Category Archives: Machine Embroidery Basics

Shortcuts to Success

I’ve compiled a list of the most frequent complaints I see in the various machine embroidery groups I’m in. Often there’s no short answer to these issues because usually there’s more than one cause! I will try to update this page with more links as I have them. Or, just search the blog. Related articles […]

Why is My Bobbin Thread Showing on Top of My Embroidery?

The root cause of bobbin thread showing on the top side of machine embroidery is tension. Your job as an embroidery detective is to determine what’s causing the tensions problem so you can avoid tension headaches. Learn common causes and their solutions!

How to Sew an Embroidered Journal Cover


Journal and book covers are easy sewing projects, make great gifts, and are perfect for personalizing and embellishing with embroidery. See how to measure and make a cover for most any book and learn tips to make yours more professional. Related Articles How to Embroider Victorian Crazy Patch In-the-Hoop How to Make an Embroidered Journal […]

Understanding Jumps, Trims, & Connections in Embroidery Designs


In this video: What is a jump & why they’re there What you can do about them The difference between stitch elements and object elements How closest point capabilities can reduce long jumps and possibly trims thus speeding production and improving results Brief comparison of Embrilliance Essentials with Wilcom Hatch for fonts Related Articles About […]

Professional Pointers for Pucker Prevention – 2 Part Class


Puckered and rippled machine embroidery can be caused by a number of things. Learn what they are and how to prevent them. These classes were originally presented during the 2017 Virtual Sewing, Quilting, and Embroidery Expo and are fundamental principles for ALL embroiderers. Part 1: Hooping Properly Any good embroidery result starts with hooping – […]


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).