What Would You Like to Learn About Machine Embroidery?


(Jungle Buddies pictured here.)

Here is your big chance – we want to know what you want to know!

Do you have any nagging questions about machine embroidery? We’d love to be of help! Let us know what you would like to learn more about. There are a lot of great resources on this site, but you may have questions that we haven’t yet addressed.

Are you new to embroidery or maybe it has been a while since you have stitched? Techniques are cumulative and it is easy to get rusty when we take a break from our skills.

We are all learning every day so don’t be shy, there’s no judgement here. Plus, everybody could use a refresher now and then. Comment below and we will figure it out, together. You may even give us some great ideas for future blogs!

Here are a few ideas to get you started and links that should be helpful.

What is you biggest embroidery challenge?

Is choosing the proper stabilizer confusing?

Do you struggle with hooping?

Does stitching tension give you a headache?

Do you want to learn a new technique?

Need a refresher on applique?

Besides forgetting to fuse GlitterFlex (like I recently did), do you have issues with getting it perfectly flat?

Want to know more about quilting your embroidery or creating quilt blocks?

What should you know before buying an embroidery machine?

Wondering how to backup and organize all of your embroidery designs?

Do you struggle with matching thread colors?

Confused about what software you should have?

Problems with puckering?

These are just a few – what would you like to know?

Debbie Henry
Sew Inspired By Bonnie

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  • Debbie Henry - August 29, 2022

    Cherie, let’s start with this. Can you transfer other designs to your machine, such as with a USB (thumb drive) or a card reader?

  • Bonnie Welsh - August 18, 2022

    WillieMae—“Quilt as you go” may sound like a portable project to take with you wherever you go but it’s not. It’s where you quilt blocks or squares together and then join them together after they’ve been quilted to make into a quilt, runner, or whatever. Many times they are joined by a sashing strip but not always. There are several different methods “Pattern Poole TV” has some great instructions here: https://www.youtube.com/c/PatternPooleTV with 7 different methods.

  • Bonnie Welsh - August 18, 2022

    Sheila—When to upgrade a machine is a personal choice and oftentimes depends on a person’s budget. But generally speaking I’d do all the free updates for both as they become available. Depending on the type of sewing, editing, or digitizing you do would dictate when you’d want the latest and greatest. All of us have different needs. As far as comparing the various machines? I’d write down a prioritized list what I’d want to be able to accomplish for my particular sewing needs, read up on various machines from on-lines sources (a simple Google search will yield a lot of information on any brand), and then go to two or three dealers for demonstrations to narrow my choices down. I like to use an embroidery spray adhesive to stop stabilizer and fabric from shifting prior to hooping (again a personal preference). None of these questions are dumb at all. We might be going into further detail on future blog posts. =)

  • Bonnie Welsh - August 18, 2022

    Margie—Be sure to click on the various links above for tips on everything mentioned.

  • Bonnie Welsh - August 18, 2022

    Patti—It could you’re stretching the shirt when hooping and when it’s un-hooped it relaxes and puckers. If it’s a knit shirt be sure to use a cut away type stabilizer not a tear away. Be sure to click on the links to the stabilizer and hooping tips above. =)

  • Bonnie Welsh - August 17, 2022

    Barbara—Please contact me at support@sewinspiredbybonnie.com to trouble shoot what is happening. All designs are thoroughly tested and stitch out in proper order. In the meantime, please re-download the file and make sure that the file did not get corrupt during download. While this doesn’t happen often, any interruption in your Internet service while downloading can corrupt files. But please contact me privately so we can troubleshoot what’s happening. Thanks!

  • WillieMae Charles - August 17, 2022

    What does quilt as you go mean? When I say it, it reminds me of taking your knitting with you, So you can knit while you wait for your doctor.

  • Cherie Gebhardt - August 17, 2022

    I have an Elna and I don’t have any patterns except for the ones that came with my machine and I am not sure which ones to buy or where to start, please help!

  • Sheila Vetter - August 17, 2022

    All of the above plus basic questions regarding thread, when to upgrade your embroidery machine or upgrading software and keeping the same machine, how to compare each machine out there, how to stop stabilizer from shifting when placing fabric on top of it while hooping. Really basic stuff that is so “dumb” a question no one wants to ask it.

  • Margie Williamson - August 17, 2022

    All of the above

  • Barbara Taylor - August 17, 2022

    I bought the luggage tag design and found out they don’t all stitch out in the right order. Please tell me what I am doing wrong This is not your bag

  • Patti Loosen - August 17, 2022

    When embroidering a shirt it seems to pucker up when unhooped

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