I love quick and simple gift ideas that are perfect for people of all ages. A quick fleece blanket is just one project that fits what I’m looking for. Just think how easy it would be to jazz these up with your favorite Amazing Design!
Watch as Nancy Zieman takes you through the steps to create these quick no-sew or low-sew blankets. In just five minutes she shows you three different techniques from simple to supper simple! They’re so simple, your kids can help you with them too.
Choosing the right stabilizer can be overwhelming. There are so many types and uses, it can be very confusing. So, over the next couple of weeks I’m going to introduce you to the stabilizers in the Amazing Designs line — Stabilize It!
Let’s start with one of my favorites and a staple in my embroidery stash — Stabilize It!Self-Adhesive. This elminates hooping the fabric, replaces those nasty spray adhesives, and doesn’t leave a gummy residue on your needle or machine parts.
I use this product when I’m embroidering items too small or irregularly shaped for hooping, such as cuffs, collars, pockets, and children’s garments. It also prevents a knit fabric from stretching in the hoop. And, don’t foret to use it to prevent hoop burn on fine fabrics, napped fabrics, synthetic suedes, leather and fleece.
Oh yeah, and the best part about Stabilize It! — it’s pre-cut for your 5×7 or 4×4 hoop, I suggest one of both so you’ll always have the right one on hand.
Little Dresses for Africa is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to distribute dresses to little girls in remote villages of Africa. Nancy’s Notions employees are teaming up with this organization to sew and package dresses, then ship them to Africa. You, too, can help change lives.
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1. Use full-size design templates for accurate placement.
2. Double check our placement on your fabric before you begin stitching.
3. An Embroidery Needle should always be used for embroidery. The Embroidery Needle eye is slightly larger and allows the thread to glide through with less resistance (and therefore less breakage).
4. Attach a thread stand to your machine when embroidery multiples of multi-colored designs.
5. Always use the smallest hoop recommended for the design. This provides the perfect amount of tension for the fabric and stabilizer in the hoop to prevent it from slipping and puckering.
When embroidering, it is important to use the correct thread in your bobbin and needle — yes, it does make a difference.
You need to use machine embroidery thread in your needle Embroidery thread comes in different sizes and materials, but the most popular is a 40wt. or 30wt. rayon thread. Check out Madeira embroidery thread for some options.
As for your bobbin, use therecommended bobbin thread for your machine brand for all purpose embroidery. If you choose to use a pre-wound bobbin, be sure to check your machine brand recommended pre-wounds before purchasing.
What are the consequences for not using the right thread? Your machine thread may break more often, not fill correctly, the pull compensation could be off and you machine could skip stitches. Bottom line — thread choice is critical!
One of my embroidery and sewing comrads passed along this great needle information. Enjoy!
To the naked eye, the point of most needles probably looks the same, unless you eat an unnaturally large amount of carrots! But, the points of needles have small differences that can really affect the end result. Let me share with you some basic information on the most commonly used needles.
Ball Point-with a slightly rounded point, it is designed to sew knits without piercing or breaking the fibers.
Embroidery-has a specially coated, larger eye to allow smooth thread flow at the higher sewing speeds of embroidery.
Leather-for genuine leather only, the chisel point penetrates difficult to sew projects. Do not use this needle for fabric or synthetic suede or leather.
Universal-a slight ball point makes this a great needle for most woven fabrics and some knits as well.