Calling All CraftStylish Embroidery Machine Owners!!!comments (14) February 3rd, 2009
Hi, let me reintroduce myself—my name is Jennifer Stern, and I blog about machine embroidery on CraftStylish. I want to know what you guys are up to—what kind of embroidery machines and software you have, the kinds of projects you want to see on CraftStylish, and the information and resources that would help you get your embroidery groove on! Lots of the crafting going on here can be partaken in without having special equipment or supplies. Let's face it, you can't machine-embroider without an embroidery machine...so if you've got it, let's flaunt it! If you don't got it, maybe you want it and you don't even know it! The first time someone asked me about machine embroidery, I thought they were talking about all those beautiful decorative stitches that are built in to a regular sewing machine...it blew my mind the first time I saw an embroidery machine stitching a design right in a hoop!
Machine embroidery is an amazing craft that's come a long way since it was first introduced more than 10 years ago. My first memories were of people I worked with at a little sewing store embroider anything and everything on sweatshirts. Lots of time was spent using a seam ripper to take out designs that either ended up in the wrong spot or suffered some sort of mechanical machine disaster. The first machines could embroider one design or word in the hoop—requiring you to rehoop every time you wanted to combine designs. Now you can embroider designs by the hoopful! As time went by, machines kept getting easier and easier to use. Embroidery designs themselves have also come a long way—the original designs were very simple and kinda boring. I remember spending lots of money for design cards that fit into the side of my Pfaff—usually I only liked one or two. Now you can poke around the Internet to find exactly what you're looking for—and lots of them are free or cost only a couple of bucks!
A number of years ago, I discovered embroidery software. When I realized that I could draw a picture, scan it into my computer, and create an original embroidery, it was all over! After a little practice, I started entering wearable art fashion shows—ending up at the Bernina Wearable Art Fashion Show. My competitive spirit inspired me to push the envelope and create unique designs and combine them with different techniques to get all sorts of amazing effects that would stand out in a field of incredibly talented designers. It was an exciting time for me, and I learned a lot about machine embroidery. Now I would like to share it with you.
Get your creative machine-stitching groove on at CraftStylish...shooting me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with all your wants, needs, and desires. Whether you're a newbie and need tips for beginners, different ways to use stabilizers and threads, or you've been embroidering for years and you want a way-out-there technique to keep your machine running, I want to hear from you!