Enid of “Designs by Enid” writes about the use of laundry bags as wash away stabilizer. What is a laundry bag? Enid is in Africa, I am in Texas. Is there something comparable here? Anyone know?
According to Enid, these are no longer available, but perhaps someone else has more information?
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Hello. I am upgrading from a Bernina Deco 600 to a Bernina 630. Yippee. However, I do have several PES files that I have purchased. I do have Embird v8 (ok… I took a break from embroidery stuff while raising 3 sons and now baby is off to college and I have time to sew again) Anyway, I plan to upgrade to newest Embird and was wondering if I can use Embird to convert PES files to EXP or DST to use with the 630.
Thank you so much!
Mary Alice 🙂
You can certainly use Embird to convert your PES files to EXP or DST. The only format Embird can’t convert to is ART, as Bernina holds the rights to this format.
You can purchase your upgrade to the latest version of Embird from
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My name is Morag Lewer and I live in Bryanston, Johannesburg, South Africa.
I was so taken with your
‘Royal Elephant’ which I am delighted to say I have completed and LOVED the project! That’s with thanks to you!
My interpretation is somewhat different:
I used metallic satin fabric to create the Elephants – in some instances, I edited some of the pieces to combine them into one hooping. They were then stitched onto black velvet as my backing. I took a photograph of one of my lamps from which I digitised the columns in my 5D Software and stitched them on red velvet in 3D as well.
I used Sue Box Metallic Thread Jewels for the arches which were embellished with Swarovski Crystals. For the border, I used Embroidery Library’s ‘Mehndi Peacock Accents, which I edited to create an ‘endless’ embroidered border. That was a real task and comprised 32 hoopings and about 700,000 stitches on black upholstery suede.
Besides the fact that I stitched one of my fingers to the project and was ‘stabbed’ and ripped by the pins due to the weight of the project, I am pleased to say that I finally reached my goal!
I thank you for your ceaseless creativity and now wish to embark on several of your other projects which I have bought over time from
Secrets of Embroidery.
This was without doubt an exciting project!
I wish you well and with sincere gratitude!
Heaps of love and cyber hugs
I have a brothers Innovis 900 and would like to try Molly Mine crazy patches on machine but have only a mac book OSX and wish to know if I could trial this product with a macintosh – Nicola
Molly Mine have a free “try before you buy” quilt block that you can download and test out with your machine. Download it free from
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Is it possible to add a stitched object on top of an applique without stitching on top of the fabric?
What font or fonts would be suitable for writing in a running or bean stitch and would be a non-satin stitch? I’m thinking of writing on small areas such as labels or small messages.
The most versatile lettering designs we recommend are the Embird Alphabets. For more information, have a look at our Embroidery Tips page on
For more general Embird information, go to
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Strawberry Delicious Handbag includes full instructions, pattern and luscious strawberry designs in bunches, pots and hanging baskets with a buzzing bee and trailing white blossoms. Combine these delightful designs with gorgeous strawberry fabric and red gingham ribbon to divide the panels and add ribbon bows on the side to create this special bag. Visit
Thank you for sharing the instructions for
quilt as you go from
African Sewfari! A dear friend suggested this years ago and I have never tried it, but after reading your very clear instructions, I’d like to do so! Your generosity is appreciated! Hugs! Denise (KY- USA)
Patchwork Butterfly Doilies from
Inspiration Mutz are completely done in the hoop. You’ll have endless fun combining all your pretty fabrics and stunning threads. The main butterfly designs are stitched over a layer of Mylar for a shimmery effect.
When learning a new program I always hunt for the “undo” button. It usually looks like an arrow pointing to the left, normally located at the top, and it’s in almost every program I have whether it’s embroidery related or not. If I happen to get in a place I didn’t mean to be in a program, I click the “undo” button until I get back to familiar territory (or at least where I started). It helps knowing I have multiple “undo’s” at my disposal and takes some of the fear out of making a mistake. Consequently, I get less frustrated, wind up playing more AND learning more quickly in the program. Try it next time you find yourself some place you didn’t want to be in a program. Let me know how it works for you. =)