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how to market your embroidery business

How to market your embroidery business

You have started an embroidery business.  That’s great! Now all you need are some customers. Lucky for you, customers who want to purchase embroidered items or require your embroidery services can be found almost everywhere. But you need to let them know what you can offer. How do you it?  Well – there are a […]

How to use SewWhat-Pro

What does SewWhat-Pro do?

If you take a look around this blog, you’ll see you’ll find a few mentions of a software called SewWhat-Pro.  Never heard of it? Are you wondering “what does SewWhat-Pro do?” Well, it’s about time you learned. What does SewWhat-Pro do? To be clear – SewWhat-Pro is not a digitizing program. However, it’s an incredibly useful […]

how to digitize handwriting for machine embroidery

How to digitize handwriting for machine embroidery

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to recreate someone’s handwriting using your embroidery machine? Guess what? It’s actually pretty easy to digitize handwriting for machine embroidery. And it has a lot of practical applications. Years ago, I made a pillow for my parents comprised of the outlines and “signatures” of all my kids. It […]

graduation gifts to make with your embroidery machine

Machine embroidered graduation gifts

Graduations are a perfect opportunity to get out your embroidery machine.  A young adult heading off to college, graduate school, or a job needs a lot of new gear: clothing, home goods, accessories, etc… So, there are tons of ideas to choose from. But, why not make the gift a little more special and personalized? […]

how to convert a photo to an embroidery design

How to convert an image to an embroidery file for free

Wouldn’t it be cool to be able to stitch out a picture of a loved one using an embroidery machine?  Guess what??  You actually can. Using inexpensive and even free software, it is indeed possible to convert an image to an embroidery file.  So – get out your iPhones and snap some pics, because I’m […]

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 […]