Category: Tips & How-tos

what is a knockdown stitch for machine embroidery

What is a knockdown stitch?

Who doesn’t love a cozy sherpa or blanket when the weather gets chilly? Plush outerwear and home decor make the perfect holiday gift. Plus – they’re also great for personalizing with a name or a monogram using your embroidery machine.  The only problem is that plush, nappy fabrics  aren’t the easiest fabrics to work with. […]

beginner machine embroidery questions

Common beginner machine embroidery questions and answers

I often receive emails with machine embroidery questions, but this most recent one from Randi really got my attention. “I received a Brother PE535 for Christmas last year and still haven’t figured out how to use it or get started. I was wondering if you know what I will need? What kind of thread do […]

how to embroider on a visor

How to embroider on a visor

Monogramming a visor on my embroidery machine was not a project on my radar.  In fact, it wasn’t even close to my radar until a friend of mine asked me if I could do it. I actually didn’t know.  I had never even tried. But despite the fact that I had no idea how to […]

how to embroider on a pillow case

How to embroider on a pillow case

Machine embroidery on a pillow case can be a bit daunting. The cuff of the pillow case, where you will likely want to embroider, is doubled over. So, you are essentially embroidering through two layers of fabric which can be problematic if those two layers move around.  Therefore, it’s essential to stabilize the pillowcase properly […]

how to convert TTF files to embroidery

How to covert a TTF font into embroidery

I know that you are thinking.  Your embroidery machine came with a few different typefaces but they are starting to get old, quickly. You have so many cool fonts on your computer but how do you turn them into embroidery fonts? Is there a simple program that allows you to covert a TTF font into […]

how to embroider a tote bag

How to machine embroider a tote bag

One of the most easy and practical items to personalize on an embroidery machine is a tote bag.  How do I know this? I have done it a lot. In fact, I have embroidered so many –  if you could get a PhD in tote bag embroidery, I would be well on my way. Never […]

how to embroider on a baby onesie

How to embroider on a onesie

A few days ago, I helped my machine embroidery buddy, Rosselyn, set up her embroidery machine.  It was actually quite satisfying. In the course of less that an hour – we went from embroidery machine in the box to personalizing a towel! Wondering why the embroidery machine was still in the box? Well – she […]

how to embroider on a paper card

How to embroider on paper cards

Call me nuts, but I really don’t get the embroidery on toilet paper craze.  I mean – it was fun during a shortage, but I don’t think I would do it again. I’m just that big on novelty gifts.  But you know what I am interested in? Embroidery on paper cards. Why? What a quick […]

BX fonts for machine embroidery

What are BX fonts for machine embroidery?

Are you stitching out a lot of names with your embroidery machine? If so, have you noticed how tedious it is to assemble all of the different letters together to make a word or a name? Well – it doesn’t have to be. BX fonts make assembling names, words and monograms super quick and easy. […]

how to digitize a patch using sewart and sewwhat pro

How to digitize a patch using SewArt and SewWhat Pro

A while back I created a tutorial on how to make a patch using your embroidery machine. Perhaps you may recall that the patch I created was comprised of my silly lego face design, which really leant itself to being turned into a patch.  But what if you want to turn any old embroidery design […]

jewelry to make on an embroidery machine

Machine embroidery jewelry designs that you will actually want to make

If you had asked me last week if I had ever made jewelry with my embroidery machine, my answer would have been a resounding no. First of all, I don’t wear a ton of jewelry. And secondly, many of the machine embroidery jewelry designs I have seen are frankly, pretty tacky.  I’m just not into wearing […]

how to organize machine embroidery designs

How to organize machine embroidery designs

If you are a true embroidery geek, you probably collect A LOT of embroidery and appliqué designs, especially when there are so many great sources for free ones. But, once you start amassing a collection, it can be challenging to find the one you are looking for which is why it’s important to implement some […]