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.
Organizing is one of my favorite things which may seem weird but it’s true. Every time I saw an acrylic case I always thought it was too expensive or too impractical until now. Let me explain the impractical side first; when it comes to acrylic it can easily scratch and always needs to be tidy if it is clear. Perhaps not always but for myself it honestly needs to have a system rather than just throwing items into drawers as it becomes a decor piece for the room it sits in. Once I was fed up with the way I was storing my items I decided it was time to try out the acrylic case, use up more vertical space and stop with the endless display of bags and boxes.
Who else has a love hate relationship with the rain? I love it when I’m inside but dread it when I am driving or walking in it. Today is one of those days; the wind is howling, sky is roaring and the rain is pouring. While I sip on some cocoa it is relaxing to gaze out the window and take in the trees knowing that in a few short weeks the mass holidays will take place. It’s a time of mourning which I try not to focus on but it is okay to be sad at the fact that this year will undoubtedly be very different. Knowing that loved ones should stay away is a difficult thing to swallow.
Similar to previous d.i.y. projects this one was inspired by pure practicality. Before diving in let me first tell you how I got myself into this lovely situation. There is no proper satisfying story you know the ones where someone does something epically stupid. I simply walked right into this one, literally. That early morning the alarm demands attention, just a quick stretch right? Ehh… I fell asleep in childs pose which caused both my feet to go completely nomb not the regular pins and needle numb, the my feet feel like bricks of giant blubber numb. It is a weird feeling for those who have not had the pleasure first hand. Walk it off right…? WRONG. I made it maybe three steps before stepping on my toes, yes, my toes, with the same foot. This caused me to obviously twist my ankle in and something popped initially it was painful but I thought surely, I had just rolled my ankle.
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.
Spring is coming, which means it is the official season for white shoes. Mine get used all year around but now especially they will be starting to rack up some heavy mileage. So… it’s time to take them out of storage but they do not look as good as you remembered? Before you jet off to the store for a new pair take a moment to revive some life back into them.
Organizing is a passion of mine and yet even this drawer always ends up a jumbled up mess. Over and over I have tidied it up but it never seems to last long. While there are drawer organizers you can purchase they tend to be pricey and never fully utilize all the purposes that you need them to. Instead of running off to the store and buying a drawer organizer to fit some of the stuff, I decided to try to make my own for free. Yes free! All of the materials I used were old boxes that would have been thrown in the recycle bin and the tools were literally already in the drawer.
Adulting always seems as if you’ll be jumping into this magical fairy tale where you get to paint the walls without permission. Then you get there and realize all the negatives that align with them such as figuring out how to afford all the paint.ha. I’ve learned a lot in a short window of time but budgeting has always been a part of me, it’s fun. A game you cannot afford to lose, quite literally.
We discussed how hauls can be destructive but also informative a bit ago. It is that time of year again… my BIRTHDAY!!! Yay! For my birthday haul this year I have collected even more freebie information for you guys to bank on for your birthday as well as a collective haul of what I received from friends and family.
The last couple of weeks I have been allowing my stress to consume me. While I should have pumped the brakes sooner, I am now integrating two strategies into my daily routine. Instead of fixating on multiple stressors for hours at a time this new way of thinking implements a set block of time. Thus, pulling the negative toxic energy away from the task.