Make a placemat and learn a new Sewing or Quilting Technique

April 17th, 2014
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Placemats- For Beginners and Intermediate sewers. Our placemats will explore many different sewing and quilting techniques. This is a great way to learn binding, strip piecing, use of decorative stitches, free motion quilting, and some placemats will cover the use of your serger. Let’s make some creative mats braid in dayfor each season of the year. The first ½ hour will be used to pick your colors and purchase fabrics. Choose between Braided Mat, Free Motion Mat, Applique mat, Reversible Quilted Mat, Strip Pieced Mat, and Watercolor Mat. Free Pattern for most classes. Take this class again and again to learn a new technique. Fee is $30.00.  See more information on the placemats at this link. To enroll call Hancock at 410-677 3461

Wednesday May 7th 1:30-4:30pm (your choice)
Wednesday May 21st 1:30-4:30pm (Flag serger placemats..Bring your serger)
Wednesday June 25th 1:30-4:30pm (your choice)

easter egg

heart placemat

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Singer Futura Seminars for June 2014

March 31st, 2014
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DeeEnroll now for the Futura Seminar June 21st and 22nd. Limited space so enroll early. The Futura embroidery seminar is held at Hancock fabrics in Salisbury, MD.
Learn to use the base program, lettering, hyper font, auto punch and editing in our 2 day event. I will also cover embroidery placement, stabilizers, hooping technique, information on threads, needles and bobbins. You will make your own monogram too. Bring your machine, laptop loaded and ready to use, scissors, red thread, and sewing and knitting gauge. Make sure you have a mouse and mouse pad too.

Here are students from my last seminar on March 1st and 2nd 2014. Meet Dee, Brenda and Judy!

Futura #2 Seminar!  I am offering a review and embroidery technique class. I will cover embroidery design placement in corners and on ribbon, cut work, 3-D embroidery and twin needle monogramming. The date for my Futura #2 seminar is to July 12th and 13th 2014.

Call Hancock at 410-677-3461410-677-3461 to enroll in my Salisbury, MD class.





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Multihooping using templates

March 3rd, 2014
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hiafutura.jpgWhat is Multi-hooping? When you have a large design layout, you can plan and execute the marking, hooping and embroidering one area at a time to build the large design. A good example would be embroidered borders.  I Multi-hoop using printed design templates. This technique can be done on most embroidery software. If you need a program to print your design template download EOS for free. Open your design, center and print the design at 100% of size.

First center the design.

Print of each design template in your embroidery software.

Tape the printed templates together to form the completed design. This will allow you to visualize the complete size and how much fabric you need.  ( completed Border repeat or Quilt Block, Pillow Case border Belt or Purse Strap etc.)

Using an awl or hohiatemplatemarking.jpgle punch, punch 5 small holes to locate the center. (center, and one on each of the 4 cross hair ends.)

Lay the new and larger template on your fabric and mark the centers and cross hair and connect them to form the design centers.

When hooping the fabric I use sticky paper.  Remove the release sheet after the paper is hooped and mark the cross hair with a permanent marker on the sticky paper. Align the cross hairs of the marked garment with the sticky paper marking.

Here is a video I did a while ago on a quilt block planning using the Futura software . The embroidery multi-hooping technique is pretty much the same no matter which software you use.

Here is a video of the hooping technique using a hoop it all.

See Super Long Hoop it Alls!

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Embroidery on Ribbon and Webbing

February 18th, 2014
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embroidery on ribbonI am sure you have thought about placing lettering and embroidery designs on straps, ribbon, and webbing. I will show you how to do this embroidery technique using tools in the Futura embroidery!  I have used auto punch  and editing and lettering options and show this in a brand new video. Take a look!

A lot of these technique involves sticky paper. We sell “Stick it All” and “Peel and Stick”. Both sticky papers will help you embroider items that can not be hooped. To see technique on stabilizers and hooping read this prior article on design placement.  I have loaded a link for Singer video to watch on proper hooping and stabilizer techniques.

JeanniecropLearn more about using your Futura software in our upcoming Futura Seminar June 7th and 8th at Jenny’s Sewing Studio in Salisbury, MD. The class is small but I still have 2 seats available. Class is a 2 day event and held at Hancock fabrics. To enroll call Hancock’s at 410-677 3461410-677 3461.

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Placemats Classes and Patterns from Jenny’s Sewing Studio

January 23rd, 2014
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heart appliqueLearning to sew or starting to sew again? I think students can learn to sew and become more confident of their sewing skills with fast and easy projects. I offer a few classes that will help you learn and have some fun with your machine. Some ideas include Fabric Quilted Purse, Strip pieced Wallet, and Sewing for the Home. My newest project class is “Placemats”!

I will create a new Placemat idea and pattern the seasons of the year. Take a class now and take one later to make all the creative applique, patchwork and decorative stitch ideas. My first placemat class is Sunday January 26th from 12:30pm till 4:30pm. We will be creating a valentine applique placemat. Learn to applique, Use your decorative stitches, machine quilt, do strip piecing and do a quilt binding.

heart placematIn  April I will do an Easter Egg placemat. Come and have some fun at Jenny’s Sewing Studio. I will be looking for you.  Here is a link to the patterns and to the class schedule.

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My Dad Charles Gray Friedel

January 8th, 2014
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skipjack1On Monday January 6th 2014, my Dad, Charles Gray Friedel passed away. My mom and I will miss him greatly.

If you did not know him,  my dad was the sewing machine repairman at Jenny’s Sewing Studio for over 30 years plus he was a great father, a wonderful husband to my mom and they were married 67 years. He was know by many sewers in the Salisbury, MD area for his knowledge and expertise with sewing machine repairs. I still receive calls daily requesting his services.

We will celebrate his life on January 9th at Bethany Lutheran Church in Salisbury, MD at 11:00 am. If you are in the area you are welcome to attend the service.

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Singer Futura Embroidery Seminar coming at Jenny’s Sewing Studio

January 3rd, 2014
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June 7th and 8th   Class is full!  (Additional class is scheduled for June 21st and 22nd. Enroll early as space is limited.) Jenny’s Sewing Studio will hold a 2 day Singer Futura seminar in Salisbury, MD at Hancock Fabrics. I hope you will join me as we explore the use of the embroidery machine.  This seminar is designed to benefit the brand new user as well as those who want to brush up on their skills. Class is limited so enroll early.  Call 410-677-3461410-677-3461 to enroll at Hancock.






The Singer Futura Embroidery seminar will be held June 21st and 22nd  2014 Saturday 10-5pm and continuing Sunday 10 – 4pm. Singer has introduced quite a few Futura models and I will cover how to use them all including the The Futura Quintet, the XL400, 4-1, XL550, Futura Quartet or the SESQ6000 SEQS 6700 and more.   The software for all the machines is basically the same.

You will cover how all the basic embroidery functions like loading a design, centering, printing a the template for positioning, changing colors, use the design browser, copy and paste designs, use the embroidery anthology, change the screen color, load the hoops, use the grid, use the lettering engine, learn the draw package and more. I will also cover all the options. Learn to use the Auto Punch, Hyper Font and Photo Stitch. Once you create a design we will edit it using editing option. Make lace, make a simple applique, and add texture to your design. If you own the options you can create along with me. If you do not, watch the demos.  If you are interested in purchasing the options like Auto Punch, Photo Stitch, Cross Stitch, Hyper Font and Editing, order about 2 weeks before the class to make sure you get the option and have it loaded on your computer to use in class.

The Futura’s must be in working order and all software must be loaded in a laptop and ready to use. If you own an older Futura, all software updates must be applied before class. If you have a Futura CE100/200 you will need to upgrade the software before taking class. All students must be knowledgble on basic computer use and file management.  Jenny’s Sewing Studio has the upgrade for purchase.

I hope to see you in Salisbury, MD !  Class is $150.00. Once you enroll, email for class outline and what to bring. I will need your name, address, phone number including cell phone, make and model of Futura and options owned.
Call Hancock at 410-677-3461410-677-3461 to enroll.



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Endless Hoop Designs

January 1st, 2014
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Igray and yellow purse2 have been having fun with the endless hoop on the Futura Quintet. I thought the border designs would be great for my Strip pieced purse pattern.  The Futura Quintet has a lot of the border designs built-in. As you can see by my sample I used the large floral pattern. The only problems I ran into was that the jump stitches were so long that the top thread would break between the branches. Advise is to slow the machine way down and turn off the cutter.

I cut a solid strip purseflapof fabric about 6″ wide and I stabilized the strip with fuse and tear on the wrong side of the fabric. To keep the design in line make sure the fabric strip is cut straight to line up with guide on the inside of the hoop.  The machine will sew markers to align with at the beginning and the end of the design.

I have a pieced purse class in Salisbury, MD on January 15th. Make the wallet to match on January 20th. This project is good for all that know sewing machine use. Here is a picture of Holly, one of my purse students, showing off her new purse. Holly has only been sewing for 1 year. DSCN2281

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