Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Adventures in Embroidery

For those of you who follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you may have seen some new things popping up in my feed lately. I recently got a Brother se400 embroidery machine, and I have quickly developed a slight obession for machine embroidery. I received the machine as a gift for my birthday and in the less than 3 months I've had it, I have been pleasantly surprised by not only how easy it is to get started but how much fun it is! ***This point contains affiliate links****

Brother Computerized Sewing and Embroidery Machine, SE-400

At face value, the idea of getting into machine embroidery looks daunting. So many different settings, stabilizers and threads! Craftsy has some great classes to get you started on your way to machine embroidering like a pro. There is a great class to cover the basics as you get started: 20 Things Every Machine Embroider should know. It covers the essentials to give you a solid foundation as you learn. 

Keyfobs are a quick and easy project, that I can't seem to stop making. There are hundreds of files available and each pattern costs only a few dollars. 


These are great to use up all the small vinyl scraps I have left over from bags that are too small for bag making. 

I've also had fun making some personalized trick or treat bags:


Towels are also a super fun project, and now I want to make some for all the holidays! You can pick up a pack of kitchen towels for a great price on Amazon or even at Target. I picked these up for 3.99 for a 4 Pack in the kitchen section. 

The Brother Se400 was recently on Amazon for less than 200 on prime day, rumor has it that it drops again around Black Friday so it may be worth keeping an eye on if you have been thinking about one for a while. It's definitely been a lot of fun to use, and I am looking forward to trying new projects. 

Happy Sewing (or embroidering)!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Bag Buzz 10/13/17

Welcome to the Friday the 13th installment of the Bag Buzz! Read on to catch up on the latest pattern releases, new products, sales, tutorials and more!

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New Releases:

The FREE Sunshine Wristlet from Bagstock Sewing Patterns

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The Go Baby Mini Diaper Bag by Hold it Right There Bags:

Craftsy Class: The Cross-Body Bag: Sewing with Waxed Canvas. 

The Charlie Holster Bag Pattern by Uh Oh Creations: 

The Myles Work Bag by iThinkSew


Emmaline Bags is currently underway with their 5th annual snow sale! Use code SNOW2017 at checkout.

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Enter to win a Copy of Stitched: Sewing organizers and a pack of Aurifil Thread

Hawthorne Threads is Giving away a fat quarter bundle of Michael Miller's Llama Navidad:

Joann Fabrics is giving away a 100, 250 and 500 gift card. The fine print here is that you need to sign up through facebook and opt in to text messages or email.

Craftsy is giving away mystery stash boxes

New Products:

I'm dying to try the new Easy Strap Anchors from Emmaline Bags!! Available in 5 finishes: 

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Also, if you are swooning over the new irridescent finish, metal bag labels are now available from Emmaline Bags:

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Other News:

Chris W Designs has just released a video to accompany her Bodacious Bowler Bag, perfect who like a little more of a walkthrough when sewing bags. 

Bodacious Bowler

Mrs. H has now released her patterns in PAPER format!! So for those of you who prefer paper patterns with beautiful color photos and more durable paper to cut the patterns from, this perfect for you! 
The Fiesta Tote Paper Pattern