The Value of Hooping Correctly

We are excited to have Eileen Roche, Editor of Designs in Machine Embroidery share this content with you, which was originally posted on Eileen’s Machine Embroidery Blog:    Our friends at Baby Lock have excellent advice for achieving beautiful embroidery on any machine... [More]

Fancy Window Pouch

     A few years ago I made for myself a messenger bag style purse, with one of [More]

Bobbin Basics

Bobbins are the cement that holds embroidery stitches together, so they play an important role in the outcome of every machine embroidery design. Here is an overview of what you need to know about bobbins. Bobbins are not one-size-fits-all. They are available in three basic sizes for home embr... [More]

One Sassy Lady!

We are excited to have Eileen Roche, Editor of Designs in Machine Embroidery share this content with you, which was originally posted on Eileen’s Machine Embroidery Blog:   September 18, 2013 By eileenroche Katherine Artines   We introduced Stipple! Sass... [More]

"Mod Olives" Tutorial

To watch a tutorial on how to cut and piece curves using the Quick Curve Ruler go here.    Fabric Requirements for above layout:  *Optional revision to tutorial can be found here. -(48) 6 x 8 rectangles prints (center diamonds) or -(8) Fat Quarters (you wi... [More]

Tear Away or Cut Away. Which Stabilizer Should You Use?

Lightweight tear-away stabilizer (top) and heavy cut-away (bottom).   Like the foundation of your home, stabilizers support the stitches you place upon them. If the foundation is not good, the structure isn't either. With all of these different weights of stabilizers, which do you use? ... [More]

Well, here I am, once again

Well, here I am, once again trying to think of something about which to write. It’s been more than five years since I’ve touched a sewing machine for anything other than to put up a hem or repair a seam. I was never an expert on anything sewing or embroidery related and now the bit o... [More]

Fancy Shoulder Purse

     Do you remember this purse?          I showed it to you in my October 2009 blog, Be Productive.  In that blog I encouraged you to keep a record of your sewing projects so that you could see just how much you are accomplishing.  Have you d... [More]

Embroidery Studio Organization in 6 Easy Steps: The Stitching Sisters’ Practical Guide

We are excited to have Eileen Roche, Editor of Designs in Machine Embroidery share this content with you, which was originally posted on Eileen’s Machine Embroidery Blog:   Marie and I are known as the Stitching Sisters. Not only are we really sisters, we are also the best of... [More]

Embellishing Embroidery

  Machine embroidery is so versatile it becomes a palette with enormous possibilities when you add simple embellishments. Embellishments add interest by making embroidery three dimensional, introducing textures, and adding sparkle. Hot fix crystals are one way to accentuate embroidery designs... [More]

Pinteresting Embroidery

  Pinterest is probably the greatest digital scrapbook ever created. Essentially a collection of images linked to websites, Pinterest is a one-stop way to connect to whatever your interests may be. With more then 25 billion pins, the site is a treasure trove of ideas, but for the purpose of th... [More]

Fancy Chess and Checkers Set

NOTE:  The design sizes as described here and in the Stitch Counts documentavailable below are correct.  Determine which design size is right for you based onthis information.  I used 130 x 180 mm, 150 x 240 mm, and 200 x 260 hoops for Small,Medium and Large designs respectively. ... [More]

7 Ordinary Towels – One Fabulous Gift Part 2 of 2

 We are excited to have Eileen Roche, Editor of Designs in Machine Embroidery share this content with you, which was originally posted on Eileen’s Machine Embroidery Blog:  Add the Icing In case you missed the first installment of this 2 part series click here: &... [More]

Easy Stitch Fix

  It's happened to all of us at one time or another. A project is stitching just fine then, out of nowhere, a glitch with the stitches. It isn't just the waste of materials that we mind, but the loss of time invested. In the sample above, I got almost to the end and ran out of th... [More]

Pucker up!?!

So, stabilizing. I have to admit that it’s something with which I haven’t had many problems. When I got my first embroidery machine, a Brother 7000, the gal in the shop just slipped a piece of stabilizer under the hoop. Until I learned better from fellow embroiderers on the Internet t... [More]

Taming Metallic Threads

  Metallic embroidery threads adds a touch of class to any project—if you can stand to use them that long! Here are some tips for avoiding pitfalls typically associated with metallic threads.   Although this design is beautiful stitched in rayon, the metallic snowflake is exquis... [More]
Brother and Jillian Lewis Dedicate a Beautiful Red Dress to the American Heart Association

Brother and Jillian Lewis Dedicate a Beautiful Red Dress to the American Heart Association

Last week many folks in this country were shoveling the white stuff.  I even got stuck in Seattle on Sunday evening because my flight into New Jersey was cancelled.  What I cannot understand is how my Colorado grandchildren were playing in their new playhouse in 70 degree weather during that time!

I was in Seattle for the 25th annual Washington Sew Expo that is held in Puyallup on the state fairgrounds.  We were told that the expected gate for 4 days was to be 30,000 happy people who liked to sew along with their significant others who were along to carry bags, play with the kids or just have a cup of coffee and a scone (which apparently is the state pastry).  I have gone to this show several times and it never ceases to amaze me. Over the years I have met the gal who told her husband that she "won" the Brother machine that our sales rep delivered to the RV in the parking lot, the gal who brought her 1 day old baby because she was not going to miss the show and this year, and sisters who were sharing a Innov-is 2500D but decided to trade it in and buy two Duetta 4500D's so they would not have to share a machine any more. This year I also made a memory for myself, too. I walked into Quality Sew booth at the show on Saturday and before I could take my coat off, I was demonstrating a Quattro machine to three ladies and in less than 15 minutes, one of them bought the machine! The other two were not far behind but they already had the Duetta 4500D's. It was a fun day. My three co-workers were in shock, they did not think that I could sell a machine....not sure what would make them think that.

The next morning at 8.30 am was the Go Red Style Show where over 800 ladies gathered to see how many different ways you could make a "little red dress."  I am not prejudiced but I had Jillian Lewis in my back pocket and boy did her black and red ombré evening gown stop the show.  It was a 3 tiered evening gown of washed, $90/yard silk, designed in 2 pieces for the "recessionista" in all of us.  You could slip off the bottom tiers and have the cutest little cocktail dress. She made it on the Quattro 6000D, and it is part of her fall/winter line. Below are images of her wearing the dress as a short A-line dress with Brother Dealer Paul LaPonte from Quality Sewing & Vacuum, and another shot of the dress being worn as a gown from Jillian’s Fall/Winter Fashion show:

Darn, I sure wish I could wear those cute little dresses again.  It sure looked cute on her.  Off stage lots of gals wanted to speak with Jillian and hear about how she got her start and where she was now.  On the way to the event Jillian told me that her fashion event the week before in New York City had gotten her a lot of attention and at that point her line had been picked up by more than 20 boutiques in the US as well as two department stores in London and Hong Kong.  Fashionistas like Sandra Betzina, Peggy Sayers, Patti Palmer and her daughter could not ask enough questions and rightly so.  These gals have held the torch high for designer sewing for many years.  I am sure that they are thrilled to see shows like “Project Runway” finding great success.  Below is a group shot of us girls backstage:

My Colorado daughter in law is so proud of the fact that she has completed the necessary paper work to truly have her own embroidery business.  With the advice of Brother Educator Paulette Bell, former editor of Stitches magazine, Christine took the proper steps to establish her embroidery business.  Next she hopes to get a PR620 embroidery machine so she can use her PC8500 for those simple projects.  I told her about the wonderful idea that our own Michelle Gillmartin had while she was at the Sew Expo. Michelle loves the "cylinder frame" that was developed for her PR600 (nicknamed "Bob" I might add).  Michelle ran out to the big "W" and bought their version of the "UGG" boot, slipped the boot on the cylinder frame and instantly made a wonderful embroidered boot.  To quote Michelle, "how cool is that?" 

Well folks it is off to my favorite downtown restaurant for dinner with a close friend.  How close is she?  Our children were friends since kindergarten in the small town of Metuchen, NJ and when they were seniors in high school, we found out that our great grandmother and great grandfathers had been married.  I might add that neither of us were living in the same state that we had grown up in.  Our friends still don't believe it but the kids call us Aunt June and Aunt Rose. Small world. 

Comments (3) -

You have the most interesting stories, and that last one is the best!  

The red dress idea is really great and I love RED!  If I had that figure, I would wear it too.  People at the supermarket would be a little surprised, but if I had the figure, I would wear it there!  LOL

It is a beautiful 65 degrees here in San Diego these days.


I love hearing about the Sewing Expo & all your stories. I'd give almost anything to be able to wear that little red dress! It's gorgeous!

I'm off to my local Brother dealer / ME shop......thread sale today!


junemellinger 3/16/2009 12:07:18 PM

Glad that I can entertain all of the folks who read my blog.  I do have an interesting job and when I get a bit tired my husband reminds me that my girl friends want my job.    

This morning I wandered by that piece of fabric that I promised to make a pillow out of for the upcoming AnnTheGran Community Circle....better get to that this evening!  

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