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how to digitize a patch using sewart and sewwhat pro

How to digitize a patch using SewArt and SewWhat Pro

A while back I created a tutorial on how to make a patch using your embroidery machine. Perhaps you may recall that the patch I created was comprised of my silly lego face design, which really leant itself to being turned into a patch.  But what if you want to turn any old embroidery design […]


jewelry to make on an embroidery machine

Machine embroidery jewelry designs that you will actually want to make

If you had asked me last week if I had ever made jewelry with my embroidery machine, my answer would have been a resounding no. First of all, I don’t wear a ton of jewelry. And secondly, many of the machine embroidery jewelry designs I have seen are frankly, pretty tacky.  I’m just not into wearing […]


how to organize machine embroidery designs

How to organize machine embroidery designs

If you are a true embroidery geek, you probably collect A LOT of embroidery and appliqué designs, especially when there are so many great sources for free ones. But, once you start amassing a collection, it can be challenging to find the one you are looking for which is why it’s important to implement some […]


how to embroider on towels

How to embroider on towels

If you were a fly on the wall in my house, you may be under the impression that my children were living in a homeless shelter based on the way they complain about their towels. The problem is that they are used to seeing a lot of monogrammed towels coming out of my sewing room […]


embroidery machine maintenance

Embroidery Machine Maintenance Tips

It’s a lesson that is taken taken me a long time to learn. When you take care of things –  they last longer. I know it may seem obvious, but for me it took years to appreciate that sentiment. And, it is one that definitely applies to your embroidery machine. The better you take care […]


machine embroidery projects for kids

Machine embroidery projects for kids (to make with kids)

If you have kids, you’re probably seeing a lot more of them than usual these days. So why not do a fun project together using your embroidery machine – especially now that you may have a little extra time together at home.  There are a ton of great machine embroidery projects for kids that you […]


free machine embroidery designs: 20 sources

Free Machine Embroidery Designs: 20 Great Online Sources

If you are new to machine embroidery, you may be a bit reluctant to buy machine embroidery designs. Heck – you may not even know how to use your machine. But – guess what? Great news – there are lots of free machine embroidery designs available for you to download and stitch out. The only […]


organizing sewing and embroidery supplies

10 hacks for organizing sewing and embroidery supplies

I have to admit, my sewing room is currently a mess. Wait – isn’t that a sign of a creative mind? Maybe? But all I know – it’s not pleasant at the current moment to be in there. I really need to get is it straightened out. So I’ve hit up my Facebook friends for […]


DIY embroidery home decor

Embroidery DIY Home Decor

Getting a little sick of your own home? Well, quarantine can do that to you.  When you spend SO MUCH TIME in your house, you start to notice its flaws. So, maybe it’s time to spruce things up a bit.  Here are 10 fun machine embroidery DIY home decor ideas that might help you breathe […]


what is an in-the-hoop project

What is an in-the-hoop embroidery project?

It wasn’t long after I started regularly using my embroidery machine that I started hearing about in-the-hoop projects (or ITH for short).  To be honest, I had no idea what they were talking about.  Isn’t everything you do with machine embroidery in the hoop? What is an in-the-hoop embroidery project, I wondered. To better describe […]


how to make a koozie in the hoop on your embroidery machine

Make a koozie in the hoop on an embroidery machine

It’s summertime and you know what that means?  Cold beverages. And the best way to keep a beverage cold is with a can koozie. Did you know that you can actually make a can koozie in the hoop on your embroidery machine?  Yep.  There are a few different ways to go about it, but it’s […]


how to make a sun hat

How to make a sun hat

Yes, it’s getting to the point in the summer where I’ve gotten my fair share of vitamin D. Between working in the yard and daily runs, I get A LOT of sun. And now that I’m getting older, I see how important it is to avoid the sun for my skin’s optimal health and appearance. […]