Tips for Wool Embroidery by Machine

In my previous blog post I showed you the new crewelwork design I’ve been working on. I love wool threads for their texture, but they can be tricky to work with. Here are a few tips for getting the best results by machine. Use a design digitized for thicker threads. Most machine embroidery designs are
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Snowy White Linen Tape on Spool

Snowy White Linen Tape

Over the last few years I have fallen in love with 18th century clothing. I started out exclusively sewing by machine, but before long found myself enticed by the hand sewing techniques of the era, as well. In many cases I’ve discovered that hand sewing produces results that I couldn’t achieve by machine, and in
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Heat Away Stabilizer after Use

Heat Away Stabilizer Review

Have you ever used a heat away stabilizer? I barely knew they existed when I wrote my previous stabilizer post, so I put it on my list of things to try out. To be honest, I find stabilizer choices to be overwhelming. Cut away, tear away, wash away, tear AND wash, sticky backed or not – oh, wait, what’s the
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Camisole Eyelet Tutorial

The 1910 Camisole with Bows is almost ready for release! As I was working through a sample based on the Wearing History 1910’s Camisole or Corset Cover, I found one tricky bit that’s easier explained in pictures, so I wanted to put together a camisole eyelet tutorial for you. This is a great technique for any
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Matching Borders, and more

One of the first questions I have when starting a design is what is the best way to get it to match up as flawlessly and as easily as possible. Some are pretty straightforward, while others take creativity.  I also hear a lot of comments that people are nervous about matching up pieces correctly, so I
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Cutwork borders – a tutorial and a freebie!

One of the features in my first few designs is the option to make a cutwork border as part of the embroidery process, creating a neatly finished edge like you find in hand sewn and manufactured goods. Since this may not be familiar to many of you, I wanted to post a quick tutorial as well as a freebie so
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Stabilizers for Historical Costuming

One of the topics that confused me most when I started machine embroidery was what stabilizer to use and when. There are so many stabilizers to pick from, and many can be downright expensive. The sewing machine shops were quick to recommend cut away and tear away stabilizers for almost everything. They are generally only thinking in terms
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