Tag: Stitch Artist

how to precut appliqué fabric

How to precut appliqué fabric for machine embroidery

Love appliqué but hate having to remove your embroidery hoop from your machine to trim your appliqué fabric? Then why not precut appliqué fabric by hand or with your cutting machine? It’s quick, easy and ensures you will get a nice clean finish to your appliquéd project. Products mentioned in this post Why does appliqué […]

appliqué tips for beginners

10 appliqué tips for beginners

When I was just getting started in machine embroidery, appliqué was new and enticing, but a little frustrating.  It took a lot of trial and error to get it right.  But, now that I’ve put in hours behind the embroidery machine, studied up, and digitized many of my own appliqué designs,  I can officially offer up […]

free appliqué designs to stitch on your embroidery machine

38 free appliqué designs to stitch on your embroidery machine

You’ve probably noticed that there are a huge variety of appliqué designs available for sale. But, did you realize that you can also find dozens of free appliqué designs to download and stitch out? Stitching out appliqué designs on your embroidery machine is a great way to use up scraps of fabric while creating a […]

gifts to make for mom using an embroidery machine

Gifts for mom to make on an embroidery machine

OH man!  It’s that time of year again: the season in which I rack my brain trying to figure out what to give my mom and my mother-in-law for Mother’s Day. Fortunately, I own an embroidery machine, and I have a fairly good track record for embroidering gifts personalized gifts that they have loved.  Since […]

The best monogram fonts for Machine Embroidery

10 Best Monogram Fonts for Machine Embroidery

I have to admit, I’m in a bit of a monogram rut.  It seems like I keep using the same interlocking curly monogram over and over again. And while it’s attractive and serves its purpose, I’m frankly getting a bit sick of it. I need to invest in some new monogram typefaces, digitizing some myself […]

how to set up a monogram for machine embroidery

How to set up a monogram for machine embroidery

Perhaps one of the reasons why you bought an embroidery machine was to be able to add monograms to home decor and clothing items. That’s certainly a good reason, and a very common reason.  In fact, some people refer to embroidery machines as a “monogram machine.” However, before you can monogram anything, you will need […]

How to make a monogrammed wreath sash

How to make a monogrammed wreath sash

Are your front door wreaths looking a little generic and seasonally ambiguous? Well, then it’s time to make a monogrammed wreath sash! Never seen one before? Let me introduce you to these lovely bits of home decor that you can easily whip up on your sewing and embroidery machines that will take your curb appeal […]

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 digitize an appliqué for free with Ink/Stitch

How to digitize an appliqué design using Ink/Stitch – for FREE

Want to digitize an appliqué design, but don’t want to spend the money on digitizing software? Fortunately, there is a free and open-source program called Inkscape with a module you can add on called Ink/Stitch (also free) which will allow you to do exactly that. You can download Inkscape onto your Mac or PC and […]

10 Easter projects to make on your embroidery machine

Machine embroidery projects for Easter

It’s hard to believe that the next big holiday is EASTER!  Yes, I understand it is a holy day, and I do recognize that. But when it comes to machine embroidery, Easter means going big with over the top Easter baskets, outfits and home decor. If you are looking for ideas this season, check out […]

How to convert an SVG file to an embroidery design

How to convert an SVG file to an embroidery design

If you’re familiar with computer graphics, or you use a cutting machine, like a Cricut, a Silhouette, or a Brother Scan and Cut, then you’re probably very familiar with SVG files. These machines LOVE SVG files because they provide such a precise cutting line. While cutting machines and embroidery machines work a big differently, they […]

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 […]