What is the BLF format?

Posted by on October 31, 2010 | No Comments

Every Amazing Design collection/design comes with a multitude of machine formats, but also a BLF (a file unique to Amazing Designs and Designer’s Gallery). Do you know the importance of this format? How it benefits you? Why you should have it to your computer as well? Well, now you will.

The BLF contains both outline and stitch information, whereas most machine formats only contain raw stitch information. This distinction is extremely important if a consumer wants to properly edit a design.

To illustrate the difference between the two, we can use a simple segment shape like a circle as an example. BLF files contain high-level information that recognizes the actual shape of the segment as a circle; conversely a machine format does not contain any information to say that those stitches compose a circle. 

Most machine formats contain only the location of the stitch penetration points and commands that tell the machine when to stop, color change, trim, etc. With the BLF, a user can resize, deform, node edit the outline circle in any way, including creating a new shape from it.  When stitches are regenerated, they will be generated based on the new size/shape and will have the correct placement of stitches and density for that shape.

It will also retain any patterned fill that the original segment contained.  So, when working with or editing a BLF, stitches are regenerated when a segment is altered and are optimized for the new shape/size of that segment. The integrity of the design is not compromised.

Now, don’t you want to open your Amazing Designs software or Designer’s Gallery software and work with a BLF file?!


Nancy Zieman Online TV

Posted by on October 29, 2010 | No Comments

Nancy Zieman, sewing guru, has been teaching us sewing techniques for the past 20+ years on her hit PBS show, Sewing With Nancy. During this time, she has experienced an evolution of sewing machines, her popularity, new techniques and the world wide web. And, now she is launching a new portal, Nancy Zieman Online TV.

Each month you’ll be able to view a new online video for sewing, quilting, or embroidery. So, now you’ll have two opportunities to learn from Nancy: Sewing With Nancy on PBS (Or DVD) and Nancy Zieman TV online — each with unique content. Read more about this new venture on her blog.


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The Koala Service Advantage

Posted by on October 27, 2010 | No Comments

Nancy Zieman, host of Sewing With Nancy, shows why Koala Studios’ superior customer service — including Top Drawer Delivery — are unmatched in the sewing furniture industry.


Yummy Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted by on October 25, 2010 | No Comments

Around the office we’re always sharing new recipes, man do we love to eat at our office. Here is for Yummy Double Chocolate Chip Cookies shared by Monique. Enjoy!

1 pkg. Brownie mix
1 c. chocolate chips
2 medium eggs
1/2 c. oil

Mix all together, then make small balls and place on cookie sheet. You will have 24 double chocolate cookies. Bake at 400° for 10 minutes. Let cool. Enjoy these chewy cookies, they go great with a cold glass of milk.



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Fabric Marking Pens

Posted by on October 23, 2010 | No Comments

With fall here, we are knee-deep in the crafting and sewing season and probably didn’t realize it. It starts with costumes, moves to ornaments and then to handmade Valentines. This year, give your ornaments and Valentines a personal touch using Fabric Marking Pens.

Nancy’s Notions carries Standard Dual Tip Fabric Markers (FDMB6) with an MSRP of $24.00. These marking pens are great; each acid-free marker has two tips. The bullet tip is ideal for adding names and dates to embroidered ornaments as well as other fine details. The brush tip works great to color in embroidery outlines like a coloring book image. These are perfect to use when you want to bring the kids into the annual ornament making!

These have been in my sewing room for quite some time and get used frequently. Check them out, there’s still time to get them to use for your ornament this year.


The Koala Storage Advantage

Posted by on October 21, 2010 | No Comments

Nancy Zieman, host of Sewing With Nancy, shows how Koala Studios make it easy to organize all of your sewing, quilting and embroidery supplies.


When Should You Replace Your Needle?

Posted by on October 19, 2010 | No Comments

While working on an embroidery project this weekend, I, once again, became frustrated when the thread started to break frequently. Before reaching my wits end I checked my needle. Sure enough, that was the issue. My embroidery needle had become dull. With a quick change I was back in action, but it got me thinking: How often should you change your needle?

Amazing Designs recommends inserting a new needle at the start of every project, or after about eight hours of sewing. Also, be sure to change your needle whenever it becomes bent, dull or develops a burr.

Damaged or worn needles result in:
• Broken or shredded threads
• Skipped stitches
• Puckered fabrics
• Damaged fabrics
• Uneven threads
• Hearing the needle hit the machine’s needle plate or hook

Remember, replacing your needle is an inexpensive way to prevent potential stitching problems and lots of frustration.

At Sewing and Craft Club you can purchase Klasse needles at club prices — buy 2 packs, get 1 FREE!


Cookie Cutter Characters by Patrick Lose

Posted by on October 17, 2010 | No Comments

Welcome your holiday guests with a scrumptious no calorie cookie wall hanging in Patrick Lose style! The easy instructions for this quick-to-make Christmas accent ensure sweet success. Decorating your door or kitchen wall with this cookie creation is sure to be a treat year after year.

Download Patrick’s free project instructions and get started on your creation today! Don’t forget to get Patrick’s latest design collection to use on the wall hanging.


Boo Crew Quilt from Quiltmaker

Posted by on October 15, 2010 | No Comments

We love to see how other embroidery/quilting/sewing enthusiasts use Amazing Designs to create something unique and fun. Recently, I received a link to Quiltmaker, specifically the Boo Crew quilt. Designer, Theresa Eisinger, created this 26″ x 36″ wall quilt with several of the candy corn characters from our Sweet Halloween embroidery design collection.

Thank you, Theresa, for sharing and inspiring us to make such a fun wall hanging to celebrate Halloween!


The Koala Convenience Advantage

Posted by on October 13, 2010 | No Comments

Nancy Zieman, host of Sewing With Nancy, shows how Koala Studios’ Electric Glide Lift makes it easy to lift or lower even the heaviest of sewing machines.


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