Books on Monday – The Sewing Machine Embroiderer’s Bible

Welcome to Books on Monday! Today we are taking a look at The Sewing Machine Embroiderer’s Bible: Get the Most from Your Machine with Embroidery Designs and Inbuilt Decorative Stitches by Liz Keegan. The link below is an Amazon Affiliate link which helps to support this blog.

Until I purchased my current machine, I did not picture myself ever doing any machine embroidery. I will admit that lace making sounded intriguing, but the embroidery was not something I ever pictured. Then I saw this machine and wanted it and decided I might enjoy a little machine embroidery. Once I started reading more about it, I felt a bit intimidated. I don’t feel that way anymore, thanks to the fact that I own this book.

With machine embroidery, there is so much new to learn – hoops, stabilizers (the things that have previously intimidated me the most), in the hoop projects, embroidery files, etc. This book covers them very thoroughly in language I can easily understand. It is very thoroughly illustrated so that even I can understand it.

Here’s my annotated Table of Contents:

  • Foreward
  • About This Book – How to use it.
  • Chapter 1: Embroidery Machines and Computers – A very thorough look at all the embroidery specific parts of the machine and their functions. Also covers designs and software.
  • Chapter 2: Tools and Materials – This covers it all – stabilizers, needles, threads, fabrics, hooping. After this section, I am less intimidated by stabilizers after reading this.
  • Chapter 3: Embroidery Designs – All different types of designs including a couple types of lace designs.
  • Chapter 4: Decorative Stitches – The built in stitches on your machine.
  • Common Problems and Their Remedies
  • Aftercare of Your Machine Embroidery
  • Index
  • Credits

If you are a machine embroiderer, especially a new one like me, I highly recommend this book.

Quilt on!

3 thoughts on “Books on Monday – The Sewing Machine Embroiderer’s Bible

  1. Were you able to translate the information in the book for your machine easily or was it designed for your machine?

      • Good to know! My Janome 9000 has one of the first integrated embroidery modules. Now that my SIL lives around the corner and has a dedicated 6 needle embroidery machine, I don’t use it. I do like some of the designs, however and would love to get them translated to PES format.

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