Category: Tips & How-tos

Digitizing embroidery designs with Sue Taylor

Digitizing Embroidery Designs and Finding Your Niche

When I first started off in machine embroidery, I joined every machine embroidery group I could find. And, when the subject of digitizing embroidery designs came up and how to learn how to do it, people often mentioned the name, Sue Taylor (formerly Sue Lough). Sue Lough has been in the machine embroidery business, digitizing […]

how to embroider on corduroy

Machine Embroidery on Corduroy

Corduroy is a polarizing fabric. Some people love it, some hate it.  Me? I’m in the former camp. I LOVE corduroy.  Maybe it’s because corduroy reminds me of my preppy uncles who all wear candy cane embroidered corduroy pants around the holidays. The texture of embroidery on lush corduroy fabric was, and still is, so […]

SewArt vs SewWhat Pro Machine Embroidery Software

SewArt vs SewWhat Pro Machine Embroidery Software

If you are thinking about learning to digitize your own designs, you might have looked at SewArt and SewWhat Pro. They are entry level, inexpensive machine embroidery programs made by S&S Computing that do very different things. So, which one should you buy? Do you actually need both? Here’s how they differ and what you […]

Machine Embroidery Digitizing Tips and Tricks from the Pros

Digitizing Tips and Tricks for Machine Embroidery

When I first started digitizing, most of my embroidery designs were a hot mess. But, I kept at it, and eventually they turned out better. In addition to reading the books from the pros like John Deer’s Digitizing Made Easy, I hit up anyone who knew anything about digitizing for their advice. Here are some […]

how to embroider on tulle

How to Embroider on Tulle

Tulle is the type of material I don’t tend to use often.  My girls are past the age of tutus and princesses so I really don’t give it a thought. But tulle is actually a versatile material for machine embroidery. It can work as a stabilizer as well as an enhancement to an embroidered or […]

machine embroidery on puffy foam

Machine embroidery on foam

Ever seen embroidered items with a three-dimensional effect and wonder how they do it? Here’s the secret. There’s FOAM underneath the stitching, and that extra layer of foam underneath the embroidery is what gives the design some extra depth and rally makes it pop. Machine embroidery on foam can also keep your stitches from sinking […]

How to embroider on an umbrella using your embroidery machine

Using your embroidery machine to embroider on an umbrella seems like a REALLY BAD IDEA. The whole premise of an umbrella is to keep the water off of your head. And, the very nature of embroidering requires you to poke thousands of holes in the umbrella when stitching out a design or monogram. So, it […]

How to learn to digitize embroidery designs

So you think you are ready to learn to digitize embroidery designs but not sure how to go about it? You need to talk to Larry and Holly Pike of www.YouCanDigitize.com (as well as ArtisticThreadworks.com).  This superstar embroidery couple has been teaching embroidery digitizing for over 12 years. I recently caught up with Larry who […]

How to center embroidery designs on a t-shirt

How to center machine embroidery designs on a t-shirt or sweatshirt

When it comes to machine embroidery, there isn’t much more frustrating than screwing up the placement of an embroidery design on a t-shirt, especially when you go through the painstaking process of stitching out an appliqué design. I was completely at my wits end when I stitched out an appliqué crown crookedly on a t-shirt […]

how to fix embroidery mistakes

How to fix embroidery mistakes

It happens to the best of us. Despite taking preventative measures to try to avoid messing up, we are human and we make mistakes sometimes on our machine embroidery projects. And it can be SO FRUSTRATING. When this happens to me, my inclination is to simply throw the item away. But, after a few years […]

how to do reverse applique

How to do reverse appliqué

If you do A LOT of appliqué, there comes a time when you just want to mix it up and do something a little different.  Are you with me?  Then, it’s time to give reverse appliqué a try.  Not sure what I’m talking about?  Reverse appliqué is like regular appliqué except the appliqué fabric goes […]

how to make custom button ponytail holders

Personalized ponytail holders to make with an embroidery machine

Years ago, when our kids were little, my friend, Jeannette, who is also an embroidery geek and I hired a babysitter and spent an afternoon sewing together.  It felt so decadent. At that time, she had much more experience with her embroidery machine and sewing for little girls. And that afternoon she taught me how […]