Memorized Seams are extremely important when creating “Y” seams found in many quilt blocks.  A perfect example would be the tumbling block pattern.
These blocks were made from 60° diamond shapes.
To see how to create these, click on the link below.

memorized seams

Elna machines with this feature are:
eXpressive 920
eXpressive 900
eXpressive 860
eXcellence 780
eXcellence 680

Memorized Seams-ELNA

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Know Your Needle Plate

Elna patented needle plates are designed with etched guides to simplify your sewing. Educator Nancy Fiedler provided this helpful Sewing Basics article to show you how to use the etched markings on your needle plate.

Nancy goes over the starting needle position; using 5/8″ and 1/4″ seam allowances; diagonal placement lines and the other seam allowances featured on your needle plate. The arrows placed on the needle plate images in the article will guide you into sewing the perfect seams.

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eXpressive 920 Combining Stitches

The Elna eXpressive has 400 stitches and several fonts to choose from.  Recently I wanted to create a label and thought I would share how to do this.
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Combining Decorative Stitches
Touch Home > Decorative Stitches > Play.
Touch Combine  combine  and select stitch #4 (shoe).  Touch stitch #4 a second time.
Touch up arrow at bottom of stitch display bar to move cursor under second shoe.  Image turns red.
Select Horizontal mirror image.  horizontal mirror
Touch down arrow at bottom of stitch display bar and move cursor to the bottom of combination.
Touch Home > Decorative > Bridge #5  Note:  Bridge stitches are used to insert straight stitches between patterned stitches.  The number beside the pictured stitch indicates the number of straight stitches.

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Groovy Kitchen by Mary Tanana

What are you cooking this week?  Mary Tanana’s Groovy Kitchen embroidery designs should get you in the mood to mix it up. 

AcuDesign Groovy KitchenFind the full collection in our AcuDesign app.

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BLAINE’S SEWING CENTER in Cranston, RI is excited to present a Sewing Revolution event
May 1 & 2, 2017.

Sewing RevolutionBlaine’s is excited to present this two day workshop with Kym Goldup-Graham from the Sewing Revolution. Kym along with Ann Duncan have invented several different rulers to save time and effort with patchwork and quilting as well a machine embroidery and applique placement. Kym and Ann are also ruler designers for Creative Grid USA. You are guaranteed to not only learn from this presentation, but also be entertained and leave with a smile on your face!

revolution photo

The event will be held at Miller’s Crossing located at 43 Olde Bald hill Rd Cranston RI 02920.  Please contact Blaine’s Sewing Center at 401 463-8824 for more information.

780 Elna Smooth

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Village Sewing Center – Santa Rosa CA

We shine the spotlight on our Elna dealer:                                                                      Village Sewing Center in Santa Rosa, CA.


1455 Santa Rosa Ave. Suite B1 Santa Rosa, CA 95404                                                         Phone:
707 544-7529
Working Days/Hours:
Store Hours: Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm
Saturday 10am – 5pm
Sunday: Closed

They will be at the Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival in Santa Rosa CA on May 18 – 20, 2017.

Rusty Barn May 18 22

Stop by their booth to see the newest sewing machines and products from Elna including the Elna eXcellence 780.

780 w bag


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The cow nightie.....note I did not say nightie for a cow!

The cow nightie!

I bought this fabric earlier this year and then wondered later what I had been thinking at the time……must have been a heck of a deal? A closer inspection really made me think of cows & not animal print for a long sleeve top which is what I had at first thought I would use it for.  So I decided it would need to be made into a nightgown which will have a very limited audience!  I took one of my tried &  tested as successful knit top patterns: SIMPLICITY 3790 which may not be available anymore as I have had this pattern awhile – but you could adapt many different patterns or use a nightgown pattern) I simply extended the hem length by a good 20 or so inches on my knit top pattern – view 3 + I used the long sleeves from view D. I made the sleeves a lot narrower but the cuff was still a bit wide hence adding elastic as mentioned below.

I think I have made tops using this pattern (all successful) maybe 7 times.

I think I have made tops using this pattern (all successful) maybe 7 times.

I decided it needed something to break the cow pattern going on there so I made a scallop trim using black t-shirt fabric.  Search in the box to the upper right of this post for previous posts about making your own scallop trim – basically just use the blind hem stitch but check out the post(s) for more information.

Everything was sewed on my Elna 5 thread serger using the 4 thread knit program and my EL760 for the sewing of the scallop trim  & top stitching etc.

There it is - inserted into my bodice seam and top stitched afterwards which made it lie nice & flat. Knit fabric can have a tendency to curl so top stitching is a good way to tame it.

There it is – inserted into my bodice seam and top stitched afterwards which made it lie nice & flat. Knit fabric can have a tendency to curl so top stitching is a good way to tame it. I also trimmed the cuffs & added a little elastic around the wrist as the sleeve was a bit wide for me. Lastly I added the same black scallop trim around the hemline – don’t think I would do that again as it made it a bit stiff and I might find it irritating   see pic below:

cow hem