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Come Sail with the Stitching Sisters and DIME

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Exciting news – Flash Sewing in Naples, FL is hosting a Stitching Sisters cruise in February, 2016 and to kick off the announcement, they are offering a special offer until October 30, 2015, buy one cruise at full price and the second cruiser is 50%.

My Stitching Sister and I are so excited to sail on the Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas – voted the Best Cruise Ship by Travel Weekly. Click here to see why we think this is the best ship on the water.

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When you’re not marveling at all the Allure has to offer, you’ll head into an embroidery studio filled with top of the line Baby Lock machines. Marie and I will guide you through three days of designing, digitizing, stitching and quilting with an embroidery machine. But we’re not heading to sea by ourselves, oh no, we’ll be joined by one of DIME’s Inspiration Consultants, Flash Sewing and Baby Lock staff. You’ll be in good hands for three days of embroidery fun and exploration.

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You can learn more about the cruise and select your cabin at the special rate by visiting http://www.flashsewandquilt.com/dimecruise.html

Marie and I have already booked our rooms and we’re working on the class materials now. Since we want all of the projects to be fresh and new for this special occasion, we are making sure all of the latest techniques, ideas and trends are included in the three days of embroidery fun. So details on the stitching portion of the cruise will be available at a later date. But it’s a good idea to grab your cabin now at the special offer rate!

Please call Lenore Deck Travel at 352-270-8658 or email to cruiselady@tampabay.rr.com. There is limited space in the embroidery studio so get on the list today.

Hope you’ll join us on the Allure!

 

Here’s your assignment this week:

It’s not often you get to embroider in such wonderful settings as floating in the ocean on a beautiful cruise ship. What is the most unusual place you have embroidered? One comment will be chosen to receive a $25 gift certificate to the DIME website.

The winner of last week’s assignment is:

Urban Threads is giving away four (4) $25 gift certificates to their website. Just leave a comment below about a design you re-purposed for something new, something different! Maybe you turned a kitchen towel project into some doll clothes or made a bracelet out of a sashing – whatever it is, we want to know.

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And the winners are: Meg A, Georgia N, Sandi M, and Michelle C – congratulations to all and thank you to everyone for sharing.

Manipulating Designs in Perfect Embroidery Pro

Even if you don’t digitize, you can most certainly manipulate designs to get the look you need. All you need are building blocks. What are building blocks? Building blocks are designs – designs that are stashed in Perfect Embroidery Pro.

Let’s take a look at a design from the Monogram catalog. 2

Click on the Monogram catalog icon and select Mon10683.3

Select and Ungroup the design (right mouse click or use the Ungroup icon on the tool bar). Select the branch on the right. 4

Copy and paste the branch. Move it to the upper right, connecting the bottom scroll to the original branch. 5

Let’s close the space at the top between the original branch and the new one. Zoom in to get a magnified view. Select the Shape Tool and move the last two black dots to expose the blue squares underneath (the points). 6

Select and pull the blue squares down to the original branch. 7

Position the black dots back on top of the blue squares, this sets the direction of the satin stitches. 8

Hit Enter on the keyboard to extend the satin stitches. 9

Select the new branch, copy, paste and mirror image the section. Move it to the opposite side. 10

Voila! A perfectly shaped design for a child’s neckline.11

 

 

 

 

 

 

Designing Quilt Blocks

Designing quilt blocks has never been easier. Just click on the Block icon in My Quilt Embellisher and take your pick. I chose the Broken Stone block under Curved Blocks, Miscellaneous. 1

I like the shapes but not the colors so my first step is change the colors of the block. Even though the block shows just two colors, you can select each patch and transform a two-color block into a three-color block or more! Click on the Fabric Library and browse through the hundreds of swatches. Select a fabric and click OK. Repeat this process for each patch. 2

You can color multiple patches at one time by holding down the CTRL key and clicking on each patch. When you select a fabric in the fabric library, all selected patches will be colorized. 3

Now, let’s add the quilting! Click on the Embellishments icon. When the drop down menu appears, select Elegant06. 4

Elegant06 is a great choice for this block because it features a center medallion and corner motifs that complement the patches. 5

First, delete the artwork outline (the blue outer line). Now, delete the scrolls because they do not fit in the curved patches. 6

Select, rotate and enlarge the center medallion to fit the inner block. 7

Select the curved patches. 9

Click on the Combine icon to treat the patches as one. 10

Click on the Texture icon. 11

Select texture 144 and click OK. 12

Play with the pattern length setting in the properties box to make the circles larger or smaller. I chose a pattern length of 15.0. Save the block as BlueGold. 13

Now that the block is designed, let’s see how the whole quilt will look. Select the block and right click, select Group. Copy and paste the block. Repeat as necessary. Save this file as BlueGoldQuilt. Now you have two working files – one of the block and one of the quilt. 14

When I save designs that I’ve created in My Quilt Embellisher, I create a new folder titled the name of the quilt, in this case, BlueGold. I save all working designs in that folder. That makes it easy for me to find the block and quilt files if I need to make adjustments – and the work is done!

Virtual quilting is fun – almost as much fun as actual quilting. But nothing beats quilting with fabric and thread!

 

 

It’s Sew Easy TV: Monograms for Men

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On October 10, log onto http://www.ItsSewEasyTV.com and watch me show you how to make any men’s garment distinctive and personal by adding a monogram in episode 703.  The key work is discretion to assure great results. I’ll discuss the variety of types and shapes available for monograming, and show how to perfectly position the garment in the hoop before you start to embroider.  Then, I’ll create the monogram on the screen of the Quattro® 3 NV6750D by selecting the font from the built-in lettering and resizing and moving the letters.  Check out how to use the snowman sticker to assure the pocket flap is perfectly positioned.

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If there’s one word to describe monogramming on menswear, it’s discreet; discreet in size and contrast. Now don’t go by my samples – my samples are done for photography – highly contrasting so you can see them well on camera. But when stitched for someone to actually wear, a discreet monogram is the one most gentlemen will be comfortable wearing. You have several choices when it comes to placing the monogram. Some very popular choices are on the pocket, above the pocket, or on the pocket flap if there is one, on the left cuff, inside the placket between the second and third button or on the placket at the bottom, just below the last button on the top placket and just for identification purposes: inside the collar. ill There are countless ways to arrange the letters but I’ve focused on three versions of the three-letter monogram. The traditional diamond shape: first name initial, last name initial and middle name initial. The two outer letters are proportionally smaller than the middle letter. Diamond The standard order: first, middle and last initial – all the same size. Standard On the pocket flap, go for a contemporary approach with the first initial stacked over the middle initial. This ‘tower’ of letters is equal in size to the last initial. Take this approach when the garment is a casual shirt like flannel, worn every day. Contemp Let’s take a look at how you do it.

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Find the vertical center of the flap. Place a target sticker just right of the edge of the flap. Hoop sticky stabilizer and place the hoop under the Perfect Alignment Laser. Turn on the laser and center the hoop under the laser. Position the flap on the sticky stabilizer. Smooth the flap on the stabilizer making sure the shirt is not caught under the flap. Flap1 Support the weight of the shirt while transporting the hoop to the machine. Attach the hoop on the machine and verify the needle is centered over the target sticker. Remove the sticker and embroider the monogram.

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Button the left cuff and place it on a flat surface. Cuff2 Place the Perfect Placement Kit Cuff template on the cuff, aligning the fold with the template fold line and the topstitching line with the topstitching. Slide a target sticker under the template – use A for sizes small and medium and B for Large and extra-large. Cuff Unbutton the sleeve and pull the sleeve inside out. Hoop adhesive stabilizer and center the hoop under the Perfect Alignment Laser. Slide the cuff under the beam, aligning the crosshairs. Attach the hoop to the machine and embroider the monogram. These small precise monograms take under three minutes to stitch – you could do a whole closetful in an afternoon!

Here’s your assignment this week:

What is your most prized monogram project? Tell us your favorite and one comment will be chosen to receive a $25 gift certificate to spend on the DIME website. Thank you for reading and good luck!

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The winner of last week’s assignment is:

What foot do you have that you wish you knew how to use?  Post a comment to let us know! One comment will be chosen at random to receive a $25 shopping spree on the Designs in Machine Embroidery website!

And the winners is..Barbara. “Gee, I wish I knew where to start! Between my sewing machine and serger, there are so many adventures afoot that I can’t begin to choose! How about the ones that came with the last update?”

New Features in Perfect Embroidery Pro

Wow! October’s free updates in Perfect Embroidery Pro are amazing. I’ve prepared seven short videos so you can see what’s coming on Monday. My Block Piecer and My Quilt Embellisher also will have new updates – I’ll report on them in future posts. Just click on each image to view the video.

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Variable size motifs in run paths.

Search feature in catalogs

Placement marks for hoops

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Enhanced Zoom Feature

Add a note to an embroidery file

Have fun playing with these new features!

 

Diamond to Leaf in 7 Mouse Clicks

I know many embroiderers do not consider themselves artists because they struggle with the artwork side of digitizing. Creating beautiful artwork is a talent – a gift – and if you don’t have it, digitizing can be daunting. But many pretty embroidery designs are made of simple shapes so it’s wise to explore the tools that are packed into Perfect Embroidery Pro. I’ll show you how to start with a diamond and end with a leaf in seven mouse clicks.

Select Diamond from the drop down menu on the artwork tool. Diamond1

Left mouse click and drag the cursor to draw the diamond. Diamond2

Click on the Shape tool.Diamond3

Hold the control key on the keyboard and left mouse click on the two side points. Right mouse click and select Smooth from the drop down menu.Diamond4

The diamond is now a leaf shape. Diamond5

Take it a step further and add a little more personality to the leaf. With the Shape tool selected, hover the cursor over the line, right mouse click and select Add Point. Diamond6

A node will appear. Diamond7

Drag on the node and handles to give it shape.Diamond8

Click on the Select tool and convert it to a run stitch. Diamond9

The leaf looks a little lonely so copy and paste the leaf several times and align them in a path. Diamond10

Select the run stitch and draw in a meandering vine. Diamond11

Imagine what else you could draw with the simple shapes provided in the Art tool.  Once the shapes are drawn, you can convert to complex fill, satin outlines, filled satins, applique and more.Diamond1

And if you’re artistically gifted, then by all means, use the pen. So many possibilities! What will you create today?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Software Saturday

It’s exciting to hear so many of you are anxious to receive the link to update your G7 Solutions software program. I thought I would take this opportunity to address many of your questions.

1. How can I be Inspired? How can I get the download link?

The link will come in a joint email from your dealer and DIME and will contain a form to fill out. Once completed and submitted online, you will be given a link to download the software when we have identified the dealer that is closest to you. When you receive the email, it will look similar to this – a joint message from DIME and your local dealer.

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As you scroll down the email, you’ll spot a large blue box.

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Clicking on this link will take you to a form. Fill out the form and click on the Submit button.

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Once you click on Submit, a message appears with instructions. I’ve highlighted two important points – you’ll receive the download via email and a reminder to check your spam folder.

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The email will list the appropriate links. Click on each link to download. If the links are not active (you cannot click on it) in the email, your anti-virus software is blocking the link from working. Turn off your anti-virus program for about 15 min. You will then find the link is active. You can also try to copy and paste the complete link into your browser.

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2. Should I save or run the program when I click on that link?

We suggest that you save the file into a folder that you call My Special Files (or a name you choose).

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It’s a large file, so please be patient while it downloads.

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After you download/save the file into the selected folder, go to the folder and double click on the file….and you will be Inspired!

If your anti-virus software is active, you may receive an alert because this is an executable file, designated by the .exe extension. Most likely you have encountered this message on an earlier occasion when you installed a new software program.

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To proceed, click on Allow this File.

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And click on OK to install the program.

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Once installed, fill out the registration form. If the submit button is greyed out make sure all required areas are filled in.

Is this the computer that has a registered Floriani software program on it? You must have a registered version (registered prior to August 1, 2014) of the software in order for Inspiration Software to install properly.

3. Is the software name correctly chosen in the top box? Use the down arrow for the dropdown selection (if provided) to select your proper software name.

4. Will the Inspiration Software do anything to my computer, or previously-installed software programs?

No. Inspiration Software will not do anything other than to create additional icons on your desktop so that you can easily be Inspired!

5. Is there a deadline to update? No, there is no deadline.

6. Do I have to update? No, you do not have to choose…..the Inspiration Update is free to registered owners of Floriani software (registered prior to August 1, 2014). Take one or take both….. no pressure…..Be Inspired!

Exciting times like this involve the coordinated efforts of many people – including your local dealer. Dealers are really busy people so they and we, appreciate your patience as we continue to grow out network.  More Inspiration to come – every Saturday!

 

 

 

 

It’s Sew Easy – The Gift of Sewing

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Be sure an tune-in to the upcoming episode of It’s Sew Easy, 513 – The Gift of Sewing. Here are some program highlights!

Marie Zinno uses the 10-needle Entrepreneur Pro PR1000e to create beautiful monogrammed towels. She demonstrates proper design placement and discusses the right stabilizers to use along with hooping techniques.  She shows why understitching is important on fabrics with a pile, like terrycloth.  Then she creates lettering on the machine and embroiders on sheer wired ribbon. She shows how to hoop and stabilize the ribbon for stunning results.

Using the Quattro 2 -6700D, Eileen Roche embroiders on shoes! She stabilizes and stitches on the shoes themselves, and also creates free standing motifs to apply onto any shoe for a true couture look.  She shows how to print templates in actual size from embroidery software to assure the designs will fit onto the shoe. ISE 513-2 PIC 1

Angela Wolf sews buttons on by machine using the Innov-is VM6200D Dreamweaver XE as she continues to create a trendy jacket.

It’s Sew Easy episode 513 will be on the It’s Sew Easy website starting at noon on Friday, September 19. It will run for 7 days – don’t miss it!

Here’s your assignment this week: Embroidered shoes are not your typical embroidered item. Leave a comment below about the most unusual thing you’ve embroidered. One comment will be chosen at random to receive a $100 gift certificate courtesy of Pickle Pie Designs for use at PicklePieDesigns.com – thanks for reading and good luck! PicklePieDesigns_DIME-Blog-Graphic
The winner of last week assignment: Visit any or all of the stops on the blog tour listed above. Comment below about your favorite quilt or technique you saw on the tour. One comment will be selected to receive a copy of Nancy’s book Quick Column Quilts – good luck!Quick_Column_Quilts_Book_CoverAnd the winner is Laura L. – “I LOVE your Sun Kissed quilt! My other fav is the Blue & White one …I can’t remember her name . . . but it was classic!”

Multi-Needle Monday – Centering on Quick-Snap

Recently, my Stitching Sister, Marie Zinno, showed me how she quickly centers an item on Quick-Snap. Since the Jnaome, Baby Lock or Brother multi-needle machines do not recognize Quick-Snap, it’s up to the user to ‘embroider responsibly’. Embroidering responsibly means taking complete control of the machine and telling it what to do instead of letting the machine tell you what it can do. When you attach a Quick-Snap frame, be aware of the size of the frame opening and the design you are trying to fit into that space because the machine thinks a large hoop is attached. Always select a frame that is at least 1” larger than the design and trace the design before actually stitching.

Here’s Marie’s tip on the easiest way to center the design. Select your design (1” smaller than the frame) and attach just the bottom frame to the machine. Retrieve the design and trace the design watching where the embroidery foot will travel. In the image below, you can see the first needle is dropped during the tracing motion. This needle is your indication of where all the needles will travel during all colors of the design. QS1
If it looks like the foot will clear the frame, you’re in good shape.
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If not, use the positioning keys on the screen to move the design and retrace. QS3
Touch the camera icon on the screen and a view of what the needle sees appears on the screen. QS4
I have a target sticker designating the center of my design on a knit ski cap so I slid the hat over the frame.
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On the screen, I watched as I move the hat to align the target sticker with the machine’s green crosshair. Perfect! QS6
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How sweet is that? Thanks Marie!

So what do you do if you don’t have the camera? If you don’t have the camera, follow all the steps above but instead of using the camera to align the crosshair, use the needle. Slide the hat over the frame and position the target sticker directly under the needle (the one in the dropped position), verify the crosshair is square to the frame and trace one more time. (If you don’t have the camera and it’s available for your machine, I strongly suggesting upgrading, it’s a worthwhile investment.) If the camera isn’t available for your machine take comfort in the fact that you’ll be a more skilled embroiderer.

Software Saturday – View Applique in Color or Fabric

Last week, we left off with auditioning crazy quilt stitches on a Dresden plate bloc in My Quilt Embellisher.

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If the colors of the appliques on this default Dresden plate are not your favorites, then by all means change them! CQ12_2
Let’s start with the color of the first applique. In the sequence view, you’ll notice the first color is peach, color 14.
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Left click on color chip 14 in the thread bar at the bottom of the screen. Select a color from the pop-up thread chart. Click OK. CQ12_4
I selected yellow and now the applique is a bright shade of yellow. CQ12_5You can continue to recolor the applique in this fashion or take it a step further and add fabric for a more realistic look. Select the applique section and click on the Fabric icon at the top tool bar. CQ12_6
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Select a fabric, click ok and watch your applique come alive. You can select several applique sections at one time and colorize them as a group – with just one click. Or do it one by one to see a gradual change. You’ll have fun with this! CQ12_8
If you attended our webinar on Tuesday, Sept. 9, I’d like to personally thank you for sharing an evening with Tamara Evans and me. We appreciate your patience as we get our dealer network in place. I know many of you are anxious to receive your update so please know we are working diligently every day to make this happen!

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