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Favorite Machine Embroidery Books

Here are our favorite books about machine embroidery!

Whether you need info to help with a certain problem or you're just looking for a good read... these are books we have found to be very helpful. 

Embroidery Machine Essentials

Taking the guesswork out of using a home embroidery machine, this book covers the entire embroidery process from choosing designs, threads, stabilizers and needles to hooping, design placement and stitching techniques. Simple projects are made easy with step-by-step instructions, allowing readers to experiment with their new skills and embroidery techniques. A handy troubleshooting section helps solve problems along the way. Includes a bonus CD featuring 6 exclusive embroidery designs digitized by award-winning Lindee Goodall, owner of Cactus Punch®.


More Embroidery Machine Essentials

From combining decorative designs to stitch editing to creating designs, Jeanine Twigg provides basic software theories and instructions that can be used with any embroidery machine. Includes a CD with 10 exclusive designs and artwork, encompassing 20 projects, as well as additional techniques and an idea gallery from industry experts.


The Machine Embroidery Handbook

What this book offers is a wonderful view into the techniques of fine artists specializing in fiber/textile arts. Each page is richly illustrated with the artists' craft incorporating fine art techniques such as encaustics (paint, crayon), plastics, polymer clay on to fabric and lace. Most or all of the creations featured are one-of-a-kind pieces or benefit as exhibition pieces. If you consider yourself a fine artist with fabric, you will appreciate what this book has to offer in the way of fabric manipulation through sewing machine embroidery and fine art medium.


Embroidery Machine Essentials: Basic Techniques

This book goes into more detail of how to do specialized embroidery projects. At first I was disappointed, because it was so thin. But it is filled with information. There is not too much repetition from her first book. If you have to choose only one of her books, then get the first one. If you are ready to do more advanced work, then move onto this one. It will put more umph into your embroidery.


Sew Much Fun: 14 Projects to Stitch & Machine Embroider

Fresh new ideas for embroidery and beyond! Make the most out of an embroidery machine with this wonderful collection of designs and projects for everyone in the family. You'll find 10 fun craft projects, including a cozy lap quilt for dad, colorful cloth chalkboard for mom, flower potholders, picket fence place mats, and more! Plus, a bonus CD-ROM contains dozens of designs that can be imported into any embroidery or sewing machine with an embroidery module.


Encyclopedia of Sewing Machine Techniques

A few of the many techniques covered include ten different methods of applique, drawn thread techniques, decorative bobbin work, quilting and trapunto quilting, silk ribbon techniques, thread painting and tucks. For each technique, there is a description of the technique, the sewing machine set-up is given in a clear and concise manner, together with a list of appropriate fabrics and additional requisites. There are colour plates and smaller photos which illustrate the methods of sewing.


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