July 25, 2023 2 min read

Machine embroidery can be a fun and rewarding hobby, but it can be daunting for beginners. With the right tools, techniques, and mindset, your embroidery can look incredible in no time. Here are some tips and tricks to get started!

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Choose the Right Machine and Software

Embroidery machines can range from basic to advanced. Choose a machine with features that you will use most, such as an automatic needle threader. Research the machine and software compatibility before purchasing to ensure you can use your preferred design software with the machine. (The new bernette 79 Yaya Han edition INCLUDES software and is hitting stores next week! Come get a demo from one of our experts!)

Yaya Han Edition b79 includes BERNINA V9 Creator digitizing software.

Choose the Right Fabric and Thread

Choose the right fabric for the design and test the thread tension on a scrap piece of fabric before starting your project. Thread types vary, so choose one that works best with your chosen fabric. Color choices are vast, consider using quality thread that offers a luster effect to add additional dimension to your design.


Hoop the Fabric Properly

Hooping fabric is essential to ensure the embroidery is placed where you desire it! Drag your fabric taut and hoop it as tightly as possible, without stretching. Avoid hooping crookedly or overlapping your fabric, and ensure it lays flat during the embroidery process.

In-the-hoop sample of one built-in stitch you will get in the Yaya Han Edition bernette 79 Sewing & Embroidery - plus many more!

Practice Swatch Embroidery

Practicing Swatch Embroidery while you learn will help prevent embroidery mistakes and perfect your technique. Put it in on a detachable fabric, well, to minimize any visible flaws, and use it to check the thread tension, design placement, and even design colors. Assess and alight the embroidery machine's speed to match your skill level when you are ready to move onto bigger projects.

Learn the Basics Steps

It is essential to understand the embroidery basics before advancing your skills. Begin with a plan to basting your fabric or stabilizer before the embroidery process, selecting the correct needle and fabric stabilizer, and picking the stitch density for the design.

If you've purchased your new embroidery machine at Sew Much More, remember we have FREE TRAINING CLASSES that you can take as often as you want!


Yaya Han bernette 79 Sewing & Embroidery machine comes with tons of accessories including 3 hoops, embroidery digitizing software, specialty garment presser feet, and more.

Machine embroidery can seem daunting, but it is a lot of fun once you start. Be patient, prepared to learn and go easy on yourself, and enjoy the process. With these tips and tricks, you will create incredible machine embroidery projects in no time!

For more in depth tips and tricks, join us at Sew Much More on Thursday, August 13th for our next EMBROIDERY CLUB featuring Embroidery Basics with Julie Best.