Patch Attack! How to Make An Embroidered Iron-on Patch

Cathy Ellsaesser Anita Goodesign, Applique, Crafts, embroidery, Fashion, Floriani, How to Tags: , , , , ,

A friend of mine wanted to put some embroidery on the back pocket of her granddaughter’s jeans. However, there is no way she could do that in a hoop unless she removed the pocket for embroidering and then sewed the pocket back on when finished. Who wants to do that? So I suggested she create […]

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PFAFF Performance Icon is Here!

Cathy Ellsaesser Fashion, Pfaff Sewing Machines, quilting, sewing Tags: , , , , ,

First it was the Creative Icon, and now PFAFF has introduced the Performance Icon for the sewing enthusiast. The PFAFF Performance Icon sewing machine represents everything you’ve come to value from PFAFF. This machine provides a comprehensive and innovative sewing experience that truly delivers to your highest expectations. PFAFF Performance Icon Features Huge Multi-Touch Screen with […]

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The Brother Rhinestone Kit Part 1: CanvasWorkspace

Cathy Ellsaesser Crafts, embroidery, Fashion, How to, ScanNCut, software Tags: , , ,
photo of Brother scanncut and Brother rhinestone accessories

Recently, Brother introduced an add-on feature to their ScanNCut Canvas application (CanvasWorkspace) to design hot-fix rhinestone designs. With this application you can create your own designs that are either all rhinestones, or have rhinestones incorporated into an embroidery design. In addition, once you purchase the Brother rhinestone kit, you can download Brother’s rhinestone designs on […]

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Oooo! La La! French Seams

Cathy Ellsaesser Fashion, Home decor', How to, sewing, Sewing tips Tags: , , , ,

I am making a set of draw curtains for my granddaughter’s bedroom. She picked out some sheer fabric and a taffeta lining. Since the outside fabric is sheer, and the lining ravels, I decided to join the panels together with French seams. These seams are perfect for lightweight and sheer fabrics, and are among the […]

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Introducing: Janome Sewing Machines

Cathy Ellsaesser embroidery, Fashion, Janome Sewing Machines, New, quilting, sewing Tags: , , , , ,
graphic for Janome Sewing machines

We are proud to announce that we have added another brand of sewing and embroidery machines to our line-up. Introducing, Janome sewing machines! These machines are available at our Aurora and Colorado Springs stores. Janome’s origins started in the United States as “New Home” but they are now manufactured in Japan under the name Janome. […]

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2018 UFO Challenge

Cathy Ellsaesser contests, embroidery, Fashion, Home decor', quilting, Sew Fun, sewing Tags: , , , ,
Graphic of flying saucer and words UFO challenge

If you are like me, you probably have a stack of unfinished projects, “fondly” known as Unfinished Objects or UFOs.  Whether you ran out of time, didn’t have the right materials, or just got sick of the thing, unfinished projects pile up easily. They also take up a lot of space. Therefore, we are encouraging […]

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Rolled Hems: Time to Get Out the Serger!

Cathy Ellsaesser Fashion, How to, Juki, Serger Tags: , , , ,
Photo of ruffled Christmas skirt with three thread rolled hems

I wanted to make my granddaughter a cotton Christmas skirt full of ruffles. I already know the many ways to make ruffles. Previous blogs,  Don’t Get Ruffled, Get Ruffling: Gather Fabric Using a Serger, Specialty Sewing Machine Feet for Gathering Fabric, and How to Gather Fabric and Create Ruffles, have illustrated various ways to make ruffles. However, […]

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

Cathy Ellsaesser embroidery, Fashion, New, Pfaff Sewing Machines, sewing Tags: , , , , ,

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 […]

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

Cathy Ellsaesser Fashion, How to, quilting, sewing, Sewing tips Tags: , , , , ,

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 […]

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