Our top 5 reasons to make a quilt with your embroidery machine.

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Sweet Pea Machine Embroidery Design's Medallion Quilt Design 1. TIME The speed to which you can make a beautiful, in the hoop, machine embr...

Quilting with SweetPea's Continuous and Square Quilted Designs

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by guest blogger Rita Wetzel IntroductionYou can use SweetPea’s Continuous Designs and Square Quilted Designs to transform a traditionally piec...
Downloading and Using your "in the hoop" Course.

Downloading and Using your "in the hoop" Course.

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Step 1: go to https://swpea.com/products/machine-embroidery-in-the-hoop-course and add to your cart Step 2: Login to your account and checko...
Rewards program, including how to add your birth date details at swpea.com

Rewards program, including how to add your birth date details at swpea.com

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Here at Sweet Pea Machine Embroidery Designs we have created our loyalty program with exciting and exclusive rewards to say 'thank you' to our amaz...

Machine Embroidery Cruise - February 2020

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We have been invited to do more classes on Sew and Sail’s next cruise in Feb 2020 to the Caribbean. If you missed out on the Alaskan cruise this...
Egg-cellent Easter Embroidery In the Hoop.

Egg-cellent Easter Embroidery In the Hoop.

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Make this Easter special with unique gifts and bright easter decor the whole family can enjoy. We also have beautiful machine embroidery mug rugs and placemats, made in the hoop, to brighten up the Easter table for the whole family to enjoy as you celebrate together. Do you have any young ones celebrating Easter this year? Sweet Pea also has popular easter bibs made in the hoop.

How Much Fabric Do I Need?

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One of the most often asked questions is “How much fabric do I need?” The answer is “It depends.” It depends on the block size.  It depends on the size of the project.  It depends on the width of your fabric.  It depends on if you are using the same fabric throughout or if it will be different from block to block.  And so on... While there is no definitive way to take into account everything that is unique to a particular project, below are some guidelines for calculating yardage.

The History of Machine Embroidery

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For those of us that see and use advanced sewing and embroidery machines on a regular basis, it’s easy to forget the humble beginnings from which the craft began. Here at Sweet Pea we spend a considerable amount of time on our computers digitizing complex designs, before using our embroidery machines to complete these designs. I think it is important however to know the history of any subject you’re passionate about, and therefore to know how modern machine embroidery has become what it is.

Positive and Negative Space in Design

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When creating or editing designs in machine embroidery it is important to remember that what we are engaging in an artistic process. Even those of you that embroider as an occasional hobby can benefit from thinking about your designs as a whole and not just the thread or applique that is going on your project. This is where the concept of positive and negative space come into your design, with positive space being the subject and negative space being the area that surrounds.

Why Imperfect Quilts Are Beautiful

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It is easy to forget for those of us that may have been quilting for years or even decades, that quilting is a learned skill. We do not come into this world with an inherent ability to pick up some needles and start quilting. So like any other learned skill, unless you are the Mozart of quilting you aren’t going to make perfect quilts from your very first stitch. There are those amongst us that strive for only perfection and of course this is fine. If you feel you have to restart your quilt whenever you make a mistake that is ok, but at the same time never think that your quilts have to be perfect in anyone’s eyes but your own. Quilting as a hobby is for the quilters enjoyment, and constantly getting frustrated over asymmetry or crooked lines is apt to make you want to throw the whole thing away.

Maintaining Your Embroidery Machine

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Today we are going to talk about something that doesn’t always get thought about until it’s too late- maintenance. If you are anything like me, quite often you won’t think about doing those important little tasks that keep a machine or implement running smoothly until it’s not running quite so smoothly.. or at all! But for the sake of the longevity of your purchase and the quality of your designs it is important to get into the habit of maintaining your embroidery machine. Embroidery machines can be serviced just like your car, but this can be expensive and there will be a lot you can do by yourself between services to keep your stitches safe. The following blog will have general tips for keeping your embroidery machine maintained but every machine is different and should come with a user manual to guide you in the specific hows and whens of maintenance.

How to Share Links on Facebook in 5 Easy Steps

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Want to share your favourite Sweet Pea designs on Facebook ? Here are the 5 easy steps on how to share Sweet Pea Products/links on Facebook Note...