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.

Can Beginners Sew Vogue Patterns?

Very Easy Vogue 1970s
Very Easy Vogue jacket patterns from the 1970s.

“Someone told me many years ago that the Vogue patterns are difficult and hard to follow. What is the general opinion on that? I’m still at the [beginner] level but I’ve seen some Vogue patterns I’d like to buy.” —P.B. McCall’s Facebook Group member

Does the thought of sewing a Vogue pattern strike fear into your heart? I remember in college being awestruck by a senior named Melody*, who was able to whip up exquisite and complicated Vogue designer patterns in a weekend for sorority formals. Though I was a decent sewer at that age, I was content to stay in my lane with Butterick and McCall’s patterns. Vogue was too hard!, I believed. 

The Winners of the #V9253 Contest!

Normally when we have a contest we like to print out all the entries and pin them to the bulletin board in our hallway. We had so many entries to this #V9253 contest that we ran out of room on the board! We loved all your entries, and this ended up being a very hard contest to judge. In the end, we chose one overall winner and five category winners. Here they are:

BEST OVERALL

Michelle #v9253 best overall
Michelle of That Black Chic. The gorgeous print, the perfect trim, the exquisitely-styled photo…. Michelle’s version of this pattern was a favorite from the moment we saw it on Instagram. Michelle will be receiving a $100 gift certificate to Stylish Fabric and $100 worth of patterns from us. Congratulations, Michelle!