A New Applique Collection – Part Two

Here are the second day of stitching these wonderful Beach Hut Designs.

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A cool hut with curtained windows, and eaves.

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I love the bunting on this design, as well as the round windows.

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And lastly, a “rad” set of surfboards in the sand!

Looking forward to bringing you more stitch outs tomorrow.

Until next time, have a Stitchin’ day.  Julie.

It’s Clean your Machine Day!!

Good heavens but the month comes around quickly.  Can you believe it is time to clean your machine again?  I realise some of us clean our machines on a daily/weekly/hourly basis, however, for those of you who don’t, lets all clean our machines today.

To make things easier, use the Precision Oil Pen.

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I began stocking the Precision Oil Pen, after I “over oiled” my first multi needle machine (it tells you to oil it every time you turn it on, so I did!).  What I didn’t realise was that you should only use the tiniest drop of oil, not the huge glob that most oilers spit out.  This precision point oiler is refillable (unlike many others on the market), and comes filled with quality sewing machine oil.

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Get your Precision Oil Pen HERE.  You won’t regret it!

Until next time, have a Stitchin’ day.  Julie

A new Applique Collection – Part 1

I love applique.  Being able to use up all of the small bits of fabric that you have, and make a beautiful picture at the same time.

Last year I was so proud to bring you all the Beach Babes collection, then in January we added the Crusin Caravans, now I am completing the trilogy with  Beach Huts.  In Melbourne (Victoria, Australia), Brighton Beach is famous for it’s beach houses, all lined up along the sand.  I believe there is a similar beach in England.  These memories have inspired this collection, and I am so happy to show you the first few images from my stitch outs.

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This collection will have not only the huts, but beach furniture and signs, as well as surfboards in the sand.  Over the next few days, I am looking forward to showing you all of these designs as I stitch them out.

Until next time, have a Stitchin’ week.  Julie.

The Who, What, Where, Why of USB’s

I have had an amazing 24 hours fulfilling orders for the 2GB usb drive (thank you all so much), however it has led to some questions on usb size, and what is the best size to use in your embroidery machine.

So for those of you who are unaware of how the USB technology works, let me share with you….

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A Universal Serial Bus (USB) is a common interface that enables communication between devices and a host controller such as a personal computer (PC), or an Embroidery Machine.

The USB is also coloquially known as a jump drive, flash drive, thumb drive, memory stick, or simply USB drive, is a tiny but powerful storage device.

The USB is made up of “compartments of storage”. When you load a design onto the USB drive, it stores the information into a “compartment”.  When you then load the USB into the embroidery machine, it searches through EVERY compartment on the drive (even if there is nothing in it).  This means that if you are using a large USB (as is common today), your machine will take a long time to search out the entire drive.  By utilising a smaller USB – 2GB is standard for small – your embroidery machine will run more efficiently, leaving you more time for stitching.

The other question that I receive is “Is a 2GB USB going to be large enough?”

YES – Looking at the average size of an embroidery design (154kb), I can fit more than 55000 designs on my 2GB novelty USB Flash Drive. Now quite honestly, I don’t recommend storing this many designs on your flash drive.  Use your computer to store the majority of your designs, and simply transfer the collection that you are using at the present time to the USB Flash Drive.

Can I store more than just embroidery designs on my USB Flash Drive?

Absolutely – looking at the average size of a photo from a digital camera, you will be able to store approximately 500 pictures on each USB Flash Drive. You can also store any other type of media that you wish.

I hope this helps, and please let me know of any other technical questions you might have.

Until next time, have a Stitchin’ week.  Julie

2GB Novelty USB’s arrived

So excited.  This morning my new stock of Novelty USB’s arrived.

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They are so cute and I am thrilled with just how much they resemble a rolled up measuring tape.

1st thing I did (after showing them off to wonderful hubby), was to put them up on the website.  So now you can get your own copy of this great tool.  HERE.

Until next time, have a Stitchin’ week.  Julie.

Class in Melbourne next week

For anybody who is in the South Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne next week, I am very excited to be invited to teach at the Timbarra Machine Embroidery Group at Berwick next Thursday (the 14th April).

We are going to be working on a liquorice allsorts of embroidery projects, with participants choosing between 4 different types of projects.

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Crusin’ Caravans apron is the first project, made from a re-cycled denim skirt.

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Create a pair of cutwork edged pants.

Work on creating a gorgeous set of 3 mug rugs

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Create a beautiful Sewing Caddy

Or one of these quick and easy snap bags.

If you are interested in joining in this class, you can contact Lyn Dickson at jacklyndickson@bigpond.com to get details on coming along on this fun sewing day.

 

 

Pre-Wound Bobbins now in Stock

I am so happy to be able to share with you a new product.

Pre-wound Bobbins.

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I switched to pre-wound bobbins approximately 10 years ago, after I wore out the motor of my first machine.  At the suggestion of my mechanic at the time, I made the switch, and have never looked back.

I am bringing these bobbins to you in L & A style, in both black and white.  These bobbins are plastic sided, just like your normal bobbins, and you can purchase these in packs of 20, 50, or 144.

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If you are unsure of which bobbin to use, check out the table below to see what will best suit your machine.

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I hope you will give these fantastic bobbins a try.  Click HERE to pick up a pack today!

Until next time, have a Stitchin’ day.  Julie

A great day of Stitching in Cairnlea

Thank you to the Australian Sewing Guild Cairnlea group for hosting me for a class this last weekend.  We had a wonderful time working with the Classic Cutwork Collection.

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Vera had success with matching up designs for this pretty scalloped border

Each participant worked on perfecting their hooping skills to match designs up perfectly to create this beautiful lace edged pillow case.

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Some of the beautiful work that was created on Saturday

One of my favourite parts of the day was meeting a new embroider, and helping her start her machine for the first time.  By the end of the day, we had created a beautiful cutwork doily!

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1st time stitcher gaining confidence and success with her machine

Many thanks to Fay for setting up the day, and to all of the ladies that participated.

Until next time, have a Stitchin’ day.  Julie.

 

Fun at the airport for a stitcher

airportsecuirtyI am hoping I am not the only person who this has happened to.

This morning I had a 6.30am fight down to Melbourne for a class this weekend.

I got up at 4.30, and made my beautiful hubby get up early as well.  As I was running out the door, without thinking, I grabbed my “kit” of my stitching essentials, and shoved it into my luggage.  Didn’t think another thing of it until I got pulled over for a search.  The airport security guy found a pair of scissors in my case.  He went through, pulled them out, and I had to chuck them.  Again he checked the bag, only to see another pair.  In the end I had accidently packed 3 pair of squeeze scissors, and my de-nester blade (like a scalpel).

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lost forever at Canberra Airport

 

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I need to think more clearly when I pack my sewing tools.  Because I don’t use them for nefarious means, doesn’t mean others would not.

 

I absolutely respect the people at airport security, and I encourage people to learn from my mistakes, and avoid chucking away more than $40 worth of tools.

Until next time, have a Stitchin’ day.  Julie