Back to the Basics: Using Machine Embroidery – Tips for the New & Experienced

Happy Holidays!  I can hear your machines humming all the way from here in Little Washington!

When you finally sit down tonight to rest, I thought you would like to read my three easy back to the basics tips. These are very simple, but sometimes they are the things that I forget in the mad rush to get things done! Hopefully, these will help everything run smoothly for your machine in the final weeks of the year.

(Disclaimer:  I am not an authority in any way but have been working with machine embroidery for over 15 years.  Most of what I have learned has been from trial and error, from friends in the industry, and from my local sewing shop.)

  • Always stitch out a new design on a test swatch of fabric, similar to the actual item you plan to embroider. This can save you from a costly mistake on your last pink tote, or grandmothers’ linen handkerchief.

 

  • Thread Quality – If you are going to splurge on anything in your embroidery supplies – trust me that this is where to do it.  I did not believe it at first, but it does make such a difference with every machine – from the top of the line down to the very basic.  There are times when you have to use what you have but when you are purchasing for a special project or for a customer – choose the best that you can afford.  The money you spend on a cheaper thread is a waste of time and money!

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  • Did you know that there is a different needle for knit, linen, and canvas? It was one of those things I learned when I first bought my machine but sometimes forget-  choose the right needle! When a thread keeps breaking after the third time of rethreading the machine, stop and ask yourself when was the last time I changed the needle? Or, am I using the right needle for the fabric that I’m sewing on?
    • We use Organ Needles in our warehouse and I use them at home as well.  The most important needle change to me is using a Ball Point needle for knits! This makes a huge difference in the finished product.  Every needle company has a chart for their needles – print it out and use it!

 

  • Connect with others! Whether you are doing this as a business or as a hobby-join with others on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.  I have great friends that I have met through social media that have lots of experience in lots of different areas. One of the great things about machine embroidery is that there is always more than one way to approach a project and most likely someone has figured a way to do it!  Always ask your support group because you too will one day figure out a way to monogram that odd-shaped project that will help someone else down the road!

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I love to follow Embroiders and Embroidery Designers on IG & Facebook!  A few of my favorites are Apex Embroidery, Deshler Designs, Bowen House Embroidery, Wildwood Stitchery, Shuler Studio, M.Stuart Monograms, The Lettered Hen, Herrington Designs, Southern Stitched Designs, Katie Gardner, Busy Bee Gift, Herrington Designs and Monogram Mary.

If I am not following you please tag me here and share your favorite monogram tip!  I would love to follow you.

My hope for you this busy Christmas season is no broken needles, smooth thread and beautiful monograms for you, your loved ones and customers!

Merry Christmas and Happy Stitching!

Rae Marie

 

 

 

Meeting Pam Shuler…the artist behind Shuler Studio

In our corner of the monogramming world, we have recently enjoyed stitching out the Monogram Chic Embroidery Collection by Shuler Studios.  Classic, yet up-to-date is how we describe this two letter interlocking monogram embroidery font.  From our linen Weekender Duffle to our flange pillowcases to our Canvas Collection, we have loved it in every two letter initial combination that we tried.  And of course, we do have our favs!


One of the highlights of July 2018 Atlanta Market was meeting Pam Shuler.  And yes- we were honored to have Pam in the MSC Showroom!  I mean really…If you love monograms as much as we do, then you truly understand our excitement in meeting Pam.  Pam was so gracious, very sweet and oh so humble about her talent!

Like many success stories, Shuler Studios is a second career opportunity for Pam, born out of a passion for monograms and what she knows!  Pam’s mother was a monogrammer, (when monogram machines took up an entire room) and who monogrammed everything the family owned!  Remembering her mom’s old block, script and diamond fonts, Pam began to study fonts and the digital side of monogramming. We are so glad that you did!

Pam, we are sure that your mother would be so PROUD and AMAZED at all the beautiful places that your monogram styles are now appearing! Thanks for sharing your love of letters and monograms with us!

Check out our Canvas Collection, Fringe Guest Towels, and Throw Pillow Covers at www.gowhimsey.com.

For Retail shoppers, shop our Monogram It section of our website at www.mainstreetcollectiononline.com 

XoXo,

MSC

Our July Market Best Sellers

HOLIDAY was the Star of the Show for July Market!

July Market was all about the Holidays. Our customers were excited to see our new holiday dish towels with new monograms. Some of the most asked about monogram fonts were Barrett by Herrington Designs, Monogram Chic by Shuler Studio, and Arabesque Dots by Apex Embroidery.

Red, Green and White Holiday Dish Towels on a rod at Market with Monograms
Holiday Dish Towels at Market

 

 

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Santa Waffle Weave Dish Towel
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Holiday Block Dish Towel with Barrett Monogram

 

Christmas Memories

Your favorite Christmas Memories book is back! This book features original artwork on the cover and on each page along with slots to slide in a family photo. Create a keepsake by recording your favorite Christmas memories each year. This book makes a great wedding shower gift or housewarming gift.

Christmas Memories Book spiral bound hard cover book with pages for 20 years of Christmas Memories
Christmas Memories Book

More from Market…

Our fringe guest towels are the perfect canvas to show off your favorite monograms!  Experiment with new monograms and threads on these fringe guest towels. Also, our acrylic red and green dot wine glasses come as a set of two tied in a cellophane bag with a grosgrain bow.  They come with and without sayings if you want to vinyl your own with initials, zip code or favorite saying.  Be sure to tag us when you post your personalized guest towels or acrylic wine glasses!

Last but not least is our 2019 5 x 7 Desk Calendar.  With 12 months of fun and fabulous artwork, this calendar has customers coming back every year to replace!

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Fringe Guest Towel in 10 colors
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Navy Fringe Guest Towel with Pagoda Monogram by Apex Embroidery
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Acrylic Red Dot Wine Glasses (set of 2)
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2019 5 x 7 Desk Calendar

 

Thanks for reading through to the end of our Holiday Market Best Sellers!  We can’t wait to show you our Fall Favorites…Coming Soon!

Retailers you can shop at www.gowhimsey.com and all others can find many of these items at www.mainstreetcollectiononline.com.  If they are not there yet, they will be arriving soon!

 

Logan and Jeff’s Gender Reveal Party

Are baby showers and couple’s baby showers a thing of the past?  No, not at all, but a gender reveal party is a great excuse to bring family and friends together to celebrate one of life’s most special moments!

I was delighted to be invited to my first gender reveal party this spring and could hardly wait to see how it was done!  My college suite mate Celeste was the first one of our group to get married and naturally the first to become a Grandmother!  And what a wonderful grandmother she will be!

With Logan and Jeff living out of state, Celeste managed to host three parties in this one weekend so they could celebrate a high school graduation and a cousin’s baby shower while everyone was in town.  And in true Celeste-style it was perfect!

Many thanks to Celeste and Logan for including me on this special day for their family!

First, the invite.

 

Food & Decorations – so fun and easy — Pink and Blue!

 

and the REVEAL…

And as all monogram shop owners will tell you… They are really the first to know!  Even before the Grandmothers!

 

 

This is one lucky baby that is so loved!

Go Whimsey!

 

Shop Mainstreet Collection baby at http://www.gowhimsey.com!