EMBROIDERY ON A BUDGET: 5 Ways to Save Money on Fabric

The Economical Embroiderer

The continuing series, Embroidery on a Budget by the Economical Embroiderer!  This week’s topic is FABRIC.  You can’t embroider without fabric (other than FSL, of course) and actually finding cheap fabric is not always easy.

First, I would like to point out that there is a difference between CHEAP fabric and INEXPENSIVE fabric.    Cheap fabric is also inexpensive, but the lack of “quality ingredients” can make the cheap fabric a nightmare to work with.  The inexpensive fabric is the way to go – the better quality fabric that is on sale or you can find it free or really super cheap.  That is where the money is well spent – and if you don’t put the quality fabric into your work, it will show in the end, and your final product will undoubtedly be lesser quality too.  So how do you get high-quality fabric and save money?

LOOK FOR SALES:  OK, this one is pretty easy.  If you are in a fabric store and there is a sale, make sure you check it out.   I don’t pay full price for any fabric at a fabric store – eventually, it all goes on sale.  For example, after Christmas or even in the summer you can find Christmas prints on sale – and sometimes really great sales in the offseason.  Buy as much as you need or want, and then store it for the season – and you will have a great selection of less expensive fabrics for your Christmas stitching.

REMNANTS ARE COOL:  Yep!  always make sure you check out the remnants – you never know what you are going to find!  And the price of the fabric is usually pretty amazing, and you can end up paying less than 1/2 of the original costs!  Remnants are much cheaper than fat quarters, so you can select a whole bunch of different prints and save tons of cash!  If you need the fabric for making appliques, fabric remnants cut into odd shapes and less than 1/2 a yard can save you a bunch.  You don’t need to have neatly cut fabric to do appliques, so don’t pay for it.  Remnants can sometimes be found in a big bin or rolled up nicely in a bin with prices on it.  I check my local store every time I go there.  I once found 1 yard of fancy expensive sparkly organza for much less than the regular price – and 1 yard goes a long way.  It was gorgeous material that I used to embellish so many Halloween projects.   Check it out, you never know what you are going to find.

THE END OF THE ROLL:  Know the policies of some fabric stores – there are a few that have some “quiet” rules that you only hear about if it comes up – for example finishing the roll of fabric!  There are two stores around here that will offer you an extra 15% off your fabric if you finish the roll of fabric!  You can take that into consideration when you are looking at the fabric to purchase.  If you need a lot of one fabric, make sure you pick a smaller roll if possible, so you have a chance at finishing the roll and getting that discount.   A 15% discount on a large amount of fabric will go a long way in the end and you can save a ton of money!

JOIN THE CLUB AT YOUR STORE:  If your local fabric store has some kind of a club, be sure to check it out.  We have one store that has a club, and it works out incredibly good for the cost bottom line of all our purchases for the year.  For this particular store, they charge a small yearly fee of $20 to join the fabric club.  Once you have joined the club they have regular discounts for club members on any fabric purchase, but they also have special days or weekends where club members can get extra savings on the regular or sale prices.  If you combine a sale price plus the members discount, you can save a ton of money!  We sometimes buy fabric in bulk, so usually our first purchase after paying the club fee is saved with that cool member percentage saving, so it is all savings after that – make sure you take that into consideration when you are checking out the club – you will probably save more on your purchases than you spent on the club membership.  Also, it is great to get a nice discount off of everything that you purchase!  Never pay full price for fabric!

THRIFT STORES:  Now don’t stop reading here or discount this idea, because you will be very surprised!!  I was SO HAPPY when I went to my local thrift store to check it out.   THEY HAD A WHOLE SECTION FOR FABRIC.  People had extra fabric and were not going to use it, so it ended up donated.  And this was a gold mine.  I spent time looking at what they had, and I was amazed.  I saw tons of pretty organza, pretty prints, very expensive embellished fabric, upholstery fabric, outdoor fabric and yes, some butt-ugly horrible fabric from ancient times, too.  But there was more than I ever imagined, and I had so much fun checking out all of my options.  The best part?  THE PRICE!!  I purchased about 4 yards of beautiful silky and embellished flower fabric for a mere $3.99!!  You can’t complain about that price, and it is enough for a full project, too.  It is not a scrap of material,  4 yards is quite a bit of material and the price makes it LESS THAN $1.00 A YARD.  Tell me where you can purchase fabric for $1.00 a yard?

fabric for $1.00 a yard. How can you go wrong?

 PRO TIP:  Because the material is so inexpensive, get yourself going a little fabric stash for test stitching!  If you are test-stitching a design that you are going to put on a fleece jacket or shirt, you should be test-stitching it on the same type of material.  Save yourself a ton of money and use thrift store fabric for this purpose.   You should always be test-stitching your designs, so you might as well save the money on the fabric!

PRO TIP 2:  Pretty fabric like above can be used for test stitching, but can also be used for propping your pictures!  This fabric has lots of shine, interest and beautiful colors, it would be great to show off embroidery as the background for the photo, or as a prop addition (picture the fabric draped beautifully off of a work table with matching thread spools beside it.  Your product photos just have to LOOK expensive and elegant, but they don’t have to be!  If you were to carefully line a cardboard box with this fabric, you would have a stunning photo box for cheap!

I can think of many other ideas for this or any other kind of fabric that is priced at $1.00 a yard!  You can experiment, use it for projects, create backdrops and make pretty pictures, you can use it for test stitching and even making pillows!    Comment below how you would use this fabric!

Until next time,

Happy Stitching

Sue

The Economical Embroiderer

What stabilizers do I need to get?

The Economical Embroiderer Series: Stabilizer

I have had fun doing the research to become an Economical Embroiderer! 

This week we are talking about stabilizers, and how to be economical with stabilizers.  Some people will go to extreme lengths to save a few pennies on stabilizers, and I am not going to suggest any of these solutions – I will briefly talk about them and why I don’t suggest following those suggestions, but that is going to be it on that subject.  I don’t really want to ruffle those darn feathers today!

START OFF WITH THE BASICS:  When you are starting off building your stabilizer stash, it can be quite overwhelming because there are so many options out there.  Where do you start, let alone how do you save money?   In this situation, my advice would be to start with the basics so you can get doing some embroidery.  The basic stabilizers are cutaway, tear away and WSS (water-soluble stabilizer).  That’s it!  3 rolls and you can get started on any embroidery.  Now there are different weights, sizes, cuts and so many other options for each kind of stabilizer.  I say go for the middleweight and get the fabric type WSS stabilizer, that will get you going.

THE BIGGER THE BETTER:  The only way to really be economical with stabilizer is to purchase the stabilizer in bulk – the bigger the roll the more money you will save.  Again, stick with the basics on cutaway and tear away.  You can really save a lot of money if you purchase larger rolls of stabilizer – for production purposes, we purchase huge rolls of 500 yards of tear-away stabilizer – it’s a massive roll – I only wished it lasted longer!

USE COMMON SENSE AND KNOW YOUR PRICES!  you always have to be careful when making ANY purchases – use common sense and of course, know your prices. If you are purchasing large rolls, make sure the price per yard is less than the smaller rolls.  Also, use your common sense – make sure that what you are purchasing is actually used for embroidery – that is super important – and make sure you will use that particular stabilizer.  Some people have purchased large rolls of stabilizer only to find out that they hate how it hoops or the end results in their hoop.  For that reason, spend the extra money and don’t worry so much about being economical, and purchase a SMALL ROLL of that stabilizer before you purchase the large roll.  Test out the type of stabilizer and make sure it is useful for you – and once you decide that it is, THEN purchase the large roll.  Having a large roll of stabilizer that saved you money and you hate using really is not saving you money in the end, is it?  Know your prices and make sure you are getting a good deal – some stores will just make it look like you are saving money – know your prices and make sure it is a great price.

MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ROOM FOR LARGER ROLLS:  Yeah, that may seem like a stupid thing to say, but some of the economical rolls can be very large – larger and heavier than you think!  You must be able to use the large rolls, and you must be able to store them somewhere.   In our workroom, we have a large strong table that can support the weight of the roll, and a cutting board underneath it so that we can cut the sizes that we need.  If you don’t have a set up like this,  you may not be able to use a large roll effectively.  Make sure you have room in your workspace and make sure you can get at the stabilizer easily when you need to!

REMEMBER YOU PAY FOR CONVENIENCE: If you purchase pre-cut stabilizer of any sort – even perforated stabilizer of a certain size, remember that you are paying for that convenience.  Sometimes it can be a lot more money per square if it is pre-cut!  Now I am not saying that pre-cut stabilizer is not economical – it certainly can be under some circumstances.  Production would be a good example of when the pre-cut cutaway stabilizer is economical.    If you need to stitch say 40 shirts on your 4×4 hoop, it will save you tons of time to just grab a perfectly sized square of stabilizer and then hoop and go.  In that example, the extra cost of the pre-cut stabilizer is saved in time.  Time is money, and if pre-cut stabilizer will save you time, it will save you money too.  I have a bunch of pre-cut stabilizers left over from our t-shirt production days, and I seriously rarely use it!  It does look great sitting on my shelf though – almost inviting me to do some 4×4 designs once in a while just to use it up!

NOT RECOMMENDED:  Here is where some feathers may get slightly ruffled – but remember this is just the writer’s opinion here.  I don’t think anyone should bother stitching scraps of stabilizer together to be economical, for any reason.  The stabilizer in your embroidery is the foundation of all embroidery – the foundation of your hooping and material.   If that foundation is weakened for any reason (such as running stitches holding it together), then your embroidery is going to be “weaker” as well.  If I have larger pieces leftover from other jobs, I will cut them into 6 x6 squares and save them for the 4×4 hoop, but the rest of the scraps won’t fit into any other hoop,  and those small or medium pieces need to be thrown away.  Remember that your foundation is everything.    Being an economical embroiderer is great, but I don’t think you can take shortcuts with your stabilizer foundation.

KITCHEN PRODUCTS ARE NOT STABILIZERS AND ARE NOT DESIGNED FOR EMBROIDERY ON YOUR EXPENSIVE FINE-TUNED EMBROIDERY MACHINE.  Enough said, right?  Foundations, foundations, foundations.   Coffee filters are for coffee, and you don’t make coffee on your embroidery machine….or do you?

Great embroidery starts with great products that will ensure that your embroidery looks great for a long time!

Until next time,

Sue

Sunset with Sue: Episode 8 The Angelfish (ish)

Are you ready for tomorrow? Sunset with Sue is live on the same day, but different time! It might be called Sunrise with sue, but I am not getting up that early. The time for every week is 2PM EDT.

Last week was the fishtank, and this week we are going to be working on an angel fish! I added my own flair to the angelfish embroidery design, that’s why I added the ISH at the end.

Don’t miss it – you will be surprised at what you learn!

Here is the link that will work when we go live Wednesday, April 8 at 2PM EDT.

Be there or be square!

Anita Goodesign All Access April 2020

I’m baaaaack, baby! Thanks to my wonderful children I WILL BE GETTING THE ALL ACCESS EACH MONTH AGAIN.

Yep, it’s true. Shall we get started? Here is the link to the flip through video with Beatrice and me!! You are going to love this issue!!

Can you tell how excited I am? Chat with me while we flip through all of this machine embroidery goodness!

Sue

Anita Goodesign biggest fan 🙂

The Economical Embroiderer: THE BEST BEGINNER MACHINE


We have talked about saving money here and there, and ways that you can search out some awesome deals for great embroidery accessories. This week, let’s talk about your machine, or if you have more than one, your machines. In my house and workshop, we have lots of machines: Commerical level machines, multi-needle machines, fun older machines (not used for our daily production) and hobby single needle machines that are nice and quiet in my office.


FIGURE OUT WHAT YOU NEED. GET IT. Here is where it already gets tough – what do you need in a machine? What are you planning on doing for your business? You need to have some sort of a plan going on if you are intending to start a business – and NO you do not have to have a multi-needle machine to start a business, but you do need to have a plan. Are you going to be doing mostly baby clothes? Monogramming? Embellishing purses? Once you figure out your plan of action, then you can start narrowing down your machine by what you NEED. There is a difference between NEED and WANT when picking out a machine and being economical about it – you may only be able to get what you need and save the wants for later when your business grows. There is nothing wrong with that – after all, you do have to start somewhere, right?


BELLS AND WHISTLES ARE EXPENSIVE AND LURE YOU INTO AN EXPENSIVE MACHINE. True Story. I have all sorts of cool bells and whistles and extra things on my 10 Needle Brother (named Ragnar) and while some of them are cool and are very useful, some of them really are not. I got a great deal on Ragnar, so I am not worried about the things I don’t use – the machine has paid for itself already. I was not charmed by the extra thingies that the machine had, but I was aware of them so there was no sales pitch that was going to work on me – the sales guy was not going to wow me with anything at all or move me from my $$ goals because I came prepared – I already knew what the machine had to offer, and I knew it was exactly the same as the level up machine that would cost me $6,000 more – and I did not need to spend that. When you are machine shopping, make sure you know your stuff, so you won’t be wowed by some cool features that you won’t use. It’s hard, but try your best and stick to your price point. Go back to the first point, and figure out what you need and get that embroidery machine. Do not spend money on stuff that you don’t understand and won’t use, as tempting as it may be!


REMEMBER YOU CAN DO THE SAME THING ON A SINGLE NEEDLE MACHINE. People always forget that part of the machines. A multi-needle machine does the same up and down motion as the single needle machine – it forms the same stitches and follows the same patterns. There is no difference in the mechanics. You can do the same things on each. Now there are benefits to a multi-needle machine – the obvious one being that you can load up 6-10 threads and have them cut and trim and keep going without changing threads and re-threading. But is that inconvenience worth spending the extra money? Maybe, but it depends on what you are doing of course, and you can get single needle machines that cut and trim. Another big difference between the two types of machines is the shape of the machines and how easy it is to hoop and stitch things. For example, I think it is way easier to hoop and stitch a t-shirt on a multi-needle machine than a single needle machine – the sewing bed area makes it impossible for the t-shirt to simply hang while stitching – so you must keep the shirt out of the way. BUT, that is only a big deal if you do a lot of shirts or garments, right? If you are not planning on stitching on clothing, then that benefit will not apply to you! So do you see what I am getting at here? Another example…Hats. If you stitch out a ton of hats, hooping and set up time is so much faster on a multi-needle machine – you have an awesome hat hoop and the hats will turn out perfectly. You can do hats on a single needle machine, but you won’t have a hat hoop – you will have to flatten the hat out and secure it before you stitch it. Each hat will turn out perfectly, but it is easier to hoop and stitch one on a multi-needle machine – if you are doing 100’s of hats a day, that will be very important to you. If you only do a few, that is not one of the main features that you are looking for, so a single needle machine may have other features that you do need.


USED MACHINES VS. NEW MACHINES: Once you figure out what you need (and want) and can afford, start doing your research on finding machines that will suit your needs. There can be nothing wrong with used machines (we have purchased quite a few), but you need to be careful when purchasing used machines. Personally, I think the best place to buy used machines is from a dealer – they can offer you some kind of guarantee when you purchase. Just make sure you know your stuff when you go in to see the dealer, or you might be wowed by that brand new (expensive machine) that can do many more things than your “old used” one.
You can purchase great used machines from ads in newspapers and Facebook groups, but one word of caution: make sure you can see and test the machine before you hand over your hard-earned cash! I think you need to see the machine running, see all of the accessories, make sure everything that you need is included and then of course test the machine to make sure it works. Don’t forget to check the paperwork for regular maintenance, too. All of these things you need to do in person. We have actually rented a van and driven a few hours away to check out a machine before we purchased it – the van was so that we could immediately pay and take the machine home with us. Don knows his machines, so he is able to make a decision with confidence after testing the machine.


THE BIG QUESTION: WHAT IS THE BEST BEGINNER MACHINE? I see this all the time in various groups, and there is actually no way to answer it for the person. Most questions like this get answered with the names of the machines that people are using or have used, and sometimes each machine out there gets named, so there are not any helpful answers to that question.

ALL THE MACHINES WORK THE SAME AND YOU NEED TO DO THE SAME LEARNING ON ANY MACHINE. You have to read the manual. You have to understand all of the buttons on the machine. You have to hoop things properly and you have to learn the rules of embroidery and how to do each technique properly. ONCE YOU HAVE DONE ALL OF THIS LEARNING, YOU CAN USE ANY MACHINE. It depends on your budget, your needs and wants and how many bells and whistles that you want and how many you can afford. Basically, you want an embroidery machine – the more basic the embroidery machine, the less the price. That’s pretty much it. Seriously, I can’t offer any more advice on picking a machine (and no one else can either, btw) other than what I have written here – you have to do the work and decide what will work for you – your business, your hobby, and of course your budget. No one else can do this for you. The best beginner machine for you will be different than for someone else. Personally, I started on a 6 needle machine, and Don started on 2 6 needle machines, a commercial 15 needle machine, and a commercial 12 needle machine. So what Don thinks is a “beginner machine” (a 6 needle) is very different from what other people think is a beginner machine, right? Do your own research and homework and get the right machine for YOU.

One last point.  It is not a competition.  Really it is not.  There is always going to be a bigger, better and more expensive machine out there, or coming soon.  Just because someone has a more expensive machine, doesn’t mean they are better than you.  You may be a better embroiderer than they are, and are able to produce stunning designs regardless of what machine you are using – it’ s the skills and the learning that matter in the end.

Until next time,

The Economical Embroiderer,

Sue

New Mug Rugs that you will Love!

We are well o n our way for Valentines day! If you are looking for a fun gift, check out these new Mug Rugs, created just for you! Join in on the free sew alongs on the OML Embroidery youtube pattern, and get the pattern for free in the OML Embroidery University Facebook group. Follow OML Embroidery so you don’t miss anything!

Questions about how to complete the mug rugs? check out a video on the OML Embroidery youtube channel, or ask your question in OML Embroidery University Facebook group!

Are you a mug rug addict yet?

LEARN. STITCH. SMILE. You can be a master of mug rugs!

OML Embroidery will show you how!

We have been having so much fun creating mug rugs and sewing them out on Saturday’s! All is in support of the OML Embroidery Channel. Without your support, we can’t keep doing what we are doing! Make sure you check out our newest mug rugs! Every purchase you make helps keep the channel going!

OUR GOAL: we want everyone to enjoy machine embroidery and embroidery applique! Each mug rug that you stitch will improve your embroidery skills in so many ways!

Our second goal is to get 100,000 subscribers on the OML Embroidery youtube channel. Why? 3 reasons. The first reason is that there would be 100K people that have learned embroidery without frustration. That would be awesome – I love hearing success stories from embroidery people who jumped out of their comfort zone and tried something new. The second reason is that we will have created the biggest embroidery community on youtube. Yeah, that’s cool. There are huge quilting and sewing channels, but embroidery is lagging far behind. Third reason. This one is a bit personal, but after I had a heart attack, I decided to make my mark and get one of those youtube awards for 100K subscribers. It’s just a silly plaque and doesn’t mean much on its own, but it means lots to me! Those are 3 pretty good reasons, and I would love to make it happen.

The one big thing that we are trying to do is to get you to a stage where you understand the embroidery designs and the steps you need to take, without printed instructions. Is this possible? yes, it sure is. Once you get to know how to make the mug rugs and applique pieces, you will realize that they have the same steps! Placement, stitch down and trim and then the final stitches. No matter how many applique pieces are in the design, they always do the same steps.

The mug rugs are done 3 different ways, and each mug rug done in one style finishes the same way.

Satin stitch finish: this style is finished completely in the hoop with a satin stitch finish. stitch normally, and there will be a color change that is the shape of the whole design. Add your fabric to the back, face down and stitch the outline. Once that is done, trim front and back and stitch the outside finishing satin stitches.

Folded fabric finish: this style of mug rug is also finished in the hoop, but instead of satin stitches, you use 2 pieces of folded fabric that are overlapped and put on top of the design, with the folds towards the middle. This makes a fantastic back finish and makes it easy to turn your mug rug the right way.

Sewing Finish: for this style of mug rug, you place the fabric on top of the stitching, face down. then stitch the tack down stitches, and part of the mug stitch down leaves a gap. This is for turning and then you have to sew the gap closed once you turn the mug rug the correct way.

Don’t worry, we don’t just throw you into making mug rugs. We do a sew along every Saturday and show you how it’s done. You can do this!

Until next time,

Sue Brown

Mug Rug Queen 🙂

Looking back at 2019

As we approach the new year, (the year 2020, can you believe it?) I wanted to take a few minutes to look back at all we have accomplished in the last year – and yes, we have made some milestones!!

One of the big things for me is that we are now almost 1/4 of the way to my personal goal of 100K subscribers on the OML Embroidery Youtube channel! I hope this trend continues, I am thankful to all those that subscribed in 2019, and hopefully, another 20K will subscribe in 2020. How cool would that be?

Moving forward, let’s talk about YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS. Our OML Embroidery University facebook group is full of your wonderful creations – matching thread with fabric, putting your own fabric/thread style on each of your mug rug creations!

People who are new to embroidery have been inspired to stitch some applique and do their first in the hoop project! That is amazing – and kudos to everyone who moved out of their comfort zone and tried something new. Give yourself a pat on the back!!

OML Live! sew along videos has become a huge hit and we are breaking some records with attendance and views! I am having so much fun with the regular stitch along, and I think everyone else is too! It is so much fun, I can’t wait until the next one! Let’s keep it going 🙂

Last but not least, you are LEARNING. Did you notice that? Among all of the mug rugs, steps, applique, and stitching, you may not have noticed that many have made a huge step in embroidery skills! Because there are no written instructions, you have had to view the video and think about each step that you make. Yes, it’s OK to pause the video step by step, but you will find that you need to do this less and less as time goes on. That takes skill, and it’s a skill that you have learned!

You have learned the steps in applique and making a mug rug. You no longer look at the embroidery pattern and wonder what all the steps are for! The strange colors at the beginning are applique, batting and stitch down, and the straight lines are folded fabric applique. You have learned to prepare your fabric, batting, and hoop before you start sewing. You have learned to take your time, and carefully trim and make precision applique. My goodness, there are so many more skills that you have learned in the last year, I can’t list them all! You get the idea!

Hopefully, at this point you have also started to learn the difference between an OK embroidery design and a great embroidery design that you love to stitch and stitch again. Think about this one for a few moments, and you will see what I mean!

We will talk about that more in another blog.

For now, Happy New Year to every embroiderer out there. Let’s make 2020 a year of milestones and accomplishments!

Thank you to each and every one of you who watches the videos, likes, comments and of course donates what they can. Each subscriber brings the channel closer to the goal! You have all be spectacular and fun, and again I thank you for everything you have done to help and participate. We can’t do any of it without you!

Best wishes for a Happy New Embroidery Year 2020!!

Happy Stitching!

Sue Brown

The one tool all embroiders MUST HAVE!!

Are you lost when it comes to selecting the right stabilizer? You need a compass to navigate the mysteries of embroidery!

Not a compass to help you with directions, but an EMBROIDERER’S COMPASS! It is one of the best things to happen to embroidery – this is the handiest tool you will ever have.

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS EMBROIDERY TOOL.

WHO NEEDS THE EMBROIDERER’S COMPASS? Everyone, including me. I am a seasoned embroiderer, but when it comes to fancy fabrics and stabilizer, I am truly lost. Do you know offhand what stabilizer to use on gauze? how about bulky knits? Yeah, me neither and that information is kind of difficult to find…unless….you have this amazing tool!

Let’s take a look at it. Keep reading, you will LOVE this:

THIS IS THE BEST EMBROIDERY TOOL YOU WILL EVER HAVE!!!https://www.shop.dzgns.com/products/embroiderers-compass?_pos=1&_sid=d65fb1234&_ss=r

zOOM RIGHT IN AND CHECK IT OUT! Here is the fantastic information you will get with just a turn on the compass! First, find the fabric that you want to use. The top window tells you the correct stabilizer to use. The next window will tell you what needles to use – the size and the type. NEED MORE? The embroiderer’s compass has more! Check out the comments section and get tips and tricks for the fabric.

SO MANY EMBROIDERY QUESTIONS ARE ANSWERED WITH THIS EMBROIDERY TOOL.

Let’s look at the first example: embroidery on velvet. I really don’t know the procedure for embroidery on velvet other than you can’t hoop it because velvet crushes. That is not enough information to get the job done. I need more to be able to successfully embroider on velvet! Dial-up velvet and get all the information fast, easy and complete.

velvet requires two stabilizers!! did you know that?

Did you know that velvet requires two stabilizers? Ok, so now what needle do you use, and what are the steps to get the best embroidery results?

This is how to embroider on velvet!!

Look at all of the information that you get. Everything you need to know about how to correctly embroider on velvet. The Embroiderer’s compass shows you the way!!

Let’s try another one. How about MOISTURE WICKING FABRIC? These are expensive garments, so you better know what you are doing! Let’s navigate the compass:

Boom! the answer is right there in front of you, and you can start stitching with confidence. This tool will save you time and money and will allow you to say “yes, I can stitch on that” each and every time something new comes to your machine. I say it’s priceless.

For $24.99, this tool is worth it…for EVERYONE WHO DOES EMBROIDERY! Check it out for yourself, you won’t regret it. I am very happy that I have one and I am going to store it right beside my machine.

Happy stitching on any fabric!

Until next time,

Sue Brown

(happy to check out embroidery tools and test them for you)