Friday, December 18, 2015

The Knowing in Seiwng December 2015

Hi Everyone,
I just sent out this month's newsletter.  If you don't receive it, please let me know and I will forward it on to you. 

Monday, December 14, 2015

Gift any class winner

Congratulations Pat!  patcoleth1005067,
You are the winner of my Craftsy gift any class giveaway.  Check your email for your free class link.  Thank you to all who entered!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Class pick of the day!

There are a few days left to enter in to win my Craftsy class giveaway. Purchase a gift any class using my link by December 12 and you will be entered to win a free class. This is a great way to share your love of learning and the best part is the recipient gets to learn in their jammies!

If you are looking for a class for yourself for last minute gift ideas, I have been watching more classes this week and I think you will... like this pic. Sue O'Very has a great Craftsy class called In the hoop gifts. Perfect for those last minute projects! Purchase during the Craftsy 12 days of Craftsy sale.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

For the 12 Day's of Craftsy, here is my next challenge. The perfect cookie for the holidays. I have never really tried icing cookies, I have stuck to the tried and true traditional chocolate chip. My husband's favorite. What are your favorite cookies or traditions for the holidays?

Gift any Craftsy class by using my link through December 14 and you be entered to receive a free class of your choice.   This is a perfect gift, the receiver gets to pick their class and you do too!  The winner will be picked from the entries and be notified on Dec. 14, 2015.

Also, Craftsy classes are all up to 50% off.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

12 Days of Christmas

Ok, so I totally missed out on days one and two...... So this morning I was working on a sample and ran into an issue. I didn't want to take the PR 1000 into the shop, but for the life of me I could not get the tension correct on the machine. Here is a little something to keep in your back pocket. When the bobbin case has been used quite a bit, it may have lint in it. Take a piece of floss or a straight pin and clean it out. Worked like a charm and now I am a happy camper.

 Craftsy has a 12 Days of Christmas promotion going ...this week and I thought I would share a class that I think you will find very handy. Lindee Goodall's 20 Things Every Embroiderer Should Know is a great way to learn about stabilizer, hooping and tons of other information. Here is a 12 Days of Christmas Link for discounted classes ‪#‎affiliate‬.

Purchase a gift card for your loved one today and be entered to win another class of your choice! A randomly drawn winner will be notified on Dec 14th. Use my #affiliate link below.

Have fun!

Friday, November 27, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

What are you thankful for this year?  For me it is the time I get to spend with my family.  This year I was blessed with having my dad, brother and sister in law, my Aunt, nieces and 2nd cousin, travel to visit with me in my home in TN.  This is the first time in quite a while that we have hosted this event.  Usually we are traveling to one of their homes.   It is always wonderful to share the family recipes with my nieces and bond as we cook a wonderful Thanksgiving meal.  I learned from my mom and dad and have tried to pass on the recipes to my nieces.  My mom and dad made killer stuffing (southern style).  Since my mom passed away, my dad and I try to keep up the tradition.  My mom always had to take a taste of the stuffing before she put in in the turkey.  She'd put it in her mouth and make a funny tasting sound.  My dad and I continue that in her honor to this day!
The turkey was beautiful and tasty as was everything else.

Maybe there is something you want to learn before the next holiday.  Craftsy's Black Friday Sale is the perfect time to find that perfect class!   Follow my affiliate link below!

Craftsy Black Friday Sale

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Learn in your Jammies

LAST CHANCE! Enroll in online Craftsy classes for Up to 50% off and learn from expert instructors who don’t mind if you pass notes!   Sale ends at midnight tonight.
‪#‎affiliate‬ link below

Craftsy 50% off sale

Friday, September 4, 2015

Craftsy Labor Day Sale

 Ready for learning that feels like recess?
  • Watch your classes in your pajamas- it's totally acceptable (and encouraged!)
  • Go ahead, cut class! With lifetime access to your lessons, you watch when it's right for you 

Shop Up to 50% off ALL online Craftsy classes for your best back to school ever! Finally, learning in your pajamas that's actually encouraged.

Click on the my link below for 1/2 off ALL Craftsy classes.  This is one of the biggest Craftsy sales of the year. #affiliate

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Knowing in Sewing Newsletter

Hi Everyone,
I just sent out the newsletter.  I meant to send it the last day of August, but I thought that was Tuesday.  LOL.  Got my dates mixed up somehow.  Anyway, if you are signed up for the newsletter, it should be in your inbox.  That's it for now...have to get back to writing.  Have a wonderful Labor Day!

Friday, August 7, 2015

Craftsy Sale this weekend

Kickstart your creative adventure with these Craftsy perks! A 100% money-back guarantee. If you don't love it, leave it! Anytime, anywhere access, so you watch when it's right for you. Personalized instruction for those "special" creative blocks. Shop 400+ fresh online Craftsy classes, $19.99 and below with my affiliate link, this weekend only.

Aha Moment

Friday, July 3, 2015

Happy 4th of July

I hope the weather is much better where you are than where I am right now.  We are having a lot of rain.  Bummer for the 4th of July, right?  I received a notification from Craftsy today that there is a sale going on this weekend with classes starting at 19.99. 


I have been working on samples lately with a tight deadline, so I have been very quiet on all social media.  I have kind of disconnected with the net so no shiny things could distract me.  While working on the samples, I found another use for Sullivan's Spray Stabilizer ( I am not affiliated with them in any way so this is an unbiased opinion).  I was working with burlap,  I don't know if you have ever had the pleasure of working with this fabric, but it is a bear.  The Sullivan's tame's the bear!  Before I put it on, it was moving all over the place and couldn't cut a straight line to save my life.  After the Sullivan's was sprayed on and ironed in, I gained control of the fabric.  It was great!  So besides using it for the Scan N Cut, I like using it with difficult to control fabric. 

Have a great 4th!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Last Day of Craftsy's Make Magic Sale

I remember when I started embroidering....what challenges there were. We didn't have the internet to learn from, no YouTube videos or anything. The only stabilizer and thread that we could get for the Home market was Sulky thread and at $4 a spool (and a small spool at that) we would use every last morsel of the thread It was totally overwhelming. My how things have changed....We now have stabilizers and embroidery needles for almost every fabric and yes they do make a difference. A variety of thread with more than 300M on them and a world of knowledge at our fingertips on the computer.
I was browsing Craftsy today to see what classes I would want to take if i were new to embroidery. I came across one that I think would be perfect for everyone because it is so crucial for getting good results.
I really think this is a must for an embroiderer. It is amazing how much of a difference the appropriate stabilizer and thread combinations in your embroidery make in your finished projects.
With Craftsy's Make Magic Sale, Start something your loved ones will remember forever. It's easier than you think to get the results you deserve. Give it a try and help to support our crafting habit:Craftsy's Make Magic Sale

Friday, June 5, 2015

Craftsy Make MAGIC sale

Good Morning everyone,
Have you been waiting on a sale to take a special class?  From Cooking to Knitting to Photography, Craftsy has classes for all skill levels.  I love the fact that I can watch the classes in my on home without getting out of my PJ's.  This weekend, they have all their classes on sale.  If you have been waiting to get a class, now is the time.

 Craftsy Make MAGIC sale

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Newsletter - The Knowing in Sewing May 2015

Hi Everyone,
I have sent out a newsletter today.  Check your inboxes and spam filters if you didn't receive it.  If you need me to send it to you, email me at

There are a few spaces left for my Kick Start Seminar in Modesto, CA next week.  This is my only California PE-DESIGN seminar that I have on my schedule for this year.  It is actually the first time I have gone to California to teach PE-DESIGN.  So, if you are in CA and want to learn more about your software, sign up for this 2 day Kick Start ASAP.  It is June 9 & 10 Modesto Vacuum & Sewing Center, Modesto, CA (209) 577-2411.

Have a great rest of the week!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Knowing in Sewing.

I forgot to post that the newsletter went out on April 2.  If you didn't receive it, contact me @  It has information about the new SNC feature for the 550 model using pes files.

Monday, April 20, 2015

How to add an outline to lettering and Craftsy Webby Award Voting

The voting is now open! 
Craftsy has been nominated for the Webby Awards.  I had the pleasure of working with this wonderful organization for a year now.  They are so dedicated to making instruction available to crafters all over the world.  Please click on the link below to vote for Craftsy.  The Webby Awards are like the Oscars for the Internet, and nominees are chosen by a 1000+ member judging panel from the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Unlike the Oscars, the Webby Awards have a People's Voice Category that lets the public vote on who should win.  Please show your support for Craftsy!

On another note.....There was a comment posted quite a while back that I didn't receive notification of until I looked tonight as I was about to post.  The Anonymous posted didn't give an email address for a response, so here you go.  The question was how do I get an outline around fonts.  The process is pretty easy.  Click on the Text tool.  Select your font from the pull down menu.  On the Top of the page you will see a text attributes tab (this is where you selected your font).  You should see Satin stitch with a zigzag looking icon next to it and above that a blank space and a grayed out wavy line (when you hover over it you should see Line Sew).  If you click on the wavy line, this turns on the outline.  Click on the design page to activate the text tool, type in your text and then press Enter on the keyboard.  Your text should automatically be selected by the Select tool (it will have black squares around it).  You can select a different font from the pull down menu or change the outline style from the Line Sew Pull down menu.

For the person who wanted the Little Black Dress files from the It's Sew Easy Show, those are on my website on the free designs page.

Enjoy and please vote!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Satisfy your Savings Sweet tooth

When the weather outside is frightful, Craftsy is so delightful.  And as long as you can't be on the go....Let the classes flow, let them flow, let them flow!
The weather this morning in Jackson, TN.  Freezing Rain and Sleet.  I plan on staying in and shopping for Classes.  You know we southerners don't like the cold or snow!

Now that I have given you a good chuckle this morning....

Up to 50% off ALL classes!
Act fast to satisfy your savings sweet tooth!
Don't wait, offer expires tonight at 11:59 PM MT.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Craftsy Flash Sale

"What do you want to create in 2015? Get better at what you love to do and save up to 50% off popular online Craftsy classes for this weekend only. (35+ new classes included!)"

 Craftsy Flash Sale

Friday, January 2, 2015

When things go wrong......

Ok, so a few of you have requested information about uh oh's that happen..
We all know getting ready for Christmas can be very hectic.  Well believe me when I say that when you travel, it becomes more than hectic.  At my house this year, I had a frantic one day to get prepared for Christmas.  I had a few gifts to make and had exactly 24 hrs. to get them completed.  My dad had asked for hats for a Church function he participates in, so I problem, put that hat hoop on and go for it, right????

Not so much.  I put the hat hoop on, hooped the first hat, ran the design and no problem it is done and looked great.  So here I go with the second one.  I am getting super fast at this by now.  This one is a little heavier weight, a denim hat, I hoop it up, put it on the machine and my machine is struggling to get it done.  Now I am on a PR1000e and it can go through almost anything, but I think to myself, maybe the fabric is just too thick for my needles.  I had 75/11's in the machine.  In the back of my head, I could hear Paulette Bell telling me you never need a 90/14 needle in this machine, but my machine was really thumping.  So I switched out the needles.

Well the machine ran beautifully after that and finished the hat without further issue.  When I took the hat off, I had to laugh at myself.  Sometimes you just have to!  I had completely sewn the back of the hat to the front over the Velcro closure.  I don't know how I managed to get that sucker caught, but I did indeed.  Moral of the story....If your machine is struggling, check and make sure you don't have something caught under the frame that isn't supposed to be stitching.  I stitched through 6 layers of denim and 2 layers of Velcro.  Boy that machine can stitch through almost anything!

The Knowing in Sewing

Happy New Year to one and all!

Just a quick note to let you know the Newsletter went out last night.  If you didn't find it in your in box, end me an email and I will forward it on to you and check your email address in my system.  There were bounce backs.