• This cool SINGER-style Alphabet continues this week with the letter Q, available free in 2" size til  20 February 2020.

This alphabet is similar to the one used for Singer's red letter logo, and it's also available for separate purchase in 1.5", 1", and 0.75" sizes. 



  • Mardi Gras is coming, along with a couple of new designs
  • Yet another Lion Rampant design for the Heraldry-minded:
  • Winter is far from over, but Spring Break is nearly here.   Find this new addition in the Four Seasons collection.


I've been working in the sewing loft these past few weeks, trying to impose some organization on the space so I can maximize the number of my vintage machines that are available for sewing.

See the room and my progress here.


  • The sewing loft is finally getting into some workable shape, though it will be an ongoing process for a while yet. So many machines, so little space . . ! 
  • I had a case this week where someone ordered a design, but she had her e-mail set to block incoming messages! I couldn't get the design to her because my messages weren't getting through!
  • If you are considering ordering, please understand that I cannot provide instant download. I will reply as quickly as I can, usually within a couple of hours, but I do need a bit of time to gather the order together and respond to you by e-mail. If you're curious about why the site is the way it is, you can read about its history here.
  • I can't believe it's already February. Our weather has been surprisingly mild so far -- touch wood! -- and the days are already starting to lengthen. When those two things happen together, you can almost start believing that spring will eventually arrive.
  • Happy Valentine's Day! I have to go make some butter tarts as a treat for DH -- they are among his favorites. And of course, we'll be having roast beef for dinner too.
  • I'm continuing to tinker a bit with the site, so if you happen to notice any missing images as a result, I'd love to hear about them. Just let me know which pages seem to be missing images and I'll make the repairs.
  • If you've ever wondered what size of design you should purchase for your project, you might want to check out this discussion of how to make a paper template to try a design against your work, even if you don't yet own the design.
  • If you're confused about the ordering process and would like more information, there are instructions here; if you're curious about why it's set up the way it is, you can read a bit of the history at length here.
  • When sending me your list of designs, please be sure to state the name of the design you want exactly as it appears on the site, in order to avoid confusion when I'm filling your order. Because these are electronic products, I won't be able to replace a design if I send the wrong one because the name was incorrectly stated!
  • Very rarely, Paypal fails to send me confirmation of an order, and if that happens I may not realize that something is amiss. If you place an order and don't hear anything from me within a few hours, please do let me know and I'll make it right.
  • I have updated the instructions for turning just about any embroidery design into an ornament, either felt-backed or embroidered on both sides. Find these new instructions here.
  • If you have one or more of the machines in the 401 series (401, 404, 411G, 414), you likely already know that they are the last of the great mechanicals that were "over-engineered" for household use. But if you haven't seen it, you may want to have a look at this really good video (not mine) that details how they were built and how they compare to the 301.
  • There's been a recent increase in e-mail glitches, meaning that attachments are being blocked -- I suppose as a result of tightening security measures. For this reason I have been sending more designs via Hightail, so if you have ordered from me you may receive my e-mail message via them, including a download link. If you receive my message via Hightail, just scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the orange button that says "View All Files". you'll be taken to a page that displays my message on the left and another orange "Download" button on the upper right.
  • And always, if you have ordered some designs and have not had a response me within 24 hours, it means there's a glitch somewhere, so please please LET ME KNOW!  If I don't hear from you I won't know that my message didn't make it through, so please just send a quick e-mail to say you didn't get the designs, and I will make it right or issue a refund.
  • If you've ever had an issue with "birds' nesting" at the beginning of a line of stitching, try the simple tip shown in this video from Hoop Sisters. If you have a multi-needle machine, you can still use this idea, as Melissa from Little Bee Designs demonstrates.
  • If you have a JPG or PNG image that you need to convert to SVG for some of the electronic cutting machines, you could try a free online file converter such as this one.  I haven't used it myself yet so can't vouch for the quality but it's worth a try. There are others as well -- just search "free online SVG converter" and you'll find a host of them to choose from.
  • If you haven't had a look at this video from Steve Carmichael about DIY one-color screen printing for T-shirts and bags, you might want to give it a view.  It's a fun project idea and very clearly presented.
  • If  you've been wanting to try your hand at printing on fabric with your laser printer,  here's an intriguing video from Lisa Capen that you might enjoy. I'm hoping to try this one myself soon and will let you know how it works out.
  • It's always Christmas crafting time around my place, and speaking of Christmas, here's a link you might want to check out if you enjoy crafting hand-made ornaments as much as I do. It's got lots of DIY ornament ideas that can be personalized to your interests and needs.
  • Check out the FAQ page for a short piece on using plastic as stabilizer for small embroidery projects. Find it partway down from the top of the page.
  • Did you know? This site contains no advertising and has no affiliations with any other site. I do not track visitors and I do not share personal information from correspondents. The only revenue I receive is from small purchases or from occasional donations -- which by the way are always very gratefully received.


Interested in making one of the lovely sewing machine totes and cases that are all the rage on line? They come in a variety of styles, but all look great in plain black with vintage decal designs stitched in gold! 

Find all manner of decals at this link, or grab the same set that Andrea and Cheryl used for their projects. On that same page, you'll also find links to on-line sources for patterns and instructions.

Andrea made the slipcover shown above; the tote at left was created by Sylvia, while Cheryl sent in the picture below. You can find many more images to spark your imagination if you search "Featherweight Case Covers" on line.

  • Check the bottom of each site page to find additional freebies, or click here to find some Potter-related free designs!

Look for more freebies throughout the site!