We spent the earlier part of this week showing at the VDTA/SDTA Show in Las Vegas.  I have to admit I was a little “star” struck.  We got to see and meet with so many celebrities from the sewing and embroidery world.  And better yet, they really seemed to like our product.

I’d like to thank Steve Wilson from Anita Goodesign for being so gracious and allowing me to stitch out his Nutcracker’s for demonstration of The Thread Director.  (See tips on my “Nutcracker” post, dated February 5th and see my second one pictured below)

In the next few days, we will post a list of events where you can see The Thread Director demonstrated.  Please check it out, stop by and say hi and bring your projects so we can get photos and share here on-line.

Nutcracker 1

Nutcracker 1

Queen Gee


I’ve spent this week preparing for the Vacuum and Sewing Dealer’s Trade Association show (that’s a mouthful).

Since I will be demonstrating The Thread Director and how well it works with all specialty threads, I decided to tackle the granddaddy of all designs, Anita Goodesign’s “The Nutcrackers”.  My first nutcracker turned out beautiful.  Actually, my only nutcracker turned out beautiful.  I have eleven more to go.

I used every metallic thread in my arsenal.  Here are some tips when stitching these out.  For Madeira, Sulky and WonderFil metallic threads, use a 90/14 Topstitch needle and don’t forget to lower the tension on your machine.  When using the Madeira Supertwist (that’s the thread that looks frosted) use a 100/16 Topstitch needle and perhaps a few drops of Sewer’s Aid.

There are a lot of stitches in these designs so use fabric with a little heft to it.  Per the design instructions, I backed my fabric with Ultra-Weft Fusible Interfacing and hooped a piece of mesh stabilizer.  Sometimes it’s called No Show Mesh or Soft ‘n Sheer Extra depending on the manufacturer.  As a topper, I used a heat-away stabilizer so the thread lays on top of the fabric instead of imbedded in the fabric.  Let me know what you think!

Nutcracker 2

Nutcracker 2