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2019 Stitch Along Tour – Participants List

Stitch Along Tour_Designs in Machine Embroidery

Join dime, Baby Lock, and the following talented individuals as we celebrate National Embroidery Month in February with a Stitch Along Blog Tour!  There will be prizes given away on each participant’s blog as well as beautiful inspiration on how to use my newest collection, The Farmhouse Collection – Sentiments.

Take a look at the schedule and be sure to mark your calendars!

Friday, February 1, 2019
Eileen Roche


You’re reading my blog so you probably are already familiar with me. Just in case you’re new here, I’ll fill you in on why I’m here. I’ve been immersed in machine embroidery for over 20 years. I love overcoming challenges by inventing new techniques and products to make machine embroidery more enjoyable for everyone. Most of all, I want you to be proud of what you create on your machine and if I can help you do that, well, that makes my day!

Monday, February 4, 2019
Team Nancy Zieman Productions


In 2007, Nancy Zieman and Deanna Springer started Nancy Zieman Productions, LLC. (NZP). Deanna worked along side Nancy as marketing coordinator, business manager, co-director of video production, and in product development and project design. Over 10 exciting years, NZP launched a new BLOG, social media channels, 40+ sewing and quilting products including tools, patterns and books. The NZP Team continued to produce 10 more seasons of Sewing With Nancy, with Wisconsin Public Television, until Nancy’s passing in November 2017.

Today, Deanna and the NZP Team are honored to carry on Nancy’s legacy and love of sewing through sharing Nancy’s time-saving sewing techniques via the BLOG, by creating patterns and developing new products, gathering the stitching community at Quilt Expo, and continuing reruns of Sewing With Nancy on Public Television for many years to come. 

Deanna is VP of Marketing at Nancy Zieman Productions, LLC, where she continues to enjoy her role as business manager, blog editor, manager of product development and project design, and co-events manager of Quilt Expo. On any given day, you’ll find Deanna developing sewing notions for Clover Needlecraft, Inc., fashion garment patterns for The McCall Pattern Company, fabric collections for Penny Rose Fabrics—a division of Riley Blake Designs, creating quilt patterns for QuiltWoman, managing Quilt Expo quilt contests, challenges, exhibits, lectures, workshops and stage presentations, and sewing projects for the BLOG on Baby Lock sewing machines.

Deanna has a certificate in Applied Marketing from the University of Wisconsin School of Business. Deanna enjoys all things nature—and all four seasons—with her husband, Dennis, in their beautiful home state of Wisconsin.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Carla Reale
Baby Lock Palette Community


After a traumatic wrap skirt experience at the hands of a vindictive Home Economics teacher in junior high school, Carla hung up her sewing shears, choosing to pursue a graduate degree in Rehabilitation Counseling which she used to pursue a career working with children with disabilities and their families. She left that job to become a stay-at-home mom, but soon realized she needed a hobby. Her fascination with embroidery machines coupled with her inability to leave anything left unexplained, lead to her teaching digitizing software both by writing digital workbooks and by teaching classes at the local Baby Lock retailer’s store. Her innate selling skills, and overt bossiness combined with the counseling skills she acquired in college (no it did NOT go to waste, Dad) enabled her to manage a very successful store for the next thirteen years. During that time, she became a certified machine technician and developed a series of videos to teach her customers how to use their machines. As a National Training Specialist for Baby Lock, Carla enjoys training retailers how to both sell and use Baby Lock machines and software, and is involved with the SewlutionExpert Certification programs.

Friday, February 8, 2019
Karen Parker
Thread Head and Company


Threadhead & Co. was born when 2 fiber loving friends, Karen and Beth, joined forces to provide education in various areas of fiber arts. Threadhead & Co offers an array of patterns in quilting, embroidery, accessories, and home decor to name just a few. Now they would like to share them with you!

Monday, February 11, 2019
Cathy Sundermann
Stitchfork Designs


I am a rule follower.

Don’t run with scissors; never eat more than you can lift;

if your sleeve rips, put on a sweater; and so on.

At Stitchfork, I am a rule follower who loves to break the rules when designing monograms. It’s just embroidery, have fun with it!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Michelle Umlauf
Sewing Machine Artistry


Michelle Umlauf has made a career for herself in the sewing industry working as an independent educator.  Eleven years ago she knew she wanted to share her passion with others by teaching.  She began taking teacher certification courses with the Martha Pullen Company and Sulky of America.  Today she is a Certified Ambassador of Education for Baby Lock, a National Educator representing Sulky of America, a Certified Educator for the Decorating Diva and a Demonstrator for Clover Needlecraft, Inc.  She helped found and hosted the Sewing Online with Sulky webinar.  Michelle enjoys traveling across the country working and teaching at expos, sewing shops, Baby Lock retailers and at local quilt guilds.  When she is home, she enjoys spending time with her family at their home in the mountains of Maryland.  Her German Shepherds and rescue kitty enjoy taking mom on nice long walks in the woods!

Friday, February 15, 2019
Milinda Stephenson
Milinda Sews


Hi, I’m Milinda Stephenson, and I’m an Education Ambassador for Baby Lock. I am a third generation sewing fanatic, and I owe this to my wonderful mother and grandmother. Sewing has been a passion of mine for years. Through this hobby, I have learned many tips and tricks for an abundance of designs, and now I would like to share all of those tips with YOU!

My blog offers sewing patterns every week (most of my projects include embroidery and serging), sewing advice/tips, and information on new Baby Lock sewing/embroidery/serging machines. I created this blog to share my knowledge of sewing with anyone who is eager to learn a new trait. My goal is to inspire others, just like sewing inspired me!

Let’s get sewing.

Monday, February 18, 2019
Marie Zinno
Marie Zinno Blog


She has published 40 Multi-needle machine blogs, which reached over 40,000 readers each week on the DIME website. Her column “Multi-needle Know How” is a popular article in each issue in Designs in Machine Embroidery magazine. Marie has appeared on numerous PBS sewing TV shows, such as Sewing with Nancy and It’s Sew Easy. She has authored and co-authored 4 books on machine embroidery. Marie has a class on Craftsy/BluePrint titled, How to Start a Machine Embroidery Business.

During Marie’s 6 years as a Stitching Sister with Eileen Roche, she has taught thousands of embroiderers across the nation. And oh yes, Eileen and Marie really are sisters – the middle sisters of 6 daughters.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Colleen Bell
The Embroiderist


Embroidery has been around since the beginning of civilization. While Colleen Bell cannot claim to have been around that long, she has had a long history of embroidering – first as a young teen in the 60’s with hip bell bottoms embellished with hand embroidery to the innovation of the embroidery machine which has become her passion. Join her adventures at  

Friday, February 22, 2019
Sara Gallegos
Baby Lock / Sew Positively Sara


Hi, I’m Sara Gallegos of and Decorative Stitch, in Shelby Twp, MI! Decorative Stitch is an oasis for sewers and quilters of all ages, styles, and proficiencies! Located in Shelby Township, MI, our store features a bright, colorful interior bursting with creative inspiration and over 4000 bolts of designer fabrics. In addition to our super friendly certified staff members, you will also find a wide variety of sewing notions and accessories, along with Baby Lock sewing machines and Koala sewing furniture. Feeling creative? It is time to sew…with Decorative Stitch!

Monday, February 25, 2019
Debbie Henry
Secrets of Embroidery


Debbie Henry is a regular contributor to Designs in Machine Embroidery magazine as well as blogger for (now, and She resides in western Pennsylvania with her husband who is very understanding of her fabric addiction.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Debbie Cleek
Designer’s Gallery Get Together by Baby Lock


Thursday, February 28, 2019
Eileen Roche


It’s going to be fun month – you’ll learn lots of machine embroidery tips and techniques from our talented contributors. And you’ll have a chance to win a Farmhouse Sentiment kit on each day of the tour. I’ll kick it off on Feb. 1 in a Facebook Live event at 1:00 PM CST. This will be my first Facebook Live event and I would love to have you join me. Although I’ve done tons of television, LIVE is well, LIVE – who knows what will happen. I think I’ll need all the support I can get. Hope to you see there!




  • Donna Fecteau

    Sounds awesome! Can’t wait. Eileen I think with all your experience teaching classes you will do just fine on facebook live. Hope to join you, on my lunch hour.

    • eileenroche

      Thanks, Donna!

  • Jane

    Looks like lots of fun. I will be tuning in for sure.

  • Tami McKay

    Hi Eileen,

    I was wondering, since I am not a facebook subscriber and choose not to be, can I still go to the site to watch your live event on 2/1/19?

    • eileenroche

      We’re working on that Tami. Stay tuned.

  • Kathleen De Verville

    I cannot understand why I can’t sign on to the blog?

  • Virginia (Ginger) Frazier

    I think you will do just fine Eileen. I have most of your magazines (I just received the January/February 2019 issue today) Each one I feel is better than the last. I have learned so much over the years watching you on Sewing with Nancy and other programs.

    • eileenroche

      Thank you for the kind words, Ginger.


    I don’t know anything about Facebook live? I would love t o follow along!

  • Ellen Port

    Any chance that schedule reminders can be sent to blog subscribers?

  • Wanda H Leffingwell

    Looking forward to everything you have to teach us

  • R. Edwin

    Will you be posting the video on the blog afterwords for those of us who choose not to use Facebook?

  • Beth Schneidmiller

    Love all my DIME hoops and embroidery helpers. Can’t wait.

  • terry freeman

    I can’t wait, I have seen posts from many of the participants and always learn something new from them

    • eileenroche

      It’s a talented crew, for sure!

  • Julie

    I am not a facebook fan. I don’t know how to navigate it. Why not a webinar?

    • eileenroche

      Julie, we’re working on having the video show here on the blog. Stay tuned!

  • Linda Alford

    What is the Facebook name to find the live event?

    • eileenroche

      The Facebook name is Designs in Machine Embroidery. If you have a Facebook account and follow the Designs in Machine Embroidery page, you should be all set. Just log on by 1:00 PM CST tomorrow.

      We are also about to post the scheduled event so those on Facebook can click “interested” and get notified when we’re about to go on!

  • Marie Bleazard

    How do I join the Facebook event for Feb? Is there a cost?

    • eileenroche

      The Facebook name is Designs in Machine Embroidery. If you have a Facebook account and follow the Designs in Machine Embroidery page, you should be all set. Just log on by 1:00 PM CST tomorrow.

      We are also about to post the scheduled event so those on Facebook can click “interested” and get notified when we’re about to go on!

  • Ann Marie Dickamore

    I want to join your group. I love to embroidered. I made a quilt for my granddaughter this last month. I learned a lot

    Thank you
    Ann Marie

  • Louis E. Thorne


  • Darlene Jacolik

    I do have account on Facebook, but won’t be available t that time tomorrow, so would like to see a playback as well. I love getting ideas from others so looking forward to this blog tour.

  • Barbara

    Where are the free downloadable designs?

    • Denise Holguin

      Hi Barbara,
      We don’t have free downloadable designs with the Facebook Live / Stitch Along Tour. But we are giving away prizes throughout the month.


  • Sandra Valvoda

    I wanted to download the first design in the Celebration Quilt by PJ Wong, but I cannot find it. The search tab doesn’t take me to it. Is it not available yet? help?

    • Denise Holguin

      We published the Intro to the Block of the Month today (Saturday). Look for Blocks 1, 2, and 3 on the blog over the next three days.

      Thank you!

  • Ann Eckert

    I am eager to watch the Stitch Along Tour. I have the dates, but at what time will they be broadcast on Facebook?
    BTW, Eileen, you did great yesterday!


    I would love to join your sew along! How do I join?

  • Donella Cole

    I love the grateful heart design.

  • Marijean Gissel

    Have done other quilt in the hoop projects but would like to see how you do it.

  • Sherry Peck

    Wow. In life Nancy contributed infinitely to our textile industry artistic movement! Thank you for continuing to break barriers and present such a interesting opportunity. Salute!

  • Katie Flanigan

    Thank you for putting this together for us!

  • Janine A.

    I’m excited! Maybe this will. Get me going with my embroidery machine. I have to admit I’ve been a little intimidated. Let the fun begin!

  • Julie

    Appreciate Reading the comments. Starting late. Didn’t understand. Didn’t know how to work the totally stitchin digital mag. This is learning experience for senior citizen. Why isn’t there a print out for the directions? Hope the face book site has a video of the project.

  • Judy Helms

    Yes Excited too, always something new to learn, love it!

  • Joyce Fike

    The sentiments are so inspiring!

  • Deb Edwards

    Are you able to put links in for the bloggers blogs? It is a bi hard to find them sometimes. Thank you.

  • Maria Pinon

    I do not use Facebook or Facebook Live. Could you do a concurrent session on YouTube Live?

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