Black Friday sale

Okay, since I forgot to post it yesterday (if you subscribed to the shop newsletter you got the code on Wednesday): BLACKFRIDAY2020. It’s good through the end of the month, but for the rest of today it’s just automatic on the whole shop. I’m just great at this whole marketing thing, huh?

Mastering mochi, round 2

I’ve spent a little more time working with the Pure Plush, a/k/a mochi, from JoAnn, and I have some more thoughts. It’s 94% polyester, 6% spandex. That may not seem like a lot of spandex, but it’s all in the backing (I assume?) so the stretch is the same as a higher percent in a […]

It’s advent-calendar time again

I guess the new fashion in blogs is to simply recycle old posts periodically. I can’t bring myself to do that, so I’ll just link to last year’s Compact Cutting-Machine Countdown Calendar which I somehow missed the full alliteration of. I could have called it a “Compact Cricut Countdown Calendar” instead but, well, I use […]

Mastering scuba/neoprene

JoAnn has been getting in new fabrics frequently of late. This is a slight problem for me since I’m limiting my in-store time (and you should, too). So I bought a yard of the stretch scuba neoprene sight unseen, which is always an adventure. Verdict: this is fun stuff. I wasn’t sure, at first. First […]

Am I a joke to you?

At least, that’s what I assume my embroidery machine is thinking. My husband asked for a Four Seasons motel tag, and I did need to test out that font, so I ended up stitching a couple out. And my sister was talking about my nieces wanting the Elf on the Shelf again and complaining it […]

Making a tiny font

Ink/Stitch comes with a lettering capability these days, and several fonts of varying sizes. Inspired by recent events and the existence of the motel key fob blank design, I had to whip up a quick one but I wasn’t really happy with the lettering. For one thing, my machine doesn’t cut jump threads and so […]

Mastering mochi

Mochi, a kind of minky fleece that is extremely short-pile and that, inexplicably, includes spandex so it’s absurdly stretchy, is the new hotness in some circles. I got some by accident, hated trying to align it while sewing, and decided I hated it. But then I started seeing new, irresistible patterns, and there is something […]