Making embroidered napkins

April 4th, 2015
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Embroidery using my Singer Studio S10

Print a template in your studio program for positioning

finished using the small hoop

In the next few months I have 2 wedding showers and 2 weddings for my nephews Andrew and Mike. I like to give personal gifts that the receiver can look at and say in later years, that was made by my Aunt Jennifer and Grandmom.  I am making each couple a set of 12 napkins for future entertaining and have found napkin rings that are also neutral. The first decision was color.  I asked and asked and no one could give me color so I made a neutral ivory 20″ square napkin using my rotary cutter to cut the napkins from a poly rayon 60″ wide fabric. I wanted a napkin that would be easy to launder or I figured they would not be used.  Next I serged all the edges with a narrow 3 thread edge in matching thread and fray checked all the corners.

In the Studio embroidery program I used Hyper font and Auto punch to create letters and frames to fit the small hoop. Always center the design and save as JEF. I saved the designs on a formatted USB stick that was ready for the Studio to read. Print some of the designs to create a template for positioning. Most diagonal designs are positioned 3″ from the point of the napkin. Plug the USB into the Studio and you are ready to start embroidery.

I decided to use the small hoop because I did not have to stabilize the small size. Using the template cut to fit the point of the napkin, I slid the template under the napkin so I could be the position of the center of the design.  I marked the napkin with a target sticker. I can use the same sticker over and over again.  Next I hooped the napkin with the small hoop. The overlay worked perfectly to help keep the fabric positioning correct. Only 23 napkins left to do.

Positioning using the hoop overlay to hoop the napkin. The target sticker marks the center

 

 

 

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Singer Futura Embroidery Seminar coming at Jenny’s Sewing Studio

April 2nd, 2015
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Teddie is a student from the November 2012 class.

Teddie is a student from the November 2012 class.

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Jenny’s Sewing Studio will hold a 2 day Singer Futura seminar in Salisbury, MD at Hancock Fabrics. Class is scheduled for June 27th and 28th 2015.  Enroll early as space is limited.  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 410-677-3461 to enroll at Hancock.

 

 

 

 

 

The Singer Futura Embroidery seminar will be held  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, XL580, XL420, 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. All software must be applied before class. All students must be knowledgble on basic computer use and file management.

I hope to see you in Salisbury, MD !  Class is $150.00. Once you enroll, email jenny@jennys-sewing-studio.com 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.
To enroll in the seminar Call Hancock at 410-677-3461.

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Brenda

Brenda

 

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New sewing notions and products at Jenny’s Sewing Studio

March 9th, 2015
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I am always on the outlook for new and useful products. Here are a few new products I have added to the web site cart.
Blue Fig has introduced a new designer series of sewing machine luggage. Check out these lovely color combinations in contemporary Purple, Yellow and Grey. The combo includes a trolley, a project bag and a notions bag.

I have also added a new sewing light. This flexible light is great for close up sewing with dark fabrics and ripping. I hope you do not have to rip, but I know I do. Place a spotlight on your sewing.

Embroidery Compass makes placement and stabilizing easy. This unique tool will help all embroiderers choose the correct stabilizer, topping, needle and technique for any project. Just dial the pointer to the type of fabric to be embroidered and the chart give you suggestions for each step of the embroidery process. Click here for a quick video on how the compass works.embroidery compass

Embroiderer’s Helper is a tool used to position embroidery on multiple sizes of shirts so the embroidery is accurately placed at the front breast area. Especially helpful for Tee shirts and sweatshirts. Embroiderer’s Lil Helper is a tool used to position embroidery on multiple sizes of shirts so the embroidery is accurately placed above the pocket area. Watch the video to see how these to placement tools work.

Click Here for a video on how the Embroider’s Helper and Embroider’s Lil Helper works! combo

 

 

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Add Monograms to your computer embroidery ability

March 5th, 2015
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pack1 fancy circleOne of the most used embroidery fonts are Monograms! Image Makers (formerly Compucon USA) has introduced a new Stitch & Sew ( S&S) software level called S&S Monogrammer. This new Lettering & Editing level can contain from 58 to 60 fonts (35 general purpose fonts were selected by Image Makers and they let you choose 4 (four) Font Packs from their current total of 11 font packs ( available pack styles are Monograms ,FUN , Block, Script, Mock-Meister and Military). All fonts are Hand made, keyboard, Resizable and Editable fonts.
You can view all the Font Packs at this link.  Write down your Font pack choices then order S&S Monogrammer and write in your 4 Font Pack choices in the comment section of the Order form.

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Quilted Fabric Purse

February 20th, 2015
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Quilted Fabric Purse

In a recent class of the Quilted Fabric Purse my student made this lovely purse.  If you zoom in you can see she personalized the pocket with her name “Jeannie” and framed the name with decorative stitches built-in to her sewing machine. The technique used on this purse was strip piecing. Jeannie used a prequilted base and about 6 different 1/4 yard fabrics cut 2 1/2″ wide strips. The purse has 6 inside pockets and 2 outside pockets. Everything is complimented with the contrasting black trim.

I hope to see you in our next Fabric Quilted Purse. This class is easy enough for beginning sewers but interesting enough for all to try. Enroll now! $40.00
Wednesday March 18th 10:00-4:30pm
Saturday May 2nd 10:00-4:30pm

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Visit Esty at Jenny’s Sewing Studio

February 13th, 2015
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Occasionally I sell my my sewing room and class samples to create new ones. My samples at Hancock’s have come down for a refresh and you will benefit from some projects I have made. Most samples have a lot of time and technique in them and are one of a kind works of art. I show case the sewing machine, serger and embroidery machine. am still adding works as I have time so check back often.  Jenny

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“Creative Feet” and “Hoop it all” join forces

February 13th, 2015
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octihoopaugustAs of December 1st 2014 Creative Feet and Hoop it all came together to form a much bigger and better company. Hopes are that now you will see additional hat hoops for those machines that have been in need. Also you can now take advantage of the wonderful creative feet now available at Jenny’s Sewing Studio. Save an additional 5% off our web site prices using JENHIA at checkout for either Hoop it all or Creative Feet for a limited time.

Hoop it all hoops give you the flexibility to embroider hats and have the ability to slide from hooping position to hooping position with ease. Attaching a hoop it all hoop is easy when you use the hooping bracket that Hoop it all provides. Hoop it all does not expand the embroidery field of your machine but gives you the ability to combine embroideries and go from embroidery to embroidery without rehooping, depending on the type of hoop it all you buy. Expand your machines abilities with the hoop it all hoop.

Hoop it All has a hoop for almost every machine and every embroidery need. Embroider borders, quilt blocks and hats with your embroidery sewing machine. “Hoop it all” is available for Singer, Baby lock, Janome, Baby Lock, Brother, Viking and other machines.

Creative feet, Pearls and Piping foot, Creative Feet Satinedge foot, Creative Feet Sequins ‘N Ribbon foot. Generic feet and sewing machine accessories from Creative Feet add a wonderful addition to your sewing machine’s ability to perform sewing projects.

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The Girl Scouts Learn to Sew in 2015

February 12th, 2015
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0208151616cOn Sunday Jenny’s Sewing Studio was visited by 4 Girl Scouts eager to try out sewing. I provided the sewing machines for them and had them, threaded in advance, so we could focus on stitching, seam allowances, reverse and pivoting. Each girl created a pin cushion and a small zipper bag. Here are the fashion pix.

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