Part 2: A Winnie the Pooh Inspired Bib

February 11, 2019By Janice FergusonBaby, DIY, Projects 24 Comments

For generations, Disney’s Winnie the Pooh has been everyone’s favorite bear. On this little bib, he enjoys his favorite treat, “Hunny,” while your baby gobbles their favorite sweet potatoes. With THE Dream Machine or another Brother Disney machine, you can make this simple, practical item very special. A previous post detailed Pooh’s burp cloth and … Read More

Embroidered Greeting Cards

February 7, 2019By Janice FergusonEmbroidery, Projects, Sewing 19 Comments

Making greeting cards is so much fun! With Valentine’s Day around the corner you have time to whip up some really special cards for family and friends. With cardstock, fabric scraps, designs from iBroidery.com and THE Dream Machine by Brother, you have all you need for a card making marathon. With regular 8.5 x 11” … Read More

Give Thanks Tutorial

November 3, 2018By Janice FergusonHoliday, Projects, Sewing 22 Comments

Eleven canning jars have been transformed into twinkling mantle décor for Thanksgiving. This is a visible reminder of the reason for all that delicious turkey and pumpkin pie. With THE Dream Machine 2 by Brother (the quintessential combo embroidery/sewing machine) or any Brother embroidery machine, you can make a meaningful Thanksgiving decoration that can be … Read More

Pumpkin Goodies

October 10, 2018By Janice FergusonDIY, Holiday, Projects 43 Comments

It’s a pumpkin patch of goodies and so much fun to make! With your Brother Embroidery machine, you can quickly stitch enough to fill a basket of these cuties. Delight visiting children or any young friends at church or community gatherings. Mail a few to your grandchildren or deliver some to nursing home friends or … Read More

Lacey Heirloom Bonnet Tutorial

September 14, 2018By Janice FergusonEmbroidery, Heirloom, Projects 35 Comments

Few sights bring more admiring looks than a baby in a smocked or heirloom sewn bonnet. Common components of this classic infant accessary are heirloom lace, hemstitching, embroidery, feather stitching, and lace beading threaded with satin ribbon. Most of those techniques, time consuming techniques, can now be done not only faster, but more precisely with … Read More

Refashion Jeans with Trim

September 12, 2018By Angela WolfApparel, DIY, Projects 2 Comments

You might have noticed some of the fashions of the late 60’s and 70’s making a comeback on the store shelves, from floral fabrics to embellished jeans. We have focused on embellishing jeans with free motion embroidery to embroidering an entire leg; Now we will add a crocheted ribbon trim along the outside leg. Machine … Read More

Heirloom Baby Dress

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

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

Unboxing THE Dream Machine 2

June 20, 2018By Angela WolfDIY, Machines, Video 4 Comments

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

May Quick Tip!

May 16, 2018By Joanne BankoProjects, Sewing, Tips & Tricks 5 Comments

Time for another Brother Sews Quick Tip! Note: Stitch shown above is from THE Dream Machine XV8550D. The Shell Tuck Edge Stitch on your Brother machine is ideal for hemming light weight fabrics with a narrow hem and an added touch of heirloom elegance! This stitch looks somewhat ordinary on the screen of your machine … Read More