Earth Day Tote Bag Project

Celebrate Earth day by using sustainable fabric to create a reusable tote bag perfect for everyday use or trips to the farmer’s market.

Embroider the tote with a lovely leaf-and-vine design, either by hand or machine.EARTH DAY EVERY DAY Earth Day Tote Bag Project Continue reading

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How To Embroider On Printed Fabric

Most often we think about embroidering on solid colors, but prints offer the chance for added color and patterning, as long as you choose them wisely.

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Check Out May/June 2018 Issue of Creative Machine Embroidery

CME1806 Cover 200px Check Out May/June 2018 Issue of Creative Machine EmbroideryThe May/June issue of Creative Machine Embroidery is hitting newsstands, and we’re so excited to share it with you! We’re very proud of this issue—we think you’ll love the breezy summer garments, pool wear and party décor we’ve packed into it.

On the cover is the beautiful Fiesta Flair table runner. Perfect for a Cinco de Mayo party, but also a lovely table addition all summer long, this brightly colored project gets extra pop from flower trim and handmade tassels.

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High-End Hack: Shoe Embellishment Tutorial

Bedazzled shoes are everywhere and adorned with everything: embroidery, pom-poms, tassels, beading — you name it. With a few simple steps, it’s easy (and inexpensive!) to transform a pair of basic flat mules into designer flats.

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Follow these simple step-by-step photos to create your own luxe pair of adorned shoes! Continue reading

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Flattering Embroidery Placement for Garments

We’ve all either seen it or committed the act ourselves. After careful sewing we some how have ended up placing large butterflies right on our butt.  Or, those fun abstract red circles now look more like two glaring eyes on our chest. We’ve all done it, either with print placement or embroidery design placement. Read on for tips for figure flattering embroidery placement so you’ll never have a target on your lady parts again.

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Top 15 Stabilizer Tips for Machine Embroidery

Proper stabilizing is critical to successful machine embroidery. Read on to learn more about the four basic stabilizer types: water-soluble and heat-removable stabilizers (often used as toppers), cut-away and tear-away stabilizers (often attached to the fabric wrong side as a backing) and a variety of helpful stabilizer tricks.workingwithstabilizer 1 Top 15 Stabilizer Tips for Machine Embroidery

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How To Embroider On Leather – Top Tips!

Learning to embroider on leather is not as difficult as it seems, but it can be intimidating at first.

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We’re here to help you embroider your leather projects and garments without fear. Just follow our handy tips. Continue reading

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Southwest Embroidery Design Inspiration

From fabric prints to embellishments, we’re having a major love affair with all things southwestern, including (and hence!) our new embroidery design collection, Southwest Story. When we were deciding what feature project to make with the collection, we had a bazillion ideas, and eventually landed on the denim skirt and cuff set from the March/April issue.

The collection includes a variety of motifs and borders that we want to put on everything this spring and summer. In the spirit of sharing that inspiration, we’ve collected some of our favorite southwest embroidered finds below, with quick tips on how you can recreate the look. And, don’t forget to download the free southwest design here! southwest inspo Southwest Embroidery Design Inspiration Continue reading

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Easter Machine Embroidery Design Roundup!

Easter’s coming up in a little less than a month, so if you’re a fan of adding holiday-appropriate décor, accessories, etc. into your life, now’s the time to start thinking about Easter embroidery. I’ve gathered together some of the Easter-themed and Easter appropriate designs we’ve featured in Creative Machine Embroidery over the years. Read on to see my faves, all of which can be found at

We have a couple Easter projects in our In-the-Hoop column archives. Of course, the ITH Bunny Ears aren’t really from the archive — they’re in the current issue, and so they’re free through the end of April. Grab the download at and find the instructions in the Mar/Apr 2018 issue of CME.

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Another in-the-hoop project is these cute egg holders. They’re easy and quick to make, and would make adorable place tags for Easter dinner with the addition of a place card or name written on the belly. Continue reading

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National Embroidery Month Friday = Free Design

It’s still National Embroidery Month, and we’re giving away one more free design before the month ends!

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Spring will be here before you know it, and I couldn’t be more ready! As we head into March, I find myself eying the Spring Clover collection and thinking about budding flowers and St. Patrick’s Day. Click the link below to download the Spring Clover Shamrock 1 design. It’s 1.93” wide x 2.11” high with 2,276 stitches and three thread colors. The free download comes as a zip file and includes the following formats: EXP, HUS, JEF, PCS, PEC, PES, SEW, VIP and VP3.

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This design  expired on February 26, 2018. Find it and the rest of the Spring Clover collection at

Spring Clover Collection National Embroidery Month Friday = Free DesignDon’t miss out! Find more great projects and ideas in our newest issue, available on newsstands and at!

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