10 Helpful Tricks Every Embroiderer Should Know

10 Helpful Tricks Every Embroiderer Should Know

Whether you’re brand-new to machine embroidery or a longtime stitching enthusiast, one thing’s for sure: there’s always something new to learn. I recently sat down with Lauri, Kimberbell’s very own “machine whisperer,” and asked, “What are the most valuable tricks...
Tying the Perfect Bow

Tying the Perfect Bow

    Whether you’re sewing, crafting, wrapping a gift, or finishing a machine embroidery project, bows are a crowning touch! Here’s the Kimberbell way of tying the perfect bow. All you need is ribbon, 30 seconds of your time, and the fingers of a friend....
Machine Embroidery File Formats

Machine Embroidery File Formats

Choosing (and Loading) the Right File Type When you purchase a Kimberbell CD or USB, you’ll see that we provide ALL of the embroidery machine formats for each design (ART, DST, EXP, HUS, JEF, PES, VIP, VP3, XXX). So, with all of these mysterious abbreviations to...
Let’s Troubleshoot: Receiving Emails

Let’s Troubleshoot: Receiving Emails

There are few things more frustrating than waiting for something important and not receiving it. If you’re having trouble getting emails from Kimberbell, let’s solve the issue so you don’t miss a thing!  Check all email folders. If you’re expecting an email from us...
The Power of a Hashtag

The Power of a Hashtag

Like many of you, I was raised without the Internet, without social media, and without cell phones. Research papers were done with a typewriter and a World Book Encyclopedia. Social media consisted of paper notes, folded carefully with a clever “Pull here!” tab. When...

Thread Breaks | Prevention and Troubleshooting

You know how it is. There you are, happily stitching along, when BAM! Your thread breaks and everything comes to a screeching halt (sometimes over and over again)! Every machine embroidery enthusiast knows how frustrating thread breaks are. So we’ve gathered our very...

Machine Embroidery Glossary of Terms

Below is a list of terms used in embroidery, particularly with home embroidery machines, designs, and instructions. (Additional terms and definitions will be added as needed!) Applique A separate piece of fabric sewn into the design in place of stitches. Applique adds...

The Finer “Points” of Needles

Needles may be little tools, but understanding them sure makes a big difference! So let’s keep your needle knowledge sharp by reviewing a few key “points.” (Sorry…some puns just have to be said.)  Needle Anatomy First, let’s talk about the parts of a needle and...

Unraveling the Mysteries of Thread

For the machine embroidery enthusiast, shopping for thread is like being a kid in a candy store. But when faced with such a delicious assortment, how do you know which spools to choose? (As much as we’d like to buy them all…) Before selecting colors,  first narrow...

Hoop Sizes vs. Sewing (Embroidery) Fields

If you’re new to machine embroidery, you might be thinking that your hoop size is the same thing as your sewing/embroidery field. After all, the hoop size is how big a design can go, right? Well…not quite. In order to accommodate the mechanics of the presser...

All About Stabilizer

Stabilizer is an essential part of machine embroidery. But with so many options available, how do you know which type of stabilizer to choose? At the Kimberbell Product Development Lab, we use a variety of stabilizers on multiple machines all day, every day. So we’ve...

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