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A new page has been created since the video was produced. Please go here: 2017 2nd Annual Virtual Sewing Expo Specials
MY AFFILIATE LINKS DISCLOSURE
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This page lists links to some of my favorite products! Unless otherwise noted, these are products I have or have used.
Note that some of these products are found right here in my own shop while others are affiliate links to my favorite sources.
You may also find these products in your usual local shops but I find that more often than not, when I find something I like, when I rely on the store to have it when I need it, that’s when it’s either out of stock or no longer carried.
Besides, it’s much easier to click a few buttons on the computer and have a package delivered right to my front porch rather than waste time and gas and contribute to global warming by driving around looking for stuff. Here are my 3 primary sources here in the U.S.:
The nice thing about Amazon is that they also have locations around the world. For my Aussie & Kiwi friends, Echidna Club is a great resource.
HELP WITH THIS PAGE!
Products do get discontinued and links can evaporate.
If you find a product link no longer works, please let me know via the Contact page. Also, if you have product to recommend, let me know. I’m always looking for new and better things!
VIRTUAL SEWING EXPO 2017
See 2017 2nd Annual Virtual Sewing Expo Specials for all the updated specials (this page was created after the video was made…)
Looking for designs listed in the video sessions?
- Quilt-As-You-Go Basics – 40-page ebook – use your coupon code to get it for free!
- Echidna Hooping Stations – SOLD OUT
- Birth Month Flowers of the Year – quilt project
- Quilted Baby Animals – make this quilt in just one day! Read more in this blog post.
- It’s a Girl! Baby Girl Quilt – designs + project instructions and brand new, It’s a Boy!
- Baby’s First Quilt – appliques with coordinating quilt blocks plus optional echo quilting around appliques
- Ocean Dreams quilt – satin stitch and bean stitch nautical motifs with optional coordinated quilting blocks
- Cabin Fever – Piece in the Hoop Blocks
- Feathered Quilt Blocks – can’t free motion perfect feathers? Let your embroidery machine do it. Multiple sizes.
DESIGNS MENTIONED IN CLASSES & YOUTUBE VIDEOS
Other products mentioned in class videos will be listed under the appropriate heading.
- Free-Standing Lace YouTube class
- Machine Embroidered Applique class
- Birth Month Flowers of the Year Quilt
- Birth Month Flowers of the Year Designs
- In-the-Hoop Rose case
- All applique designs
- Other Collections
DISCOUNT LINKS FOR CRAFTSY CLASSES
Craftsy is my go to place for learning.
Yes, you can eventually find something on YouTube and that can get you out of jam (possibly) but if you want an actually class, then check out Craftsy!
All discount links for Craftsy classes can be found on my Craftsy page.
Note: Craftsy changed how discount coupons work restricting them to specific period rather than indefinitely, which makes maintaining the links ridiculously complicated.
If you do a lot of appliqué, owning a cutter will not only speed the cutting but improve accuracy!
I personally use a Brother Scan N Cut, which is a popular and easy to use cutter. There are quite a few to choose from these days so do your research.
Here’s a good place to start:
- View a Selection – as new cutters are introduced, you can find them here. Also, compare various cutters to see which one will work best for you.
FUSIBLE WEB FOR APPLIQUE
There are many choices from paper backed to pressure sensitive; light to heavy. Choose one based on your project and how you will be cutting. I find the sticky ones work best for hand cutting and make a mess when cutting on a cutter.
- View a Selection
- Steam-a-Seam 2 and Pellon EZ Steam – my favorites for hand cutting; I prefer the regular over the light
- Soft Fuse – one of my favorites for use with digital cutters, doesn’t leave any lingering stiffness after fusing
- Heat’n Bond Light and Wonder Under – two other products I’ve used and like
- Appli-Kay Wonder from Floriani is another I’ve used and like
APPLIQUE TACKING IRONS
I have two styles mini irons for working in the hoop.
The older one is quite large and I only use it in the really large hoops on my multi-needle. I haven’t found a link for it.
My most used ones are these:
- Mini Irons – In addition to fusing applique in the hoop, these little mini irons are great for piecing in the hoop, pressing seams open when piecing, and sewing doll clothes!
SUPPLIES FOR INKING & COLORING EMBROIDERY
I’ve written about coloring embroidery in several blog posts and also demo’d it on YouTube. Coloring is easy, fun, and adds a unique look to your projects.
Here are some of the products I use:
- Colored pencils
- My favorite: Tsukineko All-Purpose ink. I prefer the liquid kind but there are also markers. These are heat set and work best on natural fibers in lighter colors.
- Tsukineko All-Purpose Ink Workstations, Classics – I started with this set and then added on individual colors as needed
- Fabrico Markers – same Tsukineko ink but in a convenient marker pen form. This link also displays fine point fabric pens for fine detail work or labels.
My two go-to brands are Hemingworth and Sulky and since I like the convenience of shopping on-line and having them magically appear on my front porch, my favorite haunts are embroidery.com,
Nancy’s Notions, and of course, the ever popular and ubiquitous Amazon.
Check all three for the best prices and selections.
Purchase commonly used stabilizers in either convenient sizes for your hoops, or as the largest bolt or roll available for better price per square inch. Look for a starter kit if you’re just getting started.
Here’s a list of commonly used products I have in my stabilizer stash. Yes, there are other specialty ones but these will do for most projects.
- Wash-away stabilizers for lace: Hemingworth Wash-Away, Floriani Wet N Gone, Sulky Fabri-Solvy, Bosal Wash-Away. Some brands have sticky wash-aways but I haven’t found a burning need for them for the way I work.
- Wash-Away Tearaway
- Light-weight “no show” mesh-type cutaway (fusible & non, also colors): Sulky Soft n Sheer, Floriani No-Show Mesh, other brands
- Water soluble films for use as toppings are also available from the same brands as are tearaways and cutaways/
BATTING & SEW-IN FOAM
I prefer low loft battings for most of my projects that call for it. Recently I’ve begun experimenting with some of the sew-in foams used primarily for bag construction.
These are good for in-the-hoop bags when more structure is desired. Also, since they don’t require quilting, they can be used on panels where there’s no quilting or embroidery design to secure the batting. Here are products I’ve personally worked with:
- Warm and Natural – this has become my go-to batting product. It’s cotton and holds up to heat. It’s widely available. This link will also display comparable products.
- Bosal In-R-Form – this link will show various options for single side fusible, double side fusible, and non-fusible (the one I’ve used).
- June Tailor Quilt Low Loft Fusible Batting – When I’ve mentioned using fusible batting in a project, this is the brand I’ve used. It’s polyester and I have had some issues with poly batting melting, especially when using a heat set ink product. It is quite useful when doing in-the-hoop quilt-as-you-go projects.
IN MY WISH LIST
- Hobbs Fusible Cotton Blend batting – The nice thing about looking for products online instead of just what’s available in your local big box store is you can find alternative products. This is another fusible batting I’d like to try for a project. I think with the cotton content it may be more suitable.
New hooping aids are being developed all the time. These aids can help you get more accurate placements and hoop more quickly.
Add-on specialty hoops, like magnetic ones, can make quilting with your embroidery machine easier.
- View a selection
- My faves
- Magnetic hoops – Hooping between the rings of the hoop provides the best security and stabilizer but accurate hooping is difficult so many embroiderers choose to “float” their projects. Floating (stabilizer is hooped but the fabric is not) doesn’t provide the best stability. Magna-hoops and Snap Hoops let you hoop more accurately, and more evenly without floating. Yes, they are somewhat pricey but when you figure in your time and the improved quality of your embroidery over floating, they’ll pay for themselves in no time!
- Pal Laser Light – I have the PAL 2 and I love this gadget. It will project a laser crosshair onto your project to help with accurate hooping or to verify your hooping. If your machine doesn’t have a fancy camera to automatically align your design, then this is the next best thing!
- Hemingworth Double-Sided Embroidery Tape – an alternative to sprays. It grips much better than sprays plus it’s more environmentally friendly
- Stitch it Straight Deluxe – In my Craftsy class, 20 Things Every Machine Embroiderer Should Know, I demonstrated a basic hooping station (Embroiderer’s Friend) that has since vanished from the market. This one looks very close to it. What I like about it is that it’s versatile, easy to use, and easy to take along.
- Embroidery Placement Ruler Adult Shirts Size Small – 4XL – Once again, a replacement item for something I’ve long used and found ideal (Embroiderer’s Buddy). This gadget will help you get an accurate placement for left chest logos and help you avoid placements that are too low (“headlights”) or too far towards the sleeve (armpit designs).
- In my Wish List
- 2 Sock Easy Embroidery Machine Hooping Aid / Hoops – I haven’t done socks in a long time but I’ve seen this gadget demonstrated and if you do socks, get it! Fairly reasonably priced for an embroidery gadget too!
Adhesives are useful hooping aids by helping to secure layers for stitching. I use them sparingly and when needed, not as a routine matter of course.
- TESA – You’ll hear me use this term a lot and it’s one I coined for “temporary embroidery spray adhesive.” My favorite go-to brand is Sulky KK2000. I like the more directed spray it produces. A caution with many adhesives is not to get your project wet until the TESA has dissipated or you will end up with a gooey, gummy mess. You can force dissipate KK200 with a warm, dry iron or even a hot hairdryer. Other brands, such as 505, are available, try some and see what you prefer. Do make sure it’s temporary! Find TESA at your local sewing supply store, Amazon, embroidery.com and
- Double-stick embroidery tape. The brand I use is Hemingworth. Here in the U.S., I get it from embroidery.com. My Aussie friends can find it at Echidna. This stuff is super sticky and holds very well. Don’t sew through it though, because it will gum up your needle, which will break threads. Also, because it’s so sticky, I don’t recommend it for napped fabrics like terry cloth.
- Washaway Wonder Tape. This is a water-soluble sew through tape designed for sewing. I mostly use it for holding zippers in place for in-the-hoop projects. Get it from your local sewing store or from good old Amazon.
- Painter’s tape. Less secure than double-stick embroidery tape but useful for holding things in place for basting or in-the-hoop projects. Peels off easily without damage and can be sewn through. Get it at your local discount store or from good old Amazon. You can even get it in colors other than blue. Tip: If you can cut strips in half lengthwise to maximize the roll.
- Duct tape. My go-to product for preventing hoop slippage! You’ll see it used in my instructions and some blog posts. Get it at your local discount store or from good old Amazon. It too comes in rainbow colors; I just use the gray stuff.
Today we have many choices for high quality thread. Many embroiderers will list the thread colors they used by the brand they use.
I happen to mostly use Hemingworth Poly, Softlight Metallic, and Madeira Rayon.
Bobbin thread is also critical to proper stitch formation. The right weight will keep the bobbin thread on the bottom of the embroidery instead of pulling up to the top. Colored bobbins can make your embroidery beautiful on both sides.
- Hemingworth Poly Select
- Madeira Thread
- Softlight Metallic
- Thread sets are a more economical way of getting started with a thread line
- Bobbin thread – check your bobbin size to get the right size for your machine
Yes, it’s a nasty embroidery fact of life – at some point you’ll have to remove embroidery.
Here are my favorite tools for that:
- WAHL® PEANUT Stitch Remover – a “shaver” for quickly removing embroidery
- Peggy’s Stitch Eraser – a “shaver” for quickly removing embroidery
- Bird’s Nest Toolkit – If you have drop-in bobbin, it can be really difficult to extract a project with a bird’s nest. This toolset can release those thread jams and rescue your project before it is irreparably damaged.
- Stitch Removal Rescue Set – More tools for picking out stubborn stitches
As a Mac user, I’m easily frustrated by software that I have to use on a PC.
Yes, I have Parallels installed on my Mac and there are quite a few embroidery programs installed there but it’s still just too inconvenient—not to mention I have to use Windows.
For digitizing, I use Punto, which runs natively on Mac. This has been my primary digitizer since 1995.
Punto is strictly a digitizing program. It’s not good at working with any files not created in it nor particularly good for normal customizing tasks. It can’t convert to any home formats. It doesn’t even resize non-Punto files well.
For those tasks, I use the Embrilliance suite of programs.
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT EMBRILLIANCE
- Works on both Mac and Windows
- Easy to use, easy to learn, easy to expand
- It’s modular: get what you need, when you need it
- It works under one roof: each add-on opens up new features in one program
- It’s affordable: even if you bought every module, it’s still far less expensive than competitive products
- It has a wide user base, lots of 3rd party YouTube videos, and user groups
- It works on my Mac just like a real Mac app not some subset of features in the Windows version
WHERE TO GET IT
I often demo this software at consumer shows and it may be stocked in our online shop in the software aisle. These are hard copy versions that will be shipped to you.
Prefer a downloadable instant version? Then get Embrilliance here.
READ MORE ON THIS TOPIC
There’s a longer blog post on this topic here: What Embroidery Software Do You Need?