Category: Helpful Techniques

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 […]

how to remove embroidery

How to remove embroidery

We’ve already established the fact here that every machine embroidery enthusiast makes mistakes. And when the mistake is really bad, sometimes the best solution is to rip out your stitches and start again. But if you’re new to this game (or you have never made a mistake), you’re probably wondering how to remove embroidery. Is […]

Save money on embroidery stabilizer using these tricks

Stabilizer can get expensive, especially when you use a fresh piece for just about everything you embroider or appliqué. When I first started using my embroidery machine, I went through A TON of stabilizer. And, it was costing me a fortune! Since then, I’ve come up with a few strategies to save money on embroidery stabilizer […]

10 embroidery mistakes and how to avoid them

10 Machine Embroidery Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

When you’ve spent over 10 years working with an embroidery machine, you’re bound to make a few embroidery mistakes. This is certainly true for me. The funny thing is – the more I share stories with other machine embroidery geeks, the more I hear the same stories again and again. It seems we’ve all made […]

how to clean embroidery hoop

How to clean an embroidery hoop. It’s easier to clean than you think.

Here’s how I knew I had a nasty, dirty embroidery hoop.  People started commenting on pictures in my blog posts that were completely unrelated to the embroidery hoop, saying  “wow – you’re hoop is gross.”  So, after hearing that a few times through the comments on my blog and social media channels, I thought, “maybe […]

How to remove applique fabric in an enclose shape

Removing appliqué fabric using appliqué scissors in an enclosed shape

Why I love machine appliqué. I am a BIG FAN of appliqué.  In fact, I like machine appliqué so much that  (nerd alert) I belong to several Facebook groups dedicated to the topic. Maybe it’s because I’m impatient? A big piece of fabric appliquéd on another can make a dramatic visual impact without me having […]