Personalized Holiday Napkin Tutorial

Here’s a step-by-step guide to our personalized holiday napkins! Supplies– 18″ x18″ linen square (could also be a linen-cotton blend), natural color Burgundy thread. We used Mettler’s 100% polyester, Metrosene 0764. Serger set for a roll hem and Maxi-Lock’s neon serger thread cones- in pink, orange, and green. Our current classroom machine, the BERNINA Aurora … Continued

Quick Seasonal Decor

Want a quick way to decorate for the upcoming autumnal and holiday season? Choose a winsome phrase or snarky image, embroider, and simply display in an embroidery hoop. I keep finding things to machine embroider and this is a great way to rotate seasonally. These look swell alone or in groupings. We’re carrying embroidery hoops … Continued

New to the Shop: Neon Serger Thread

We’ve expanded our Maxi Lock serger thread color selection! You can now get your hot little hands on NEON serger thread. Rockin’ seam finishes like it’s 1988. Pink, orange, green, yellow–they make me so happy! These high contrast colors look awesome as a decorative roll hem on black fabric or as an added punch to … Continued

Shears and Scissors

One of our MD customers found this profile of designer’s shears in the NY Times. I found it so inspiring because I too have deep bond with my shears. A good pair of shears can last a lifetime. My first pair was given to me in 1997, a pair of Gingher 8″ dressmaker shears. In … Continued

My favorite ways to mark fabric.

I have two. One would be familiar to my grandmother–tracing paper and a tracing wheel. Sometimes a tool doesn’t need to be updated; it’s classic for a reason. These continue to be the best ways to transfer marks like darts, pleat lines and other information from a pattern piece. The tracing (or transfer) paper is … Continued

Stabilizers

There are countless brands and types of stabilizers, used primarily for machine embroidery. Here at MD, we’ve started using OESD. This company provides a wide variety of types. Types, you ask?  What different types are there? Well, there are 3 main categories. Wash-Away, Cut-Away, & Tear-Away. You hoop the stabilizer behind your fabric which helps … Continued

New to the Shop: Thread choices!

Everyone knows I’ve never met a thread I didn’t like (except old brittle thread, no thanks!). To that end, no one thread is perfect for every job. Sometimes you need a thicker thread for your attractive topstitching. Sometimes you need a delicate bling for an accent on your project. Sometimes you need more color choices … Continued