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Skill Level: Intermediate
Krista Southern
Machine Embroidery Techniques I
Machine Embroidery Techniques I
Krista Southern, Instructor

Get two classes in one--Fundamentals of Machine Embroidery plus Machine Embroidery Techniques I. Find out more in the Class Description below.


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Machine Embroidery Techniques I FAQ

I have just purchased my first embroidery machine. Is there a more basic lesson to get me started?Expand

Fundamentals of Machine Embroidery now comes as a bonus with the Machine Embroidery Techniques I class. It goes over the basics of machine embroidery, including threads, stabilizers, needles, etc. It would be a basic class to start your machine embroidery experience. The combination of the two classes would allow you to grow with your machine, progressing from the basics to special techniques.

If you don't have or can't find Angelina could you use something else?Expand

You could use Sparkle organza or any other fabric with a shine instead of Angelina.

How can I download the designs in this class?Expand

To download the stitch files, click on the Drawings Tab. To download the color charts (in PDF format), click on the Documents Tab.

What affordable software for this would you recommend?Expand

I use Pfaff/Viking 5D system, which I really like. Just like with a machine, however, I would purchase a software system where you can get dealer support. There is a learning curve to using the software and classes are very helpful.  In addition to dealer support with the 5D system, there is also online support, both through the company and independent instructors. I don't think you will be disappointed with 5D.

You used the word "affordable." Unfortunately, none of the embroidery software programs are cheap. Go to your local machine dealers and ask for a demonstration of their software and ask about classes and support.

How do you attach the lace design when completed on the edge of a napkin or whatever you want to use it on with the cut away of the material that it is replacing?Expand
  • Hoop 2 layers of water soluble stabilizer very tight in your hoop. Please do not try to use a hoop larger than 5" x 7" and do not stitch more than one motif in a hooping.
  • Stitch out the motif.
  • Cut away excess stabilizer.
  • Align the motif on a napkin corner. You can use pins or a basting stitch.
  • Stitch the lace with your sewing machine to the fabric using a zigzag stitch width 2.5mm and density 0.5.
  • Cut the excess fabric away at the back.
  • Soak in warm water until the stabilizer has dissolved.
  • Apply a bead of Fray Block to the cut edge of the napkin on the back side.
FREE -- Class Overview
FREE -- Introduction
Materials & Tools
Applique Designs
Cutwork Designs
Lace Designs
Embroidered Redwork
Mylar Designs
3-D Angelina
Class Wrap-Up
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Class Project Photos

Customer Reviews for Machine Embroidery Techniques I:

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4 out of 5 (Reviewed by 18 customers.)

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April 30, 2016
Sherry P
I don't have an embroidery machine yet but plan to purchase one very soon. This was very helpful to me and I learned a lot. I enjoyed learning about the various stabilizers to use with different fabrics. This video will be a great resource when I start embroidering!
April 14, 2016
Kathy S
It is a very good basic beginner's class. I'm probably not a true beginner so I have some opinions that differ from the instructor. For example, I think she should have told the differences of polyester and rayon thread. There are many embroiderers who prefer polyester thread. I did learn about a stabilizer I had never heard of before so that was helpful. All in all, it was very informative.
April 12, 2016
Barb S
I am a novice at machine embroidery so I will refer to this video many times. Good, informative advice that I hope will keep me from the "trial and error" method. It is a good class and I do appreciate being able to watch again at my convenience. The type of thread, stabilizer and scissors to use was helpful to me.
January 8, 2016
Elizabeth B
It is a good class. I am glad that I can review it any time I want to. If I had not read the FAQ's I would never guessed how to download the digitized projects. I especially like the lace making part of the class.
January 2, 2016
Suzanne T
Suzanne, I enjoyed the class & it will be great to use as a reference. Some of the class I have already learned the hard way -- through trial & error. I especially enjoyed the product information, website ideas & additional included designs. Very good for a newbie which I feel I will always be as there is always something new to learn. Worth the price.

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