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I bought these Clover Jumbo Wonder Clips some time ago because I already had these little red ones and I thought bigger ones would be nice to have, though I wasn’t really sure what I was going to use them for.
As it turns out, they are really handy for embroidery. When I have bigger pieces that I am embroidering on, I usually end up holding parts out of the way of the embroidery hoop. My daughter wanted her name on her basketball bag. The side of the bag bounced about, even though I had rolled and scrunched it up. The clips were wide enough to hold onto the scrunched up bag and made it so much easier to control.
ps – I think we’re due for a giveaway, so check back tomorrow to see what I have for you! :)
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This post is part of a new recurring theme called Small Business Saturdays. There are many seamstresses who have spent a lot of time sewing for their families and consider turning their hobby into a business. Each Saturday, we will post something helpful in that journey.
This came through my email the other day, and I will admit, I was surprised by it. I have seen lots of indie pattern designs popping up on Craftsy. What I did not realize is that Craftsy does not charge designers to offer their patterns for sale.
No listing fee. No commission on the sale. You set your price, a customer buys your pattern, and that sale goes directly to you. Of course, PayPal still takes their cut.
You can sell both sewing patterns AND embroidery files!
Here’s what you need:
1. A PayPal account – so you can get paid when your fabulous patterns sell!
2. Your pattern – in pdf format, or embroidery files in a .zip file.
3. A photo – because people like to see what they are buying!
4. A description of your pattern – what is it? What sizes does it come in? (You know, the usual stuff you like to know when you are looking at a pattern. And don’t worry, Craftsy will guide you through this part.)
Knowing how hard pattern designers work to put together their patterns, I love the idea of shopping for them on Craftsy knowing that my purchase goes directly to the designer.
Have a great pattern that you would like to get ready to sell? Stop by next Saturday for a discussion of how to take your pattern from a hand drawing to a digital download!
Happy Sewing, Selling, and Shopping!
Just a bit of time left for those sewing in my timezone for the first week of the February Stash Game!
Hopefully those of you who are playing are doing better than I am. I managed to finish this, though –
I haven’t washed it since I finished it, so the lettuce edge is going to curl more once it runs through the laundry, but I’ll let my sister do that.
How are you doing? Sewing up a storm? If you’re just stopping in, feel free to join, you can just start wherever you are. :) Here’s a link to more info in the forum.
I’ve been working on the forums lately, and making bad faces at my embroidery machine as I tried to get this applique to stitch out nicely.
This one’s still not perfect, but after multiple stitch-outs, I’m calling it good. I’d also like to get it in the mail to my niece while it might still fit her. :)
So, today’s question – turn under and hem the sleeves and bottom or lettuce edge them?
I’ve been running my embroidery machine on Vista for a while, and it’s been fine. Six months ago, my husband bought me a new video card so I could have dual monitors for my desktop. Cool, right? Yep, except that means I need to upgrade that machine to Windows 7. And what didn’t want to play nice on Windows 7? My embroidery machine, of course. I have a Pfaff 2144 that’s updated to a 2170.
The trouble was, I’d plug in the USB cable from the machine to the computer and the computer would tell me that it recognized it as a Pfaff 2144 USB cable, but it didn’t have any drivers for it. I tried all the updates from the Pfaff website. Nothing worked. I tried running the programs in XP compatibility mode as an administrator since that had worked to get it running on Vista before Pfaff provided Vista drivers. No luck.
After fighting with this for the better part of a day, I finally realized that I could run a virtual machine in XP mode on Windows 7. So, I fired up Internet Explorer to go to Microsoft.com and get the Windows Virtual Machine and XP Mode downloads. (Yes, you have to use IE to download stuff from Microsoft. It’s the only purpose for IE on my computer.) I installed XP Mode and the Windows Virtual Machine. Once installed, go to Start/All Programs/Windows Virtual PC and right click and choose “expand.” Once you expand it, you can choose XP mode. It will go through a bunch of steps the first time to create the new virtual environment.
Once that’s done, you’ll need to load the VIP software so you can connect the embroidery machine. Pop in the cd and run it in the virtual XP window. When it gets to the part where you have to insert the dongle, insert it and then at the top of the XP window, click USB and tell it to attach the dongle. It will then run through the auto detection and setup for the dongle. After that finishes, you can finish the installation of the VIP software that was requesting the dongle in the first place.
Install the 3D software the same way. When you connect the USB for the embroidery machine to the computer, you’ll need to go to the USB tab at the top of the XP window again and tell it to attach. Then you’ll be able to get the drivers for the embroidery machine from the 3D software cd.