Archive of ‘Applique’ category

Multi-Needle Monday: Embroidering Appliqué Patterns

Combine traditional appliqué with embroidery to create unique designs. This technique is ideal for creating appliqués and applying them to fabrics that cannot be embroidered on easily.  You can create design badges or your own unique appliqués. This method of applying an appliqué design creates fewer stitches on the shirt which means less puckering after you have washed the shirt many times.

Supplies: Enterprise Multi-Needle Embroidery Machine by Baby Lock® ,Built-in design

At the Embroidery Machine:

  1. Select an embroidery pattern. Note: some patterns cannot be used and a message will appear on the screen. If the pattern is reduced in size it may work. In this sample, the design was not resized. The design that is used is design number 14, found under the Exclusive Novelty category.dkron1bledit
  1. Re-assign colors if desired using the Change Thread Color Key. In the sample, the first color was changed to light pink. Touch Edit End.
  2. On page 2 of the Machine Settings screen, adjust the distance from the design to the appliqué outline. The default setting is 3mm. Press close.dkron2bledit
  1. In the Embroidery Settings screen touch the Appliqué key. An outline stitch will appear around the design. Three additional steps have been added to the sewing order:
    1. Sewing a cutting line.
    2. Sewing a positioning line on the background fabric.
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  1. Touch the Edit key again (as shown above in the illustration) and return to the Pattern Editing Screen. Touch the Change Thread Color key. Using the Minus Thread spool move backward through the colors sequence to the three appliqué color stops. Move to the next stop to sew a position line on the background fabric. Press Close and engage the Pause key to add a machine stop just before the second to last color stop. It is recommended that the thread used for the “sewing a cutting line”, should match the color of the base fabric. It is also recommend that you use stabilized felt or denim for the appliquéd piece.dkron4bledit

 

  1. Hoop the stabilizer and place a piece of felt that will fit in the hoop. If the felt section is too small to hoop, hoop the stabilizer and spray with the temporary spray adhesive and place the felt section over the top of the hoop while finger pressing  to hold in place.
  2. Sew out the first four color stops on the design. When the machine stops after the fourth color, remove the hoop from the frame and carefully trim around the design on the cutting outline stitch with a sharp pair of scissors.dkron5bldkron6bl
  1. Hoop the Mesh Cut-Away stabilizer and spray with the temporary spray adhesive.
  2. Place a Positioning Sticker on the shirt front or on the desired section of the shirt.dkron7bl
  3. Place the shirt over the stabilized hoop and finger press in place.
  4. Place the hoop on the hoop bracket.
  5. To reposition the design for perfect placement, take the design back to the first color stop on the design by clicking on the “0” key as shown below and Close.dkron8bledit
  1. Click on the Return key, and when the message “OK to cancel embroidery” appears, select OK. This will take you to the screen that is shown below.dkron9bledit
  1. Select the Positioning icon as shown above. The machine will scan the hoop area looking for the positioning sticker. Once it finds the sticker it will position the design in the correct position for embroidery. It will ask you to “Remove the embroidery positioning mark”. Remove the sticker.
  2. Advance to the second to last color stop. Stitch this thread color.
  3. Position the stitched design over the stitched outline. I like to fuse a fusible appliqué stabilizer to the back side of the design.  This helps hold the design in place during embroidery.
  4. To finish embroidery proceed to the last color to stitch the satin stitch.shirt

Created by: Diane Kron, Software and Embroidery Projects Manager for Designer’s Gallery

Monogram of the Month – Part 2 of 2

I didn’t have what I needed today.  So I used what I found. 

What I wanted was a black painted wooden frame.   I had one somewhere – finding it was another matter and there was no time to delay the Monogram of the Month project for the May/June issue.

I found a wooden frame but it was stained brown.  It didn’t have glass—(I didn’t need glass anyway).  But it also didn’t have a cardboard back for me to use as a template for the project.

I needed cardboard or cardstock to make a template and also use to wrap my embroidered fabric around for framing.

Folders looked too flimsy.  I eyed book covers (gasp!) but I couldn’t bring myself to destroy a book cover for my art piece.  I rummaged through my office and found an old spiral notebook.  The cover was made of a light-weight plastic.  It was perfect!

I measured the inside of the frame and used those dimensions to cut the plastic notebook cover.

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Since the plastic was translucent it made it super easy to use it to center my embroidery underneath—then I trimmed away the excess fabric from my stitch out – leaving enough to fold around the plastic.

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I taped the fabric wrapping it tautly around the plastic.

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The embroidered art piece fit perfectly inside the frame.  An extra detail I find important is finishing the back.  Although no one will see the back of the frame, finishing it is an important detail I don’t like to overlook.  Besides, it’s a chance to add that unexpected flair.  I happened to have a hot pink piece of scrapbook paper tucked away in my office supplies.  (What a lucky find!).  I trimmed it away and secured to the back of the frame.

Now the frame is complete!

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Be sure to read Part 1 of Monogram of the Month for May/June 2015 Volume 92 issue for steps on how I created the appliqued heart using the bernette Embroidery Software Customizer.

 

Top Five Applique Techniques for Plush Fabrics

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Most embroiderers love appliqué designs. Appliqué can be used when a large embroidery design is needed but using a high stitch count design is not feasible. Appliqué can also be used to tame thick plush fabrics; such as terry cloth, fake fur and plush velour. In my embroidery business I add appliqué frames in combination with beautiful monograms to lounge chair towels, blankets and baby items. Here are some helpful techniques for creating professional looking appliqué when stitching on plush fabrics.

  1. Pre-wash all appliqué fabric before embroidering.
  2. Use a fusible light weight interfacing to the wrong side of appliqué fabric.
  3. Match the satin stitch thread to your background fabric.
  4. Test the appliqué design on similar fabric before stitching to check the density and quality of design. Adjust design in software if necessary.
  5. Place the embroidery hoop on a clean flat surface when trimming the excess fabric.

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Glitter Princess!

Glitter Princess!

You’re never too old or too young to celebrate a special birthday!  Recently, Stephanie Sanders, my loyal employee of 14 years, approached me with a request to stitch a shirt for her daughter’s upcoming 2nd birthday.

We discussed options and thought it would be fun to stitch an applique crown and a number 2.  Since little girls love sparkles we knew the applique fabric would have to be something glittery and fun.

This was the perfect opportunity to use Glitter Sheets from BFC-Stash.  The sheets are available as sets and individual sheets in countless colors.  Instructions are included with the Embroidery Glitter for steps on how to use and care for the product.  

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I used embroidery software to create the embroidery design.  If you missed the Software Saturday lesson on the blog click here.

I could have placed an entire square of the Glitter Sheet on the applique then trimmed it away once the tack down stitch was complete.  But this was a great opportunity to use the Brother™ ScanNCut to create pre-cut applique shapes.  So I sent the applique artwork files from Perfect Embroidery Pro to my Brother Scan N Cut.  I loaded a gold glitter sheet, pressed the button and Voila! A gold crown, perfectly cut!  IMG_0655

I was so excited I quickly picked up a pink glitter sheet and repeated the steps for the digit.  Gee, that stuff is addictive! IMG_0659

Once the design was created I fused Sulky Soft ‘n Sheer™ Extra cut-away stabilizer to the wrong side of the t-shirt. Then I hooped the t-shirt in Snap Hoop Monster.

When it was time to stitch the design I placed the pre-cut Glitter sheets on the placement stitching.  The sheets were tacked down then finished with the satin stitching.  The final step is to use a Teflon pressing cloth to iron the embroidery using the linen heat setting.  (330-365 degrees).  Complete care instructions are included with the Glitter Sheets.

The Glitter Sheets are light-weight and move with the garment.  Perfect for a little one that is always on the move!

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The final step was to finish the back of the garment with Sulky Tender™ Touch.  This added step makes the shirt more comfortable for little ones to wear by covering the bobbin stitches.

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Now the little princess is ready for her party!

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Here’s your assignment this week:

I had so much fun working with the Glitter Sheets from BFC- Stash on this project. The wide range of sheet color choices is my favorite aspect of the product. What is your favorite color Glitter Sheet to use? Post your comments and one random winner will be selected to win a $25 gift certificate to the Designs in Machine Embroidery website.

Multi-Needle Monday: Automatic Appliqué on the Brother Entrepreneur and Baby Lock Enterprise

As owners of the Baby Lock Enterprise and Brother Entrepreneur, we are so fortunate to have the latest and greatest technology at their finger tips. We have the scanner and live camera along with automatic basting file (shown in an earlier blog for embroidering t-shirts) and another helpful, quick technique the automatic appliqué feature. The automatic appliqué can create any shape, text or embroidery design into an appliqué without using embroidery software. There is an icon on the screen to convert each design into an appliqué.

I created a simple three-letter monogram inside a diamond shape design right at the embroidery screen; no embroidery software needed. The steps below will guide you how to create your own appliqué once a design, text or shape is shown on the screen.

Step 1. Select the shapes icon under Exclusives and choose the diamond shape.

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Resize the diamond shape to approximately 4″ wide or the size you wish to embroider and select Edit End. diamond mono3

Step 2. Click the blue shield icon; this will add the automatic appliqué around the diamond shape.

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Step 3.Use the select key and highlight the black diamond shape as shown in photo (the original shape) and delete it.

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Go to “Add”. Choose the monogram icon.

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Step 4. Select the letters for the monogram; left, middle and right letters to fit properly inside the shape.

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Resize the letters to fit inside the satin stitches.

Step 5. Hoop the fabric and stitch the placement color (1st color). Add the fabric on top of placement color. diamond mono13diamond mono14diamond mono15 Remove hoop from machine and trim excess fabric from around diamond shape.

Step 6. Replace the hoop on the machine and stitch the satin stitch and monogram. diamond mono16

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Instant applique! Right at your fingertips!

 

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Software Saturday – Two Part Applique

Hey Software Saturday readers! Check out these two videos on how to make a two-part applique. In less than eight minutes, you’ll learn how to import True Type Test, load a back drop, trace an image and convert both to applique.

View the first video here or jump over to YouTube to watch.

And wrap it up with video 2, here or on YouTube.

You’ll find tons of uses for two-part applique. Just imagine the fun you’ll have mastering this technique.

Software Saturday – True Type Fonts

Want more embroidery fonts?  All you have to do in Perfect Embroidery Pro is click on File, Import TT Text and you’ll find every font that’s installed on your computer.  Just click, type and convert!  It’s that easy.  Learn how here:

If you can’t view the video here on the blog, use this link to view it on YouTube.

The Case for Applique: Open and Closed

By Tamara Evans

This week’s blog explores two different, but simple, methods of creating applique designs. We have received many requests for instructions to create the necktie applique on the onesie shown at our Inspiration Socials. Here are some very simple instructions using My Quilt Embellisher software. (The same steps may also be used with Perfect Embroidery Pro software.)

Find, or draw, an image of a necktie and save it to your computer. Load the image as a backdrop in the software. Resize if desired. This one 5″ long.

The applique is created in two sections so that the fabric on the top of the tie could be placed in a different direction than the tail of the tie; just like a real tie. The knot of the tie is a “closed” applique, and the tail is an “open” at the top.

Select the artwork option. Click Fill in the Properties – Artwork box, then click apply. Select the magic wand icon.

 

Closed Applique – The Knot

Click in the yellow knot area at the top of the tie to create an artwork image.

Zoom in to the view the new artwork. Select the Shape tool, then click on the artwork to display all of the nodes.

Since this design is quite pixelated, it needs to be cleaned up. Select and delete nodes to smooth out the shape. Reposition the remaining nodes until the shape is acceptable.

Select the artwork with the Select tool, then click the Applique tool to convert it to applique. The knot of the tie is now complete.

 

Open Applique – The Tail

Select the Artwork tool. Click the down arrow next to the tool to select the Pen option. Using the backdrop as a guide, click in positions 1-5 (shown below), then right click to finish the input.

With the newly created artwork selected, click the Shape tool to display all the nodes of the tie tail artwork. Select the node at the point of the tie, and then right click to display the options dialog box, as shown. Select the Smooth option for the selected node.

Adjust the “antennae” on either side of the node to soften, or smooth, the point. Pulling them further out will adjust the curve of the point.

Once the artwork has been satisfactorily adjusted, click the Select tool. Then, select the Applique tool to convert the artwork to applique, as shown.

 

Finishing

With the tail of the tie still selected, click the Send to Back icon. Now the tail will stitch first, leaving a raw edge of fabric at the top under the knot. The knot will cover the raw edge at the top of the tail.

Save the design in the C2S format. Use this format to resize, adjust the applique stitches, etc. When ready to stitch, save the design in the proper stitch format for the embroidery machine.

Have fun with the sizing and fabric options for the necktie applique!

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Applique – It’s Not Just for Quilting

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Oh, dear readers!  If you had been guests in my office last Thursday you’d have seen chaos, pandemonium and some really fun projects being put together using the new Stipple Baby collection.  What you wouldn’t have seen was my desk. It disappeared during the ‘creative process.’

The Stipple Baby collection is a slight departure from our usual Stipple products. It includes the Stipple quilt block designs but it also includes the individual clothing designs so you can mix and match to create your own blocks.  Plus we’ve included the digital files (SVG and FCM) to use with your favorite digital cutters!

You can make quilts and pillows.  Embellish clothing or home décor.  You can also make banners, birth announcements, birthday cards and more!  Just remember, if you make the item for baby, make it safe!  Save the tiny embellishments (beads, buttons, rhinestones, ribbons, etc) to embellish a gift for the parents rather than baby.  The inspiration you see in this blog post is intended for adults.

I could ramble on about the collection but pictures are worth a thousand words.  And to get us started… here’s a behind the scenes look my office.  As I mentioned, the desk somehow disappeared.

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But the results are worth it!  Take a look!

Sample 1.  For the “Ralph Lauren” Baby!
I wanted an understated, sophisticated look for this little art project.

I used twill for the dress and added brown linen for the collar and sash.

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I starched the brown linen before using it.  It made a big difference working with it and almost makes me want to wear linen again next Spring!

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Once the dress outline was stitched, realized I wanted to experiment.  While at the embroidery machine I selected the outline for the dress again.  I advanced the stitches until I reached the base of the dress.  Then I carefully placed the lace at the base of the dress and stitched the design. Admittedly, glue is also an option for securing the lace. No one would know the difference. Or you can take the design into editing software and program an extra stitch at the base.  The wonderful thing about machine embroidery – there’s more than one way to achieve a goal.

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Ribbon Inspiration!
The ribbon I selected was originally too wide. No problem!  I trimmed the ribbon and made it work for my needs.  Since this project is for a card, I wasn’t as concerned about raw edges.

Next time you ‘think’ something won’t work, try to look at it from a different perspective.  Ask yourself, “how can I make this work and perhaps make something even better than anticipated?”  That should be the goal every time you hit a roadblock in your creative process!

Once the dress was complete I cut it away from the stabilizer and trimmed excess fabric and ribbon.  I hand sewed two wooden buttons to the dress.  Then I layered burlap and scrapbook paper for texture and interest.  I used hot glue to attach all the pieces.

After cutting the burlap background I used the leftover scraps to make a small bow for the dress.  I also cut small hearts from the burlap and layered them on scrapbook paper.  Scrapbook brads were used for additional texture.

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Around this time I had a few pieces of chocolate to help continue the creative process…

 

Sample 2.  For the Country Chic Baby!
Do you hoard fabric like I do?  The floral scraps of fabric used on the collar and sash are at least 10 years old.  It was time to dust it off and put it to good use.

Remember when working with print fabric that scale is important.  The flowers were just the right size to use with the dress.

I added the same ribbon embellishment to the base of the dress.

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At this point the dress looked boring to me.  It needed a splash of burgundy to coordinate with the floral print fabric.

I wove some decorative fiber through the ribbon – it was THE perfect accent!

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Next I wove the same decorative fiber through a button.  Then I added the button to the sash (I cheated and glued the button.) Additional fun included using scrapbooking supplies to make a card for the dress.  I love the results!

To celebrate the launch of Stipple Baby, we’re offering FREE shipping and handling on US orders!  (For those of you in the US who ordered between September 18, 2014 – September 24, 2014 – have no fear.  We’ll be giving you a refund on the shipping and handling fees for those who ordered standard shipping.)  Visit the Designs in Machine Embroidery website to take advantage of this limited time offer.  Be sure to use the coupon code:  baby

 

Here’s your assignment this week:

Leave a comment below about something you’d like to create with Stipple! Baby. One random comment will be chosen to get their very own copy of Stipple! Baby for free. 

The winner of last week assignment: 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!

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And the winner is Patricia. – “The oddest thing I’ve ever embroidered is a bathroom set of a bar of soap, a candle, and a matching roll of toilet tissue. Makes a cute gift!”

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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