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Sponsored by Echidna Sewing Capalaba Brisbane

Join us for the next 3 months of fabulous sew-a-longs

Each month we will release a new sew-a-long design

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Each month we will choose a 1st Place , 2nd and 3rd Place winners ( plus 4th, 5th and 6th)

At the end of the 3 sew-a-longs we will have a total of 18 monthly winners.

We will put the 18 winning entries to public voting on October 1st, 2017

The GRAND PRIZE WINNER will be the entry that receives the most votes by 5pm October 3rd 2017.

Grand prize winner will be announced on the website, Sweet Pea Facebook groups and notified by email




1st Place winner will receive: http://www.echidnaclub.com.au/shop/echidna-embroidery-thread-boxed-sets/H-STARTER-Thread-Set From Echidna Sewing . PLUS $100 Sweet Pea gift voucher

2nd Place winner will receive: http://www.echidnaclub.com.au/shop/echidna-embroidery-thread-boxed-sets/H-15BONUSSET From Echidna Sewing .PLUS $50 Sweet Pea gift voucher

3rd Place winner will receive: http://www.echidnaclub.com.au/shop/embroidery-cutaway-tearaway-washaway-topping From Echidna Sewing .PLUS $25 Sweet Pea gift voucher

4th, 5th and 6th place winners will receive a Sweet Pea design of their choice.

All place winners will be judged on the best photos submitted. Judges decision is final. This is a competition of skill.

All place winners will be announced on the website, Sweet Pea Facebook groups and notified by email.

And the GRAND PRIZE WINNER will win


A BROTHER /F440E- embroidery Machine valued at $1499 AUD (Australian winner only – due to shipping legislation)

OR $1000 (Australian Dollars ) Sweet Pea gift voucher (for non Australian grand prize winner)



Each monthly sew-a-long will run for 3 weeks

Each Month’s sew-a-long design will be revealed 2 weeks before the sew-a-long starts.

July sew-a-long Starts July 10-July 31 (Australian time)

August sew-a-long starts August 10-August 31 (Australian time) -this will be suitable for 4×4 hoops

September sew-a-long starts September 9-September 31(Australian time)


July sew-a-long Challenge details

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To join this SEW-A-LONG CHALLENGE we ask that you agree to stitch out the design (which will be released on JULY 10TH) within the 3 week time frame and post a photo of your Sweet Pea entry in the Sweet Pea ‘s 2017 SEW-A-LONG CHALLENGE Facebook group.

Discount code for sew-a-long design will be revealed in the July Sew-a-long Challenge Facebook group on July10


To be eligible for July Sew-a-long Challenge judging

  • you must make the Tassel Bag without any alterations to the design ( you cannot add any more applique or leave any off)
  • you do NOT have to add the tassels
  • you can use a store purchased strap
  • the strap does not have to be made the same as ours
  • you can add embroidered name or initials to the bag.
  • you can use any fastening for the flap of the bag, you do not have to use a Kam snap
  • you can make this bag in any fabric you like
  • you do not have to enter in each of the 3 months (July, August, September) to be eligible for the Grand Prize
  • you can enter as many times as you like in each month

machine embroidery design sew-a-long challenge

This sweet Tassel bag comes in one size for the 5×7 hoop .  This is a machine embroidery design  (which will be released on JULY 10TH)

There are three different panel designs and a design for the flap.  Requires multiple hoopings and the borders and lining are added with your sewing machine.. The bag is completely lined and finished beautifully.

Finished Dimensions:

5×7 = 37cm w x 17cm h x 7cm deep (15″ x 6.5″ x 3″)

Fabric requirements-

machine embroidery design fabric requirements

Full photo instructions and directions on how to make the bags are included with your purchase.

It is our intention to offer you the best service always and for our designs to be of the highest.

Designs come in all formats except ART. Bernina’s can use EXP. Formats pes, hus, sew, xxx, jef, vp3, vip, mit, dat, dst, exp etc.

All formats are included with your purchase.


This design  will be released on JULY 10TH for the sew-a-long


Sweet Pea is based in Australia so all times and dates are in local Australian time….

To follow the countdown please use this link …



Machine embroidery designs countdown clock


Do NOT share the discount code nor file with ANYONE, if you know someone who wants to join please send them here to join us.( It is illegal to share or on sell our design files)



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How to make a Scallop Edge

Scallop Edge Instructions

© by Sandy Kiester USA – April 2017

Photos provided by Mia Swafford


Items used in preparing to mark and stitch a scallop edge. Spray adhesive, pencil or pen, scissors, rotary cutter and cutting mat if you have one, ruler, iron, fabric glue, round plate or cup and fuse-n-tear or similar.1 Supplies needed.jpg

Joining the blocks

It is easier to work with one panel when marking and stitching for a scalloped edge. As instructed in the New-Life Easter Basket lay out the panels as you would like them. Join the 6 applique blocks together as well as the 6 bottom panels. Join those 2 rows together. Add the top border WITHOUT the batting, that will be added after the scallops are stitched. Press all seams so you have a nice flat panel to work with.

Cutting the lining

Place the lining under the top panel.


Trim excess material from all sides making each corner square.


Each edge of the square should have equal sides. Set aside the lining it will be added at a later step. Turn front panel wrong side up.


Marking the bottom corners

I mark my stitch lines with dashes first. I don’t cut away the excess corner material nor center, it is done at a later step. Notice the dash lines in the center of the panel. Since the seam allowance has been stitched in this area the marking will be 1” shorter in width. IMG_20170413_185100.jpg

Dash lines are marked with Sharpie Pen for better viewing. Use a pencil for your project.


Marking the Scallops

Tear off a section of Pellon’s ‘fuse-n-tear’ long enough to cover the length of the border and trim to 5” wide. I keep my roll of this product in this custom made box from Reynolds Aluminum.

3 Tear off 4 inch strips of Pellon's 'fuse & tear'.  I keep my roll in this custom made box from Reyonlds Aluminum..jpg

Press the fuse-n-tear to the top area of the panel. Having the straight edge line up with the top raw edge.


With pencil, mark on top of border seam allowance, then mark ¾” above that.


You should have two horizontal lines marked on your paper like this…


Marking the vertical lines are done next. Line the edge of the rule over the basting line on the right side of the panel.


Move the ruler over the seam allowance of the next block. Mark a vertical another line with pencil.

Continue with each block and the ending baste line on the left of the panel.


Place the curve of a bowl between the vertical lines, matching at the penciled intersections. Draw with pencil along the bowl’s edge. Continue to the end of the panel, include the seam allowance. You will be stitching on these scalloped markings.

( I re marked the curved lines with a Sharpie pen so they would show up better. )


Trim the excess paper on each side of the panel.


Remove the paper, set aside the top panel.


Adding the marked scallop paper

Place the paper pattern on the wrong side of the lining. Aline the top of the paper pattern along the top raw edge of the lining and sides. Press in place.


With RIGHT sides together place lining on top of panel. The bottom of each scallop should match the seam allowance of each block.


Lining should match the raw edges of the top panel. Pin or clip in place.


Stitching the scallops

Take your project to the sewing machine. I like to use a tiny stitch and a open-toe presser foot. Start stitching on the top of the first scallop, leaving a 3 inch gap from the edge. You are stitching on the pencil mark.


Sew slow following the pencil mark.


Detail of scallop turn. It’s a “U” turn not a point. Pivot your machine with the needle in the down position.


Continue stitching scallops, stop at the top of the last scallop, 3” from the raw edge.


Fold the lining back this 3” and clip in place. Repeat on other end.


Place a few drops of Fray Check at the bottom of each scallop. Let dry while proceeding to enclose the panel. Don’t disturb these cuts…let that Fray check dry. No Fray Check? Apply fabric glue to both the panel and the lining, let dry THEN cut this area.

23 Place a few drops of Fray Check at the bottom of each scallop..jpg

Fold top panel over, matching the raw edges.


Closing the panel

Time to stitch together the open end together to create the bag, we are making a tube, the bag itself per se. First the outside seam is stitched. Then the linings side seam. With right sides together match the blocks seam allowances and the top and bottom raw edges. Clip or pin in place.


Stitch a ½” seam allowance.


Press seam allowance open.


Turn the enclose panel inside out. Don’t push out scallops yet, the lining must be stitched closed first.


Pull lining over back over the panel, right sides of lining and panel should face each other.


Fold panel back upon itself so it is out of the way.


Matching raw edges of the lining, Clip or pin in place.


Pull back paper on each side of lining clip it out of the way. Stitch a ½” seam allowance.


Press paper back on lining.


The seam on the lining and panel should match. Press open linings seam allowance.


Clip or pin panel and lining together, to finish stitching the last 6” of the scallops. You may need to remove your sewing machines table and insert, leaving the machine with it’s open-arm feature.


Place the lined panel on the open arm and sew the last scallop closed. You can pencil mark over the opened seam to guide you to the scallop point.


Starting at the seam carefully remove the paper, top section first.


You can use a seam ripper to start tearing the paper under the seam. Set paper aside, you will use the pattern again on the batting filler in a later step.


Fray Check the fabric on this seam and above the lining and panels stitching.


Trim away excess fabric from scallops, leave ¼” from stitch line.


Notch the seam allowance every ⅜” to rid the seam of excess fabric, giving you a smoother top turned edge.


For your scallops to lay flat with no puckers on the bottom portion, you must release the tension in that area. On your cutting mat use an Exacto knife to get to that tight space. Using scissors can cause you to snip the thread line. Using an Exacto knife release the point tension with 2 miter cuts.


Turning the scallops

Pull the lining out exposing its right side.


Push the lining back into the bag.


Smooth the lining on the inside of the bag. Pull on it to match the raw edges of the bottom to the panels raw edge on the bottom.


While using the bone to push out the curve of the scallops roll the seam allowance with your fingers to help straighten and smooth until flat. Press with iron on the edge only.


I will now turn it back outside in.


Press scalloped pattern onto batting. Cut along scallop line. Add shaped batting to the border of the panel using spray adhesive to attach.


Turn bag inside out, adjust batting with fingers.


Baste batting down through all layers of the bag. IMG_20170415_130545.jpg

Turn the bag inside out to finish the bottom seams.


After turning the lining half way up the bag to get it out of the way, mark the bottom boxing cutouts on both the panel and lining as shown.


Cut out the same amount on other side of the bag.



Turn inside out, pull the lining down and cut away the excess corner fabric.


Turn the bag over and repeat on the other side.IMG_20170415_131111.jpg

Turn outside in to stitch the bottom seam and corners of the front panel -the outside of bag. Match bottom block seams. Clip or pin in place.


Sew bottom seam ½” from edge.


Fold corners, matching seam allowances. Stitch with ½” seam allowance.


With right sides together of lining, match raw edges, clip or pin in place.


Next stitch the linings bottom seam, leaving an 6” opening for turning.


Fold the corners….


Stitch the corners…


Turn inside out through the opening and adjust any batting if necessary.


Smooth out panel. Stitched close the linings bottom seam by hand or machine. IMG_20170415_134500.jpg

Push and smooth the lining into the bag.


Press border of bag, top-stitch if you like. Stitch in the ditch at applique block seams.


Stitch in the ditch on bottom panels.


Fold and press the corners and bottom boxing to give the finished bag soft edges.










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Basic Supplies for In The Hoop Embroidery

by guest blogger Rita Wetzel

Whether you are new to embroidery, a long time embroiderer or somewhere in between, having basic supplies at your fingertips will minimize frustrations while working on your projects.  For the most part, these basic supplies are readily available at retail shops, as well as, from online sources.  Once you decide to invest in a machine and designs, be sure to compliment them with a good set of basic supplies.

Embroidery Machine

The obvious is a working, well-maintained embroidery machine along with its bobbins and hoops.  You will also need a computer and storage media, usually a USB drive, to download designs and transfer them to your machine.


Embroidery thread is typically 40 wt.  In the past, rayon thread was popular because of its high shine and the multitude of colors.  However, rayon can break during embroidering and it is not bleach resistant.  More recently embroiderers have turned to polyester thread.  It is stronger, launders well, and the color choices are vast.  There are many specialty tmachine embroidery equipmenthreads on the market too, including metallic, variegated, glow in the dark, and invisible.

Tip:  Your machine may like some brands better than others.  So, while your best friend may rave about one brand, you may have better results with a different one.

Bobbin thread, usually 60 wt, is lighter in weight.  If the stitching on the back will not show, then matching the bobbin thread to the top is not necessary.  Even though bobbin thread can be found in basic colors, white or black bobbin thread will suffice for most projects.  Of course, there are some exceptions!  For free standing lace designs, try to use a bobbin thread that closely matches the top thread or use the top thread in the bobbin.  The same is true when using the embroidery machine to quilt a table runner, quilt, or other item.


Fabric by itself is not strong enough to hold the embroidery stitches so a stabilizer is used to provide support and strength to your fabric.  Puckering and shifting designs are symptoms of stabilizer issues.  Stabilizers can be found in white, cream, and black colors.  Stabilizers are purchased on a roll, by the yard, or in  pre-cut sheets.  They come in different weights (light, medium, and heavy).  While there are many types of stabilizers on the market, 3 basic stabilizers to keep on hand are:  cutaway, tearaway, and wash away.
machine embroidery equipmentCutaway stabilizers are frequently used for In The Hoop projects.  They resist stretching and are machine washable.

Tearaway stabilizers are easily removed once the stitch out is completed.

Wash aways support the stitches during embroidery and is then washed out.  Wash aways are commonly used for free standing lace designs and as toppers.  When used as a topper the wash away stabilizer helps to keep stitches from sinking into fabrics with nap or pile.

Click here for an informative SweetPea YouTube video on stabilizers.

Embroidery and Applique Scissors

Embroidery scissors are small, curvy-tipped scissors that make cutting in small areas easy.  Embroidery scissors with longer handles are helpful in cutting away excess thread, especially when the hoop is still on the machine.machine embroidery equipment

Tip:  When cutting jump stitches, hold the thread taut with a tweezers while cutting both ends of the jump stitch with your embroidery scissors or snips.  This will give you a clean cut on both ends.

Appliqué scissors are also known as duckbill scissors.  These are especially useful when cutting longer edges of appliqué.  Use your small embroidery scissors to trim appliqué curves and small areas.  Click here to view a SweetPea You Tube Video on trimming appliqué in the hoop.


The most common size of embroidery needles is 75/11.  Look for needles that are specific for  embroidery.  They are designed to let your thread move smoothly through the eye during the stitch out.  A smaller needle size may be needed for light weight fabrics and a larger needle size for heavier fabrics.


Painters tape or surgical tape will temporarily hold your fabric in place during the stitch
out, especially if you need a piece of fabric underneath the hoop.  machine embroidery equipmentTemporary adhesive spray or glue can also be used but there is the potential of gumming up your thread or needle.

That’s It…

… so gather up your basic supplies, load your favorite Sweetpea design, and start stitching!

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The Winners of our March Easter Sew-a-long

What a wonderful group we have had for our March Sew-a-long.

It is by far the largest group we have ever had at 4265 members.

Thank you to everyone who has participated and posted a photo or many photos 🙂

Thank you to those who joined with the best intentions of finishing their basket in the allotted time of 3 weeks and didn’t quite make it in time, we all know that things come up that way lay our best intentions and that is perfectly fine.

Thank you to everyone who have offered their support to those who have asked for help in the group.machien embroidery design, sew-a-longThe design is on our website:


We will be announcing all up and coming sew-a-longs in our Sweet Pea Facebook group  ( click on image below to join)

machine embroidery designs facebook group

slr_gardenparty_borderTo view the wonderful photos that were posted in our sew-a-long Facebook group

It is easy to view ALL the photos that have been posted in our sew-a-long group all in one place.https://www.facebook.com/groups/171067460064391/photos/


and the Winners are

machine embroidery designs, sew-a-long

The prizes are

1st Prize x3 ….  2 FREE Sweet Pea designs of your choice PLUS 50% off your next Sweet Pea order
2nd Prize x3 ….. 1 Free Sweet Pea design of your choice PLUS 30% off your next Sweet Pea Order
3rd Prize x3 …..  1 Free Sweet Pea design of your choice PLUS 10 % off your next Sweet Pea Order


New sew-a-longs

The Sweet Pea German Facebook group is having an April sew-a-long. This is starting April 5th

You don’t have to be German or speak German to be a part of this group and our instructions come in English as well.

Here is the link https://www.facebook.com/groups/1562714127072015/


April Mother’s Day sew-a-long for our Main Facebook group will be later in the month and will be announced here and in the FB group.

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Easter Competition- Win a $100 Sweet Pea gift voucher and the winner is …..

Guess how many yummy Chocolate Easter eggs there are in the vase before Emma and Alyssa eat them all.

machine embroidery design, in the hoop Easter egg competition

We had 1705 entries and our 222nd entry received had the correct guess of 350 eggs.

Congratulations Yvonne Brockmeier you have won

 a $100 Sweet Pea gift voucher!

easter egg counting competition winner 2017

Thank you everyone for participating


One entry and guess person

Winner will be the first correct answer drawn at close of competition

Judges decision will be final

Winner will be emailed and announced in this blog

 Competition starts…

4:00PM 24th March 2017 — and finishes 4:00PM 16th April 2017 (Pacific Time (US & Canada))
9:00AM 25th March 2017 —  and finishes 9:00AM 17th April 2017 (Brisbane)

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How to trim applique on your in the hoop machine embroidery project

A well trimmed applique can be the difference between a good project and a fantastic one.

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machine embroidery trim applique

Applique in your Sweet Pea project

The applique used in our Sweet Pea in the hoop projects differ to ‘pre cut’ applique where the applique piece/shape is cut out already then adhered to the project and the embroidery is done around it.

Applique in our Sweet Pea projects start out as a piece of fabric large enough to cover a placement line that is stitched onto the hooped fabric, batting and stabiliser. The applique fabric is then stitched down in place .Then the embroidery hoop is taken off the machine and the excess fabric is trimmed away close to the stitching line whilst still in the hoop.

How close do I trim my applique piece?

We recommend trimming 1-2 mm  away from the stitching. Any closer and you risk cutting the stitching or even worse the applique.

How far away you trim depends on the final stitching you will be using, if it is going to have a satin stitch around the applique you do want to trim close to the stitching so that the applique fabric does not show from under the satin stitching.

We do have some designs that require satin stitching and have a modern ‘doodle’ outline stitch. This stitch does not cover the raw edges of the applique piece and it is meant to fray a little. In this case careful precise trimming of the applique is not quite as important.

What scissors should I use?

machine embroidery applique scissors

This is a very personal choice and you may well end up with a drawer full of scissors before you find a pair that you feel very happy with.

We have many pairs of scissors and  there is always a different pair needed for that particularly tricky curve or corner.

Allison demonstrates a couple of our favorites in the following YouTube video.


Click image to watch YouTube video


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Sweet Pea Easter in the hoop sew-a-long

Our March Easter Sew-a-long  has now started and will run for 3 weeks…9 th to 31st March (Australian time)

machien embroidery design, sew-a-long

Our spring or Easter basket could also be made as a tote bag with different strap placement.  This basket has 6 different blocks included.  There is one for the bottom border and then 5 applique blocks with a cat, a wheelbarrow, a sheep, a watering can, a letter box with a bird and some butterflies . This design is an  ITH in the hoop machine embroidery design.  The bag requires 12 hoopings altogether.  The blocks are joined, and the lining is added with your sewing machine.

The design comes in three sizes – the 4×4, 5×5 and 6×6  hoops.  All sizes are included in your purchase. The bag is completely lined and has no raw seams.  The lining and borders are added with your sewing machine.

Finished sizes are:

4×4 – 20cm W (excluding the straps) x 30.5cm L x 13cm D (8″W x 12″L x 5″D)

5×5 – 23cm W (excluding the straps) x 37cm L x 13cm D (9”W x 14.5”L x 5”D)

6×6 – 28cm W (excluding the straps) x 46cm L x 13cm D (11″W x 18″L x 5″D)

Full photo instruction and directions are included with your purchase.

It is our intention to offer you the best service always and for our designs to be of the highest quality.

Designs come in all formats except art.  For eg pes, hus, sew, xxx, jef, vp3, vip, mit, dat, dst, exp etc

Instructions come in German and English.

If you wish to add a zipper closure to the top of the bag please see our blog article


or if you want to add pockets to the inside see our blog article


Instructions come in English and German

Join our March Easter sew-a-long Facebook group


The design is on our website:


To join this, sew-a-long we ask that you agree to stitch out the design New Life Easter Basket/bag within the 3 week time frame, and post a photo of your Sweet Pea in the Sweet Pea February Sew-a-long group and
NOT share the discount code nor file with ANYONE,
The design is usually $15 AUD and with a $5 AUD discount
This sew-a-long will cost $10 AUD. ( with code)

The sew-a-long discount code is available by joining our March Sew-a-long Facebook group ( the code will be in the ‘pinned post in that group)

Please enter the code at checkout. The file is an instant download from the website.


There is an instructional video on YouTube


We will be judging the best photos

For your photo to be eligible for judging, you must have followed the design.

Your finished project must be a basket/bag .

You can place the blocks anywhere you like, but you must use all the block designs.

You can use your own handles and place them wherever you like on the bag/basket, or you can leave them off completely.

You are allowed to add a verse or someone’s name or initials.

you are welcome to deviate from these rules but your photo will not be eligible for judging.

1st Prize x3 ….  2 FREE Sweet Pea designs of your choice PLUS 50% off your next Sweet Pea order
2nd Prize x3 ….. 1 Free Sweet Pea design of your choice PLUS 30% off your next Sweet Pea Order
3rd Prize x3 …..  1 Free Sweet Pea design of your choice PLUS 10 % off your next Sweet Pea Order

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