On October 15, Barbara Grant asked, “I want to embroider little flowers or a vine on a collar for a toddler’s dress, the heirloom kind that I used to sew by hand. How can I set up placement so the machine embroidery will stitch precisely where I want it?”
That’s a great question, Barbara, because placement is crucial to embroidery success and little bit of planning will make your embroidery look professional. You’ll need embroidery software* so that you can print templates of your collar design. Open your design in your software program and print a template of the design on vellum or paper. This step is most often accomplished by going to File, Print. If you have the option, make sure you have included a crosshair. Print one template for each side of the collar (right and left) by mirror imaging the design before you print the second design.
Once the template is printed, audition it on the collar.
I suggest taking a photograph of the placement and then moving the template a bit and reshooting.
Do this a couple of times and then review the images on the camera. You’ll quickly know which one is the most pleasing. Tape the template to the collar. Spray the wrong side of the collar with temporary adhesive.
Hoop stabilizer (tear-away, cut-away or wash away depending on your fabric and design). To achieve perfect placement, use PAL, the Perfect Alignment Laser. Place the hoop on a flat surface and turn on PAL. Align the beams with the horizontal and vertical markings on the hoop.
Slip the collar over the stabilizer aligning the template’s crosshair with the beams. Finger press the collar to the stabilizer. For added security, you can always add tape to the edges.
Carefully transport and attach the hoop to the machine, retrieve the design and verify the needle is perfectly aligned with the template’s crosshair. Remove the template and embroider the design.
Next week, I’ll show you how to achieve perfect placement on Brother’s DREAM machine.
Here’s your assignment this week:
Now that Halloween is over, we’re just about in full swing of the next holiday – Thanksgiving. I’d love to know if you’re hosting the meal or if you’re being treated to a year off – and celebrating in someone else’s home. Tell us your plans and a random winner will receive a 13” x 54” ruffled-edge burlap table runner. Perfect for a holiday table!
The winner of the last assignment answered the following question:
As I mentioned above velvet can be a challenging textile. What other fabrics do you find challenging yet alluring to use? Your comment will enter you in next Wednesday’s random drawing for a $20 gift card to dzgns.com !
The winner is:
Gail: “Satin, silk, and fur are the hardest to embroider on for me. Satin and silky type fabrics tend to have wrinkles around the design and fur tends to leave little bits of fur outside of the outlines.”
*You can make your own templates by stitching embroidery designs on stabilizer and drawing a crosshair in the center but if you’re serious about embroidery, then you need a robust embroidery editing and digitizing software program. It pays for itself in eliminating frustration and opening possibilities. If you don’t have software, investigate different programs at your local sewing machine retailer since you’ll want to purchase software where you can get education.