Category: Tips & How-tos

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 […]

How to embroider on a sweater with an embroidery machine

One of the best things about the end of the end of a season is scoring some bargain basement clothing. At (what stores consider to be) the end of the winter season (February) you can find tons of sweaters for next to nothing. For example, I hit Old Navy the other day and picked up […]

How to digitize an applique design using SewArt

How to digitize an appliqué design using Sew Art

Sew Art is a very inexpensive embroidery digitizing program, so it’s capabilities are sometimes underestimated. However, after downloading and playing with the software quite a bit, I’m pleasantly surprised by what I can accomplish with this inexpensive digitizing software.  Of course you can convert JPG images to embroidery files using some of its auto digitizing […]

how to embroider on toilet paper using your embroidery machine

How to embroider on toilet paper

I want to start by saying that I can not believe that I’m writing this blog post. For years, I’ve seen questions about and examples of embroidery on toilet paper in my machine embroidery Facebook groups. And every time I do, I wonder why anyone want to know how to embroider on toilet paper. That […]

How to convert a JPG to an embroidery file

Using SewArt to convert a JPG to an embroidery file

It’s a common request for the newbie embroiderer: how to convert a JPG image into an embroidery file such as a PES, DST, SEW, etc… When I first got my embroidery machine, I figured it was as simple as changing the extension on the file name to make it “stitchable.” But, I learned pretty quickly, […]