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how to make a monogrammed duffel bag

How to make a monogrammed duffel bag

I’ve monogrammed a lot of duffel bags over the years using my embroidery machine, because, frankly, a monogrammed duffel bag makes a GREAT GIFT. The only issue is that duffel bags can be challenging to get on your embroidery hoop. In fact, one time when I was monogramming a duffel bag for my nephew, I […]


is machine embroidery expensive?

Is machine embroidery expensive?

Thinking about getting into machine embroidery, but worried about the cost?  Yes – an embroidery machine is not cheap. In addition, there are quite a few extra accessories and supplies you will need to actually do the embroidery.  So, is machine embroidery expensive?  And if so – how much are we talking about? And, is […]


how to make an in-the-hoop napkin ring

How to make in-the-hoop napkin rings

Napkin rings offer a touch of elegance to your place settings. You have probably seen them made of all different types of materials including metals, wood, plastic and ceramics.  But have you considered making napkin rings out of fabric using your embroidery machine? Yep – you can actually make them entirely in your embroidery hoop. […]


10 genius machine embroidery hacks

10 Genius Machine Embroidery Hacks

Some of the best hacks I’ve learned throughout my journey in machine embroidery are not the kind of things you read about in books. I’ve gotten some of the best (albeit unconventional) tips from the ladies at the sewing store, my embroidery buddies I’ve met in Facebook groups and my few friends who do machine […]


SewWhat-Pro vs Embrilliance

Have you gotten to the point in your machine embroidery journey where you would like to edit and combine machine embroidery designs? If so, you are probably looking at investing in some machine embroidery software. Two of the most popular entry level machine embroidery programs are SewWhat Pro  and Embrilliance Essentials. But which one should […]


how to combine embroidery designs

How to combine embroidery designs

The other day I was digitizing a new set of designs for my latest monthly design bundle and it occurred to me that whoever downloaded these designs might want to add a name or a phrase to the design.  For example, it might make sense to add a “Happy New Year” below the clinking champagne […]


how to machine embroider on a napkin

How to embroider on napkins

A while back I personalized some placemats as a gift for my mother-in-law. AND – they turned out REALLY well. In fact, I heard about how good they looked from other members of the family (besides my mother-in-law). So, I knew this embroidered gift was a winner. The only problem was that the placemats weren’t […]


How to embroider on velvet

There are very few fabrics that scream “holiday dress up” to me like velvet. I absolutely love it.  It’s soft, it’s dramatic and it’s actually warm.  What’s not to love?  But if you are looking to add another layer of embellishment by embroidering this luxe fabric, you may  be slightly daunted.  Velvet can be a […]


what is auto digitizing software for machine embroidery

What is auto digitizing software in machine embroidery?

Very shortly after I started to get the hang of my embroidery machine, I wanted to know exactly how to create the designs that my embroidery machine stitched out. I assumed that I could press a button or find some wizard that would automatically convert images into embroidery designs. But, I quickly learned that in […]


how to embroider on gloves

How to embroider gloves

The first time I tried to embroider on a pair of gloves, I actually stitched the gloves shut. You probably think I’m joking, but sadly, I am not. Now that I am a bit more experienced, however, I embroider on gloves all the time. They make a great gift and they are actually quite easy […]


how to embroider on a Christmas stocking

How to embroider on a Christmas stocking

We have a new addition to the family, our dog Chili. I’m not really a dog person. In fact, this is actually the first dog I’ve ever owned.  But, as we were hanging up our Christmas stockings this year, I realized, now that Chili is a member of our family, she should probably have one […]


20 personalized gifts to make on your embroidery machine for under $10

Gifts to make on an embroidery machine – personalized and under $10!

You know those people on your Christmas list who you just want to give a little something too? But then you don’t want the “little something” to look too…LITTLE? And cheap? Fortunately, you own an embroidery machine which means that you have the ability to turn very inexpensive items into personal and thoughtful gifts. Don’t […]