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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. […]


how to organize thread for sewing and embroidery

How to organize thread for sewing and machine embroidery

It gets to a point in a machine embroidery career that you realize, “dang –  I own a lot of thread.” In addition to all of the different sewing thread you may have already accrued, you have a whole collection of different type of thread for machine embroidery. And, because machine embroidery thread is such […]


What are machine embroidery file formats?

Machine embroidery is an interesting practice. While its all about craft, creativity, and making something tangible, it is also a bit technical, requiring you to manage and manipulate the digital machine embroidery files that the machine reads. In order to stitch out any design, you need to load it onto the embroidery machine. But what […]


how to make an in the hoop pouch on your embroidery machine

How to make an in-the-hoop pouch on your embroidery machine

In-the-hoop machine embroidery projects are pretty remarkable. All you have to do is lay pieces of fabric and zippers on top of floated stabilizer, following the directions of the pattern designer. Then, when you’ve made it through the steps, remarkably, you have a finished project! I love in-the-hoop projects. In fact – I’m a member […]


10 fun ideas to machine embroider on a baseball cap

10 fun ideas to machine embroider on a baseball cap

Here I am on vacation at the beach and I find myself with no hat. This is despite the fact that I specifically put “baseball cap” on the packing list I made for myself and all my kids. I can’t even follow my packing list! Anyway, before I left town I picked up a couple […]


what is machine embroidery bobbin thread

What is machine embroidery bobbin thread?

When I first started doing machine embroidery – I was never sure of what type of bobbin thread to use. It seemed like a pain to keep changing the bobbin thread to match the embroidery thread on top, but that seemed like the right thing to do. But, boy – was I wrong. Eventually I […]


how to machine embroider on ribbon

How to machine embroider ribbon

Ribbon is a versatile material. It can be used for ties, straps, trim, and probably countless other things I’m unaware of. It’s also fairly inexpensive and it comes in a wide variety of textures, shades and patterns. If you own an embroidery machine, it’s probably only a matter of time before you want to machine […]


easy and adorable bridesmaid gifts to make on your embroidery machine

Bridesmaid Gifts to Make on Your Embroidery Machine

Are you thinking about making something special for your bridesmaids on your embroidery machine? Or maybe you have a customer or friend who wants you to whip up something special for her bridal party? Bridesmaids are deserving of a thank you gift! They tolerated the ridiculous bridesmaid dress you picked out and toasted you at […]


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 […]


satin vs fill stitches in machine embroidery

Satin vs fill stitch in machine embroidery

Perhaps you have hear the terms: satin stitch and fill stitch, but do you know exactly what they mean? Clearly they are two different types of embroidery stitches. When digitizers create a design they must designate lines and shapes to be either one. But, why does this matter to you as the embroiderer? Understanding the […]


how to digitize a logo for machine embroidery using sewart

How to digitize a logo using SewArt

Whether are not you do embroidery for a hobby or a business, its only a matter of time before someone asks you to stitch out their logo on some apparel. Once you know your embroidery machine, the stitching part is not the problem. The only challenge is figuring out how to digitize a logo.   […]


how to make a custom wine bag with your embroidery machine

Make a wine bag with your embroidery machine

Quite often my friends come up with projects for me to make on my sewing and embroidery machines. One of the latest? Wine bags. One of my friends pointed me in the direction of a site that sold adorable wine bags with celebratory messages printed down the front.  And then she informed me “you could […]