Author: Julie

what is a knockdown stitch for machine embroidery

What is a knockdown stitch?

Who doesn’t love a cozy sherpa or blanket when the weather gets chilly? Plush outerwear and home decor make the perfect holiday gift. Plus – they’re also great for personalizing with a name or a monogram using your embroidery machine.  The only problem is that plush, nappy fabrics  aren’t the easiest fabrics to work with. […]

beginner machine embroidery questions

Common beginner machine embroidery questions and answers

I often receive emails with machine embroidery questions, but this most recent one from Randi really got my attention. “I received a Brother PE535 for Christmas last year and still haven’t figured out how to use it or get started. I was wondering if you know what I will need? What kind of thread do […]

how to embroider on a visor

How to embroider on a visor

Monogramming a visor on my embroidery machine was not a project on my radar.  In fact, it wasn’t even close to my radar until a friend of mine asked me if I could do it. I actually didn’t know.  I had never even tried. But despite the fact that I had no idea how to […]

where to buy machine embroidery supplies

Where to buy machine embroidery supplies

Once you start using your embroidery machine, you will find, very quickly that this new hobby requires quite a few supplies.  For example, you will need consumables like a nice collection of embroidery thread, a variety of stabilizers, bobbin thread, etc., as well as some essential tools and accessories to make your embroidery easier.  But […]

best fonts for embroidering on handkerchiefs

The best embroidery fonts for handkerchiefs

Machine embroidery on handkerchief is a common request for anyone providing embroidery services. But, embroidering on handkerchiefs can be tricky. They are small and delicate, and oftentimes the customer requests long words and phrases to be stitched out on the hankie. For optimal results, you need to choose a typeface that’s appropriate for the task. […]

how to embroider on a pillow case

How to embroider on a pillow case

Machine embroidery on a pillow case can be a bit daunting. The cuff of the pillow case, where you will likely want to embroider, is doubled over. So, you are essentially embroidering through two layers of fabric which can be problematic if those two layers move around.  Therefore, it’s essential to stabilize the pillowcase properly […]

how to convert TTF files to embroidery

How to covert a TTF font into embroidery

I know that you are thinking.  Your embroidery machine came with a few different typefaces but they are starting to get old, quickly. You have so many cool fonts on your computer but how do you turn them into embroidery fonts? Is there a simple program that allows you to covert a TTF font into […]

how to embroider a tote bag

How to machine embroider a tote bag

One of the most easy and practical items to personalize on an embroidery machine is a tote bag.  How do I know this? I have done it a lot. In fact, I have embroidered so many –  if you could get a PhD in tote bag embroidery, I would be well on my way. Never […]

Is machine embroidery hard?

Is embroidery hard?

The idea of owning an embroidery machine can be pretty exciting.  You may have visions of stitching your kids’ names on every item of clothing, or fantasize about monogramming bags for all your friends. Or, maybe you would love to run an embroidery business out of your home. This is all very doable. But in […]

how to embroider on a baby onesie

How to embroider on a onesie

A few days ago, I helped my machine embroidery buddy, Rosselyn, set up her embroidery machine.  It was actually quite satisfying. In the course of less that an hour – we went from embroidery machine in the box to personalizing a towel! Wondering why the embroidery machine was still in the box? Well – she […]

how to set up an embroidery machine

How to set up an embroidery machine

Is your embroidery machine still in it’s box? That’s a dang shame because you are missing out on tons of fun. But, believe it or now, you are not the only one.  There are plenty of people who have purchased embroidery machines but still have them sitting in the box. The problem is – they […]

embroidery machine table

Best embroidery machine tables

If you have been looking to buy a table for your embroidery machine but are finding the specialized tables for sewing and embroidery at your local sewing machine shop to be a bit on the pricey side, then maybe you are looking in the wrong place. A good embroidery machine table is essential, but it […]