Category: Tips & How-tos

in the hoop banner on an embroidery machine

In-the-hoop banner how-to

I’ve always wanted to make an in-the-hoop banner, but never got around to it – mostly because it seemed like A LOT of work.  But, with my little friend, Rowan, turning three, I had the perfect subject for my birthday banner. And – BONUS –  her name is not that long so maybe the project […]

how to embroider on a windbreaker

How to embroider on a windbreaker

Have you shied away from embroidering on windbreakers due to their slippery surface?  Seems like they would be tricky to embroider, right? In addition to the outer fabric being so slick, windbreakers are often comprised of two layers. So, then, you have the extra complication of the lining and the outer layer sliding around.  But, […]

how to embroider on a swimsuit

How to embroider on a swimsuit

Now that it is officially spring, swimsuit season is just around the corner. I guess I must be hard on my swimsuits because every year, I have a few to throw out and replace. While it’s a bit of a bummer parting with the ones I love, it does present an opportunity to get creative […]

how to remove hoop burn

Hoop burn: how to remove it and avoid it

Setting up your project on an embroidery machine can be challenging. Some items are tricky to hoop – like baby onesies where the space is super tight.  So, when you get it right, it can be quite satisfying. That is, until you remove your item from the hoop and you can see the shape of […]

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 using SewWhat-Pro

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 […]