Halloween Napkins: Perfect and Reproducible Embroidery Placement

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Photo of embroidered Halloween placemat with Halloween Napkins

I love to dress my table for Halloween (well, all of the holidays, actually). I like placemats and matching Halloween napkins that reflect the holiday spirit. To coordinate with some placemats I was making, I purchased some black napkins to embroider a Halloween design in the corner. Then, I got out my rulers and markers…. continue reading »

The Fun Continues: October Sew Fun

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Whew! We just are getting done with the Anita’s University event and it’s time to host October Sew Fun! Rob sure does keep us hopping! As usual, our Sew Fun presenter is ready with a variety of interesting projects this month. I’ve included descriptions of a couple of the projects on tap, but, as always,… continue reading »

Shiny and Bright: A Mylar Embroidery Christmas Moose

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I was in the Rocky Mountain Sewing and Vacuum Littleton store the other day and saw that Lynn, the manager, had stocked some Mylar. Yippee! Mylar is durable, doesn’t shrink or stretch, and is food safe, it has many uses. When used in specially-created Mylar embroidery designs, Mylar adds a delightful shimmer and shine. Mylar… continue reading »

Coming Soon: Anita’s University, October 14 – 15

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Graphiic announcing Anita's University

Knock, Knock. Who’s there? Anita. Anita who? Anita Goodesign!   We all need good embroidery designs and designs from Anita Goodesign are simply fabulous. What better way to sample their designs than to attend Anita’s University?  We hope you will attend this two-day event at the Denver Mart Saturday and Sunday, October 14 – 15, from 9… continue reading »

The Wait Is Finally Over: The PFAFF Creative Icon Is Here!

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The top-of-the-line PFAFF Creative Icon sewing and embroidery machine is here! It is the most advanced machine PFAFF has ever designed and engineered, and is now available for sale at Rocky Mountain Sewing and Vacuum. Following the most-successful presale in PFAFF’s more than 150-year history, PFAFF officially launched the Creative Icon at their dealer convention on… continue reading »

How to Make Printable Fabric

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Cl;ose up of photo of printed fabric of bear fishing. Printed on marbled printable cotton fabric

Do you have a favorite photograph (or two) that you’d like to incorporate in a quilt? Do you want to embroider one of the Anita Goodesign collections that use printed fabric? If so, you could buy sheets of paper-backed printable fabric. or you can make your own with a fabric of your choice. Commercially available printable… continue reading »

September Sew Fun

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September Sew Fun We had some really great Sew Fun projects demonstrated last month. To see the projects made and shown by Tracey, and the beautiful creations shown by our customers in “show and tell”, check out our Facebook photos. Now, another month has come and gone, Fall is in the air, and we are… continue reading »

Scan N Cut2 Firmware Update

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Research and development into new hardware may take months or years from concept to market. Despite that, once a new piece of equipment is on the market, the manufacturer receives many suggestions for improvement from users.  Often the manufacturers can incorporate those improvements in a firmware update for the equipment.  In line with this thinking,… continue reading »

In a Bind About Binding: How to Make Continuous Bias Binding

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Photo of various articles that use continuous bias binding

In my previous blog, In a Bind About Binding: Three Ways to Cut Fabric Binding Strips, I described three ways to cut fabric to create binding. Bias binding came out as the “binding champion” in terms of functionality (can be sewn on a curve) and durability (more threads on the fold of the binding). If… continue reading »

In a Bind About Binding? Three Ways to Cut Fabric Binding Strips

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In Forrest Gump, Bubba Blue told us all about shrimp (there’s pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp….). Along those lines, you know, there’s quilt binding, hot pad binding, baby bib binding,  sleeve binding,  neckline binding, wide binding, narrow binding, single fold binding, double fold binding, etc.  Nothing finishes the edge of a quilt, a pot holder, a tote… continue reading »