Thursday, July 29, 2010

Share your sewing mishaps for a chance to win!

A few months ago I was testing an in-the-hoop design on my embroidery machine. In the interest of saving a bit of time, I ignored my own instructions and, instead of taping down fabric to my stabilizer, I held it in place with my fingers as my embroidery machine did the stitching. (Can you guess where I'm going with this story??) That's right...before I knew what was happening, my finger got caught under the presser foot and the needle stitched right through my finger! (If you have a weak stomach, stop reading now....) My finger was caught in there until the needle broke. The broken needle stayed in my finger and I even had a long length of thread in my finger, and it was still attached to the machine. Eek! I panicked and pulled it out by the needle point, not thinking to cut the thread first and pulled a couple of feet of thread through my finger before thinking to cut it off the spool. I still cringe thinking about that. I headed to the doctor for a tetanus shot and an x-ray which showed a piece of the needle stuck inside. Luckily they gave it a few days to work itself out before doing anything, and that did the trick. But ICK! As you can imagine, I'm much more careful these days (even though I still do take shortcuts sometimes...)

I'd love to hear your stories of sewing room mishaps and will give away a free design of your choice to the person with the best story! I also want to hear if anyone else has stitched through their finger to know I'm not the only one! Please post your stories here by Friday, August 6 for a chance to win!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

We're in Designs in Machine Embroidery Magazine!

I am so excited that my Boutique Zipper Case and Fanny Pack embroidery design set made it into the "What's New in Designs" section of Designs in Machine Embroidery this month! You'll find it on page 11 of the current issue. If your copy has arrived, check it out! To celebrate, I've put the Boutique Zipper Case and Fanny Pack set on special through the end of the month. If you don't already own this great set, be sure to pick it up at its special price! And scroll through SWAK's "I Made This Gallery" to see examples of the gorgeous cases my talented customers have created with this set!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Mmm... Watermelon!

Introducing our ADORABLE new Watermelon Purse, Wristlet & Wallet Set! This great set makes the yummiest accessories that are stitched completely in the hoop of your embroidery machine!

My incredibly talented tester, Nicole, made this cute set with the Watermelon Purse & Wallet, and a Watermelon Hair Pretties design and she also whipped up this fabulous outfit for her sweet little girl to match! WOW!

And Congratulations to Joyce, who was randomly selected as the winner of this fun set! Joyce, your set is on its way. And thank you to everyone who participated in the contest and left such wonderful comments! I am so thrilled that you like this set!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Sneak Peek Saturday Giveaway!

I am so excited about my upcoming design release and just can't wait to share it with you so here's a little sneak peek! This adorable Watermelon Purse, Wristlet and Wallet design set makes adorable summer accessories! Let me know what you think of this sweet in the hoop design by posting your comment below and you can win the set! The day it is released on SWAK (early next week!), I'll choose one random winner and send that lucky gal the design FREE!