Wednesday, December 11, 2013


Updated PE-DESIGN NEXT video links:

The above link will take you to all 12 of the NEXT videos that were completed a few years ago.  The YouTube channel links were changed from my original post and no longer work.

The Knowing in Sewing

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone.  I hope you are having a joyous and stress free season and are celebrating the reason for the season!  The Knowing in Sewing for November and December has been emailed tonight and continues with the monogramming theme.  In addition, instead of another tip, I have uploaded new design files on my website for your enjoyment.

I would like to hear from you about tips that you would like to see in the coming year.  Any and all will be considered.  You may post here on the blog or send me an email at

I don't know about you, but I have been having fun playing with the New Scan N Cut machine.  I have been creating Christmas banners.  They have been lots of fun.  It is SEW easy to create free standing double sided appliqués with this machine just by printing out the appliqué design out and scanning it into the machine.  No resizing required.

What have you been creating lately?

All of the best to you and your families!

Monday, December 2, 2013

It's Sew Easy

The 600 series of the It's Sew Easy show will begin airing his week.  I appear in two of the episodes.  These are the first TV appearances that I have done and I had a wonderful time learning the process.   I will try to post the to my website and will send out a link when they can be viewed through my site.


Friday, November 1, 2013

The Knowing in Sewing Newsletter was sent out last night.  Verizon customers seem to have blocked me at this time.  I received notification that your emails are delayed.  Check your spam folders.


Sunday, September 22, 2013

The Knowing in Sewing Newsletter - FINALLY!

Hello all,
The Knowing in Sewing has finally gone out tonight.  Be sure to check your inboxes.  As always if you don't receive it, send me an email and I will forward it on to you.  This month's has tips for June-September.

Happy Stitching,

Thursday, June 27, 2013

The Joy of airline travel!

Delayed once again!  Monday I had the pleasure of spending the day and most of the night at the Detroit airport, hoping in vain that my plane would take off to Newark.  Can I say same song different verse?  I am sitting at the Newark airport trying to get to Buffalo.  The plane was supposed to take off at 9:30.  They have delayed it 3 times now.  The plane is here, we are now waiting on a pilot whose plane was diverted to DC.   They say 12:15 now.  Do I dare believe???:). Oops just kidding, 12:25 now:).  Just kidding again evidently.  Now 12:40am.

Friday, June 21, 2013

PE-DESIGN NEXT issue Mandy

Hi Mandy,
Yes that means your editing options have changed.  If you need to make changes, you will have to convert the design to block and then make the changes that are allowed for manual punch.  In the future if you save a V9 copy first and then save a second copy with a different name as a V6 file, you will be able to edit the V9 file completely.

For future reference, to write multiple designs to your card, you use the Design Database.  There is a sample lesson for Version 7 on my website that would walk you through the process.  It will work for NEXT as well since they haven't changed the process for writing to the card.  Follow this link. 


Thursday, June 20, 2013

Hi Mandy,
Since you created the design in Layout and Editing, at any time did you Convert to Stitches or save it as a lower version?  Both of those activities would lock it into stitch format where you would see the edit points instead outline format (editable format).  The only other thing would be if you sent it to the machine via card and are trying to read that back into the computer.  That would also put it in fixed stitch format.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Problem editing design

Where did you create your design?  In Design Center or Layout and Editing?  I need the answer before I can advise you.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Newsletter update and Date correction

Hi All,
My shopping cart has changed email servers and I have had many more bounce back emails from the newsletter this month.  Much more that usual.  Please check your spam folders and add me to your approved senders list.
I have also been having issues sending mail.  If you haven't received a response from me recently after submitting a question, please check your spam folder as well.

Please be patient as this change in email is completed.  Hopefully, the server issues will sort themselves out.

The Date correction is the one I announced in the beginning of the newsletter.  However, I forgot to put in the change.

The Buffalo Sew On Sew Forth Seminar is not on the 21st and 22nd.  It is on June 28th & 29th, 2013.  I apologize for the error.

Thank you All Sew in Flint for allowing me to come and share the Brother software programs with you.  I enjoyed meeting all of you and hope you came away from the event with more knowledge about what each of the programs can do (as much as I can pass on in 3 hrs anyway).

Happy Stitching,

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Knowing in Sewing

The Knowing in Sewing has been sent out today.  If you do not receive it please let me know via email and I will check to confirm that you have entered your email correctly.

Seems like I have been on the road for a long time.  I have just returned from an Oregon, Louisiana and then Florida trip.  It was a long one but tons of fun.  Unfortunately, I forgot to take pictures except for at the Anita Gooddesign event in Portland.  I will post those when time allows. 

There are also some machine updates out there.  The DreamMaker TM, Dreamweaver TM VQ and Dreamweaver TM XE.  Also the NV1250, NV1250D, NV750E, NV780D, PE-770 and PE-780D have updates as well.  Go to and choose support and then Software updates.  Follow the onscreen directions to view and download the updates.

I am off to Michigan tomorrow to visit All Sew in Flint Michigan. 

Happy Stitching,

Sunday, May 5, 2013

The Knowing in Sewing

If you have a or email address, I received a lot of kick-backed emails from your server this time.  Please check your junk mail folder.

The Knowing in Sewing

Happy Cinco de Mayo!  In honor of the Mexican holiday, I cooked turkey taco salad tonight.  We thought about going out, but the Mexican restaurants around here were full.

Just a little note to let you know the Knowing in Sewing was emailed tonight.  As always if you don't receive it, send me an email ( and I will make sure you are added to the list correctly.  Be sure to check your spam or junk mail folder first.

I would love to say I have been doing a lot of embroidery, but alas not so much lately.  I did make a wall hanging top that I think turned out pretty cool, but I haven't quilted it yet.  I have been more focused on spring cleaning and finishing up the PE-DESIGN® Plus workbook.  I will be totally excited when that is finished.

My husband did take me out last night on a date night (my Christmas present).  We went to a Jeanne Robertson performance.  If you haven't heard of her, she is a great clean comedian/public speaker.  We had a good time and she had a great show!  Google her and watch a few YouTube videos.  If you have an engineer for a husband you will probably be rolling in the floor before you know it, because you have a Left Brain for a hubby as well.

Have a great week!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Font Creator Program

I have had a couple of requests lately to put up a video for the Font Creator program.  I will consider this for a future newsletter.  The Videos are not very quick for me to do, I am a bit of a task master with myself and end up recording many times for a small video.  Once I finish the PE-DEISGN PLUS book I am working on, I will try to make time to create a short Font Creator video for the tip of the month.  You will need to be signed up for my newsletter to receive the link.


Font Question

Anonymous asks:
Hello, I can't seem to figure how to digitize some fonts right. Where do I go for help? I have a font and the box around the font is bigger so how do I get the box to fit right around the font besides making it an outlined object because once I do that I get the font right but my satin stitch isn't nice?


The fonts parameters (the boxes around the outside edge) are determined by all the characters in the font.  So many times the black boxes will not be right along the outside edge of the font.  This occurs most often with True Type Fonts.  You can convert the Lettering to Blocks.  It allows you to edit each individual letter without loosing the nice satin stitch.  You can then view the black selection boxes in the correct location.  However, your text is no longer text it will have been changed to blocks of stitches.  These can be edited with the Select Point tool.

For the complete lesson on Converting Lettering to Blocks, view pages 262-271 of my Digitizing's Sew Easy Next workbook. 


Monday, April 8, 2013

The Knowing in Sewing March 2013

The Knowing in Sewing has been emailed.  If you did not receive it, send me an email:

Another one will go out later this month :)


Monday, March 18, 2013

Cutwork upgrade

The Cutwork upgrade will only work on the newer PR 650 and 1000 machines.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Candy's Patch

Candy agreed to let me post her patch she created after attenting the San Antonio Training.  Great Job Candy!

Hi Cindy,

So glad your dad is doing well.  Here is a picture of the patch that I made for my father-in-law after taking your class. He served in the Korean War and has been looking for this patch from his infantry.  After attending your class I was able to make this for him by getting an image from the National AF Museum website and digitizing it using my PE Design NEXT software.  It really made his day.  Thanks for the training. His happy smile was well worth the price of the class and I’m continuing to experiment with this process.  Candy

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Squirrel on my back porch

I have a cute little pesky squirrel in my back yard that has decided he should take apart my carpet string by string.  I saw the little critter earlier today and was able to catch a small picture of him, ripping it apart.  He has just about shredded that edge of the rug in the past few months.   I wonder what he is going to stitch with that string!  I had to laugh at his industriousness.

Knowing in Sewing for February 2013

Hello all,
The February Knowing in Sewing has been emailed today.  As always, if you did not receive your email, check your spam and junk mail folders.  If it is not there, send me an email.  I will look to see if your email is on the mailing list and forward the newsletter to you.
Have a wonderful if Chilly day!
Cindy Hogan

Thursday, February 28, 2013

MacBroidery software and PE-DESIGN Cutwork upgrade

Hi all,
I need to ask a favor today.  If any of you have either MacBroidery or the Cutwork upgrade for PE-DESIGN and the PR machine will you contact me ASAP today! 
Thank you,

By the way, Candy, you did a great job on your first project!  I will post pictures of it if you are OK with it being on the blog.  I have been meaning to post all week and haven't had the opportunity.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

San Antonio, Buffalo and Software update

Hello all,

Candy in San Antonio, thank you for posting.  I know others who are thinking about coming to a seminar appreciate hearing from those who have attended a one and share their experience.  I am extremely please to hear you enjoyed the San Antonio seminar and that you have been able to put some of the information to use already!  I love to be kept informed of your successful projects.  Do you have a picture to share?

Anonymous in Buffalo, I appreciate your comments as well.  You could have held off on the SNOW though.  I thoroughly enjoyed visiting and sharing my knowledge with you.  I hope to be able to return in the near future.  Karen and I are talking about a June date for possible project based seminar.  Looks like June 21st & 22nd.

Many of you know my father underwent surgery last week.  I am happy to report he is doing well and anticipating his last surgery next month.  I appreciate you keeping him in your thoughts and prayers.

For those of you with PE-DESIGN NEXT,  there is a new update to the software available.  Open Layout and Editing.  Go to the help pull down menu and then choose Check for updates.  It will download and install the update for you.  Close the software and reopen it to run the most current version.

For illustrated instructions, go to the first lesson in the Digitizing's Sew Easy NEXT workbook.

Happy stitching,

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Hello Buffalo and San Antonio!

It has been a crazy past two weeks.  Last weekend I was in Buffalo in time for a winter wonderland of snow.  This weekend I was in another wonderful location on the opposite end of the weather spectrum.  San Antonio welcomed me with much warmer temperatures and held off on the rain until today.  I am so glad I was able to share the Tennessee snow with the Buffalo crowd.  If you could have just held off on your snow, you would have made the trip fantastic.  However, I do enjoy a good snow for one day and you definitely offered a lovely one.  I understand you were slammed with another snow just after I left.  Thank you all for welcoming me into your lovely area!  Below are some pics from both events.    Thank you for allowing me to share my passion with you.  Please post any comments you wish to share with others about your experience.  I love hearing from you!


Buffalo - Sew On Sew Forth

Buffalo Snow 

Tennessee Snow 

San Antonio - Creative Sewing Center

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Lettering's Sew Easy Addendum

Reminder....The BES additions are posted for a limited time for free on my website!  If you have purchased Lettering's Sew Easy, please go and download your additional pages to for the BES 2 software.
Wow it is cold here in Buffalo!  Especially since it was 70 degrees yesterday in Murfreesboro.  I am here for the next two days doing a Kick Start Seminar at Sew on Sew Forth. and I am looking forward to sharing PE-DESIGN tips with everyone here.
Just to update you....The Knowing in Sewing January 2013 edition has been emailed tonight.  If  you do not receive it, please feel free to contact me and I will forward it on to you and correct your email address.
As always, if there is something you feel is a worthy tip of the month, please email me the question or post it here.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, January 11, 2013

What have you done recently

I get a lot of questions about when I fit things into my schedule.  I must admit, I am not the best planner and Christmas time hits me faster each year.  I am usually working on things the last minute.  I have been know to stay up all night the night before Christmas finishing presents.  Just ask my Aunt Pat.  She has been known to be my Co-conspirator in the adventures.  However, this years travel schedule and my father's surgery required a bit more advance work (not that advanced though).  Between the Brother education meeting and my last event, I knew I had to make some aprons for my nieces.  They rarely ask for anything, so when they do, I try to comply.  The request was for aprons.  They just love to bake. 

I had no pattern, but they loved their reversible embroidered aprons.  I loved my ruffler foot!  It made the job Sew much easier and quicker.

I hope they don't mind me posting the aprons......

Happy New Year!

Photos from recent events

I have been totally remiss in posting photos from the last events.  I am sure Debbie from Allbrands has more from the Baton Rouge classes as I relied on her to take the ones from the first few days, but I do have some from Hattiesburg, Memphis and the last days of Baton Rouge.

I have to apologize to those of you in St. Louis and Louisville.  I didn't take any photos we were Sew busy!

I want you all to know how much I enjoyed our time together in each of the classes.  All the groups were absolutely delightful to work with. 

I am sure others would love to hear from you guys.  Give a shout out!


The Hattiesburg crew!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year Everyone!
The Knowing in Sewing December 2012 edition was emailed last night.  Just under the wire!