Ever wonder what else your embroidery machine can create, aside from all the pretty stitches? The answer is “a lot” and we have a new online course with Evy Hawkins that will explore it all! If you know Evy from her business, A Bit of Stitch, or from her frequent designs featured in Sew Beautiful and more, then you know that Evy is a genius at finding new ways to use her embroidery machine.
“We’ll explore turning your embroidery machine into a florist – oh yes – and a sewing room helper for all those tedious little tasks like zippers and pockets and buttonholes,” Evy said about the course. “I’ll show you how to use your machine as a third arm and literally sew in the hoop creating 3-D projects that are simply amazing. Do you love to quilt, but are short on time? Let me show you how fast you can make in-the-hoop paper pieced quilt blocks and stippling.”
A number of embroidery design files are included with the class so you can follow along right in your own sewing room, making creations with Evy as you explore all your embroidery machine can do.
The first part of the course focuses on “pretties made possible” — Evy will show you how to put embroidery on unhoopable projects as you explore substrates, glues and fabrics, stitching techniques and tools. You’ll also get a lesson in free-standing lace and flowers, which are so much fun to create. Plus, you’ll see how you can use embroidery designs to creates pretty stuffed softies.
Next, the course will focus on functional techniques that your embroidery machine can help you with in your sewing room. Evy show you how to create simple designs with basic digitizing software to make buttonholes, pockets and zipper placements. Explore some onboard tools your machine may have that will allow you to create the same techniques on your machine, no software involved!
The next section focuses on classic quilting techniques that will make quilting fast and easy. Evy will show you how to digitize a quick paper-pieced block with basic digitizing software. Then she will explore how to add stippling right in the hoop. Next you’ll see how easy it is to create all-over stipple patterns either with digitizing software or with onboard tools your machine may have.
As a special wrap-up at the end of the course, we have a bonus “Evy’s Trunk Show” video in which Evy shows you lots of the wonderful projects she’s made! As she talks about her items, she tells you how you can use the techniques she’s taught you in the course to make even more “pretties” of your own.
The embroidery design files included with the course purchase are: 3D Flower, 3D Leaf, Applied Flower, Appliqué Pocket, Butterfly, Flower Appliqué, Flower Center, Heart Appliqué, Polly Pocket Placement, Polly Pocket, Quilt Block, Stipple, and Zipper Application.
Click here to learn more about Unique & Creative: Endless Embroidery Projects with Evy Hawkins.
The Martha Pullen Team