Friday, December 20, 2013

MY DOWNLOADS

 Downloading your files cannot get any easier than this! No need to wait around for slow emails that may never show up in your inbox or that may get lost in spam. After payment, log into your account and visit the MY DOWNLOADS tab to have instant and easy access to all of your purchases. You have 999 days before the links expire and you may download the files up to 10 times (just in case!!).


 Let's get started with the step-by-step. 

First, log into your account.


You may visit your MY ACCOUNTS page any time to update your information and view your complete order history. 

The quickest way to access your downloads is to select the MY DOWNLOADS tab in the header.


When you get to your MY DOWNLOADS page, you'll see all of your purchases lined up.

Select the NAME OF THE FILE. 


Once selected, a window will open asking you to do something. You want to SAVE FILE and press OK.

Don't forget to check the destination of where your file is going!


And that's it! Your file is now on your computer and ready for you to unzip and transfer to your embroidery machine.

Enjoy!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

November CAW Winner

Announcing our winner from our November Customer Appreciation Week..
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Debora S.
Here are the official results:



There were 92 lines on the entry form. Line one was omitted since it was just the heading (93 total entries). With the range from 2-93, random.org selected #86. 
Congrats Debora! Please check your email as I'll need to know where to send this wonderful bundle of fabric!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Customer Appreciation Week - November 2013

Welcome to our eighth CAW! 

The first week of each month will feature a new designs and freebies.  We just added a simple football applique to our free section on our website!

http://www.originalstitches.com/applique-designs/boys/american-football-p-511.html

Don't forget to like our Facebook page to stay up-to-date on all of our new releases and freebies! This month's facebook freebie is a Football Turkey Applique!

https://www.facebook.com/OriginalStitches/app_137541772984354


 Here is WHY I'm doing CAW!  I have loved to draw since I was a little girl and I was the one to always show up at Grandma's house with a handful of pictures. I appreciate this opportunity to create files for you to use with your little ones or your home business. Being able to stay at home with my children is a blessing and I would like to give you a little something in return!

Now, on to why you are here, THE GIVEAWAY! 

Red and Green Chevron and Dot Christmas Fat Quarter Bundle - 7 fat quarters


This fat quarter bundle was purchased from Half Stitched. My order was emailed quickly and I even had a little refund from some combined shipping! Yeah!

Each fat quarter measures 18" x 21"

 

To enter, fill out this form:

CLOSED - Winner announced (soon)


Friday, October 4, 2013

October CAW Winner

Announcing our winner from our October Customer Appreciation Week..
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Shirley C.
Here are the official results:

There were 42 lines on the entry form. Line one was omitted since it was just the heading (41 total entries). With the range from 2-42, random.org selected #39. 
Congrats Shirley! Please check your email as I'll need to know where to send this wonderful bundle of fabric!
I do not yet have a preview for November's fabric bundle. Yikes! I need to go fabric shopping....for realz this time.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Customer Appreciation Week - October 2013

CLOSED

Welcome to our eighth CAW! 
The first week of each month will feature a new designs and freebies.  Don't forget to like our Facebook page to stay up-to-date on all of our new releases and freebies! 

 Here is WHY I'm doing CAW!  I have loved to draw since I was a little girl and I was the one to always show up at Grandma's house with a handful of pictures. I appreciate this opportunity to create files for you to use with your little ones or your home business. Being able to stay at home with my children is a blessing and I would like to give you a little something in return!

Now, on to why you are here, THE GIVEAWAY! 

I know I usually have a beautiful bundle of fabric available for you to win, but this month I didn't have the time to narrow down what I wanted to get. Too many choices!

Instead I have a gift certificate for our website!


 Winner posted here.



Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Recycling is a great thing.

 I love making these verses for you. I really do!

What a great thing, to be able to spread God's love and grace through something so simple as an embroidered item.

As with all of my designs, I try test out each and every one myself.

This newest verse is a big one. 
6x10 hoop big. 

Too big for a towel....

....and I didn't have any large shirts for my older kids on hand.....

 .....so what to do......?

Thrift store!

Don't be shy now, I found a simple frame at a local thrift store for only $1.50.

Of course it was white.

And I meant to paint it black......


........but I guess I couldn't really tell what color I grabbed in our poorly lit garage.


Oh well. Brown works too!


I took out the plexiglass and taped the design on. 


And stuck it right back in.

How simple was that?


To download your free copy of this embroidery file, please visit our WEBSITE.

Friday, September 6, 2013

September CAW Winner

Announcing our winner from our September Customer Appreciation Week..
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Staci B.

Here are the official results:



There were 62 lines on the entry form. Line one was omitted since it was just the heading (61 total entries). With the range from 2-62, random.org selected #44. 
Congrats Staci! Please check your email as I'll need to know where to send this wonderful bundle of fabric!
I do not yet have a preview for October's fabric bundle. Yikes! I need to go fabric shopping.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Customer Appreciation Week - September 2013

Welcome to our seventh CAW! 
The first week of each month will feature a new designs and freebies.  Don't forget to like our Facebook page to stay up-to-date on all of our new releases and freebies! 

 Here is WHY I'm doing CAW!  I have loved to draw since I was a little girl and I was the one to always show up at Grandma's house with a handful of pictures. I appreciate this opportunity to create files for you to use with your little ones or your home business. Being able to stay at home with my children is a blessing and I would like to give you a little something in return!

Now, on to why you are here, THE GIVEAWAY! Each customer appreciation week will also feature a giveaway sponsored by yours truly, Original Stitches. 

I purchased this month's selection from TJ's Fabrics.  




This bundle contains eight 1/4 yard cuts of fun of Riley Blake Hipster

The bundle was shipped promptly and everything was nicely packaged. 

Excellent service!
 



 To enter to win, please fill out this form according to the instructions.

Entry form is CLOSED! Winner announced here.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Lovin' My Original Artist

 My little man had another birthday this summer. 

I went waaaaay complicated a few years ago.


His next shirt was much simpler, except I wasn't paying attention and stitched the back to the front! Talk about pulling out stitches late into the night trying to finish up for his "un-birthday" party at school.


This year he drew what he wanted.


I think we matched it pretty well!



He also wanted a dinosaur cake. I used this template from Kraft. With the leftover cake pieces, I made a few cake pops!



I used this wonderful chocolate cake recipe (just adding in 1/2 tsp of espresso powder to really bring out that chocolate flavor - you can't taste it all!) and I topped it with this easy chocolate frosting recipe. Chocolate overload but sooooo tasty!



Designed by the birthday boy, this "Monster Allosaurus" applique is now available at http://www.originalstitches.com/applique-designs/animals/monster-allosaurus-p-479.html!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

My Baby Love: July 2013 Business Spotlight

Welcome to our BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT
This week's guest is Lauren of My Baby Love.
Please read on as Lauren tells us a little bit about herself, her business, and her inspiration.
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  • Tell us a little about yourself.
Hi! My name is Lauren. I am a stay at home mom to a 3 year old boy and am currently expecting another little one. I work part time from home sewing and monogramming. 

  • How long have you been sewing & embroidering? 
 My grandmother taught me how to sew 20 years ago and it has been my passion ever since! I got my first embroidery machine 4 years ago and my business took off soon after. 
  • What is your favorite item to make? 
 My favorite items to make are pregnancy announcement shirts and outfits for newborns to wear home from the hospital because it's such an exciting time!

  • Do you have a shop? Name? Location/website/s? 
 My business is called My Baby Love. My website is www.mybabyloveonline.com and I'm also on etsy at http://www.etsy.com/people/MyBabyLoveOnline. My facebook page is www.facebook.com/mybabyloveonline. My items can also be found on Zulily and Groopdealz every now and then.
  • Bestselling item?
 I sell mostly appliqued shirts, but also make pants, dresses, shorts, hair clips, bib, burp cloths and others. 
  • In all of your years of embroidering, what is the best tip you've heard and would like to pass on? 
 In my years of embroidering, I have learned that you can never learn enough. There will always be new techniques and new products and there is always more to learn.
You can use the code FREESHIPMBL for free shipping on all orders next week. Thank you for reading!
 

Saturday, July 6, 2013

CAW July Winner

Announcing our winner from our July Customer Appreciation Week..
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Julie M.

Here are the official results:

There were 172 lines on the entry form. Line one was omitted since it was just the heading (171 total entries). With the range from 2-172, random.org selected #35. 
Congrats Julie! Please check your email as I'll need to know where to send this wonderful bundle of fabric!
Here is a preview of next month's for August Customer Appreciation Week!

I love this one!
You ladies are getting so much nice fabric! I need to start keeping some of these for myself.....don't you think?

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Customer Appreciation Week - July 2013

Welcome to our sixth CAW! The first week of each month will feature a new free verse that will be posted for download on our website (released on Friday) and a new free design for facebook fans (released on Saturday - but with a twist this month).  Don't forget to like our Facebook page to stay up-to-date on all of our new releases and freebies! 

 Here is WHY I'm doing CAW!  I have loved to draw since I was a little girl and was the one to always show up at Grandma's house with a handful of pictures. I appreciate this opportunity to create files for you to use with your little ones or your home business. Being able to stay at home with my children is a blessing and I would like to give you a little something in return!

Now, on to why you are here, THE GIVEAWAY! Each customer appreciation week will also feature a giveaway sponsored by yours truly, Original Stitches. 

I purchased this month's selection from TJ's Fabrics.  



This bundle contains six 1/4 yard cuts of fun 4th of July fabrics

The bundle was shipped promptly and everything was nicely packaged. 

Excellent service!
 



 To enter to win, please fill out this form according to the instructions.


Winner announced HERE!

Thank you and please check back next month!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

CAW June Winner

Announcing our winner from our June Customer Appreciation Week..
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Migdalia R.

Here are the official results:
There were 139 lines on the entry form. Line one was omitted since it was just the heading. With the range from 2-139, random.org selected #135. 
Congrats Migdalia! Please check your email as I'll need to know where to send this wonderful bundle of fabric!
Here is a preview of next month's for July Customer Appreciation Week!
They are all sold out (as of the time posting) so it you missed this bundle in shop, July will be your chance to win it!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Customer Appreciation Week - June 2013


Welcome to our fifth CAW! The first week of each month will feature a new free design for facebook fans (released on Thursday) and a new free verse that will be posted for download on our website (released on Friday).  Don't forget to like our Facebook page to stay up-to-date on all of our new releases and freebies! 

 Here is WHY I'm doing CAW!  I have loved to draw since I was a little girl and was the one to always show up at Grandma's house with a handful of pictures. I appreciate this opportunity to create files for you to use with your little ones or your home business. Being able to stay at home with my children is a blessing and I would like to give you a little something in return!

Now, on to why you are here, THE GIVEAWAY! Each customer appreciation week will also feature a giveaway sponsored by yours truly, Original Stitches. 

I purchased this month's selection from Fresh Stash on Etsy.  



This bundle contains ten 1/4 yard cuts of Pindots from RJR Fabrics. 

The bundle was shipped promptly and everything was nicely packaged.


These have worked wonderfully for our rainbow birthday numbers.


Check out our facebook page to download our June Facebook Fan Freebie!
Rainbow Heart





Saturday, May 4, 2013

CAW May Winner!

Announcing our winner from our May Customer Appreciation Week.....
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Kris R. 

Here are the official results: 



 There were 82 lines on the entry form. Line one was omitted since it was just the heading. With the range from 2-82, random.org selected #45. 

Congrats Kris! Please check your email as I'll need to know where to send this wonderful bundle of fabric!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Customer Appreciation Week - May 2013

Wow! I can't believe it's May already! These past few months have flown by. Let's get back into the giveaways!

Here is WHY I'm doing CAW!  I have loved to draw since I was a little girl and was the one to always show up at Grandma's house with a handful of pictures. I appreciate this opportunity to create files for you to use with your little ones or your home business. Being able to stay at home with my children is a blessing and I would like to give you a little something in return!

Welcome to our fourth CAW! The first week of each month will feature a new free design (coming on Thursday) and a new free (almost) verse Jesus Loves Me (Plain). Please head on over to the website to download the all of our freebies! Don't forget to like our Facebook page to stay up-to-date on all of our new releases and freebies!

The reason we are taking a break from the verses stems from a recent stitchout. I made two "Jesus Loves Me" applique shirts for my sister-in-law who visited this last month. I LOVE that applique. However, they took a loooooooong time to trim and then stitch. 



So this month, I am releasing THREE new "Jesus Loves Me" embroidery designs.


 This first design is available on our website as a FREE download. It's simple and could be used for either gender. The bars are the last step so you can keep them or leave them off! I think this would look great with different shades of the same color! I hope you all get a lot of use out of this one.

 Now, on to why you are here, THE GIVEAWAY! Each customer appreciation week will also feature a giveaway sponsor by yours truly, Original Stitches. 


Right now, I have this lovely fabric Riley Blake Medium Dots bundle sitting here just waiting to be mailed out! I have bought a few of these fabric bundles from Hoot Couture on Etsy. I loved my experience purchasing through them. They were quick to ship and there were a few extra scrap pieces hidden in the package. I even used one of those scraps for the mini dots on the Jesus Love Me shirt stitched in the above photos.



 Winner posted here!





Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Baby Love Customs: April 2013 Business Spotlight

Welcome to our BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

This week's guest is Elizabeth of Baby Love Customs.
Please read on as Elizabeth tells us a little bit about herself, her business, and her inspiration.
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  • Tell us a little about yourself.
I am currently a work at home mom to 3 boys, Judge-3, Zavier-18 months, and Sidney-4 months.
  • How long have you been sewing?
"All American Boy" from A Stitch For You
My grandmother first taught me to sew when I was 8 years old. I have been sewing off and on ever since then (16 years!), but never really tried to teach myself anything new. One of my New Year Resolutions this year is to learn more advanced sewing skills. I hope to eventually start making clothes for myself and to sell in my boutique.
  • How did you get started using an embroidery machine?
I first became interested in embroidery when a close friend of mine offered to make a few personalized items while I was pregnant with my middle son in the summer of 2011. Her mom had a machine at the time, little did we know, we would spend countless hours at her mom’s house in front of the machine. It quickly became an obsession, haha! About 2 months later, I finally convinced my husband to let me buy my first embroidery machine.

Star & Swirls from Embroidery Boutique
  • What is your favorite item to make?
Right now, my favorite items to embroider are shirts and baby gifts, especially for little girls! Since I have a house full of boys, I really love being able to make cute, girly items. I’ve always told my husband that we would be in trouble if we ever had a girl, lol.




  • Do you have a shop? Name? Location/website/s?
In October of 2011, Baby Love Customs was born. I started selling on Etsy (www.babylovecustoms.etsy.com) then expanded to Facebook early in 2012 (www.facebook.com/babylovecustoms). As of March 2013, I have launched my first website (www.babylovecustoms.com). I love seeing new, adorable designs from all the awesome digitizers out there, and not too long ago wanted to try my hand at it as well. I love having the ability to now create my own unique designs.
  • Bestselling item?
I offer custom shirts and onesies for every occasion, baby gift sets and diaper bags/tote bags of all kind. Holiday shirts are always big sellers.



  • In all of your years of embroidering, what is the best tip you've heard and would like to pass on?
The best pieces of advice I can give anyone about applique and embroidery is to never be afraid to try something new, and ask questions!
  • Closing words of wisdom.
I am part of several online groups for applique (my favorite being Applique This & That Too on Facebook), they are large groups of  people always willing and able to answer questions and give inspiration and encouragement.
I would like to offer readers a coupon good for 10% off any order placed through www.babylovecustoms.com using code OS10, valid through April 30, 2013.
Applique from Planet Applique
Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of this!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Centering an "off-center" design

 You have a design that you want to stitch but it takes up the whole field of your embroidery hoop and if you centered it traditionally, it would look off-center.

Have you been there?

All of the sudden you finish and you pull your item off the hoop and realize.........oops, it looks off-centered!


Here's an easy way to make sure your designs are always centered and it really only involves one (or two or three) extra step(s). If you have software, print off a 1:1 ratio template of your design. If you don't have software, go download WilcomTruesizer (FREE software to view and print and change file formats) and print off a 1:1 ratio template.




 You will also need your garment, hoop, and grid.



 Go ahead and add centering marks to your garment.

 

If I went ahead a stitched out this design based on centering the hoop on the garment, this would be the placement of the design. Technically centered but it also looks off-centered. 


Instead, I want the #1 to be centered. I use the centering marks on my garment to center the #1.

Like so.



I mark new spots to line up my design. You can use the grid on your template if you lay it on top. My template has nice little holes just for marking. Does yours?


Now put your grid in your hoop and line everything back up as you hoop. As you can see, the hoop is not centered anymore......
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but the design will stitch out looking more centered!