Freestanding Machine Embroidery

These Popular Designs Offer Creative Opportunities to Embroiderers Freestanding machine embroidery designs have been cleverly created to give lacy openwork patterns that do not require fabric and can be used in a variety of ways. Freestanding machine embroidery patterns, (also known as freestanding lace) offer the machine embroiderer the opportunity to get especially creative. As …

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All About Monogramming

A Look at the Classic Way to Personalize Just About Anything The art of monogramming has been around for centuries, and today’s use is as much about personal expression as it is about identification. It is a popular design element for wedding decorations, for personal stationary, and for jazzing up plain towels. It can be …

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Design Your Own Cross Stitch

Create a Customized Needlework Pattern Here is a way to take your favorite verse and create a cross-stitch pattern of your very own.   Designing Your Own Cross-Stitch Pattern Materials Needed: Tracing Paper Computer Printer Printer Paper Cross-stitch fabric Pencil Find the verse you would like to cross-stitch. You can look online if you don’t …

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Cross Stitching Techniques

How to Stitch Using Different Tools and Methods While some cross-stitchers prefer to use an embroidery stretcher frame or hoop, others use nothing. To find out what goes well for you, try different tools and methods. The tools and methods being used to cross stitching are different. Remember this; what works for one stitcher, may …

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Machine Embroidery Tips

Design Considerations, Stabilizer Choices, and Hooping Techniques With the right hooping and stabilizing techniques and the right design choice for a particular fabric, even a novice can achieve professional embroidery results. Although machine embroidery appears fairly straightforward – the machine does most of the work – it is important to realize that proper hooping and …

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Embroidering on T-Shirts

Considerations for Machine Embroidery on Jersey and Interlock Fabric Machine embroidery is an excellent way to embellish and personalize t-shirts but the thin stretchy fabric requires extra care to achieve professional-looking results. For adults and children around the world, t-shirts are a summertime wardrobe staple. Machine embroidery is a fun way to personalize plain shirts, …

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Guide to Needlepoint Canvas

Seven Different Types of Needlepoint Fabrics and When to Use Them Learn about the different types of canvas available for needlepointing: mono, interlock, penelope, rug, plastic, waste, and gauze canvas. Canvas is always the base fabric for needlepoint embroidery, which makes the end result stiffer and more durable than forms of embroidery like cross stitch, …

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How to Block a Needlepoint Canvas

Restore Needlepoint to its Original Shape after Stitching Learn how to use needlepoint blocking to straighten out needlepoint canvases and make them lie flat to look their best. Needlepoint blocking is an essential finishing step for almost any needlepoint project. This is because the act of stitching tends to pull the needlepoint canvas out of …

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