Category: Tips & How-tos

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 […]

how to embroider on a puffy vest

How to embroider on a puffy vest (or coat)

Yes, I realize Christmas is still 2 months away, but I actually started my shopping a few weeks ago when I found the most adorable shiny, silver, plush, pink-lined vests in the girls section at Walmart.  I scooped them up immediately with the intention of personalizing them for my two little nieces. And, in my […]

Machine Embroidery with Metallic Thread

Back in 2009, my three-year old wanted her name embroidered on her new beach towel, so I let her choose the thread. Naturally – she chose the option with the most bling: the dreaded metallic thread. In her defense, the silver metallic thread did match the color of the shark on the towel. But I […]

Facts About Glow in the Dark Thread for Machine Embroidery

It’s almost Halloween! So, you know what that means?? It’s the perfect time of year to try out stitching out embroidery designs with some glow-in-the-dark thread. Sound tricky?  It’s actually not too bad. Plus – there are SO MANY fun thinks you can do with it! But before you go too crazy stitching up some […]

how to make a tooth fairy pillow using your embroidery machine

How to make a tooth fairy pillow and personalize it with your embroidery machine

I only live a few miles from my mom and dad which and they actually still live in the home where I grew up.  Great, right?  Yep – it’s great until your kids discover all your old stuff that’s still lingering around in your childhood bedroom.  One of the treasures my two girls recently uncovered […]

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 embroider on fleece

How to embroider on fleece

It’s officially fall! And, do you know what that means? It’s fleece season! Fleece is a dream fabric for embroiderers. There are so many fun and practical items you can make with fleece, and embroidery looks great on it. But, if you’re new to embroidery, perhaps you are wondering, how to embroider on fleece? Why […]

How to become an embroidery digitizer

How to become an embroidery digitizer

So you’re wondering how to become an embroidery digitizer? I get it. I remember the feeling. As soon as I started using my embroidery machine I immediately wanted to learn how to create the files that my machine could stitch out.  In fact, the goal of becoming an embroidery digitizer was the whole reason I […]

how to convert embroidery files

Is there a free embroidery file format converter?

Embroidery files come in a BUNCH of different file formats.  If you have browsed any of the sites that sell embroidery designs, you have likely seen them: XXX, SEW, PES, etc… Each of these file formats work with different types of embroidery machines.  (Yes – it would have been nice if the machine embroidery industry […]

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 […]