Sofia Cosmetic Bags

Posted by on August 31, 2010 | No Comments

Keep your cosmetics organized in personalized cosmetic bags.
It’s simple to make – perfect for a quick gift for yourself or a

Make this project your own and personalize it with Personalize N Stitch or designs from Amazing Designs.

Check out this FREE project from Totally Stitchin.


Sewing Machine Maintenance

Posted by on August 29, 2010 | No Comments

Diane Kron, expert stitcher and in-house project maker, write this about tuning up your sewing machine:

With the kids back at school, it’s time to get out the sewing machine and start on those projects that you have been thinking about.  Before you start to sew, here are a couple of easy maintenance tasks that you can do yourself to get your machine in good working order. Use canned air to blow the lint & dust from around the bobbin case, replace the needle and if you have the mechanical type of machine be sure to oil your machine as instructed by the manufacturer. If you have any other problems you should have it professionally serviced.


Which Scissors to Use When?

Posted by on August 27, 2010 | No Comments

It never fails that the scissors or cutter that I want to use are never the closest pair to me. Instead of finding the correct pair, I always wind up using whatever is closest to me — yes, I know, I’m this lazy. But when should you use those big shears or larger rotary cutter versus 5″ scissors or the small rotary? Here are some helpful tips for when to use what.

Rotary Cutters: Large (54mm) is great for cutting strips, thick fabric or multiple layers of fabric at the same time. Medium (45mm) is optimal when you have one or two layers of fabric or want to use a specialty blade. Small (28mm) is perfect for detailed cuts or delicate fabrics.

Scissors: my suggestion is to use what works. Having said that, I also have several pairs of specialty scissors that I only use for one or two things.

My duckbill-like applique scissors are resevered for just that, applique. They work wonders and allow me to get close to the stitching without cutting the stitches.

I also have separate pairs of scissors dedicated to each of the following: paper (never cut paper with fabric scissors, it will make them dull much faster), fabric, felt (some manufacturers have tiny pieces of metal in their felt, better to be safe than sorry), embroidery thread (these are the little snips or 3″ scissors that are hard to get on and off your finger tips, they are sharp and great at getting all those pesky jump stitches) and stabilizer (like paper, stabilizer can dull the blades rather quickly).

Now you know, so get to sewing!


FREE Koala Studio!?!?!

Posted by on August 25, 2010 | No Comments

Enter to win a FREE Koala Studio!

Koala is the top-of-the-line when it comes to sewing cabinet and accessory tables. These custom-made cabinets are built to your specs — choose from: three different height options, 8 color choices, numerous different models, matching chairs, and organizing tools!

AND, right now they are offering YOU the chance to win your very own Koala studio, just like Nancy Zieman’s! Check out Nancy’s Studio and enter to win your very own today.

Enter to win a Koala Studio


Spook-tacular Savings!

Posted by on August 23, 2010 | No Comments

Halloween is just around the corner and every year sales for this holiday increase as consumers become more and more festive. This year celebrate your hidden spookiness with some great Halloween designs from Amazing Designs!

Make a great door hanging to great your trick-or-treaters, a table runner for your chili night, an apron for your baking, a throw pillow for your couch or even simple coasters for your living room. Enjoy the Halloween spirit!

All Halloween collections are on sale thru Aug. 31, 2010.

A Grave Situation Collection







All Hallows Eve Collection



Embroidery Problems…

Posted by on August 21, 2010 | No Comments

Recently, my embroidery machine and I were at war. I would start to sew a design and the thread would break about 10 stitches into it. After several failed attempts and as my furstration mounted, I tried other options.

I changed my bobbin, sprayed canned air into the bobbin case area to clean it out, and changed my needle and thread spool. The thread still broke!

I slowed my machine speed to the lowest setting… the thread still broke!

I changed the design, hoop and stabilizer… the thread still broke!

I changed my fabric and the design density setting on my embroidery machine… the thread still broke!

At this point, I had exhausted all possibilities and lugged the machine into work. Surely our technical team here could figure out what was going on! The called me within an hour in regards to my issues… I was embarassed. I had totally forgotten that I changed my presser foot height when I used the pearl and piping foot earlier in the week. I never set the foot height back and it was causing my machine to break threads! Ugh!

What a relieft! But, lesson learned… before lugging the machine to be fixed, make sure your setting are back to default for the entire machine!


All Sports Collections on SALE!

Posted by on August 19, 2010 | No Comments

School is back in session and the fall sports teams have started practices. We can’t believe how the time flies — it’s football season once again! From volleyball and football to soccer and cheerleading, the kids and grandkids are back at it.

This season make them, and you, something great to cheer on their team! Make your volleyball player an embroidery duffle bag or sweat towel, a fleece throw for night-time chilly games, or a bleacher cushion for you and dad/grandad.

In honor of all you sport enthusiasts, we’ve put ALL our sport themed collections on sale! Get them before Aug. 31, 2010 for great savings!

Cheerleading Spirit Collection





Boys will be Boys Collection






For Sports Fans Only I Collection


Halloween Tote Contest!!!

Posted by on August 17, 2010 | No Comments

Have you heard about the Halloween tote contest sponsered by Totally Stitchin?!?! Halloween is just around the corner and whether you want your kid/grandkid or you to have the neatest trick-or-treat bag at the party, you’re going to be making something spooktacular this year!

So, enter your Halloween tote bag in our contest for a chance to win one of several awesome sewing prizes!

Check out all the details for the Frank-n-Tote Contest!


Applique Leaves Design Collection

Posted by on August 16, 2010 | No Comments

As the dog days of summer roll out and the leaves begin to change, I’m ready to start sewing for fall. This year I was planning to make a new table runner for Thanksgiving, but I want something that will work all fall. Just my luck, Amazing Designs released an Applique Leaves design collection.

This collection is packed with 20 designs for the 4 x 4 hoop. Sew them on batik fabrics for a more realistic applique; they even have the details of a real leaf. The only part you’re missing is the CRUNCH when you step on them! And, the best part is, my husband can’t say that I’m spending all my time in the sewing room, because I can cut the appliques out while we’re watching all of our favorite fall shows (can’t wait for some of the new seasons).

So, we both win on this one… I get a new fall table runner and still get to spend time with him!


Table Top Tree Skirt — FREE Project!

Posted by on August 15, 2010 | No Comments

This month’s FREE project from Amazing Designs is a Table Top Tree Skirt, featuring one of our latest collections, Winter Scapes.

If you have a small holiday tree and would like a decorative tree skirt, then this project is for you. Want it larger? No problem; simply increase the size of the pattern to make a BIGGER tree skirt. Just think of the winter scene you could embroider on a larger version! 

Don’t forget to check out all the FREE projects from Amazing Designs. New projects are added each month – next month we’ll feature a project from quilting sewlebrity Patrick Lose and a cute towel topper that uses a pot holder!


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