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Monthly Archives: October 2015

  • Three Lunch Box Quilts Classes

    Cats Meow Large Quilt Cats Meow Large Quilt

    Embroidery + Appliqué + Quilting - what's not to like? See how these three techniques blend together to make beautiful and fun projects. Angie Steveson will be in Meissner's Santa Rosa store for 3 days to share her unique and whimsical Lunch Box Quilts. Join us for one (or more) of the following classes - Click here for more info and registration.

    Sail Away Sail Away

     

     

     

    Take all 3 classes - let Angie help you master embroidery, applique, and quilting - all in the hoop!

     

     

    NOV 19 - Designer Trunk Show
    Angie shows her beautiful quilts and shares her favorite techniques. This 2-hour class is filled with creativity, learning, and fun!

    Fall Leaves Fall Leaves Placemat

    NOV 20 - Embroidered Placemat
    Complete your own Lunch Box Quilts project in one of these two sessions. Everything, including the machine, is provided so register today and join this entertaining and informative class.

    NOV 21 - Embroidered Appliqué Quilt
    Choose one of 19 Lunch Box Quilts in-the-hoop projects to work on in class. Each has its own character and there is something for everyone. You'll leave the class with several completed quilt blocks, feeling confident you can complete the quilt - a great way to improve your embroidery skills!

    Angie Steveson, Designer and Owner of Lunch Box Quilts
    Angie Steveson, Designer and Owner of Lunch Box Quilts

     

    Angie's No-Fail Machine Embroidery Tips

    • Always use an embroidery needle when stitching embroidery applique. The needle has a larger eye for the thread to pass through, preventing fraying that can be caused by high-speed stitching.

    • If using a sticky stabilizer, use a titanium embroidery needle. The titanium coating resists the stickiness of the stabilizer.

    • Small curved tipped scissors will trim around the applique pieces most efficiently.

     

    Sew Vintage Wall Hanging Sew Vintage Wall Hanging

     

     

  • Personalized Stuffed Animals by Embroider Buddy®!

    Embroider Buddies! Embroider Buddies!

    Celebrate life’s moments with personalized stuffed animals. The super-soft stuffed animals from Embroider Buddy® have been designed in such a way that they fit on almost all embroidery machines so you can add any message you want! They unzip in the back and have removable stuffing pods in the body and head. Once the pods are removed, the animals can be placed flat in your embroidery hoop.

    When using hoops that are small enough to fit inside the body of the unstuffed animal, you hoop the fabric and the stabilizer together. If the hoop is larger than the body cavity, use paper-backed adhesive stabilizer such as OESD Stabil Stick. Hoop the stabilizer only, remove the paper to expose the adhesive and smooth the wrong side of the fabric in the hoop. Embroidery is usually centered on the front of the animal but can also be placed on the back and the bottom. Tip: Lay a piece of water-soluble topping on top of the area to be embroidered; this keeps the stitches from sinking into the thick pile of the plush fabric.

    EmbroiderBuddy LogoThere are lots of animals from which to choose and we have a whole zoo of them at Meissner’s Sewing. Great for all occasions - get well gifts, birthdays, graduations, new babies, young children, and holiday gifts. They are also fun collectibles and now's the time to start your making holiday embroidered gifts!

    zoo

     

  • Happy Halloween!

    Candy DishHalloween and candy definitely go together! Here’s an easy way to make your own one-of-a-kind “dish” to hold your favorite candy for a spooky party or in anticipation of a slew of trick-or-treaters. Grab your orange and black fabric scraps and create your own yardage that has a unique rustic feel to it. This easy-to-sew project is great for beginners!

    Supplies
    • Black or orange wool felt, 12” x 12”
    • Assorted scraps of a variety of fabrics in Halloween colors
    • Construction thread in the same color as the wool felt
    • 10” black grosgrain ribbon for handles
    • 12-14” of orange cord such as rattail
    • Temporary spray adhesive

    Presser Feet
    • All-purpose Foot
    • Edgestitch Foot (optional)
    • Couching Foot

    Creating Quilted Fabric
    1. Lightly spray one side of the wool felt with temporary spray adhesive.
    2. Arrange assorted scraps on top of the felt, layering and overlapping as needed to completely cover it.
    3. Carefully move the covered felt to the sewing machine and stitch randomly over the surface as desired until the scraps are sewn in place using an all-purpose presser foot. Use straight stitch, zigzag, feather stitches, adding other “open” decorative stitches as desired. The more stitching, the more body the fabric has and the better it will form the dish.

    Using a stilletto

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Cutting
    Cut the following rectangles from the quilted fabric:
    • One 7” x 6” for the base
    • Two 7” x 2¼” for the sides
    • Two 6” x 2¼” for the ends

    Construction
    1. Join the rectangles by butting the edges and sewing the narrow ones to each side of the base as shown. Match the strips to the corresponding side (6” to 6” side and 7” to 7” side). Use a zigzag stich (width = 4-4.5 mm and length = 2-2.5 mm). Tip: Use an edgestitch or joining foot with a center guide to keep the butted edges from overlapping.

    Joining seams edge-to-edge. Joining seams edge-to-edge.
    Add sides and ends to base (outlined in white). Add sides and ends to base (outlined in white).

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    2. Fold the sides in to the felt along the stitched seams and press to form creases.
    3. Oversew the outer edges (these become the top edges of the dish) with the same zigzag setting. The needle should sew into the fabric and then into the air to wrap around the raw edge.

    Fold on the diagonal and seam corners. Fold on the diagonal and seam corners.

     

    4. Make a diagonal fold across the base and match the corners as shown. Stitch the fabric edges (indicated by white dashed line) together using a straight or zigzag stitch to secure the corners and form the sides of the dish.

     

     

     

     

     

    5. Using a couching foot, zigzag the orange cord down the center of the black ribbon. Cut the ribbon into two pieces. Fold one ribbon in half and position it on the felt at one end, centering it to form a handle, using the photo above as a guide. Stitch each end of the ribbon in place. Stitch the remaining ribbon on the opposite end of the dish.

    A couching foot lets cords feed smoothly while holding it in place for stitching. A couching foot lets cords feed smoothly while holding it in place for stitching.

     

     

     

     

     

  • Baby Lock Updates

    Isn’t today’s technology amazing? The things we can do with our sewing and embroidery machines go so far beyond the straight stitch! Keep the software of your machine up to date so you’ll have the latest in features and functionality. Find your Baby Lock model in the list below and click on the appropriate links to download the update to your machine.

     

    Baby Lock Alliance (Model BNAL) - Software Update Version 1.06

    Version 1.06 update will provide the following change:

    1. Improved functionality of the Resume function.

    Click here, then click the Updates tab for the Baby Lock Alliance update.

     

     

    Baby Lock Aria (Model BLAR) - Software Update Version 2.01

    Version 2.01 update will provide the following changes :

    1. Added the Reinforcement Priority function (available for the sewing functions only) to page 3 of the settings screen. Instructions for using Reinforcement Priority
    2. The sewing speed for decorative stitches has been increased from 400 to 710 stitches per minute.
    3. The speed to begin sewing utility stitches and decorative stitches has been increased from 70 to 110 stitches per minute.
    4. Enhanced the texture of hand-look quilting stitch.
    5. Improved the selecting or editing of stitch patterns in the Utility Stitch Screen.

    Click here, then click the Updates tab for the Baby Lock Aria update.

     

    Baby Lock Journey (Model BLJY) - Software Update Version 2.01

    Version 2.01 update will provide the following changes:

    1. Added the Reinforcement Priority function (available for the sewing functions only) to page 3 of the settings screen. Instructions for using Reinforcement Priority
    2. The sewing speed for decorative stitches has been increased from 400 to 710 stitches per minute.
    3. The speed to begin sewing utility stitches and decorative stitches has been increased from 70 to 110 stitches per minute.
    4. Enhanced the texture of hand-look quilting stitch.
    5. Improved functionality of capability for recalling particular PES data that contains incompatible format.
    6. Improved functionality of embroidering frame patterns.
    7. Improved the selecting or editing of stitch patterns in the Utility Stitch Screen.

    Click here, then click the Updates tab for the Baby Lock Journey update.

     

    Baby Lock Unity (Model BLTY) - Software Update Version 2.01

    Version 2.01 update will provide the following changes:

    1. Added the Reinforcement Priority function (available for the sewing functions only) to page 3 of the settings screen.
    2. The sewing speed for decorative stitches has been increased from 400 to 710 stitches per minute.
    3. The speed to begin sewing utility stitches and decorative stitches has been increased from 70 to 110 stitches per minute.
    4. Enhanced the texture of hand-look quilting stitch.
    5. Improved the selecting or editing of stitch patterns in the Utility Stitch Screen.

    Click here, then click the Updates tab for the Baby Lock Unity update.

     

    Baby Lock Crescendo (Model BLCR) - Software Update Version 2.01

    Version 2.01 update will provide the following changes:

    1. Added the Reinforcement Priority function (available for the sewing functions only) to page 3 of the settings screen.
    2. The sewing speed for decorative stitches has been increased from 400 to 710 stitches per minute.
    3. The speed to begin sewing utility stitches and decorative stitches has been increased from 70 to 110 stitches per minute.
    4. Enhanced the texture of hand-look quilting stitch.

    Click here, then click the Updates tab for the Baby Lock Crescendo update.

     

    Baby Lock Spirit (Model BLPY) - Software Update Version 2.01

    Version 2.01 update will provide the following changes:

    1. Improved functionality of capability for recalling particular PES data that contains incompatible format.
    2. Improved functionality of embroidering frame patterns

    Click here, then click the Updates tab for the Baby Lock Spirit update.

     

     

     

     

     

  • Party On!

    We love hosting Anita Goodesign parties! If you’ve attended one before, you know how entertaining and educational these embroidery parties are. This past weekend the fun was at the Sacramento store but if you missed it, don’t worry! We have two more scheduled in 2015. One is coming up right away on October 9-10, again at the Sacramento store, and a third party will be held in Santa Rosa on November 13-14.

    The great thing about these parties is that they are designed for all skill levels. Beginners learn new techniques and get terrific project ideas. Experienced stitchers love the variety of designs and cool projects, including ones made completely in the hoop! And, if you’ve never embroidered before, this is the perfect place for you. Try it with a teacher to guide you, stitching quilt blocks, mug rugs, 3D flowers and more. We have the machines and all the supplies plus provide lunch, refreshments and door prizes!

    Click here to register for The Perfect Sewing Room Embroidery Party today.

    Have fun learning, explore hundreds of designs, and get hands-on experience at our Anita Goodesign party. Have fun learning, explore hundreds of designs, and get hands-on experience at our Anita Goodesign party.
    You're invited to the party! You're invited to the party!

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