Articles in Category: Machine Embroidery Basics

Why You Should Stop Color Sorting Every Design

Is Color Sorting Destroying Your Designs?

Why You Should Stop Color Sorting Every Design

Ask most any novice embroiderer and they'll tell you they love color sorting.

Bernina thought it was so wonderful that they built it into one of their machines as a “feature” for when you combine multiple designs. Ask any embroidery software developer and they’ll sing it’s praises too.

Me? It makes me want to sing “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown!”

19 Bad Machine Embroidery Habits You Need to Break

19 Bad Machine Embroidery Habits You Need to Break

Many of us are under the illusion that embroidery is just the stitching that happens at the machine and I think that impression comes from that first demo at the dealership.

A small piece of fabric is quickly hooped, some thread is loaded, a few buttons are punched, and VOILA! An embroidery design magically appears. All focus is on the machine stitching and the rest of the process is ignored.

About Those Dreaded Jump Stitches!

About Those Dreaded Jump Stitches!

I often see posts on Facebook where users are raking various digitizers over the coals because of "too many jump stitches." In some instances, the complaints are well deserved but that's not always the case!

Novice digitizers and poorly digitized designs frequently have too many unnecessary jumps due to poor planning. However, just because there are jumps or even a lot of them, doesn't mean it's a poorly digitized design.

7 Ways to Deal with Overly Dense Designs

7 Ways to Deal with Overly Dense Designs

Just this week I had 3 people email me about how to deal with "thick" designs or what is commonly known in the industry as "bullet proof embroidery." The major complaint was puckering and bulky design.

Each of them had thrown all sorts of stabilizers and multiple and too many stabilizers at the design, which did nothing for the puckering and only added to the thickness.

One person adjusted the machine tension to control the thickness. Unfortunately, these are not the solutions!

13 Things to Check Before You Press the Start Button on Your Embroidery Machine

13 Things to Check Before You Press the Start Button on Your Embroidery Machine

It's easy to get overly excited when you start embroidering. You're anxious to get started and get your project done.

But as the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and just an extra minute checking over everything can save you hours of "unembroidering" or an unsalvageable mess.

So here's my pre-embroidery checklist. I recommend you keep it near your machine as a reminder!

BX Machine Embroidery Fonts

BX Machine Embroidery Fonts

Looking for high quality machine embroidery fonts that are keyboard-friendly?

Keyboard fonts, those embroidery fonts you can insert by simply selecting a font from a menu and typing as you would in most any computer app, instead of combining individual design files consisting of one character per file, are infinitely easier and more efficient to use.

Create Exquisite Embroidery with Any Thread!

Create Exquisite Embroidery with Any Thread!

The texture, type and weight of thread can dramatically impact the appearance of an embroidery design – are you making the right choices for your projects?

Join the online Craftsy class Thread Savvy: Stitch Flawlessly With Any Thread with me, expert embroiderer Lindee Goodall, and discover everything you need to know to achieve professional results with traditional and decorative threads alike!

About Me

lindee crafsy ovalHi, I’m Lindee Goodall, a machine embroidery designer, digitizer, and educator  in Tucson, AZ.

It’s pretty accurate to say that I’m addicted to digitizing and I have a major fondness for cats, all things Mac, and Filemaker Pro. It’s my passion to help keep you in stitches—embroidery stitches, that is!

Mission

To inspire and nurture personal creativity and productivity by connecting embroiderers and digitizers with innovative, high-quality products and information that significantly elevate their enjoyment and experience while maximizing the use of technology. In other words, more toys and more fun!

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