When it comes to machine embroidery, felt is a total rockstar. It can be made from a variety of materials, ranging from recycled water bottles to 100 percent wool. Regardless of which you choose, it's easy to use, has a soft texture and its thickness provides structure and a strong base for machine embroidery stitches.
You don't need a longarm quilting machine to finish your quilt — stitch it with an embroidery machine instead! By quilting in the hoop, you can create quilts block by block, in long strips or stitch 'em whole. And with all the options your embroidery machine has, you can make quilts as simple or complex as you want.
In-the-hoop projects are a quick and easy way to make personalized items without a lot of fussy stitching. Sara shares different variations of gift bags made in the hoop to put gifts or gift cards and special messages inside of instead of using wrapping paper. The specific gift bag Sara demonstrates is the ITH Embroidery Design: Valentine's Gift Bag featured in Creative Machine Embroidery Magazine.