Category: Difficult Materials

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, […]

how to embroider on a swimsuit

How to embroider on a swimsuit

Now that it is officially spring, swimsuit season is just around the corner. I guess I must be hard on my swimsuits because every year, I have a few to throw out and replace. While it’s a bit of a bummer parting with the ones I love, it does present an opportunity to get creative […]

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 […]

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 baby onesie

How to embroider on a onesie

A few days ago, I helped my machine embroidery buddy, Rosselyn, set up her embroidery machine.  It was actually quite satisfying. In the course of less that an hour – we went from embroidery machine in the box to personalizing a towel! Wondering why the embroidery machine was still in the box? Well – she […]

how to embroider on a paper card

How to embroider on paper cards

Call me nuts, but I really don’t get the embroidery on toilet paper craze.  I mean – it was fun during a shortage, but I don’t think I would do it again. I’m just that big on novelty gifts.  But you know what I am interested in? Embroidery on paper cards. Why? What a quick […]

how to embroider on towels

How to embroider on towels

If you were a fly on the wall in my house, you may be under the impression that my children were living in a homeless shelter based on the way they complain about their towels. The problem is that they are used to seeing a lot of monogrammed towels coming out of my sewing room […]

how to machine embroider on ribbon

How to machine embroider ribbon

Ribbon is a versatile material. It can be used for ties, straps, trim, and probably countless other things I’m unaware of. It’s also fairly inexpensive and it comes in a wide variety of textures, shades and patterns. If you own an embroidery machine, it’s probably only a matter of time before you want to machine […]

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 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 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 […]

how to embroider on tulle

How to Embroider on Tulle

Tulle is the type of material I don’t tend to use often.  My girls are past the age of tutus and princesses so I really don’t give it a thought. But tulle is actually a versatile material for machine embroidery. It can work as a stabilizer as well as an enhancement to an embroidered or […]