Did you know that Happy Embroidery Machines Go To School!

Happy Embroidery Machines are perfect for a variety of School Programs and needs. 

  • Vocational

  • Fashion & Clothing Design

  • Life Skills

  • Booster Programs

Socastee High School has proven it with their Learners at Work Program

Contact me today to see how TEXMAC’s Happy Embroidery Machines can meet your School’s needs.

 

 

Stains on your project! Ever happened to you?

Has this ever happened to you? Everything is going along beautifully and out of nowhere – an oil stain on your Embroidery Project!

How do these things happen? And always at the worst possible time! On the worst possible item – one you can’t replace!!!

Well it happened to me on a White Apron I was working on. Happily, I remembered that I had bought something months before that was supposed to remove this kind of stain. I had been shopping in our TexmacDirect.com store here at TEXMAC’S Corporate Offices where I am located. I love shopping in there by the way. Anyway, I was browsing around one day and saw a can of stuff that said it would remove stains and thought,

“Why not, couldn’t hurt to have some on hand, just in case.” 

Now, here I was, the unthinkable, my last white Apron on the shelf and my last Christmas Gift, with a great big Blop of Oil! Just before I panicked and headed for the store to look for another apron I remembered that can of stain remover I had bought so long ago. Now I just had to find that can!

1. I read and followed the directions on the can.

2. I waited for the Powder to dry

3. I just brushed away the Powder and the Oil Stain was completely gone. Gone I tell you!

Look! Not even a hint of stain. It was so easy and quick and did exactly what I needed it to do. PSR Powdered Dry Cleaning Fluid

There will always be a can of PSR on my shelf, just in case . . .  🙂

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A picture is worth a Thousand Words!

I am a picture kind of person.

I take pictures with my cell phone of just about anything I want to remember – everything from your face to the fabric bolt I just bought so I can buy more of the exact fabric if I need it. I can also look back at the photo for content and care instructions.

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This approach works really well for me when it comes to my Embroidery Designs. When stitching out a complicated, high color change design that I know I will be stitching again, it is nice to know that my Happy will know exactly which needles to use 6 months from now. Problem? Well the odds that I will have the same color spools on those needles six months from now are slim to none!

What to do? Take a picture!

Just lay the stitchout next to the spools and snap a quick picture. This shows me exactly which threads I used and what their locations were when I stitched out that design. I can also write a note with the date, design name and project/recipient next to the design and add that information to the picture as well.

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It is also helpful to lay the cones down and snap a picture of the bottom so I can see the exact color numbers used.

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In a shop environment, this can be a helpful approach to add to the files or folder for a customer job so that no matter who runs the job in the future, they can get it right!

Don’t forget the recipe either – you know, the stabilizer you used, the needle type (Ball Point, Sharp) and the needle size. Include anything in the notes that will insure that future runs for that customer will be as successful as the first.

Come On, Get Happy in Tinley Park, Illinois!

David Hufnagel and I will be at the DAX Show in Tinley Park, IL this month. As always, we will be demonstrating our fabulous Happy Embroidery Machines at the show. I will also be demonstrating the Patch technique I featured in my last post and showed at the Everything Applique Conference last week in Atlanta, Georgia.

If you already own a Happy Embroidery Machine we would love to see you in Owner Class following the Show – be sure to register in advance  – there is a link below for Show Registration and Owner Class Registration.

Show Dates: Friday & Saturday – April 21-22          Show Registration: www.DAXShow.com
Class Date: Sunday – April 23      Owner Class Registration: https://happyemb.com/…/registration_training_chicagoland_20…

Ya’ll come see us!

Embroidered Patches with my Happy Embroidery Machine

No matter what state I’m in lately, everybody wants to know how to do Patches with their embroidery machine. It was all the talk at the DAX Show in Kansas City and then 2 weeks later – ISS Show in Atlantic City – same thing – “How do I make Patches?”

Patches are actually one of the easiest things to create when you have the right machine! My Multi Needle Happy Embroidery Machine just moves from color to color, patch to patch, all by itself! Can you imagine if I had to re-hoop for every patch? I don’t even want to think about having to thread and unthread for every color change!

I simply hoop Ultra Solvy Disolvable Backing and embroider my patches. A Patch is just an Applique after all, the Satin Stitch not only finishes the Applique, it “finishes” the Patch as well. All the Patches just break free from the Ultra Solvy when I’m finished.

I don’t have to cut them or burn them free with a heat tool either! All the products I use for this process are available at www.TexmacDirect.com. I will be demonstrating this technique at the Everything Applique Conference in Atlanta next week – April 6-8. Come see us! Conference details and registration here: www.EverythingApplique.com

Can’t make it to Atlanta – I will be at the DAX Show in Tinley Park, IL, April 21-22 – same demonstration. DAX Show details and registration here: www.DAXShow.com

Check out our Happy Embroidery Machines at www.HappyEmb.com 

Step 1: Hoop Ultra Solvy and embroider the Placement Stitch for the Patches

Step 2: Spray Pre-Cut Twilly with Temporary Spray Adhesive – light spritz is all you need to keep the fabric from shifting – place inside the Placement Stitch and press lightly to adhere.

Step 3: Optional – for extra Bling – Lay a sheet of Opalescent Mylar over the Twilly

Step 4: Optional – If you are using Mylar – Stitch an open weave, widely spaced Knock-down Stitch over the Mylar and Twilly. This secures the Mylar but allows it to shine through and add sparkle to the Twilly in the background. The Mylar appears pink here but it takes on the color of the fabric underneath or the thread being used.

Step 5: Stitch the Satin Stitch Border that finishes the edges of the Patches. In my example Patches shown at the top, I added a Long Running Stitch on top of the Satin Stitch in the center. This is a decorative element but also helps secure the Satin Stitch and makes it less likely to snag. You can use a contrasting color as I did for an additional design element or use the same color as the Satin Stitch and it will disappear and simply secure the edges.

Note: For the best results with Embroidered Patches when using a Background Fabric in place of Fill Stitches, be sure to use a sturdy structured fabric. The Satin Stitches on the finished edge must be fully supported by the background fabric in order to maintain their shape after the Ultra Solvy is rinsed away. I used www.TEXMACDirect.com Tackle Twill for the white background on the Patches shown here. Tackle Twill comes in a variety of colors and is used to make embroidered badges, patches, labels, etc. It is tightly woven, poly-cotton backed with a non-woven material for additional stability. Be sure to cut the Twill so that it goes right to the edge of the Satin Stitch as you can see in the picture below. The needle should fall just barely outside the edge of the Twill on the outside stroke of the Satin Stitch.

Step 6:  Stitch the center elements of the Patch – logo, text, decorative designs . . . I like to stitch these after the Satin Edges so that the edges are secured and the stitching in the center doesn’t pull the edges out of place and cause the edges not to align properly.

Step 7: Break the edges of the Patches free from the Ultra Solvy and apply the Patch to the garment by sewing or apply Thermo Fix to the back of the Patch to be ironed to the garment. These could also be Snap Tabs or Coasters. How about Christmas Ornaments or Door Hangers? The Sky’s the Limit here People!

With my Border Frame on my Happy HCD2, 15 Needle Machine, I can produce 20 Patches at a time. Looking for a great Embroidery Machine – visit us at www.HappyEmb.com 

 

The products used are available for purchase at www.TexmacDirect.com

2 Problems – Same Solution?

Last month I was consumed with embroidering on deep pile Christmas Stockings. As with any textured surface, Terrycloth, Velvet, Fleece, Fur, you name it, the plush “fur” of the Stocking presented some Digitizing and Embroidery challenges.

I wrote about those Challenges and my Solutions here:

A Right Way and a Wrong Way & Embossed Christmas Stocking

I started my New Year with a Sewing Room clean out and came across my stash of Valentine’s Day fabric. Guess what. Christmas is over. It is already past time to be thinking about the next Holiday!

Valentine’s Day!!!

It’s less than 6 weeks away. The stores are probably already half sold out of all their Valentine’s Day merchandise.

It’ll probably all be on Clearance by next week!

As I was admiring one of my favorite pieces of Valentine’s fabric, I realized that embroidering on it presents some real challenges in the Digitizing and the Embroidery itself.

As you can see, this is one “busy” print! And its not just the print, it has sparkle bits on it too. I really have to think about anything I embroider on this fabric because it can just get “eat up” by all those hearts and sparkly dots. The wrong embroidery design can simply disappear into that background.

As I was forming my plan of attack, I realized I had already been there, done that, got the T-shirt! The Challenge and the Solution for this background print is exactly the same as the Challenge and the Solution for those Christmas Stockings!

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I made a series of videos as I was testing my options. 12 in all. Yes, 12, relax, they are just 12 short steps in the process instead of one looooong video.

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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New Luggage – Must Embellish!

I will be headed for Indiana on Sunday to travel the state all week – a week long sales visit with embroidery shops and customers.

When I traveled through Illinois and Missouri in October, I accidentally booked myself on an American Eagle flight. Not so bad except that my rolling cart computer bag would not fit in those little ole’ bitty overheads on that little ole’ bitty plane. With some help from a steward and a couple of passengers I was finally able to get the door closed – I did have to relocate half the contents to my purse in order to do it. Of course, my purse no longer fit under the seat in front of me with 2 computers sticking out the top. I lucked out and the stewardess didn’t notice.

The Good News? I had to (I really, really had to) buy a new purse and rolling computer bag just in case it ever happens again. I know, you’re thinking, “Don’t put yourself on another one of those planes.” Well, you have a good point there, but, I did say I accidentally booked that plane. I just wish I felt confident that I would not make that mistake again. Solution? New bags! Seriously, have you been talking to my husband?

I was wrapping up my day when I couldn’t stand looking at those blank bags one more minute!

 

 

 

Felt Flags

I am always trying to think of something new and different for display at the Trade Shows. Since I made an Embroidered Snowman Quilt for display at AQS Quilt Week in Des Moines next week, I decided to make matching flags that spell out Happy. These will hang on the opposite wall of our booth.

The video below is the finished Flag Design. I have Step-By-Step pictures at the bottom of this post done when I was still designing the look of the flags so they don’t look the same. Who of us ever finishes the way we start?

This video shows how I “Tweaked” the Star design I used for the border of the finished flags.

Step by Step:

1-Lay the Felt on Tearaway Stabilizer and Embroider the Front
2-Apply Spray Adhesive to a 2nd piece of Felt and press to the Bottom of the hoop. This will hide the back of the Embroidery Design.
3-Repeat the Border Stitch to sew the 2 pieces of felt together and finish with the Buttonhole to hang the flag with.

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4-Remove the Flag from the Hoop – See how nice the back looks!
5-I used a Ripple Blade on my Rotary Cutter for a decorative edge when I trimmed the Flags to size.

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6-Slit the Buttonhole open for hanging.
7-Steam press well to finish and remove ripples.

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All Done!

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Final Design – Come see them in person!

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Heading for AQS Quilt Week in Des Moines

Well, I am almost ready for AQS Quilt Week in Des Moines, IA – October 5-8. Did I say almost? Maybe it’s more like, “Oh no! I’m not nearly ready. It’s going to take all night, every night to make my vision come true for the booth!” Well, OK, it is somewhere in between the two.

Come see me and see if I managed to pull it all together.

Will you be at the AQS Quilt Week in Des Moines next month?

I will be in a corner booth just outside the Learning Center so be sure and stop in and say hello.

We will have great prices – especially for the AQS Members as part of their “I Am AQS” program.

Call me anytime for a Price Quote – 877-335-5206, Ext 6532 or email me at smccann@texmacusa.com.

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