Favorite Fonts Galore!

I’m often asked about the fonts we choose for various projects, and folks are sometimes surprised when they find out some of my most favorite fonts—the ones I go to over and over again—are fonts digitized by AnnTheGran herself!  If you search the www.annthegran.com website for... [More]

Stabilizing Super Stretchy "Technical" Fabrics

Fortunately, manufacturers have developed wonderful, lightweight, moisture-wicking materials to keep us dry and comfortable in this record-setting heat. Unfortunately, stabilizing these materials is not as simple as other knits. In addition to being very thin, they also have more stretch than typica... [More]

I know They're in Here Somewhere!

Have you seen the big purses, or should I say suitcases, that are in style this year?  They certainly hold a lot of stuff but I continually see women trying to climb inside them to find their key rings.  Watching them always made me smile until the other night.  The heat index re... [More]

Quick and Easy Sample Book

   Wouldn't it be great if you could turn your sew-outs into a well-presented sample book? One that you could use to seel from, or just to show off your workmanship? You can! It's easy, inexpensive and quick to use some of your existing stitch-outs that had been relegated to ... [More]

Teaching African Folklore Embroidery to children

The past four weeks of summer have flown.  For the sixth year in a row I have been teaching children African Folklore Embroidery at a summer art camp. The children from ages 7-11 have from over thirty different arts related classes from which to choose. It is an honor that African Folklore E... [More]

Keeping It simple - Bandanas - Perfect for Summer and No Need to Tie

Our girls have longer hair but it is so fine.  Pony tails and pig tails seem to last about 20 minutes before the hair starts creeping out and looks messy.  We saw the teens at the park wearing bandanas  to keep their hair back and the oldest commented that she thought they w... [More]

Holding the Slippery Stuff

Slippage and marring are the two biggest challenges when hooping satin. Because of its soft hand, it is necessary to hold it securely without damaging the delicate surface yarns. Hoops may have nicks, splinters or burrs that can catch and damage these long delicate warp threads. I prefer that the ho... [More]

Embroidering for Pets

  Identify your pet and add fun sayings to pet bandanas. Make a patriotic one for the 4th of July - and then keep it rolling, making a new one for each holiday or mood. Rather than regular tie-style bandanas, you might want to make a slip-ver-the-collar bandana. This type of ban... [More]

Reusable Grocery Bags

USING CREATIVITY TO HELP THE ENVIRONMENT In the next few weeks many cities are enacting a law that will allow grocery stores to charge for plastic bags. Some of you have already been using reusable tote bags; some purchase these bland reusable bags from the store at which they are shopping. Howe... [More]

An Easy Way to Keep the Dust Away!

My cousin just came to visit and helped me do some Spring cleaning (yes...it's Summer already).  I was forced to face the dust that has been finding it's home on my sewing machines over time.  It's really not fair to the machines and I'm sure machine repairmen would tell me... [More]

Pucker-Free Quilt Squares

Because quilt fabric is usually lightweight, embroidered quilt squares are often puckered. To avoid puckers on your squares, fuse a piece of ShirtTailorÒ by PellonÒ to cover the entire back of your square. It will not be removed after embroidery. Rather, it adds body to the quilt squar... [More]

Embroidery Advisor Presents "Sweet Dreams"

Good Night! SleepTight!  Now that is something we all hope to do each night.  Whenever we don’t get enough sleep, there is usually something we can do about getting more and sounder sleep so we can stay in dream land longer each night.  Some people prefer to have it totally da... [More]

A Quick Gift for Father's Day

At our house we always seem to be slightly behind and end up cramming to get our father's day gifts done the night before that special day.  Sometimes they don't go as planned and we spend a frustrating time figuring out what to do.  This year we decided to change this (maybe the r... [More]

Would you like to win $500 Cash?

Would you like to win $500 Cash? YOU are invited to enter your completed African Folklore Embroidery in the upcoming challenge. Entry forms are on online at www.aflembroidery.com. THE GRAND PRIZE is $500 cash, 2nd prize $50 and 3rd prize $25.00. All entrants will receive certificate of part... [More]

Loosely Woven Fabrics ? Control Them with Ease

  Fear No Pashmina! One of my favorite newer stabilizers is the self-adhesive wash-away mesh type. This stabilizer can be pricey, but it stands alone when you need the unique advantages offered by this highly evolved specialty product.The item being embroidered must be compatible with wate... [More]

Look Mom! No Zippers!

     Individual characters (letters, numbers and punctuation marks) from my alph [More]
It’s Simply Brilliant!

It’s Simply Brilliant!


If you are in the market for embroidery editing software that is easy to use, full of options, and won’t break your budget, Embrilliance Essentials is perfect. And, for a limited time, you can take advantage of a bundle offer at club member pricing that also includes Embrilliance Thumbnailer.


Here are 7 reasons you should take advantage of this offer before it runs out:


Great Value

Editing software can range from several hundred dollars to thousands. This is certainly affordable, particularly when you can get two useful programs for one low price.


Easy to Use

I’ve used Embrilliance Essentials for the past year and found it to be tremendously easier than my embroidery machine’s native software. Granted, I can digitize with my existing software, but if you only want to do basic editing, this program is well worth the money.



In addition to basic editing, such as resizing or deleting parts of a design, you can also change stitch colors, copy and paste design elements, add text, change density, and save creations in 16 embroidery design formats.


Embrilliance also operates on both PCs and Macs. Where else can you find that?


X-Ray Vision

Well, not really, but almost. With Embrilliance Thumbnailer, you can see what the design looks like in your computer directory without having to open it. That saves a tremendous amount of time and guesswork.


Instant Download

No need to hatch the mailbox. You can download these programs right now and get started immediately.


Free Updates

Embrilliance provides consistent updates to the program on a regular basis. That includes enhanced tools for applique (more on that later).


Great Support

A program is only as good as its resources so, when you are in a bind or want to learn more options of the program, you can take advantage of forums on AnntheGran.com or those hosted by Embrilliance.

Debbie SewBlest

Comments (2) -

Frankly, I don't know which I like more, the Essentials or the Thumbnailer.  Each has so much to provide for today's embroiderer.  The Essentials allows for a lot of editing.  I think 'group' and 'ungroup' is one of those features that is underrated but so useful for any one.  It allows you to move things around and/or in and out of the design you are creating.  That means, your design will be totally unique!

The Thumbnailer shows you exactly what the design is - not a generic picture - saving so much of YOUR time, especially when you don't remember the name.  (OK, I forget the names!!)  You get a pictorial and you know how long it can take to find something without specifics.

Note:  In the ratings, I often see users say things like "everyone says it was easy but for me . . . . "  Easy is relevant, just like 'one size fits all' and 'perfect gift.'   I like to recommend that you will find easy for a lot of 'average' people.  It depends on your familiarity with software and your ability to "see" what is being said.  These two programs (a VERY good value) are, IMHO, easy to learn.  

Give yourself some time to absorb what is being presented to you.  Then, when you feel like you have a grasp of (any) software, return to the tutorial/book/instructions and re-read to learn what you missed.  Trust me on this one, you will never regret revisiting those places of information.

Pat, The Avid Embroiderer

True, Pat. Learning is cumulative. The more a program is used, the "easier" it gets.

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