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Pillows

I was not sure where to buy forms for pillows, until I found this site. They have all the information you need, including how to decide what size you  should buy for the  size case you have.

I have not ordered from this site, yet…but, I have heard nothing but great things from others. When I do need pillows, I will order from them. This is a FAMILY run business and is located in Georgia, USA. All USA made…I love that!

This link will be added to the sidebar under supplies.

http://www.pillowflex.com/index.html

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Hoop Hangers

I recently wanted to hang up all my embroidery hoops and I could not find what I wanted in the store. I wanted one to be vertical and one to be horizontal. So, I made them. I have  a 8″x 12″ hoop all the way down to a 2″ x 2″ hoop. So many different sizes.

The hard part for me was lining them up and then I had to ASK for help with the drill and actual mounting of the hangers. Once I learned how to do that, though, I was good to go.

It wasn’t super difficult and it wasn’t super expensive either. I went to Lowe’s and found two boards that I liked and didn’t look warped or wavy. Then I bought paint and spray painted the front and side of each board.

I think that the paint probably was the most expensive thing besides the hooks. I used one entire can. I let the boards dry overnight.

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The hangers I used are below. I wanted something that would hold up to a lot of usage since the hoops are taken off and put back onto the hooks pretty often.

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I had to figure out how many would fit on the board and how far apart I wanted them. For this I used my handy dandy Fiskars quilt ruler.

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I lined up the hooks and then marked them with a pencil.

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Hubby showed me this cool trick with blue painter’s tape. You put it around the drill bit so you don’t go too far into the board.

I placed a board underneath the board I was drilling so if I did go too far, it would stop it and not let it go into my table.

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I decided to decorate them with vinyl when I was done!

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I put two sawtooth hangers on the back of the horizontal board. This way it’s stable with and without the hoops. Oh science.

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I hope this helps you create something YOU need for YOUR space! It took about 3 hours total, with the painting, lining everything up and the drilling.

Have fun! 🙂

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Checking out the circuits

Today hubby and I went around our basement, where my studio and heat presses are, to see what the circuits look like down there.

We turned off a breaker, then, he went around to each room and outlet to see if there was power. He used a volt meter to do this.

If there was NO power, we marked the screw on the face plate of the outlet with a blue color. If there was power, we did nothing.

We did this with three different circuits. We made sure to mark what we found on the actual breaker box. It took about 30 minutes.

My heat press is on a circuit with only lights from another room, so, I can run it and not worrying about anything happening say if I have to turn on my computer or embroidery machine.

Good to know! Thanks honey!

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Measurements

One thing I’ve learned over the last two years is how large to make an image for a shirt.

I use this basic method and adjust when I need to.

I print out my design before cutting it. This comes in handy when I’m using the heat press and lining everything up. I have a reference to see what goes where and to make sure that the design looks like I want it to.

I start the design 2″ below the bottom of the collar. This works with a v-neck, crew neck, scoop neck, whatever kind of collar. I start all designs on the back 3″ below the neckline.

The following are the sizes I use for the total design. I create a square in my design program of this size and I create the design inside those parameters.

Infant – 4″ x 4″

Toddler – 6″ x 6″

Youth through size 10-12 – 8″ x 8″

Adult XS & S – 10″ x 10″

Adult Medium – Extra Large – 12″ x 12″

Then I start sizing up when the shirt is in front of me. But you get the gist of sizing.

This works with embroidery too!

Hope this helps!

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Upgrade for DreamMaker VE 2200

I recently upgraded my newest Brother embroidery machine to the larger hoop size, 8″ x 12″ and received a 8″ x 8″ square hoop as well as the actual upgrade CD. You can only purchase this upgrade through a Brother dealer. It runs about $300 depending on your dealer and any discounts that may apply.

I run a Mac system, so, I had hubby download and install the program needed on his Windows PC and put everything on a USB stick for me. I followed the directions and put the USB into the machine.

This is a step by step with photos of the install process. It’s pretty painless and took about 15 minutes total. I will say that you have to put the upgrade onto a blank USB stick, don’t put it into a folder, just place it on the stick so that the machine can find it. There’s an instruction book that comes with the upgrade that walks you through everything.

I hope this helps someone out, I couldn’t believe how easy it was to do.

While the upgrade was installing:

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Then you see this:

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Now you are ready for the certification:
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You are almost finished!:
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Restart the machine:

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The upgrade is completed!
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New embroidery machine!

I just bought a 6 month old VE 2200 at a great discounted rate. TODAY! The gal that owned it previously upgraded and turned this in after only using it for 6 months. How about that? IT’S AMAZING! Really, really discounted, really.
I have a 30 day warranty from the shop, they are super nice in that shop, by the way. And if I want to upgrade within 12 months, they will take it back and apply what I paid for it to my upgrade.
It came with a 7″ x 12″, 5″ x 7″ and I purchased a 6″ x 6″ hoop while I was there. I have a 4″ x 4″ hoop on order.
I’m so stoked!! I’m keeping my PE770 as they wouldn’t really give me anything for trading it in.
I can’t wait to get my class for the machine, I get one with my purchase. Oh and the store is stocked with tons and tons of yummy fabrics. I’ll have to go back when I can spend like 6 hours looking at everything.
I am going to try it out this weekend. My grand-daughter has already placed an order for plushies.

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Autumn Wreath

I finally had a chance to sit down and create an autumn wreath for our front door.

I used Pinterest for this project. I have a few things pinned to my Burlap board, but, this was the easiest tutorial and gave me the best results.

https://www.burlapwreath.com/how-to-make-a-burlap-wreath/

I purchased some burlap in cranberry, green and some sparkly ribbon for the tie in with autumn colors.

This replaced our previous wreath: http://www.artistic-happiness.com/tutorials/burlap-wreath/

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