Thursday, February 16, 2017

Guide to Embroidery Software and Designs





The available choices for embroidery software and designs can be just as overwhelming as choosing a machine when you don't understand what does what. So this week I have posted an in depth guide to both embroidery software and designs to help you get a clearer view.

From designs on disc to membership clubs and digital downloads, I've covered all the options for adding new designs to your library. And from editing to digitizing and even including thumbnailers and a cataloging program, I've looked at all types of embroidery software. I've also included a few tips on how you can get premium designs for free download.

Don't be confused by the many different types of embroidery software. Read my guide at Sewing Machines Plus to find out what will work best for your needs.

I appreciate your reading my work and I hope it is helpful for you. Happy sewing!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

How To Choose an Embroidery Machine: A Buying Guide





I want to add an embroidery machine to my sewing room. But when I first started shopping these, I was quickly overwhelmed. Because there are so many different kinds of machines and feature options available, I felt confused about how to go about choosing the right embroidery machine for me.

So I stepped back and started researching to get a really clear idea about how embroidery machines work and understand the differences between them. I studied the issue in depth for a long time: I read everything available online, I played with every machine I could get my hands on, I interviewed a few embroidery machine sales professionals, and I talked to friends who already own embroidery machines. Then I wrote this detailed embroidery machine buyer's guide so that you can easily understand the differences between the different machines and the different feature options available.

I hope that all the time I invested into studying this issue will save you some time and help you to more easily decide which machine will work best for you.

Monday, January 30, 2017

How to Sew Valentines: 33 Valentine Sewing Project Ideas



I had some fun sewing valentine projects this weekend. I shared what I made, as well as thirty other sweet project ideas that I collected from all over the web on my newest post at Sewing Machines Plus. There are links to several cute quilts, other patchwork projects, a darling softie toy, kitchen gifts, and many more. I think you will find inspiration and ideas to suit everyone you love. Please click over there to read it now. I challenge you all to show your love by sewing all your valentine gifts this year. Thanks for reading!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

What Are The Rules For Sewing Room Organizing?





I spent many years battling the problem of sewing room organization. After much effort, I have recently discovered that this isn't a problem for me anymore. I have finally learned how to keep my sewing room neat and well organized. How? By keeping in mind and following just a few simple rules. To keep better order in your room, please read my post, Sewing Room Organizing: The Rules on the Sewing Machines Plus blog.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

My Favorite Sewing Machine

If you are interested in upgrading your machine, I can't recommend the Janome DC5100 enough. This machine is absolutely loaded with features, from literally hundreds of stitch functions to a super helpful manual. Rather than list them all here, I'll invite you to read my review of the DC5100 over at Sewing Machines Plus. I really don't think you can find a better value or a more impressive machine.