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)

Part 5: Anita Goodesign Sew Along Halloween Town

Welcome to Part 5 of the  @Anita Goodesign  Halloween Town Sew Along! In this video, we are going to stitch out a quilt top, step by step! Lots of bright Halloween colors, pumpkin applique and scary ghosts – and of course the scary Halloween trees!!

The BEST way to hoop!

It’s hoopapalooza month at Designs in Machine Embroidery. It’s all about hooping. I am up for that, I thought. So I went hoop shopping. Oh, so much fun!! If only I had a ton of money, I would have ALL of the magnetic hoops for both of my machines. Well, I guess I had better get saving.

I decided to get the hoop that I use most often, the 8×8 quilt hoop. I do a lot of quilt squares and mug rugs, and other designs of course, and that seems to be my go to hoop, so it made sense to get that one in a magnetic hoop and make everything easier.

YEP. It sure does make everything easier. I do have different magnetic hoops for my 10 needle Brother PR1000E embroidery machine, and while they are easy to use my only issue with them is that the machine doesn’t recognize them and they are often a different size and shape from the standard hoops. Not really a big deal, but usually I am rushing around to get a video going on, and I just seem to opt for the hassle free “never hit the hoop and break your machine” option of the standard hoops.

That has all changed now that I have my hands on this Snap Hoop Monster. Aside from it being magnetic, there is another really really awesome thing with these hoops for the single needle: THE BROTHER DREAM MACHINE 2 RECOGNIZES THE HOOP! It is the exact same size sewing field as the original hoop from Brother. Yeah, I am sooooo happy about that. It means that you can use the snap hoop monster the same way as you would use a regular hoop – the machine will know what hoop you have on, and it will let you know when your design will not fit. I think this is the best part.

With a snap hoop monster you can easily unhoop by lifting the top magnet hoop up, reposition your fabric, and then place the top hoop back on, and voila! you are ready to get stitching again!! This hoop will be amazing for endless hooping, all over hooping and border hooping.

It should be noted that you CAN purchase a bulky border hoop for both the PR1000e and the Dream Machine 2, but they are really pricey and difficult to use. We paid $400 for the larger border frame hoop for the 10 needle brother….and I don’t like it very much. I am not happy with it’s space limitations and how you have to load and move the fabric. Had I known this, I would have purchased a snap hoop monster instead – I could use it for border designs AND anything else I needed. It would have been a great purchase. Honestly I would have done the same with my Dream Machine 2 – I must have all the hoop sizes on a machine (meh, it’s so expensive) so we ordered as many different hoops that we could for my single needle embroidery machine. Yes, they are expensive…I would love to return them all and get the same sizes in snap hoop monster hoops! I wish I had known how awesome the snap hoops are two years ago!!! I would have been much happier with the magnetic hoops.

Check out my video as I unbox the 8×8 Snap hoop monster for McDreamy. Yep. I am happy and I love the hoop.

Take my money, please. LOL

Easy Press for Better Applique

I have found a solution….the Cricut Easy Press 2.  Yep, I am loving this little gadget.   It fits nicely on my desk, in the hoop (yes, actually in the hoop) and the pad is just a bit bigger than the press itself.  That really works for me and my workspace!

The easy press is designed primarily for pressing on heat transfer vinyl or HTV for short.  Heat transfer vinyl is fantastic, and can work very well with embroidery.  So why not for applique and fabric?  I thought I would grab one and check it out.  You can get different sizes – I have the smallest one – its only 6×7, so it fits perfectly into my hoops – so one press and you are done.  It doesn’t take up a ton of space and has some handy features that make it easy to use.  

The first part that I like is the stand.  Plunk the easy press down and you are done.  It is flat so you don’t have to worry about anything falling over.  You won’t accidently burn yourself because the hot part is down and completely covered by the stand.   It has an auto off feature, a timer setting as well as a temperature setting.  Lots of safety, little space.  My kind of embroidery accessory. 

This accessory was designed for putting HTV on small items such as onesies or small children’s clothing.  If you have this awesome press, you can add cute designs to your list for customers!!  Onesies are hard to hoop and hard to stitch.  Pressing onsies with a cute design that you cut on your cutter in HTV takes no time at all – and it is just as cute!  You don’t have to worry about hooping, being off center, hooping accidents or watching your machine like a hawk.  Cut, press and peel – that’s it.  

If you are like me, I tend to get a bit lazy when it comes to ironing…so I leave my iron out, in full view, but I still don’t use it nearly enough!  I don’t have enough room for the pad to cover my desk to protect it, and I am really not going to go across the room to get to the ironing board.  I have 3 dogs, and they get playing, and I worry that they will bump the ironing board and the hot iron will fall.  Maybe that’s just me.

Check it out, keep and open mind – I find this tool helpful and it is really nice to have pressed fabric and finished products so easily.  Also, HTV can be sparkly and bright.  Also a bonus. 

Until next time,

Sue,

The Queen of Embroidery Gadgets and Accessories.

Sew Many Embroidery things going on!

Have you been keeping up with OML Embroidery youtube channel and OML Embroidery University facebook page?  There is sew much going on it’s hard to keep up!  Everything is free at OML Embroidery – free classes, free lessons, free embroidery designs and free learning videos.   All we need from you is likes and shares and views of our videos!  It’s that easy!!

In the OML Embroidery University Facebook group, we have some free designs that we are giving away!  Don created a really nice fall embroidered alphabet for everyone to use for free.

As soon as we are done with that alphabet, we are going to give away a NEW FREE ALPHABET for Christmas!  IF you are in the group, you will have a chance to vote on which design you like best! Make sure you join so you can vote!!

Remember to subscribe to the youtube channel and hit the bell for notifications so you don’t miss anything coming up!!free embroidery design

CRAZY QUILTING 101: LET’S GET STARTED!

Have you ever wanted to learn how to crazy quilt in machine embroidery?  Here is your chance to get learning!

Crazy Quilting came about in the early 1800’s and was really popular.  The idea of crazy quilting came about by using up every scrap of very expensive fabric so that there would be no waste.  Back then, rich fabrics were really expensive, so every piece counted.  Literally!  people who could not afford such rich fabrics used whatever they had on hand, and then embellished it to make it look pretty.  Some of these quilts were actually sewn together using an old table-cloth as the foundation!  Whatever they had around would work!

Embellishments:  same thing as the fabrics, whatever embellishments you had would work.  They used buttons, small pieces of lace, ribbons and of course beautiful embroidery thread in different colors.  Pretty much anything worked, and the end results are very pretty!

Old Traditions:  there are a few old traditions that were applied to these hand-made crazy quilts.  There was usually saying on the front of the quilt or a name and date of the quilter.  More often than not, there would be a fancy initial somewhere on the quilt – either for the person receiving the quilt or the person who made the quilt.  There were special stitches that were used, and certain ways that the squares were divided.

I did quite a bit of research and looked at some stunning, beautiful quilts made with lavish and intricate embellishments.    I decided that it would be really fun to do these quilts on the embroidery machine.  Of course people have been doing this for years, and the results are awesome.  I thought it would be a great YouTube series to learn how to crazy quilt.  Here is the first video – basically an introduction and how to set up your blocks.  There are 3 parts to this block, so make sure you watch all of the videos.