Prefer "Cat in the Hat" but anything Seuss will do.

If you are looking for hand embroidery, then you can find
free coloring pages online that you could use at~~

For machine embroidery, try www.eBay.com
or try one of these,



And then there is the Dr.Seuss Store~

Hope this helps!!!


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I have a beautiful framed picture hand embroidered lovingly by a relation now passed on of the coronation 60 years ago . It is in storage and seems such a waste. There must be someone who would love it on their wall.

This could be very valuable as Queen Elizabeth is celebrating her Diamond Jubilee this year. I would have it appraised by a reputable antique dealer. One that specializes in British history. Start getting appraisals at different dealers until you come across one who knows the worth. You could put it on Ebay or Craig's list just to see what the highest bid is, but not sell. If you wish to donate, it should be in a historical place, a library or some such setting as it is very valuable I would think. If you don't want to check out appraisals, before I would donate it, I would save it and pass it down thru the family to someone who would appreciate the value and the time it took for your relation to make it.

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I've noticed that companies charge $10 and up just to put a name with a mega phone and pom-poms on a jacket front. I'd like to buy my own and embroider them myself. What type would be helpful. I don't want to go over $800.
I only want to embroider names on the front of jackets at most 4 inches long, and logo's that won't be more than 4 x 4 inches.

You can do this with the Brother 350 sold at Walmart and it is less than $400.

You also need Ped Basic. More info below at Allbrands.


So there you have it. For around $500 you can have a combination sewing/embroidery machine and the software for downloading.

You can use the remaining budget to purchase thread and stabilizer and still have money left over – that's always a good thing!

Eight years ago, I started with the first Brother embroidery machine that Walmart sold, but at that time the additional software (like Ped Basic) needed for accessing designs from the Internet sold for $200 – $300.

Later, I purchased a Babylock with a larger hoop and sold the Brother on Ebay for about 80% of my original expense.

The embroidery machine will come with a few tools for maintenance (cleaning), needles, bobbins, thread nets (keeps thread from feeding too fast from the spool – it may, or may not be needed) and a small pair of scissors.

If you use polyester thread for machine embroidery, it will withstand chlorine bleach. If there is no chance the item will come in contact with chlorine bleach you can use rayon.

Be sure to use machine embroidery bobbin thread – this comes in white and black. I use NEB prewound bobbins as they hold more thread.

You can find good prices on stabilizer at Allbrands or JoAnn Fabrics when they are on special. Start with a medium weight cut away and a medium weight tear away. You should also include a tricot iron-on to cover the back of the embroidery if the garment is going to be worn next to the skin.

Rayon and Polyester machine embroidery thread can be purchased online as well, but you may want to buy a few of the basic colors at a fabric shop – JoAnn Fabric has thread on sale from time to time at 40% off. Thread that comes in kits sometimes leave you will colors you may not use.

If you embroidery a design that has lots of black or other dark color – buy Madeira brand as Coats & Clark and Sulky tend to fray as the machine stitches. This is due to the dying process used by the manufacturer.

Embroidery Library has a great section that provides tips and techniques as well as sales on designs. This is worth downloading or a least flagging it as a favorite site.

Embroidery Designs is another site that has a variety of designs for cheer leading as well as access to other vendors of machine embroidery designs. Download freebies and use them for practice, if nothing else. The embroidery machine will have some designs and fonts built-in.

When you get your embroidery machine home – open the manual and lay it right next to the machine. Then read and follow each step of each feature of the machine – this is the easiest and quickest way to learn how to use the machine.

Be sure to use the right stabilizer (see embroidery library); practice on old shirts or fabric scraps and in no time you will be expert at this.

JoAnn does not have any specials on embroidery supplies right now, but you can sign up for notices – http://printable-coupons.blogspot.com/2005/12/jo-ann-coupons.html

http://www.allbrands.com/products/abp01060-0145.html – check your PC's operating system for compatibility.

http://www.emblibrary.com/EL/elprojects/holder.aspx?page=techniques – be sure to check the charts for placement and stabilizer recommendations.

http://www.embroiderydesigns.com/DesignSearchResults.aspx?SearchText=cheer%20leading&ddsearchid=Stock%20Designs – downloads, check the vendors on the side bar for more possibilities.

Never leave the machine as it is running and if it sounds like it is jamming – stop and remove the hoop and check for thread snarls in the bobbin area (maintenance section will show you how to clean). This can happen with any machine and at any experience level. All sewing and embroidery machines with a drop-in bobbin need to be cleaned after a few stitch-outs.

Take some quiet time and have fun. This is a hobby that can shortly lead to a business.

I do my answers on a person-by-person basis and if I missed something pertinent to your situation, or if you have more questions, please feel free to e-mail me.

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i'd like it to be as cheap as possible– either a computer program i can download or buy, or a service where you send or e-mail your photo in and they provide you with the pattern and a list of all the thread-colors needed, etc. all the programs i've looked at online are expensive because you can use them for as many projects as you want. i just have one project i'd like to do, so i don't want to pay for something i can use for all eternity. anybody heard of this or know where to find the service? also, anyone know the cheapest way/place to buy embroidery thread? thank you!

there is a free program called PC stitch you can dowload it and use the only thing that you cant do with it is save the project unless you buy the actual project.


as for buying threads for any projects browse around on google or any other search engine and see what it pulls up. also try looking on ebay you can get some great deals on there


I need some help in determining the value of some family antique linens. Many of the pieces are white work – or cut work and embroidery (pillowcases/shams, sheets, towels). The most interesting white work piece is a welcoming sheet for newborns (37"x108") with an alternating pattern of cherubs and roses (mint). As for a hand crocheted item, there is an antique bedspread 90"x95" made from individual blocks of raised rosettes. It has a very nice border (needs minor repair). Any thoughts on selling at auction, selling privately, or holding on to them (although I know this is a personal decision).


There are a number of books on valuing linens out that can help you get a rough idea – check local bookstore or library. . A general rule of thumb is that if the piece is 50-100 years old it is considered vintage. After 100 it is considered an antique. If you can do the repairs yourself do them or hire a seamstress. If they aren't clean I recommend soaking in the bathtub for several days. You can add some "Linen Wash" if plain old water doesn't do the trick.

Once clean and expertly pressed take digital pictures. Usually an overall and then detail pictures including any mended or damaged areas.

Value is determined by age, condition, intricacy and type of embroidery etc, whether it is hand made, rarity, ownership (belonged to a queen for example).

Also check listings on Ebay in the antique linens section and see what items like yours are going for.

Most auction sites are very user friendly for both buyers and sellers. You could also contact some collectors privately and inquire as to whether they would be interested in what you have (this is where good, clear photos are your best friend).

Or you may wish to keep some or all – I have items that I would never dream of selling because of who owned them and they will be passed down to my youngest who is the only one who would also keep them. Such items are priceless when it comes to sentimental value.

Best of luck. They sound lovely.

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I am doing a project in math, where I have to make a booklet thingy. We get extra points for creativity, like background etc. I love lilly pulitzer, so i was going to do each page a different lilly pulitzer pattern. I was thinking like a piece of scrapbook paper with the pattern on it, do you know where i can find something like that?

The lists below gives you many places but give these a try Joann, Michaels. HobbyLobby, Annies Attic ,Herrschners Just a few you can find online

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"Good" but "cheap" when talking about Embroidery Machines is an oxymoron, no such critter exists if you are wanting to go with a new machine. I have a Brother 180D. Brother is the only E machine you can get that you have a choice on Disney designs, but not all Brothers just the ones that have D in the name. You may be able to pick up a used one with a sewing field of 4" x 4", for around $400 or $500, but you will soon learn that you want to be able to do larger designs and the machine cannot be converted to do larger designs. My next machine is a Bernina 330 and has a sewing field of 5" x 7" and is large enough for what I like to do. I bought it used two years old for $825. Both machines have been trouble free and the designs looks great when they are done. The biggest thing you want to do is be very familiar with the sewing/embroidery machine repair shops in your area. Call around and see what kind of machines they work on; not all shops repair all machines. Next you want to check their reputation and how well they handle repairs/maintenance and people. It is best to buy from your local shops whether you go new or used as they are usually willing to do their best for a return customer. Do not buy from a shop or store that does not do repair/maintenance, because even if you never have any trouble with your machine it does need to have a yearly check up that keeps it in good working order. When checking out a shop if you are not familiar with any, ask if they have good used machines for sale and check the prices against what you may have found on ebay or elsewhere, don't forget to add the shipping and handling to the ones you found online. From my limited knowledge of the different embroidery machines the ones most widely recommended are Brother, Bernina, and Janome, but all have different temperaments and it is best to try them out before you decide.


I am looking for embroidery about Alaska from the 30'-60's….they use to make pillows and calendars with Alaskan things on them…now they are vintage and I would like photos so I can make embroidery from them.

try ebay. or your local public library. or the web.

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I am looking for a website where i can find cute applique alphabets in a pes format for my brother machine. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

You will have to search the various sites that offer free downloads. More than likely you will have to purchase the design package.

Try http://www.sewforum.com for free designs, you can even request certain designs at no charge.

There are some here for sale – http://shop.ebay.com/sis.html?_nkw=Curly+APPLIQUE+ALPHABET+Machine+Embroidery+Design+Fonts

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What I really need to know from you guys is if I bought designs off the internet can I transfer them to this machine. I realise I would have to purchase some software, but basically is it limited to what it can download?. Am looking to update my embroidery machine but not fork out too much as I would not be using it on an everyday basis, but would like the capability of getting designs off the computer.

Download to your hearts content!

The Janome 300e uses a Compact Flash card (used in some digital cameras) to transfer designs from your computer to the 300e. You will also need a Compact Flash card adapter (pcmcia card) in order to load the CF card into the 300e. You will also need either CF card slot in your computer or a card reader to transfer designs from the computer to the 300e (f your computer is a laptop with a pcmcia card slot, you will not need a card reader, just the CF card and the card adapter).

The 300e uses JEF format. (If you download the older SEW format you will need a program to convert to JEF–most on-line digitizers offer their designs in JEF).

The 300e comes with 4"x4" and a 5"x7" hoops.

If you download JEF format, you will not need any software. You will format the CFcard/adaptor in your 300e by putting it in the slot then turning the machine on. When you want to add designs to it, you put it in either the CF slot on your computer or in a card reader and drag or copy the designs to the EMBF5 folder that was put on the CF card when it was formatted.

You can find the CF cards and pcmcia card adaptors on ebay; they are inexpensive . I have used cards as big as 512mb without a problem, but I only put the designs that I will be using at the time on the card. I have several cards from old cameras that are as small as 16 mb.

If you are looking for software to change formats, you can use Wilcom Truesizer. If you want software that will let you adjust size, thread color, etc., Embird is a great way to go–it is not free but is a bargain for all that it will do (and you can purchase add=ons if you want to try digitizing for yourself in the future). Just download the JEF format designs onto the CF card and load them into the 300e. It is very easy. The 300e is a wonderful machine, you won't be sorry if you get it!

Just be careful when you download designs that they are "legal" designs! Stay away from ebay as although there are legitimate digitizers that sell on ebay, there are also pirates who will sell you hundreds of designs for a few dollars that they pirated off places like Disney and other digitizers that they have no legal right to sell.

I hope this is clearer than mud 🙂