Placing embroidery on a shirt has got to be the most challenging task an embroiderer can face. Oh, there are many solutions to the fairly easy job of left chest placement but when you want to really decorate a neckline, cuff or yoke, things can get tricky. Nancy Zieman and I first addressed this problem in our Designer Necklines DVD. Designer Necklines has been a continuous best seller and what we’ve learned from customers is they love the technique but wish it was more flexible. So Nancy and I have taken their concerns to heart and developed a very handy software program that has all the flexibility they need and more. It’s called Perfect Placement. We included 30 placement guides (collars, necklines, pockets, cuffs and …) and 72 scalable fashion embroidery designs. The software is so simple to use:
Select a placement guide.
Merge the design(s), resize and position until you’re satisfied then send it to the machine.
Stitch the first color, the placement guide onto hooped adhesive stabilizer.
Place the garment edge on the placement guide and smooth the garment onto the sticky stabilizer. Stitch the embroidery designs.
Everything stitches exactly as planned!
Of course Perfect Placement Software is also a powerful editing program. You can size (it recalculates the stitches), copy, paste, mirror, delete sections, recolor, group and ungroup, select a grid and/or hoop and print templates. It’s everything you need to edit embroidery designs without learning how to digitize.
I’ve been having a blast using the designs in Perfect Placement Software – in fact, I’ve stitched more garments in the last three months than I have in a year. Here are just a few examples featuring Perfect Placement Software.
If you’re like me, you’ve probably had a few embroidery ‘fashion disasters’ in the past. You know what I mean. You plan the embroidery as best you can, hoop the garment, stitch the designs and then slip the garment over your head. Yikes! When you look in the mirror you’re greeted with embroidery sitting in the underarm area or right at the bust point or just off center enough to be annoying. I’ve had this happen too many times – so now I rely on Perfect Placement Software to help me, well, prefect my placement!