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How to hoop towels without all the struggle

 This article is brought to you by  Lizzsews . Towels are a great machine embroidery project, but hooping them... that's a whole workout right there! But it doesn't have to be like that, here's how you can hoop towels without all the struggle. Recommended read:  How to hoop fabric for machine embroidery Recommended read:  How to float your machine embroidery project    1. Start by pinning, taping or spraying the wash away stabilizer or cutaway stabilizer to the towel. I recommend this as it will not only make hooping the towel so much easier, but it will help with placement too!  I use a roll of wash-away stabilizer that is 10” wide, and cut a rectangle of 7” x 10” and it fits my 4” x 4” hoop great. Optional: if you want to, you can also pin the stabilizer that goes on top of the towel    2. Make sure that you have made the hoop loose enough that you will actually be able to hoop the towel. You want it to be l

How to understand changing the tension on your embroidery and sewing machine, straight to the point

 This article is brought to you by  Lizzsews . Does the tension confuse you? Are articles too confusing and have too many words? Now you can understand the tension and it's straight to the point! Before changing the tension, remember what the default tension was. That way if the tension gets all screwed up you can always go back to default. Please note that changing the tension should always be your last step. If you're having the following problems, follow the link and go through the steps before changing the tension. Machine embroidery needle breaking Bobbin thread showing on top Upper thread shredding Stitching is loose

The best tools for embroidering non-woven reusable bags

This article is brought to you by  Lizzsews Do you enjoy embroidering reusable bags and want to know the best tools for the job? Well, you’re in the right place! Recommended read: How to embroider non-woven reusable bags Think spring from my Etsy shop The best tools:  Needles Embroidery needles should be changed after about every 8-10 hours of stitching.  Recommended read: When should I change the machine embroidery needle I suggest using the brand Schmetz and using  a 75/11 machine embroidery needle for the best results. Stabilizer  Use a medium-weight cutaway stabilizer, and make sure it is tight in the hoop. Recommended read: How to hoop fabric for machine embroidery I suggest using the brand New Brothread Pins For best results, I suggest using pins to hold the stabilizer in place before you hoop, that way you can not only ensure that the stabilizer is in the hoop but also make sure you have the correct placement. Thread For the upper thread make sure you’re using 40wt and ensure t

How to embroider a non-woven reusable bag

This article is brought to you by  Lizzsews .   Learn how to embroider your own reusable bag with this how-to article. It's easier than it looks, give it a try! What you will need:  A non-woven reusable bag Cutaway stabilizer 75/11 machine embroidery needle An embroidery design ( Think spring from my Etsy shop) Embroidery machine Embroidery thread Machine embroidery needle Adhesive spray or pins to pin the stabilizer in place  The steps:    1. Prepare your machine for embroidery and choose the embroidery design you are going to use.  If you're not sure which embroidery design you want to use, you might be able to find something that you like from my shop or Creative Fabrica!    2. Place cutaway stabilizer inside the bag, pin the stabilizer in place or use adhesive spray Recommended read: Guide to the three main machine embroidery stabilizers    3. Place the bag flat with nothing but the stabilizer placed  on the inside     4. Place the bottom part of the hoop on the inside of

Is Machine Embroidery Too Difficult For Me?

 This article is brought to you by  Lizzsews . Machine embroidery may seem very difficult at first, it might be very tricky, you may feel discouraged, you might even feel like quitting. Here's how to tell if machine embroidery is worth it for you.  If the only reason that you might think machine embroidery is too difficult for you is  that you are confused or overwhelmed, in the end, it will be worth it! If you're overwhelmed, try to take a second to do something else, read a book or watch a movie. Go back to your machine tomorrow. Recommended read:  10 Things You Need To Start Machine Embroidery Today Once you know more about embroidery, it will become easier. Are you willing to put in time and work to learn your machine? If you don't want to put in the time and work to learn about embroidery, this is not a hobby for you. Ask yourself this: “will I put in the time to try and learn about this? Will I have patience?” Ask questions When you have problems, which you will, ask