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holly jolly christmas: day 5

Congratulations to our day 4 winner, Julie!

As a brand ambassador for HUSQVARNA VIKING® this year, I’ve had the opportunity to dip my toes in machine embroidery, which is something I’ve always been curious about and wanted to learn how to do. Those of you who have watched the process unfold know that I started out slowly, just learning the basics and experimenting with fabric and stabilizer combinations. Then, for a project in July I became more familiar with the software I have, PREMIER+ 2 EXTRA Embroidery Software, and made a fun, 4th of July inspired apron. With that software, I was able to select the design I wanted, resize it, duplicate it, and create exactly what I wanted. Then, it was as easy as exporting the file onto a USB and uploading it to my machine and letting the machine do the rest.

Having the right tools and equipment for the job makes such a difference, and software is part of that. So the first item in today’s giveaway is the PREMIER+™ EXTRA Embroidery Software, the very software I have and love. And you will too! In addition to the software, today’s winner will also be getting an assortment of thread, stabilizer, and hoops from HUSQVARNA VIKING®– so you’ll be more than ready to hit the ground running on your embroidery projects.

July’s project:

Now that I’m a little more familiar with the software and more comfortable with embroidery in general, it’s time to bring some of my ideas to life. I’ve known since the day I made the dress in this fabric that I wanted a matching jacket to go with it – and now I have it. I will dedicate a post to this jacket next week to really get into the nitty gritty of how I did this, but what I’ll say for now is that it couldn’t have been done without the software. I had more fun with this project than I could possibly explain. This was the best, most challenging, inspiring thing I’ve made all year.

With a big embroidery project finally under my belt, I’m ready to have another crack at it. Bring on all the embroidery!

I used McCall’s 7549 to make this jacket, and just like all the other McCall Pattern Company Patterns I use, I love it. All but one of the garments I made for this giveaway event were made with McCall’s patterns, because they’re the best out there. I’ve been a fan of McCall’s Patterns for as long as I’ve been sewing, and I’m absolutely delighted that they’ve joined us for today’s giveaway with five patterns of the winner’s choice and a year’s subscription to Vogue Patterns Magazine. Vogue Patterns is one of those magazines you never throw away – there’s too much valuable information in each issue. Mine are carefully cataloged and stored so I can easily reference things later.

And, if that wasn’t enough, today’s winner will also receive a $50 gift card to JOANN. Pretty much, Day 5 couldn’t get any better in terms of the giveaway – so much great stuff!

The winner of Day 5 will receive:

  • PREMIER+™ EXTRA Embroidery Software,
  • an assortment of hoops, thread, and stabilizer,
  • five patterns of your choice from the McCall Pattern Company,
  • a one-year subscription to Vogue Patterns Magazine, 
  • and a $50 gift card to JOANN.

Good luck, and remember to come back tomorrow for our big finale giveaway!