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    The Cart Before the Horse

    Last Saturday, I provided step-by-step instructions on intertwining letters in Inspirations’ Perfect Embroidery Pro. I think I should have taught you how to overlap letters first, and then advance to intertwining letters.  In other words, I put the cart before the horse.  Intertwining letters are different than overlapped letters. Intertwining means a portion of one […] Read more…

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    Behind the Scenes

    If you’ve ever prepared Thanksgiving Dinner… or any special meal… you can appreciate the amount of planning and work that is involved.  The same is true with running a magazine.  By the time the printed magazine reaches your mailbox, your local newsstand or your favorite sewing machine dealer, it has experienced many iterations of edits […] Read more…

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    Multi-Needle Monday: Quick and Easy Set Up for Multiples

    Get back to basics with stitching on multiple items. Take time to plan your order or project before you start to stitch. Test the embroidery design on a fabric similar to the final garment. Always keep a stash of various fabrics on hand to test your embroidery designs before stitching on an expensive shirt or […] Read more…

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    Intertwining Letters

    In the recent issue of Designs in Machine Embroidery, you’ll find detailed instructions on how to intertwine letters in a monogram. Let’s review the steps with two built-in fonts in Perfect Embroidery Pro.  Select the Monogram tool and type the letter A in the Properties box.  Select the Trad_Scr font.  Select the Monogram tool again […] Read more…

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    Tame Those Tees

    Yesterday, I was prepping t-shirts from the Simple to Chic T-shirt Remakes collection that Nancy Zieman and I recently created.  I ruined one of them.  I stepped away from the machine for a second (that’s when danger sprints into the sewing room) and when I returned, the needle was pounding through several layers of t-shirt […] Read more…

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    Multi-Needle Monday: Embroidered Sheer Ribbon

    Happy Multi-needle Monday! I have to be honest but some weeks I struggle to find a new interesting technique to share with you for my blog. I really want the blog to be helpful and educational, so this week I will teach how to embroider on sheer wired ribbon. Embroidered ribbon can be a beautiful […] Read more…

Multi-Needle Mondays!

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    Multi-Needle Monday: Quick and Easy Set Up for Multiples

    Get back to basics with stitching on multiple items. Take time to plan your order or project before you start to stitch. Test the embroidery design on a fabric similar to the final garment. Always keep a stash of various fabrics on hand to test your embroidery designs before stitching on an expensive shirt or […] Read more…

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    Multi-Needle Monday: Embroidered Sheer Ribbon

    Happy Multi-needle Monday! I have to be honest but some weeks I struggle to find a new interesting technique to share with you for my blog. I really want the blog to be helpful and educational, so this week I will teach how to embroider on sheer wired ribbon. Embroidered ribbon can be a beautiful […] Read more…

Software Saturdays!

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    The Cart Before the Horse

    Last Saturday, I provided step-by-step instructions on intertwining letters in Inspirations’ Perfect Embroidery Pro. I think I should have taught you how to overlap letters first, and then advance to intertwining letters.  In other words, I put the cart before the horse.  Intertwining letters are different than overlapped letters. Intertwining means a portion of one […] Read more…

  • OD300

    Intertwining Letters

    In the recent issue of Designs in Machine Embroidery, you’ll find detailed instructions on how to intertwine letters in a monogram. Let’s review the steps with two built-in fonts in Perfect Embroidery Pro.  Select the Monogram tool and type the letter A in the Properties box.  Select the Trad_Scr font.  Select the Monogram tool again […] Read more…

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    Preparing Files to Send to Janome Machines

    If you’re a Janome user, it seems simple enough to send a design you created in Inspirations’ software to your Janome machine. But there’s one more necessary step if you’re transferring a JEF file to a USB stick for your Janome embroidery machine. A special folder must be created on the USB stick in order […] Read more…

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    An Expert’s Tip on Text on a Path

    Leave it to Inspirations Education Consultant Ashley Jones to teach me another shortcut on digitizing text on a path. Previously, she taught me (and you) how to instantly place text around the perimeter of a shape (artwork).  You can read up on that tip here. Today’s tip is applicable to the Inspirations’ software program that […] Read more…