Floating out of the Hoop: Securing Garments for Stable Embroidery

In spending time with friendly home embroidery enthusiasts, I see differences in practice from my commercial roots; one (relatively) recent development was the rise of ‘floating’. Floating, in this instance, refers to the practice of securing stabilizer in the hoop and either gluing, pinning, or basting garments to this stabilizer before…

Why Can’t I Make My Embroidery Machine Work? – 3 Ways to Stop Struggling and Start Stitching

Having a goodly amount of contact with newcomers to the embroidery community gives me ample opportunities to ‘talk down’ people on the verge of giving it up. The stressors causing these meltdowns are seemingly universal. A project won’t turn out as expected and the person mid-freakout may have never managed…