machine embroidery in 6 easy lessons nancy zieman eileen roche



Machine embroidery could possibly be your passion, or maybe it’s something you’d like to try. If you’re a newbie or want-to-be embroiderer, Eileen Roche, my friend and Sewing With Nancy guest, and I show you how to learn Machine Embroidery in 6 Easy Lessons on my newest 2-part series.

The embroidery process comes down to six key learning points. Learn lessons 1–3 in this first episode.

Lesson #1—Embroidery Basics

We begin with the embroidery basics. Eileen shares her checklist of what to look for in a machine and supplies in order to begin your embroidery journey.

  • If you are overwhelmed with all the features available on embroidery machines, no fear, we tell you what basic features are needed.


Machine embroidery in 6 Easy Lessons Nancy Zieman Eileen Roche



  • We also give a list of supplies and notions that will help you in your embroidery journey, like painters tape. How unique is that! (The photo features a onesie that is hooped and ready for embroidery.)


Machine embroidery in 6 Easy Lessons Nancy Zieman Eileen Roche



Lesson #2—Types of Designs

The star of your embroidery is obviously the design. Knowing the types and categories of designs—there are many—can help you make wise embroidery choices. Lesson 2 of our Machine Embroidery Class is simply, Types of Designs.

  • We start with showing you how designs are stitched. Think of it as an anatonomy of embroidery! I personally like to know how designs are created.

Machine embroidery in 6 Easy Lessons Nancy Zieman Eileen Roche



  • When it’s time for monogramming, learn how stitch underlay of designs is so important. (Side note: Monogramming is the most popular type of embroidery. After all, who doesn’t like monogrammed towels?)

Machine embroidery in 6 Easy Lessons Nancy Zieman Eileen Roche



Lesson #3—Placement

Machine embroidery is easy; it’s the placement that can be the tricky part! For that reason, Eileen has chosen Embroidery Placement as the 3rd Lesson in this series. Without perfect placement, even the most beautiful embroidery doesn’t make the grade.

  • We start with the elementary way of placing embroideries, making a template from stitched designs. When embroidery machines were first introduced, this was our only option of perfect placement. Now there are many alternatives.


Machine embroidery in 6 Easy Lessons Nancy Zieman Eileen Roche




Machine embroidery in 6 Easy Lessons Nancy Zieman Eileen Roche



Watch online! 

Machine Embroidery in 6 Easy Lessons is the featured video this week. (I guess I’ve said that once or twice) Watch 52 of the most recent Sewing With Nancy shows online at www.nancyzieman.com. Or, watch on your iPad, iPod Touch, or iPhone. Have you downloaded the app?

Next week, you can tune in to watch the remaining lessons. Plus find all machine embroidery guidelines in Eileen’s book, Machine Embroidery in 6 Easy Lessons.


machine embroidery in 6 easy lessons



Nancy's Giveaway

What’s your biggest embroidery stumbling block?  (Maybe I can address your concerns in a future blog?)  Post below and we’ll choose a random winner on January 12. The winner will receive a copy of Machine Embroidery in 6 Easy Lessons.

Bye for now,

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