February 2017

February is here! By now many of our resolutions have fallen by the wayside. And if they haven’t, congratulations! Keep up the good work.

We thought now would be the perfect time to launch a new feature for the Designs Plus Newsletter. We are calling it: Have you tried this today?  We want to encourage a resolve to try something new every month.  

Every month we will reveal a new technique, project or idea to get your creative juices flowing. Consider it a bucket list in your inbox! Let’s get started!

Happy Stitching,
Denise Holguin
Managing Editor


With so many tools available, it’s a lot easier to achieve success with design placement. Templates can be printed, target stickers used and certainly handy tools like the Perfect Placement Kit remove the guesswork and stress of design placement.


Here’s a pictorial showing the step by step process I used to place a center chest embroidery design. I have found this process to be friendly and easy. Of course, as with many tasks, there is more than one method to achieve success. Use your favorite method or experiment until you find a process that works well. The main goals: center chest embroidery. You don’t want it too high toward the neck but you also don’t want it on your stomach!

Fold the t-shirt in half, place a strip of Painter’s Tape on the crease.

Place the Perfect Placement Kit Center Chest Embroidery Template on the T-shirt. The template indicates where the top of the embroidery design should be positioned.

Place the printed template of your embroidery design on top of the plastic template. Make sure the top of the design aligns with the markings on the Perfect Placement Kit template.

Place a Target Sticker on the t-shirt, underneath the crosshair of the printed template design.

Turn the t-shirt inside out. Use 505 Spray and Fix adhesive spray to attach a piece of polymesh stabilizer to the shirt.

Turn the shirt right side out. Hoop the shirt. I used the Baby Lock Alliance for this shirt. I #love using this machine because t-shirts slip easily around the tubular frame.

When hooping, I made sure the notches on the hoop aligned with the Painter Tape.

The Baby Lock Alliance (and many other machine models) has a handy laser built in to the machine. Align that laser (dot) with the center of the Target Sticker.

Remove the Target Sticker and peel away the Painter Tape. Start stitching!

Curious about this design?  It’s free on the Designs in Machine Embroidery website.  It’s the perfect design for photography fans.

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