Simulating the look of hand embroidered crazy quilting is fast and easy with an embroidery machine! All the blocks in this set are stitched similar to paper piecing in the hoop using a stitch and flip method.
Show off your embroidery with this quick and easy project!
Journal and book covers are quick and easy projects and are perfect for showing off your embroidery! They also make great gifts and can be customized for almost anyone of any age.
Last July, I digitized a set of continuous line baby animals and then used the same artwork to recreate the animals in appliqué and now I've finally finished stitching those appliqué versions!
When "pucker up" is not a good thing!
Eight years ago, I wrote a post called Why Does My Embroidery Pucker (find it linked at the end of this post) and during the recently wrapped 2017 Virtual Sewing, Quilt, and Embroidery Expo, I focused on pucker problems in my two-part class called Professional Pointers for Pucker Prevention.
Let Your Embroidery Machine Do the Quilting!
If you've become the designated "baby quilt lady" who is expected to make a quilt for every new arrival on the planet within your extended family, friends, church, neighborhood, or community, you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed!
Embossed monograms on towels are an easy and fun technique. They're also impressive looking and elegant and can work with most any decor.
An advantage with embossed monograms is that they're designed to let the nap peek through so you don't have to worry about the nap poking up though the design or your design getting lost in the nap, typically exactly what you want to avoid under normal circumstances.
How to choose the software of your dreams.
I'm not sure why people keep asking me this. Yes, I'm a digitizer but I'm not out there comparing every digitizing program. And it turns out a lot of those asking already have software.
Basically, if you have any reputable digitizing software, you can do most any basic type of thing you might need. By basic I mean typical types of stitches like fills, satins, runs, motif stitches, etc.
You can do appliqué, lace, filled designs, logos, redwork, etc. Possibly not with just one or two clicks but when you get down to it, a stitch is just a needle penetration and theoretically you could make a very sophisticated design with just a manual single stitch tool. It would take a long time but it's totally possible.
As many of you know, I'm a die-hard Mac lover and it takes something turly seriously cool for me to "do Windows."
For the past year or two or so, my good friend Gary Walker has been trying to persuade me to use yet another embroidery digitizing program that only runs on Windows. I "fell" for that the first time and ended up losing a ton of time screwing around with Generations and even writing a course at his behest.
Bad judgement on both our parts but it looked good at the time. Things change and you have to move on.
How to Get Accurate Hoop Placement Quickly & Easily!
What's the first thing you notice about embroidery on an item? Placement!
What's the second thing you notice about embroidery on an item? That it's smooth, wrinkle and ripple free, and that it has good registration (no gaps).
Easy 3D & FSL Projects with Your Embroidery Machine
Looking for something eye-catching yet easy? These Sweetheart Tea Light Angels are just the thing!
Stitch out the pieces, cut them out, activate the stabilizer, and then just interlock the pieces. You an easily disassemble them and store them flat. No extra hand or machine sewing, no burning your fingers as you try to hot glue them together.
Have you ever needed a design for something but couldn't find just the right one? What if you could make it yourself by using premade bits and just putting them together for the perfect fit?
Sometimes you just need a tote bag with a little more pizzaz than you can get by embellishing a premade one. Fortunately tote bags are easy to make with only basic sewing skillis and relatively fast with the added benefit that a flat piece of fabric is way easier to embroider than a tubular, ready made bag, especially when stitching on a domestic, flat bed machine.