Long hoops and Etsy changes

First, the happy news: I put up a tutorial yesterday on using 5×12″ multi-attachment hoops. I mean, it works on any size of multi-attachment hoop, but that’s the only one I know of that works that way. I’ve heard rumors one exists for the 400e, which would be neat: I’d like to be able to […]

Making an embroidery machine wireless… or not

A couple years ago, I posted that I’d plugged a Raspberry Pi into my embroidery machine so I could manage designs on it wirelessly. I had a request for a followup on that. It’s a little disappointing, I’m afraid, but I do have a little advice on managing the USB port in general. First of […]

Centerline tracing

At some point when I wasn’t looking, Inkscape snuck in a centerline tracing function. I used to have a plugin that did it, with mixed success, but now it’s built in. It does a surprisingly good job on it, even at the default settings. Stitching it out at 2.5″ wide would yield something like this, […]

Digitizing designs with Ink/Stitch

The respiratory infections continue to linger in the household; at one point last week when we were talking about dinner plans I admitted that I had no particular preference because “everything, including my brain, is coated in a fine layer of slime.” So now “slime brain” has been our shorthand explanation for… everything. But Sudafed’s […]

The embroidery resizing problem

I got a question on Instagram: “Do you think Inkscape would be an option for a beginner to combine/resize/edit existing designs?” The short answer is “yes/maybe/yes,” but that “maybe” was too long for an Instagram comment so here’s a little more about it for people new to embroidery. If you already know about fill resizing, […]

Knockdown stitching

A grid of same-color stitching is another way to pin down the pile of minky or terry so the decorative stitching shows clearly. It has the advantage over water-soluble stabilizer that it will also keep neighboring pile from overhanging the stitching. It’s a built-in feature of Embrilliance, but for those of us who can’t use that for financial or compatibility reasons, it can be done in Ink/Stitch too. Here’s how.