Posts Tagged ‘funny’

Sharknado Embroidery

I’m not saying we could doSharknado design, but I’m not saying you can’t put this design on top of this design either…


He’s even got water wings to ensure his safety. Because where Sharknados are concerned, safety first!

Just a Friendly Reminder…




Go. NOW!

Yes, that really is a photo of our head digitizer. Why do you ask?

UT Tutorial – Happy Cactus Pincushion


Unlike some of our other pincushion designs, this little guy doesn’t mind his pins and needles one bit! Yup, this prickly plush can only earn his spikes by helping you out in the sewing room. Stitch him up all in the hoop, and then for extra fun, stick him in a mini pot with some stones so he can liven up your desk with plush greenery year round.

Want to make your own? Grab your little cactus design here, and then check out this tutorial on how to make him!

270 and counting!

We feel it’s important to let our customers know that we feel safety is a priority in the workplace, and we have had 270 successful robot-uprising-free days of work, despite that one instance of machine #4 talking back last week.

We hardly count that as an uprising. More just a gentle disregard for human authority.

270 and counting! Stay vigilant people.

13 Design Trends To Make Your Embroidery More Awesome

Often when we grab a new embroidery design, the first thing that comes to mind is where we’re going to stitch it. Will it be on a pillow? A tee? Maybe it will make an awesome wall hanging. The world has a serious shortage of awesome wall hangings. What we think about a little less is how the designs themselves can be used in all kinds of new ways, whatever you decide to stitch them on. To pull these off, you don’t need any extra equipment, or even any real sewing skills, and they can be used for hand and machine embroidery alike. All these trends just use the awesome potential of embroidery you might not have thought of until now. We’re sure this is what MacGyver would do when confronted with an embroidery design challenge equipped with just the design itself. We’re pretty sure MacGyver does embroidery.

Today these new design trends are modeled by our lovely digitizing diva Danielle. Danielle is the head of our digitizing department, makes a fantastic model, and is likely totally bonkers (Exhibit A). Luckily, we’re all crazy around here. She’s going to showcase 13 of our favorite ways of making your embroidery more awesome, just by using the design itself.

So, next time you grab a new design for stitching, why not try…


The Warhol

13 Design Trends To Make Your Embroidery More Awesome - The Warhol

Duplicate a single design in a four square pattern, all in different colors. Crazy sixties glasses, career in art and white hair optional.

Design: Astroman


The 3D Glasses

13 Design Trends To Make Your Embroidery More Awesome - The 3D Glasses

Give your design an update and your friends a headache by offset-stitching a design in red and blue. Find your favorite pair of retro 3D glasses and and rock your look in all dimensions.

Design: Lonely Robot


The New Black

13 Design Trends To Make Your Embroidery More Awesome - The New Black

Tone on tone is always king, and black is the new, well black. And the old black. Black is awesome all around. You can never go wrong by combining these two, with a solid stitched black design on a black tee. Of course, there’s nothing stopping you stitching pink on pink, or white on white (we call that one The Ghost). We just love black.

Design: Baroque Punk Skull


The Layer Cake

13 Design Trends To Make Your Embroidery More Awesome - The Layer Cake

Take your embroidery designs to the next level by layering. Light stitching designs can be embroidered right on top of each other for a totally psychedelic effect that takes two designs and merges them into one brand new amazing composition.

Designs: Tribal Deer Skull, Nautical Rose


The Mirror

13 Design Trends To Make Your Embroidery More Awesome - The Mirror

Designs repeated are twice as nice! Get a cool symmetrical effect by taking a design and flipping it on it’s axis for a great look on the back of shirts and jackets.

Design: Baroque Punk Swallow


The Painter

13 Design Trends To Make Your Embroidery More Awesome - The Painter

Dig up that old tie dye kit, or just grab some regular fabric paint, and splash it on a light tee. Then pick your favorite scribbly or light stitching design and stitch it on top for a painterly effect perfect for artists and retro fashionistas alike. It’s the perfect way to add a pop of color to your favorite one color running stitch designs.

Design: New Heights


The Dubstep

13 Design Trends To Make Your Embroidery More Awesome - The Dub Step

Grab a black tee and some glow-in-the-dark thread and you’re ready to rock the club all night long, whether it’s to dubstep, or old school techno. Heck, you could rock this while doing the polka. In fact, that might just be the coolest way to wear this one. Just tell them to turn off the lights have have plenty of glow sticks about. Want to see glow-in-the-dark thread in action? Check out this tutorial.

Design: Womp Womp


The Jewelry Box

13 Design Trends To Make Your Embroidery More Awesome - The Jewelry Box

You can turn any dangling design into a “charm” just by freestyle stitching a necklace with the design! You can see an example of how we did it with our Charmed Tee tutorial. Once you know how to freestyle stitch the chain, any design fit for it can become a stunning accessory just by adding a draping line in stitches.

Designs: Flock Together Feathers  23 & 4


The Not-So-Freestanding Lace

13 Design Trends To Make Your Embroidery More Awesome - The Not-So-Freestanding Lace

Just because it’s freestanding lace doesn’t mean you have to stitch it all by its lonesome. You can hoop a piece of fabric and stabilizer, and stitch it just like regular embroidery! It will be a little thicker than a regular design, but will give your shirt some awesome dimension. You can also stitch it on sheer fabrics like organza to “float” the effect, like we did with regular designs on this dress.

Designs: Antique Lock, Antique Key


The Runaway

13 Design Trends To Make Your Embroidery More Awesome - The Runaway

Did you know you can stitch some designs right off the edge? It’s mostly recommended for very light designs with mostly running stitch. If it’s super light, you can just let the design stitch right off the edge, onto the excess stabilizer. We did it on a men’s front shirt pocket in this tutorial. Once it’s stitched you trim off the excess, and you can add some patch glue to keep the thread from fraying. Design too heavy? Embroider it near an edge, then just fold the bottom under and stitch a new seam.

Design: Painted Roses


The Mini-Me

13 Design Trends To Make Your Embroidery More Awesome - The Mini-Me

Do you have a hoop that can stitch bigger than a 4″x4″ design? Well, why not grab two sizes of a design, a big and a small, and use a mirrored version of the other size to create a cute pairing! After all, you can never have too many flying monkeys, no matter what size they are.

Design: Flying Monkey


The Ransom Note

13 Design Trends To Make Your Embroidery More Awesome - The Ransom Note

Who says you always have to use the same alphabet series when making a design? Throw caution (and perfect alignment) to the wind and mix and match two alphabet series to make a punk rock text-only design. Best yet, you can make it say whatever you want.

Designs: Cirque Alphabet Pack, Handwriting Alphabet Pack


The Evil Twin

13 Design Trends To Make Your Embroidery More Awesome - The Evil Twin

Embroidery has a dark side… or at least it does when you can pick the colors. Found a design that’s just a little too cheerful to stand in its current form? Switch the colors around for a laugh. It works both ways; gothic stuff stitched in rainbows is pretty hilarious too. Every design has an evil twin just waiting to come out.

Design: You Are My Sunshine


So, there you have it … no fancy hoop tricks, no magic sewing skills required. All you need to rock that embroidery design is the design itself, and a little imagination. Got a design trend idea for us we didn’t cover? Share it in the comments!

New DON’T PANIC Douglas Adams Freebie

Do YOU know where your towel is?

Don’t Panic! We have you Hitchhiker’s Guide nerds covered. In honor of international Towel Day on May 25th , a day celebrating the life and works of author Douglas Adams, we decided it was too perfect a combination not to do an embossed DON’T PANIC freebie for your new favorite towel.

Yup, you can get your nerd on and embroider things too. Plus you’ll always know where your towel is. Grab this new design free now through May 28th by clicking here.

Psst… want to know how to embroider embossed towel designs? Get the tutorial right here!

How Machine Embroidery Designs Are Made

How machine embroidery designs are made

Many of you have asked before about the process that goes into making a designs, well today just felt like the right day to come clean about how the magic happens. Literally. You have no idea how many tiny tacos it takes to stitch out all our designs.

Ok, so I know it’s coming… how many of you really want Steampunk Bacon Cat as a design?

*EDIT* – Ok, your wish is my command. That’s right, your Steampunk Bacon Cat design is here! Get him right here. Just make sure your tiny sewing gremlins are well stocked with tiny tacos.

(Also, I feel it prudent to note that I am the first person on the internet to put the words “steampunk bacon cat” together. It’s true. I googled.)