Creative Machine Embroidery Summer 2021 Freebies

Welcome summer with a brand new batch of machine embroidery inspiration, in Creative Machine Embroidery Summer 2021. Enjoy new projects, some of our favorites from the last 20 years of being in print and grab a huge batch of free embroidery designs to celebrate.

Take a look at the free embroidery designs and patterns from the issue below. The freebie period expired on July 31, 2021. You can find the embroidery designs in the Sew Daily shop.

Embroidery designs are available in embroidery formats: CSD, DST, EXP, HUS, JEF, PCS, PES, SEW, SHV, VIP, VP3 and XXX.

Summer 2021 Stitch-Along: In-the-Hoop Flower Eyeglass Case

Stitch a handy glasses case for your summer adventures — we’ll walk you through it, step by step.

This stitch-along has ended, but you can still find instructions for the ITH Flower Eyeglass Case here! The free period for the design expired on June 30, 2021, and the design is now available in the Sew Daily shop.


Check out the other freebies from the issue. The free period expired July 31, 2021, and the designs are now available in the Sew Daily shop.

Coral Cushion

Project: Stacy Schlyer

Bring a bit of the beach to your home decor with this nautical linen pillow. Pair delicate designs and seashell trim for an upscale pillow that will brighten up any room.

The free period for the Seahorse embroidery design ended July 31, 2021. The design is available in the Sew Daily Shop, or as part of the CME Beachcomber Design Collection.

Rosy Yoke Blouse

Project: Stacy Schlyer

Nothing says summer like a breezy cotton gauze blouse. Crinkle gauze can be tricky to sew and embroider, especially when applying dense designs. Fortunately, there are several techniques that making working with this material as easy as sewing on a standard cotton fabric.

The free period for the Double Rose embroidery design ended July 31, 2021. The design is now available in the Sew Daily Shop as part of the CME Boho Rose Design Collection.

Sew & Stow

Project: Michele Mishler

Add fun embellishments to an existing zipper case pattern to create a one-of-a-kind sewing case to use for class or travel. Embroider sewing-themed designs, stitch a soft tray and add readymade plastic thread boxes to keep threads and sewing supplies organized.

The free period for these designs ended July 31, 2021. They are now available from oregonpatchworks.com.

Studio Sidekick

Project: Meg Healy

Create the perfect companion to your machine! This thread catcher serves as a nice slip – proof base for your machine with detachable thread basket for easy removal.

The free period ended July 31, 2021. Purchase the Me + My Machine embroidery design as part of the Sew in Love embroidery design collection from the Sew Daily Shop.

20 Years of CME: Freebie Fest

Celebrate with us — with free embroidery designs! That’s right: for our 20th birthday, you get a free design and you get a free design and you get a free design! In addition to the free designs you get with this issue’s projects, we’re adding a few of our summer favorites for a total of 20 free embroidery designs.

The free period for the Freebie Fest collection ended July 31, 2021. These designs are now available separately in the Sew Daily Shop.


Find the instructions for all the projects in Creative Machine Embroidery Summer 2021, on newsstands or for purchase online in print and digital formats. Check out the great articles, expert how-tos and fun projects in this issue:

  • Learn 50+ must-know machine embroidery tips
  • Fabric Foray: sheers: chiffons, organzas, and tulle
  • Freshen up your sewing space with three adorable projects
  • Behind the Design: Joy Aldridge of Joy Kate Designs
  • Pick a pattern for machine embroidery: jumpsuit roundup
  • And so much more in the Summer 2021 issue!

Learn more in the editor’s letter!

Purchase the digital issue or print issue online, or find Sew News on your local craft newsstand. Subscribe today to get future issues first, for the lowest price.

All photography by Molly Stevenson.


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One comment on “Creative Machine Embroidery Summer 2021 Freebies

  1. kippolito1 says:

    I receive only two sewing magazines. Creative Machine Embroidery and Sew News and I love them both. I have been receiving them since 2014 and have kept all my issues. I refer back to them from time to time for inspiration and tips. Thank you and keep them coming.