Prior to purchasing an embroidery machine for the first time I had little knowledge as to how it worked including the file capability side. All I kept reading is that it was a learning curve which is why I have been and will continue to update you all as I learn more about the machine embroidery world. Hopefully you are learning from my mistakes or basking in the humorous side of all my mistakes and frustrations, either way here we go again. Primarily the most important thing to know about files is that unless you have what I refer to as a magical machine it will not turn a drawing into an embroidery file instantaneously. Yes, just like narwals it seems like a myth but they actually do exist for only thousands of dollars but who really has a budget these days for crafting (yes, that was sarcasm). Now that our expectations are back on track let’s talk about what we can do without killing our wallet on a fancy smancy machine. Yes, it is the goal but not ideal for the average crafter to start with.
Since we are steam rolling dreams let’s talk about copyrights. They suck, but unless you are only embroidering for personal use they are important to discuss. Want to appliqué with some store bought Disney fabric and sell it? Well, you can’t. Technically you can but is copyright infringement and could end up with platforms closing your shop or taking down your listing. I don’t think it is worth the hassle but yes I do agree that it is stupid that it is not allowed to create something for profit from licensed fabric. You are doing most of the work but in the same sense their name is potentially the whole reason it sells. Yes, all those pretty Disney designs that came with your Brother PE550d are encouraged to be selfishly crafted with, MINE MINE MINE!
So, what kind of designs can you sell or make for that matter? Those beautiful drawings can still be turned into embroidery but it will require some software and a lot of time. If you want to skip all the headaches and large bill try out a freelancer who will create your design in the desired file format for you. If you are wondering why a simple png or jpeg will not work think of it this way, the machine reads directions such as right, left, up, down and those files only give a color to read so the machine doesn’t understand what to do. If you have a Brother pe550d the format needs to be a PES file, check your manual if you have a different machine.
Another route if you are not too picky or wanting your own unique designs is browsing Etsy for some that align with your vision. Not any Etsy digital file will work so here is a quick checklist to make sure you purchase a file that will actually work for you. First, check the size, if it is over 4” on any side it will not fit the Brother PE550d, it will not magically shrink when plugged into the machine. After that make sure the file being sold is in the format of your machine; for mine it is PES. Next on the priority list, make sure that the seller is allowing the design to be sold when put on a physical item, check their description or write the seller if it is not mentioned. If you are selling an item using the design check the color count, if you have the same machine that is how many times you will have to rethread the machine every time.
Watch the video below to see visuals of what to look for as well as a sneaky site that actually gives embroidery files for FREE no emails or memberships required. I even show the final results for a couple of their files.
Push, pop, click, the time is approaching for things to open up, restrictions to be lifted and tensions to continue to rise. The anxiety is still in the air to make these next steps and if you are a part of the worry wart club. Welcome, here are a few tools to reduce these feelings plus there pretty fun even if you’re not stressed too. All of these tools work by altering your chain of thought in various ways such as texture, pressure and aroma.
Purchasing a Cricut has opened my crafty possibilities to things that were not necessarily possible before so… when it was announced that two of my friends were expecting this summer it was time to step out of my comfort zone and try iron on for the first time. This post is not to say that I am somehow an expert now, however, I do want to share some tips. Surprisingly it was pretty easy to use the Cricut iron on vinyl, that being said I do recommend that you print out the heat guide to reference easily. Some of the designs I tried used different types/colors of vinyl which can be tricky. In order to prevent uneven heat issues press all of them at the same time. Often this can be overlooked but whenever you are giving someone a handcrafted gift do not forget to provide the care instructions to increase the longevity of the item.
Picking up a new hobby can be frustrating on not only you but your wallet too. I’ve always been the type to love finding deals in the craft lane as well as throughout daily life. As a fellow crafter, I thought it was time to share with you all some of my tips on saving big while crafting without falling prey to the cheap knock offs.
Dollar Tree can be a craft safe haven if you know what to look for and what to skip out on. For instance, a couple of weeks ago I was bubbly over finding some generic embroidery floss, however, it was extremely poor quality and kept breaking off. It was worth trying because now I know it is not a craft supply to skimp out on.
While the world seemed to be on the edge of coming around to somewhat of a new “normal” the brakes have screeched yet again. Could it be time to accept that this is the norm now, wearing masks and getting dirty looks whenever choking in public?Please tell me I’m not the only one who has noticed this happening or had it happen to yourself. Needless to say the stressful times are far from over.
It’s an usual post day, however, I am feeling a bit fuzzy about what to post these days. To be honest my schedule has shifted a lot and I’m sure many of yours has as well. I never thought my work would be considered essential but yes I have been working throughout all the craziness. Man oh 0man do I have stories for you guys… perhaps once the dust settles I will post a video of all the things that have happened lately while at work. Let me know in the comments if you are interested in some work stories from this pandemic season.
Anyway, I wanted to share with you all about mask making because I am now wearing masks daily to work as rules and regulations require it. As regulatons keep evolving in some places you might have to wear a mask so here are some tips on how to equip yourself. Before diving in, a quick disclaimer, I am not a doctor just a fellow fashionista.
Throughout this project/ piece of art, life has drastically turned, which is crazy to think about. When I first started this project, we were not on lockdown and people were not going crazier than normal. Let’s be honest, people were crazy before, there just weren’t as many people as there currently are. No, I am not going to be talking about my opinion on any of the issues that are consuming what we used to call the “normal” day to day. Just a quick side note to respect each other in terms of space and tongue. If you cannot spread anything positive do not say anything.
It is a blister day in the neck of these woods, which is fun crafty weather. This specific design is perfect for celebrating St. Patricks Day for kids, adults, and even for the planner addicts, the possibilities are endless. With this tutorial you will learn the skills on how to make a custom sticker for any occasion too. This is a easy beginner project to make with your Cricut so head over to Design Space and follow along with me.
Before I even received a Cricut machine all I wanted to do was create pretty, unique stickers for my planner. People who say they are too old for stickers I will never quite understand. Anyway, everyone made it look so easy on their tutorials so I thought it would be just as smooth for me. I watched multiple tutorials and thought I was overly prepared to say the least. After spending weeks creating designs for my first stickers the machine showed me who was really in charge. So, you want to make stickers?
This week I wanted to test myself mentally and I encourage you to do the same if you have been in a slump as well. There is no right or wrong way to do this either, so tweak it as much as you need to. My test was to set two goals and see how I would respond to them knowing that I was making myself accountable by thus throwing the data on the internet. If this is too drastic tell a friend daily or have a weekly log in instead. This is to motivate you as well as myself. I also have provided some resources to check out if your goals are similar to mine.