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Preventing Shifting and Gapping
Stabilizing fabric well is the key to avoiding shifts, gaps, and puckers when you embroider your favorite designs.
Quilting with Embroidery Designs
Quilt through layers of fabric and batting with specialized embroidery designs that make the most of this textured effect.
New to hand embroidery? Here are some basics to get you started on transfering and stitching your pattern.
Printing & Using Placement Templates
Printing a copy of your embroidery design on paper can help with precise placement; here's how to do it.
Stuffies (In the Hoop - Stitch and Turn)
Here's how to assemble in-the-hoop stitch-and-turn stuffie designs, like this sugar skull pincushion.
Stitching Patch Designs onto Fabric
In-the-hoop patch designs can be embroidered directly onto fabric, with or without the applique. Here's how to do it.
Here's how to arrange your letter designs into a perfect phrase, with or without embroidery software.
Machine Embroidery Basics
Technique, skill, proper materials, and a fair amount of voodoo go into getting great machine embroidery results.
Printing & Stitching Dielines
Two ways to use the dieline file to create a perfectly shaped piece of fabric for applique and in-the-hoop designs.
Hand Embroidery Transfer Methods
Now that you've printed out your pattern, how do you get it from your paper onto your fabric? Here are lots of options.
Printing, Resizing, & Mirroring PDFs
Now that you've downloaded a hand embroidery pattern PDF, what to do with it? Flip or resize if needed, then print it out.
Importing Color Information into Embird
Import a design's thread list into Embird and see the colors as they were intended, not some funky variation.
Everything but Stitches
Discover lots of new ways to use digital stock art designs, from fabric painting and Shrinky Dinks to nail art and tattoos.
Stuffies (In the Hoop - Raw Edge)
Learn how to assemble an in-the-hoop stuffie designs -- pincushions, ornaments, little toys, and more.
Discover a variety of ways to add text inside a unique frame design to make a label that's as cool as your creations!
These designs press down some areas of the fluffy fabric and leave others free, for a stylish look that's all about texture.
Using Patch Borders
Turn an embroidery design of your choice into a freestanding patch with these empty border designs in assorted shapes.
Add a bit of punch to hand embroidery with crayon colors! Melt the wax to blend the colors and give them staying power.
Learn tips and tricks to tweak your designs with color, adding or subtracting elements, using specialty threads, and more.
Use a sewing machine for free-motion embroidery to turn any hand embroidery design into custom scribbly stitching!
Reinvent your applique designs by letting the applique peek unexpectedly from underneath your main fabric.
Play “dentist” and make grins and grimaces, smiles and scowls, with edgy applique animal designs.
Basic Hand Embroidery Stitches
Here are a few hand embroidery stitches to get you started: backstitch, satin stitch, split stitch, and French knot.
How to Use an Embroidery Machine
A first look at a new embroidery machine, from taking it out of the box to hooping and stitching that first project.
Use up itty-bitty fabric scraps in unique raw edge applique designs! Here's how to cut the fabric and stitch them up.
Stuffies (Sew Together)
Embroider the features on these stuffie designs, then sew them together yourself, adding fun extras like yarn hair.
A stitch in time saves nine, and also saves you from wearing a boring, plain tee. Get a new-to-you shirt in mere minutes!
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