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by Kathleen Fehr · Oct 25, 2021

Dog toy embroidery designs
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ITH embroidery project

You can make dog toys with your embroidery machine.

Need a one of kind toy for your dog? Watch this video to learn how to make your own DIY dog toys using our In The Hoop embroidery designs! Your dog will love these bone shaped dog toys! Each of these dog bone toys stitches out in approximately 30 minutes. These in the hoop toys make pur-fect gifts for new puppy owners! Imagine them in a gift basket with a new collar and some doggy treats.  I have two dogs, a young puppy and a senior dog and both of them love these bone shaped dog toys. When making them,...

Kathleen Fehr · Nov 7, 2021

embroidery tutorial
ITH embroidery project
ITH greeting card
machine embroidery

Looking for a unique greeting card?

Do you need a greeting card for an upcoming wedding or Valentine's Day? Did you know that you can make one with your embroidery machine? This tutorial will show you just how easy it is to create your own unique card using our Valentine's Day Greeting Card embroidery designs. You will be loving how easy and fun these in the hoop cards are to stitch out.  And your family and friends will be delighted when they receive one. Spread the love this year with these machine embroidery designs. These designs are also perfect for wedding gifts, and anniversary gifts! Picture...

Kathleen Fehr · Nov 7, 2021

bobbin thread
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embroidery thread
embroidery tutorial

How to choose the best Machine Embroidery Bobbin Thread

Machine embroidery thread is typically polyester and 60-90 weight. The higher the weight number, the thinner the tread. When you are doing machine embroidery you do not match the color of the bobbin thread to the top thread. In fact most bobbin threads only come in white or black. Unlike sewing or quilting the bobbin thread is not pulled up to the top, it’s actually unbalanced on purpose. By using a bobbin thread that is thinner than than your top thread, (most embroidery threads are 40 weight) it creates an “imbalance” in the weight, which means more of the top...

Kathleen Fehr · Oct 26, 2021

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embroidery thread
embroidery tutorial
sewing thread

How to choose a brand of embroidery thread

Recently, a customer asked me what I thought about a particular brand of embroidery thread. That’s such a great question, so I thought I’d share my answer here with all of you.In my opinion, there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ brand of embroidery thread. Just like there are lots of different sewing machine makes and models, there are many different brands of thread and you just have to find the brand that works for you. When buying a brand of embroidery thread that you haven’t used before, I recommend buying only a few spools of it and actually running it...

Kathleen Fehr · Oct 26, 2021

embroidery machine
embroidery tutorial

Which embroidery machine should you buy?

Whether you are new to the world of embroidery or you’ve been embroidering for years, buying a new embroidery machine can be overwhelming. There are so many brands and models to choose from. How do you pick the right one? The answer is: Test Drive, Test Drive, Test Drive. Every chance you can sit down and sew/embroider on the different brands/models of machines. If you live by a dealer, visit the dealer and sit in front of the machine yourself. Ask to press the buttons and thread the machine. Ask if you can change the bobbin and load a design....

Kathleen Fehr · Oct 26, 2021

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diy lightbox

How to make a light box for under $20

There have been times when I've been working on a project and I thought, gee a light box would make this sooo much easier right now. But I didn't want to spend hundreds of dollars on one. I thought about asking my husband to make me one, but then again it would be a bit pricey and where would I store it? Where would I plug it in? Not to mention his "honey do" list is so long, I probably wouldn't see the light box until I was 102. Then two things happened at once...my Mom sent me some new...

Kathleen Fehr · Oct 26, 2021