About Me

Spag Eddy in the Oven

Hello!

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My name is Lanita. No, of course that isn’t really picture of me! His name is Spag-Eddy the sock monster (spaghetti because of the hair and he is a chef, get it?) and he is just one of my many crazy creations!

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I’m just a girl who likes to collect fabric and yarn, sew, stitch, embroider, crochet, knit, and craft as a hobby. These are some of the things that give me immense pleasure and relaxation when I am not working.

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On this blog I will share some of my thought’s, trials and tribulations, problems and solutions regarding my different sewing and crafting projects.

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My blog will be very informal and is intended for an audience of ages 1-100 so everyone can join in the fun! Please if you have a question don’t hesitate to ask. And if you know an answer to someone else’s question they have posted please don’t hesitate to answer it. But above all else, please have fun here!

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I hope you enjoy reading my blog as much as I enjoy sharing it with you!

. PS P.S. I like Burda Style as much as the next person.

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  1. I LOVE your snoopy embroidery. I am going to be a new Grandma in the fall and I wonder where you found the patterns? I really want to make a snoopy baby quilt or some bibs but I have not found any patterns for the actual snoopy part? Can you share where you have found these?

    • Sure! Some of the designs came from my original Brother Snoopy embroidery machine, and some are from a series of memory cards Brother made for their embroidery machines years ago and both have long since been retired and no longer available from Brother or dealers but can sometimes still be found on ebay if you have the proper equipment to read it.

      Most of mine however are from the Dakota Collectible collection and are very recent from the last 2 or 3 years and those are still available from many sources.

      Here are a few to get you started looking: Peanuts 1

    • Hehe, those were awhile ago, but I just made up the patterns for all of my ninjas by using the tiny bear pattern from this book: http://amzn.to/1MJDAxq and the ninja pattern from this book: http://amzn.to/1Pu6ZJF

      If you would like to make something similar, studying those two patterns should allow you to duplicate what I did, or to make something similar on your own.

      Good luck! They sure were a lot of fun to create!

  2. Hello Lanita, I love you Indiana Jones patches. My new to be 13 yr old
    nephew is really into Indy. I can’t seem to find and patches for the hat
    and bag I have purchased for him. Do you sell you patches?
    I’ve searched the web over, and by far you are the best!

    Waiting to hear from you
    thanks
    Connie

  3. Hi Lanita,

    I am going to attempt to make a sleeper for my baby. How many yards of fabric should I purchase? Also, what fabric is usually used for the trim on the neck and sleeves? Where can I get a pattern?
    Any help is appreciated! Thank you

  4. Jennifer,
    It takes about 1/2 yard of fabric to make the sleepers that I make. That is for a size 0 to 3 months. I prefer to make sleepers out of knit fabric, but I have seen ones made from flannel as well. The neck binding and cuffs are made from knit ribbing. As far as patterns go, I would check the Kwik-Sew brand for a pattern.

  5. Lanita I have a question, but first let me say I love your name! Lanita, beautiful.
    My question is…I have a Brother Disney ULT 2003 embroidery machine. I purchases new years ago and have rarely used it. I have lost my card reader and need to know what version or brand or ??? do I need so I can save designs from a cd or my computer to a card. This machine has the floppy drive and card slot.

    Thanks for any advice you can give me.
    Tina

    • For professional digitizing yes I do still recommend the Bernina software over the others. It still offers more precise control over almost everything than the others do.

      Brother’s new PE-DESIGN NEXT software is coming along nicely in what it can do and is very nice for beginners. It now offers more advanced features than the previous versions did and will let you do many more things with it.

      Brother also now offers a Mac native resizing, lettering and simplistic editing software called MacBroidery which is simple, but fun to use. Although it isn’t nearly as advanced or feature packed as the others, it is a step in the right direction.

  6. Lanita, I have scoured the internet and researched my heart out about machine embroidery & m.e. software. I learned more from your blog than two weeks of everything else combined. My four year old dd is obsessed with all things Disney and I”m desperately trying to figure out the best machine to get. I most definitely do not want to spend over $1000 on a machine and really like the Brother brand (sewing & serger are “brothers” lol) but it seems to get a good one it is out of my price range! In your opinion what is a good starter embroidery machine? (especially if someone basically wants to embroider their kid’s clothing & concentrate on allot of disney characters?) thanks so much for your help! Corey p.s. this is the first blog post I think I have ever posted to!!

    • There is no “Best” embroidery machine or embroidery software! The best for you certainly may be the best for me or the best for your mother or sister. All of the machines have their own features and nuances that either “Click” with you or they don’t.

      Me personally I am not a fan of Pfaff’s or Bernina’s but I know people that just adore theirs for one particular thing it does really well or another. They just don’t work the way I do. I like the Brothers because they click with me and work the way I like to work. But I also like Janome’s and Husqvarna Viking’s a lot. If I was a big quilter I would probably have gotten a Viking instead, because at the time I made my purchase they had more quilting features than my Brother’s have.

      All of the machines in the lower end of the price ranges have a few things in common. Lower stitching speed which means it takes longer to embroider the design. They also will usually have no larger than a 4 inch by 4 inch stitching field size. Which of course means only smaller designs or designs stitched in smaller pieces or chunks will be possible.

      Beyond that they all pretty much work the same way and do pretty much the same things. They just aren’t built to exacting standards and aren’t meant to last forever. And the big thing for most people, they have fewer features.

      I started out with a much less expensive machine and worked my way up to what I have today over time. Since you live in the US, I would go to Target or Walmart and pick up one of their under $500 embroidery machine models and get started with that and see where it takes you!

      Good luck with your future endeavors!

    • As I general rule I don’t sell my creations. I just make them for my family and friends. However if you are looking for something in particular I am certainly willing to entertain offers.

  7. Great blog- I’m learning! Mom let me borrow her Brother PE-150. I never embroidered before but want to put school logo on my sons’ things. It is in .art50 format which I think is Bernina. Can that be converted to use with Brother? Thanks so much!

    • Thanks for the comment. My extension table is just a home made one even though I have seen a number of commercial ones available for sale. Good Luck!

  8. Hi Lanita,

    I’ve been crocheting for a while but only recently getting into amigurumi. I LOVE the look of the 3 eyed monster you made, and I was wondering if you would share where you found the pattern? I’ve been searching but have yet to come up with anything.

  9. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!! I have owned an embrodery machine for many years (Janome 350E)
    and have not used it to its potential or money’s worth. I appreciate the info on digitizing which was very clear for a rock like me to understand. I will definitely continue to follow your blog! Thanks again!
    Oneida

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