Machine Embroidery is one of my creative outlets.  It allows me to make and share beautifully stitches one-of-a-kind creations.  

What a pleasure it is to wrap a handmade creation in tissue paper and extend the labour of love, with a piece of my eyes, as my dear mother says.

If you are new to machine embroidery or

You want to extend your knowledge and use all the features of your machine, or

Like me, you set a goal to do your own digitizing, I sourced some of the best publications on the topic of Machine Embroidery.​

My choice of the best Machine Embroidery Books P My choice of the Best Books on Machine Embroidery

1. DIGITIZING made easy by John Deer

Digitizing made easy by John Deer My choice of the Best Books on Machine Embroidery

John has more than 30 years experience in digitizing.

He describes how time-consuming digitizing used to be and how easy it has become with auto-digitizing.

He covers the following:

  • The Three Basic Stitch Types
  • The Elements of a Great Design
  • Understanding Distortion
  • Understanding Underlay
  • Tips & Hints
  • Editing your Software
  • Digitizing for multi-needle machines
  • The bonus CD enclosed offers Embroidery designs, tutorials, video files etc.

2. Embroidery Machine Essentials: How to Stabilize, Hoop and Stitch             Decorative Designs Paperback – by  Jeanine Twigg

Embroidery machine essentials by Jeanine Twigg My choice of the Best Books on Machine Embroidery

Although this book was published back in 2001, most embroiderers love it!

Teachers recommend it in their classes!

  • It touches on every subject, from embroidery equipment to digitizing your own designs.
  • The information is easy to understand, instructions clear and pictures are helpful. 
  • Nice sample projects
  • Troubleshooting
Modern Machine Embroidery by Lisa Archer My choice of the Best Books on Machine Embroidery

This is the latest book on machine embroidery, published in 2016.

  • Machine embroidery essentials covered
  • How to create appliques, in the hoop projects and monograms
  • DVD with 25 embroidery designs, including 3 in-the-hoop designs and an alphabet
  • I have to agree with another review that I have read earlier, that most of the older books have really used outdated designs. By the looks of it, this book is far more trendy!

Machine embroidery on difficult materials by Deborah Jones My choice of the Best Books on Machine Embroidery

We all know how tricky embroidering on silky and thick materials can be.

This book offers help with just that.

  • How to hoop properly
  • How needle selection can affect stitching
  • How to modify designs to accomodate the material
  • DVD with 20 embroidery designs

5. The Sewing Machine Embroiderer's Bible by Liz Keegan

Sewing MAchine Embroiderers Bible by Liz Keegan My choice of the Best Books on Machine Embroidery

Get the most from your machine and it's functions, including designs and build in stitches.

Ideal for the novice embroiderers who needs to know how to download, transfer and store her designs.

For the more advanced embroiderer who wants to start creating her own designs.

A very useful reference book.

A good guide no matter the brand

Lots of photos and diagrams

6. Free Machine Embroidery Magazines

Our list will not be complete without some free resources.  If you are not familiar with Issu - it is a very useful app (mobile downloadable) with lots of free magazines in all the topics imaginable.

I see trouble in the land of paradise once you start with this site!  Make sure everyone is either asleep or at work because you will not even get up to go to the loo!

7. Creative Machine Embroidery (magazine)

This is a publication (digital as well) dedicated to all this related to machine embroidery.  

Free downloads are available with each issue (monthly).  Be sure to download it before the expiry date.

There are some free e-books available once you register to the site - Click on Freebies and then Free ebooks.

The magazine is also available in iTunes to read while you are on the go!


​The list will be updated regularly to showcase new and noteworthy publications.

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Until next time - happy stitching!​

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