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Embroidery Digitizing Lessons: Where to Find Them

Embroidery digitizing lessons: where to find them

Are you are trying to become an embroidery digitizer and master your embroidery software? Well – you’re in luck. There are a number of different places where you can find excellent embroidery digitizing lessons that will teach you how to use your chosen embroidery digitizing software. Some of these lessons are in-person, some online. Some […]

How to become an embroidery digitizer

How to become an embroidery digitizer

So you’re wondering how to become an embroidery digitizer? I get it. I remember the feeling. As soon as I started using my embroidery machine I immediately wanted to learn how to create the files that my machine could stitch out.  In fact, the goal of becoming an embroidery digitizer was the whole reason I […]

how to machine embroider on ribbon

How to machine embroider ribbon

Ribbon is a versatile material. It can be used for ties, straps, trim, and probably countless other things I’m unaware of. It’s also fairly inexpensive and it comes in a wide variety of textures, shades and patterns. If you own an embroidery machine, it’s probably only a matter of time before you want to machine […]

where to find cheap fabric

Where to find cheap fabric

If you’re looking to find cheap fabric, you’re in luck! There are a number of great sources for bargain materials, some of which you may not expect. In this blog post, I will discuss several places where you can find affordable fabric. AND – I’ll also provide tips on how to get the best deals […]

Embrilliance Essentials vs Enthusiast - what is the difference?

Embrilliance Essentials vs Enthusiast: what is the difference?

If you’re looking for a program that will allow you to make some edits to existing machine embroidery designs, you should definitely consider checking out the Embrilliance suite of products. Two programs that are part of the Embrilliance family that are used to edit embroidery designs are Embrilliance Essentials and Embrilliance Enthusiast. While they are […]

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. […]

best fabrics for machine embroidery

Best fabrics for machine embroidery

If you’re just getting started with machine embroidery, it’s important to choose the right fabrics. Not all fabrics are created equal – some will hold up well to the embroidering process, while others will not. In this article, I’ll discuss the best fabrics for machine embroidery and why they make good choices for beginners. I’ll […]

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? […]

37 free embroidery fonts to download

37 free embroidery fonts to download

Looking for free embroidery fonts to download? I get it. The built-in fonts on your embroidery machine can get a little old. On my trusty little Bernina, I have five different typefaces to choose from and after 10 years+ of using this machine, I’m kind of done with all of them. But, buying embroidery fonts […]

gifts to make for mom using an embroidery machine

Gifts for mom to make on an embroidery machine

OH man!  It’s that time of year again: the season in which I rack my brain trying to figure out what to give my mom and my mother-in-law for Mother’s Day. Fortunately, I own an embroidery machine, and I have a fairly good track record for embroidering gifts personalized gifts that they have loved.  Since […]

How to digitize an applique design using SewArt

How to digitize an appliqué design using SewArt

SewArt is a very inexpensive embroidery digitizing program, so it’s capabilities are sometimes underestimated. However, after downloading and playing with the software quite a bit, I’m pleasantly surprised by what I can accomplish with this inexpensive digitizing software.  Of course you can convert JPG images to embroidery files using some of its auto digitizing tools. […]

Top 10 digitizing programs for machine embroidery

Best embroidery digitizing software

After stitching out dozens of designs on your embroidery machine, are you beginning to crave the ability to make your own embroidery designs? I mean – how great would it be to stitch out anything you can dream up and not just other designer’s creations?  If this is where you are in your machine embroidery […]