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, Nancy Zieman’s friend and Sewing With Nancy guest, will teach you  Machine Embroidery in 6 Easy Lessons on a 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’ll tell you what basic features are needed.

Machine embroidery in 6 Easy Lessons Nancy Zieman Eileen Roche

  • We’ll 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’ll start by showing you how designs are stitched. Think of it as an anatomy of embroidery! We like to know how designs are created.
Machine embroidery in 6 Easy Lessons Nancy Zieman Eileen Roche
  • When it’s time for monogramming, learn why 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

  • One speedy placement option is the Embroidery Placement Ruler.


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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, and the Sewing With Nancy DVD.


What’s your biggest embroidery stumbling block?  Post it below and we’ll choose a random winner. The winner will receive Eileen Roche’s book, Machine Embroidery in 6 Easy Lessons from Designs in Machine Embroidery.

The randomly selected winner of a copy of Travel Gear Made Easy from Mary Mulari is Rhonda Sue Hellner.

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Her comment is: As a travel nurse for many years, I see a great benefit to many of the bags demonstrated in the travel bag book. I plan to purchase this book and make some extremely useful gifts for grand children doing sports and church mission trips.

Have Fun Embroidering,

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