Category: Helpful Techniques

How to embroider on a polo

How to embroider on a polo

Do you want to embroider on a polo? Embroidered polos are a great way to show your team spirit or display your company loyalty. Many organizations like to order polos with embroidered logos for their employees. But, if you own an embroidery machine, you can do it yourself. In fact, I learned to embroider on […]

what is a knockdown stitch for machine embroidery

What is a knockdown stitch?

Who doesn’t love a cozy sherpa or blanket when the weather gets chilly? Plush outerwear and home decor make the perfect holiday gift. Plus – they’re also great for personalizing with a name or a monogram using your embroidery machine.  The only problem is that plush, nappy fabrics  aren’t the easiest fabrics to work with. […]

Stabilizer you need for machine embroidery

What stabilizer to use for machine embroidery

Machine embroidery stabilizer can be a bit of an enigma when you are new to the craft . There are so many varieties, it’s hard to sort out exactly what stabilizer to use for machine embroidery. Fortunately, if you are just getting started, there are just a few different types of stabilizer you really need […]

how to remove jump stitches

How to remove jump stitches

Never heard of jump stitches?  Well, I’m sure you’ve noticed them. Jump stitches are the stitches that an embroidery machine makes when it finishes stitching one object out and needs to move over to another object to start stitching. They are not intended to be part of the design. Most often you want them to […]

10 tips for machine embroidery on children's clothing

Machine embroidery on children’s clothes – tips for the beginner

An embroidery machine is an ideal tool for making one-of-a-kind children’s clothing without YOU having to make the item from scratch.  You can easily buy some adorable blanks and then customize the garment with a name, monogram or embroidery design. My embroidery machine has been a secret weapon over the years when I needed to […]

how to monogram a shirt pocket

How to monogram a shirt pocket

Got a boring dress shirt that you want to spice up a bit for one of the men in your life? Monogram a shirt pocket on a men’s dress shirt to create the perfectly polished high end preppy look. I just did this on one of my husband’s shirts and I love the way it […]

10 genius machine embroidery hacks

Top machine embroidery tips, tricks and hacks

Some of the best tips, tricks and 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 […]

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 […]

how to embroider over a hole

How to embroider over a hole

Did you know that you can hide a hole in a garment with machine embroidery? This is one of the most fabulous things you can do with an embroidery machine – embroider over a hole and make it disappear. Products mentioned in this post medium weight cutaway stabilizer temporary adhesive spray adhesive-backed tearaway stabilizer regular […]

beginner machine embroidery questions

Common beginner machine embroidery questions and answers

I often receive emails with machine embroidery questions, but this most recent one from Randi really got my attention. Wow! Newbies have a lot of questions! “I received a Brother PE535 for Christmas last year and still haven’t figured out how to use it or get started. I was wondering if you know what I […]

how to embroider on a visor

How to embroider on a visor

Monogramming a visor on my embroidery machine was not a project on my radar.  In fact, it wasn’t even close to my radar until a friend of mine asked me if I could do it. I actually didn’t know.  I had never even tried. But despite the fact that I had no idea how to […]

how to embroider on a pillow case

How to embroider on a pillow case

Machine embroidery on a pillow case can be a bit daunting. The cuff of the pillow case, where you will likely want to embroider, is doubled over. So, you are essentially embroidering through two layers of fabric which can be problematic if those two layers move around.  Therefore, it’s essential to stabilize the pillowcase properly […]