Sewing with Nancy and Amazing Designs 2 in 1 jacket design set

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Just in time for Mother’s Day is this beautiful embroidered jacket. “Sewing with Nancy” and Amazing Designs have teamed up to create the 2 in 1 design and placement kit complete with multiple sizes in a Mc Call’s Pattern.

Using Amazing Design “Place and Stitch” techniques, Nancy shows you how to stitch out beauitful embroidery that is perfectly placed.

Several embroidery collections are included in the CD including floral, scroll and leaf designs. Each collection is perfectly designed to fit the jacket collar, pleat, cuffs, yoke and more. Watch the video and compare the techniques and designs. I am sure you will want to sew and embroider this masterpiece for your own. Wear your new jacket this Mother’s Day or give as a gift for the mom who loves machine embroidery.

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Decorative stitches are fun

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If you do not use decorative stitch you do not know what you are missing. I wanted to “show case” the use of several decorative stitch combination to give you an idea of how the creative combinations create some beautiful borders.

It does not matter what kind of sewing machine you have, just think about the borders you can make. The key is the open toe foot . There are several types of open toe feet.  I like to use organdy or stitch in the ditch stabilzer if the fabric is not stiff enough to support the stitching.

Another way to use the decorative stitches is the circular stitcher.  I carry the Singer and the Brother stitcher. This is a very creative tool.I have a brief video on the stitcher at this link.

Looking at the samples to the left you will see the borders start with a centering stitch. Straight stretch stitch frames a lot of border stitching. Ribbon insertion with the ladder stitch adds a nice touch. Pintucks also add to the border creation using a twin needle. On the soft fabric the tucks form naturally.  I also use the hem stitch   to create holes in the organdy using a wing needle. Watch some of the videos on how to use the feet here!

If you do not own a decorative stitch machine and want one I have several “like new” products you may enjoy. The first 2 borders were made on the Singer Stylist 3400. I am also sharing the 2 dress made using heirloom techniques and the Singer 3400. The last picture is of the 3400 screen and  choosing your stitch. The stitch number is chosen and the machine instantly gives you the decorative stitch.

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serger ruffler purse by Jenny’s Sewing Studio

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I was inspired by Vera Bradley. Vera has a purse named “Cha Cha”. I saw this purse and fell in love with the design and thought it was perfect for construction using my serger. I had all the materials.  Below are the instructions and pictures of my creation. Continue reading

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Creative Feet makes your sewing machine more creative!

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Creative Feet fit all sewing machines that have a zigzag stitch. Even though there are only 3 Creative Feet, they are able to do over 88 different techniques. Jenny’s Sewing Studio is having a great sale on Creative feet so check it out!

Creative Feet have proudly been featured on Sewing T.V.shows such as: Sewing with Nancy, Sew Perfect, America Sews, Kaye’s Quilting Friends, Quilt in a Day, Aleene’s Creative Living, Home Shopping Network/HSN. Continue reading

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Maderia Incredible Thread boxes

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See the video about the Maderia incredible threadable box.  It’s a thread case, it’s a thread rack, it’s dozens of spools of beautiful Rayon No. 40 embroidery thread and a free embroidery design CD. It’s Madeira’s unique 3-in-1 thread assortment!

Choose from two Rayon spool sizes; each Incredible Threadable contains spools, a customized embroidery design CD from Anita Goodesign with 42 customized designs, a complete printed color card, and a handy carry strap:

  • Rayon 220 Box: 80 spools of 220yd/ 200m rayon embroidery thread plus 2 spools of 1650yd/ 1500m Bobbinfil bobbin thread. see the video for Incredible Threadable Gift Boxes  for $99.00
  • Video for Rayon 1100 Box: 40 spools of 1100yd/ 1000m rayon embroidery thread plus 2 spools of 1650yd/ 1500m Bobbinfil bobbin thread. Buy it here for $159.99.  
  • Each spool is neatly organized by color family and stored in its individual thread pocket. Each pocket is identified with the thread color, number and name so spools can be easily removed, replaced and refilled.

    To load and pre-thread up to 12 colors at one time is a snap. Pull all colors needed for your embroidery design. Place polls in thread chambers in color order, working left to right on each side. Pull each thread up from its chamber and through to its corresponding thread guide. For best results, thread should feed from the outside of the spool. Close the doors and stand up the box on its included base to the right of your machine.

    Grasping all threads at once, clip ends to even, using the built-in thread cutters. Thread your machine with the first color and being stitching. Repeat for each color. Thread should feed from the right side of the box, up and through the guides, and directly into your machine. Simply rotate the box to access the second set of chambers on the reverse side. Guides can be thread from both sides if you are using both sides of the box.

    Also see the metallic Glamour Incredible threable thread box.

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    Free motion machine embroidery made easier!

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    terrywhite150I know I have talked a lot about free motion embroidery in the last couple of weeks but I felt you would enjoy this artist and some of the ideas that you can try using these easy to do techniques.

    All you need is straight stitch!

    freemotionwithterrywhiteI have discovered Terry White! Her free motion work is the best I have ever seen and her techniques add lots of texture to the embroidery. You can do this! We are now offering Terry’s instructional CD’s on how to do beading, free motion thread painting and special effects.

    Here is a link to watch one of Terry’s video’s to see how easy she is to follow.

    rugfreemotionIf you think free motion machine embroidery is a fun venue you may want to consider several products to make the task easier. I have told you about the alpha sew table. This product will extend your sewing surface for much easier free motion work. Try the Octi hoop! This hoop makes free motion sewing so smooth and easy to manage. The Juki is the idea machine for the avid quilter and sewer. The TL98Q gives the sewer a perfect straight stitch with speed and smooth sewing ability. The F300 Juki is also a great choice for the sewer who wants decorative sewing and a wide bed and a perfect quilting machine.  The F300 is my personal pick!

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    Embroidery can be easy! All you need is straight stitch!

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    show29All you need is straight Stitch!  You can create lovely artwork on a simple fabric just by using straight stitch. Creative Feet came up with a method of design transfer where you can use a see through sticky washaway to print and press on your pattern picture to the top of the fabric.. viola your pattern is ready.  Using small straight stitch strokes with your machine in a free motion set-up, you can create breath taking artwork on  pillows, quilts and clothing. Use the octihoop to make the embroidery process even easier. The octihoop kit comes with a small roll of the stabilizer plus the hoops. Watch the video on the basic process.precious150cat All the pictures I have posted use just straight stitch embroidery. You can also do stippling too.

    I have pictured my Singer Futura with the brand new Alpha sew table. The table is a wonderful extension to my machine pdtable150because it keeps the fabric on the table and not hanging off the machine. The support is also working well for quilt stippling and free motion quilting and embroidery. I am looking forward to trying the new Octihoop and do some free motion embroidery on the machine.

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    Octihoop comes to Jenny’s Sewing Studio

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    I used to love to do free motion embroidery. When embroidery machines came along I gave up my free motion artwork for the computer generated designs.

    octi_dvdBe one of the first to enjoy Clare Rowley’s latest invention! With this (patent pending) product everyone can embroider anything with any sewing machine! Yes! Even if all you own is a Treadle sewing machine.With these hoops, you will not have to stretch your fabrics between 2 rings. You don’t need to learn software, because there is no software required. You can take an image from a hoop_on_machinecoloring book, clipart or a photo and embroider it on anything from baby socks to dog collars. One of the amazing featues of this hoop is how well it controls the fabric so you don’t need a foot at all for just about every fabric.

    Watch several videos on how the Octihoop can be used for perfect machine quilting, free motion embroidery, and even cap embroidery. It is amazing! See how you can print out any clip art and use it as a pattern for embroidery. See how you can do lovely layers of embroidery for a more detailed look than computerized embroidery.

    Do not miss the Octihoop. Order yours today.

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