Organza and Tulle – Are they Stabilizers or Fabrics?

The answer is “both” and they are two of the most versatile products you can have in your sewing room.

Organza and tulle are mostly recognised by sewers and couturiers as elegant eveningwear fabrics or under-linings to mount lace or devoré type fabrics upon. The technique of stabilising the outer fabric to an under minimises fabric creep, strengthen seams and gives body to the finished garment but remains relatively invisible and doesn’t change the handle or drape.


Close up view of heirloom stitching on tulle

The use of organza and tulle in embroidery does exactly the same thing. Sandwiching either between two layers of washaway will give freestanding lace more strength, ensures all the stitches remain regimented after washing, keeps a more consistent shape and generally ensures a longer life to the work.


A close up view of Organza which is perfect for dimensional embroidery

Organza is a little more opaque in its finish so it can create more of a “modesty” barrier should the embroidery placement be in an awkward area. Tulle, on the other hand, gives the same strength and stability but is almost invisible and allows either skin or a contrast colour to show through the work. Add a layer of Mylar to the tulle and you will get an iridescent reflective quality that is beyond spectacular!

Choosing a Commercial Heat Press

By Erik Merkley

Why Use a Heat Press?

Whether for hobby or business use, heat presses are the perfect tool for applying flex and flock vinyl or large rhinestone designs. If you’ve struggled with a normal iron to get large vinyl designs to stick or find they peel off after several washes then you will benefit from a heat press.

There are three crucial ingredients to getting a long-lasting vinyl application:

  • Precise timing
  • Even temperature
  • High pressure

While an iron is fine for small designs, it can’t deliver the consistency of temperature over a large design for the right amount of time. Heat presses have specially designed plates which spread the heat evenly, adjustable pressure, solid silicone bases to squeeze the vinyl onto the garment, and electronic control over temperature and timing.

So can I just use an ironing press?

Heat-PressNo! Commercial heat presses are fundamentally different to domestic ironing presses. A domestic press is designed to iron and steam garments flat – hardly a task that needs high precision! There are few reasons they are unsuitable for use with vinyl:

  • Ironing presses have very uneven temperatures over their heating plate, with some areas far too hot and others too cool
  • Even a small amount of steam escaping can destroy a vinyl design
  • The soft foam on the bottom plate great for pressing pants, but it doesn’t allow the force needed to bond vinyl into fabric
  • You have no precise control over the temperature of the press or the time it is use.

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Making the Most of Glow in the Dark Thread

softlight-glow-dark-700x700How Does it Work?

We’re all familiar with fluorescent dyes like those used in highlighter pens. These dyes look bright because they take in light of a variety of colours and then transmit it back as a single colour. For example, a green highlighter’s ink absorbs the white light which hits it and shines it all back as an intense green colour.

Glow in the dark products take this one step further. They use very clever chemicals which absorb and store the energy from light, then emit it steadily over minutes or even hours. The process has the catchy name of “Phosphorescence”. Usually the light given off is an eerie whitish green glow. Dyes can be added to create other colours, but they won’t be as bright as the whitish green.

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Echidna Hooping Station

Hoop an Embroider Buddy with Ease using the Small Echidna Hooping Station

How many times have you tried to hoop a small item where the extra parts of fabric get caught up in the hoop, then the entire process ends up in frustration? That’s why every embroiderer needs to add one of these fantastic Hooping Stations to their set of tools!

Here are our step-by-step instructions on how easy it is to hoop an Embroider Buddy plush toy.


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Peggy’s Stitch Eraser

PeggysStitchEraserThis latest incarnation of Peggy’s famous Stitch Eraser includes the Stitch Eraser itself, the detachable power cable/charger, user manual, cleaning solution and cleaning brush. It’s used to remove stitches from embroidery and all types of stitch patterns.

Watch our video

Watch how easy it is to erase embroidery stitches like never before!

Where to buy

To purchase a Peggy’s Stitch Eraser please call us on 1800 000 360 or visit our online shop.

Embroidery Buddy Plush Toys

Soft and cuddly embroiderable stuffed toys which are designed and manufactured to Australian toy safety standards.

Whether they are a gift for yourself or someone else a quality stuffed animal that can be personalised is much more likely to be a friend for life, than a generic stuffed animal that anyone can own.

Each 16” (40cm) Embroider Buddy™ is created using the finest finishes, best quality zippers, softest materials and embroidered eyes. The skins and pods (stuffing) are machine washable and can both go in the dryer. Plus, the simple innovative design makes embroidery as easy as 1-2-3!

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Embroidery or Quilting?

Now you can have both!

At last a free arm embroidery machine that doubles as a free motion quilter, wow!

Check out the Persona PRS100 free arm embroidery and quilting machine
With the pedigree of the class leading Brother PR series, the Persona PRS100 sets a new benchmark for versatility, quality and performance for a single needle machine. Embroider the most difficult items with ease, like babies wear, bags, sleeves and even pockets using the unique features of free arm embroidery. Then in the flash of an eye, convert the Persona to a fully functional free motion quilting machine with the optional free motion quilting kit.

Stitch quality you’ve been dreaming of
There’s less frustration as the unique rotating tension system on the PRS100 guarantees the very best stitch quality available, with less thread breaks and even better performance on metallic threads.

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Echidna P.I.E

The Premium Inspirational and Educational Lesson Binder

Cover-Page-BinderThis educational material provides a valuable resource which is suitable for machine embroiderers of all levels. Echidna P.I.E. Educational Binder covers 12 months worth of Premium Inspiration and Education and was originally released during the 2014-2015 Platinum Club year.

Written by industry expert Lindee Goodall, each month’s lesson focuses on a different embroidery technique and the related project is a great way to test out your new skills.

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Embroider Buddy – Let’s Talk Toy Safety

Our new range of Embroider Buddies have been a huge hit with hobbyists and small business owners alike. They are cute, easy to embroider, and kids love them.


We’ve had customers ask a couple of great questions:

  • Are the EBs safe for babies and small children?
  • And are business owners liable for the safety of products they sell?

The short answer to both questions is “yes”. The long answer gives us a chance to cover the important topic of toy safety. Stuffed toys might seem harmless, but can be deadly.

Toy Safety

In the United States (where much better statistics are kept than in Australia), over 190,000 children are injured by toys every year and sadly some cases end in fatalities (CPSC, 2013). To protect children worldwide, a number of design and manufacturing standards have been created. The most important standard for stuffed toys has the catchy name of ISO8124.

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Entrepreneur Pro Embroidery Machine

Fall in love with the PR1000e

Perfect for small home based embroidery businesses or embroidery hobbyists!

PR1000Front_2Featuring the exclusive Brother InnovEye™ camera function and the option of a huge 14” x 14” hoop, the PR1000e is the flagship of the Brother embroidery range.

Imagine perfect design placement without even trying. Hooping and re-hooping with painstaking accuracy is a thing of the past with the PR1000e. Plus, creating perfectly aligned continuous borders is more than just a dream, it’s reality thanks to the outstandingly simple InnovEye™ camera technology. The PR1000e Entrepreneur Pro will excite your embroidery senses like no other machine. As with all Brother PR series machines, the advantages of free arm embroidery shine through with even more specialty hoop sizes and options available. The features list is extraordinary as is the legendary reliability of every Brother PR series model.

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