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Make a Cloth Doll Face Hoop Embroidery

March 6th, 2013 4 comments

Learn how to make cloth doll faces using your hoop embroidery sewing machine. I use a Brother Sewing/Embroidery HE 240 Machine which I purchased from Home Shopping Network! Love their multiple payment in installment plan!! The machine is real easy to use if…if you watch the video and read the book. You might want to see if someone at a sewing machine repair shop or store where they sell sewing and embroidery machines offer classes. Sometimes they will charge you around 30 dollars per hour which is not too bad considering your investment.

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How To Choose The Correct Embroidery Needle on Common Fabrics

March 6th, 2013 No comments

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Earth Day Grocery Bag part two.MOV

February 27th, 2013 No comments

Embroidery Library gave away this cool design in April 2012. I embroidered it on 100% polyester grocery bags for an Earth Day giveaway on my blog.

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Brother SE400 Sewing Machine Review: Why I Bought the Brother SE400 Sewing Machine for My Sister

February 27th, 2013 25 comments

Brother SE400 Sewing Machine Review: Why I Bought the Brother SE400 Sewing Machine for My Sister Click this link to save up to 61% on this 4.5 star rated Brother SE400 Sewing Machine

Brother SE400 Computerized Embroidery Sewing Machine Review By Erin Lynn Rhodes

The Brother SE400 Computerized Embroidery Sewing Machine takes the SE350 up a notch by adding a USB port so you can download embroidery patterns and stitches and update your machine through your laptop or computer.

For its price range, this is a phenomenally functional machine – bordering on professional use due to the wide variety of features and sewing types that can be performed.

Brother SE400 Stitch Patterns
Because this is a combination sewing and embroidery machine, there are loads of stitches to accomplish either type of sewing. There are 67 general utility and sewing stitches such as 10 styles of 1-step buttonholes, Straight, Zigzag, Overcasting, BlindHem, Applique, Stretch, Patchwork, Quilting, Eyelet, Smocking, Decorative, Heirloom stitches and Side Cutter stitches. (Side Cutter stitches cut the fabric off at the seam during sewing similar to what a serger does for seam edges.)

Those stitches can be modified by adjusting the width or height or applying a mirror, twin or multi-directional stitch function.

Brother SE400 Sewing Machine Review: Why I Bought the Brother SE400 Sewing Machine for My Sister

For embroidery, there are 70 built-in embroidery designs including flowers, roses, baskets of flowers, animals, plants and birds. You choose the pattern and the machine will guide you through step-by-step including thread color selection. The LCD screen shows how much time it will take to complete each step.

Letters and characters used for embroidery and monogramming are excellent additions to today’s sewing machines and the Brother SE400 includes 5 different fonts.

There are 10 styles of frame stitches you can use as a border around your work including a square, circle, and diamond and 12 different stitch styles to use in sewing those frames for a total of 120 frame options.

Brother SE400 Presser Feet
The Brother SE400 comes with 8 snap-on presser feet: Buttonhole, Overcasting, Monogramming, Zipper, Zigzag, Blind Stitch, Button Fitting, and the Embroidery foot.

Most product listings describe the machine as having only 7 presser feet but are not counting the embroidery foot in the equation.

The Zigzag foot has a leveling button to help it maneuver over thick seams or fabric edges (as is often necessary when hemming denim for jeans).

Brother SE400 Sewing Machine Review: Why I Bought the Brother SE400 Sewing Machine for My Sister

The presser foot height has 3 settings: down, regular up, and extra up for slipping thick fabrics under the presser foot.

Brother SE400 Features
Using some of the best technology for thread delivery and even stitching, the Brother SE 400 also includes automatic features to make machine set up as easy as possible and push button controls that handle things like thread cutting and bobbin winding.

Thread delivery is horizontal, the bobbin is a Quick-Set drop in style casing, and the feed dogs have seven points of contact for optimum fabric control.

There is an automatic needle threader, the ability to drop the feed dogs, and upper thread and bobbin sensors tell you when your thread had broken or is running low.

Push buttons are conveniently located for programming the needle to stop in the up or down position, a Start/Stop button, speed control slider, and a Reverse/Reinforcement stitch button.

All settings take place through the use of the Brother SE400’s touch screen panel and nice sized icons display stitch patterns and directions.

Brother SE400 Sewing Machine Review: Why I Bought the Brother SE400 Sewing Machine for My Sister

Embroidering with the machine requires that you remove the extension table and slide the included embroidery unit onto the machine. Then place your fabric in the embroidery frame and ensure the right needle, thread, and presser foot are in place.

On the side of the machine is an embroidery card slot so you can purchase sets of embroidery designs to expand your library of artwork.

The Brother SE 400 embroidery sewing machine with USB port and embroidery card reader offers incredible functionality and value.

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Janome 350E – Part 2 – Before you sew

February 20th, 2013 No comments

Janome 350E

With the ability to import designs via USB Memory Key and automatic thread cutter the MEMORY CRAFT 350E is a step up from its predecessor. But like the popular MEMORY CRAFT 300E, it does beautifully precise embroidery. Useful solutions took from series MEMORY CRAFT machines were improved and added another innovations and helpful functions. Now is available with PenDrive version full of beautiful embroidery designs and together with converter for changing patterns from other types of embroidery machines.

Ideal for scrapbooking – technique that allows to decorate photos, postcards, calendars etc.

– embroidery speed up to 650 stitches per minute,
– embroidery field is increased to 200×140 mm,
– standard equipped with 2 hoops: 126×110 mm & 200×140 mm,
– free arm for embroider sleeves, trouser legs, etc.,
– 100 embroidery designs, 3 typefaces included in machine’s internal library, build in a system to create 2- or 3- letter monograms,
– automatic system bobbin winder,
– automatic thread cutter,
– rotary hook,
– standard equipped with: embroidery scissors, bobbins and other useful accessories for embroidery,
– build in breaking threads sensor,
– USB port to read embroidery designs directly from PenDrive.


Janome 350E – Przygotowanie hafciarki do pracy.

Hafciarka komputerowa JANOME MEMORY CRAFT 350E to następca modelu MEMORY CRAFT 300E wzbogacona o automatyczne obcinanie nici, wbudowany port USB i nowe, piękne wzory. Sprawdzone rozwiązania zaczerpnięte z maszyn serii MEMORY CRAFT zostały udoskonalone, a także wprowadzono kolejne innowacje i przydatne funkcje.

Idealnie nadaje się do scrapbookingu – techniki ozdabiania zdjęć, kartek okolicznościowych, kalendarzy itd.

– Prędkość pracy maszyny wynosi do 650 wkłuć igły na minutę,
– pole haftu zwiększono do rozmiarów 200×140 mm,
– w wyposażeniu dwa tamborki: 126×110 mm i 200×140 mm,
– wolne ramię do haftowania na rękawach, nogawkach, etc.
– hafciarka posiada 100 (!) wbudowanych wzorów i 3 kroje alfabetów, wbudowano również system pozwalający tworzyć piękne 2- lub 3-literowe monogramy,
– posiada automat do nawlekania nici,
– automatyczne obcinanie nici,
– chwytacz rotacyjny znacznie przyspiesza proces haftowania,
– na wyposażeniu znajdują się nożyczki hafciarskie, szpulki i inne akcesoria niezbędne w procesie haftowania,
– maszyna ma wbudowany czujnik zerwania nitki,
– wbudowany port USB do odczytu haftów bezpośrednio z PenDrive.

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Making Money with Monograms

February 20th, 2013 No comments

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The Ebury Library and Bookshop at Latitude Festival | Latitude Festival 2012

February 13th, 2013 No comments

Latitude Festival 2012 Authors at Latitude Festival 2012 Mark Thomas (Extreme Rambling) Mark Thomas has worked as a comedian for over twenty six years. His activist campaigning brand of comedy has been a thorn in the side of many politicians and corporations. His recent live show on the right to protest resulted in him becoming the Guinness World Record holder for the most political demonstrations and the show went on to win a Sony Award for Comedy. He is one of the few comics to give evidence at Parliamentary Select Committee hearings who is not has not had their phone hacked., Stuart Maconie (Hope and Glory) Stuart Maconie is the UK’s best-selling travel writer. He is also a TV and radio presenter, journalist and columnist.
His book Adventures on the High Teas was the best-selling travel book of 2009 and Pies and Prejudice, which has sold over 250,000 copies, was one of 2008’s top selling paperbacks. His work has been compared with Bill Bryson, Alan Bennett and John Peel and described by The Times as a ‘National Treasure’., Miles Jupp (Fibber in the Heat), Miles Jupp is an actor, comedian and writer. He started performing stand-up in 2000, and the following year won both So You Think You’re Funny and the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year. He was nominated for the Perrier Best Newcomer award for his debut Edinburgh solo show Gentlemen Prefer Brogues. He contributes to a number of Radio 4 Shows as well as his own series for the station Miles Jupp’s Real World (with Frankie Boyle). His TV credits include The Thick of It, Gary; Tank Commander and Rev. His film work includes Made in Dagenham, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Sherlock Holmes. He is known to younger fans as Archie the Inventor of the children’s series Balamory. His show Fibber in the Heat was one of the big successes of the Edinburgh Festival in 2010. Suzannah Lipscomb (A Visitor’s Companion to Tudor England) Dr Suzannah Lipscomb is Senior Lecturer and Convenor for History at New College of the Humanities, London, and also holds a post as Lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of East Anglia. She has appeared on BBC’S The One Show, ITV’s GMTV, Channel 4’s Time Team, and BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, presented BBC Radio 3’s The Essay and co-presented Inside the World of Henry VIII on the History Channel. Her new three-part series on the Tower of London airs on National Geographic in Spring 2012. She is the author of 1536: The Year that Changed Henry VIII, and writes frequently for BBC History Magazine and History Today. For three years she was Research Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, based at Hampton Court Palace; she is now a Consultant for Historic Royal Palaces and on their Research Strategy Board., Lucy Edge (Yoga School Dropout), Lisa Comfort (Sew Over It)
Lisa Comfort is the founder of London’s first sewing café: SEW OVER IT, which she opened in in Clapham in May 2011. She has created a sewing paradise where you can take one of 25 classes, get advice, be inspired or just drop in and sew and all whilst enjoying tea and cake at the same time. Lisa has been sewing since the age of 9. As the only girl in her year at primary school, sewing became her best friend. She has studied dressmaking and tailoring in Italy, fashion and embroidery at the London College of Fashion and worked for celebrated British designer, Bruce Oldfield and bridal couture designer, Philippa Lepley. She has sewn everything under the sun from couture bridal gowns to Madmen inspired dresses. Lisa is determined to spread the sewing word and get everyone to pick up a needle and thread.and Adele Nozedar (The Hedgerow Handbook) at the Ebury Library and Bookshop in the Faraway Forest. Ebury’s authors share their thoughts at the Latitude Festival 2012 on British eccentricity, festivals and why we are happy to brave the weather and the mud year after year. Latitude Festival 2012

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Baba Sang Public Library Vocational Training

February 13th, 2013 No comments

52% of women in India are illiterate, our institution is trying to change this by developing new literacy and vocational programs. Baba Sang Public Library village Dhesian Sang District Jalandhar was opened in April 2006. A computer center was added in 2007, some seminars on Drugs, Jobs, Social Evils and Farming were held, now we have embarked upon Vocational training for village girls. These courses provide young people from village backgrounds with Computer,Stitching, Beautician and Cooking courses. These skills which can be used to develop a career, this can lead to securing a job.

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What to start with when learning how to sew?

February 13th, 2013 4 comments

I decided I would really like to learn how to sew but right now i have no idea how to. I was just wondering how you started (sewing clothes for dolls, reading books,etc) and any advice on how I should as well.

Although it’s certainly possible to learn to sew all on your own, just from books and experimentation, it’s easier for almost everyone if you take a few classes along the way — either informally from family and friends, or formally from teachers.

Assuming it’s machine sewing you’re interested in, I usually start beginners with projects like pillowcases or drawstring bags, tote bags, tool or jewelry rolls, pj pants or nightgowns. My own first hand sewing experiences were in embroidery, then hemming dishtowels; my first machine sewing was cafe curtains, when I was not quite 6.

Your first challenges will include skills like cutting accurately (easier said than done!), learning to control the sewing machine, stitching straight and curved seams accurately, pressing seams correctly and learning to select fabric and pattern that can work together.

If you’re thinking about buying a sewing machine, and you happen to have classes available that will let you use someone else’s sewing machines, I’d suggest you go that route for first experience; then you can better judge machines when you go looking.

Where to find lessons: 4H, if you’re young enough; fabric stores and sewing machine dealers; adult ed and community college classes, private lessons. If you’re in the US and stuck, try contacting the local chapter of ASG, American Sewing Guild ( to see if someone can suggest a teacher. Good books to start with include Simplicity’s Simply The Best Sewing Book (which has a home-dec leaning), Connie Crawford’s Guide to Fashion Sewing (strictly garments), and the good ol’ Readers Digest Complete Guide to Sewing. There are also videos and DVDs available; one I particularly like for a beginner is Crawford’s Studio Sewing Skills, which starts with learning to thread a sewing machine and progresses through basic clothing construction, step by step. Check with your local library and grab some books or videos and start playing with some fabric!

Where should I buy a sewing machine to get convenient repairs?

February 13th, 2013 2 comments

I do not want to have to pack up a machine and send it away. What about waranties?

Look for a local shop that sells machines and provides service. Buy a decent machine — the cheapest new machines are usually impossible to repair or too expensive to repair, and are often fairly user-hostile. If your budget is limited, I strongly suggest buying a good used machine.

Generally, with machines that are available only through dealerships, the actual warranty work is done by the dealer.

Also, generally, purely mechanical machines (not electronic or computerized, but the ones that use cams and gears and a conventional electric motor) can be serviced by virtually any sewing machine shop. Things start getting tricky when you get into the fancier machines, and you’ll just have to ask shops if they can fix a whatever…

What I want for beginners in sewing:

– a machine that doesn’t scare you
– a machine that isn’t balky (cheap new machines are often very
balky or need adjustments often and are rarely repairable —
just too frustrating to learn on!)
– very good straight stitch
– good zigzag (4-5 mm is fine, more than that is gravy)
– a method of making buttonholes that makes sense to you
– adjustable presser foot pressure (which helps some fabric
handling issues)
– accessory presser feet that don’t cost an arm and a leg
(machines that use a "short shank foot" typically handle
generic presser feet pretty well. Some brands of machines use
proprietary or very expensive presser feet)

If the budget stretches far enough:

– blindhem and stretch blindhem stitches
– triple zigzag (nice for elastic applications)
– a couple of decorative stitches (you won’t use them nearly as
much as you think)
– electronic machine because of the needle position control and
because the stepper motors give you full "punching force" at
slow sewing speeds — mechanical machines often will stall at
slow speeds.

Please go to the best sewing machine dealers around and ask them
to show you some machines in your price range, *especially* used
machines you can afford. You’ll get a far better machine buying
used than new, and a good dealer is worth their weight in sewing
machine needles when you get a machine problem — often they can
talk you through the problem over the phone. While you’re trying
things out, try a couple of machines (sewing only, not combo
sewing-embroidery) over your price limit, just so you can see
what the difference in stitch quality and ease of use might be.
You may find you want to go for the used Cadillac. Or you might
want the new basic Chevy. Might as well try both out.

Suggested reading: John Giordano’s The Sewing Machine Book
(especially for used machines), Carol Ahles’ Fine Machine Sewing
(especially the first and last few chapters) and Gale Grigg
Hazen’s Owner’s Guide to Sewing Machines, Sergers and Knitting
Machines. All of these are likely to be available at your public

Used brands I’d particularly look for: Elna, Bernina,
Viking/Husqvarna, Pfaff, Singer (pre 1970), Juki, Toyota

New "bargain brand" I’d probably pick, if new was my choice:
Janome (who also does Kenmore).