Beginner Embird Classes – 2 new classes just added!


Sunday, September 27, 215 at 8:00 PM EST:  Another beginner embroidery lesson – Beginner Embird Part 2 – in this class we are going to go into more detail with Embird Editor and all of its functions.   The cost for the class is the usual $10.00.  If you are not able to attend, you can get a copy of the video of the whole class for the same $10.00, so you won’t miss a thing.   Sign up today, spaces are limited!

                                          click HERE to sign up for the class!

Sunday, October 4, 215 at 8:00 PM EST: Another beginner embroidery lesson – Beginner Embird Part 3 – in this class we are going to go into more detail with Embird Studio and all of its functions. The cost for the class is the usual $10.00. If you are not able to attend, you can get a copy of the video of the whole class for the same $10.00, so you won’t miss a thing. Sign up today, spaces are limited!

                                       click HERE to sign up for the class!

We will be adding more classes for the next month or so.  Pass around the links, get people to join so we can keep the classes going – there is no point in working so hard for the classes if there is not an interest.  You will learn quite a bit from the classes – the students that we have had told us that they learned a few tricks, shortcuts and proper ways of doing things and they generally feel very comfortable and confident with the software.   Learn from the best, and improve your embroidery digitizing skills!

The classes are going very well so far, we have enjoyed teaching digitizing in the virtual classroom. For the next class, we are going to have more documentation, slides and maybe even homework (!) along with the digitizing lesson and question and answer period. 

Have an idea for a class?  contact us and let us know or let us know during a class!

New Embird Classes

Back in the classroom! Our new session of classes start on September 20, 2015 at 8:00 PM EST. Sign up today and get learning Embird and learn how to digitize like a pro!

We had a few issues with the software used with our other classes, so we have decided to make things easier and get some new and hopefully awesome software to make the sessions fun and easy to follow.

Our first class is going to be about beginning with Embird – a bit about the set up, the modules, how to use each of the modules and why you need to have embird Studio to do any amount of digitizing.  We will also cover beginner mistakes and issues that you may have.

Sign up today, seating is limited!  We have had a few emails from people that were interested in classes, so lets keep this going and get everyone signed up so we can keep doing the classes and help everyone become better digitizers.   Join us and get learning embroidery digitizing!

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SIGN UP FOR THE CLASS ON SEPTEMBER 20, 2015 AT 8:00 PM EST.  Registration is fast and easy and costs $10.00 per class!


Online Digitizing Classes

Sadly, it looks like we are going to have to cancel the online embroidery classes unless people are more interested in taking the classes.

We actually love doing the classes, but it takes quite a bit of preparation work, class outlines and of course the class time, pl – it takes up a lot of our time!  We don’t mind that of course, but the out of pocket expenses are quite high – the program itself to run the classes has cost us $200.00 already, and we had to buy some new equipment so you can hear us!  So its kind of adding up for us on this end.

Anyways, we are hoping that we can get the word around to everyone and get some more people interested in taking classes!


The classes are excellent, and you will be surprised at how much you learn in 1.5 hours – we digitize a fairly complicated design from start to finish in studio, and then we have time for questions and answers!  You can virtually “put your hand up” and ask any embroidery digitizing question.  Its a great classroom like setting, and we would like to have the classes weekly.

We only have 3 people registered for the class on Sunday and we would like a minimum of 10 people – we had planned to go into different kinds of stitches – motif stitches and some special effect stitches along with step by step digitizing using some of these techniques.    This should be an awesome class, and you can advance your digitizing skills and learn some fun techniques along the way.  Join us today, and lets keep the classes going!



How to set up your online classroom training

Once you have registered and reserved your seat for online training, its quick and easy to get set up to attend the class, and you only have to do this once – the next class you go to will already be set up.

Join a Session

You can join trainings from the web, desktop software or a mobile device!

Join a session from a computer

Join a session from a computer
1. Access the training in any of the following ways:

Invitation email
Select the Join button in your Confirmation email. This will launch a new web browser page.
Note: If you have not yet registered for the training (and therefor have not yet received your Confirmation email), then you can click the Registration URL in your Invitation email to register for the active session.

Web browser
Open a web browser and go to the Join the Training page. Enter the meeting ID (listed in your Invitation email), then click Continue. Enter the training ID (listed in your Invitation email) and your email address (optional), then click Continue.
Desktop software
Right-click the daisy icon in the system tray (Windows) or toolbar (Mac). Select Join, enter the training ID (listed in your Invitation email), and click OK.
Note: This method is only available if you already have the GoToTraining desktop software installed on your computer.

  1. Depending on the organizer’s account settings (as well as your operating system and web browser), you will be launched into session via the web app or via the desktop software. The desktop software will be automatically installed if needed.

Note: If you have not yet done so, you will first be prompted to register for the active training.

  1. Once you’re in session, choose one of the audio options provided by the organizer to connect to the audio conference. You can choose your preferred audio option from the Audio pane of your Control Panel.

Join from a mobile device
1. Access the training in either of the following ways:

Invitation email
Select the Join button in your Confirmation email. This will automatically launch the mobile app (or the app store if you have not yet installed it onto your device).

Mobile app
Open the GoToTraining app, enter the training ID and select Join. Alternatively, you can select the scheduled training from the list that is imported from your phone’s calendar (if available).

  1. You will be automatically launched into session. If you have not yet installed the mobile app, you will be instructed to do so. See the following articles for more information:

Download the GoToTraining app for iOS on the App store.
Download the GoToTraining app for Android on Google Play.

New digitizing classes added!


AUGUST 15, 2015


AUGUST 23, 2015


Get information and help with digitizing with Embird in a classroom setting – there will be lessons and plenty of time for questions!  Get training with OML and take your digitizing to the next level!  REGISTER FOR YOUR CLASS TODAY! (there is a small fee of $10.00 for each class- only to help pay for the software).  REGISTRATION IS QUICK AND EASY – don’t miss out on learning and increasing your digitizing skills!  Class spaces are limited, so sign up as soon as you can to keep your space in the class!  

1.    Please register for Beginner Embroidery Digitizing with Embird (2nd date) on Saturday, August 15, 2015 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT at:


For those of you who couldn’t make the first class date on a weekday, we are doing a second class date on the weekend, so hopefully everyone can make it! This will be a beginner embroidery class with lots of time for questions!

Please register for Fun with embroidery! Learn to digitize your own designs on Sunday, August 23, 2015 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT at:


In this class we will be creating a design and exploring all the different stitches you can use and some different creative ideas!

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the training.

All classes are online classes, hosted by GoToTraining – which provides us with a classroom like situation – you can listen and watch the class, and you can raise your virtual  hand if you have a question.  Each class will start off with a digitizing lesson, and then time for questions and answers.

Getting to your class is quick and easy – you can use a computer, iPhone, iPad and some android – just download the program and click the link and everything is ready to go – its that easy!  I would suggest showing up for class a few minutes early to make sure that you have a good connection and everything is ready to go.   After your first class set up, subsequent classes will be faster to set up – no downloading – be on time for class and click the link and you are in.


Embroidery Webnars

Awesome!  We do have enough people interested in doing an embroidery Webinar for everyone!  We think this is such a good idea, that we are considering doing a bi-weekly or weekly webinar if people are interested.  We have had a huge response of followers on Youtube, we think that maybe we can do the lessons in a Webinar format, teach a skill and then save some time for questions at the end.

I would like to set up a class schedule, and we would love to do weekly classes!  We could also do weekly classes for beginners and another weekly class for advanced Embird Digitizing.

We are looking into what webinar software to buy, and which will be the most useful to everyone that wants to learn.    The problem so far is that they are pretty expensive!!  The one that I think will be the best of the best for all of us would be a tutorial style webinar – its more of a teaching oriented set up that we can still have the questions and answers, but we can also give you work to do – or embroidery designs to practice digitizing.  The tutorial style webinar also makes signing up easy, and the program is available on iPads and most phones.  That would mean we can give out the design at the beginning of the Class, and then you can take the class on your iPad or iPhone and work on the same design on your computer!

I would like to know what everyone this about this format and if they think that just a simple question and answer weekly will be fine, or do you want to actually take classes that are more involved and geared towards what you need to learn?

Let me know in the comments, and we will get everything going and get our first Class date set up for everyone to attend!


Babylock Ellure Plus Embroidery Machine

To go along with my last post on buying an embroidery machine, here are the stats from the brochure for the Babylock Ellure Embroidery Machine

You can check out all of the details at the Babylock website.

Technology Features

  • USB (Type A) Direct Connect
  • LCD touch screen (120 x 64 dot matrix)
  • Embroidery card slot
  • Advanced needle threader
  • Automatic thread cutter
  • Quick-Set, top-loading bobbin
  • Quick-Set, bobbin winder
  • Upper and lower thread sensors to alert when threads are broken
  • 2 LED lights illuminate sewing surface

    Embroidery Capabilities

  • Built-in embroidery design library:
    • –  106 Embroidery designs which include an elegant script font and 40 Baby Lock exclusive designs
    • –  120 Frame Patterns
    • –  6 Font styles in upper and lower case
  • Up to 5” x 7” (130mm x 180mm) embroidery field
  • Reads embroidery designs with a stitch capacity of up to 50,000 stitches per design
  • Up to 12 Memory Pockets for embroidery equaling 512KB/150,000 stitches
  • Embroidery design editing – Enlargement (up to 20%) – Reduction (up to 10%)
    – Mirror imaging

    – 1°, 10°, and 90° pattern rotation

  • LCD touch screen (120 x 64 dot matrix) shows
    • –  Estimated embroidery time display and stitch count
    • –  Needle position placement (1, 10, or 100 stitch increments)
    • –  Measurements displayed in inches or millimeters
    • –  Thread color indicator
    • –  On-screen hoop size indicator
    • –  8-Point trial check points
  • Embroidery speed up to 650 spm
  • 300 Color names

Advanced Sewing Features

• 205 Built-in stitches including:
– 71 Utility (with 10 styles of one-step

– 51 Decorative
– 18 Satin
– 11 Decorative Satin
– 15 Cross
– 39 Combinable utility stitches

• 3 Alphabet Styles

• Side Feeding

• Stitch length 0.0mm – 5.0mm on sewing stitches

• Maximum Utility stitch width: 7mm

• Utility stitch editing capabilities
– Store personal stitch settings for each

Utility stitch on machine

• Decorative stitch editing capabilities – Edit and combine Character/

Decorative stitches
– 10 Memory Pockets for Character or

Decorative stitches; allows 70 entries per pocket

– Lock key for Utility and Decorative stitches

– Variable needle positions • Twin needle settings key

Convenient Sewing Features

  • Convenient One-Touch Buttons – Start/Stop
    – Reverse sewing
    – Needle up/down

    – Thread cutter
    • Needle plate with scale in inches

    and centimeters

  • Hands-free Presser Foot Lift
  • Electronic foot control with separate power cord
  • Free arm with drop feed lever
  • Accessory storage compartment

• Built-in Operational Guide

• 14 Languages
• 12 Snap-On Feet:

– Buttonhole
– Embroidery
– Overcasting
– Monogramming
– Zipper
– Zig zag
– Blind stitch
– Button fitting
– Non-stick
– Open toe
– Adjustable zipper/piping – Stitch guide

• Hoops and Grids
– 5” x 7” Embroidery Hoop and Grid – 5” x 12” Embroidery Hoop and Grid

• Touch Pen

• Alternate Bobbin Case

• Hard Case • Center Pin

Optional Accessories

• Extension Table
• Embroidery Hoops

– Small 1” x 2-1/2”

– Medium 4” x 4”

• Gold Standard Comprehensive Care Program


Buying a home embroidery machine for OML

At OML, we have quite a few embroidery machines here!  They are all commercial embroidery machines that have many needles along with easy thread changes and automatic trimming.  We have a Barudan 15 needle huge machine (aka Barry), a Happy 12 needle machine (aka Larry) and two twin Brother machines named Harry and Perry.  We have quite a few needles in this place, to say the least.We have since decided that we needed a new addition to our embroidery machine library, and after much research, we have decided on a single needle home embroidery machine that is way more portable than the big guys! Here is our thought process of what we require in an embroidery machine, and how to get the right embroidery machine for our specific needs.  

We have done quite a bit of research, and we found out that some of the high end home embroidery machines are very expensive and still have the same basic functionality as other embroidery machines.  The more expensive ones have bigger hoops and more bells and whistles.  We have enough bells and whistles with the commercial machines – they have every detail that you could possibly want in a big machine.  We don’t need bigger hoops- if we need something bigger than the Barudan’s huge hoop, we probably shouldn’t be embroidering it on anything, thats for sure.   So hoop size is not an issue, and we don’t need to pay more for something we don’t need.   We did however decided that a 4 x 4 hoop is just to small for what we wanted, so the large size of the hoop needs to be 5 x 7 ish or a bit bigger for the kind of work that we want to do.  That is one of the keys to getting the right embroidery machine – get what you need, not necessarily what you think sounds good.  You have to do lots of research into the different kinds of machines, and the fat price tags that are attached to it. So pick the functions that you require, and make a list of those too.  Your new machine will have to have these functions!

Next thing to consider is connectivity of the machine to the computer and the network.  Quite a few of the machines run only on cards.  Well, that doesn’t work for us at all, we need to be able to attach a computer or at least have an easy to use USB.  So we crossed off all of the machines that were card driven.

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Stitches per minute.  For us this was a tough one – our big machines stitch 1300 stitches per minute or close to that, so we can’t expect a home embroidery machine to do a commercial level.  We started looking at the different machines that we had left on our list of possibilities.  While we are not expecting super fast, we were surprised that most of the machines did 400 stitches per minute.  That is perhaps a bit to slow for us – it may be great for other people, but we thought we needed a little bit more.  So we crossed those machines off of our list and went with a machine that stitched a healthy 650 stitches per minute.  Not bad.  Not bad at all.

Portability:  for us an issue was portability.  We did not want a tiny machine, but we have plenty of big machines, so we didn’t want one too big, either.  We settled for a medium sized machine that has enough weight and power to do the job at a higher SPM, but not too heavy.  Its going to be nice to have an embroidery machine that we can actually move!!

Price – some of the different machines are very similar, but have quite a bit of a difference in the price tag.  We took this into consideration as well.  We need to be comfortable with the price of the machine as well as feeling that we are getting the right level of functionality at the right price.   So far, we felt we were getting a good price for the machine.

New or used.  For us, we definitely needed a new machine.  We need to have a warranty, thats for sure.   I am sure there is nothing wrong with used machines, they can be fixed up and be like new.  But we wanted new.

Repairs.  We learned this one the hard way – getting a machine repaired is no easy task.  In our town, there is no one near to us that will fix the machines, or even to do maintenance on them.  So this was a big deal to take into consideration.  Do we drive an hour to get a different brand of machine that is similar but less expensive?  That means that we will have to drive an hour to drop off the machine and an hour back, and then do it all over again when the machine is fixed.  So we crossed off those machines, and looked at what was in our city.  There are a few places, but only one of them did in house repairs AND has 30 years experience fixing machines.  Perfect.  That is one worry off of our checklist.

So in we went to the fabric store and began talking to the sales clerk. When we arrived, we knew around the price that we were happy to pay for the features that we needed.  Nothing more, nothing less.  We knew the features that we wanted, and the size and functionality of the machine that we wanted.  We told this all to the clerk, and they pointed us to the machine that filled every need for us:  The Babylock Ellure Plus.  We get it on Thursday, and we are very excited and confident that this was a great purchase for us, and we are excited to get our new machine.

Babylock Ellure Plus Sewing/Embroidery Machine

Babylock Ellure Plus


Live question and Answer on Digitizing

We have another great idea for helping everyone with learning to digitize with Embird.  Would anyone be interested in participating in a live question and answer session on Google Plus hangouts or chat?  We can make ourselves available and give you some hands on fast answers to any issues you have with Embird, and give out a few quick tips at the same time.

You can let us know if you are interested in getting some real time help learning to digitize with Embird.  If we get enough interest, we can go ahead with it!