Making quick gifts with a personal touch and minimal money

Posted: Monday, November 25, 2002

(NAPSI)-Contrary to what some people might think, you don't have to start thinking about the holidays in July to create personalized gifts.

"If you yearn to add a loving touch to gifts, use today's sewing technology to satisfy that creative bent," said Nancy Jewell, publicity director for Husqvarna Viking sewing machines.

Computer chips have turned the sewing machine into a computerized sewing designer complete with a built-in disc drive and PC software that can transform family photos into stitches.

The best part? You can bake holiday goodies while your sewing machine is embroidering larger-than-life designs on just about anything, including ready made shirts and linens. You can give Santa a run for his money.

Here are some quick ideas from Husqvarna Viking to help stitch up the holidays with a little homemade sentiment:

Ornamental Offerings-Predictable but always a festive favorite, holiday ornaments are fun to give and even more fun to make. Use holiday cookie cutters as a pattern. Trace the shape onto embellished pieces of fabric. Cut out two of the shapes. Make a loop out of decorative cord. Position at the top of the ornament. Place embellished front and ornamental back with wrong sides together. Sew together with a decorative stitch along the edge. Use as ornaments or package decorations. Easier still, stitch out holiday embroideries onto felt. Trim using decorative scissors and glue together with a gold cord inserted between for a hanger. Instant ornaments! For additional ideas, visit www.husqvarna

Out of Holiday Paper? Whip up a fabric bag and tie the top closed with a braided cord or ribbon. Embroider a solid with a Christmas motif or use a festive print.

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