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used embroidery machines

Used embroidery machines: where to buy and should you?

Used embroidery machines can be a great deal and work just as well as their newer counterparts. But, they can also be a risky if you don’t know what you’re doing. So, what should you know before you invest in a used embroidery machine? And where should you go to buy one? Used embroidery machines […]

Brother SE600 Review

Brother SE600 Review: an embroidery / sewing machine for beginners

So, are you thinking about taking the leap into machine embroidery, but don’t know which machine to buy? Consider the Brother SE600. It’s a versatile sewing / embroidery machine that you can get for less than $600.  In this Brother SE600 review, I’ll explain the pros and cons of this machine and how it is […]

20 free embroidery designs

Free embroidery fonts to download: 20 great sources

I get it. The built-in fonts on your embroidery machine can get a little old. On my trusty little Bernina, I have five different typefaces to choose from and after 10 years+ of using this machine, I’m kind of done with all of them. But, buying typefaces can get a bit expensive. If you could […]

what is a magnetic embroidery hoop

What is a magnetic hoop for an embroidery machine?

Have you heard about magnetic hoops for embroidery machine but don’t really understand how they work or if they would help with your embroidery? I get it. Until recently, I had no idea what they were either. But now I’ve seen how a magnetic hoop can be a real game changer for a machine embroidery […]

10 facts you should know before you buy an embroidery machine

What do I need to know before buying an embroidery machine?

So you are interested in an embroidery machine? Do you really know what you are getting into? While an embroidery machine can offer a lot of fun and creativity, it can also be a money pit if you don’t put it to good use. So, before you whip out your credit card to buy an […]

is machine embroidery expensive?

Is machine embroidery expensive?

Thinking about getting into machine embroidery, but worried about the cost?  Yes – an embroidery machine is not cheap. In addition, there are quite a few extra accessories and supplies you will need to actually do the embroidery.  So, is machine embroidery expensive?  And if so – how much are we talking about? And, is […]

SewWhat-Pro vs Embrilliance

Have you gotten to the point in your machine embroidery journey where you would like to edit and combine machine embroidery designs? If so, you are probably looking at investing in some machine embroidery software. Two of the most popular entry level machine embroidery programs are SewWhat Pro  and Embrilliance Essentials. But which one should […]

in-the-hoop Christmas ornaments

An in-the-hoop Christmas ornament for anyone

Looking for a fun and personalized something extra to top off your Christmas presents? Well then it’s time to crank out some in-the-hoop Christmas ornaments! You can make candy holders, photo frames, angels and announcements all in-the-hoop using scrap fabric and ribbons entirely in your embroidery hoop on your embroidery machine.  And when it comes […]

beginner machine embroidery questions

Common beginner machine embroidery questions and answers

I often receive emails with machine embroidery questions, but this most recent one from Randi really got my attention. “I received a Brother PE535 for Christmas last year and still haven’t figured out how to use it or get started. I was wondering if you know what I will need? What kind of thread do […]

where to buy machine embroidery supplies

Where to buy machine embroidery supplies

Once you start using your embroidery machine, you will find, very quickly that this new hobby requires quite a few supplies.  For example, you will need consumables like a nice collection of embroidery thread, a variety of stabilizers, bobbin thread, etc., as well as some essential tools and accessories to make your embroidery easier.  But […]

best fonts for embroidering on handkerchiefs

The best embroidery fonts for handkerchiefs

Machine embroidery on handkerchief is a common request for anyone providing embroidery services. But, embroidering on handkerchiefs can be tricky. They are small and delicate, and oftentimes the customer requests long words and phrases to be stitched out on the hankie. For optimal results, you need to choose a typeface that’s appropriate for the task. […]

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 […]