Save money on embroidery stabilizer using these tricks

Stabilizer can get expensive, especially when you use a fresh piece for just about everything you embroider or appliqué. When I first started using my embroidery machine, I went through A TON of stabilizer. And, it was costing me a fortune! Since then, I’ve come up with a few strategies to save money on embroidery stabilizer […]


How to applique on an embroidery machine

How to appliqué on an embroidery machine

I never anticipated that after I started making appliqué designs, people  start asking me how to use them. It all seems so simple to me now. But, I do remember when getting started that I, too, was perplexed about how to appliqué on an embroidery machine. But, before we get TOOOOO deep here – let’s […]


10 embroidery mistakes and how to avoid them

10 Machine Embroidery Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

When you’ve spent over 10 years working with an embroidery machine, you’re bound to make a few embroidery mistakes. This is certainly true for me. The funny thing is – the more I share stories with other machine embroidery geeks, the more I hear the same stories again and again. It seems we’ve all made […]


How to buy inexpensive embroidery machine

Where can I buy an inexpensive embroidery machine? And should I?

Investing in an embroidery machine in a big decision. And, unfortunately, it’s a little bit of a chicken and egg conundrum.  If you are new to machine embroidery, you probably are not sure if you will even use an embroidery machine.  So… you don’t know if you should buy one until you actually buy it… […]


Why are my needles breaking

Why are my needles breaking on my embroidery machine?

I sit there, mesmerized, watching my embroidery machine do its thing… happily humming along, then suddenly – POP – the needle breaks. After a brief moment of gratitude that the needle tip did take my eye out, and carefully disposing of the tip before it ends up in my foot, I change the needle and […]


10 great gifts to make for men on your embroidery machine

10 Easy Gifts to Make for a Man Using Your Embroidery Machine

Ok – I’ll say it.  Shopping for Father’s day sucks. My dad needs absolutely nothing and what he does want – he just buys.  When I’m really grasping for straws – I’ll get him the latest hardcover non-fiction World War II book. Boring.  But, he’ll likely read it, or at least it will look good […]


Top 10 digitizing programs for machine embroidery

What embroidery digitizing software should I buy? Pros and Cons

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 career, […]


How to make elegant, monogrammed pillow shams

How to make elegant, monogrammed pillow shams with your embroidery machine

Do you ever have one of those projects that turns out better than you could have ever imagined? For me, those experiences are few and far between.  It’s such a bummer to overspend your money and time on a project that turns out like crap. But when it all works out better than expected, that […]


unique, independent fabric stores in the united states

101 Fabric Stores You MUST Visit Before You DIE! Unique, independent fabric stores around the United States

Well, it’s almost summer, which means summer travel is about to begin. While I don’t know what your adventures entail, it looks like I may be traipsing around the South visiting Civil War battlefields.  This is definitely not my idea, nor my dream destination. Don’t get me wrong. I know this is very educational and […]


How to clean your dirty embroidery hoop. It’s easier to clean than you think.

Here’s how I knew I had a nasty, dirty embroidery hoop.  People started commenting on pictures in my blog posts that were completely unrelated to the embroidery hoop, saying  “wow – you’re hoop is gross.”  So, after hearing that a few times through the comments on my blog and social media channels, I thought, “maybe […]


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Why is my bobbin thread showing on top? Tips to keep your machine embroidery stitching looking great.

It’s Saturday morning at 11:37 and you decide to monogram a gift for a party that starts in 23 minutes.  You got this, right? Hoop and score the stabilizer, thread the machine, center the shirt on the stabilizer and get ready to go… But then, your embroidery machine starts stitching like absolute CRAP. What’s a […]


embroidery blanks suppliers

Where can I buy blanks for machine embroidery and applique?

As a machine embroidery junkie, I’m always on the lookout for great deals on plain garments and linens suitable for machine embroidery and appliqué.  Some of my favorite finds have been in average chain stores like Target, Walmart and Old Navy. A simple $4 hoodie on the clearance rack at Old Navy is a great […]