Win 25% discount coupon -Sweet Pea Machine Embroidery ‘in the hoop’ Designs

Sweet Pea Machine Embroidery Designs

Join our Facebook Group to participate in our 2016 Fall Competition. To enter this competition you must be a member of our group and post your photo (of a Sweet Pea design you have made) in the facebook group.

Click Facebook Symbol to be taken to our group page…

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You could win yourself a 25% discount coupon off  your next Sweet Pea designs order.

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Examples of some designs that some of our facebook members have made…..any of these would be fantastic for the Fall / Autumn Season

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1376828489304731/

For your photo to qualify,

1. the project must be fully completed from one of Sweet Pea Designs OR

2. The project can be a combination of our designs as long as you specify which ones you have used,

3. the entry(photo) the must be titled “FALL COMPETITION” ( or similar) and posted on our facebook group page.

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Win 25% discount coupon -Sweet Pea Machine Embroidery ‘in the hoop’ Designs

2016 Fall Competition

Join our Facebook Group to participate in our 2016 Fall Competition. To enter this competition you must be a member of our group and post your photo (of a Sweet Pea design you have made) in the facebook group.

Click Facebook Symbol to be taken to our group page…

facebook symbol

You could win yourself a 25% discount coupon off  your next Sweet Pea designs order.

blue gift with bow

Examples of some designs that some of our facebook members have made…..any of these would be fantastic for the Fall / Autumn Season

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1376828489304731/

For your photo to qualify,

1. the project must be fully completed from one of Sweet Pea Designs OR

2. The project can be a combination of our designs as long as you specify which ones you have used,

3. the entry(photo) the must be titled “FALL COMPETITION” ( or similar) and posted on our facebook group page.

4. it doesn’t have to be a specifically a design out of our ‘ Fall collection ‘ but it should represent Fall from any of our Sweet pea designs

5 competition is drawn September 30th ( Australian time)

6. By entering the competition you are giving us permission to post your ‘finished project’ photo on the Sweet pea website, newsletter and blog page.

7. The winning entry will be the one that has complied with the above rules and is what we judge to be the best representation of the Fall / Autumn Season ( ‘styling’ your project in a Fall themed setting)

8. The winner will receive a 25% discount coupon off your next Sweet Pea order.

GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN 

For more ideas check out our awesome machine embroidery designs at

http://swpea.com/

The Pros and Cons of Buying a Used Embroidery Machine

 

Trying to look for the perfect machine to fit in with your creative needs?  A used machine could be the perfect option to create unique complicated and simple designs.  The pros can sometimes outweigh the cons of a used machine especially when saving you money.  But it is also crucial to consider the cons of a used machine and use the knowledge you’ve learnt to find the perfect machine to cater to your embroidery needs.

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PRO #1 ..Saving Money

Pros to buying a used machine would be the money you could be saving yourself in the beginning and in the future. On average a buyer can save up to 30% on a machine if they look down many different avenues including professional agents, private sellers and companies.  The benefit of using an authorised agent is they can give assistance and assurance the machine will suit your needs.  Private sellers can sell these used machines for a small percentage of money compared a new machine. However it is important to consider the quality of the machine when purchasing.

PRO #2 ..Included software and accessories

Many used machines come with loaded software from previous owners which can allow you to load designs from the internet and many more features.  The previous owner will sometimes be able to provide accessories such as stabilizers, hoops, design software, fee, and embroidery thread.

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PRO # 3 .. Warranty and Maintenance

Another pro to used machines is that many come with warranties that will still be in place for a few years which negates the risk of the machine breaking down in the near future. However used machines do require a lot of maintenance and you need to be willing to take good care of your machine. With good maintenance a used machine can be kept in good condition for many years to come. However it’s important that the previous user took good care of the machine.  Before buying make sure the machine is in good condition and works well with no glitches. This can be a con when buying a used machine; the previous user could have taken no care when using the machine resulting in a poorly running machine.

CON #1 ..New Machines include Training and Support

If you are new to machine embroidery it is important to consider the support, training and start-up kits that are provided with new machines. A con to buying a used machine is that training and support may be an extra cost. With a new machine you can start fresh with brand new technology and systems guiding you on a successful embroidery pathway. When buying a used machine consider buying a newer model including this technology and support to help you when you first buy the machine.

CON #2 .. Scarcity of Older Parts

A con to older used machines is the scarcity of older parts making it hard to find the parts needed to repair your machine.  Research each brand and the availability of older parts and whether these are still available before purchasing an older machine.

 

CON # 3 ..Hidden Costs

Lastly a con to buying a used machine can be the hidden and additional costs that can outweigh the savings of the initial purchase. Some used machines may need to be repaired sooner than expected or more often considering the age of the machine. A con to buying from a private seller is the increase in the chance the machine will be broken or in faulty condition resulting in payments for repairs or even worse a different machine.

In conclusion consider the best option for yourself as an individual. If you’re new to embroidery or you have money to spare and you’re willing to buy a brand new machine in good quality condition with the latest technology go ahead. However there are many pros to buying a used machine, not only will you save yourself a lot of money you may also be provided with previously downloaded programs which can sometimes cost a lot of money to buy yourself.  Used machines can come with many accessories to save you further time and money. Also considering if you maintain your machine to a high standard or find a machine with a current warranty you can avoid any risk associated with a used machine. Don’t be afraid when buying a used machine consider the cons and avoid any of these issues and you will be able to find the perfect machine for you.

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Free design

Now that you have your embroidery machine why not try our free LEARN how to do In The Hoop Flower Purse  . It is made in the 4×4 hoop .This design comes with very detailed instructions and will teach you how to do in the hoop.

http://swpea.com/products/learn-how-to-do-in-the-hoop-free-flower-purse-4×4

 

 

 

Gnomes made in the hoop,machine embroidery design

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Peter and Poppy the Sweet Pea Gnomes

Peter and Poppy are a pair of gorgeous stuffed toy dolls sewn ITH in the hoop machine embroidery design.  It comes in three sizes 5×7, 6×10 and 8×12 which are all included in your purchase. Poppy has received a new hairdo makeover to make her easier to ‘turn out’.

They are very quick and easy to make.  They require one hooping and they 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.

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

SVG and FCM files are included for the Silhouette and Scan N Cut machines.

Instructions are provided in English and German.

Peter and Poppy the Gnome stuffed doll ITH in the hoop

Sweet Pea’s adorable Gnome bag

Gnome bag 5×7 6×10 7×12 9×12 in the hoop machine embroidery designs

Matching Gnome Quilt

Gnome quilt 5×7 6×10 7×12 in the hoop machine embroidery design

Fall Bags aren’t Black….versatile machine embroidery designs.

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Sweet Pea’s ” Owl Shoulder Bag” design

Say goodbye to your closet of boring black bags… with our range of exciting machine embroidery designs you are bound to have a much brighter Fall/Autumn season.

Nothing can lift an outfit more than a carefully coordinated handbag. Fall is the perfect season to reinvent your own signature style.

#1: Metallic Bags

Gorgeous metallic fabrics  used in combination with our “Geometric Tote” design mimic the wonderful tonal changes in Fall leaves

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Sweet Pea’s ” Geometric Tote Bag” design

The beautiful quilting is once again highlighted perfectly by using Metallic fabrics. This is our “Quilted Diamonds” bag  .

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Sweet Pea’s “Quilted Diamonds” design

The “Quilted Diamonds” design is a trendy convertible bag design ITH in the hoop machine embroidery design.

The design comes in three sizes, for the 5×7, 6×10 and 7×12 hoops.  Requires six hoopings and some sewing on your sewing machine. The bag is completely lined and finished beautifully.

 Finished sizes:
 5×7= 39cm wide x 23cm high (16″x 9″)
6×10=48cm wide x 31cm high (19″x 12″)
7×12 – 54cm wide x 35cm high (22″x 14″)

#2 : Floral Inspired Bags

Just because the trees are now devoid of their colorful flowers is doesn’t mean we cant use Floral fabrics in our bags. The colors we use in our fabrics are now a more muted , subtle version of their previous bright Spring time palette.

This is our ” How Does Your Garden Grow ” design. The paisleys and gorgeous russet tones bring a pop of color.

 

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Sweet Pea’s ” How Does Your Garden Grow?” tote bag

This ‘How Does Your Garden Grow” design is a fabulous tote bag made ITH (in the hoop) machine embroidery design.

The design comes in one size for the 5×7 hoop.  Requires eight hoopings and some sewing on your sewing machine. The bag is completely lined and finished beautifully.  There are two different blocks with a beautiful applique design.  The quilting is done in the hoop.  Finished size:  5×7= 52cm wide x 28cm high x 10cm deep (21″x 11″x4″)

and in monochromatic colors……
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Sweet Pea’s ” How Does Your Garden Grow” totebag

#3: using nature as your guide….

what could be easier than using Nature’s color palette to help you choose your fabrics for your new machine embroidery bag.

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Sweet Pea’s “Geometric”totebag

 

#4: The Tote bag..perfect for carrying sweaters and scarves.

Fall.. the season of the “off and on”. Sweaters, scarves they are such a necessity  to keep us warm but what to do with them when we are too warm. Tote bags are perfect for a quick shove in and pull out of our Fall accessories.

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Sweet Pea’s  “Sampler” Tote Bag

 

#5: Easy to Carry Clutches

Complete your Fall look with an elegant Sweet Pea Clutch .From chic daytime options to embellished evening styles ..

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Sweet Pea’s “Hobo ” Clutch design
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Sweet Pea’s ” Hobo” Clutch design

The Hobo Clutch  has beautiful embroidery on the flap.  This design is an  ITH in the hoop machine embroidery design.The design comes in five sizes – the 5×7, 6×10, 7×12 and the 9×12  hoops.   The bag is completely lined and finished beautifully in the hoop.

Finished sizes are:

5×7 – 12cm x 17cm

6×10 – 15cm x 25cm

7×12 – 17cm x 29cm

9×12 – 22cm x 29cm

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Sweet Pea’s ” Mosaic Flap Shoulder Bag” design

This is a stunning shoulder bag with a mosaic tile applique on the flap.  This design is an  ITH in the hoop machine embroidery design.

The design comes in five sizes – the 5×7, 6×10, 7×12, 9×12 and the 8×8 hoops.   The bag is completely lined and finished beautifully in the hoop.

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all the above bags have been made by our talented customers.

Please click on the photos to be taken directly to the design on our webpage.

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Sweet Pea Fall Table Runners

for more Fall ‘in the hoop’ machine embroidery ideas please check out our previous blog  ……

“Home Fall  Decor made easy with ‘in the hoop’ designs”

When thinking about home decor for the Fall Season there are many items that can be made easily and quickly. Table Runners, Table centerpieces, Place mats, Pot Holders, Pillows , Cushions and quilts. The list is only  as long as your imagination.

Imagine a cozy Living Room stacked with pillows in warm, inviting Autumn colors. A warming meal being served at a table set with a matching table runner and place mats. Curling up on the couch after a satisfying meal with a soft, warm quilt.

https://swpea.wordpress.com/2016/08/15/getting-your-home-ready-for-fall-tips-for-choosing-fall-colors/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Determining Fabric requirements : PART 1 ‘Blocks’

 

blog quiltmaking quilts is such an individual thing, there are so many variables. It’s therefore impossible for us to give total fabric requirements in our designs.

The easiest way for you to calculate the fabric needed is to first decide how big the quilt should be. This in itself varies between quilt makers as everyone wants the quilts to hang at different lengths over their beds etc

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After you have worked out how big the finished quilt is to be, you need to work out how many of the  blocks you will need. This will be determined by the hoop size you use to make your project ( our designs come in varying hoop sizes to give flexibility and to cater for individuals machine capacity). The finished block ends up measuring about 1/2″ smaller than the hoop size eg 5×7 Hoop = 4 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ finished.

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Hoops :

our designs come in many different hoop sizes   http://swpea.com/pages/hoop-sizes

 

We give the fabric requirements for the blocks in the instructions, so after you work out how many finished blocks you need for the quilt you just have to multiply the number of  blocks by the amount of ‘background’ fabric stated in the instructions.

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Sweet Pea Fairy Silhouette Quilt Blocks

 Applique pieces

We don’t usually give the exact fabric requirements for applique pieces. These pieces of fabric are usually small so it is a great way to use up your scraps.

 

 

Quilts and Quilting in the hoop http://swpea.com/collections/quilts-and-quilting-in-the-hoop

 

Coming Soon….

Fabric requirements : Part 2  ‘Borders’

Fabric requirements : Part 3  ‘Backing and Binding’

 

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Getting your home ready for Fall… tips for choosing Fall Colors

Choosing Colors….

there is no better a Season to decorate than Fall. Choosing colors is so easy as Nature provides all the clues.

Fall is the beginning of cooler weather and we start thinking about making our homes cozier. One again Nature helps with the Autumn tones of the leaves on the trees. These bronze and red hues are warming in themselves and are perfect colors for making our homes appear warm and welcoming.

Colors and furniture …..

These beautiful Fall colors are perfectly matched to timber furniture. They bring out the warmth and solidness of the timber making the furniture itself come alive.

Nothing looks more welcoming than coming in the front door on a cool day and seeing a beautifully placed table runner on a hall table or similar piece of furniture.

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Sweet Pea ” Freeform ” table runner design in beautiful Fall Colors

Home ‘Fall ” Decor made easy with ‘in the hoop’ designs….

When thinking about home decor for the Fall Season there are many items that can be made easily and quickly. Table Runners, Table centerpieces, Place mats, Pot Holders, Pillows , Cushions and quilts. The list is only as long as your imagination.

Imagine a cozy Living Room stacked with pillows in warm, inviting Autumn colors. A warming meal being served at a table set with a matching table runner and place mats. Curling up on the couch after a satisfying meal with a soft ,warm quilt.

 

Quick and easy home decor….

One of the wonderful things about ‘in the hoop’ machine embroidery is that it is relatively quick and easy to make items perfect for your home decor needs.

The blocks are all appliqued and embroidered and quilted in the hoop and then we give you instructions on how to sew them them together.

Beautiful Autumn Colors…. (as sewn by some of our clever customers )

These beautiful examples of Fall Colors are all made with Sweet Pea “Fall Leaves Quilt Block and Table Runner ” design http://swpea.com/products/fall-leaves-quilt-block-and-table-runner-4×4-5×5-6×6-or-7×7-hoop

 

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Check out our Fall / Autumn design collection……

Fall / Autumn Season Collection http://swpea.com/collections/fall-autumn-season-2

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