Category: Machines & Accessories

what is machine embroidery bobbin thread

What is machine embroidery bobbin thread?

When I first started doing machine embroidery – I was never sure of what type of bobbin thread to use. It seemed like a pain to keep changing the bobbin thread to match the embroidery thread on top, but that seemed like the right thing to do. But, boy – was I wrong. Eventually I […]

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 […]

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 […]

what are applique scissors?

What are appliqué scissors?

If you are new to machine embroidery and perhaps on the cusp of trying your first appliqué project on your embroidery machine… STOP. DO NOT PASS GO. DO NOT COLLECT $200. Before you do any appliqué project, you should be sure to have a pair of appliqué scissors on hand.  But, what are appliqué scissors, […]

Embroidery machine or Cricut: which one should you buy?

Embroidery Machine or Cricut?

If you have considered starting a craft business or just adding a new creative outlet to your life, maybe you have thought about buying either an embroidery machine or Cricut.  Both can be used to personalize clothing and accessories, but do so in different ways. So, which one should you buy?  As an owner of […]

features of the Brother PE800 embroidery machine

Features of the Brother PE800 Embroidery Machine You Should Know

One of the most popular and highly rated entry level embroidery machine is the Brother PE800. And, this is for good reason. Some of the  features of the Brother PE800 include a low price, being easy to use and quick to obtain via Amazon Prime (and many other retailers). But there are a few things […]

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 […]

gifts for a machine embroidery enthusiast

Gift Ideas for Machine Embroidery Enthusiasts

OK – I know this is going to sound like a first world problem, but one of the more stressful parts of Christmas is not only coming up with gift ideas for other people, but also coming up with gift ideas for yourself. Inevitably, husbands, parents, children, Secret Santas, etc… ask what you want for […]

Which Brother embroidery machine should you buy

Which Brother embroidery machine you should buy: the PE535 vs PE800.

If you are thinking about investing in your first embroidery machine or  buying one from someone else, you probably looked at the Brother entry-level consumer-grade embroidery machines.  These two machines: the PE535, and the PE800, range in price from (currently) $269 to $510 and can be Amazon Primed right to your doorstep in 48 hours. […]

should I buy a multi needle embroidery machine

Should I buy a multi-needle embroidery machine?

So…. you got your first embroidery machine. It’s awesome, isn’t it? Even if your machine is pretty basic and your maximum hoop size is only 4″ x 4″, hopefully you’ve learned that even with an inexpensive embroidery machine, you can still make a lot of cool stuff. But then you start hearing about multi-needle embroidery machines […]

How to buy inexpensive embroidery machine

Where can I buy an inexpensive embroidery machine? And should I?

Investing in an embroidery machine in a big decision. And, unfortunately, it’s a little bit of a chicken and egg conundrum.  If you are new to machine embroidery, you probably are not sure if you will even use an embroidery machine.  So… you don’t know if you should buy one until you actually buy it… […]

Top 10 embroidery accessories that don’t come with your embroidery machine

Going to the fabric store can be a bit overwhelming.  Even if you aren’t tempted to buy fabric you probably don’t need, you can still get seduced by all the cool gadgets promising to make your sewing and embroidering easier.  But what’s worth buying and what warrants a pass? Here’s what I think are the […]