Welcome to my blog

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I am Allison Nash and I am the owner of Sweet Pea Machine Embroidery Designs.  I am also the head designer, the only designer in fact. Why only have the one designer you may ask. Well…. I have a very distinct vision of the designs I want to produce and present to my customers.

I have been involved in sewing, quilting and embroidery way longer than I have been a designer.  Since I was about 5 in fact. When I first purchased my embroidery machine I really wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it. I figured I had the ‘normal’ sewing machine and the overlocker/serger machine. It was just a natural progression to acquire an embroidery machine.

The After Glow….. Fast track quite a few months after the purchase…. my embroidery machine now sat forlornly on my sewing table. I had embroidered monograms on nearly every fabric item in my house and I was starting to feel guilty about all the money I had spent on the machine.

I decided to try to make some money by selling what I was embroidering at the markets. Problem was, I wasn’t making things that I liked and couldn’t find the sort of designs I wanted to do them.

I started dabbling in digitizing some pretty appliques to use and then I stumbled on the “in the hoop’ technique. It intrigued me, I could not get my head around how this embroidery machine could do “straight lines”. Before I knew it, I was making small items like coasters and then progressed onto little zipper purses. Then I spent a long time learning how to digitize them for myself.

I then started selling a few designs on Etsy and was pleasantly surprised at the amount of interest I was receiving in my product. It then occurred to me that if I had had this experience with my embroidery machine… Well perhaps others had as well.

I was producing more and more designs and my friends and family kept telling me I could sell them….

The Birth…. of Sweet Pea Machine Embroidery … early 2015 and I haven’t had time to look back.

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Australia Month ‘in the hoop’ machine embroidery designs @ Sweet Pea

It is Australia month here @ Sweet Pea

and to celebrate Australia month we are discounting some of our older, Australian themed designs.

We will post 50 % discount codes for these designs randomly through the month of January ( up to January 26th)

These codes will be issued to one particular design at a time and the code will only be available for 24 hours.

The  50 % discount code will be found in this blog randomly through the month.

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Today’s  50% discount code is available for 24 hours only and on the following design only

 

machine embrodery design in the hoop Kangaroo

http://swpea.com/products/kangaroo-zipper-purse-ith-in-the-hoop-machine-embroidery-4×4-and-5×7

 

Kangaroo zipper purse for

4×4 and 5×7 hoops only

 

Cute little kangaroo zipper purse design ITH in the hoop machine embroidery design. The design is made for the 4×4 and 5×7 hoops. Requires one hooping and the purse is completely lined and finished with front and back lining.   There are no raw seams.

The applique does not have satin stitching.

There is about 5cm hand sewing or gluing required to close the seam.

The finished sizes are:

4×4 – 9cmx 9cm (3 1/2″x 3 1/2″)

5×7 – 12cm x 17cm (4 1/2″x 6 1/2″)

Perfect for a child (or adult) to put his/her money and phone in.  The zip is even inserted in the hoop.

Very quick and easy to make.  Perfect for craft markets, gifts etc.

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 the highest quality in the market.

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

 

Great instructions with photos

 

 

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Today’s  24 hour discount code is ‘kanga50’

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how to download our designs

 

 
All of our designs come in a digital format.

After your purchase a design you will receive two emails.

The first email is just to confirm the purchase and the second email will contain a link to your digital files. ( check your junk folder if the second email doesn’t arrive )

You can also log into your registered account on our website where you will be able to view and download all your purchased designs.

Its a good idea to save all your Sweet Pea design files into a special folder all of its own. This will help make it easier for you to locate the files in the future.

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:Sweet Pea’s January ‘in the hoop’ machine embroidery sew-a-long

Our January sew-a-long has started

The aim of our sew-a-long is to provide a happy friendly place where we can all come together as a group and stitch out the same Sweet Pea design. This way we can support each other either by answering questions or sharing our finished work.

For the beginner it is a great way to learn more about ‘in the hoop’ machine embroidery and for the more experienced its a fantastic way to get new ideas.

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Sew-a-long dates

The sew-a-long will run for 2 weeks…from January 14th to January 28th (Australian time).

To join this sew-a-long we ask that you agree to stitch out the design within the 2 week time frame, and post a photo of your Sweet Pea Frangipani Heart mugrug in the Sweet Pea January Sew -a-long Facebook group),

NOT share the discount code nor file with ANYONE,

if you know someone who wants to join please send them here to join us https://www.facebook.com/groups/1800568673525992/

The design is usually $5 AUD and with a $2 AUD discount this sew-a-long will cost $3 AUD.

Your sew along code is: heart

Please enter the code at checkout.( if you have trouble inserting the code please see information at end of the blog.)

The file is an instant download from the website.

We are here and happy to help, please ask us any questions.

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Great Instructions

All of our ‘in the hoop’ machine embroidery designs come with great instructions ( in Word and PDF formats).

We take a lots of photos at every step for you to follow along with .

Instructional Video on YouTube

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click here to watch video

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Great Prizes

We will be judging the best photos

To be eligible your Frangipani Mugrug  must have no additions to the design or have any parts of the design omitted. You may add embroidered names or initials. You may also leave the ribbon tab ( for hanging) off your mugrug if you want.

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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Frangipani Heart mugrug 5×7 6×10 8×12 in the hoop machine embroidery design

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This is a pretty appliqued mugrug  for the 5×7, 6×10 and 8×12 hoops.

The mugrug requires only one hooping and it is completely finished requiring only a few centimetres of hand sewing to close where the mugrug is turned out the right way.

It is quick and easy to sew making them perfect for craft market stalls, gifts or Valentines day.

Full photo instructions and directions are included with your purchase.

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

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

Instructions are in German and English

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How to download our digital files

machine embroidery design download

click here to read more instructions on downloading

All of our designs come in a digital format.

After your purchase a design you will receive two emails.

The first email is just to confirm the purchase and the second email will contain a link to your digital files. ( check your junk folder if the second email doesn’t arrive )

You can also log into your registered account on our website where you will be able to view and download all your purchased designs.

Its a good idea to save all your Sweet Pea design files into a special folder all of its own. This will help make it easier for you to locate the files in the future.

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Using the discount code

Some people have trouble finding the correct place to insert the discount code

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January Sew-a-Long Countdown Clock

 

https://w2.countingdownto.com/1660445

Welcome to our January sew-a-long. It will start on January 14th
( Australia Time) and finish January 28th.

The sew-a-long design will be a new release and wont be revealed until Jan 14th.

It will have a discount code which will be posted in this group on Jan 14th

I will be adding a pinned post to this page on Jan 14th explaining all the rules and prize list.

Please invite all your machine embroidery friends, the more the merrier

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Sneak Peak

JOIN NOW!!

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Sweet Pea Koala Adventures- photo competiton

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New Koala design

Cute stuffed toy koala in the hoop 6×10 machine embroidery design.  There is a girl version and a boy version included.
They are very quick and easy to make.  They requires three hoopings (body, arms and legs and the ears) and are perfect for craft markets, gifts etc.
Full photo instructions are provided.
 It is our intention to offer you the best service always and for our designs to be the highest quality in the market.
 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

 

machine embroidery designs koala competition

http://swpea.com/products/jason-and-kylie-the-koalas-stuffed-toy-ith-in-the-hoop-6×10-machine-embroidery-design

 

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Our new Aussie mascots are two cute koalas called Kylie and Jason. Like any grown up Aussie son or daughter these two young Aussies are ready to leave the family fold and go out and see the whole wide world.

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New Photo Competition

 

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machine embroidery designs koala competition

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After you lodge your entry you will receive a confirmation email from us

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to enter competition click images above or this link https://gleam.io/hnbYR/sweet-pea-koala-adventures

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Competition starts 9am January 10th ( Australian time)

9th January 2017 — 3:00PM 23rd January 2017 (Pacific Time (US & Canada))

and there is a winner announced in the photo gallery every 2 weeks.

The winner will receive a free Sweet Pea design of their choice

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Fairy Pocket Bag made in the hoop machine embroidery

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This is a design for an amazing bag with pockets on the front where three little fairies live. The fairies are all made in the hoop.

There are three different size designs included for the bag and also for the fairies – 5×7, 6×10 and 8×12.

All the panels of the bag are made in the hoop and then the borders and lining are added with your sewing machine.

Full photo instructions are included for the bag and the embroidery.

Finished sizes:

5×7 = 39cm wide x  23cm high (16″ x 9″)

6×10 = 48cm wide x 31cm high (19″x 12″)

8×12 – 57cm wide x 35cm high (23″x 14″)

Your bag will be admired by everyone!! 

 

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Fairy pocket bag 5×7 6×10 and 8×12 in the hoop machine embroidery design

 

 

 

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Boxing Day in Australia

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what on earth is boxing day?

Typically in Australia Boxing day is the recovery day after Christmas, the day that Aussies pull out their lilos/ banana lounges and lay back and watch the Cricket Test Match on the television.

Christmas in Australia is in our Summer and the day itself is usually hot.

Christmas is a bit of a contradiction for us Aussies as we see Christmas around us in the World depicted as snow and cosy cold weather. Even our Christmas greeting cards have pictures of snow flakes and Winter scenes on them.

 

Most Aussies never will  see snow in their lifetime so it is quite strange. Even Christmas trees have tinsel wrapped around them, I presume this is to represent snow. We have a saying here in Australia ” you wouldn’t have a snowflakes chance in hell”.. well that saying could be applied in our Great Southern HOT Land. A snowflake on our Christmas tree would last a micro second.

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It is true the we in Australia are still influenced today by our Colonial beginnings and our Motherland. We still have most of our traditions from England even down to our HOT Christmas Roast dinner which really does not make any sense in our hot climate.

Still, we persist with sweat rolling down our faces as we bake our Christmas hams in hot kitchens with all the plastic utensils melting around us.

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So with every fan and air conditioner turned on we soldier on in our quest for a Traditional Christmas. By the time for our Christmas dinner we are usually so hot that we have lost our appetite  BUT we eat, and eat , and eat

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This is where Boxing Day is important

it is the day where Mothers ( after cleaning up from the day before ) can finally put their feet up and eat a slice of Christmas cake in peace. The males typically will retire to a room with a television and congratulate themselves on yet another well executed Christmas day.

The children will play with any of their Christmas presents that haven’t been broken from the ruckus of the previous day and any pets will come out of their hiding places glad to see ‘normality’ has returned to their world.

History of Boxing Day

 Boxing day is a holiday celebrated the day after Christmas Day

It originated in the United Kingdom, and is celebrated in a number of countries that previously belonged to the British Empire, including New Zealand and Canada.\ Boxing Day is on 26 December. It is a public holiday.

MODERN DAY -In Australia, New Zealand and South Africa Test Cricket matches are played on Boxing Day.

In Australia, the first day of the Boxing Day Cricket test match is in Melbourne. It is also the start of the famous Sydney to Hobart yacht race.

DAYS GONE PAST -In Britain, it was a customary for tradesmen to collect their Christmas present  which was  a  “Christmas box” of money or presents on the first weekday after Christmas as thanks for their good service to their employer.

An even older British tradition was that the wealthy would expect their wait staff to be working on Christmas day and then they  would be ‘rewarded’  with a box full of leftovers, gifts and Christmas bonuses.

 

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Merry Christmas everyone and here’s looking to a bright and happy 2017

 

 

 

 

 

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12 days of Christmas  discount codes –NOW FINISHED 

on the Twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me

12 Drummers Drumming

11 Pipers Piping

10 Lords a-Leaping

9 Ladies Dancing

8 Maids a-Milking

7 Swans a-swimming

6 Geese a-Laying

Five Gold Rings

Four Calling Birds
Three French Hens
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

machine embroidery design nutcracker

Nutcracker table runner

This is a beautiful wall hanging or table runner with a Nutcracker applique that is sewn in the 5×7, 6×10 or 7×12 hoop.  All sizes are included in your purchase

The table runner requires 4 hoopings as there are four different blocks included  The panels are then joined together and the backing and binding are added using a sewing machine.

The finished runners dimensions are:

5×7 – 52cm x 17cm (21″ x 7″)

6×10 – 64cm x 26cm (25.5″ x 10″)

7×12 – 72cm x 30cm (29″ x 12″)

Full photo instructions and directions are included with your purchase.

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

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

 

 

 50% DISCOUNT CODE FOR THIS DESIGN IS   xmas12

This code is only available for 24 hours and it is only for the above design

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