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

Well, it’s almost summer, which mean 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 […]


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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 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 […]


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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 […]


How to remove applique fabric in an enclose shape

How to remove the appliqué fabric using applique scissors in an enclosed shape

I am a BIG FAN of appliqué.  In fact, I like machine appliqué so much that  (nerd alert) I belong to several Facebook groups dedicated to the topic. Maybe it’s because I’m impatient and a big piece of fabric appliquéd on another can make a dramatic visual impact without me having to wait a long […]


The CUTEST bargain wholesale monogram blank dresses to personalize for Christmas… even if you don’t have a wholesale account.

As you may recall – in years past – I have been yapping about the personalized dresses that I’ve made for all the little girls in my family. This has been a great gift for several years, but now that my girls have become tweens and teens who only sport ATH-leisure, I’m not making as […]


60 Embroidery Designs – Less than $1 each! The NEW VIP Club is a great gift.

Hello all and happy Thanksgiving! First of all – if you received an email from the Machine Embroidery Geek site about your username and password being added to the site – I apologize.   As you might have noticed – I updated my web site and needed to migrate all the user subscriptions over to the […]


An arch appliqué t-shirt for a little boy who * MIGHT * be moving to St. Louis

Hello from the Netherlands! I’m here visiting our university’s campus in Leiden before attending a conference in Spain. I know, I know… My life is rough. And how does this all relate to machine embroidery? My colleague in Leiden has a 1-year-old son, Freddie,  who I had never met so I wanted to take him […]