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How-To blogs to help you get the most out of your embroidery!

  1. Stabilizer Overview

    Stabilizer Overview
    Choosing the correct stabilizer for the project is one of the most challenging tasks of both new and experienced embroiderers. Start with the following suggestions but use what works for you. Keep an embroidery journal of your projects and always do a test stitch to see how the fabric, stabilizer, and embroidery design work together. Continue reading →
  2. How to Download Designs from

    How to Download Designs from
    Browse the site by design category, technique, and theme. Select your designs by clicking on the add to basket button under the image of each design. Continue reading →
  3. What is Applique?

    What is Applique?
    If you can follow directions, change thread, and trim fabric, you can create beautiful applique! Applique may look difficult, but Designs by JuJu has done all of the hard work for you. This site has some of the most adorable applique designs I have ever stitched so, truly, the most difficult part is choosing which design to stitch next! The word applique means “to place upon.” Everywhere an embroidery design features applique, you will need to place a piece of fabric that will be attached to the hooped base fabric. Continue reading →
  4. Basic Applique Tutorial: Sock Monkey Alphabet

    Basic Applique Tutorial: Sock Monkey Alphabet
    One of the best features of computerized machine embroidery is that even novices can easily create beautiful applique the first time out. What once would have taken days to create by hand can now be stitched by machine in minutes with a few easy-to-follow steps. Applique is the process of applying layers of fabric on top of a base fabric(s). Before you begin, Gather base fabric and coordinating applique fabrics. Scraps work well for applique pieces. Iron the base fabric and all applique fabrics. Some people find it helpful to use a spray starch or ironing spray for added crispness. Continue reading →

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