Author: Julie

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 […]

how to make a monogrammed hat

How to monogram a straw hat

Guess what next weekend is?  It’s Mother’s Day! EEEEEEEK.  And, if you are anything like my – you have ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA what to the special mothers in your life. Maybe it’s time to monogram a straw hat? Hey – I’d be doing it myself if I hadn’t already used up the idea a few […]

Stabilizer you need for machine embroidery

What stabilizer to use for machine embroidery

Machine embroidery stabilizer can be a bit of an enigma when you are new to the craft . 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 […]

How to make elegant, monogrammed pillow shams

How to make pillow shams and monogram them 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 […]

how to embroider on a baby onesie

How to embroider on a onesie

A few days ago, I helped my machine embroidery buddy, Rosselyn, set up her embroidery machine.  It was actually quite satisfying. In the course of less that an hour – we went from her embroidery machine sitting in the box to personalizing a towel! Are you wondering why the embroidery machine was still in the […]

how to remove jump stitches

How to remove jump stitches

Never heard of jump stitches?  Well, I’m sure you’ve noticed them. Jump stitches are the stitches that an embroidery machine makes when it finishes stitching one object out and needs to move over to another object to start stitching. They are not intended to be part of the design. Most often you want them to […]