Saturday, March 31, 2012

Tomorrow's Treasures

I am so glad you enjoyed the seminar.  I enjoyed having you in class as well.  It was a pleasure!

Tomorrow's Treasures Seminar

What a great weekend we had at Tomorrow's Treasures in Crofton, MD.  This seminar was a unique one in that you were allowed to come with questions about your projects and we explored the answers together as a group.  I hope you enjoyed the experience and walked away with some inspiration and knowledge about how to achieve the results you desire.
Remember most everything we discussed this weekend is in your Digitizing's Sew Easy NEXT workbook or the Lettering's Sew Easy workbook.  If you need page numbers, you can always ask here or send me an email.  Remember to play with your software, things always get easier if you practice!

Create something fun today!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Pigeon Forge Quilt show

More from today.......
Now that I have answered emails, I feel the need to share some info with you about PE-DESIGN NEXT, V8, and V7.  While visiting with a customer today, I discovered that many of you do not realize you have a built in cataloging Program in PE-DESIGN.  The part of the program is called the Design Database.  The Design Database allows you to print catalogs of your designs in the different folders on your computer so you have a handy reference when searching for designs. 
When you open the Design Database, you will need to navigate to a folder where you have saved your designs.  This can be on your harddrive, on an external drive, a USB media, etc.  Once you have located the file folder, click on it and then go to the File pull down menu.  Choose Print Setup.  Choose 1 design per page, 4 per page or 12 per page.  If you have NEXT, you can even print instructional style sheets with more info on it.  Once you have selected the style, click PRINT.  You will have a printed catalog for that file folder.
For more information on the design database, refer to the Design Database section of my workbooks.  This part of the program is often neglected, but it has a lot of functionality including viewing design, writing multiple designs to card (in next to the sewing machine, usb media and via link to the PR 650 & 1000 machine).

I hope you find the information helpful!

Pigeon Forge Quilt Show

Hello everyone,
I am currently at the Pigeon Forge Quilt Show.  There are some amazing quilts on display.  If you are in the area, it is worth a day trip to view.  I haven't had time to just browse, but on the quilt walk through from the booth to the restroom, I have been amazed at some of the artistry displayed.
If you happen by, come see me in the Midsouth Sewing booth.  We are in the building with the classrooms on the right side.
Have a great evening,

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Quattro and PR1000 upgrades

Save up!  You will enjoy the upgrades.  As you know I particularly like Kit 3.  It is somewhat like getting 3 upgrades in one.  A bigger border hoop, some border designs and then the ability to connect large items via the camera connect function.

Rickey J,
Great to hear from you as well.  I am not sure about the Novi show yet, we shall see closer to the time of the event.  I usually save the date for Leabu's, and wait to hear from them.  It was very interesting this past year, I ended up demoing more Machines than software that weekend and selling them.  Usually, I am swamped showing software.  So.... it was a different experience which I really enjoyed. 

Last years show was also much quieter than previous years.  I wondered if it was because of all the home sporting events that weekend.  The Tigers were winning and had a home game, Michigan and Michigan State both played at home and I think the Lions had a home game as well.  I really do enjoy that show (it is one of the few I travel to work) and I love Michigan in the Fall and Summer months!  It is kind of going home for me as my husband and I lived in that area for a few years.

Have a greast day today.  It is absolutely beautiful here today!  The sun is out in full force and the trees and flowers in full bloom.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Continuing Blog

Jo and Daniel,
Good to know you are out there and enjoy reading.    Thanks for letting me know!   You both might want to sign up for my newsletter (if you haven't already done so) as I send out a tip of the month on BES Lettering and PE-DESIGN NEXT.

Today, I updated my Quattro to the latest version for Kit 3.  I do think this update is going to be a bit more user friendly as it is more visual.  If you have the Kit 3 upgrade, be sure to download the update and the new instructional manual.

I have been emailing with a customer this morning and decided others might find this information useful as well.  She was having a difficult time getting artwork to open in PE-DESGIN NEXT.  In NEXT, you need to go to the Image Tab and open artwork from that location, not from the file/flower pull down menu.  As an image is not a design, it will not open from the File pull down menu.

An alternate method of opening an image file is to right mouse click on the design page, choose Input and then choose From file.

Create something beautiful or just plain fun today!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Bamboo Tablet

Hi Daniel,
I will be more than happy to show you how to use the bamboo with your software.  It has many uses and in layout and editing with the pencil drawing tool works like drawing with a pen to create free motion embroidery.  I will have to be reminded before I pack to put mine in the briefcase, so shoot me a reminder.  I haven't been traveling with it lately, I have been trying to lighten my load a bit.
I hope to see you in Maryland!  By the way, thank you for commenting.  I often feel I am talking to myself and wonder if I should continue the blog.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

More seminars scheduled

Great news.  I have added a couple more seminars to the spring/early summer schedule.  However, I didn't have them finalized when the last newsletter went out.

April 20 & 21, Sew Special Studio, Woodbridge, VA - Advanced Techniques in Appliqué .  In this class we will learn the ins and outs of creating complex appliqués with PE-DESIGN NEXT.  If you have wanted to create your own adorable appliqués this is the class to attend.

June 7 &8, Sewing World of Grapevine, Grapevine, TX - Kick Start class.  This is the class to get you started with your software!  We cover the design database, lettering, editing, name drop, the template function and basic digitizing in Design Center and Layout and Editing. 

I have a couple of more dates I am still working on, so stay tuned.
Have a great rest of the week,