aligning centers in hoopless embroidery

Embroidery Basics: Two Techniques for Aligning Centers in Hoopless Embroidery

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It can be tricky to align fabric to stabilizer when using “hoopless” embroidery techniques. Here are two simple techniques for achieving perfect placement.

Stitch and Slash by Carol Ann Waugh

How to Make a Stitch & Slash Piece

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Carol Ann Waugh’s shares the basics of her wonderfully textured Stitch and Slash sewing technique.

CrystalWork - how to cut a template

CrystalWork Software: Creating a Design Template

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A DesignWorks tutorial from Sarah Vedeler, using the CrystalWork Software and Tool to create a template for making iron-on crystal designs.

Clean and Oil your sewing machine

How to Clean and Oil Your Sewing Machine: Free Video Tutorial

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Keep your sewing machine in tiptop condition – clean and oil it after every project. Here’s how.

Walking Foot #50

Using Walking Foot #50′s Three Different Soles: Free Video Tutorial

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The walking foot is a favorite among quilters. Would you be surprised to learn that it’s also a super accessory for sewing home decor, crafts, garments, and fashion accessories?

PaintWork Tool - pen comparison sampler

PaintWork Sampler: How to Test Fabric Markers for PaintWork

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Sarah Vedeler is getting ready to start using PaintWork in a new design collection and decided to create a sampler to get to know the settings and see the variation in results using different pens. Here are the results!

Elastic binding with L 220 cover / chainstitch machine

Coverstitch and Chainstitch: Free Video Tutorial

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I adore my overlockers. And now I have a new little guy sitting on the table next to my 1150 MDA – the L 220 cover- and chainstitch machine. Love!

How to sew an exact 1/4" seam

Quilting Basics: The Importance of a Perfect Quarter Inch Seam

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What exactly is a “perfect quarter inch”? How does it differ from a “scant quarter inch”? What can you do to ensure your quarter-inch patchwork seams are exactly 1/4″ wide? We have some super tips from Nina McVeigh for you.

Hooping for Embroidery

Embroidery Basics: The Machine Embroidery Hoop

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Machine embroidery is one of my favorite hobbies! I love the precision you can achieve! One key to getting that precision is properly hooping the fabric and stabilizer.

BERNINA Stitch Regulator - BSR - free video tutorial

How to Free-Motion Quilt with the BERNINA Stitch Regulator: FREE Video Tutorial

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Curious about what the BERNINA Stitch Regulator does and how it works? Here’s a short video about the BSR, including tips on the differences between Modes 1 and 2.