Matching an All-Over Design

Matching design elements up neatly is one of the topics I get the most questions about. It can be a bit intimidating, so in this post I want to show you a real life example of matching up one of my designs. First, in case you’re thinking “of course her examples are going to be
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18th Century Embroidered Pocket Alignment Tutorial

Recently, I was asked about a pocket alignment tutorial video for designs like my mid-18th century pocket and new “Hannah” pocket. Video tutorials have been on my list for quite a while, so I got busy and recorded one to share with my sew-along group on Facebook. Speaking of the sew-along – the group was
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7 Tips for Perfect 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. I’ve created a list of 7 tips for perfect wool embroidery by machine. I hope these tips help you get perfect wool embroidery the next
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Snowy White Linen Tape on Spool

Snowy White Linen Tape Tutorial

Have you ever run across sewing notions that used to exist, but seem to have completely vanished? I recently ran into this problem when I went looking for some white linen tape to bind an 18th c. pocket. Over the last few years I have fallen in love with 18th century clothing. I started out
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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 Embroidery 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 embroidery borders 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 cutwork borders 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
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Overview of Machine Embroidery Stabilizers

One of the topics that confused me most when I started machine embroidery was what stabilizer to use and when. There are so many machine embroidery 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
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