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About lhartley

I have been in the sewing industry for over 35 years and have a unique knowledge of fabric behavior. While I enjoy quilting, I am a fabric embellisher at heart and often combine machine embroidery with heirloom sewing, quilting and garment construction for stunning results. I started sewing in high school and had a grandmother that taught me a lot about sewing. I loved this so much that I purchased a sewing machine store and added fabric and several brands of machines. I had this store for 28 years. I joined Janome/Elna in 2008 as an Educational Coordinator. This has allowed me to teach dealers and consumers about machines and sewing techniques that can be accomplished with sewing/embroidery machines. This includes teaching at American Quilter's Society events. A lot of my projects are examples of how to get the most from your sewing/embroidery machine and accessories.

eXpressive 920 Workbook Article 2

This article explores how to adjust stitches on your machine including how to change your stitches to your favorite settings and save them.  The Integrated Adjustable Feed foot is a top feeding system that is on Elna machines.  The article … Continue reading

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eXpressive 920 Workbook Article

Introduction to the Elna eXpressive 920 Each month we will be posting Workbook Articles that are designed to help you get the most out of your eXpressive 920 sewing/embroidery machine.  You will find practical exercises as well as some fun techniques … Continue reading

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COMING SOON

eXpressive 920 Workbook Articles Each month we will be posting Workbook Articles that are designed to help you get the most out of your eXpressive 920 sewing/embroidery machine. The first article will introduce you to all the functions of the … Continue reading

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OSQE Arlington TX

We are having a great time at the Original Sewing and Quilting show in Arlington Texas.  Beth Sidley is teaching a class using her “Beaujolais” pattern that uses the Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star technique.  The students are using Elna’s eXcellence … Continue reading

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SPECIAL FINANCING

If you have been thinking about purchasing an Elna Sewing/Embroidery machine, now is the time to take advantage of this special offer.   This offer has been extended until July 11 giving you extra time to get to your Elna dealer to get … Continue reading

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Meet MONTANA

Meet Montana, my sewing buddy.  We rescued him about 1 year ago and he is now the most spoiled dog in the neighborhood.  He is a 1 year old hound mix.  As you can see he sits on my sewing … Continue reading

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Applique

I was recently working on a quilt that had strips that I wanted to applique down.  I wanted a small applique stitch, one that actually looked like it had been hand appliqued.  My Elna machine had the perfect stitch. It … Continue reading

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