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So, you’ve invested in an embroidery machine, all the supplies that go with it and of course, Cubbies! Trying something new can be daunting, so here are the basics to get you started.

Test Runs

There are many variables which can mean the same design will stitch out differently: digitizer, stabilizer, fabric, tension, needle and thread. Therefore, when you are starting out, or using a new design, it is always sensible to take the time to do some test runs on a similar fabric before embroidering your Cubby.


The best way to hoop a Cubby is by using a 4×4 square or 5″ circular hoop. Everybody has their own technique when it comes to hooping, whether you float, clamp or hoop on either a Cubby, Dumble or Blankie. Here are a few videos outlining some of the most popular methods.

Hooping a Cubby with a magnetic Mighty Hoop Hooping a Cubby with a standard frame Hooping a Dumble’s Ear


Everyone will run in to a problem from time to time, and who better to ask for advice than the other members of the Cubbies family? If you aren’t already a member of our private Facebook group then email [email protected] for your invitation.

You will also find plenty of helpful videos on Youtube. Or, if you think you would benefit from some professional training visit

Most importantly… practice makes perfect!

Get Creative

From a simple name, detailed appliqué, birth block or something completely different, there’s no end to the designs and ways you can personalise Cubbies. Here are just a handful of great examples to get your creative juices flowing…

Applique Designs

Special Occasions

reneesembroidery myteddy sweetandsassy
Renee’s Embroidery My Teddy The Sweet & Sassy Boutique

As always we love to hear from you, and are happy to answer any questions you may have.

Happy sewing! :)

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5 years ago

Do you have any videos on embroidering cubbies on a Brother Innovis XV or similar please ?

Jade Cubbies
5 years ago
Reply to  Barbara

Hello Barbara,

We don’t have any embroidery video’s specific to that machine. However, there is plenty of video’s on Youtube which you can view, for example there is one here:

Which is embroidering a Cubbie on a single needle.