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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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Getting Artistic with Vermicelli (The Forgotten Stitch type)

johnd | August 8, 2017

This is one of those articles that might motivate those of you who like to experiment and stir your artistic flare within your digitizing, but will most likely not be something you will use within your daily practices. There are certain applications within corporate logos to which we have applied this technique, usually in areas […]

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Stitch Saving Digitizing Techniques

johnd | July 25, 2017

If you are a contract digitizer you’ll find you deal with all the different sectors of the textile industry at once. These range from promotional marketing companies, apparel and headwear manufacturers, contract embroiderers and people in the retail market, such as sporting good stores. You feel like your always under and microscope and you never […]

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JUMP STITCHES: Why you don’t want them in your designs

Sue | July 18, 2017

Jump stitches.  Yucch.  Sometimes jump stitches happen in small amounts, but if you are trying to stitch out a design with a ton of jump stitches, you are going to get frustrated and disappointed as your design stitches out.    Let’s have a serious talk about Jump stitches.  Seriously, the embroidery world needs fewer jump […]

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Applique: Pre-cut or not to Pre-cut? That is the question!

Sue | July 11, 2017

Applique can get a little bit complicated at times, and can certainly take some time.  Once you have completed an applique design, the work was well worth it!  Applique can make just about anything beautiful if done correctly.  Personally, I love doing applique designs.  The question of the day is, do you pre-cut your applique […]

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Embroidery Support: Why you need some support!

Sue | July 4, 2017

Embroidery support!  You may think that I am talking about online support or software support or answers to questions you may have.  Nope, not that kind of support!  I am talking about embroidery support or supporting the actual embroidery with the correct stabilizer – that kind of support.  Supporting the stitches is the foundation of […]

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Pinterest for EMBROIDERY DESIGNS

Sue | June 27, 2017

I know that quite a few people use Facebook for embroidery – in groups or pages – but do you know how you can use Pinterest, too? Pinterest’s boards are full of pictures and great ideas, especially for embroidery. Pinterest can be a wealth of information, inspiration and beautiful embroidery designs. If you are new […]

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ORGANIZE YOUR SPACE: Ideas to get sew organized!

Sue | June 20, 2017

Get organized!  Some days I get so busy that my workspace looks like a bomb went off!  Stabilizer everywhere, thread all over the place, and absolutely no scissors to be found, ever.  It is so hard to take the time to get everything organized in your sewing room and to be able to keep it […]

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EMBROIDERY STICKY SPRAY: things you need to know!

Sue | June 13, 2017

  There are tons and tons of embroidery tools and items that will help you with perfecting your stitch outs, and chances are you have a few in your sewing room already! As with any helpful items, some tools are handy, and some tools can be overused and cause issues.  Enter temporary adhesive spray!  The […]

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3D Foam Memories

johnd | June 6, 2017

We had a post last week on our Hatch Facts Facebook Group asking about digitizing for 3D Foam and it brought back a flood of painful memories. Back in the early 90’s was the first time I saw 3D Foam hit the market, at the time we ran a contract embroidery house and did customer […]

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