• The Chainstitch Script Alphabet continues this week with the capital letter Q, available free in 4" size til 21 February 2019. This lovely chain stitch script was inspired by the hand-embroidered lettering my Mom used to sew our names on our Christmas stockings when I was a kid. For best results, you might want to stitch this font with a slightly heavier sewing thread (30 wt). The font is free in 4" size, including both upper case and lower case letters, but you can purchase it in smaller sizes if you wish.  


  • If you're fascinated by mini designs, you'll want to grab this week's freebie, given in 2" size:


  •  I'm beginning this week with a bunch of new Mini Designs added to the catalog:


  • A Hogwarts-themed Christmas stocking is my latest new project. It's only the front so far, because it's a gift for a new baby-to-be. I'll add the embroidered name and finish it up when he or she arrives in July.
  • 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. Her video is actually about something else, so you need to forward to 12:06 to find the tip, but it's worth doing because the demo is very good.
  • I also added some additional detail to my discussion of "retrobritening" the plastic housings on vintage 70s machines and have relocated this information to Jen's Projects page. I just completed brightening three of my machines and am delighted with how much better they look!!
  • 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.
  • I've recently noticed a slight uptick in e-mail glitches resulting in designs not getting through. Sometimes this appears to be linked to accessing the e-mail transmission via a cellphone -- the attachments may not show up that way, and e-mails containing attachments may be blocked, so it's best if you can get at them from a computer. However, I'm always happy to try again, so if you have ordered some designs and have not had a response me within 24 hours, please please LET ME KNOW!  If I don't hear from you I won't know they 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Cutting Machine Images

  • In response to a few recent queries, I've created some decal images for use with cutting machines such as Brother's Scan & Cut. I don't expect to do much of this work as I don't have a really good graphics program, but thought I would experiment with the most popular ones. If you'd like to acquire these images without the grey "sample" overlay please enquire. Cost will be $2 apiece for jpg or png images.


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!