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Why do I need an embroidery machine I hear you ask. Well quite simply I was rubbish at embroidery when I was at school and I used to envy all the other girls in my class who were able to get that needle in and out of the fabric a hundred different ways and turn out something worth looking at.

DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape

You'd be surprised at how many things you can do, and how many tutorials out there are obsessed, with washi tape. The versatile paper tape with adorable designs makes great wall decor, paper crafts or can even spruce up your furniture.

DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers

This tiny tool is great for small projects. "This is not only your go­-to tool for opening and closing jump rings, bending wire, and securing crimp beads and ribbon ends, but pliers are also great for cutting through jewelry chain and wire," said Morin.

Mine had bobbles all over the place. You know, the great big knots joining two different threads together – and I can't even begin to explain what a mess it was on the underside. I resided myself to the fact that I would never be able to embroider anything; or anything that I, or anyone else would want.

However, I have now found some technology that will put your embroidery pieces in over drive and be worthy of hanging in the 'Tate Gallery' or nearly anyway.

But no, seriously there are machines out there that will actually embroider for you. No more having to keep threading the needle everytime it runs out.

DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife

If you love stationary crafts, jewelry crafts or any delicate work -- you'll need a proper cutting tool. Not all scissors can do the job. "Remember first using scissors and cutting along the dotted lines in grade school?" Morin asked. "Hopefully, you’re attempting more challenging crafts as an adults."

DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint

Acrylic paints are also great for any DIY starter kit. However, if you're looking for a perfect, seamless finish on your furniture, art and home decor -- make some space to spray. It doesn't hurt to keep some cans in your favorite colors (as long as you store them properly).

The neat thing too is, you don't even have to sit pedalling this thing. Literally you give the machine some quick instructions or download a super graphic from the internet and tell the machine what colour you want where and off it goes belting out over 100 stitches a minute. Now tell me that you can do that?

Oh also no more having fingers that have broken skin that looks like a colander.

You will even know how much thread is left on the bobbin underneath instead of sewing and sewing and realizing when you come to the end of whatever it is you are working on that the underneath thread ran out a mile back.

When I first looked at these embroidery machines I thought – no way. These are more complicated than actually getting out the needle and thread from the sewing box but after I read the instructions and set the thing in motion boy did it fly. I was in awe as the needle buzzed up and down so fast creating all kinds of wonderful stiches and shapes.

I have reviewed many different products on the internetbut I had never thought of actually reviewing embroidery machines until I got one myself. I figure that people want to know the best features and so I decided to look at a few of the best embroidery machines on the market at the minute.

I do like the fact there is no steep learning curve even if you are a beginner. Can't get better than that.

DIY Craft Essential #5: Painter's tape

Painter's tape is "perfect for for attempting the c​olor block trend," said Morin. Plus, you'll need something to keep your projects neat and tidy, no matter what type of paints you use.

DIY Craft Essential #6: Hot glue gun

There are some tools that are too functional not to have. "This is one DIY workhorse tool you shouldn't do without," said Morin. Hot melt glue works on a variety of materials.
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