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The Project Gone Wrong

AAAHHHH!  Christmas Time-It’s a wonderful time of year when we all rush around, from one party to another.  Rushing the kids to their parties, and activities, while planning for the cookies we will bake when we get enough time.  We spend hours, thinking, planning scheming for th... [More]

Optical versus Digital Zoom and Photo Tips

  These tips can be used for Windows XP and Vista - Operating systems vary, if in doubt, check with your provider and/or technical support.   Many people are confused between optical and digital zoom.  If you are thinking of buying a new camera for yourself or someone else, you c... [More]

Get your Hostess Gifts ready now---party season is upon us!

Hey Everyone!  It's that time of the year again---time to start coming up with some quick and easy gifts for folks on our list.   I try to make the most of every single minute I have in the sewing room because I just don't get as much time in there as I want.  But I do wa... [More]

Is Your PC Obsolete? And Problems and Solutions

  These tips can be used for Windows XP and Vista - Operating systems vary, if in doubt, check with your provider and/or technical support.   Years ago, I remember reading one of my favorite PC guru's newsletters and it said something like - This new PC has 10 MB of storage, you w... [More]

Keeping it Simple - Puppy Love and Gingerbread Man Coasters

I have to tell you a story of love at first sight.  I have to tell you the story of Keiko.  She is one of the newest members of the family (kind of).  We have two dogs at our house - a sixteen year old Pomeranian mix and an almost two year old Papillon.  So do we need anothe... [More]

LaRueSews-Quilts-Be Your Own Judge

This has been a busy month. We recently went to Nashville again to sign a contract on a Motor Home that we saw last month. It’s like new, though used, and really beautiful. We will get it the first week of December.   Also, my sewing machine has been back to the factory, or wherever dis... [More]

Needles and Thread .. best recommendations

Hello everyone.  Had some spare time in my new married life and wanted to touch base with this great community!! I have been emailing my customer base about needles and thread and how my experience may help those that are either new, or, just have never given these two important tools much tho... [More]

People I meet and why they are hip to the possibilities of sewing…

In today's office environment  the more popular method of communication is email but when my phone rings I can almost guarantee that I will be hearing from someone who is completely enthralled by sewing and wants to tell more people about what is happening in the world of sewing in the... [More]

How to Work in a Paperless World

Did you ever wonder what it would be like to actually see the top of your desk through all those bills, notes, orders ...... and the list goes on.  I know that feeling of "where did I just put that!"  I know it's within arms reach because it was just in my hand and I haven... [More]

Holiday Travel, Needles & African Folklore Embroidery

I used to be a really nervous flyer, every bump, thump, or noise would startle me. Reading just would not relax me and chatting to the passenger next to me would not succeed in calming me. Things began changing for me once I started bringing my African Folklore Embroidery kit on board the air... [More]

Understanding Standby and Hibernate and Airline Seat Selecting

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Keeping It Simple - Embroidered Lace Snowflake Ornaments

Each time she visits my granddaughter asks if we can get the manger set out early this year.  It is very old and worn but she loves to play with it, taking the figures on the trip to Bethlehem.  We make a tradition of getting the house ready for the Christmas holidays the weekend after Tha... [More]

No Matter Where I Go People Like to Talk About Sewing!

People who know me know that I love to ask questions that generally lead to "six degrees of separation." Asking those questions usually leads to a discussion of sewing, and you know how much I love that.  Recently I was asked to attend St. Louis Fashion week.  Shouldn't need ... [More]

LaRueSews-Quilts-Beads are Fun Too, a 30 minute project

Hi there EveryBuddy.  Three weeks has come and gone, again. Blogging time is here.  I hope that all of you have been diligently making the last block I gave you in LaRueSews BOM.  This time it will be a quick one, both BLOG and block.  I have been out of town for a few days.&nb... [More]

Volume Control and Help!!

  These tips can be used for Windows XP and Vista - Operating systems vary, if in doubt, check with your provider and/or technical support. The following tip is my absolutely favorite tip that I ever found.  I hope you will like it too. If there is something that aggravates about tele... [More]

Halloween Costume – A Dancing Princess

  This week I finished putting up my Halloween decorations.  I made a few new ones this year, since my old ones were simply falling apart.  Instead of the scarecrow on the front door I made a wall hanging that is interchangeable for each holiday.  But that is a project I will sh... [More]

The Extinction of the Professional Digitizer

In today's market the true professional digitizer who knows how to create crisp small letters, make your sewing machine sing through a 200k stitch design without a thread break and create some of the best looking embroidery you will see on material are becoming extinct.  Those who are becom... [More]

I have no idea what this is going to look like?

Fall is my favorite season. I love how the weather changes from brutally hot to just perfect! I love being cozy and taking out my current stitching project, curling up on a chair beside the fire and watching how my African Folklore Embroidery design takes on a life of its own. My parents are current... [More]

Public Domain-Freeware and Uninstall Programs

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LaRueSews-Quilts, Spuds in a Bag

It’s Chilly here in Alabama today.  That is to say, rainy 70 degrees feels cold compared with 90+ degrees.  This has been a frustrating day.  I have a little project that I wanted to talk about this time.  However, I’ve lost the special ruler I need for the project.&n... [More]

Keeping It Simple – Halloween Masks for My Pumpkins.

OK, I admit it.  I despise making jack-O-lanterns.  The carving is OK but in my mind cleaning out the pumpkin guts has never been fun.  Yuck-O!  And because it gets so cold here before Halloween these hollowed out orange decorations many times look like little old men by Trick or... [More]

Speed Test & Copyrights

The following tips can be used for both Windows XP and Vista. Speed Testing Your PC If you are among the more progressive computer users, you may just be using ‘wireless' computing.  There are so many advantages to that networking, not the least of which is the fact that many peop... [More]

Life's a Beach

Well since the last time I wrote I have celebrated my birthday in style and had a nice vacation to boot!  My husband worked so hard to give a me a "Surprise Birthday" party and he really succeeded.  It was a surprise party with a beach theme at a seashore restaurant.  One of... [More]

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Growing Your Business

Hi again. Well it has been a great week!   Thank you for all your questions and energetic comments regarding frames.  The response has been so overwhelming that we have put together a Webinar regarding frames, their Uses and were to get them.   Join me as I present "Hoo... [More]

Quick Launch Toolbar and Password Tips

  I enjoy working with computers and the software that runs them.  I will try to have my tips cover both XP and Vista when possible.  I know that so many of you are really MAC fans, but I do not have MAC tips, sorry. If there is something I love more than machine embroidery (and I r... [More]
Emergencies are the Mother of Invention

Emergencies are the Mother of Invention

When it comes to family, the words family emergency causes me to have chills. We all know what those words mean and I hope you are not having one right now. But I am and I considered not blogging until this was settled. However, so many things were coming forward that were positive and interesting that I want to share them with you.

The crisis portion is over but the related issues will continue for an unknown time. Making decisions under the gun can be so stressful, but I found a few things that helped me through those times. Learning that considering the absolute worst and best outcomes - while discounting everything in between - helped keep me focused. Just preparing to leave California for Phoenix in the middle of July was challenging. Here are some things that may be of interest to you.

Most of you know that I have a business on the Internet that is about heirloom embroidery for brides. It is growing very rapidly and keeping up at home has been getting difficult. But now I had to travel with my equipment and supplies AND deal with a different climate totally. I have long suspected that I would get different results in different situations for the exact same problem.

For instance, my water soluble stabilizer, my absolute favorite one, Badgemaster, preformed differently in Phoenix than San Diego. You know Phoenix is a "dry heat" with the humidity in the teens most of the time. Phoenix has been known to get down to 8% humidity in the summer making it a serious threat to fire issues. San Diego on the other hand, tends to be around 30 to 40% humidity making the 85 degree weather this time of year really wonderful. So, Badgemaster did feel a little dry but was OK on the sewing end. When I went to wash it, it nearly disappeared instantly because it was already so dry.

I also believe my thread is acting as if it were much drier as well. It is shredding much more than it ever had done. It is two weeks that I have been in Phoenix, and I guess it is enough for the thread to acclimate. I can honestly say that I have not done so.

One last thing, I needed to get some shorts that were a little more suitable for Phoenix. I don't like the short-shorts and did find some 100% cotton (it is supposed to breathe) that I really liked and were on sale, my other criteria for everything!

After wearing for 20 minutes, the great fit was baggy. . . Ugh. I think that pulling at bra straps, tank tops and shorts are as unladylike as it gets. I looked at the embroidery machine and got a great idea. Since they fit when they were fresh from the store and/or drier, I decided to embroider a design across the back in a 'tone-on-tone' color. It will keep the stretch out of my shorts and if necessary, I can add more on the front or sides. I love the idea that my shorts will not be baggy any more.

Once again, when I got started, I just wanted to continue on and on. I love embroidery. I did learn a lot from this idea.

  • All my blogs are my experiences (only). Success or failure, I share with you because I believe that sharing is a gift, and a lot of fun.

  • I need to make sure that I have enough clearance from any extra thick spots and/or lines, etc.

  • I forgot that a short make for a woman is going to have a 'yoke' to fit the curves of a woman's body. I need to place a degree or two to account for the 'slope.'

I like the idea just the same. I will be doing something more elaborate the next time!

Thank you for reading my blogs. If you have a suggestion to share, please add it here or in the forum. All ideas are welcome whether or not they apply to my particular blog.



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I apologize for the lack of photos of my shorts.  I had photo problems.

"It is always something!"  Gilda Radner

Thanks for reading anyway, Pat

marilucyporratadequinones09 8/6/2011 12:19:18 PM

I live in Puerto Rico a tropical climate with high humidity.  Now I understand my dislike with the soluble stabilizer.  I prefer to use paper and also is cheaper.  thanks so much for sharing.  My mother use to say that the sun works for every body.  If God give you and idea or special talent is important to share. You are very wright,  thanks for sharing, Marilucy

What a lovely compliment, Marilucy!  My email signature does say "Learning and Sharing are Gifts"  and these blogs are my gift to all of you.

What I learn, good or bad, I try to share with you.  After all, no one has enough time to make every mistake in the possible embroidery universe.  We might as well learn what NOT to do from each other.

The sun works for everyone for sure.  What we do with that treasure is up to us.

Best wishes to you and yours, Pat

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