Author: Julie

satin vs fill stitches in machine embroidery

Satin vs fill stitch in machine embroidery

Perhaps you have hear the terms: satin stitch and fill stitch, but do you know exactly what they mean? Clearly they are two different types of embroidery stitches. When digitizers create a design they must designate lines and shapes to be either one. But, why does this matter to you as the embroiderer? Understanding the […]

how to digitize a logo for machine embroidery using sewart

How to digitize a logo using SewArt

Whether are not you do embroidery for a hobby or a business, its only a matter of time before someone asks you to stitch out their logo on some apparel. Once you know your embroidery machine, the stitching part is not the problem. The only challenge is figuring out how to digitize a logo.   […]

how to make a custom wine bag with your embroidery machine

Make a wine bag with your embroidery machine

Quite often my friends come up with projects for me to make on my sewing and embroidery machines. One of the latest? Wine bags. One of my friends pointed me in the direction of a site that sold adorable wine bags with celebratory messages printed down the front.  And then she informed me “you could […]

stitch density in machine embroidery

What is stitch density in machine embroidery?

When I first started digitizing, I experimented a lot with stitch density. I saw the setting right there in my digitizing software, but I had no idea what is should be and how the setting would affect the look of my embroidery design. Stitch density in machine embroidery is actually not a complex concept, but […]

Learn how to digitize with Hatch embroidery software

How to use Hatch embroidery software: the Deers show you how

If there was ever a First Family of machine embroidery, it would certainly be Embroidery Legacy’s Deers. The Deer family has been in the embroidery business for over 60 years. While the company has evolved significantly over the years, the focus has remained on machine embroidery. They began as a large commercial loom factory, then […]

machine embroidery projects for a dog

Machine embroidery projects for a dog

Sometimes your dog truly is the most deserving. I write that first sentence with the utmost honesty.  Unlike my children, our dog, Chili, never has an attitude or talks back and is always up for hanging out with me. So maybe I should be devoting more of my creative energy to making stuff for her, […]

sticky back stabilizer for machine embroidery

Sticky back stabilizer for machine embroidery

If there was ever a major game changer in my machine embroidery habits, it would have to be learning about tear away sticky back stabilizer. Using this type of stabilizer solved a couple of problems for me: hooping difficult fabric and garments and getting my embroidery hoop all gunky. While tear away sticky back stabilizer […]

Stabilizer you need for machine embroidery

What stabilizer to use for machine embroidery

Stabilizer can be a bit of an enigma when you are new to machine embroidery. There are so many varieties, it’s hard to sort out exactly what stabilizer to use for machine embroidery. Fortunately, if you are just getting started, there are just a few different types of stabilizer you really need that will allow […]

gifts to make for boys on your embroidery machine

Personalized boy gifts to make on an embroidery machine

Got little boys in your life, and need some fun gift ideas? I got you.  There are so many fun boy gifts to make on an embroidery machine. Buckle up. You know how I know? Many years of making boy gifts on my embroidery machine. Personalized duffel bags Sleepovers aren’t just for little girls. My […]

how to make a monogrammed dress

How to make inexpensive monogrammed dresses on an embroidery machine

Looking for an easy, cheap personalized gift for a little girl using your embroidery machine?  I got you covered.  I’ve officially mastered the art of making inexpensive monogrammed dresses on an embroidery machine.  You know the saying “necessity is the mother of invention?” Well, I think this pretty much sums up how I came up […]

how to keep excess fabric out of the way when embroidering

How to keep fabric out of the way when embroidering

Are you struggling with trying to keep fabric out of the way when embroidering? Well, you are not alone. It can be very challenging to prevent excess material from moving in on your embroidery area. This is  especially true when you are working in tight spaces, such as kids’ and baby clothing. On many occasions, […]

Why is the thread breaking on an embroidery machine

Why is the thread breaking on an embroidery machine?

Having the thread break over and over again on your embroidery machine can be a maddening experience. It can make a 5 minute project turn into a 45 minute ordeal due to the constant rethreading of the machine again and again. In the past, when this would happen to me, I would usually give up, […]