Thursday, August 7, 2014

Craftsy Dog Days of Summer Sale

Craftsy is having a huge summer class sale.  This is probably the last one of the season.  Click on the link below to get your discounted prices.

 Dog Days of Summer Sale


Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Knowing in Sewing July 2014

Hi All,
I hope you are having a wonderful summer.  Just a quick note to let you know the newsletter went out tonight.  I am trying out a new email service in hopes that it will be able to get to all of you without being seen as spam.

Also, Craftsy is having a huge sale this weekend only.  Click on the link below.  They have classes in all categories on sale.

 Craftsy Flash Sale

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Craftsy Sale
Evidently my post didn't make it with the picture.  Click on the link to get a great discount on all your Craftsy classes until the 9th (even mine:) )

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

It's Sew Easy

Hello Everyone,
Just a couple of announcements tonight....
On Friday the second It's Sew Easy Episode that I appear in will be airing @ In. this episode, I will be demonstrating using the Scan N Cut machine to cut your applique pieces as well as how to print a template for manually cutting applique pieces.  Be sure to tune in.  It will be available for free for 7 days.

Secondly, I am trying to move my blog back to my own website.  I have not been satisfied with the commenting on either site.  I am trying a new technique on both platforms for a bit (there will be duplicate content) to see which one works best.  I really want this to be interactive.

I have left the discount link on my website for the Craftsy class on the home page active for the rest of the week since last week was Memorial Day weekend.  I have been getting good feedback from it so far.  I hope you will enjoy it and as always hope you find it informative and helpful!


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Newsletter and Craftsy class

Hi Everyone,
The Knowing in Sewing was mailed tonight.  The big announcement is that my Craftsy class went live last week.  There is a link on my home page for you to receive a discount on the Craftsy class.  If you click on the Embroidery Software Essentials link on the page, it will take you directly to Craftsy with the discount applied.  I really hope you will enjoy the class!

Below is a link that will show you what to look for on my homepage.  The discount link on my homepage will be good through Friday.

Have a great rest of the week!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014


After a large delay, I have evidently finally sent out a newsletter.  I thought I had sent it out in February.  The move has me a little frazzled to say the least.  I think I live in the messiest home ever right now!

I am on a flight to Baton Rouge tomorrow to teach a Scan N Cut and Photo Stitch seminar.  These are the only ones of this type that I have on my schedule right now and I am done scheduling for the Spring/Summer time frame.  If you have one of the products and want to learn how to use them, there may be a few spaces left (I am not sure about this).  Call to see if they have any slots left.  The phone number is: (225) 923-1260<

Enjoy the newsletter.  Again, sorry for the delay!


Friday, April 11, 2014

Printing Applique Outline for Scan N Cut

Hi Cathy,
You can print the outline for an applique from PE-DESIGN NEXT and some of the lower versions.  Follow the steps below.

  1. IMPORT the design into Layout and Editing.
  2. Click on the Stitches Attributes tab at the top of the window.
  3. Choose Divide by Color.
  4. In the Sewing Order window, determine which segments are the cut lines for the appliqué. 
  5. Click on the cut lines for the Applique in the Sewing order window and then Click on the Select Patterns icon .
  6. Click on the Home tab.
  7. Click on the Copy icon.
  8. From the Start button of the computer, open a new session of Layout and Editing.  Do not close the current session.  You will open a new window.
  9. Click Paste to paste the cut lines into the new window.
  10. In the Integrated Sewing Attributes window, click on the Color Tab.  Change the color of all the pieces to black.  This will print better for the Scan N Cut.
  11. Left mouse click on a piece and move it around on the design page to separate the parts.  Continue until all appliqué parts are separated.
  12. From the File pull down menu, choose Print and then Print Setup.
  13. In the Embroidery Print Mode area, choose Actual Size and Realistic Stitch Image.
  14. Remove the checkmark if there is one in front of Print sewing area box and center axes and Print template grid.  These items will interfere with the cut process on the Scan N Cut.
  15. In the Stitch image area, click on the Attributes button.
  16. Change the Thread Width to Thick, the Brightness to Dark and then click OK.
  17. Click Print.
  18. Choose Page 1 to 1.  Page 2 is the design information.
  19. The design will print.  Use the print to scan into the Scan N Cut to cut the appliqué pieces.