Author Archives: MPC Staff

Stabilizer Recommendations

FABRIC TYPE   RECOMMENDED STABILIZER Woven Cotton, Batiste, Denim, Linen, Broadcloth   Stitch N Wash Silk, Silk Dupioni, Satin, Taffeta   Dream Weave Towel, Terry Cloth   Base: Wet N Stick or Perfect Stick Topping: Water Soluble Topping or Heat N Gone Velvet, Velour, Suede   Perfect Stick, Heat N Gone...

Sewing with Lace: Tips & Tricks

Lace Facts Insertion – lace with two straight sides Edging – lace with one straight side and one scalloped side Beading – lace with openings for weaving ribbon Entredeux – embroidered trim that resembles a tiny train track with seam allowances How to Dye Lace 2 cups strong coffee or tea...

Paper Doll Stitching Recommendations

  When embroidering the paper dolls and clothing onto fabric rather than as stand-alone embroideries, hoop the fabric with two layers of stabilizer. Make sure the stabilizer is smooth. To hold the layers together firmly, use a temporary embroidery spray between the layer of fabric and stabilizer and also between the stabilizer...

How to Embroider on Baby Knits

Click here to view all baby knits and order   When embroidering on the baby knits: Hoop a piece of the Floriani Wet-n-Gone Tacky stabilizer, with paper side up, score with a pin and remove the paper backing. Place knit fabric or knit article centered on hooped stabilizer. Cut and place...

Tiger Tape Tip

Gathered Lace to Entredeux The technique “Gathered Lace to Entredeux” is used in almost every heirloom garment as a neck and/or a sleeve finish. Although lovely, this technique can drive you crazy for several reasons. As you stitch the two pieces together, the lace either clumps as it is attached or...

A sneak peek at November issue!

The preview copies of our November/December issue just arrived at our offices! We are so proud of it!  This is our annual Ribbon Issue.   The talented Nicholas Kniel graces our cover with a brillant ribbon cockade.  In this article,  he teaches step-by-step how to create this technique which first appeared in 18th...

New Tilda Kit of the Month

With a new month comes a new  Kit of the Month!   Get ready – the holidays are right around the corner! Let this fabulous (and easy to sew!) Tilda Christmas Quilt kit give you a head start on your gift making or your holiday decorating. As featured in the Holiday...

Winner of the Baby Lock + others from last week!

Our first big celebration of National Sewing Month has come to a close.  We had lots of fun, learned new techniques, picked the brains of some of our favorite designers and gave away some great prizes.  A HUGE thanks to our sponsors who helped us celebrate!  AND to all of YOU,...

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Fundraiser

As you likely already know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To show our support, 30% of all store proceeds from Monday October 1st through Friday October 5th will be donated to the  National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc®. Now is the time to grab the materials for that project you’ve been...

Free Daily Design: Vintage Teapot Embroidery Template

In celebration of National Sewing Month, Sew Beautiful is giving away a free design every day. Here is the final free design, a flowery vintage teapot. We hope you have enjoyed all of the free designs shared this month! Note: This is a line art design. To save it to your computer, simply...