Sue O’Very is a machine emroidery genius. We have long admired her in the hoop embroidery designs and have been educated and entertained by her effervescent instructional videos for years. She works on projects ranging from stand alone embroidery designs to applique, simple zippies to intricate sewing room accessories & jewelry.
We love her style and we are completely enamored with her latest in the hoop projects featuring her brand new Aurifil thread collection!
Sue’s debut Aurifil thread collection is The Sewing Gnome. It features a gorgeous range of bright colors and handy neutrals in Sue’s go-to 50wt. It is a wonderful starter set for anyone who thought machien embroidery couldn’t be done with 100% Cotton thread! Sue is ready to prove you wrong and change the way you think about machine embroidery!
THREAD COLLECTION DETAILS
The Sewing Gnome
100% Aurifil Cotton, 12 Large Spools, 50wt (1422yds/spool)
1231 – 1148 – 2250 – 2120 – 2105 – 1104
4020 – 2540 – 2024 – 2620 – 1318 – 2692
Sue has introduced three super fab new in the hoop patterns — a tape measure cover, a scissors case, and a mushroom home pin cushion. Check out the lookbook here (or click on the image below) and then head to Sue’s website to grab the free patterns, along with links to Sue’s signature videos and some handy tips. (pro tip: don’t miss the awesome little embroidered Aurifil spools!)
What first drew you to to the world of sewing and quilting?
When I was very young my father told me his mother was a fashion designer in the 40’s in NYC. I began sewing at around 5, made all my own clothing in High School, went to college for fashion design and have been in the sewing industry my entire career.
Who or what has been your greatest creative inspiration?
My greatest inspiration is my daughter Heidi. It was because of her I started my business and now that she is older she helps me create things, choose colors, design and she is my best brainstorming companion.
When did you first discover Aurifil threads and what do you love most about them?
First time I was introduced to the Aurifil thread was at a quilt shop where my friend was a manager at. She showed me how she used the thread to stitch one of my Enchanted Paris designs. I bought a bunch of colors and fell in love. It was so nice to have thread which could be used to sew and embroider with.
How did you go about selecting colors for The Sewing Gnome and what excites you most about releasing the collection to the world?
Color is a very personal thing but for me I love bright, happy and cheerful colors. Most all my fabric and projects are made with fuchsia, teal and lime green. My logo even has those colors. The Sewing Gnome needed some good basics, black, white, red, because it just fit perfect with lady bugs. Next was adding those fun bright colors, orange, purple, yellow. The Sewing Gnome collection will fit into any sewing room.
Can you tell us about the projects that you created, that we can see featured in the e-booklet?
There are three machine embroidery In the Hoop projects. In the hoop is a term used which means the projects are created entirely inside the embroidery hoop. I began with the Lady Bug tape measure cover. I have always wanted one and this was the perfect time to create it. The Mushroom Sewing Studio was an obvious choice for our Sewing Gnome and of course every sewist needs a scissor case.
Do you have any tips for working with Aurifil 50wt for machine embroidery?
Absolutely!! My first tip would be to use an upright vertical thread stand. I prefer a metal one or some machines have them on the back of the machine. When stitching at such high speeds the thread works best when gliding off the top of the spool. Second tip would be to use a Universal sewing needle size 80/12. For some reason, this just worked the best. I know it might sound silly but it works.
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Nearly done stitching the ITH Mushroom 🍄 pin cushion ❤️ using @aurifilthread 50wt Cotton Thread from my #thesewinggnome thread box. Using a @schmetzneedles 80/12 Universal needle. Works like a charm. . . . #sueoverydesigns @babylocksewing #babylock ##schmetzneedles #threadmatters #suetweet #suefb #suelink
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Loving the @aurifilthread on my new In the Hoop collection #thesewinggnome – big launch date…this Saturday ❤️🍄🌷🌼 join mailing list to get first alerts…did I mention these will be absolutely FREE!! Using @schmetzneedles Universal 80/12 needle and 50wt Cotton Aurifil Thread ❤️ . . #schmetzneedles #aurifilthread #threadmatters #inthehoop #ith #machineembroidery #suetweet
To enter-to-win in our fabulous giveaway, click here to head to the Rafflecopter entry page, or simply click on the image above.
FIRST PRIZE – Sue’s The Sewing Gnome thread collection + a $50 Gift Card to Sue’s Shop
SECOND PRIZE – a $25 Gift Card to Sue’s Shop
THIRD PRIZE – a $10 Gift Card to Sue’s Shop
You do not have to complete all the options to be entered but the more options you choose, the more entries you have! Entries will be accepted from now through 11:59pm Eastern Time on Friday, December 15! Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on Saturday, December 16. Good luck!
Sue is an artist, pattern and embroidery designer. Her background in costume and fashion design shines through when creating a new collection. Sue loves to bring fast, fun and adorable projects to her friends and sharing tips and tricks along the way. She is full of sewing knowledge and a few jokes too. You will always find Sue with a mechanical pencil and sketchpad.
** Images, biographical text and interview text by Sue O’Very