Category: Tips & How-tos

how to set up a monogram for machine embroidery

How to set up a monogram for machine embroidery

Perhaps one of the reasons why you bought an embroidery machine was to be able to add monograms to home decor and clothing items. That’s certainly a good reason. However, before you can monogram anything you will need to know how to set up a monogram file and get it onto your embroidery machine. Fortunately […]

why wont my embroidery design load on my embroidery machine

Embroidery design won’t load on an embroidery machine

So you have purchased an embroidery design that you want to stitch out. Your project is on your hoop and ready to go.   But then, when you go to select the design on to your machine, it won’t show up! It can be super frustrating when an embroidery design won’t load on an embroidery machine. […]

how to prevent bird nesting underneath embroidery

Why is my thread bird nesting underneath the embroidery?

Bird nests are cute, right? Well – not so much in the world of machine embroidery. A bird nest is a pain to clean up and can drive you insane if it keeps happening again and again. So what causes bird nesting underneath the embroidery? And what can you do to avoid it? What is […]

10 genius machine embroidery hacks

10 Genius Machine Embroidery Hacks

Some of the best hacks I’ve learned throughout my journey in machine embroidery are not the kind of things you read about in books. I’ve gotten some of the best (albeit unconventional) tips from the ladies at the sewing store, my embroidery buddies I’ve met in Facebook groups and my few friends who do machine […]

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 […]

how to combine embroidery designs

How to combine embroidery designs

The other day I was digitizing a new set of designs for my latest monthly design bundle and it occurred to me that whoever downloaded these designs might want to add a name or a phrase to the design.  For example, it might make sense to add a “Happy New Year” below the clinking champagne […]

How to embroider on velvet

There are very few fabrics that scream “holiday dress up” to me like velvet. I absolutely love it.  It’s soft, it’s dramatic and it’s actually warm.  What’s not to love?  But if you are looking to add another layer of embellishment by embroidering this luxe fabric, you may  be slightly daunted.  Velvet can be a […]

what is auto digitizing software for machine embroidery

What is auto digitizing software in machine embroidery?

Very shortly after I started to get the hang of my embroidery machine, I wanted to know exactly how to create the designs that my embroidery machine stitched out. I assumed that I could press a button or find some wizard that would automatically convert images into embroidery designs. But, I quickly learned that in […]

how to embroider on gloves

How to embroider gloves

The first time I tried to embroider on a pair of gloves, I actually stitched the gloves shut. You probably think I’m joking, but sadly, I am not. Now that I am a bit more experienced, however, I embroider on gloves all the time. They make a great gift and they are actually quite easy […]

how to embroider on a Christmas stocking

How to embroider on a Christmas stocking

We have a new addition to the family, our dog Chili. I’m not really a dog person. In fact, this is actually the first dog I’ve ever owned.  But, as we were hanging up our Christmas stockings this year, I realized, now that Chili is a member of our family, she should probably have one […]

how to embroider over a hole

How to embroider over a hole

Did you know that you can hide a hole in a garment with machine embroidery? This is one of the most fabulous things you can do with an embroidery machine – embroider over a hole and make it disappear. Products mentioned in this post medium weight cutaway stabilizer temporary adhesive spray adhesive-backed tearaway stabilizer regular […]

how to embroider on a throw

How to embroider on a throw

New to machine embroidery? Well, here’s a great place to start. Personalizing a throw using your embroidery machine is a great project for a beginner. Plus, when you use your embroidery machine to embroider on a throw, you will have the perfect gift this holiday season. Products mentioned in this post plush throw adhesive-backed stabilizer […]