How to Embroider on a Tee

Hey Everyone… It’s all about embroidery here at j stern designs this week.  I’m working on Tee Shirts for the Seniors on the East Catholic Volleyball Team.  Abby’s graduating along with 9 other girls… That’s a lot of embroidery 🙂  I decided this was an excellent opportunity to show you how I embroider.  In today’s video tutorial I’ll talk about how to stabilize knit fabric,  get it in the hoop, get the hoop under the presser foot and protect the surface of the fabric while embroidering.  After the embroidery is complete, I’ll show you how to get the hoop off the machine and remove the stabilizer.

The overall design of this tee is made of two different embroideries on the back and one on the front.  If you’re working on multiple shirts with the same design, I have found that it’s easier and more efficient to embroider the first design on all the shirts before moving to the second design (instead of finishing each tee individually).  In the next video tutorial, I’ll show you how to perfectly position the second embroidery to complete the back of the Tee.

…and speaking of embroidery, the Bernina 200e that I have for sale is still available.  It comes with everything you need to start embroidering the moment you get it out of the box… plus 25 extra presser feet!  If anyone is interested please email me at    🙂

I’m selling my Bernina Artista 200e

Hi Everyone,

Hope everyone is enjoyed their weekend.  Today, I wanted to share with you that I’m selling one of my sewing/embroidery machines.   This Bernina 200e is one of the machines that I inherited from a good friend who passed away a few years ago.  At the time, it was my intention to keep all of his sewing equipment, fabrics and supplies because they reminded me of all our sewing adventures.    But, as time went by, I realized that some of my new collection was sitting unused.   I found good homes for some of the things I was not using, gifting them to friends who would love and use them.

This  Bernina 200e includes everything it comes with (except the original boxes) plus many extra specialty presser feet, accessories, embroidery cards and the rolling suitcase.    I originally listed it on Ebay for 1999.  I realized that the fees for using Ebay are $200.  So, I’m lowering the price to $1800 with free shipping.  I also have had this machine professional serviced.  It is in perfect working order and ready to go.   If you’re interested in this machine or if you have questions, please email me (   See photos and a list of extra feet and accessories below.



The Instruction Book.  Here is also a Bernina Sewing Machine Owner’s Manual that’s printed and in a three-ring binder and other extra instruction material on CDs

Specialty Accessory Feet:  (Bernina Guide to Presser Feet, Accessories and Attachments, Volumes 1 and 2.  These valuable guides show you how to use accessories for various sewing and decorative techniques)  #6 Embroidery Foot, #10 Edge Stitching Foot, #11 Cordonnet Foot, #16 Gathering Foot, #20 Open Toe Embroidery Foot, #21 Braiding Foot, #22 Cording Foot, #23 Mini Piping Foot, #25Corded Applique Foot, #31 5 Groove Pintuck Foot, #32 7 Groove Pintuck Foot, #35 Invisible Zipper Foot, #37 Patchwork Foot, #38 Piping Foot, #69 4 mm Rolled & Shell Hemmer Foot, #70 4 mm Lap Seam Foot, #71 8 mm Lap Seam Foot, #82 Eyelet Embroidery Set, #83 Circular Embroidery Attachment, Walking Foot, Straight Stitch Plate

Other Extra Accessories:  Rolling Suitcase for machine, embroidery unit and accessory cases, Set of three magnifying glasses that attach to front of the machine, Mega Hoop with clips, Bernina 200e Owner Manual in a 3-ring binder, Bernina Embroidery CDs  #779 At Home, #774 Whimsical Kingdom, #768  True Friends, 3 AnitaGoodesigns Christmas Embroidery Design CDs,



fullsizerender6Here are photos of the three embroidery hoops that come with the machine, plus the Mega Hoop (which is brand new)

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In addition to the Rolling Suitcase, there is an extra accessory box to keep all of the extra specialty presser feet organized.




How to Adjust the Easy Fit and Sew Yoga Pant Pattern for Maternity

Hi Everyone,   Yay, the first of my new pattern collection is off to my wonderful pattern testers.  If you’re one of the ladies who graciously offered to test the yoga pants… Thank you so much, I really appreciate it that you’re taking the time to go through the instructions and make a pair.   One of my testers is going to have a baby… so I want to show her how to adjust the front rise to make them into a super comfy pair of maternity yoga pants 🙂   It’s a little bit different than adjusting the rise on a traditional two piece pattern because there isn’t a side seam.    I will be debuting this pattern  at the American Sewing Expo in Novi Michigan at the end of the month… so if you’re attending, come visit me in my booth 🙂

How to Fold Fabric in the Round for a Blind Hem

Hey Everyone, I’m up to my eyeballs in grading my new pattern collection.   Here’s a peek at a sleeve 🙂   I’ve learned some exciting new techniques to make the process more efficient and accurate!


I’m taking a mini break from grading to share a follow up video to the tutorial I uploaded on Sunday showing how to use the Blind Hem Foot on the Serger.   Here’s an easy way to fold up the edge of a pant leg for a blind hem.  Let me know if you have questions.  Thanks Jen

Baby Lock Ovation Serger Manual: How to Use the Blind Hem Foot

Hey Everyone… Taking a break from working on my new patterns to share another Serger Tip.  I want to thank everyone who has been sending me emails about my YouTube Channel.  I feel very special that you would take the time to email me a nice comment or question!  Today’s video is in response to a couple of ladies who wanted me to do some tutorials on accessory feet for the Ovation.  I do not own very many accessory feet, but I do have the blind hem foot, and  I love it!

The blind hem foot has a guide on the right side of the foot…  When you position the fold in the fabric along the guide, the needle catches the edge of the fold as you serge.  The challenge is to grab enough of the fold to hold the hem in place, but not so much that it makes big stitches on the right side of the fabric….This takes practice!   Please let me know if you need help with this technique.  Once you get the hang of it, it’s a huge time saver.


How to Shorten the Back Hem of a High/Low Dress and Finish the Edge with a 3-Thread Rolled Hem

highlowhemcoverHey Eveyrone,  Happy Sunday.  I’m so happy to share this video tutorial with you because I also get to check something off my Mommy To Do List.  I’ve been meaning to hem Anna’s dress.  It’s a cute sundress with a very dramatic high/low hem… a little too low in the back.    Then, I decided to finish the hem with a 3-Thread Rolled Hem… So I could show Kyle how to start and finish in the round 🙂  Enjoy!  (I’m off to float in the pool)

How to Shorten Jeans While Keeping Original Hem – Part 2 (Finishing and Reducing Bulk)

Hey Everyone,   Happy HOT Wednesday 🙂   I’m so happy that I shot Part 2 of the Shorten Jeans Tutorial last week!  Today I want to show you a neat way to reduce the bulky extra length on the inside of the jean leg.  I’m using a 3-Thread Wide to finish graded edges.   Plus there is a neat little tip to create a start/stop point on the edge of the denim.  Let me know if you have questions.  Jen

How to Shorten Jeans While Keeping the Original Hem

Hey Everyone,  Happy Sunday!   I normally don’t post new videos on the weekends, but it was a long crazy week and I didn’t have time till today.  First off, I want to apologize for all the weird typos in my blog posts.   My website had a huge problem (something connected with my husband’s webiste… it’s very romantic that they are linked).  Anyway, when he “restored” it back to it’s full glory, I noticed that I have a lot of “AAA” and other unnecessary punctuation.  I’m not sure there is a fix for that, unless I go through and edit each post.  (That’s not happening)

Today I’m answering a question from one of my YouTube subscribers, and concerns one of my favorite topics… Jeans!   I’m going to show you how to shorten jeans while keeping the original hem.  This method takes into consideration that you may need to shorten the front hem more than the back.    This tutorial shows you how to pin up the excess length, shorten the leg and press.   Then, on Wednesday, I’ll show you how to finish the inside by reducing the bulk.

Please let me know if you have questions!  Hope you’re enjoying your weekend.  🙂

How to Sew a 1/4″ Seam on the BabyLock Ovation Serger

Hey Everyone,  Thanks for all the lovely and encouraging comments!  Today is actually a response to two questions I received about how to sew a 1/4″ seam on the Ovation.    The method I’m about to show you to get an accurate 1/4″ seam can be applied at any serger…  It involved two different things:  First the cutting width setting  and secondly how to feed the fabric under the presser foot.   I used specific parts of the needle plate to guide the fabric under the presser foot.  If you don’t own an Ovation Serger, examine your needle plate and presser foot.  I’m sure you can find a guide that will work.  If not sent me a photo of your serger and we’ll figure it out!