Setting Your Christmas Table

You’ve got the tree and wreaths are hung. Don’t forget your table when you are decorating. We have the designs you need to make your holiday meals even  more festive!

Table Decorations by Mar Lena Embroidery

Stitch up beautiful 3D and fill stitches poinsettias for cutlery holders, door hangers, napkin rings, and table linens.

Christmas Bow Runner by Oh Sew New

Combine files to create elegant table cloths and table runners. Whether you make the runner or buy one already made, you can accent these designs with metallic thread for a bit of sparkle.

Poinsettia Table Runner by Embroider Shoppe

An easy, multi-hooping technique turns organza into gorgeous, shimmering poinsettias. Tack them together to make table runners, garlands, or use them to make a pretty pin or hair accent.

 Christmas Placemats by Allstitch

Mix and match these Christmas word art files for unique placemats that will impress your guests. Create the placemat or buy ready-made mats and add embroidery.

 FSL Christmas Napkin Rings by Ace Points

Little touches make a big difference. Choose from 14 different napkin rings stitched as freestanding lace. Just stitch and soak for a festive addition to your holiday table.

 Christmas Coasters by Oma’s Place

These Christmas coasters stitch up fast but look like you spent days on them. Piece, quilt, and embroider entirely in the hoop. The set of 4 comes with a holder that doubles as a hot pad for a great stocking stuffer or hostess gift.


Glowing Christmas Table Runner by Designs 4 Africa

Dress up a plain table cloth with this pretty table runner. Line quilting combines with holly motifs and elegant trapunto accents, making the stippled blocks pop on a monotone fabric.

 Cutwork for Christmas by Erinas Designs

Add gorgeous cutwork to table cloths, table runners, placemats, and napkins. If you can stitch applique, you can create heirloom cutwork very easily!

Stitch up something pretty for yourself, a friend, or hostess gift!

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Tips for the Cutting Edge: Machine Embroidery Scissors

Ever wonder which scissors you should have for machine embroidery? There are so many different brands and styles on the market, it’s hard to know what to buy. I’ll show you five types I consider to be some of the best choices.

There are many different scissors manufacturers out there, so you may very well have your own favorites. These are styles and brands are scissors that I would not be without. General rule: Buy a good pair the first time and you will have spent wisely.

1  Double Curved Embroidery Scissors

These have a bend in the handle that makes reaching in the hoop so much easier. The blades also slightly curve. That allows you to trim jump stitches easily, and closely without taking the hoop off of the machine. I prefer Gingher.

2  Duck Bill Applique Scissors

Another absolute “must have” item for machine embroiderers, these Gingher scissors allow me to trim applique close to the tack down stitching line.

3  Snip-Eze

Although I do not have these particular scissors, I know quite a few people who do and they love them. They also work well for snipping threads and trimming applique fabrics. These are by Havel’s.

4  Curved 4″ Scissors

These little beauties are fantastic for getting into close quarters. They work well with cutwork and applique but also for trimming threads. The blades are slightly curved which works particularly well for embroidery. Handles are extremely comfortable (and mine are pink). A titanium blade holds up well to travel and frequent usage. These are by Westcott.

5  RazorEdge Fabric Shears

I love the fact that these scissors are angled. Because they contour to flat surfaces, hey are extremely easy to use when cutting fabrics, stabilizer, and batting on a tabletop. My brand of choice here is Fiskars.

Which scissors are your favorites?

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Shortcut for Trimming Letters

Trimming jump stitches in embroidered text is one of my least favorite  tasks. I will share a little short cut with you that saves some time and keeps stitching clean.

I used to trim jump stitches between each letter as they stitched. That is monotonous, starting and stopping the machine to clip thread. Now, I cut that time in half with this technique.

When fonts stitch, the thread typically jumps from the end of one letter to the beginning of the next. Here, after the “S” stitches, it ends at position 1 and jumps to position 2.

I let the “a” at position 2 stitch a couple of stitches to secure the thread, stop the machine, and clip the jump thread at position 2.

Tension on the thread lets it stand up straight, out of the way. Start the machine back up and continue stitching the “a.” That covers up the spot where the jump thread was clipped quite nicely.

When stitching finishes on the “a” (position  3) and jumps to the “n” (position 4),  let the machine stitch a couple of stitches, stop the machine, and cut the thread at position 4.

Continue until all text is stitched. So long as the trimmed text stitches do not fall in the embroidery field, you can wait to trim them completely until you are done.

This works best with fonts that are not extremely small. In projects with small text, trimming is often done after embroidery and tweezers help to secure threads.


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Trimming Jump Stitches

Do you trim your jump stitches as they appear? If not, you could be setting yourself up for much more work when the design is finished stitching.

Trimming thread with each color change should be routine and it is pretty easy to do since the machine stops for each separate color. Often, designs that contain large areas of the same thread color have jump stitches. So do designs that are stitched in one color, like the monogrammed candle project.

I like to trim jump stitches as they happen. Otherwise, as the thread stretches from one position to the next, it can be stitched over by other parts of the design. That makes for much more trimming and increases the chance of cutting good stitches.

In some cases, it is nearly impossible to trim threads that are buried under other embroidery.

Don’t forget to trim jump stitches on the back too. Every time the thread jumps on the front, the bobbin thread jumps too.

Trimming jump stitches is especially important when you can see through the embroidery, as with lace designs like the Fancy Block Font by Stitch Delight.

It may take a little extra effort, but trimming jump stitches as they happen will give you a much more polished, professional finish to your projects.


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Cutting Mat is a Great Hooping Aid

The grid work on your cutting mat makes a handy alignment tool when positioning projects in the hoop, especially when using transparent stabilizers like water soluble film, fabric type water soluble, and mesh.

Let’s say you are embroidering a border design on something like a bed sheet. After printing a template, you have decided that you want to position your project so that the center of the design is two inches from the top edge of the sheet.

Line up the centering marks of the hoop along a horizontal grid mark on your cutting mat. Measure down two inches (it is easy since the grid marks are one inch apart) and draw a line on the stabilizer right along the line of the cutting mat.

You now have a straight line along which you can place the bed sheet for embroidering a straight border!

What tricks do you use for lining up projects in the hoop?

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