Author: Julie

how to monogram a shirt pocket

How to monogram a shirt pocket

Got a boring dress shirt that you want to spice up a bit for one of the men in your life? Monogram a shirt pocket on a men’s dress shirt to create the perfectly polished high end preppy look. I just did this on one of my husband’s shirts and I love the way it […]

free in-the-hoop key fob

Free in-the-hoop key fob

If you have been reluctant to try an in-the-hoop project, perhaps I can tempt you this one.  One of the easiest possible projects to make in-the-hoop is a key fob.  And there are tons of different styles – some that clip onto a bag or back pack, some that are essentially just a keychain.  But, […]

free in-the-hoop embroidery designs to download

Free in-the-hoop embroidery designs

In my opinion, one of the most fun and satisfying things you can make on an embroidery machine is an in-the-hoop (ITH) project.  It’s pretty amazing that you can assemble a complete and functional item all within your embroidery hoop. Nevertheless, I do remember those days when I was first starting to figure out what […]

How to quilt on an embroidery machine

How to quilt with an embroidery machine

If you own an embroidery machine, you have probably used it to add names, monograms and designs to clothing and accessories. But, did you know that you can actually quilt with your embroidery machine? In fact, an embroidery machine can make quilting quicker and easier than doing it entirely with a sewing machine, and can […]

what is embroidery digitizing?

What is embroidery digitizing?

If you are new to the world of machine embroidery, you are likely starting to hear about embroidery digitizing and, perhaps, wondering that’s all about. It certainly didn’t take me long to start wanting to be able to stitch out the art I liked and not necessarily the embroidery designs that were available for sale. […]

Best Machine Embroidery Projects for Beginners

Best machine embroidery projects for beginners

Getting started with machine embroidery can be a little bit intimidating. First, you need to make the time to actually get your machine out of its box and set it up, but then you need to decide what exactly to make. You don’t want to take on anything too complicated – as a failure at […]

Best machine embroidery thread

What is the best machine embroidery thread?

Looking for the best machine embroidery thread? I’m here to help! But, what do you want – the long answer or the short answer?  Let’s start with the short answer and if you like it – you can move along. The best machine embroidery thread is one that both you and your embroidery machine like. […]

best machine embroidered items to sell at craft shows

Best embroidered items to sell at craft shows

If you are thinking about participating in a craft show but wondering what the heck to sell, you have come to the right place. There are tons of different projects to make with your embroidery machine, but what will give you the most bang for your buck if you are trying to actually turn a […]

how to market your embroidery business

How to market your embroidery business

You have started an embroidery business.  That’s great! Now all you need are some customers. Lucky for you, customers who want to purchase embroidered items or require your embroidery services can be found almost everywhere. But you need to let them know what you can offer. How do you it?  Well – there are a […]

How to use SewWhat-Pro

What does SewWhat-Pro do?

If you take a look around this blog, you’ll see you’ll find a few mentions of a software called SewWhat-Pro.  Never heard of it? Are you wondering “what does SewWhat-Pro do?” Well, it’s about time you learned. What does SewWhat-Pro do? To be clear – SewWhat-Pro is not a digitizing program. However, it’s an incredibly useful […]

how to digitize handwriting for machine embroidery

How to digitize handwriting for machine embroidery

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to recreate someone’s handwriting using your embroidery machine? Guess what? It’s actually pretty easy to digitize handwriting for machine embroidery. And it has a lot of practical applications. Years ago, I made a pillow for my parents comprised of the outlines and “signatures” of all my kids. It […]

graduation gifts to make with your embroidery machine

Machine embroidered graduation gifts

Graduations are a perfect opportunity to get out your embroidery machine.  A young adult heading off to college, graduate school, or a job needs a lot of new gear: clothing, home goods, accessories, etc… So, there are tons of ideas to choose from. But, why not make the gift a little more special and personalized? […]