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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 […]


Skeleton (Day of the Dead) Embroidery Design / Best Gift Ever

I love embroidering gifts for my friend Alix, because she likes just about anything I make. (See lotus flower dress from last year.) Or maybe that’s just what she tells me. Anyway – when her birthday came around this year, I felt a lot of pressure to top some of the gifts I had embroidered […]


Confused about machine applique? Check out this “how-to” video and learn the basics of machine appliqué how to make a $6 tunic look cute and custom.

I never anticipated that after I started making embroidery designs, people would start asking me how to use them. It all seems so simple to me now. But I remember when getting started – I, too, was perplexed about certain processes. The big mystery for me? appliqué designs. Now I do tons of appliqué on […]


Free fabric scraps at this funky Chicago fabric store: The Needle Shop!

Anyone who does appliqué knows the value of a scrap. A small piece of fabric is all you need to make a big impact.  But if you rely on using scraps from your own projects AND you do a lot of appliqué… you start to run out of fresh options. So when I walked into […]


Use your old t-shirts to make groovy appliqués like this funky gecko sweatshirt!

There’s nothing I like more than making a custom item of clothing for my kids and their friends. But the last thing I want to do is dress them in something dorky just because I think it’s cute.  So I’m always asking  for their opinion on what they think looks cool. Unfortunately I don’t always […]


My big Spring Break thrill: meeting Patricia from Project Runway in Taos, NM!

I am a HUGE Project Runway fan.  I know, I know, the show has been on for years, it’s formulaic, it’s reality TV – but I love it anyway.  As a creator – I totally appreciate how much work goes into every piece these designers crank out and I totally get it… it’s NOT easy. […]


Mother daughter Machine Embroidery Geek fashion shoot!

There is nothing better than seeing your friends and family wear the embroidered and appliqued items you have made, right? These pictures, from my friend, Alix, totally made my day…. mother and daughter having fun making silly pics with PhotoBooth and both wearing the shirts I made them.  Pretty silly. Enjoy! Like the designs? Check […]


Not all glow-in-the-dark machine embroidery threads are created equal.

Why is it that I feel compelled to create ridiculous, personalized, embroidered party favors for my kids parties?  As if I don’t have enough projects.  Fortunately with this last one, I can at least say that I learned a valuable lesson – albeit the hard way: not all glow-in-the dark embroidery threads are created equal. […]


Cobbling and monogramming for babies

For some strange reason, I have been absolutely OBSESSED with the idea of shoemaking. I have even tried my hand at making shoes for myself and developed my own pattern for some ballet flats. And for my birthday this year, my mom actually gave me a class at the Chicago School of Shoemaking, which I […]