Author: Julie

how to make custom button ponytail holders

Personalized ponytail holders to make with an embroidery machine

Years ago, when our kids were little, my friend, Jeannette, who is also an embroidery geek and I hired a babysitter and spent an afternoon sewing together.  It felt so decadent. At that time, she had much more experience with her embroidery machine and sewing for little girls. And that afternoon she taught me how […]

how to make a personalized headband on your embroidery machine

Make an Embroidered Headband with Your Embroidery Machine for Next to Nothing!

Need a cute, cheap gift for a little girl? Or an inexpensive and unique party favor to make on your embroidery machine? Learn to make an embroidered headband. Maybe you’ve seen the popular brand of knit headbands, Logo Loops? They’re adorable and come in a variety of colors featuring cute embroidered designs and girl-power themed […]

party favors to make on your embroidery machine

Party Favors to Make with an Embroidery Machine

January is a big birthday month for us. My two daughters are exactly 2 years and two apart with both of their birthdays falling at the end of January. So now that we have wrapped up the holiday season, it’s officially birthday season. Thinking of their birthdays reminds me of years past and all of […]

how to make a shawl with pompom trim

How to make a shawl with pompom trim

There is nothing better for a sewing and embroidery geek then coming up with a new idea for a project and having it turn out better than expected. My latest win was a velvet shawl that I made for my sister, sister-in-law, my friend Anna, and myself. It turned out AMAZING. So, I thought you […]

How to make in-the-hoop Christmas ornaments with photos

Let me just start by saying that I am not really a Christmas tradition kind of gal. Just making it through the holiday season without drama and keeping everyone happy is a win in my book. So, I don’t put a lot of pressure on myself to re-create these big holiday traditions. In fact, as […]

Needles for machine embroidery: when to use what

Needles for machine embroidery: what to use when?

If you are new to machine embroidery, you may wonder what types of needles you should use for machine embroidery.  There are, actually, needles designed specifically for machine embroidery that are different from regular sewing machine needles.  But, like regular sewing needles, needles for machine embroidery come in many different types and sizes, so it […]

How to make a personalized photo album with your embroidery machine

Last weekend I attended a baby shower of a friend’s step-daughter which is something I hadn’t done in a while.  Since my peers are kind of done having babies, I saw this as a great opportunity to make a baby gift.  Although I purchased a few items off of the registry, I wanted to supplement […]

gifts for a machine embroidery enthusiast

Gift Ideas for Machine Embroidery Enthusiasts

OK – I know this is going to sound like a first world problem, but one of the more stressful parts of Christmas is not only coming up with gift ideas for other people, but also coming up with gift ideas for yourself. Inevitably, husbands, parents, children, Secret Santas, etc… ask what you want for […]

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How to get an embroidery design on an embroidery machine?

If you are new to machine embroidery, like maybe you haven’t even taken the embroidery machine out of the box it arrived in, you may wonder how to get an embroidery design on an embroidery machine. Good question. But first…  Why do you need to get an embroidery design on an embroidery machine? Most machines come […]

Which Brother embroidery machine should you buy

Which Brother embroidery machine you should buy: the PE535 vs PE800.

If you are thinking about investing in your first embroidery machine or  buying one from someone else, you probably looked at the Brother entry-level consumer-grade embroidery machines.  These two machines: the PE535, and the PE800, range in price from (currently) $269 to $510 and can be Amazon Primed right to your doorstep in 48 hours. […]

How to make a personalized headband with a woven (not knit) fabric

What do you say we raise the bar on headbands?  While stretchy, knit headbands are fine and functional, in my opinion, a headband made from a printed cotton fabric looks SOOOOOO much more stylish. It’s super easy to make a personalized headband with a woven fabric. And, if you are lucky enough to own an embroidery […]

In-the-hoop toys and games to make for the holidays

So, have you tried making any in-the-hoop projects? Well, now may be your time to tackle it, especially since there are so many AMAZING in-the-hoop toys and games to make on an embroidery machine that make super cute and unique holiday gifts.  The kids will love them and parents will love them even more.  Here’s […]