Saturday, December 20, 2014

Huge Craftsy Sale....Act Now

Wow...I was floored when I got this email today.  All Craftsy Classes are $19.99 until Christmas day.  If you have been waiting for the right time to purchase a class, I would say this is it!  Below is a link to go directly to the Craftsy Sale.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Little Black Dress Files from It's Sew Easy Show

Hi All,
My Christmas present to you is to finally get the project files uploaded to my website for you to use.  I hope you enjoy them!

Follow this link....
This will take you to the free designs page.  The files are on the bottom of the page.


Saturday, December 6, 2014

Kari's Sew Unique bounced emails

Some of your emails have bounced back to me as undeliverable.
behrecar (your mailbox is full)
kathyhoffma I added the n to the end of your name and it bounced back again, you will have to contact me.

Contact me if you don't receive your instructions:


Kari's Sew Unique Seminar

Hi Ladies,
I really enjoyed spending time with all of you this weekend.  You were a wonderful group!  Check your emails for the instructions that you requested.  I just sent them out.  They may make my newsletter this month as well.  Two birds with one stone :)

Have a wonderful rest of the weekend!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Craftsy Black Friday Sale

"I'm excited to share some news with you about Craftsy's biggest event of the year! I know that this is the season to shower your loved ones with gifts, but why not invest in yourself, too? Craftsy is making that just a little easier by marking down ALL online Embroidery classes to $19.99 or less, including mine, through Monday. Give the gift of learning here:"

Saturday, November 8, 2014

$20 off My Craftsy Class 3 days only

Hello ladies and gent from Heyde's.  Here is a link for a discount off my Craftsy class.  It should make it about half off.  Have fun!

Craftsy Shop to Unlock Sale

Save big on top online Craftsy classes today and unlock extra savings on even more classes tomorrow. Which class you are most excited about? :) Click on the Picture below to go to Craftsy and find your favorite class.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

What do you want to learn today?

Is there something new you want to learn?  Have you thought about Craftsy?  Now is the perfect opportunity to try out the platform.  All classes are up to 50% off through Monday!  Best of all, they have a 100% money back guarantee.  You have nothing to loose. 

Click on the picture above will take you to the wonderful world of Craftsy.  I am thinking about taking the Cooking the Perfect Steak Class (to impress my husband) and one of the Photography classes.   I would really like to become better at taking project pictures!  I wonder if they have one on puppy training?  We recently rescued this little cutie on the side of the road with an injured leg.  She has had surgery and is on the way to recovering.  She was definitely not in our life plan, but sometimes your heart just breaks when they look at you in that sweet, sweet way.

Now the Craftsy folks want to see how many of you like me and will follow my link.  Who knows, this may lead to more classes in the future and I have a lot more tricks in my basket as we have new Brother software and I working with DIME Inspirations Software Programs.  So click on the picture to purchase that class you have been waiting to go on sale!

I do apologize for the tardiness of my posts, but I will make it up to you as soon as my life settles down!

Happy Stitching!

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.


Thursday, April 10, 2014

It's Sew Easy

Hi All,
Tomorrow at 12pm EST, the second episode of It's Sew Easy that I appear in will air.  Visit to view the full episode.  This episode I will be demonstrating cutting appliques for machine embroidery.  Be sure to view.  Angela Wolfe and Eileen Roche will also be appearing in this episode.  Here is a pic from the set.

We are finally in our new home in Jackson and will close the chapter of our Murfreesboro home tomorrow.  Please be patient, I will post the newsletter as soon as I catch my breath!  It has been a whirlwind couple of months.


Thursday, March 6, 2014

Wow, March has really snuck up on me.  With the move, trying to get our old home ready to sell and trying to get my studio set up, February really flew by!
My Niece came to visit this weekend.  At Christmas time, I gave her a ULT to use for her mixed media projects, thinking she would enjoy having more stitches on her machine.  I really didn't want to push the embroidery on her as that is my thing and I didn't want her to think that was the only reason I was giving it to her.  I thought the technology in the machine would help her in her art studio.  Much to my surprise, she is embracing the embroidery side of the machine. 
She is so excited, her grant for PE-DESIGN NEXT was approved.  So she came to learn more about the software and learn how to digitize a bit.  Since her degree she is pursuing is in Fine Arts, she is going to catch on to the software pretty quickly (I feel sure).  This weekend, she created her logo and learned how to manipulate text.  It is fun to watch her get excited.  We also played with the Scan N Cut and cut out vinyl stickers of her logo.  She has one pasted proudly on her Iphone.  Guess what her next purchase will be.  She used my Quattro as the ULT  went on the blink and is in the repair shop right now.  I think it really spoiled her.

She is getting ready for a large craft show in her area and it is fun to see what her generation is into as far as embroidery is concerned.  She is creating note pads that she has embroidered and then stitched together.  She is really enjoying mixing media in her projects.   If you are in the Starkville, MS area, look for her at the Craft show in April.  She has named her company Gold Sheep Goods.  If you are one of her first customers, I think she will have a special bag for your purchases (that is her plan).

I can't wait to see where her journey takes her!

Right now I am preparing for a Craftsy class and have some deadlines I have to meet.  It may be a bit before this months newsletter goes out to you.  I will try to do it when I hit the road.  Next week is the start of a marathon of travel.


Saturday, February 8, 2014

Ken's Sewing Center

I just wanted to say to all of you what a pleasure it was to teach you this weekend!  You all were wonderful and so attentive.  Thank you for attending the seminar.  I do hope you felt it was worth your while.  Please be sure to play with your software sometime this week so you don't forget what you learned.  I hope I will be able to share with you again in the near future!


Friday, January 24, 2014

Advance PE-DESIGN Class Baton Rouge

Hi Ladies,
It was a joy teaching you the past couple of days.  I hope your heads aren't totally swimming!  I have uploaded the Love applique directions for you to the Dropbox file that we used in class.  You will want to download them by mid next week.  After that I will remove them.  Please respect the copyright :)

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Computer issues

Wow, even the experts can sometimes totally mess up their computers!  Sunday night I realized I had not done my Sales and Use taxes and they were due on Monday.  Since I was traveling Monday, I knew I had to get it done that night.  I had just turned off the computer to pack it (it was 10:30 pm).  So I turned the computer back on and tried to open Quickbooks.  Unfortunately, my computer had different ideas.  It wouldn't load and made me reinstall it.  I knew updates had loaded to the computer when I shutdown, so I thought I would just roll back the clock and restore the system to before those updates were installed.  Well, that didn't work.   So I tried reinstalling the program.  That didn't work.  I tried repairing the program, that didn't work.  I tried removing, shutting down and reinstalling, that didn't work.  I tried removing, turning off the virus protection, removing all traces of the program from the registry (you probably haven't had to do that ever) and reinstalling…..that didn't work.  I tried a clean install from the Quickbooks website, that didn't work.  Bottom line is I tried everything and never did get my Quickbooks to work, so I purchase a new version.   I had been working in Quickbooks earlier in the day and had done a lot of work and no I didn't backup before closing the program.  My last backup was in December.  One of the messages I had received while trying to install the program was where the files were saved.  They were saved in the App Data folder and luckily the auto backup had clicked in, however the App Data files are hidden files on the computer.  I really couldn't remember where I was supposed to choose to show those files, but I knew they were hidden files.  So I right mouse clicked on my main identity, chose Properties and press the incorrect button.  I thought I was choosing to show hidden files on my computer, evidently I selected to hide my main identity.  By 4:30 am I was too tired from trying to install programs that I gave up and pulled files from my backup thinking I could limp through the seminar until I had time to work the problem out.  Best laid plans and all of that…. we got to one section and low and behold I had hidden all the files in My Documents from myself and couldn't reach those files.…..Good news is at lunch, I was able to fix the computer in the Control panel.  By choosing Folder option and show hidden files.  Then in Windows explorer, I selected the hidden identity, right mouse clicked on it and selected Properties.  I then removed the checkmark from in front of Hide folders and files (something to that nature).  It was the square that I had activated.

Just goes to show it can happen to everyone!

Tonight I was able to get everything back in place where they are supposed to be located.  Whoo Hoo!

Thanks Baton Rouge for bearing with me and the computer today.  Since even the Mac had issues!  See you tomorrow!  Come back in with bells on!


Friday, January 17, 2014

It's Sew Easy show

The 600 series of the It's Sew Easy show has begun airing.  Below is a link to the two segments that I will be appearing in during the series.

It's Sew Easy videos

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Newsletter correction

Evidently in my excitement to finally get a newsletter out on time this month, I put the sale price of the NEXT workbook in incorrectly.  Therefore, you will receive the newsletter twice one with the correction.  I can't possibly sale the workbook for 19.99.  I pay way more for it than that.  As much as I love you guys the sale price is 139.99.  Sorry for the mistake.  I guess I could sell it for 19.99, but your shipping would be $139.99 LOL.

The Knowing in Sewing January 2014

The Knowing in Sewing for January has been mailed out.  I finally got one out in the correct month!  Yeah!  Once again there are some kickbacks from email addresses.  If the newsletter doesn't make it into your inbox, send me an email at  This newsletter has a couple of videos for the tip of the month.  Enjoy and remember to keep the link.  These videos are hidden for my newsletter subscribers.

Those of you with these addresses in your email are blocking the newsletter this month.  There are also a few business extensions that are blocking the email as well.  Some of you have exceeded the number of emails that you account can accept.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Discovery in BES® Embroidery Lettering- The light bulb went on this weekend

Hi All,
I hope your new year is starting of nicely, if a bit cold.  I was in San Antonio this past weekend teaching BES® Embroidery Lettering, BES® Monogramming and PE-DESIGN®  NEXT.  After the BES class, while talking with some of the students,  I started to think about the Optional Fonts (the fonts with an O in front of them) that have the Applique function.  We had discussed how with these fonts, the covering stitch for one letter is the placement stitch color for the next letter, which is somewhat of a bummer because you couldn't sort and put all the placement stitches, tack down stitches and covering stitches together.  After class the light bulb in my head lit up!

Remember the Tilde key ~ it allows you to have multi colored lettering.  Well guess what, it also breaks up the colors for the Applique letters to allow the covering stitch to be a different color from the placement stitch of the next letter.

What does this mean for you?????  When you are using the Optional fonts for Applique put a ~ in between each letter.  After you Apply the ~ each letter will be broken apart.  When you have the lettering the desired size with the attributes you desire, click on the Select tool.   Right mouse click on the lettering and Choose Preserve as Stitches.  In the Sequence window, click off of everything.  You can then change the colors for placement stitches, the tack down stitches and the covering stitches so that each of the stitches has its own color (use the Applique colors for ease) and then Color Sort.

Click on the Select tool and then right mouse click and choose Preserve as Stitches.

The Applique with Preserve as Stitches applied
Change the colors and then choose Color Sort if you have BES2 if you have the original BES you will need to match the colors manually. 

You may still find the optional method we discussed easier, but I thought I'd put it out there for everyone that it can be done this way as well.
Have fun playing with the software,
For those of you interested, I will be in Baton Rouge next week.  The seminars scheduled are for BES Embroidery Lettering, PE-DESIGN Kick Start and PE-DESIGN Advanced Techniques.  There are a limited number of spaces left if you still wish to sign up.  The advanced class has to be kept small so that you can get the most out of the class.