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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 of the Most Popular 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 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 […]


how to make a personalized t-shirt dress for only $5

How to make a sweet, personalized monogrammed t-shirt dress using your embroidery machine

Hey there!  Are you lucky enough to have little girls in your life who are willing to wear wacky dresses?  Well – I used to, but now my girls are teenagers and are a bit less tolerant about wearing some of the things I make.  Fortunately I have two young nieces who are right in […]


What should I charge for monogramming and embroidery services

What should I charge for monogramming or embroidery services?

So now you have an embroidery machine and you finally know how to use it. You are starting to enjoy making gifts for family and friends. But – wait – (insert record screech here) – does it seem like everyone (and I mean everyone) is starting to come out of the woodwork asking you to […]


Top 10 most essential tools for machine embroidery (that don’t come with your embroidery machine)

Going to the fabric store can be a bit overwhelming.  Even if you aren’t tempted to buy fabric you probably don’t need, you can still get seduced by all the cool gadgets promising to make your sewing and embroidering easier.  But what’s worth buying and what warrants a pass?  Here’s what I think are the […]


how to make a monogrammed hat

How to monogram a straw hat with your embroidery machine

Guess what next weekend is?  It’s Mother’s Day! EEEEEEEK.   And I have ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA what to get my mom or my mother-in-law for Mother’s Day. They are both REALLY hard to buy for, being that they are in the mid-70s, they have everything they need and (fortunately), they have the means to buy […]