Embroidery Blog

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Modern Cutting Methods for Machine Embroidery Appliqué

By Marjorie Busby
Cutting Shapes for Machine EmbroideryJust imagine what beautiful things we could create with our embroidery machine if our appliqué shapes could be cut automatically for us and each one was perfect. The only thing left for us to do is stitch them out. Guess what? We can do that with the new tools available to us: die cutting machines and electronic cutting machines. Today, let's take a look at how die cutting machines can transform your shapes. Read more »

Free Pattern Friday: Quilts, Knits, Garments & More!

By Karen Kelty
Free Shawl Knitting PatternHappy Friday! Let's celebrate with weekend with a fresh roundup of free patterns created by the best independent designers from around the world. From beautiful handmade wrapping paper, to charming flower coasters, a lovely knit shawl and more, download your favorite free patterns now! Read more »

Using a Wing Needle with Heirloom Machine Embroidery Designs: Church Dolls

By Marjorie Busby
Heirloom Embroidery DesignsHeirloom machine embroidery is beautiful and is a modern way to do French hand sewing. When my children were pre-teens, I spent many hours using my computerized machine to do French hand sewing using methods by Martha Pullen and Mildred Turner. That was before I had an embroidery machine. It is much easier to complete projects, like the one below, using an embroidery machine. Today, we'll take a look at one of my favorite projects to give as a baby gift: a church doll made using heirloom embroidery techniques. Read more »

The Best Key Keeper Ever Tutorial

By Marjorie Busby
Machine Embroidery Key FobAlmost two years ago, a friend made and gave me a key fob that was a fabric loop attached to metal hardware. But alas, I have now worn out that wonderful gift and have had to re-create my own. To me, a key fob is the perfect place to showcase embroidery. Enjoy a tutorial for making a quick and easy machine embroidery key fob. Read more »

Free Pattern Friday: Quilts, Knits, Kittens & More

By Craftsy
Free Amigurumi PatternLet's celebrate Friday with a fresh roundup of free patterns created by the best independent designers from around the world. From an adorable children's dress, to a playful puppies quilt, amigurumi kittens and more, download your favorite free patterns now! Read more »

Create a Unique Wooden Embroidered Monogram

By Hope Yoder
Wooden Embroidered MonogramOwn an embroidery machine and want to make a quick-monogramed letter to embellish a bookcase, shelf or to create unique wall art? Enjoy a crafting project that includes machine embroidery, fabric covered buttons and woodcrafts. Read more »

Showcase Your Machine Embroidery

By Marjorie Busby
Embroidery BlanksStitching machine embroidery to make gifts is great fun. What isn't always fun is stitching the project itself before adding the machine embroidery. This is where embroidery blanks can be a real lifesaver. You can enjoy all the stitching fun and create a personalized gift very quickly! Read more »

Free Pattern Friday: Quilting, Knitting, Sewing & More

By Craftsy
Free Sewing Pencil Skirt PatternIt's Friday, which means it's time to celebrate with a new roundup of free patterns created by the best independent designers from around the world! From a lovely cowl, to a gorgeous flower block, to a custom fit pencil skirt, and more, download the free patterns you like today. Read more »

Heirloom Embroidery Techniques: Sew Easy!

By Hope Yoder
Heirloom EmbroideryMost women are drawn to the romance of lace, ruffles and vintage reproductions so it’s a natural transition to translate traditional sewing techniques to new and exciting in-the-hoop techniques. Heirloom sewing is needlework that imitates the look of French hand-sewing styles created by women in the late 1800s and early 1900s. While traditionally made on a machine, (though it can still be done by hand such as with beads and ribbon embroidery) it can now be recreated with the embroidery units on home-based embroidery machines. Let's get started with our step-by-step tutorial! Read more »