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The Underlying Importance of Underlay Stitches!

Sue | October 17, 2017

Whats the big deal with using underlay?  Why would you add MORE stitches to your design so it takes longer to stitch out?  Underlay doesn’t make any difference to embroidery when I stitch it out, so why bother to use it?  You need to understand underlay to keep the quality of your embroidery at a […]

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CREATING YOUR OWN MOTIFS: It’s as easy as pie!

Sue | October 10, 2017

Would you like some motif pie?  Yes, of course you do! Once you get the hang of creating your own motif stitches, you will find it difficult to stop!  It really is as easy as pie! The first things you need are a piece of paper, pencil or pen and a ruler and a compass […]

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Create your own Halloween Mug Rug with simple squares!

Sue | October 3, 2017

Halloween is fast approaching!  Create your own Halloween decorations starting with an easy but amazing mug rug!  If you can create a square, you can create a mug rug! Can you draw a square with running stitches?  If you can, then you can make your own mug rug!  It’s that easy!  And don’t forget tons […]

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Not all trials are created equal

Sue | September 26, 2017

I love to do research and learn as much as I can.  Lately, I have been researching different embroidery programs and the different tools and ideas that they have.  Most are basically the same, they all have the run stitch, satin stitch and fill stitch and have tools for shortcut stitches, motifs, and fancy stitches. […]

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Tips for your next embroidery project: Get organized.

Sue | September 19, 2017

Starting an embroidery project:  Get organized. Do you ever stop learning about embroidery?  I am often amazed at how much I don’t know!  I love to learn new things, and I am hopping on a new embroidery adventure that is going to require some research. I am learning about quilting for wall hangings that I […]

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Take the Time to Smell the (embroidery) Roses

Sue | September 12, 2017

An old saying, but still a good saying.  And it is good advice, too! I have been doing embroidery for the better part of 17 years – digitizing, stitching, creating.  It has been the best time of my life, I love my job!  I also work 7 days a week, and often 15 hours a […]

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Make Embroidery your passion

Sue | September 5, 2017

What does embroidery do for you? Personally, I can’t even remember life before embroidery, I have been doing embroidery for so long!  I started out with a very simple single needle embroidery machine and then went up from there:  now we own 6 multi needle machines, and I love every moment of it. I strive […]

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Tricks for Knits

johnd | August 29, 2017

Digitizing for Knitted Garments Digitizing for difficult fabrics can sometimes be… ‘difficult’, and knitwear would be considered a ‘difficult fabric’ by many embroiderers. So when tackling this type of fabric, you’ll often need more than just good digitizing techniques to give you a bit of an edge. Let’s start with your choice of stabilizer – […]

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How to Digitize Athletic Uniform Embroidery

johnd | August 22, 2017

If you’re thinking about tackling the team uniform market it’s really a matter of properly planning your digitizing and production practices. Hopefully we’ll all agree that choosing embroidery and appliqué over silk screening definitely has more visual appeal on a set of team jerseys. Unfortunately, we’ll also agree that the pricing differences are also just […]

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Embroidering on Terry Cloth: Digitizing Tips & Techniques

johnd | August 15, 2017

Terry Cloth… Ouch!.. I’ll have you know I tried hard to think of some way to make this article a little light hearted and not just a technical manual, so I might as well apologize in advance as its best suited for all us embroidery geeks. Embroidering on terry cloth falls into one of the […]

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