I DID IT!!! I DID IT!!!!

I made my first digitize applique pattern!

I am super psyched I did it! I have taken the plunge! I am sure you digitizers out there think I am nuts – but it more about challenging yourself to step in unknown waters! I have about 75 animals to digitize – bet when I am done there I will have this down! This is a simple applique – but it is my first step! Wahoo! If you are an embroidered applique fan and would like to try sewing out some of the new things I do for free – send me an email with your name and what type of machine you have. I will be making a list and sending out the files in late spring. I hope to get sewers from all different brands of machine. I will be including the files so that sewers can use their cutting machines!

I hope you use this posting to go out and do something that scares you a little – something new – something that you are scared you may not be able to do – or may not be able to do well. They say it takes 10,0000 hours to master a new craft. 9,900 hours to go!  I now I have a good 100 hours+ into reading, watching video, and just learning about this new found obsession. (No it did not take me 100 hours to do this penguin – but if I added up all the research and study I have done in the past 2-3 years – I am sure it is well over 100 hours!) Yes I can see this being added to my OCD list! LOL   The good thing about OCD is when you think you have it you can accept it and focus it on something productive!

YOU have to do something new – GO FOR IT! If you are reading this it is not an accident! You need to go do that thing you have always hesitated to do!



19 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sue Seifer
    Mar 03, 2016 @ 18:41:25

    Great Job! I love to create new designs for my machine embroidery and seeing it stitch out is very satisfying! I would like to help stitch out your designs for you.


  2. june ann
    Mar 03, 2016 @ 18:55:42

    Congratulations Debra!!! Your penguin is adorable!!!I have had a Janome embroidery machine for about a year, and am just getting interested indigitizing. So far it all looks greek to me, so I am impressed!!!Please add my name to your list of sewers for testing your files.I love embroidered appliqué!!!June F.

    Date: Thu, 3 Mar 2016 18:26:48 +0000 To: juneann48@hotmail.com


  3. Grayce Lanthier
    Mar 03, 2016 @ 19:19:12

    I absolutely love your Penguin, I have an older model Brother embroidery machine that uses PES cards… my email is birchlan3287@aol.com… I would like to try your application..


  4. soudera1@aol.com
    Mar 03, 2016 @ 19:22:31

    Hi Debra

    I would love to try some of your new applique patterns. I have a Babylock Journey machine. I am a fan and have quite a few of your flower patterns. Thank you. Amber Souder


  5. Cindy Zraik
    Mar 03, 2016 @ 20:13:54

    I’m interested in an free patterns. I’m a Baby Lock user.

    Thanks! Cindy

    Sent from my iPad



  6. sewwritecreations
    Mar 03, 2016 @ 20:32:45

    Adorable, and you couldn’t have picked a cuter animal to start! Email has been sent!! Thanks for the opportunity & privilege!!! Can’t wait to see if I’m chosen!


  7. Mamaslush
    Mar 03, 2016 @ 21:28:42

    Please include me in your list of people to receive your appliqué designs. That penguin is darling….good job. Digitizing is a skill I would like to master someday but no time yet to try. My machine is a 12 needle Happy which read DST. Thank you. Diane Slusher Mamaslush@yahoo.com

    Sent from my iPad



  8. Melissa Smith
    Mar 03, 2016 @ 21:44:11

    Hey Deb. Congratulations!!!

    Melissa here from Canada. Can’t wait to see you and Gary at spring market.

    I have a janome 15000 horizon. I would love to play with your patterns.

    We received our sew Canadian plates. They look awesome!!!


  9. Susan Lucas
    Mar 04, 2016 @ 01:07:33

    Please send me your link of animals you have digitized as appliqué embroidery. I have a Brother – pes.

    Thanks so much.

    Sent from my iPad


  10. Adina Milburn
    Mar 04, 2016 @ 01:08:20

    Adinamilburn@att.net. I have a brother dream machine

    Sent from my iPad

    Adina Milburn (502)773-0896 adinamilburn@att.net



  11. Debi Radcliffe
    Mar 04, 2016 @ 11:54:45

    Wahoo! What fun!! I would like to try some of your patterns.

    I have a Husqvarna Viking Designer 1.

    Looking forward to some fun stuff!

    Debi Radcliffe Sew Beautifully Creative 190 Cayuga Street Groton NY 13073 607.351.5873 On Mar 3, 2016 1:26 PM, “Zebrapatterns Weblog by Debra Gabel” wrote:

    > Zebra Patterns by Debra Gabel posted: “I made my first digitize applique > pattern! I am super psyched I did it! I have taken the plunge! I am sure > you digitizers out there think I am nuts – but it more about challenging > yourself to step in unknown waters! I have about 75 animals to digitize -” >


  12. elaine9703
    Mar 04, 2016 @ 15:39:46


    So much fun. I’d be happy to stitch out some designs for you. I’ve got a Husqvarna Ruby Royale. Elaine


  13. Kay Ward
    Mar 04, 2016 @ 20:33:18

    I am interested in testing your designs – I have a Babylock Ellisimo. I love the penguin!


  14. Debby Lodding
    Mar 06, 2016 @ 12:54:50

    I’d love to test your designs on my Babylock Ellure Plus—CONGRATULATIONS and thank you for including me! Here’s my email: dslodding@cox.net.


  15. Francine Meyer-Drasutis
    Mar 11, 2016 @ 16:10:40

    Im emailing you my info. Thanks for reaching out at Pins and Needles.


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