Machine-Embroider Your Way to Winning at Gift-Giving

Fashion by McCall's machine embroidery collection available at EmbroideryOnline.com

Do you machine embroider? I only started machine embroidering in October, when the marketing team at Bernina USA lent me a 790Plus sewing machine that has embroidery capabilities. The learning curve is pretty quick and I’ve become utterly hooked on machine embroidering.

What’s cool is that there’s an abundance of embroidery designs available on the web, and Bernina also has the Bernina Toolbox, which is loaded with embroidery designs. I’m partial to our own Fashion By McCall’s collection, available at Embroidery Online. This collection features original illustrations and type designs from a 1932 McCall’s catalog in our archives. In the photo above, McCall’s designer Melissa Watson is wearing one of my favorite designs, “Chic at an early age.” For Christmas gifts this year, I bought a bunch of sweatshirts from H&M and embroidered them with other fun sayings from the collection.
Fashion by McCall's machine embroidery collection available at EmbroideryOnline.com
Fashion by McCall's machine embroidery collection available at EmbroideryOnline.com
Fashion by McCall's machine embroidery collection available at EmbroideryOnline.com

Since I believe you can never have enough towels, I also gave embroidered guest/kitchen towels as gifts. These have designs from the McCall’s collection as well:
Fashion by McCall's machine embroidery collection available at EmbroideryOnline.com

Fashion by McCall's machine embroidery collection available at EmbroideryOnline.com

And I’ve been embroidering lots of things for me, including this jacket:
Fashion by McCall's machine embroidery collection available at EmbroideryOnline.com

Fashion by McCall's machine embroidery collection available at EmbroideryOnline.com
[Full disclosure: This jacket was actually embroidered for me by my friend and machine embroidery mentor Lynn L.]

Fashion by McCall's machine embroidery collection available at EmbroideryOnline.com
More embroidery designs in the collection,

 

So, if you have a machine that embroiders, please check out the Fashion By McCall’s collection. If you’re thinking about machine embroidery, I recommend scheduling a demo at your local sewing machine dealer, so you can see firsthand what’s involved. Just warning you, machine embroidery is really, really addicting.

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FUN GIFTS

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Editor’s note: When we spotted Manju’s comment on Vogue Patterns designer Carlos Correa’s Instagram account, we thought, hmm, what a great idea. So we reached out to Carlos and persuaded him to tell us more about his process. Here it is in his own words…