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Thursdays Craft Tip~~ A Magnet

17 May

This probably the simplest tip yet,

but I never think of it when this happens!!

Have you ever spilled your sewing pin box!!

OH MAN!!  I HATE IT when that happens!!

Pins all over the floor and it seems like

it takes days to pick them all up.

Yes, I probably have more pins than I need,

but  I think I “need” them!

Why don’t I ever think to keep a magnet

in my sewing area!  So simple put the

magnet over the pins and they are picked up for you!!

I’m going to go find a magnetic right now…..

You should to!!

Small Iron Helper

10 May

Do you ever have a hard time using your regular iron to do appliques?

I have a large iron and always had a hard time ironing the applique

onto the shirt before the satin stitch.

(not sure what I’m talking about? Check out my

applique tutorial here )

Well not anymore Look what I found at my Walmart!!!

This was 9.99

Make sure you let it heat up for awhile before you try to use it

It does not heat up as fast as my regular iron

Perfect size for ironing the heat n bond to the shirt!!

Even in the 4×4 hoop!!

I still went over the finished item with my regular iron

just to make sure if was really secure and to get all the

wrinkles out of the shirt.

This was a really neat find for me and will help out a lot!!

Thursdays Tip~~~ How to clean your Iron

3 May

I don’t know about you but it never fails…..  When I’m using heat and bond I always get it on my iron.  No matter how hard I try something always goes wrong and I iron over the heat and bond.  Sticky yucky mess!!

So today I’m going to show you how easy it is to clean your iron!!

This is my NASTY  iron!!


Pretty gross!!  I’m ashamed to say that I let it get this dirty!!

Oh well!  On to the cleaning!!!

Plug your iron in and let it warm up

This is the cleaner that I use,

but any Hot iron Iron  Cleaner will work

Place a clean towel on a table.

Squeeze a line of the cleaner on to the towel

Rub the hot iron, in a circular motion  over the cleaner on the towel


Move the iron to a clean spot on the towel

Rub in a circular motion again

Yea,  all clean!!!



Thursday’s Tip~~ Yet another use for Hydro Stick

5 Apr

I think if you have been reading my posts you will see that I LOVE Hydro stick.  I keep coming up with new uses for this GREAT product.

So yes, I though of another great use for this product….  Use it on the ribbon applique tutorial I showed you yesterday.  If you missed it you can go to it here:

Basically what you would do is cut a piece of hydro stick to the size you need.  Then wet it and lay the ribbon on top.  The ribbon sticks so you don’t need the spray adhesive.

Much easier than dealing with the spray adhesive!!

Lotion and Glue Gun Tip

29 Mar

Have you ever burned your hands when using a hot glue gun?  I have and it HURTS!!!  Try this tip…

Put lotion on your hands before your start your project.  Make sure your hands are dry before you start your project!!

The lotion will prevent the glue from sticking to you and you will not get burned!!

How neat is that!!

Thursday’s Tip Pattern Folders

22 Mar

Today I’m switching over to a organizing tip.  Do you love my projects, but what to do with all those pattern pieces?  Here are a few ideas that I do.

Left to Right Card Stock, Envelope, and Quart storage bag

I’ll start with the Quart storage bag

Really Easy….  Just wright the project title on bag and any additional information.  Fold pattern pieces to fit and seal

6×9 Envelope  Wright out the project name, fabric yardage and any additional information.  Fold pattern pieces to fit and close flap

The last idea is to make a folder out of card stock or regular paper.

I always have paper in my house so this is the method I have used until recently

Take a 8.5 x 11 piece of paper ( I prefer card stock) and fold it in half

Next tape the long open side and bottom with tape.  Leave top open

Wright your pattern name and information on it

Fold the pattern if necessary

You can also store the directions in this as well.

There you have it three ideas for storing patterns

Craft Tip of the Day~~ Embroidering High Count Designs

21 Mar

Have you ever tried to embroider a high count design and the design pulled and tuckered.   Here is a cheep tip….  Put waxed paper over the top of your design.   The waxed paper will take all the pulling and your design will stitch out beautifully!!  Once your design is complete just pull all the extra waxed paper off.  It will tear away easily.

Craft Tip of the Day~~ How to Embroider Hard to Hoop Items

20 Mar

Sometimes there are items that you want to stitch that just don’t fit right in your hoop.  So how do you hoop them? Another great use for  Hydro- Stick Tear away stabilizer!!  I really do love this product!!!

Here is a quick tutorial on hooping items that don’t hoop well.


Grab your Hydro- Stick Tear away stabilizer and cut off a piece  to fit on your hoop.

Hoop just the  Hydro- Stick Tear away stabilizer

Wet a wash cloth with water and rub the area in the hoop so that the stabilizer becomes sticky

Stick the fabric that you want to embroider to the sticky stabilizer.

 I like to mark the center of the item so that way I know  where my center point is.

Attach your hoop to your machine.

Line up your needle with your center point on your fabric and you are ready to stitch!

When you have completed your design, just pull off the sterilizer as normal

Craft Tip of the Day~~~ Appliqueing on T-shirts

19 Mar

I don’t know about you but I had such a hard time embroidering on T-shirts when I first started!!!  I couldn’t tell you how many shirts I ruined!!!  The shirt always pulled or stretched.  Something always happened!!  I was about to give up on making shirts for my kids.  I just couldn’t figure out how all those people on ETSY and EBAY made all those cute shirts.

I finally got smart and went to my local sewing store and asked what I was doing wrong.  It of course was my stabilizer!!  The kind women introduced me to  Hydro- Stick Tear away stabilizer.  Oh my goodness what a WONDERFUL product!!!!  So easy to use and now all my shirts turn out perfect!!


In case you  have not used it, here is a quick tutorial on how to use this great product.

Turn your T-shirt inside out

Cut off a section big enough for your project.  This is going to be your stabilizer for your t shirt.  You will not need anything else ( unless you need a topping over your project , but that will be another post for another day)

Get a wash cloth wet and dampen the shinny side of the stabilizer.  It will become sticky.

Put the wet side down on the back of the T-shirt and press firmly to stick the stabilizer to the T-shirt

Turn Right side out and hoop as normal

Since the Stabilizer is sticky it holds the shirt tightly in place.  It will not move at all!!

When you have completed the design just pull off all the extra stabilizer from the back.

Now you will have  a perfectly stitched T-shirt!!

Applique Tutorial

16 Mar

Appliqué Tutorial Machine Embroidery Designs

Are you afraid to try appliqués?  I know I was TERRIFIED to try it.  I thought there was no way that I could do that.  I had no problem with the solid embroidery designs but appliqué way to scary!!  Don’t be afraid….  It really is easy and a lot of fun!!  Your options are endless because you can use any fabric that you choose!!

Here is a step by step guide on how to do appliqués.  This system works with the way I create designs.

PDF printable version  Applique Tutorial 1

To Download all formats of the Cross Design       Cross

1. Load the design on your Machine

The first step is loading the appliqué onto your machine.  Please begin with a simple design and work up from there.

2.  Hoop the finished material

Next you need to hoop the garment your design will be on.  Make sure you stabilize as you would any kind of embroidery. Place hoop on machine.

3 The Appliqué’s Outline

The outline stitch is the first stitch.  You can use any color thread, it will be covered up with the next step.  I usually use the same color that I’m going to have the satin stitch be.  This works especially well if you are using white fabric and white satin stitches.


4 Applying Heat N Bond Lite

Next cut a piece of Heat N Bond Lite to the size of the fabric that you are going to use for your appliqué.  Place Shinny side of Heat N Bond Lite right side up.  Place appliqué fabric wrong side down on top of  heat n bond.

Using an iron on low setting iron the appliqué fabric to the Heat N Bond.  Make sure that you don’t iron over any Heat N Bond, it will make your iron sticky.  Turn fabric over and pull off the paper backing from the Heat N Bond.  Through away paper.


5 Applique Fabric

Place your appliqué fabric with Heat N Bond over the outline stitches.  You need to hold the fabric in place. DO NOT try to unhoop the design to add the appliqué fabric.  Just lay it on top.

6 Tack Down Fabric Stitch

This will run another outline stitch over the first.  This holds the fabric in place.


7 Cut Away The  Material

Next you want to take the hoop of off the machine, but DO NOT UNHOOP the fabric.  Carefully cut next to the stitching to cut away the extra material. Cut close enough but try not to cut the outline stitches.

8.  Setting Heat N Bond

Next use your iron and iron over the cut out appliqué


9 Final Satin  Stitch

Place your hoop back on the machine and start your machine again. This creates the satin stitch around your design.

10. Press again

Press your design with your iron one more time to make sure all the Heat N Bond has been activated.

More detailed designs are done with these same directions just done more than once

Now wasn’t that easy!!  Remember start off slow and go from there! Try this design for free and see if you like it.