Troubleshooting embroidery thread woes…

January 2, 2015

Note: Click on a picture for a larger view. Last week I posted on the ASG Facebook page the trouble I was having stitching with polyester iridescent thread; it kept shredding and breaking after only a few stitches.           It took me a good bit of troubleshooting to figure out what […]

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Knit Neckline

December 5, 2014

I just got back from teaching at a 3-day event for the Tucson chapter–the winners of the membership drive! I presented one day each on Machine Embroidery, Fitting, and Knits. One of the questions I was asked, was to show how to do a banded neckline for a knit top. In just a few simple […]

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Fun Fabric using the Double Diamond Ruler™

October 17, 2014

This week’s blog came about because of something I posted on our ASG Facebook page. I did a presentation for the local quilt guild and included some photographs of how the fabric done using this ruler could be incorporated into a border on a quilt. I posted the pictures and several folks commented they had the ruler […]

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Guest Post: Doodle Shoes!

October 3, 2014

There is a wonderful, incredibly talented woman I’ve known for several years, Rebecca Kemp Brent. We met at a trade show and I felt instantly we were soul mates in all things fabric and needle arts. She is well known and well respected in the pinnacle of sewing circles. She has written books and has […]

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Update to– Member Request: How to Remove (move) a Bust Dart in a Tunic Pattern

October 3, 2014

I’m so excited to share this with you. It is an update to the blog Member Request: How to Remove (move) a Bust Dart in a Tunic Pattern posted on 9/11/14. I asked Cynde’s permission to use our email conversation and her photos. With the help of the last blog posted, she was able to finish her top […]

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Member Request: How to Remove (move) a Bust Dart in a Tunic Pattern

September 11, 2014

This blog comes at the request of one of our members, Cynde. She emailed me asking a question about removing a dart from a pattern and I thought it would make for a good blog post this week. Cynde has an older (out of print) pattern, McCall’s 2091. She wants to use a heavily beaded fabric and […]

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TIP: Making Repairs in Knit Fabric

August 14, 2014

As with all things sewing, there are different ways to do things. I had to do repairs in knit fabric this past weekend, and I thought sharing three different ways I do it would be beneficial not only to ASG members, but others who sew as well. I’ll show you how normally mending is taught, […]

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Rewards from Challenging Your Comfort Zone

July 13, 2014

I thought I would do an update to an earlier blog post before this week before conference gets away from me. I did a post May 30 titled “Challenge Your Comfort Zone”. It was about me challenging my “comfort zone” in gardening. I have never been a gardener and after over 42 years of living […]

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Nature’s Perfect Pallet

July 1, 2014

Have you ever had a moment of pure silliness that developed into an awesome journey? That is what happened to me tonight. You know sometimes how you have a silly moment (aka: senior moment) and forget how to spell something? Now, I’m a pretty good speller and don’t have too many of these little lapses […]

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Fast-Thread a Machine Needle (AKA: “ASG Needle Knot”!)

June 24, 2014

Sometimes a tip is just what we need to make our sewing life just a little bit easier. Years ago, quite by accident while threading a multi-needle embroidery machine, I created a knot that is fine enough to easily slide through even a size 11 sewing machine needle. So for years I’ve just been using […]

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