Category: Helpful Techniques

how to organize thread for sewing and embroidery

How to organize thread for sewing and machine embroidery

It gets to a point in a machine embroidery career that you realize, “dang –  I own a lot of thread.” In addition to all of the different sewing thread you may have already accrued, you have a whole collection of different type of thread for machine embroidery. And, because machine embroidery thread is such […]

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 […]

sticky back stabilizer for machine embroidery

Sticky back stabilizer for machine embroidery

If there was ever a major game changer in my machine embroidery habits, it would have to be learning about tear away sticky back stabilizer. Using this type of stabilizer solved a couple of problems for me: hooping difficult fabric and garments and getting my embroidery hoop all gunky. While tear away sticky back stabilizer […]

Stabilizer you need for machine embroidery

What stabilizer to use for machine embroidery

Stabilizer can be a bit of an enigma when you are new to machine embroidery. 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 that will allow […]

how to keep excess fabric out of the way when embroidering

How to keep fabric out of the way when embroidering

Are you struggling with trying to keep fabric out of the way when embroidering? Well, you are not alone. It can be very challenging to prevent excess material from moving in on your embroidery area. This is  especially true when you are working in tight spaces, such as kids’ and baby clothing. On many occasions, […]

machine embroidery on puffy foam

Machine embroidery on foam

Ever seen embroidered items with a three-dimensional effect and wonder how they do it? Here’s the secret. There’s FOAM underneath the stitching, and that extra layer of foam underneath the embroidery is what gives the design some extra depth and rally makes it pop. Machine embroidery on foam can also keep your stitches from sinking […]

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 […]

how to do reverse applique

How to do reverse appliqué

If you do A LOT of appliqué, there comes a time when you just want to mix it up and do something a little different.  Are you with me?  Then, it’s time to give reverse appliqué a try.  Not sure what I’m talking about?  Reverse appliqué is like regular appliqué except the appliqué fabric goes […]

Needles for machine embroidery: when to use what

Needles for machine embroidery: what to use when?

If you are new to machine embroidery, you may wonder what types of needles you should use for machine embroidery.  There are, actually, needles designed specifically for machine embroidery that are different from regular sewing machine needles.  But, like regular sewing needles, needles for machine embroidery come in many different types and sizes, so it […]

how to embroider on a baseball cap

How to embroider on a baseball cap

Are you an owner of a single needle embroidery machine who wonders if it is even possible to embroider on a baseball cap? I, too, at one point, had my doubts. And I waited a long time before I was brave enough to tried to embroidery on a baseball cap using my single needle embroidery […]

appliqué tips for beginners

10 appliqué tips for beginners

When I was just getting started in machine embroidery, appliqué was new and enticing, but a little frustrating.  It took a lot of trial and error to get it right.  But, now that I’ve put in hours behind the embroidery machine, studied up, and digitized many of my own appliqué designs,  I can officially offer up […]

How to make a patch on an embroidery machine

How to make a patch on an embroidery machine

One of the most common requests I get from my readers and through my Etsy store is if I can stitch out one of my designs as an embroidery patch. And, I’ve actually made a patch for a customer from one of my designs. But, I’ll admit, initially I was a bit confused about how […]