July Quick Tip

July 20, 2018By Joanne BankoDIY, Hemming, Tips & Tricks No Comments

Time for another Brother Sews Quick Tip! Small double turned hems are common in many different sewing projects. This quick tip will help you sew a small, even hem using a few different tricks to make your hem more accurate. Here’s how: Decide on finished width of the hem. I used a double turned 3/8-inch … Read More

Personalized Key Fobs

July 18, 2018By Cindy HoganDIY, Projects 3 Comments

Who doesn’t like a personalized gift that is useful to boot. I have been asked a lot about how to create these little jewels, so this month we will dive into this project. As you can see from the image, I created two versions of the project. I used the same settings for both in … Read More

Heirloom Baby Dress

July 13, 2018By Janice FergusonDIY, Heirloom, Sewing 4 Comments

This baby dress is an example of heirloom sewing, also known as fine machine sewing. You’ve seen examples, whether or not you recognized them by name or category. Heirloom sewing is a (relatively) new name for the fine art of French hand sewing, the techniques and materials of which were used on garments before the … Read More

Unboxing the Persona PRS100: Part 2

July 12, 2018By Angela WolfDIY, Machines, Unboxing No Comments

We have unboxed the Brother Persona PRS100 Embroidery Machine and now it’s time to set up and thread machine and thread it. You can watch Part 1 of the unboxing here. Note: It’s always good to read and follow all instructions included with the Persona before using. Tip: This machine is very heavy, make sure … Read More

Summertime Fun! Embroidered Picnic Dress

July 11, 2018By Janice FergusonDIY, Embroidery, Garment 16 Comments

Kite flying, picnics, family reunion, and Labor Day celebrations are just a few of the occasions for which this cool and comfortable summer picnic dress can fill the bill. Construct your own white dress or purchase a “blank” with drawn thread work at the hemline. Embellishments include the embroidery, of course, but also contrasting topstitching. … Read More

June Quick Tip

June 21, 2018By Joanne BankoDIY, Tips & Tricks, Tutorial 2 Comments

Time for another Brother Sews Quick Tip! Make decorative labels for opened packages of software using the Brother P-touch Embellish Ribbon and Tape Printer. You can use the label “as is” or sew them to longer strips of ribbon and wrap them around rolls of stabilizer. See Figure #1. It’s a good idea to keep … Read More

Unboxing THE Dream Machine 2

June 20, 2018By Angela WolfDIY, Machines, Video 1 Comment

Have you recently purchased THE Dream Machine by Brother and are amazed at the size of the box? What could possibly take up that huge box?!? The sewing machine of course, but it also includes a lot of fabulous sewing, embroidery, and quilting accessories. In the video below, I will walk you through unboxing THE … Read More

Embellish Pant Legs with Embroidery

June 12, 2018By Angela WolfDIY, Embroidery, Projects 2 Comments

Adding a touch of embroidery is a great way to upcycle a pair of pants or if sewing from scratch, you can plan ahead for the placement. For this tutorial I am using a pair of ready-to-wear capris. Supplies: Seam ripper Tailors chalk Embroidery Stabilizer: Pacesetter lightweight, adhesive backed, water soluble stabilizer SA8906 Note: If … Read More

A Fun Hat Embroidery Project

June 4, 2018By Laura PiferDIY, Embroidery, Tutorial 4 Comments

One of the things I love most about machine embroidery is the ability to create custom items and gifts. Embroidering designs, lettering, and monogram on basic items can instantly transform them into works of art. Lately, I’ve really been getting into embroidery on hats! They’re a great gift to kick start my kids summer break … Read More

Easy Beach Bag Sewing Tutorial

May 23, 2018By Emily ThompsonDIY, Sewing, Tutorial 3 Comments

Summer is here!! There are so many fun summer sewing projects you can make, but you can never have too many bags for summer fun. I’ve got an easy beach/pool bag sewing tutorial to share with you today. This is a great size bag for hauling around all your supplies for summer water fun. Grab … Read More

Embroidered Journal Cover

May 11, 2018By Joanne BankoDIY, Projects, Sewing No Comments

Journaling is a great way to record thoughts, memories, and dreams. It’s especially nice to have a beautiful book to hold all of your hand-written ideas and reflections. This embroidered cover is the perfect way to dress up a plain journal. With Mother’s Day just around the corner, you can make this in an afternoon … Read More

Fun Fabric Gift Tags

May 10, 2018By Emily ThompsonDIY, Embroidery, Projects No Comments

You are going to love these cute fabric gift tags. They are versatile and add a handmade touch to any gift. I love giving homemade gifts, but sometimes a gift card is really the best option (teacher gifts!!!) So, I started making these adorable fabric gift cards, so I can still give a bit of … Read More

DIY Bicycle Bag

May 7, 2018By Janice FergusonDIY, Quilting, Sewing 17 Comments

Hurrah! It’s National Bike Month! Let’s celebrate the way we like best—sewing and creating with THE Dream Machine by Brother or another Brother combo machine with 5×7 frame. Let’s celebrate all that fun, healthy, outdoor cycling with this handy bike bag. Embellish it with a scenic bike design from iBroidery.com and learn to convert it … Read More