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Melita69
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Date: 9/13/12 0:44 AM



I am a little above a beginner in sewing for 10 years. I researched and realized for the home embroidery that I wanted to do I needed something in the higher priced home embroidery machines. So I preordered and purchased the DREAMWEAVER XE sewing, embroidery, and quilting machine.

But I dont know what I can do that will be a good first project. I want to get started on Christmas gifts for my nieces and nephew who are small children to teenagers.

What do you suggest would be a great first starter project and also a great christmas gift all around?

Second question is what I can make that is easy first project for a beginner that I can give to my kids High School Coaches and Teachers?
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Date: 9/13/12 8:57 AM

Maybe some embroidered coin purses for you nieces, or ipod covers or cell phone covers if they have them. We have been discussing this machine under sewing machines. Or should I say drooling over it. You must tell us how you like it. I see you are new to the forum, welcome.

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Date: 9/13/12 11:05 AM

Do they have Christmas stockings? Embroidery purchased stockings or make them from scratch.

You could make their Christmas greeting cards with the embroidery feature.

Both BabyLock and Brother, have projects on their websites that might trigger some inspiration. Both sites would have any embroidery involved in the .pes format for your machine.

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Date: 9/13/12 1:26 PM

Since you can sew...how about making a zippered pouch? You can do the embroidery before assembling the pouch. I have a step-by-step tutorial, and a video tutorial for making the pouch itself on my site Screaming Mimi's Sewing Room

They're really simple to make...this is the project I have my beginner students do at the end of the course...that's why I have those tutorials up, as a little refresher for my students.

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Date: 9/13/12 9:42 PM

There is a pattern called Zippy Strippy Bags, that is great. I found this on ebay, and it's in local quilt stores too. 3 sizes of these bags and the instructions are great. They come out so nice. So quick and easy to make, and you can embroider names or initials on the top or front.
Make spa towel wraps from purchased towels, and embroider names or initials down the front.
I love doing towels of all types, and all ages appreciate monogrammed or their full name stitched out on their own towels.
For adults, embroider a dishtowel with *Name of person's Kitchen* and a picture of a food they either like a lot, or are known for cooking.

Teachers -- I'd make some drawstring jewelry bags. Kwik Sew has a good pattern for these. When they open them up their monogram would be on the inside bottom. To ensure that it's centered properly, I'd monogram the initials all at once in a larger hoop, and then cut them after. These are great as they can be made with fancy fabrics or not.

Good luck, and enjoy your machine!

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Date: 9/14/12 8:28 AM

How about pillowcases with embroidered names! That would be a very easy first project.

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Melita69
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Date: 9/14/12 8:41 PM

You all have given me some great ideas. I love the recommendations and suggested tutorials. I will make them but I will start with bags for my nieces and towels for the teachers. I preordered mine and I can't wait anymore but it should be here soon.

Thank you.


Is there good websites I should follow?
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Date: 9/14/12 8:57 PM

I think tote bags are a great idea for teachers! They are SUPER EASY to make and you can embroider just about anything on them to personalize them! HAVE FUN with your new baby and welcome to PR :-)

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Date: 9/15/12 5:54 PM

THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH. I love this website. It was the first one I came across and love it. Everyone is so helpful.

I LOVEthe Zippy Strippy bags and saw the tutorial and love them so much I am doing those for my nieces as well as some of the female teachers. For the male teachers Im doing totes and embroidered towels for the my sons Football coach.

I am prepping all the items and I will be ready to go when the Dreamweaver XE gets here. Its due in 2 weeks. Backorder in my store and also since I am prepaying the back order isnt too bad since I have another payment to go.

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Date: 9/16/12 11:59 AM

Embroidery Library has lots of projects with videos and they always have free designs every month. I've used a lot of there designs and have never had a bad one. Here is the link for the projects with tips and tricks. http://www.emblibrary.com/el/elprojects/holder.aspx?page=techniques.

Have fun. I sew quillows for the grandkids each Christmas and embroider a fun design on the pillow pocket.

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