Thursday, May 26, 2011

Machine Embroidery FUN!

My DD and her friend are going to take Kids Kamp classes this summer!
(Guess who's going to be the teacher?!?  Yep!  Me!)
I know I have at least two students - my DD and her friend :-)
My DD's friend has no experience with sewing or embroidery, sew...
of course, we had to show her!
First, I demonstrated the Brother HP2000 Project Runway version sewing machine which will be our summer kamp machines.  The Kids Kamp is for those 8 and up and is $20/day or $50 for all three days, June 14th-16th, 2011 from 1:00 to 3:00 in the afternoon.  The fee covers two hours of instruction on sewing and serging, all the supplies for the projects and snacks, too.  We will be creating a chalk board material tote bag with pocket, a roll-up pillow case and a triangular, zippered bag, too!  The girls are very pleased about the projects and can't wait for classes to begin!!
To sign up:
(Click on Contact)
Sew....back to this afternoon after school....
At the quilt shop, I chose to demonstrate on the Brother Innovis Disney version
and the girls chose a very pretty design of Alice in Wonderland on pink paisley fabric.
They picked up the idea very quickly - teens are sew good with computers!

(Added in the morning:  you may be wondering what is that wall hanging above the television behind me?  That is not what you might think it is...actually that is the very first red, white and blue quilting my DD ever made in a quilting class at age eight and it is a set of four triple strip sets unfortunately sewn together in a fashion that misrepresents what this actually is...she was only eight and didn't even know about those things.)
Mary Ann of RocknQuilts in her basement sewing area

I just realized that I've never brought my bloggers downstairs to my embroidery/computer/printer/cutting table area - why not?  I guess I've been busy piecing upstairs, it's been a while since I've used this space!
This is my seven year old Ellageo that I purchased used last year in October.
It uses floppy discs, which are challenging for me, but a breeze (thankfully!) for my DD!
She hopped on the computer and downloaded a unicorn design, entered it into the computer, they set up the machine and were off and running, because it works similarly to the Brother Innovis at the quilt shop which they had learned on earlier today.

The white bobbin thread was coming up heavily, sew...
I changed the tension from 4.0 to 2.0
and things looked much better!

I switched the needle out from an 80/12 to a 90/14.
The larger needle size can handle embroidery much better.

Just for fun:  last summer, I found the following trio of quilty items during our local street fair.  They were too adorable to pass up, hand-painted by a gentleman from a nearby town and are now happily adorning one of the basement sewing area walls.
Here's info on how you can get yourself a set, too...
The Craft House
Jamestown, ND
Bonnie or Don Nelson

Normally, my scissors rests in the far left wooden holder, but it was in use this evening!
How do you like these?  Everything is made of wood and hand-painted to look like quilts!!

Sew...I want to know...what quilty thing(s) did you do today or do you plan to do this coming weekend?
Do you bring along your sewing bag when if you go camping on Memorial Day?

Thank you for your comments!  
I try to respond to each and every one :-)


  1. I finished my big project, so today I will try to clean up from it and then start a new one!
    I can't go on ANY trip anytime without some type of quilting project. I will actually come up with something just for the purpose of taking it with me on a trip!I like to have a quilt with hand embroidery that I can do.

  2. No sewing for me again today! We had a transformer blow just down the street. So we were without electricity for most of the evening :( However tomorrow I plan on working on finishing my Max & Whiskers quilt :)
    I always take something crafty on trips :)


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