Category: Tips & How-tos

how to organize thread for sewing and embroidery

How to organize thread for sewing and machine embroidery

It gets to a point in a machine embroidery career that you realize, “dang –  I own a lot of thread.” In addition to all of the different sewing thread you may have already accrued, you have a whole collection of different type of thread for machine embroidery. And, because machine embroidery thread is such […]

What are machine embroidery file formats?

Machine embroidery is an interesting practice. While its all about craft, creativity, and making something tangible, it is also a bit technical, requiring you to manage and manipulate the digital machine embroidery files that the machine reads. In order to stitch out any design, you need to load it onto the embroidery machine. But what […]

how to machine embroider on ribbon

How to machine embroider ribbon

Ribbon is a versatile material. It can be used for ties, straps, trim, and probably countless other things I’m unaware of. It’s also fairly inexpensive and it comes in a wide variety of textures, shades and patterns. If you own an embroidery machine, it’s probably only a matter of time before you want to machine […]

how to remove jump stitches

How to remove jump stitches

Never heard of jump stitches?  Well, I’m sure you’ve noticed them. Jump stitches are the stitches that an embroidery machine makes when it finishes stitching one object out and needs to move over to another object to start stitching. They are not intended to be part of the design. Most often you want them to […]

how to digitize a logo for machine embroidery using sewart

How to digitize a logo using SewArt

Whether are not you do embroidery for a hobby or a business, its only a matter of time before someone asks you to stitch out their logo on some apparel. Once you know your embroidery machine, the stitching part is not the problem. The only challenge is figuring out how to digitize a logo.   […]

stitch density in machine embroidery

What is stitch density in machine embroidery?

When I first started digitizing, I experimented a lot with stitch density. I saw the setting right there in my digitizing software, but I had no idea what is should be and how the setting would affect the look of my embroidery design. Stitch density in machine embroidery is actually not a complex concept, but […]

sticky back stabilizer for machine embroidery

Sticky back stabilizer for machine embroidery

If there was ever a major game changer in my machine embroidery habits, it would have to be learning about tear away sticky back stabilizer. Using this type of stabilizer solved a couple of problems for me: hooping difficult fabric and garments and getting my embroidery hoop all gunky. While tear away sticky back stabilizer […]

Stabilizer you need for machine embroidery

What stabilizer to use for machine embroidery

Stabilizer can be a bit of an enigma when you are new to machine embroidery. There are so many varieties, it’s hard to sort out exactly what stabilizer to use for machine embroidery. Fortunately, if you are just getting started, there are just a few different types of stabilizer you really need that will allow […]

how to keep excess fabric out of the way when embroidering

How to keep fabric out of the way when embroidering

Are you struggling with trying to keep fabric out of the way when embroidering? Well, you are not alone. It can be very challenging to prevent excess material from moving in on your embroidery area. This is  especially true when you are working in tight spaces, such as kids’ and baby clothing. On many occasions, […]

Why is the thread breaking on an embroidery machine

Why is the thread breaking on an embroidery machine?

Having the thread break over and over again on your embroidery machine can be a maddening experience. It can make a 5 minute project turn into a 45 minute ordeal due to the constant rethreading of the machine again and again. In the past, when this would happen to me, I would usually give up, […]

how to monogram sneakers

How to monogram sneakers on a embroidery machine

Looking for a way to literally put a spring in your step? How about monogramming some sneakers? While I’ve seen this for years, I always assumed that it would be impossible to monogram sneakers on a single needle embroidery machine. But, guess what? It’s not. I did it myself and I’m going to show you […]

How to make an in-the-hoop face mask

As I’m sure you are probably aware, this whole COVID-19 outbreak has set off a mask making frenzy. Sewing and embroidery enthusiasts have turned their studios into mask making factories, cranking out 100s of fabric masks to sell or donate. I actually made a couple of fabric masks myself, sewing them based on a pattern […]