The Sewing Gnome by Sue O’Very


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!

The Sewing Gnome
100% Aurifil Cotton, 12 Large Spools, 50wt (1422yds/spool)
Colors included:
1231 – 1148 – 2250 – 2120 – 2105 – 1104
4020 – 2540 – 2024 – 2620 – 1318 – 2692

To view this info on our website, click here. For purchasing, please contact your local Aurifil Dealer.

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.


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


  1. I tried in the hoop embroidery a few times and I’m still learning. I have a 4×4 hope size so my designs are limited but my mom and I did dish towels last Christmas.

  2. Yes, I’ve made several in-the-hoop projects with my Viking Ruby embroidery machine! I’ve purchased several of Sue’s designs and they are among the best out there! I’d love to sew with her Aurifil collection of threads!

  3. I have tried in the hoop sewing projects. One was a zippered pouch and was easy to do. They are lots of fun to stitch!

  4. No, I have never tried in the hoop embroidery. I am currently learning to embroider by hand. Thanks for this wonderful giveaway. I love Aurifil thread.

  5. Love doing ith Embroidery. I’ve never used cotton thread in my embroidery. Glad to know it works out well.

  6. Yes! My old Bernina has embroidery components and software… now outdated but still beautiful!!
    Thank you!

  7. I have tried in the hoop embroidery in a local quilt shop class. They had us using their top of the line Baby Locks and later everyone wished they could purchase a new machine.

  8. I have not had the benefit to try ITH yet but I did take an embroidery class that discussed it and explained how it’s done… would love to try it… love the gnome…

  9. Have tried in the hoop embroidery and have even created one or two ITH designs in my software. Still a l-o-n-g way to go to reach Sue’s level though! Just love machine embroidery.

  10. I have tried hooped machine embroidery a long time ago. We used our regular machines with a darning foot. I would love to buy one of the new machines with embroidery modules.

  11. I haven’t tried machine embroidery in a hoop, but I want to do this! Thanks for this awesome chance to win!

  12. Your designs are so cute! I love these bright colors and look forward to trying machine embroidery!

  13. Beautiful designs and colors! The only machine embroidery I’ve done is minimal – using my sewing machines special stitches. Some day, maybe I’ll have a machine that has a hoop!

  14. I have never tried in the hoop embroidery. Sue’s projects are so gorgeous though, I may have to try!

  15. I recently upgraded from my 4×4 embroidery field to a 5×7 and am excited about the new possibilities for in the hoop projects. I love your gnome projects and am going to check out your other designs! Thank you for the free designs!

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