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58 Comments on Embroidery Techniques

  1. Nancy Wildzunas
    November 30, 2011 at 10:17 pm (6 years ago)

    Where can I find the patterns for the tablerunner that is at the top of your blog.

  2. Beth Shelton
    December 3, 2011 at 2:51 pm (6 years ago)

    Thank you so much for your blog and other information you so willingly give..I get so many compliments of my being so “professional”!

  3. Jo
    December 14, 2011 at 1:16 pm (6 years ago)

    I’m really enjoy all the helpful hints for hooping and not hooping and ll the inspiration you give to us..Thank you!

  4. Annette Spinks
    January 3, 2012 at 3:14 pm (6 years ago)

    I received a Snap-Hoop 5 7/9″ x 10″ for Christmas and cannot get it to work on my Bernina 730. This is the message I get: The embroicery module was not able to detect the upper (1) position. Lift the presser foot, reposition the Mega Hoop to Upper (1) position and ensure that the notched snaps in. Please press OK to start calibration.

    I have a Bernina Mega Hoop and know how to move it to position 1 but cannot see how to move this one. Please help.

    • Mitzi Barker
      September 15, 2012 at 9:32 pm (6 years ago)

      I have the same problem. I even have the Bernina Designer V6 software and tried to create a “new” hoop with no success. The only way I can get the Snap Hoop to work is to first load my regular oval hoop, let the machine run through its routine to detect it, and then substitute the Snap Hoop. A lot of bother.

      • Janet
        March 12, 2013 at 10:05 am (5 years ago)

        I have been wanting the Snap Hoop since it first came out. I have a Bernina 730 embroidery machine. I will pass it up if it is a lot of bother. It appears to be a wonderful tool.
        Please advise what model machine you are working with.

  5. JoAnn Shipp
    February 4, 2012 at 9:09 am (6 years ago)

    Enjoy reading the posts.

  6. bonnie smith
    March 9, 2012 at 5:09 pm (6 years ago)

    can give me any tips on embroidering on ribbon?

  7. Mardell Panter
    July 7, 2012 at 9:39 pm (6 years ago)

    I like this post, enjoyed this one thanks for putting up. “The goal of revival is conformity to the image of Christ, not imitation of animals.” by Richard F. Lovelace.

  8. marguerite
    July 21, 2012 at 8:45 am (6 years ago)

    I love the design on the neckline with aqua thread and jewels. Can you give the name of the embroidery design. It’s posted on Eileen’s embroidery machine blog.

  9. JERI Rike
    August 9, 2012 at 3:05 pm (6 years ago)

    how can i purchase,the design at the top of your page? I think that it’s Beautiful..

    • Denise Holguin
      August 9, 2012 at 4:37 pm (6 years ago)

      Hi Jeri,
      I’m glad you like it! I switch the header image at the top of our page periodically. So the current one– (white table runner with pale pink, green, orange, green appliques) is from Stipple Bridge Club. The link to view the product information is here:

      Scroll down to Stipple Bridge Club. We have a limited time offer for free shipping on this product you may be interested in. 🙂

      – Denise

  10. ella rademacher
    November 17, 2012 at 12:00 pm (6 years ago)

    how can i embroidery on a towel,i broke my bobbin case the first time,i don’t want to do that again.i have always had trouble with this.

  11. click here now
    November 23, 2012 at 8:37 pm (6 years ago)

    I learned an awful lot, excellent blog post!

  12. Shirley Boyken
    November 27, 2012 at 8:28 am (5 years ago)

    Several years ago there was an article in your magazine explaining how to make a denim outfit for an American Girl Doll and I think the article might have been titled Denim Duds for Dolls or something of this sort. I have the embroidery design but I cannot find the instructions that go along with it. Could you please tell me what issue that was from and if it is still available?? I would like to make this project and would appreciate your help. Thanks

  13. Maureen McClelland
    January 3, 2013 at 2:34 pm (5 years ago)

    I have been trying to make the embroidered chothes size organizers for babies from the Apetember/October 2012 issue (volume 76) and I seem to be missing a section. I was able to make the labels (step 1) and prepare the closet tabs (step 2), but I have been unable to find the placement guide for the label. Do I not have design Tab1? I rechecked the downloading info in the magazine but it seems the design is no longer available on the website? Help! I am in the middle of this project and need help to finish! Thanks!

  14. Joyce Heath
    January 6, 2013 at 10:32 am (5 years ago)

    I have a dvd of your with nancy machime embroidered quilting and applique simple steps for rovalutionary result it says it has the pattern at the end of dvd I put it in the com[uter but can find the desighn to down load Can you help me out and tell me how I can I can accesse the designs thank you for your time Joyce

    • Marie McDonald
      January 26, 2013 at 6:49 pm (5 years ago)

      I have the same problem. I can’t get the designs transfered to the USB drive. I have spend all day on it and I was so excited to get started. Help please

  15. KATHY
    May 5, 2013 at 6:42 pm (5 years ago)

    I just love your design on the project: Day 7 on the Nancy Zieman Tablet Keeper Tour. I have been looking for awhile now on a TUT on how to make those word art designs. Is there a template or program? I have a Pfaff creative vision embroidery machine. I have seen these designs on etsy.com with birth announcements, marriage info, etc. Would love to design my own. thank you for any info you can offer. Kathy

  16. JayDee
    May 17, 2013 at 2:35 pm (5 years ago)

    I heard at a meeting sometime ago that you can keep scraps of your water soluble stabilizer and dissolve them in water to use as a starch. Can anyone tell me a formula for this or advise if it even works.

    Thank you,

    • Pat
      December 4, 2013 at 10:01 pm (4 years ago)

      JayDee, we did this in class. Put scraps in a jar, add warm water, a little bit at a time. If you add too much water it doesn’t work well. You end up with a thickish goo. We used it to stiffen organiser before embroidering. I first saw it on youtube by Solvy. Try looking there.

  17. Beckie
    June 19, 2013 at 1:03 am (5 years ago)

    I could swear you had a pattern for a red, white and blue table runner. I bought several patterns at your Huntington Beach, CA event and thought it was in the All Seasons Borders…I looked on your website too but no pattern.
    Also, the dvd I got with The Little Black Tee had an advertisement to “like” you on Facebook and get three free designs. I went to FB and liked you but saw no way of getting the three items??? Just wondering.
    I love what you do and enjoyed the seminar in HB! Am making another Penelope and looking forward to making a 4th of July table runner!

  18. Phyllis
    June 26, 2013 at 10:10 pm (5 years ago)

    Kind of off topic: I did not receive a activation email and used the tab to request to have another activation email sent. Your address is not working. Would you please check the tab use to reactivate. Thank you.

  19. Diane Zimmerman
    June 28, 2013 at 6:23 pm (5 years ago)

    Love the look and “feel” of the new website. I will visit more often. It seems to be energized! Congratulations on a job well done!

  20. Shawn Clipper
    September 10, 2013 at 5:36 pm (5 years ago)

    Hi, I purchased The Gift Book (and DVD)a while back. I never got around to using it untill now. I went to the web site to download the pattern designs, but I can’t find them. How do I get them so I can use the book? Help!

  21. Dottie
    September 17, 2013 at 2:21 pm (5 years ago)

    I’m looking for basting outlines to download per your new book, I’m unable to find. Please help me. I’m new at this blog stuff.

  22. Alane Ringle
    November 9, 2013 at 2:46 pm (5 years ago)

    I watched “it’s so easy” episode 409 showing in the hoop glass case. Where do I purchase program from that episode for my brother innovis 1500d?

  23. Linda
    November 16, 2013 at 9:27 pm (5 years ago)

    I’m msking photo gingerbread man. The stabilizer pokies are driving me nuts. I finally got a thick black magic marker and blacked in the design line on both sides…Phew too toxic of a smell to do that again. and Phew to the Sulky adhesive spray to make the fabric to the stabilizer..Non toxic..they say..smells deadly even spraying on the patio…I’m bummed..Anybody got the name of a stabilizer tear away that helps me with the pokies…
    sure appreciate it..a newbie 6D Designer II appliquer..

    • Linda s
      January 5, 2015 at 5:25 am (3 years ago)

      Made so many angels and ginger men using two medium stabilizers from Bernina store. Cut pokies with small curved embroidery scz used felt pen fine point Use spray sparingly. May see how Floriani stabilizer works for getting rid of pokies. Kids loved the ornaments

  24. Misty Butler
    November 20, 2013 at 11:37 pm (5 years ago)

    I love the “vintage elegant towels” that you have on your blog page. Where can I find the embroidery for the Sunday – Saturday towels?
    Thanks soooo much!

  25. Crissy
    February 26, 2014 at 10:00 am (4 years ago)

    Hi Eileen,

    I’ve been trying to embroider our Baseball Logo onto some sweatshirts. I’ve purchased 2 of your embroidery classes, used the techniques and I still can’t get it right. The logo has been redigitized several times for density and fabric type issues. The logo always sews out very stiff. The sweatshirts are fleeced lined and navy blue. The logo has a white background and we’re using a fill stitch to cover an oval area. If the density is too low, the navy shows through the white area. If the density is just enough to cover the navy blue, it turns out too stiff to wear. We’ve washed the items afterwards to see if that helps. We do have an underlay, but it’s just enough to hold down the fabric. What are we doing wrong?

  26. Melissa Robson
    March 3, 2014 at 3:29 pm (4 years ago)

    Hi ladies, I recently attended the Stitching Sisters Event in Augusta, GA. It was an awesome event and I learned so much and purchased a new 6 needle machine. During the event we worked on several different projects to which you gave us a disc containing those projects. When I got home there were a few that were not included. My question is…where can I purchase the organza flower pin, the lamp shade applique and the wire wisk designs from? Those were my absolute favorites, but they weren’t on the disc. Thank you so much for a totally awesome weekend!!

  27. Marie Urbanski
    April 2, 2014 at 9:01 am (4 years ago)

    I just have a question regarding the snap-hoops and quick snap hoops. Are you going to come out with the variety of hoops found in the quick snap set, in the snap-hoop stlye? I’m interested in the ones for the single needle.

  28. Ann Wright
    April 23, 2014 at 3:03 pm (4 years ago)

    Love your articles. I want to know where I can make a suggestion. I can embroidery,monogram on everything and make it look nice but satin. I have tried different kinds of hoops, snap type, fast frames, yellow clamping, magnetic types, and regular hooping, I still have puckers. I have tried many different types of stabilizers (iron on, no iron on, use sprays, wet activated, heat activated, solvy, mesh, etc…on the bottom & top and the designs) I digitized for satin. I just never come out with out puckers.I even had others digitized for me for satin,& still get puckers. I get orders for names with low stitch counts-like 6,000 & less and some with high stitch counts like 8,000,plus like 12,000 to 60,000 .normally the high ones are specials logos,crest for families, farm/brand logos that they want very large to go on wedding trains, and some to be framed.
    Is there some way you can do articles on stitching on white ,blue satin you buy at joann’s, hancock’s, hobby lobby stores or do on wedding dresses or from the speciality shops that sell better quality satin. I got a priest shaw order coming up soon and I need this worked out.
    Thank you for all your time and free designs you share .

  29. April Kurck
    June 10, 2014 at 12:26 pm (4 years ago)

    My daughter wants me to embroidery letters down a long sleeve. I have a Janome 300e. Do i need to undo the hem to do this? Or is there a special hoop that I need to purchase to do this on the long sleeve?

  30. Belvia W
    August 14, 2014 at 7:19 am (4 years ago)

    I ripped out the stitching of a logo I had done on a ready made fleece pullover; it wasn’t aligned properly. In doing so, the fleece was torn. Any suggestions on how to repair the fleece prior to re-stitching? I’ve bought a similar piece of fleece and considered using the darning stitch to replace/repair; however, wanted to check with you prior to doing so.

    Also, just wanted to let you know, I’m a huge fan and would love it if one of your Stitching Sister events was scheduled in the Washington/Maryland/Virginia region.

    Thank you.

  31. Wende
    August 27, 2014 at 2:00 pm (4 years ago)

    I just want to say I saw you on “its sew easy” re hooping etc. and really enjoyed the segment and learned a lot. Your blog is so informative, and again I feel I am learning. I want to say THANK YOU.

  32. Carol
    November 29, 2014 at 3:07 pm (3 years ago)

    I have the Mini perfect placement kit for linens. I have all the templates but I have misplaced the illustrated guide. Where can I get another guide. Anywhere I can download it? Thanks

  33. Lucy
    January 9, 2015 at 7:22 pm (3 years ago)

    Hi, I would love to purchase your magazines but the international conversion rates plus shipping are way too expensive for me. Do you have the magazine as on online subscription for tablets please?
    Thanks, Lucy

  34. Mary Ann Gann
    January 14, 2015 at 3:52 pm (3 years ago)

    Just rec’d your Crazy Quilting book w/cd and love, love, love every thing I see! My goal is to make a crazy quilt around my daughters wedding pictures, probably some 5×7″‘s and one 8×10″ for the middle. I have no plan and am not an experienced quilter and not especially creative which makes me uneasy about embarking on this “Love” project for my daughter. Any tips or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I’m worried about attaching the quilting to the pictures-or quilting around them. Will your program allow me to do this? Mary Ann

  35. Ruth557@aol.com
    February 6, 2015 at 9:47 pm (3 years ago)

    Can you give me any help on repairing bird nests In bobbin

    February 11, 2015 at 9:45 am (3 years ago)

    I am new to machine embroidery and I have not been able to find anyone who will help me! PLEASE help me figure out what I am doing wrong.

    I have changed my thread tension numerous times and the bobbin thread KEEPS SHOWING UP ON TOP. Help!

  37. mary walenga
    February 18, 2015 at 8:33 pm (3 years ago)

    I saw a table runner made up of individual circles ( with a hole in the center of each like a donut). They were three different sizes then joined together to make the runner. Now I can’t find it. Any ideas

  38. CindyM
    March 9, 2015 at 8:29 pm (3 years ago)

    I am having trouble with my fabric ripping/tearing away from the stitches (satin stitching) when I am machine appliqueing. Any suggestions

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