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How to cut those pesky jump stitches when machine embroidering

  Jump stitches can be annoying, little threads along your design that are hard to cut really close to the design! There are two options for when to cut the jump stitches, you can either wait till the very end of the embroidery and cut the stitches after you take the design out of the hoop or you can cut the stitches as the machine does them.  Let me explain more,      1. You let the design stitch out as normal then once it’s done, take the material out of the hoop. Use small, sharp scissors and cut each thread from the starting part. The hard part about this method is that often the jump stitches get stitched over which can either, a: hide the jump stitches and now you no longer need to cut them, or, b: stitch over the jump stitches in sections so that your one stitch is now five different sections to cut.       2. After the machine completes a jump stitch, let it stitch a few reinforcement stitches, then cut the stitch from the source, then cut from where it is now. The problem with

How to make branding labels/tags

  For my other shop, Howes It Sewing , I was looking into how to create branding labels. I did not know how to create tags and I surprised to see that there was quite little amount of tutorials on how to do the type of labels I was interested in.   So to figure them out, it took quite a bit of trial and error, but I’m happy to say that I did figure it out in the end and I now have some awesome looking, and professional, tags! And now that I figured it out, I’m going to share what I learned with all of you! What I used: Satin ribbon with a woven edge Cricut machine and supplies, including iron I found my biggest problem in trying to figure out these labels was the fraying, no matter what I did the ribbon always frayed! In the end, what I realized was the the woven edges of the ribbon could stay as the sides and I could fold the ribbon over to have both of the raw edges on the inside of the seam. All I had to do was buy a wider ribbon. Yes I know it seems simple enough but yeah it was no

How I got my first sewing/embroidery machine

  When I got my first machine, it was actually a sewing machine! I had an older machine because I wanted to see if I would like it or not. I instantly fell in love! I had that same sewing machine for about three years before I got my first embroidery machine. I started to sew more and I was realizing that I couldn’t do everything that I wanted to do on that sewing machine because of its age. I started to do some research for sewing machines, and that’s when I found the brother se600! I continued to look into the machine, and the more I looked into it, the more I loved it! I just knew that I would love machine embroidery and it was a huge sewing upgrade! But the best thing about the machine for me at the time, was that it was an amazing budget machine.  I’ve been using the brother se600 for a while now and I absolutely love it! And I love sewing and embroidery.  What’s your first embroidery or sewing machine story?

What I use to slice my 3D print files

To slice my 3D prints I use a software application on my laptop. I will buy/download STL files online from other designers or create my own, and to slice them I use Cura. What is Cura you may ask?  -Cura is an open-source slicing application for 3D printers- Recommended read: What is slicing in the 3D printing world? So basically, you import your STL file to Cura, look at the basic settings, change them a little (you don’t even have to know how to do this, you just look at the description of the design you downloaded and the designer will tell you the settings to use) and you get your GCODE. Put that GCODE onto your SD card, eject it from your laptop, put it into the 3D printer and click start on your 3D print. And I mean, I would say watch the magic happen, but let’s just say it takes a little bit of time…

What is slicing in the 3D printing world

  Slicing when 3D printing is online. It’s when you take your STL file, which is the file for your 3D prints that you will download online but this format is not compatible with your machine, yet; and you slice it into individual layers.   After converting your STL file and slicing it into individual layers, you will be give a GCODE file of the design. The GCODE is the tool path. This file format is then compatible with your machine.  Wait a second, but what do I use to slice my STL file? Here’s an article! You can then save the GCODE to an SD card, then place the SD card in the 3D printer and start your long awaited print! And you might just have to be patient for a little longer… 3D prints take longer than you would ever expect!

What is pul fabric

  Pul stands for polyurethane laminated fabric. It’s a type of specialty utility fabric.   Pul is often used in wet bags and diapers due to its waterproofing properties.  It’s flexible and easy to sew with as well as lightweight and breathable. It is also durable enough to withstand use and machine washing/drying.    Many people will also use laminated cotton for this purpose as it as a layer of polyurethane film attached to one side.  There is also another very useful attribute to this fabric, when checked to be food safe, you can use pul fabric to create snack bags!  It’s important to make sure that if the fabric is going to be in contact with food, that you make sure it’s food safe. Once you know that it’s food safe you’ll want to know which side of the fabric should be in contact with the food. The side of the fabric that is smooth and has the most colour to it/ has the design, is the side that does not touch the food. The side that is not smooth, looks shiny/laminated is the right

What are feed dogs

  What are feed dogs? How can that be on my sewing machine? Why am I feeding dogs?? No no no! You’ve got it all wrong! Feed dogs are on your sewing machine, and they are not actually dogs (lol of course they can’t be real dogs).  You don’t feed them, they actually feed your fabric through the machine! -The feed dogs are the short thin metal bars that have ridges like teeth. They are placed underneath your fabric and used to guide the fabric through your machine. - Now feed dogs believe it or not are actually optional, you can lower them, meaning that they are underneath the needle plate and they will not move your fabric at all.  They are very useful in sewing, for without them you would just be sewing in the exact same spot over and over.. which would create a huge knot.. which you would have to then try to cut.. ahhh I’m getting nightmares already.  But, and that’s a big but, there are times in sewing when you want to lower the feed dogs, this is for when you want to free motion quil

Should you use prewound bobbins for machine embroidery

Not sure if prewound bobbins are worth it? Find out in this article! No matter what, when you do machine embroidery you’ll have to use a bobbin. You have two different options, you can either wind your own bobbins or you can purchase prewound bobbins.  Convenience Most of the time prewound bobbins are more convenient, but if you go and wind a whole bunch of bobbins and put them in a little container, both are now very convenient! But, you still have that added work of having to wind all the bobbins yourself.  Cost For winding your own bobbins there are two things you need to purchase, the thread and the bobbins.  For prewound bobbins all you have to buy are the prewound bobbins themselves. Although once you have purchased so many prewound bobbins you have leftover empty bobbins. Not using these empty bobbins is essentially a waste of money and bad for the earth.  Problems that might occur Often times prewound bobbins come very full and you might have to pull off a few yards before usin