Welcome to the wonderful world of machine embroidery! You’ve joined a family of folks who  experience the joy of creativity™ and brighten the world one stitch at a time. As with any new passion, there’s a learning curve. But there’s joy in the journey and we are here to help!

Below is basic, helpful information to get you started, including what you need to know about hoop sizes, embroidery fields, stabilizers, thread, needles, bobbins, and more. You might start by reviewing our Glossary of Terms, as machine embroidery definitely has its own language.

In addition to the materials provided here, we encourage you to visit your local quilt shop to attend classes, product demos, Make-and-Takes, and Kimberbell Events. The more you learn, the more you’ll be able to fully enjoy your craft and take your talents to the next level!

Machine Embroidery File Formats

Machine Embroidery File Formats

Choosing (and Loading) the Right File Type When you purchase a Kimberbell CD or USB, you’ll see that we provide ALL of the embroidery machine formats for each design (ART, DST, EXP, HUS, JEF, PES, VIP, VP3, XXX). So, with all of these mysterious abbreviations to...

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All About Stabilizer

Stabilizer is an essential part of machine embroidery. But with so many options available, how do you know which type of stabilizer to choose? At the Kimberbell Product Development Lab, we use a variety of stabilizers on multiple machines all day, every day. So we’ve...

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