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Monday, March 11, 2013

SewCalGal's Favorite Notions at IHAN for Machine Embroidery

SewCalGal is delighted to be a guest blogger today at IHAN.  Over the years, Kelly has given me so many wonderful product recommendations,  that I've grown to trust her advice very much.  I also enjoy asking her frequently that "I don't know exactly what I'm looking for, but I'd like a product to do X....keep me in mind if you find anything".  And, love what she finds for me.  Like my own personal shopper.

As IHAN is hosting a Machine Embroidery Blog Hop next week, I thought I'd take time today to talk about some of my favorite Machine Embroidery Notions.  You may not have an embroidery machine, but many of these notions work well with regular quilting, free-motion quilting, threadplay and more.  I actually started doing machine embroidery many years ago, before I had a computerized embroidery machine.  Now a days, that form of stitching tends to be called Threadplay.

Famore Micro Fine Tweezers 3 1/2 in. A must have tool for quilting, sewing, embroidery enthusiasts as it easily picks up the finest thread. Makes it easy to rip out, including heavy dense stitching of machine embroidery.  But, when you'll also find you'll want an extra pair for you personal tweezing.  Absolutely wonderful tweezers that you just don't find at big box or quiltng stores. Well worth every penny!  Did I say Must Have?
Famore Micro Fine Tweezers 3 1/2 in.-
 Wonder Clips - 50 Count  Wonderful new tool for quilters that helps in a variety of ways.  Perfect for holding down your binding, but also very helpful when doing a machine embroidery project that hangs over your  hoop. These clips help to pin clip your project to secure it from getting caught under the hoop and ripping out stitching!
Wonder Clips - 10 Count-
Famore Titanium Ergo Spring Action Snips  These snips have become my favorite.  They are lightweight, sharp and great for cutting threads (and small fabric cuts).  I keep them close by my machine.  Definitely thinking I need another pair.  Love them!
Famore Titanium Ergo Spring Action Snips-

Floriani has a wonderful line of products for sewing, quilting and machine embroidery enthusiasts.    Great selection of threads and stablizers.  One of my absolute favorite toppers for machine embroidery on projects with texture (e.g. bath towels) is using Floriani Heat and Gone.  
MistyfuseMisty Fuse is a great product for anyone doing applique'.  Kelly introduced me to Misty Fuse and I've found it is also an excellent adhesive when doing machine embroidery applique', especially when the machine embroidery design has a lot of stitching. 
IHAN also has a collection of wonderful Machine Embroidery Designs and other notions perfect for those that enjoy machine embroidery, quilting, sewing, mixed-media arts, etc..


Schedule for this blog hop that will share tips, tutorials, inspiration and oodles of giveaways:

Mon., March 18th 

Kelly - I Have A Notion
Tues, March 19th

Cindy - Sew Cindy
Trish -
Wed., March 20th

Marjorie's Quilting Bee
Margaret - The Average Quilter
Thurs., March 21st

Rebecca Grace - Cheeky Cognoscenti
Fri., March 22nd

Gene Black - Alabama Artist

Don't forget IHAN is still in business.  Patience is definitely needed, as orders may take a wee bit longer to ship, but your business is still appreciated.  And, you'll still get Kelly's great Customer Service.

The odds are high that if you are reading this post you also enjoy purchasing items from IHAN and would recommend IHAN to other Quilters.  Still, SewCalGal is curious what is  your favorite product at IHAN that you'd recommend to others?


  1. I love the wonder clips. I used a couple of them as "extra hands" when I was working on a garment. They stay right by my machine so I can grab them without slowing down.

  2. uhhh I wish I could have know and joined the blog hop..... I'm getting a NEW (to me) 6 needle embroidery machine friday! squeal... can't wait

  3. I love my snips and keep them by my machine, too!

  4. Loved all of your recommendations....
    Kelly is the best!

  5. I really love the Floriani sticky stabilizer..makes doing those thick towels sooooo much easier!


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