• free-motion quilting for beginners session

    Free-Motion for Beginners – Quilting Session

    FREE-MOTION FOR BEGINNERS Drop those feed dogs and join us for a free-motion journey! This on-demand Session activates March 12, 2024. Reserve your spot today! With this extensive Session, you’ll tackle your free-motion fear and finish your own quilts and quilty projects with decorative thread painting, stippling, meandering and more. You’ll learn how to use your home sewing machine and set it up for successful stitching in order to accommodate larger pieces and quilt thicknesses. Learn the differences between thread weights and types so you can choose the right one for your project. Plus, get expert instruction on how to begin and end a stitching line, maintain consistent stitch length and much, much more. Plus, Ellen March will take you through…

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    Sewing Knits vs Woven Fabrics

    Sewing Knits vs Sewing Wovens Sewing knits is slightly more challenging than sewing woven fabrics. For one, knits have varying degrees of stretch. We need to tame the stretch to avoid wavy, and sometimes inaccurate, seams. As long as we aren’t stretching the fabric during sewing, knits can easily be tamed. The great thing is that you can use either a standard sewing machine or a serger when sewing knits. The latter allows for a nicer finish and helps tame the stretch factor, too. But a standard sewing machine also creates nice results. Typically, patterns designed for knit fabrics are not suitable for wovens and vice versa. However, there are…

  • FLEECE PILLOW with FAUX FUR EMBROIDERY

    Sew a Fleece Pillow with Mammoth Fur Embroidery

    Sew a Fleece Pillow with “Mammothly Merry Christmas” Machine Embroidery Sew a fleece pillow for the holidays with our NEW Mammothly Merry Christmas Machine Embroidery Design. Brush the Sulky Filaine Threads in the design to fluff the wooly mammoth and create a faux fur effect! The supplies listed are enough to create one 12″ square pillow. FLEECE PILLOW SUPPLIES Sulky Mammothly Merry Christmas Machine Embroidery Design (by Jennifer Carson of Fur & Feather Friends) Magnetic embroidery hoop (optional, yet very helpful!) Sulky Stabilizer Sticky Fabri-Solvy™ Solvy® Sticky+™ Slitting Pen (optional; if not using a magnetic hoop) (2) 13″ squares of fleece fabric (1) 14″-long all-purpose polyester zipper 12″-square pillow form…

  • Holiday Table Runner Videocast: Tinsel & Trimmings

    Create a Holiday Table Runner featuring hand or free-motion embroidery & quilting with fun threads HOLIDAY TABLE RUNNER VIDEOCAST Join us LIVE on October 11, 2022 at 2pm ET for this holiday table runner videocast! You’ll learn how to create a beautiful holiday table runner, featuring new embroidery designs by Gail Pan, a world-renowned embroidery, appliqué and quilt designer from Australia. REGISTER NOW> First, Gail will go over her adorable hand embroidery patterns while teaching a stress-free transfer method. You’ll learn basic hand embroidery stitches, proper spacing for stitches and more. Then, Ellen March will take you on a free-motion embroidery journey to recreate Gail’s designs by machine. She’ll use the same…

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  • free Needle Case pattern with hand embroidery templates

    Needle Case for Safe & Pretty Storage

    Needle Case – Free Pattern! designed by Chelsea Briner, Sew Simple Home This quick-and-easy needle case is a fun project that houses your sewing needles and protects them, too. Add hand embroidery elements to the case front for a bit of personalization and pops of color. Print the included design or a design of your choice onto Sticky Fabri-Solvy or Stick ‘n Stitch to easily transfer the design and stitch through all layers before removing under running water. GRAB THE FREE PATTERN> Celebrate National Sewing Month by creating this Needle Case to keep your most-used needles safe, organized and stylish, too! If desired, add machine embroidery instead of hand embroidery…

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    How to Embroider a Can Koozie Blank

    Embroider a Can Koozie Learn how to embroider a can koozie with this quick tutorial. A can koozie makes a great gift for Father’s Day, birthdays or any time of year. Find a fun design that fits the can koozie front or use software to resize a design to fit. CAN KOOZIE SUPPLIES Can Koozie Blank (SPOILER ALERT: find one in our 35th Anniversary Mystery Box! Available for purchase on 6/17/22!) Sulky Rayon or Poly Deco™ Thread (machine embroidery; colors according to chosen embroidery design) Poly Deco™ Thread (construction; one spool for sewing machine, 3 or 4 spools for serging) 60 wt. Bobbin or PolyLite™ Thread Organ® 90/14 Embroidery Needles…

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  • quick & easy baby quilt

    Easy Baby Quilt for Beginners to Sew

    Make an Easy Baby Quilt using fat quarters! Give the gift of an easy baby quilt to a new mom! Start with this free quilt pattern from Sew Can She, and personalize it in numerous ways. Grab the Blooms & Breezes 50 wt. Cotton Thread Palette for Quilting to have 10 thread spools in shades that are perfect for a baby of either gender. With blues, pinks, purples and teals, you’ll be able to switch threads based on your chosen fabrics for each block. In addition to quilting, use this thread for piecing, creating crisp seams and strong joins. SUPPLIES Sulky Blooms & Breezes 50 wt. Cotton Thread Palette for…

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    Embroider Blanks for Teacher Gifts

    How to Embroider Blanks for Teacher Gifts Learn how to embroider blanks to create teacher gifts that have a handmade touch. Hand towels, pillows and even T-shirts make great gifts for teachers who have been tirelessly adapting and changing their teaching styles all year long. Show how much you appreciate the teachers in your life and gift them a personalized present. Plus, learn how easy it is to embroider blanks in the process. Embroider the same gift assembly-line style or grab several different types of blanks so everyone gets something different. WHAT YOU NEED Embroidery blank, such as a hand towel, pillow cover, zipper pouch Stabilizer: Sulky Sticky+™ or Sulky…

  • free-motion quilting for beginners

    Free-Motion Quilting for Beginners & More

    Free-Motion Quilting 101 Free-motion quilting is an often intimidating subject for many quilters. Just the thought of lowering the feed dogs of the sewing machine can put people in a panic! Read on to discover some great resources for free-motion quilting and have confidence to create your first free-motion quilt. WHAT IS FREE-MOTION QUILTING? Anytime you hear or read the term “free-motion,” this means you are moving the fabric between the presser foot and feed dogs. You are in control of the movement of the fabric, whether that is slow or fast, in any direction. Yes, any direction: side to side, backwards, forwards! The speed in which you move the…

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  • free Dandelion Quilt pattern

    Dandelion Quilt with Appliqué for Spring – Free Pattern

    Dandelion Quilt Create a Dandelion Quilt to showcase the coming of spring! This Dandelion Quilt pattern includes loads of quilting techniques, starting with raw-edge appliqué with Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy™, textured threads (Sulky Filaine™) for dimension, long-arm quilting with Sulky Blendables® Thread and binding by hand or machine. PATTERN PARTICULARS The Dandelion Quilt pattern provides instructions for enlarging the FREE Dandelion hand embroidery pattern to create your own appliqué template. A Daylight Wafer Light Box helps create each appliqué piece without needing to print the design multiple times. Use a standard printer and enlarge in increments until the desired size is achieved. Or, print out the Dandelion pattern at 100%, grid…

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