Getting Started with Machine Embroidery
Answering all your questions on the way to your first project.
Whether you've been thinking about buying an embroidery machine or have been avoiding the one you already have, let's take a look at some tools and tricks to help get you going. We'll talk about the best stabilizers for your projects, thread options, finding designs, and more.
This is an introductory level class meant to answer beginner questions tools, designs, and how machine embroidery works. At the end of the class, you should feel confident about shopping for machines and designs and have a basic understanding of the available tools and supplies and how they work. While this class focuses on the materials and fabrics common to historical costuming projects, it provides a good overview for anyone looking to learn more about machine embroidery.
I've taught this class in person at Costume College in Los Angeles for the last three years, and want to make it available to everyone. If you have questions that aren't covered in the course, I'm happy to answer your questions via the comments. You can also join my Facebook group, exclusively for my embroidery students, where you can also reach out to the student community to find the answers you need.
If you'd like to go deeper, check out my Guide to Stabilizers for Machine Embroidery, or sign up for my upcoming Embroidery Alignment class.
Denise has been involved in reenactment and costuming for over 20 years. In 2014, she launched a line of historically inspired machine embroidery designs in order to help other costumers bring the beauty of period embroidery to their own projects.