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  1. 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...
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  2. 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...
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  3. 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...
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  4. 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...
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  5. 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. ...
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  6. 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...
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  7. 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...
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  8. 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...
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  9. 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...
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