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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 […]


100 Embroidery Blanks to Amazon Prime

100 Machine Embroidery Blanks You Can Amazon Prime

When I go to visit my friends and family members who live in more remote locations, I realize how spoiled I am when it comes to convenient shopping. Target, Walmart and Old Navy are literally within a five minute drive from my house. So, when it comes to picking up blanks for last minute embroidered […]


What is free standing lace or FSL?

What is free standing lace (FSL)?

If you are new to machine embroidery you may not even be aware of free standing lace, otherwise known as FSL. And, if you don’t know what it is, I’m guessing you probably don’t know how to make it. But It is actually pretty cool. Free standing lace or FSL is essentially an object made […]


How to center embroidery designs on a t-shirt

How to center machine embroidery designs on a t-shirt or sweatshirt

When it comes to machine embroidery, there isn’t much more frustrating than screwing up the placement of an embroidery design on a t-shirt, especially when you go through the painstaking process of stitching out an appliqué design. I was completely at my wits end when I stitched out an appliqué crown crookedly on a t-shirt […]


The best monogram fonts for Machine Embroidery

10 Best Monogram Fonts for Machine Embroidery

I have to admit, I’m in a bit of a monogram rut.  It seems like I keep using the same interlocking curly monogram over and over again. And while it’s attractive and serves it’s purpose, I’m frankly getting a bit sick of it. I need to invest in some new monogram typefaces, so I’m on […]


how to make a pillow case dress

How to make a pillow case dress

As you have probably heard me mention before, I LOVE to visit fabric stores and have plenty of fabric laying around to show for it. For some reason though, it seems like all of the pieces in my sewing room tend to be about 1 yard. It’s barely enough for a skirt for me. However, […]


features of the Brother PE800 embroidery machine

Features of the Brother PE800 Embroidery Machine You Should Know

One of the most popular and highly rated entry level embroidery machine is the Brother PE800. And, this is for good reason. Some of the  features of the Brother PE800 include a low price, being easy to use and quick to obtain via Amazon Prime (and many other retailers). But there are a few things […]


in-the-hoop valentines

Making in-the-hoop Valentines on an embroidery machine

Do you struggle with what to send in for Valentines at your kids school? What about using your embroidery machine to make some unique Valentines for your kid’s fellow classmates? Sounds like a lot of work. But it’s actually not. There are a ton of in-the-hoop Valentines projects you can whip out that the kids […]


how to fix embroidery mistakes

How to fix embroidery mistakes

It happens to the best of us. Despite taking preventative measures to try to avoid messing up, we are human and we make mistakes sometimes on our machine embroidery projects. And it can be SO FRUSTRATING. When this happens to me, my inclination is to simply throw the item away. But, after a few years […]