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.
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!
Metallic thread is one of those things we "love to hate." We love the look of metallic thread but it can sometimes be frustrating to embroider with.
I'll share some tips and tricks I've learned over the years to get great results. These tips work with any thread and most are just plain good "best practices" for any embroidery.
This intricately detailed dragon design is a real stunner when stitched in metaillic thread on a black background.
Read on & find out how to get this design free!
As a veteran embroiderer, it's easy to forget how confusing things were in the beginning. This post is designed to answer the #1 question I'm frequently asked, most often by email and what you need to know to answer it. Even if you've been embroidering for a while, this might be a good review!
If you've ever sewn with metallic thread, you know they can be frustrating. They kink, the break, they ravel, they shred, and they're scratchy. As a result, metallic has become known as the "thread we love to hate." We love the beauty and elegance, but we hate their idiosyncrasies.
Wouldn't you love to love metallic thread again? You can! There's a new kid on the block! One that's soft, smooth, non-scratchy, sews like Rayon, and comes in 52 yummy colors! How does it get any better?
The other day I was asked by an acquaintance who was considering the purchase of her first embroidery machine if embroidery was difficult.
Don't you love shopping at the grocery store when they have those free sample tastes of different foods you've never tried? Little mouth watering bites that give you just a taste of the whole pie and let you know whether it tickles your taste buds or sours your stomach.
Now you can try out some sample project lessons with these freebies!
There a lots of things to love about Hemingworth thread:
- Vibrant, lustrous shades in tri-lobal polyester
- The unique thread cap that protects the thread from dust, oils from your fingers, and bruising
- The label that tells you the thread color, thread name, and even the thread sequence number (that little number to the right of the bar code)
- The three drawer thread stackable thread chest with the built-in thread organizer that doubles as a thread dispenser.
In the previous post, What are Birdnests? we looked at what a birdnest is and the potential damage it can cause.
In this sequel we'll look at five common causes of birdnests so we know the signs and can avoid them. Also, I'll cover some tips on how to repair minor damage. As with many problems, prevention can save you time, money, and frustration.
You've just spent a fortune on your very first embroidery machine and now the sales person is showing you threads. You can see from the vast array of colors, fibers, weights, and types that you could easily spend another small fortune just on thread.
What should you get? How much do you need? Why type is best? Do you really need more thread anyway? In this article we'll look at the basics to get started.
Birdnests are not only annoying, they reduce productivity and can potentially ruin the entire project. What are birdnests? How do you prevent them? How do you recover from them? Find out here!