Learn Machine Embellishment Techniques with Jill McCloy!

Learn how to make these cute gift bags (plus a sampler pillow wrap) in our new online courses with Jill McCloy!

Learn how to make these gift bags (plus a sampler pillow wrap) in our new courses with Jill McCloy!

Want to master some new machine embellishment techniques? We have a brand new online course series we’re so excited to share with you: Machine Techniques: A Two Part Series with Jill McCloy! In this series, discover the unique features of your sewing machine as you create two beautiful projects. With help from step-by-step videos and downloadable handouts, Jill shares her tips and tricks for everything from creating different types of stitches to adding texture. Let’s take a closer look at the two courses included in this series:

3 Needles + 6 Feet = An Infinite Number of Bags

In 3 Needles + 6 Feet = An Infinite Number of Bags, explore the different features of your machine as you play around with needles, accessory feet, stitches, threads and more. You’ll learn great information on standard, twin and wing needles, and discover how to combine needle techniques with some of Jill’s favorite accessory feet to accomplish different effects. You’ll learn how to make twisted cord using your bobbin winder, then tack the cord onto the bag using a machine bar tack. Discover different types of stitches, including a star stitch, entredeux stitch, triple stitch and more, as well as how to add decorative stitching and threading. Once you learn these techniques, you’ll put your knowledge to use by making a charming little gift bag. With the holiday season just around the corner, these cute bags are sure to come in handy!

Make this cute gift bag in 3 Needles + 6 Feet = An Infinite Number of Bags!

Textured Rhapsody: Embellishment Sampler Pillow Wrap

Learn even more about your machine and have fun with texture in Textured Rhapsody: Embellishment Sampler Pillow Wrap. In this course, Jill will show you how to make beautiful textured samples using tucks of all kinds, embroidery and more. You’ll make a basic pillow wrap, then appliqué your sample onto the wrap and finish it with machine-attached buttons and machine-stitched buttonholes. You can personalize your pillow wrap however you want; you will end up not only with a beautiful and versatile wrap, but also a solid foundation of skills. Once you learn the amazing techniques in this course, you can apply them to anything!

Create this sampler project in Textured Rhapsody: Embellishment Sampler Pillow Wrap!

Click here to learn more and register for Machine Techniques: A Two Part Series with Jill McCloy!

Want to take the two courses separately? Follow the links below for the individual courses:


Jill McCloy’s sewing career started at an early age – she received her first sewing machine for Christmas just after her fourth birthday. In high school, she did custom sewing and taught at fabric and sewing machine shops using original patterns. In 1992 Jill was hired by Viking Sewing Machines, Inc. as a national educator designing projects for the Viking Club and teaching at Viking World Conventions. She then became an independent educator working with many brands of sewing machines. Jill was featured in the Threads magazine design challenge in 2000, wrote for McCall’s and Threads magazines, designed embroideries for Cactus Punch and taught at many Expo events. Her specialties are machine knowledge and creating original designs.

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