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SewArt vs SewWhat Pro Machine Embroidery Software

SewArt vs SewWhat Pro Machine Embroidery Software

If you are thinking about learning to digitize your own designs, you might have looked at SewArt and SewWhat Pro. They are entry level, inexpensive machine embroidery programs made by S&S Computing that do very different things. So, which one should you buy? Do you actually need both? Here’s how they differ and what you […]


wedding and engagement gifts to make on your embroidery machine

Wedding and Engagement Gifts to Make with an Embroidery Machine

Monograming robes is an old standby for me – but a great idea for a wedding gift. I embroider two unisex style spa robes with the couples monograms. I use a script font for the woman’s robe and a classic serif font for the man’s robe. Fancy soap or bath balls are great additions to this gift.


Machine Embroidery Digitizing Tips and Tricks from the Pros

Digitizing Tips and Tricks for Machine Embroidery

When I first started digitizing, most of my embroidery designs were a hot mess. But, I kept at it, and eventually they turned out better. In addition to reading the books from the pros like John Deer’s Digitizing Made Easy, I hit up anyone who knew anything about digitizing for their advice. Here are some […]


how to embroider on tulle

How to Embroider on Tulle

Tulle is the type of material I don’t tend to use often.  My girls are past the age of tutus and princesses so I really don’t give it a thought. But tulle is actually a versatile material for machine embroidery. It can work as a stabilizer as well as an enhancement to an embroidered or […]


machine embroidery thread

What is machine embroidery thread?

Thread is thread is thread, right? Well, that’s what I thought until I starting getting into machine embroidery. Thread is EVERYTHING when you do machine embroidery because it is the primary ingredient in your craft.  When I was first getting started, I owned tons of sewing machine thread. But, I quickly learned that I should […]


machine embroidery on puffy foam

Machine embroidery on foam

Ever seen embroidered items with a three-dimensional effect and wonder how they do it? Here’s the secret. There’s FOAM underneath the stitching, and that extra layer of foam underneath the embroidery is what gives the design some extra depth and rally makes it pop. Machine embroidery on foam can also keep your stitches from sinking […]


10 Easter projects to make on your embroidery machine

Machine embroidery projects for Easter

It’s hard to believe that the next big holiday is EASTER!  Yes, I understand it is a holy day, and I do recognize that. But when it comes to machine embroidery, Easter means going big with over the top Easter baskets, outfits and home decor. If you are looking for ideas this season, check out […]


How to embroider on an umbrella using your embroidery machine

Using your embroidery machine to embroider on an umbrella seems like a REALLY BAD IDEA. The whole premise of an umbrella is to keep the water off of your head. And, the very nature of embroidering requires you to poke thousands of holes in the umbrella when stitching out a design or monogram. So, it […]


How to learn to digitize embroidery designs

So you think you are ready to learn to digitize embroidery designs but not sure how to go about it? You need to talk to Larry and Holly Pike of www.YouCanDigitize.com (as well as ArtisticThreadworks.com).  This superstar embroidery couple has been teaching embroidery digitizing for over 12 years. I recently caught up with Larry who […]


what are applique scissors?

What are appliqué scissors?

If you are new to machine embroidery and perhaps on the cusp of trying your first appliqué project on your embroidery machine… STOP. DO NOT PASS GO. DO NOT COLLECT $200. Before you do any appliqué project, you should be sure to have a pair of appliqué scissors on hand.  But, what are appliqué scissors, […]


Embroidery machine or Cricut: which one should you buy?

Embroidery Machine or Cricut?

If you have considered starting a craft business or just adding a new creative outlet to your life, maybe you have thought about buying either an embroidery machine or Cricut.  Both can be used to personalize clothing and accessories, but do so in different ways. So, which one should you buy?  As an owner of […]


how to monogram a sweater using an embroidery machine

How to monogram a sweater with your embroidery machine

My mom’s birthday always presents a HUGE challenge,  because she is SOOOO incredibly difficult to shop for. A few years ago I was really stuck coming up with a gift idea. I had already given her my favorite gift for Mother’s Day (the monogrammed straw hat). 24 hours prior to her birthday, I still had […]