Applique Cafe Christmas List!

Just a quick post to share with you all the things we offer at Applique Cafe that should¬†be on your Christmas list! ūüôā

  1. GIFT CERTIFICATES!! We sell them in $10 increments and they can be printed and mailed to you or to your mom/friend/cousin/neighbor. If time is of the essence, I can also fill in the info and email it to you to print!

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2) Monogram Wizard Plus!! I’ve sold 2 this week, so a couple of people are¬†getting new font software for Christmas! There is an actual installation CD for MWP which is shipped to you. I usually mail same day, so it will arrive in your mailbox within 2-3 days (we ship USPS Priority Mail). If you are new to embroidery and are frustrated with the fonts that came on your machine, or with merging letters together, then check out MWP! It’s a GREAT investment for your embroidery business. Below is an example of your screen and it’s super easy to use!

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Look at all the possibilities! It comes with all of the font options you see below, plus you can add to your font collection with a few clicks at the Needleheads store.

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3) Needleheads Store Gift Cards!! You bought or already have Monogram Wizard Plus, and you want to add to your font collection? We sell $25 Needleheads gift cards for $19.99, so you’re saving $5.01 off the bat! Needleheads often runs sales and specials too, so you can save more by using our gift card on top of their sale! We have physical gift cards we can mail you, OR, most people just want the code to get the discount (which we can email to you). Needleheads gift cards are redeemed at the Needleheads Online Store.

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4) Sew What-Pro Embroidery Software!! SWP is a top seller at Applique Cafe month after month. Not only is it super affordable ($65), it’s easy to use and honestly I couldn’t survive without it! I use it for merging (adding a name to an applique design), minor editing (deleting a part of a design) and for the most part, just to SEE the applique design I’m working on. It shows me the size I’m working on, each step in the process and I can play around with colors (thread) to help me choose my fabrics!

Here are a couple of workspace examples, and I just updated my SWP last night so the screen now looks a smidge different! By the way… the names you see are done in Monogram Wizard Plus, then merged in to Sew What-Pro!

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5) Durkee Cap Frame!! OK so we don’t sell cap frames, but if you saw my recent post on the “new” Durkee Cap Frame, then you might want to add it to your list too! Check out my blog post from earlier this week to learn all about it – HERE. If hats are on your product list, then consider investing in a DCF to make life easier! ūüôā They have frames that are compatible with multi AND single needle machines!

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6) Mighty Hoops!! Again, not something we sell here at Applique Cafe, but again, check out my recent blog post on the super easy magnetic Mighty Hoops! The hoops can be used alone, or with a fixture to help with centering and easy hooping. Check out that blog post HERE. Below is the 6.5″ square Mighty Hoop and Fixture, and I’m giving it a workout this week monogramming towels!

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And here is my 7.25″ square Mighty Hoop that I use without a fixture! It’s great for items like bibs and bags that are a little harder to hoop.

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7) Applique Cafe Christmas & Holiday Designs!! Lastly….. all of our Christmas & Holiday designs are 40% off, so if you are still working on Christmas shirts, towels or even winter (this category includes snowmen, ice skates, mittens and other winter designs), then they are on SALE!

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Durkee Cap Frame

OK Y’all…. Christmas is right around the corner, and I have another neat embroidery machine gadget that you might want to add to your Christmas list! It’s the Durkee Cap Frame which is compatible with a variety of multi and single needle embroidery machines. Durkee has cap frames that work with Brother/Babylock 6 & 10 needle machines, Happy 360 machines, Janome MB4 machines, Tajima 360 machines as well as a single needle machine cap frame insert option. Check out THIS LINK for more information on which machines are covered, and also check out the videos on the same link for multi needle and single needle cap frames. I’m going to show you some photos, but if you want to see these hoops in action, check out the 2 videos.

Here are a couple of¬†Durkee photos of the cap frames available. The Durkee multi needle cap frames are like your other hoops and attach to your machine as a hoop would. The sewing field for multi needle cap frames are 5″ wide X 4 1/2″ tall, which is quite a bit larger than the Brother cap frame and driver set which is 5″ wide x 2 1/2″ tall. The single needle cap frame is a 5×7 insert for your 5×7 hoop and the sewing field is 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″.

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I have the Brother PR650 and here are my photos of a hat I did yesterday using the Durkee Cap Frame. All you need is sticky stabilizer, and I used a few straight pins. I use commercial sticky stabilizer from Sewingmachine.com, but any sticky will do. Someone recommended Filmoplast Sticky Backing by Gunold, but I have not tried it yet. I would love feedback if any of you have used it!

I cut a piece of sticky to cover the back of the cap frame. Peel the paper side off of course and stick it to the back of the frame.

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On your hat, you need to either fold the lining of the cap back to keep it out of the way, or I pinned it to the bill of the cap to keep it out of the way so I could get the hat on the frame.

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Next you unscrew the wingnuts¬†enough to get the bill of the hat under the clamp and once in place and straight, you tighten those screws so the bill and the hat is secure. As you can see below, it’s super easy to center the hat using the center seam of the hat and the center hole of the clamp. I also placed a couple of straight pins on the hat to secure it to the sticky stabilizer. You will need to measure the space you have on the front of the hat, format your monogram to fit that space, and I made a mark (which you can’t see) of where I want the monogram to be centered. For this hat, my monogram ended up being 3.05″ tall X 3.04″ wide. Again, you have 5″ width and 4 1/2″ height to work with using this frame.

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The Durkee Cap Frame fits on my machine just as my biggest hoop would. With all secondary frames (non-Brother frames or hoops), you should always check your borders to make sure your needle is not going to hit any part of the frame. Your machine thinks you have your largest hoop on the machine, so it doesn’t know it only has limited space. Check your boundaries or borders to make sure your monogram will fit! It should, unless you didn’t hoop the hat correctly.

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I chose a hot pink Monogram Wizard Plus “Master Circle” monogram on my orange hat. One benefit of this cap frame is that it holds the bill flat and in place for you. I used to¬†do hats using fast frames and use chip clips to keep them flat and in place. With the Durkee cap frame, the hat is definitely secure.

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The finished hat…. Now I loosen the wingnuts to pull the hat out of the frame and pull the hat from the sticky stabilizer.

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Here is the sticky stabilizer which remains on the hoop. You can actually leave this stabilizer on the frame and just “cover the hole” with a smaller piece of new stabilizer to do your next hat. You could re-use the sticky for 8-10 hats.

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My finished hat!! I’m a big fan of hot pink and orange!

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Some other things to note:

*You can also use this cap frame to monogram or embroider the back of a hat!

*It’s a fraction of the cost of traditional cap hooping systems ~ $195 (regular $229.50) with Free Shipping using code “NF”. $195 seems like a lot, but if hats are something you do or plan to do a lot of, it’s well worth the initial investment for something that makes your job so much easier and faster! Do 30 or so hats and you’ve paid for it!

*Click HERE to purchase for your multi needle machine, and HERE for single needle machines! Compatible machines are listed on each link.

Please comment or email me at rosemarygulledge@appliquecafe.com if you have any questions! You can also check out the Durkee Embroidery website for more information and to purchase.

Basic Blanks

Hello readers! It has been a while since I last posted! School started. Soccer started. Homework started. Did I mention that school and soccer started? And homework? It has been a busy few weeks settling back in to school and homework X 3. The first couple of weeks were ROUGH, but I think we are settling in and getting in to a good routine. All 3 of my kids play soccer also, so that’s another story. Oh, and now Football Season has started. I feel like we JUST watched football like a month ago (from last season) and now it’s on my TV again. Happy Fall!¬†

So….. I have posted in the past about hats (just search “HATS”). I have also posted about blanks and have a nifty list on my blog – look under LINKS. I wanted to elaborate on some¬†basic blanks that I’ve come to love. When I say basic, I mean hats, visors, Comfort Colors t-shirts, pigment dyed stuff, etc. The hats below are Adams Brand and can be found at Apparel N Bags. These are “pigment dyed” which is super popular right now. I have posted these hats before this summer and these designs are from Applique Cafe of course (Anchor Patch & Mini Dog).

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Another item I just got and LOVE – see below! This is a Comfort Colors long sleeved t-shirt from Apparel N Bags also. The color is Neon Red Orange, and when I first got it I had no idea what I was going to do with it. I dug through my fabric bins and honestly didn’t have ANY neon fabric to match for an applique. So… I decided to go with a classic monogram. This is Monogram Wizard Plus “Master Circle”, which is my GO-TO monogram font for like everything under the sun for girls. After much debate on thread colors, I went with Isacord #4240 which is a pretty blue color. My monogram is 4.88″ X 4.96″ so kind of big. This is a YXS sized shirt, and believe me, the color is NEON! I love the colors together and am happy with the way it turned out!

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These pictures don’t really reflect how bright the shirt color is, but it’s a great color!

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This is my sweet precious daughter, and this is what she wears like every day after school. Nike shorts are a staple, and any t-shirt she can find. Doesn’t have to match! Another reason I will be ordering some of the CC l/s tees is for her! At least I can monogram the shirt and it may look a little cuter?!? Maybe I should match ALL of her Nike shorts?

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A few more pics!

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What do you think? Check out Apparel N Bags for other cool “BASIC BLANKS”!! They sell everything from duffle bags to t-shirts to infant blanks!

Have you visited Applique Cafe recently?? If so, you may have noticed our “Digitzer’s Pick” on our home page! We now have like 800+ designs on our website! So…. we thought it might be a great idea to showcase some of our older designs so you don’t forget about them! ¬†Our PICK right now is actually a design from last year I think, but it was too cute not to *pick*!! Click HERE¬†to check out our Joy 4 design! The way it works is that we will randomly pick a design to showcase and feature it on our home page. We might leave it up there for a week, or it may be 3 days. I didn’t want to set a schedule (like a design of the week) because we all know how busy everyone is and how forgetful I am and I wanted to be able to change it out when I have time and feel like it! We hope you enjoy our PICKS! p.s. I am working on a cute graphic to feature the chosen designs on for my website! For now you get my Pic Monkey graphics.

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Have a great rest-of-the-weekend!!