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How to embroider on a sweater with an embroidery machine

One of the best things about the end of the end of a season is scoring some bargain basement clothing. At (what stores consider to be) the end of the winter season (February) you can find tons of sweaters for next to nothing. For example, I hit Old Navy the other day and picked up […]


How to digitize an applique design using SewArt

How to digitize an appliqué design using Sew Art

Sew Art is a very inexpensive embroidery digitizing program, so it’s capabilities are sometimes underestimated. However, after downloading and playing with the software quite a bit, I’m pleasantly surprised by what I can accomplish with this inexpensive digitizing software.  Of course you can convert JPG images to embroidery files using some of its auto digitizing […]


How to make a monogrammed bow tie

How to make a monogrammed bow tie

A few years ago, I was looking for the perfect accessory for my son’s First Communion outfit. Little girls get new crosses, dresses, headbands, etc… but what about the boys? They deserved something special too.  So, I took matters into my own hands and made my little guy a monogrammed bow tie for his big […]


how to embroider on toilet paper using your embroidery machine

How to embroider on toilet paper

I want to start by saying that I can not believe that I’m writing this blog post. For years, I’ve seen questions about and examples of embroidery on toilet paper in my machine embroidery Facebook groups. And every time I do, I wonder why anyone want to know how to embroider on toilet paper. That […]


how to embroider on a mens shirt cuf

How to embroider on men’s shirt cuffs

My husband has a problem; he keeps blowing the elbow out of his shirts. And – get this – it’s always his left elbow.  And it’s starting to happen on a weekly basis. While I suspect that this elbow blow out problem is stemming from the fact that most of his shirts are older than […]


How to convert a JPG to an embroidery file

Using SewArt to convert a JPG to an embroidery file

It’s a common request for the newbie embroiderer: how to convert a JPG image into an embroidery file such as a PES, DST, SEW, etc… When I first got my embroidery machine, I figured it was as simple as changing the extension on the file name to make it “stitchable.” But, I learned pretty quickly, […]


Best irons for sewing and embroidery

Best irons for sewing and embroidery

Are you in the market for a new iron?  I’m getting there.  I love my iron, but now that I’ve dropped it twice, it’s barely hanging on by a thread. Great Rowenta iron, just very abused. So, it’s likely I’ll be in the market for a new iron in the near future.  And, it would […]


Digitizing embroidery designs with Sue Taylor

Digitizing Embroidery Designs and Finding Your Niche

When I first started off in machine embroidery, I joined every machine embroidery group I could find. And, when the subject of digitizing embroidery designs came up and how to learn how to do it, people often mentioned the name, Sue Taylor (formerly Sue Lough). Sue Lough has been in the machine embroidery business, digitizing […]


how to embroider on corduroy

Machine Embroidery on Corduroy

Corduroy is a polarizing fabric. Some people love it, some hate it.  Me? I’m in the former camp. I LOVE corduroy.  Maybe it’s because corduroy reminds me of my preppy uncles who all wear candy cane embroidered corduroy pants around the holidays. The texture of embroidery on lush corduroy fabric was, and still is, so […]


sewing vs embroidery machine

Sewing vs Embroidery Machine

Thinking about picking up a new hobby but are not sure where to invest your time and money? Sewing and embroidery are useful skills, but in order to do either one, you need to purchase a machine.  These two machines provide wonderful creative outlets, but which one should you buy? Do you need one to […]


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.