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satin vs fill stitches in machine embroidery

Satin vs fill stitch in machine embroidery

Perhaps you have hear the terms: satin stitch and fill stitch, but do you know exactly what they mean? Clearly they are two different types of embroidery stitches. When digitizers create a design they must designate lines and shapes to be either one. But, why does this matter to you as the embroiderer? Understanding the […]

Learn how to digitize with Hatch embroidery software

How to use Hatch embroidery software: the Deers show you how

If there was ever a First Family of machine embroidery, it would certainly be Embroidery Legacy’s Deers. The Deer family has been in the embroidery business for over 60 years. While the company has evolved significantly over the years, the focus has remained on machine embroidery. They began as a large commercial loom factory, then […]

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 […]

SewArt vs SewWhat Pro Machine Embroidery Software

SewArt vs SewWhat Pro Machine Embroidery Software

If you are thinking about learning to digitize your own designs, you might have looked at SewArt and SewWhat Pro. They are entry level, inexpensive machine embroidery programs made by S&S Computing that do very different things. So, which one should you buy? Do you actually need both? Here’s how they differ and what you […]

machine embroidery thread

What is machine embroidery thread?

Thread is thread is thread, right? Well, that’s what I thought until I starting getting into machine embroidery. Thread is EVERYTHING when you do machine embroidery because it is the primary ingredient in your craft.  When I was first getting started, I owned tons of sewing machine thread. But, I quickly learned that I should […]

How to learn to digitize embroidery designs

So you think you are ready to learn to digitize embroidery designs but not sure how to go about it? You need to talk to Larry and Holly Pike of www.YouCanDigitize.com (as well as ArtisticThreadworks.com).  This superstar embroidery couple has been teaching embroidery digitizing for over 12 years. I recently caught up with Larry who […]

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 […]

100 Embroidery Blanks to Amazon Prime

100 Machine Embroidery Blanks You Can Amazon Prime

When I go to visit my friends and family members who live in more remote locations, I realize how spoiled I am when it comes to convenient shopping. Target, Walmart and Old Navy are literally within a five minute drive from my house. So, when it comes to picking up blanks for last minute embroidered […]

What is free standing lace or FSL?

What is free standing lace (FSL)?

If you are new to machine embroidery you may not even be aware of free standing lace, otherwise known as FSL. And, if you don’t know what it is, I’m guessing you probably don’t know how to make it. But It is actually pretty cool. Free standing lace or FSL is essentially an object made […]

The best monogram fonts for Machine Embroidery

10 Best Monogram Fonts for Machine Embroidery

I have to admit, I’m in a bit of a monogram rut.  It seems like I keep using the same interlocking curly monogram over and over again. And while it’s attractive and serves it’s purpose, I’m frankly getting a bit sick of it. I need to invest in some new monogram typefaces, so I’m on […]