10 commandments of Machine Embroidery – Thou Shalt Try New Things

Hello, and welcome to my 10 week series on the 10 commandments of machine embroidery.

I really wanted to go over some of the basics of machine embroidery, and look at the rules that we should all be looking at to make the most of our stitching time.

Today we are looking at moving out of our comfort zone, and TRYING NEW THINGS.

When I first purchased my machine in 2001, the hoop size was 5×7 as a standard, and we all learnt to create designs using placement, and joining multiple designs together, to create magnificent – large designs.  These days, the hoops are so much larger, that many embroiders have never “joined” a design together, because their hoop is large enough for them.

Today, I am encouraging you to break out of your comfort zone, and try something new.  I know I am guilty of this one, not trying enough “new” things, and techniques, so I ask you to join me on my journey.

My embroidery bucket list is…..

Something with cutwork

It has been years since I have done cutwork, and I love the technique, so I need to get back into it again.


Beautiful cutwork from the Cutwork hearts collection

An item of clothing.

I am so lazy, that generally speaking, I buy a t-shirt, and place a design on it.  I am talking about creating an item of clothing, with an embroidery design to suit it.


Jeans embelished with designs from By Any Other Name

In The Hoop

Most of us either love it or hate it, but if you haven’t tried an ITH design yet, give it a go.


Similar to ITH, most either love or hate creating quilts with their embroidery machine.  Even if its not your true passion, give it a go, and you will have a great gift for family or friends.


This gorgeous patchwork block is actually in the hoop and patchwork.  It is the Cathedral Window design

Design Matching

Take the time to learn to harness the true power of your machine, by joining designs together to create massive canvasses and projects.


This gorgeous butterfly is actually two stitchings, meaning any sized hoop can create large, magnificent designs.  Designs from Hungarian Butterflys

A weird medium

Try embroidering on balsawood, or cork, or leather.  See what you could really create.

machine embroidered boots

Would you ever consider stitching on boots.  These boots came up beautifully, with the help of designs By Any Other Name

I am sure you will all have your own ideas on great techniques you can add to this list, let us know in the comments section.

Thankyou for allowing me to share another of my commandments of machine embroidery, until next time, have a Stitchin’ Day.


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  • Reply
    Rhonda Lear
    April 10, 2019 at 10:09 am

    Hi Julie, I was amazed years ago at embroidering on balsawood, open type designs work really well.
    And they come up very nice, the machine handled it well. No problems.

    • Reply
      April 10, 2019 at 3:08 pm

      Thanks for your comments Rhonda, I love Balsa wood embroidery as well. It was my first published article in Machine Embroidery Magazine all those years ago.

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