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DigitizingDigitizing

With thousands – actually millions, of embroidery designs available out there why would you want to digitize your own? My response is why wouldn't you?
Digitizing is the process of creating a machine-ready embroidery design. In the past, digitizing was a highly technical and laborious process with a steep learning curve. Today, with advances in hardware and software, truly anyone can create their own embroidery designs.

EmbroideryEmbroidery
Are you're sitting in your sewing room wondering where to start? Or maybe you’ve had your machine for quite some time and now you’re just mustering up the courage to try embroidery. Here I’ll provide a brief overview of how to get started with embroidery.
There are many common myths or fallacies about machine embroidery. These ideas are perpetuated in classes and especially on the internet. Here are 20 popular misconceptions and their corresponding truths.
Find out what stabilizers are available and what they are mostly used for with this easy Echidna Stabilizer guide.
A stabilizer or backing is fundamental to good machine embroidery but what type of backing should you use out of the literally hundreds available.
Metallic thread is one of those things we "love to hate." We love the look of metallic thread but it can sometimes be frustrating to embroider with. I'll share some tips and tricks I've learned over the years to get great results.
The texture, type and weight of thread can dramatically impact the appearance of an embroidery design – are you making the right choices for your projects?
A brief overview of how to select and use common embroidery threads – explaining the difference between rayon and polyester threads, thread weight and size, brand differences, care of thread, needles and more!
Both digitizing and embroidery are precision processes and each is impacted by a number of factors. Registration and puckering problems are the effect of improper machine setup, improper stabilization, needles, threads, fabric selection and more!
Learn how to use simple yet creative techniques to expand your embroidery options with this Applique Basics Guide (PDF, 200kb).
Underlay is the skeleton of an embroidery design; stitches that are laid down before the upper decorative stitches. Just as the bones of your skeleton provide support for your body, so does underlay support a design.
Density is the distance between individual stitches in a satin column or rows of stitches in a fill. The closer the rows are to each other, the more dense an area of stitches is.
The action of machine tensions when applying stitches to fabric causes distortion during sewing. This article explains the effects of inadequate compensation, effects of too much compensation, controlling compensation and stitch problems.
With machine embroidery, it's pretty easy to grasp how to operate the machine, select needles, thread, fabric, and bobbin. Even hooping is not all that difficult.

Frequently Asked QuestionsTutorials
We have had many queries on how to save those instructional Youtube videos so you can transfer them to your embroidery machine or tablet device. This article will explain step-by-step how to save a Youtube video to your PC.
This is a step-by-step guide on how to embroider a towel and what stabilizers you need. 
This tutorial was designed around one of our Embroider Buddy designs showing you how to easily update the design to include your child's name and date of birth, change the colour of the thread and then save it to a file.

 

Product ReviewProduct Reviews

In this article I will explain the real differences between the latest multi-needle embroidery machines and their household cousins. You will then have a better understanding as to why sometimes certain designs simply don’t stitch as well.
With some single needle home embroidery machines prices on the rise and with the Brother PR 1000E multi-needle embroidery machine costing just a little more, it is seriously worth considering a multi-needle as your next machine.
Our new range of Embroider Buddies have been a huge hit with hobbyists and small business owners alike. They are cute, easy to embroider, and kids love them. We've had customers ask a couple of great questions: Are the EBs safe for babies and small children? And are business owners liable for the safety of products they sell? 
 

SoftwareSoftware

 

PE Design Plus

 

With PE Design Plus software high quality PhotoStitch results are within everyones reach and it is so much easier than you could imagine – better still, much more affordable than ever before.

 

Embrilliance – StitchArtist Release

 

The process of design creation, commonly called ‘digitizing’, requires a skilled person using a specialized tool. StitchArtist is that tool, but it is designed to take the difficulty out of the software, leaving the user to concentrate on their designs.

 


 

Machine MaintenanceMaintenance

 

Maintaining Your Machine

 

Let’s take an in depth look at what is needed to keep your machine in top condition. Regardless of how advanced or how good the quality is, all machinery needs preventative maintenance at some stage.

 

Common Embroidery Machine Problems and Solutions

 

Here are some common problems you may have while using your embroidery machine. This handy guide provides suggestions that may be of some assistance.

 

Machine Maintenance: Thread Problems

 

Here we have a list of common thread problems that may affect the performance of your embroidery machine including back spin, bobbin and bobbin cases, bobbin winder, cleaning, thread guides, threading the machine, tension, fabric relationship and more.

 

Thread Tensions and Common Issues

 

Just the mention of thread tension strikes fear into many home embroiderers and it shouldn't. Tension is a very simple thing to understand, as long as you know where to start.

 

Thread Tensions: The Art of Avoiding Tension Headaches

When it comes to embroidery and tensions, there are three areas where we need to pay attention, hoop tension, needle thread tension and bobbin thread tension. In this article, we'll focus on thread tensions problems, diagnosis and treatment.
Aside from hooping the fabric, fiddling with thread tensions, or more to the point, understanding them – the bobbin tension seems to be the biggest frustration among home and commercial embroiderers.

 

Embroidery InspirationInspiration

        

Would You Like Better Embroidery

 

Are you interested in getting better embroidery? Do you sometimes suspect it doesn't matter what you do with a particular design you won't get good results? Learn more about the "How to Think Like a Digitizer and Become a Better Embroiderer" book which explains it all.

 

What to Know About Free Designs

 

Do you think building a stash of free designs downloaded from the internet is the best way to build your embroidery library? While you can find some well-digitized designs that are free for downloading, find out why it's better to buy embroidery designs.

 


 

Embroidery BusinessBusiness

 

Turn your Embroidery Hobby Into a Business

 

You may be surprised at just how much income you may be able to make from a little embroidery each week. At the very least, it's a handy way to help fund your hobby and cover your out-of-pocket expenses.

 

Prepare to Market your Products and Services

 

Marketing, in brief, is a word that describes how you intend to present your products for sale in the market place. If you plan on starting your own embroidery business find out what steps you need to take to ensure you have done your market research.