Machine Embroidery Geek

Inspiration and Mastery of your embroidery machine. Hi, I'm Julie, a.k.a the Machine Embroidery Geek. I love to make fun, modern projects with my embroidery machine - always thinking outside of the fussy, grandma box! Check out my collection of embroidery designs OR Visit the blog where I offer some embroidery inspiration and answer the perplexing questions that you may have regarding your

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How to learn to digitize embroidery designs

The basic way auto-digitizing works is to evaluate the size and shape of an object. Based on this assessment and some rules set up in the programming, it chooses what type of stitch to turn image into. For example, a big area of solid color will be made into an area fill.

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How to convert an image to an embroidery file for free

Therefore, before I can explain why the whole process of converting an image (like a JPG) into an embroidery file (like a PES, DST, JEF, etc….) is a bit more complex than simply hitting a “convert” button, I need to clarify how images are different from embroidery files.

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In-the-hoop banner how-to

Supplies needed for this project. SewWrite software to generate letters (or pre-digitized letters); SewWhat-Pro software to combine the letters and the in-the-hoop flag design; In-the-hoop banner pattern (available in my resource library); Felt – the amount depends on how many flags you are making and which size your are stitching out. For 4″ banner pieces – each flag will require an 8

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Digitizing Tips and Tricks for Machine Embroidery

When I first started digitizing, most of my embroidery designs were a hot mess. But, I kept at it, and eventually they turned out better. In addition to reading the books from the pros like John Deer’s Digitizing Made Easy, I hit up anyone who knew anything about digitizing for their advice.Here are some of their best digitizing tips and tricks for machine embroidery that helped me.

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How to charge for embroidery

Typical formulas for calculating embroidery fees. It is quite common for practitioners to charge an extra $1.00 per 1,000 stitches. So, for example if the design has 4,500 stitches, the total charge would be a $5.00 hooping charge + $5 because the design contains between 4,000 and 5,000 stitches (rounding up). So, the total charge would be $10.

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10 Easy Gifts to Make for a Man Using Your Embroidery

Knit Cap with Embroidered Nautical Initials. If the man in your life enjoys being out on the water, or at least look like a fisherman, this is the perfect gift for him. Stitch out his initials using nautical flag letters on a black knit cap. It looks super sharp.

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Is there a free embroidery file format converter

How to find a free embroidery file format converter. Most full-fledged versions of common digitizing programs allow you to save an embroidery design in a variety of file formats. For example, Embrilliance allows you to save an embroidery design in 16 different formats. And, it will open up even more of a variety of formats.

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Free embroidery fonts to download: 20 great sources

5, 6, 7 – Almost Famous, Textured and Blockish from Embrilliance. Embrilliance offers three different free embroidery fonts in BX format: Almost Fancy, Textured and Blockish. And, they each have a very different character. Almost Fancy is a casual script. …

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Machine Embroidery Tips and How-tos

Check out these project based posts chock full of machine embroidery tips and how-tos. I offer many files and patterns for these projects for FREE in my resource library. Machine embroidery jewelry designs that you will actually want to make. Make a koozie in the hoop on an embroidery machine.

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10 appliqué tips for beginners

2) Wash and dry both the appliqué fabric and the garment before stitching. Washing and drying the appliqué fabric prior to starting the project is probably the most important of all these appliqué tips for beginners. This is because an appliqué fabric and the garment on which you are stitching the appliqué design to be quite different.

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Satin vs fill stitch in machine embroidery

Satin stitch. A satin stitch is usually a type of stitch that goes around the border of a design. A satin stitch is like a zig zag stitch with a very small stitch length so that it looks like a continuous line. The most common type of applique is one with a satin stitch finish. In applique, a satin stitch serves the purpose of covering the raw

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How to remove embroidery

Pull the stitches off from the front of the garment. Once the stitches are destroyed on the front of the fabric, then should be able to be pulled out from the front. Using a pair of tweezers or some suture removers, gently pull the stitches away from the fabric. Just take your time, and be gentle.

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Tips for starting an embroidery business

#2 Consider working for a boutique. One way to learn the biz quickly is to do it for someone else. If you spend a year or so running the embroidery machine for a boutique, you will have better embroidery skills and a much better idea of how to run an embroidery business.

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Why is the thread breaking on an embroidery machine

Thread passing through the smaller eye within a sewing needle can easily get snagged and break. You should also check the condition of your needle. Needles can easily get bent if they run into a hard or stiff surface. Then, in future projects, the thread can easily break. Also, if the needle is too old and worn out, it can also shred the thread.

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How to embroider on a swimsuit

Then, use a pin to score around the inside edge of the hoop. This will create a small tear in the top layer of the paper. Peel the paper away to expose the sticky surface. Finally use a disappearing ink pen to draw the center point on the sticky stabilizer and extend the lines to the edge of the hoop.

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Needles for machine embroidery: what to use when

The bottom line is that a 75/11 needle has a diameter of .75mm. And, a larger value means a thicker needle. When choosing what size embroidery needle to use, keep in mind, the smaller the needle, the smaller the holes and the better for finer, thinner fabrics. Larger needles produce larger the holes which make them better for thicker fabric.

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Hoop burn: how to remove it and avoid it

The least invasive and easiest method for restoring hoop burned fabric is to spritz it with a little water using a spray bottle and leaving it alone to air dry. You can also lay a damp cloth on the project to get it wet. Just avoid rubbing aggressively on the markings.

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The best embroidery fonts for handkerchiefs

And – it comes as small as 1/4″. Buckingham Script. The Buckingham Script is another classic script font that is perfect for formal occasions. It is more upright than the Ballet Script. It also comes in a 1/4″ size. Penny Lane. I think Penny Lane is my favorite of all the script fonts that are available in small sizes.

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10 hacks for organizing sewing and embroidery supplies

Pegboard Photo provided by Ashton Boyett and used with her permission. Pegboards can be used in a multitude of ways for organizing sewing and embroidery supplies. You can actually buy little peg board hooks to organize your sewing and embroidery thread.But, you can also use a multitude of hooks to hand scissors, rulers, embroidery hoops, etc… You can even integrate a paper towel holder …

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How to Embroider on Tulle

How to embroider on tulle using an embroidery machine. STEP 1: Hoop a piece of medium weight water soluble stabilizer. Make sure that the hooping is quite taut so that you could bounce a coin off of it. STEP 2: Spray the hooped stabilizer with temporary adhesive, masking your hoop to avoid getting it covered with spray.

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How to embroider on a onesie

Now, unsnap the bottom of the onside and push the fabric away from the center the design. Use blue painters tape to hold the excess fabric out of the way. Lay down a piece of water soluble stabilizer over the top of the onesie. Start stitching your design. Slow the machine down so that you can stop it if it goes haywire.

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How to make a sun hat

Stitch along the outside edge of the brim leaving 5/8” seam allowance. Trim the seam allowance to about 1/4″, then make small notches in the seam allowance about every 1/2″ being careful not to cut the stitching. This will give you a smoother curve when you turn the brim right side out. Turn the sun hat brim right side out and press.

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How to embroider gloves

Stick the glove onto the adhesive-backed stabilizer lining up the intended center point of the design with the center point of the adhesive-backed stabilizer . Use blue painters tape to hold back the back side of the glove. Then lay down a piece of water soluble stabilizer over the embroidery area. You are ready to stitch.

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Machine embroidery on foam

Incorporating foam into your machine embroidery is actually pretty simple. First, you want to match the color of the foam to the color of the thread. Then, you simply lay it down before you start stitching – like a topper. Once you’re done, you can just tear away the excess. The form under the stitching stays underneath the embroidery

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How to embroider on napkins

Cloth napkins really a dream material. I would just use a fresh machine embroidery needle and any machine embroidery thread you wish to stitch out the design. After you stitch out your design on one napkin, tear the napkin away from the stabilizer. Then, simply patch the hole in your stabilizer with a scrap piece.

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What is stitch density in machine embroidery

Stitch density is not pull compensation. A setting within embroidery software that is often confused with stitch density is pull compensation. Stitch density refers to the distance between stitches. But, pull compensation controls the width of the stitches. Raising the pull compensation will make the length of your stitches longer.

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Brother PE535 embroidery machine review

The Brother PE535 is an embroidery only machine made by the Brother sewing and embroidery company. The PE preface in the model number is intended to communicate the fact that it is solely for embroidery. And it is to differentiate the machine from the SE models (like the SE600) which can both sew and embroider.

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Machine embroidery terms every embroidery geek should know

Machine embroidery terms and acronyms can be a little confusing, especially if you are new to the craft. Just scanning through forums and Facebook groups dedicated to machine embroidery, you may think that members are speaking another language.

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Brother SE600 Review: an embroidery / sewing machine for

What is the Brother SE600? Photo provided by Anna McMillen and used with her permission. The Brother SE600 is an entry level, single needle, home embroidery / sewing machine offered by the Brother sewing and embroidery company. It will allow you to sew a lot of different stitch types and embroider designs up to (almost) 4″ x 4″.

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Gifts to make on an embroidery machine

11) Monogrammed pocket t-shirt. You can make a really special t-shirt just by stitching on a monogrammed pocket using your embroidery machine. Just stitch out a monogram on a piece of fun fabric. Then, use an in-the-hoop pocket embroidery design to …

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How to embroider on a throw

Floating the throw on the embroidery hoop. Using the folding method, you can precisely place the embroidery design (monogram, name or design) in the appropriate spot on the throw. If you want the design to be set at a 45 degree angle, simply fold the adjacent sides on top of each other to locate the diagonal line that should run through the

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How to digitize handwriting for machine embroidery

First, you will need to open your image in Photopea (File -> Open) and then browse to the image. The first step I took was to remove the parts of the text I didn’t want to digitize. I did this by sampling the background using the eyedropper tool and then “painting the background” over the text I wanted to remove.

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What are appliqué scissors

How to use appliqué scissors. The proper way to use appliqué scissors is to insert the duckbill side of the blade between the fabric you want to cut and the fabric underneath that will remain uncut. This enables you to cut the appliqué fabric close to the placement stitching without inadvertently cutting the fabric underneath.

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10 fun ideas to machine embroider on a baseball cap

Here’s a fun idea for someone with some serious state pride – embroidering the outline of their state on a baseball cap with a “love” stitched through the middle of the state. Again, the raw edge appliqué stitches out quickly, but has a big, bold effect. Note: I …

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How to embroider on paper cards

Step 2: Float the card. If you are using adhesive-backed tearaway stabilizer, score the inside edge of the stabilizer with a pin to tear the top paper layer. Then, peel back the paper to expose the sticky surface. If you are using regular tearaway or cutaway stabilizer, you will need to spray the stabilizer with temporary adhesive.

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How to combine embroidery designs using SewWhat-Pro

Fortunately, that’s pretty easy in SewWhat Pro . To combine the two black thread color stops, simply choose “Join Threads” from the Edit menu. Then choose the option to Join adjacent threads that are the same color. You will now see that there are just three color stops as opposed to four.

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How to market your embroidery business

If you want to run a successful embroidery business, you'll need to get some customers. Here are 20 ways to market your embroidery business.

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How to embroider on a pillow case

Fold the pillowcase in half along the vertical line you drew. Align the fold of the pillow case with the horizontal or vertical on you drew on the hooped stabilizer. If your design is very wide you may need to rotate it 90°. Place your pillow case on the stabilizer according to the orientation of the design.

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How to embroider on a beanie

Step 2. With a pin, score the inside edge of the hoop to create a small tear in the paper layer of the hooped stabilizer. Now, peel away the paper to expose the sticky surface. Then, draw a horizontal and vertical line through the center of the hoop using a Disappearing ink pen.

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How to set up a monogram for machine embroidery

Method 1: create the monogram on the machine itself. Every embroidery machine has some built-in lettering capability. For example, my single needle embroidery machine has five different built-in typefaces. And, sometimes out of pure laziness and/or convenience, I create a monogram right in my embroidery machine interface.

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Where to buy machine embroidery supplies

Once you start using your embroidery machine, you will find, very quickly that this new hobby requires quite a few supplies. For example, you will need consumables like a nice collection of embroidery thread, a variety of stabilizers, bobbin thread, etc., as well as some essential tools and accessories to make your embroidery easier. But where should you purchase these machine …

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Make an Embroidered Headband with Your Embroidery Machine

Do NOT stitch all the way to the end. Leave at least on inch on either end unstitched. 5) Turn the fabric right-side-out. Then pin the short ends of the tube together right side to right side to form a circle. Stitch them together. 6) Now slip stitch the remaining hole together, and the headband is complete!

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How to embroider on an umbrella using your embroidery machine

STEP 3: Hoop a piece of adhesive backed stabilizer, score the inside edges around the embroidery hoop and peel back the paper to reveal the sticky surface. Then mark the center on the exposed adhesive and extend the horizontal and vertical center lines to the edges of the hoop. STEP 4: Carefully stick the umbrella on to the stabilizer lining up

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How to machine embroider ribbon

The first thing you need to do before embroidering on ribbon is to decide how you will secure the ribbon in or on the embroidery hoop. Most people suggest floating the ribbon on stabilizer since ribbon is long and thin and can’t be securely hooped. My preference is to work with adhesive-backed tear away stabilizer .

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