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Is machine embroidery hard?

Is embroidery hard?

The idea of owning an embroidery machine can be pretty exciting.  You may have visions of stitching your kids’ names on every item of clothing, or fantasize about monogramming bags for all your friends. Or, maybe you would love to run an embroidery business out of your home. This is all very doable. But in […]

how to set up an embroidery machine

How to set up an embroidery machine

Is your embroidery machine still in it’s box? That’s a dang shame because you are missing out on tons of fun. But, believe it or now, you are not the only one.  There are plenty of people who have purchased embroidery machines but still have them sitting in the box. The problem is – they […]

embroidery machine table

Best embroidery machine tables

If you have been looking to buy a table for your embroidery machine but are finding the specialized tables for sewing and embroidery at your local sewing machine shop to be a bit on the pricey side, then maybe you are looking in the wrong place. A good embroidery machine table is essential, but it […]

Janome MB-7 review

Janome MB-7 review: a perfect entry-level multi-needle

Lucky, lucky me.  One of my best friends from childhood (Ellie) and owner of the sewing/embroidery company, Gracefully Hatched, just purchased the Janome MB-7 embroidery machine and let me check it out! Her embroidery business has grown so rapidly that she knew it was time to upgrade to a multi-needle embroidery machine.  Ellie has been […]

free machine embroidery designs: 20 sources

Free Machine Embroidery Designs: 20 Great Online Sources

If you are new to machine embroidery, you may be a bit reluctant to buy machine embroidery designs. Heck – you may not even know how to use your machine. But – guess what? Great news – there are lots of free machine embroidery designs available for you to download and stitch out. The only […]

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 […]

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 […]