Felt is an ideal medium for so many machine embroidery projects. The texture provides a nice thickness and structure for projects as well as a strong base for machine embroidery stitches. I first started working with felt while making mug rugs for Halloween. It was so easy to use and gave me the texture, softness and structure that I needed for my mug rugs. This made me think about the many other ways I could use felt for upcoming holiday projects. Read more »
We've already talked about using electronic craft cutters to cut the fabric shapes used in machine embroidery appliqué. Here, I discuss how to cut appliqué shapes for electronic craft cutters from machine embroidery appliqué files. Read more »
Do you need some fresh ideas for personalizing handmade gifts for friends and family this upcoming holiday season, or for other celebrations? This quick and easy way to create names and celebration greetings with machine embroidery alphabet mini banners may be the perfect solution! Read more »
It is already mid-October and Halloween and fall festivals are just around the corner! This year, I plan on making some fun Halloween decor for my home using my embroidery machine, including door hangers, which are a fun and easy in-the-hoop project, personalized mug rugs to give as gifts to my friends, and trick-or-treat bags. Explore these and other Halloween-themed projects and patterns to get inspired for fall! Read more »
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is an excellent opportunity to make beautiful machine embroidery projects to increase breast cancer awareness in your community. These projects can be made quickly and easily with pink fabric and thread. Use these projects to decorate your home or office or give them as gifts to show how much this cause means to you. Read more »
With fall and winter holidays approaching, it's fun to start thinking about making personalized gifts. Last year, I used my embroidery machine to make Christmas ornaments and gift tags using pre-cut shapes. These are a quick and easy project that can be easily customized for any occasion! Read more »
In just a few short weeks, the weather will be cooler, and we'll be getting ready for Halloween and Thanksgiving. Now is the perfect time to plan ahead for the fall holidays. The embroidery machine is the perfect way to make quick and easy projects that will give you a special look for your holiday table. Here are some ideas for embellish place mats, table runners and more for the fall season. Read more »
Machine embroidery appliqué with the E-stitch, or as it is better known, the blanket stitch, is one of the most challenging methods of machine appliqué because it's an open stitch. In order to machine embroider with this stitch, the appliqué shape must be cut to the exact size and the tackdown stitch must be removed or disguised. There are two methods that are most often used for machine embroidery appliqué with this stitch. Here's a look at them both.
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Machine embroidered bunting flags are an adorable way to decorate a baby's nursery. Or, you can customize them for cute, trendy decor for the holidays or special events, like birthday parties or weddings. Here's how I made adorable owl bunting flags for a nursery. Take these tips and customize them any way you like!
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Have you seen those really cute graphics that have words fitted inside a shape? I have seen that done in machine embroidery and wanted to see if I could create my own word cloud using my basic embroidery software and my embroidery machine. It worked! Here's how I did it. Read more »