answer to accurate seam widths...
  173. KBTC Pledge Drive This Saturday!

    Be sure to watch KBTC this Saturday morning October 9th from 9am to Noon. Not only will you see the wonderful flight of sewing and quilting shows that broadcast every Saturday, but you will see many Quality Sewing Sew Fun educators and staff answering the phones during the annual pledge drive. Before you say, "pledge drive, I don't want to sit through that...
  174. Kids Summer Sewing Camp

    Six years ago, I was asked if I would like to teach kids to sew. Since I was a retired Home Ec and Elementary school teacher it was a dream of mine for several years. The Kids Summer Sewing Camp was launched and has become a summer tradition at the Bellingham and Mount Vernon store locations. This camp is...
  175. We Have a New Facebook Page

    Check out our new Quality Sewing Facebook page for tips, coupons, special events, show and tell, and more!  Read our helpful sewing tips and tricks posted weekly. Look for coupon specials exclusively for our Facebook fans. Stay up to date on upcoming  events  and classes at your local Quality Sewing store. Post pictures of projects you have completed to share...
  176. Quilting with Your Embroidery Machine

    I love wonderful designs that are used to quilt projects but don't feel skilled enough to create these patterns perfectly by free hand.  In many instances I prefer to do the quilting of my projects with my embroidery machine. This process is really quite simple. Wind a bobbin with the same thread that will be used in the needle. Layer your...
  177. C1100 Pro-Smarter by Pfaff

    There is a new member to the Pfaff Sewing Machine family. Just unveiled at Pfaff convention, this machine boasts many desirable features that will benefit the quilter, home decorator, and garment creator alike. One of the features that I find most appealing is the 9” of well lit working space for large amounts of fabric. This helps make sewing draperies...
  178. My Daughter's Wedding Dress

    I have always loved to sew, and always dreamed of making my daughters wedding dresses...the more ornate the better!  When my first two daughters got married, one wanted just a little embroidery and beading, and the second  wanted her dress very plain and simple.  I made what they wanted, but still wanted to make a challenging dress! I was...
  179. Scan Feature

    The Best just got Better! Owners of the Brother Quattro and the Baby Lock Ellisimo now have an opportunity to add even more innovative features to their incredible machine. Now with the Brother Quattro Upgrade or the Baby Lock Ellissimo Upgrade, you can have these amazing new tools to make your embroidery even easier: Resize – The upgraded Quattro and...
  180. Rekindling Your Love for Sergers

    Have you ever found yourself  “eating crow”?  I have and I sure don't like to acknowledge it, let alone admit it out loud very often.  Recently, I found myself in such a humiliating situation but have only mentioned it to a few.  Well, they say that confession is good for the soul … There is one thing that I know...
  181. Sewing and Quilting Podcasts

    I was lacking some inspiration recently so I decided to head to the web to find other sewers who could help me stitch together a creative pattern. I've subscribed to a few podcasts over the years and I thought I'd search the iTunes store for any sewing podcasts. Turns out there are a few out there in addition to some...
  182. Foolproof Embroidery Design Positioning

    “It is important to have the right tool for the job.” That was some great advice I received from my father.  A new essential tool in the embroidery industry is the snowman marker. What is it that makes this little marker the right tool for the job?  The snowman marker works with the Brother Quattro Sewing/Embroidery machine.  It is a...
  183. Live from Nashville - Brother Introduces a New 10 Needle Machine!

    A Perfect 10 in Nashville the introduction of Brother's new PR1000 embroidery machine. I attended this morning's unveiling of Brother's new embroidery machine and had a chance to sew on it as well. Being spoiled by state of the art embroidery machines from Brother like the Quattro 6000 and PR650, I naturally had high expectations but I was surprised...
  184. Live From PFAFF Convention: 5D Embroidery Part 3

    Today was a very fun 5D Suite day for sure!  In the 3rd in the series of my software Certification classes, I got to focus quite a bit on Design Creator. I am not even sure that I can pinpoint one thing that is my favorite.  Everything I learned has been so great and these new features just blow me...
  185. New Product: Creative Embroidery Cutwork Needle Kit

    Are you like me and just love fun toys?  I get so excited when there is something fun and new! Embroidery is wonderful and it just gets better all of the time.  At this years Pfaff Convention they introduced the Creative Embroidery Cutwork Needle Kit. See video demonstration here. These specially designed needles and embroidery designs do your cutwork for...
  186. Live from PFAFF Convention: 5D Embroidery Software Part 2

    Now that I have had a chance to play with the 5D Suite—I am even more impressed! One of my favorite features of the 4D Suite is Encore. This feature is even better in the 5D Suite.  You might be wondering what Encore is; This is a feature in the software that allows you to take an embroidery design and...
  187. Live from PFAFF Convention: 5D Embroidery Software Part 1

    Finally I am in Minneapolis, MN at the annual Pfaff convention! I have just seen some of the things that the NEW 5D Embroidery Software can do.  Boy am I excited!  Some of the exciting changes are: 5D Embroidery The screen appearance is fresh and large. It seems like the icons are easier to see. There are new wizards that...
  188. New Product: Snap-Hoop in Action

    The Snap-Hoop system in action: I recently had the opportunity to try out the new Snap-Hoop from Designs In Machine Embroidery. This magnetic hoop was really easy to use and worked quite well. The hoop has two pieces to it: a metal base and a magnetic top hoop. Since it comes in different sizes for different machine brands, you will...
  189. YouTube Sewing Channel Roundup

    Are you the type of person that likes to see how a project is done before attempting it yourself? I am. The other day I snooped around YouTube for sewing channels to follow and thought I would compile my findings on the blog. If you're following any sewing channels that aren't listed here please include your picks in the comments...
  190. Embellished QSV Sweatshirts Show and Tell

    This is the 25th year of business for Quality Sewing & Vacuum Centers. To commemorate our anniversary we had Quality Sewing & Vacuum sweatshirts made. We love the creative embroidery and embellishing we have seen on them. If you have embellished your Quality Sewing Sweatshirt and would like to share, email a photo of it to carmen@qualitysewing.com and I will...
  191. Hoop Embroidery in a (Quick) Snap!

    I love having gadgets and gizmos to make my embroidery world easier. It is so nice to take advantage of great innovations to aid with hooping and speed up the process, especially when I am working on a project for profit. So many times I find my self taking these aids for granted. Not long ago I had a request...
  192. Top Tools: Audrey’s “No Wobble Ruler”

    This week we at Shop Quality Sewing are pleased to bring you Audrey Schmitt's story of how she invented the "No Wobble Ruler," which has helped countless customers create marvelous quilts with less frustration. If you've been struggling with trying to cut out perfect half-square pieces for your quilts then read on about how Audrey overcame this obstacle and ended...
  193. Easy Pillow Slipcovers and Fabric Wall Hangings

    When I was at Sew Expo, I found some super fun Echino fabric by Etsuko Furuya, at the Pacific Fabric & Crafts booth. Japanese fabric always so inspiring for me. Last year I put some Echino fabric on my Amy Butler's Birdie Swing Bag. I LOVE it when a vibrant fabric inspires me to get into my “sewing room”. I...
  194. Egg Cozy Cups Dress Up a Special Brunch

    It feels like Spring has finally arrived, and none too soon! We still have a way to go before it completely warms up here in the Puget Sound, but in the meantime here is a 'cozy' Easter project that is quick, easy and egg-stra special to make. (Sorry, could not resist.) Materials Needed: Scraps of fabric, 7"x4" Fusible Interfacing, medium...
  195. KBTC Pledge Drive a Huge Success

    First of all, to all of you who donated to KBTC on Saturday during the pledge drive - THANK YOU!!! We surpassed our goal and raised over $20,000. It was a great day and one of the most successful on air pledge drives ever! All of us from Quality Sewing & Vacuum Centers had a great time answering phones and...
  196. 10 Sewing Tips & Tricks from Baby Lock

    Check out these fun tips that I just came across: Sewing Tips & Tricks - Get organized, get thrifty and get inspired today with these sewing tips for 2010 from Baby Lock: When sewing a garment that require buttons, take one of the extra buttons and sew it to the inside of the garment. If one of the buttons comes...
  197. Sewing & Stitchery Expo Preparation Guide

    Can you believe it? The Sewing and Stitchery Expo in Puyallup is just around the corner. That means it's time to start training. You might laugh, but I am completely serious! There is so much to see and do that it is a very good idea to have a "game plan" in place prior to arrival. First: Prepare yourself. The...
  198. How To Pre-Shrink Wool Crepe

    Don't ever underestimate the ability of a crepe fabric to shrink. I should say - a true crepe fabric, as there are fabrics which are engineered to have a crepe appearance but are not actually made from crepe yarns. A crepe yarn is one that has been spun (or overspun) to the point where the yarn wants to double up...
  199. Fashion Challenge: Make It With Wool

    With Labor Day behind us and the school buses once more appearing on the roads it's impossible to deny that fall is not far behind.  That means it's time for the annual Make It With Wool competition.  This historic national contest provides scholarships for participating youth and promotes the use of wool fiber and fabrics for fashion garments. Youth and...
  200. 10 Must-Have Sewing Tools

    My head is buzzing with plans for my Fall wardrobe from InStyle magazine (my fashion favorite) - a good fashion magazine or two is where I always start. Once I've identified and torn out the styles I love, I head for the pattern catalogs or my own plentiful stash to see what I can match up. My goal is to...
  201. Making Custom Badges With Your Embroidery Machine

    Recently I received this embroidery tip from Pfaff regarding making badges and patches using the applique shapes in 3D/4D.  What a great idea!  The directions are, of course, for doing this project using 3D/4D, but the same idea can be applied to many different brands of machines and embroidery programs.  Enjoy! --Katrina Whether you are making badges for a kids...
  202. Fairs: Tips for Entering Your Sewing Projects

    Every year I enjoy looking at the many different kinds of entries that are on display at The Puyallup Fair. It's wonderful that we have such an amazing artistic heritage here in the Pacific Northwest. Have you ever considered entering your handiwork in the Fair? It's fun and easy and you can even win cash prizes! Not to mention the...
  203. Beat The Heat With Polymer Gel Neckbands

    It's hot out there ... and even hotter in some of our sewing rooms!  Polymer gel-filled neckbands can be a very effective way to make hot days much more comfortable. There are so many cute cotton prints out there - these can be a fashion statement as well as a survival tool!  One container of gel crystals (available at Home...
  204. How To: Machine Embroidery Using Metallic Thread

    Like many machine embroiderers, I have a love/hate affair with metallic embroidery thread. I love the way it shimmers and shines and can add a little extra 'pop' to a design. But sometimes it can be very frustrating to sew with. Having just finished a pair of jeans with one leg entirely embroidered in metallic threads (I get a little...
  205. Crafty Gifts for Grads, Brides and Dads

    Are you a subscriber to the Pacific Fabrics or Quality Sewing email lists? If not, you may be missing out! This week Annette has listed many great ways to make gifts for these special occasions that are not only heart-felt but also useful and fun. You can sign up for these mailings on the home page of their websites. For...
  206. Furoshiki: Make a Summer Bag for Every Outfit

    Have you ever wished that you could change your handbag as easily as you change clothing? If so, this idea is for you. During my recent trip to Japan I learned this trick for utilizing furoshiki. Furoshiki are traditional Japanese wrapping cloths. They are used for everything from an impromptu shopping bag to giftwrap. The introduction of inexpensive paper and...
  207. How To: Needle Felted Cell Phone Charms

    I have just returned from a trip to Japan to study silk cultivation, production and product development. It was an amazing opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding and appreciation for this wonderful natural fiber. Our first day in Tokyo, however, was spent at a huge Craft Show at the Tokyo Big Sight. There were many vendors ranging from locals to...
  208. Working With Silk Dupioni

    It seems like silk dupioni is nearly everywhere these days. Which is a very good thing - not only is it beautiful, but it's also relatively easy to work with. If you haven't tried working with this lovely fabric yet, let me share some tips that might make your sewing experience more enjoyable. Silk dupioni is created by weaving a...
  209. How To: Prepare a Pattern For Fitting

    Fitting a pattern prior to cutting and sewing a garment is one of the most important steps to ensuring a successful garment project.  In training to be a Palmer/Pletsch Certified Sewing Instructor, I have learned some great tips for pattern preparation.  Preparing a pattern prior to fitting takes a few steps, but makes pattern fitting much easier and more accurate...
  210. Ideas: Sewing for Your Sweetheart

    Handmade coffee cozy from web 'how to' by Sharon Neth Look out - Valentine's Day is nearly here! It's not too late to whip up something special for your favorite sweeties. This time of year nothing warms the heart (and hands!) like a nice, hot cup of comfort. Whether your special ones are a coffee, tea or cocoa person, a...
  211. How To: Make the Most of Your Sewing Machine

    A sewing machine can be your best friend (right up there with diamonds), so here's some quick tips to ensure a long and loving relationship. Get to know each other. I'm convinced that each sewing machine has its own personality and sewing style. Whether it adapts to you or you adapt to it, like every relationship it will take some...
  212. How To: Create Custom Templates for Embroidery Placement

    Using a stitched outline template is my favorite positioning tool. To be fair, all of the various tools and techniques I've tried for placing embroidery, whether placement stickers, printed paper templates, etc., have worked just fine and are recommended. Stitched templates just work best for me thus far. The easiest way to create these helpful tools is by using a...
  213. Sewn Eyelets – A New Twist on an Old Technique

    Eyelets stitched using an eyelet plate allow the side seams of this fitted vest to be tied together with jaunty silk ribbon bows, creating a playful vintage look. Eyelets, whether sewn or metal, have been in use for hundreds, if not thousands of years for both utility and decoration. Eyelet plates have been in use for many years, and create...
  214. Create a New Look With Simply Beautiful Seams

    I love to use a variety of seams. Not only for adapting to a particular construction challenge, but especially for decorative purposes. When you have a pattern style that is flattering and you've perfected the fit, it's nice to be able to create multiple versions without simply duplicating your work. Using decorative seams can give a whole new look to...
  215. Dyeing to Match – A Designer’s Challenge

    One of the more unusual and challenging aspects in my work as a designer is doing color work. You might think that the challenges consist mostly of deciding on a theme and coordinating colors together. Yes, that is definitely part of it, but the larger challenge for me is doing custom dye work. Color is a huge part of the...
  216. Project Preparation Tips for Streamlining Your Sewing

    Photo: The back pieces of a vest lining pinned together for quicker assembly. I do not sew quickly. Sometimes it's one of my greatest frustrations. Part of the problem is my penchant for experimentation and challenging projects. I just can't resist trying out new tools and techniques - after all,that is how we learn. While it definitely broadens my sewing...
  217. How To: Simply Perfect Gathering Using Clear Elastic

    I love the look of a lightweight fabric gathered into a shirt yoke, but I really, really dislike stitching gathering threads! Whenever I gather fabric using gathering stitches, it always seems like I either do not distribute the gathers as evenly as I'd like, or I get big tucks here and there, or - worst of all - I end...
  218. Hem Templates Make Hemming Quick and Easy

    Anyone who has used a pattern by The Sewing Workshop (Linda Lee) is likely familiar with the concept of tag board hem templates. Louise Cutting also uses them in the new Industry Insider Techniques DVD from Taunton Press. These are simply strips of heavy paper (tag board) cut to specific widths to make measuring and pressing hem depth a very...
  219. How To: Sew a Quick Flat-Felled Seam

    Flat-fell (or felled) seams are one of the workhorses of the fashion world. They are strong, yet attractive and work well for a variety of applications. Most people think of denim jeans when they think of flat-fell seams but this tidy seam-and-finish in one also lends itself well to other projects. I use it on silks, especially on home dec...
  220. Designer Embroidered Jeans in 4D Part 6: Stitching Out

    At last! We've reached the final stage - stitching out the design. For me, this is the most nerve wracking part of the process. After all the work put into setting up a design, it's exciting and often a bit scary when it comes time to actually stitch out the design. Thankfully, there are some options for stitching out the...
  221. Designer Embroidered Jeans in 4D Part 5: Splitting Design

    Time for the final step before stitch-out - splitting the design! Remember that you can click on any image to see a bigger picture if needed. First, I will open up the 4D Design Aligner program - the button looks like a multicolored ball. That, in turn will launch the Load Design Wizard. To the left is the first screen...
  222. Designer Embroidered Jeans in 4D Part 4: Optimizing Design

    So, to recap: we've determined the size of our overall design and made a custom hoop size, we've selected our embroidery motifs, and we've combined the motifs to create our overall design. Now we're going to optimize our design for more efficient stitch out. First of all, I make sure to save my design - this will also combine the...
  223. Designer Embroidered Jeans in 4D Part 3: Combining Designs

    I've mentioned in a previous posting how much I enjoy many of the new machine embroidery designs. There seems to be a trend developing away from 'single motif' embroidery toward more modular designs that can be combined in a number of ways to create many different looks. It's this 'mix and match' ability that makes the Fashion Roses design set...
  224. Designer Embroidered Jeans in 4D Part 2: Choosing a Design

    Now comes the fun part - choosing the design! I purchased my first embroidery machine 10 years ago, and as a result, I likely own more embroidery designs than I will ever stitch out in my lifetime! And I am very certain that I will continue to collect designs that capture my interest. That being said, I think we are...
  225. Designer Embroidered Jeans in 4D Part 1: Building a Custom Hoop

    Jeans being measured for embroidery size on my messy cutting table It's time for a new pair of embroidered jeans. I'm down to one pair of elaborately embroidered jeans with the Roses For Mary design by Jenny Haskins. And I've just noticed that the small hole in the knee (that was actually there before embroidery) is starting to grow. My...
  226. Bundle Up Your Sewing Projects

    Bundled projects waiting patiently No, I'm not talking about the weather, although I must say that its mildly frustrating to be still wearing sweaters when it's nearly the middle of June! Bundling is adapted from the garment industry. In factory terms, it traditionally refers to the practice of processing bundles of related garment components (such as shirt fronts with prepared...

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  1. Quick Halloween Ghostly Embroidered Plush

    Hello! This is Chris with Quality Sewing, and I’d like to show you how I made these adorable little plush ghosts with the Brother Dream Machine: I confess I’m actually not much of a sewist; I work behind the scenes of Quality Sewing in advertising. But the Dream Machine is so unbelievably easy to use that even I could do...
  2. Tip from Reva: Decorative Stitching at Its Best

    Our machines have the most beautiful decorative stitches that are so fun to use and can add an artistic touch to your next project. Here are a few tips that can help make your stitching have the most impact: Stabilize - Decorative stitches are a form of embroidery and you will get the best results if your fabric is stabilized...
  3. September Sew Fun Harvest Sweatshirt Tutorial

    This is a fun use for an embroidery design set that was originally designed to be a table runner. Lee decided to be extra creative and use the design set to embellish a cute sweatshirt jacket. It was simple to do and makes quite an impact. You could use a variety of design sets to create your own stunning project...
  4. Tip from Reva: Convenient Pinning Pins

    Convenient pinning pins are an absolute necessity in one's sewing room. Not all pins are created equal, though, and this is why most sewists have several different styles of pins within easy reach while working on a project. The style that I use the most are the Clover Flower Head Pins: Here are some of the finer points (pun intended...
  5. Tip from Reva: Etched In Stone... Well, Glass Anyway: Glass Etching with the Brother ScanNCut

    I love to explore and try many different creative techniques. Lately I have been exploring glass etching using my Brother ScanNCut. The supplies needed for Etching on glass are very simple: • Etching Cream - this does the actual work • Plastic Spatula - to apply a nice, even coat of cream • Mask Vinyl - cut your design out...
  6. Sewing Tips from Reva: Make Those Threads Behave

    Decorative threads, such as, Mylar and metallic can be so beautiful and add such interest to your project.  There is one thing, besides their beauty, that they all have in common, they can be oh so very temperamental. There are a couple of things that I have found to be helpful when working with theae styles of threads: Use the Right Needle...
  7. Tips from Lana & Friends

    Tips for July Sew Fun Projects! From Doree Shandera – “Mix the flavored Best Press with the unflavored Best Press to tone down the fragrance.” Love this idea as I want the pretty fragrance, but not the strong smell…Perfect! From Amanda Brown – Use a Heat gun to gently shrink the stitching into place. Hats are a perfect place for...
  8. Sewing Tips from Reva: Sometimes You Just Have to Let Things Slide

    Have you ever worked with vinyl, leather, oil cloth, microfiber, or any other type of material that had a surface that was difficult to feed through your machine? Did you know that the source of relief for this frustrating situation could be as simple as changing your sewing foot? Try a teflon, or non-stick foot! This foot has a teflon...
  9. Sewing Tips from Reva: The Easiest Way to Cut Appliques for Your Embroidery!

    Have you seen what the new update for the ScanNCut CM550DX can do? It's simply amazing!! Let me show you how quickly you can take an applique that is from your machine and have your SNC cut it out automatically for you. This info works with any Brother embroidery machine that has a color touch screen. 1) Choose an...
  10. Ann's "White and Black Binding"

    From Ann: As I have been traveling around with Sew Fun I have had numerous requests for a copy of three demos I have done on Binding. I thought the easiest way would be to post them on the blog and then you could read and copy them. Here they are: Foolproof Binding Method Starting and Ending the Binding White...