Category: Troubleshooting


Why is my bobbin thread showing on top?

It’s Saturday morning at 11:37 and you decide to monogram a gift for a party that starts in 23 minutes.  You got this, right? Hoop and score the stabilizer, thread the machine, center the shirt on the stabilizer and get ready to go… But then, your embroidery machine starts stitching like absolute CRAP, and why […]

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 […]

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 […]

embroidery machine maintenance

Embroidery Machine Maintenance Tips

It’s a lesson that is taken taken me a long time to learn. When you take care of things –  they last longer. I know it may seem obvious, but for me it took years to appreciate that sentiment. And, it is one that definitely applies to your embroidery machine. The better you take care […]

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 remove embroidery

How to remove embroidery

We’ve already established the fact here that every machine embroidery enthusiast makes mistakes. And when the mistake is really bad, sometimes the best solution is to rip out your stitches and start again. But if you’re new to this game (or you have never made a mistake), you’re probably wondering how to remove embroidery and […]

10 embroidery mistakes and how to avoid them

10 Machine Embroidery Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

When you’ve spent over 10 years working with an embroidery machine, you’re bound to make a few embroidery mistakes. This is certainly true for me. The funny thing is – the more I share stories with other machine embroidery geeks, the more I hear the same stories again and again. It seems we’ve all made […]

Why are my needles breaking

Why are my needles breaking on my embroidery machine?

I sit there, mesmerized, watching my embroidery machine do its thing… happily humming along, then suddenly – POP – the needle breaks. After a brief moment of gratitude that the needle tip did take my eye out, and carefully disposing of the tip before it ends up in my foot, I change the needle and […]