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in the hoop banner on an embroidery machine

In-the-hoop banner how-to

I’ve always wanted to make an in-the-hoop banner, but never got around to it – mostly because it seemed like A LOT of work.  But, with my little friend, Rowan, turning three, I had the perfect subject for my birthday banner. And – BONUS –  her name is not that long so maybe the project […]

how to embroider on a windbreaker

How to embroider on a windbreaker

Have you shied away from embroidering on windbreakers due to their slippery surface?  Seems like they would be tricky to embroider, right? In addition to the outer fabric being so slick, windbreakers are often comprised of two layers. So, then, you have the extra complication of the lining and the outer layer sliding around.  But, […]

best sewing chairs

Best sewing chairs: great options for sewing and embroidery

So…. what kind of chair are you using in your sewing / embroidery room?  A janky old thrift store find?  Rejected dining room chair?  Or (GASP) a folding chair??  Sure this may work for a little while, but once you spend hours at your sewing and/or embroidery machine working on a project, you will start […]

in the hoop embroidery projects for beginners

In the hoop embroidery for beginners

Maybe you have heard of the term “in the hoop.”  It certainly gets thrown around a lot in machine embroidery circles. In fact, there is even a Facebook group called “Totally Addicted to In the Hoop Embroidery.”  But this new kind of embroidery can be a bit intimidating if you have never tried it. So […]

what is a hat embroidery machine

Hat embroidery machine: what is this?

I recently saw a question in  one of my Facebook embroidery groups where a woman was asking about where she could get a hat embroidery machine. This had me very confused. I have never heard of such a machine, and frankly, I didn’t actually think one existed. So, I did a bit of digging and […]

things to embroider for summer

Things to embroider for summer using your embroidery machine

.Summer is just around the corner so it’s the perfect time to get started on all the things you want to make for summer on your embroidery machine. Summer gear presents some great opportunities for using your embroidery machine. Kids go away to camp and get out more often, so using your embroidery machine to […]

what is inkstitch

Inkstitch: a free embroidery digitizing program

Just If you have been looking into different embroidery digitizing software, you may have experienced a big of sticker shock. Some of the higher-end, professional level embroidery digitizing programs are EXPENSIVE. While some are less expensive and suitable for beginners (such as SewArt), and many of them offer free trials, I’ve never encountered any tool […]

how to embroider on a swimsuit

How to embroider on a swimsuit

Now that it is officially spring, swimsuit season is just around the corner. I guess I must be hard on my swimsuits because every year, I have a few to throw out and replace. While it’s a bit of a bummer parting with the ones I love, it does present an opportunity to get creative […]

how to remove hoop burn

Hoop burn: how to remove it and avoid it

Setting up your project on an embroidery machine can be challenging. Some items are tricky to hoop – like baby onesies where the space is super tight.  So, when you get it right, it can be quite satisfying. That is, until you remove your item from the hoop and you can see the shape of […]

How to embroider on a bunny

How to embroider on a bunny

It’s hard to believe that Easter is just around the corner. Easter is a great opportunity to make some fun projects on you embroidery machine. And, one of the most popular Easter related projects that I’ve seen on many of the embroidery related Facebook groups is our personalized bunnies.  Typically people embroider a name and […]

What are Fast Frames?

Fast frames for your embroidery machine

Do you struggle to hoop certain garments? Does it take forever to get a project secure and straight on your machine?  Well maybe it’s time for you to check out Fast Frames. Fast Frames are a hooping system that you literally don’t have to hoop. They come in several different sizes and work with many […]

what is a monogram machine?

Monogram machine: what is it and how does it work?

So you want to start adding monograms to clothing and accessories but not quite sure which type of monogram machine to buy? I get it.  If you are new to all of this, it’s hard to which type of machine you should buy. This is because different types of machines will create monograms, however, these […]