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Multi-Needle Monday: Month by Month Baby Onsies (Part 3 of 3)

The final step in our Month by Month onesie gift set is to attach the circle appliqué embroidery to each onesie. Although my instructions are for the multi-needle embroidery machine, it can be executed with a single needle embroidery machine as well. The multi-needle embroidery machine’s tubular ability makes hooping so much easier.

Step 1: Position the template (labeled Center Chest and correct month size) which is included in the Children’s Perfect Placement Kit, on each onesie and insert a target sticker in the hole.onsie11BL

Use the templates to mark the remaining eleven onesies with target stickers.

Step 2: Cut the fusible cut-away polymesh stabilizer into twelve 7″ squares.  Iron the stabilizer to the wrong side of each onesie. For proper stability, use a 4″ x 4″ standard hoop.  Turn the onesie right side out.onsiestabilizerBL

Step 3: Slide the outer hoop into the onsie and place the inner hoop on top of the onesie. Align the target sticker’s cross hair with the hoop’s center marks. Do not over stretch the fabric. Push the inner ring into the outer ring. Attach the hoop to the machine with the neckline facing the inside of the machine.onsie12BL Run your hand inside the hooped fabric to make sure excess fabric is not caught between the bobbin plate and hooped fabric. I do this step for every t-shirt, sweatshirt, jacket and blanket that I embroider. Then remove the target sticker when perfectly centered.

Step 4: Select the circle appliqué design and choose the thread colors; add stops to the second and third colors for appliqué positioning and trimming.onsie13BL  To keep the appliques and garments in proper order (the higher numbers sizes go with the larger onesies); work in numerical order.

Stitch the first color and add the circle appliqué, I like to use clear tape to hold each circle in place until the tack down color attaches the fabric.The clear tape is easily removed after the embroidery is complete.onsie15BL

Remove the hoop from the machine and trim any excess fabric if it is needed. Reattach the hoop to the machine stitch the final satin outline. Remove the onesie from the embroidery hoop and press the fusible stabilizer to release the adhesive. Trim around the design leaving ½” of stabilizer around the perimeter.onsie16BL

Follow the same steps for stitching the rest of the onesies. Enjoy giving the new parents a gift they will treasure and will always remember who the special gift giver was! monthbymonthpinksBL

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Puffy Foam!

This post is a continuation from the September 2015 Designs Plus Newsletter.  If you missed it, stop by for a visit by clicking here.

In today’s lesson you’ll learn how to:

  • Work with an embroidery design that is specifically digitized for Puffy Foam.
  • Discover how the stitch sequence has similarities to applique – yet is surprisingly new and different!  (And addicting!)
  • How to use the Circle Template.  (A tool you’ll also find addicting!)

Open Word Art in Stitches.

Click on the Add puffy Text icon in the top toolbar.

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Select the Arial Puffy font.

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Type the letter “I”.  Click Apply.

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Click on File / Save As.  Save the design in C2S format.  Exit Word Art in Stitches.

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Open Perfect Embroidery Pro Software.  Then go to File / Open.  Select the “I” embroidery design.  Once the design is displayed on the screen, press Ctrl + A, to select the design.  Click on the Circle Template Icon on the top toolbar.

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A new window appears as shown in the image below.  Change the Width and Height to 100.  Change the number of Repeats to 5.

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Click Apply to view the layout.  When satisfied with the layout, press Ok.

Click on File / Merge.  Select the Sweet Nothing Spool Design, #09201005.  (This design is available for free courtesy of Sulky and is featured in the September 2015 Designs Plus Newsletter.  If you don’t have the design, click here.

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Place the design in the center of your Puffy border.

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Save the design and send to your embroidery machine.

At the Embroidery Machine

Be sure to read the instructions that are included with the Sulky® Puffy Foam™ for tips and techniques.

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I used a Snap Hoop Monster to hoop a sturdy canvas fabric.  I love the color blue – so it was clear I’d use a blue Puffy Foam and blue thread for my design.  You’ll want to match the Puffy Foam with the embroidery thread color.

Stitch the first color, which is a satin stitch outline.

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Place the Puffy Foam on top of the satin stitch outline.  Stitch the second color—this second color stitches on top of the Puffy Foam.  If you’ve done applique these steps seem counter-intuitive – but that’s what makes this process so intriguing and exciting!

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Once complete, you’ll notice the excess Puffy Foam perforates away from the project.  How delightful!

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Repeat the steps for each of the Puffy Foam designs.  Then finish by stitching the center design.

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Here’s a close-up view of the 3D-effect created with Sulky’s Puffy Foam.  Looks like Henry found a nice place to contemplate his next embroidery project!

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Be sure to visit the September 2015 Designs Plus Newsletter for more free designs courtesy of Sulky.

Here’s your assignment this week:

As the fall equinox arrives today it also ends the season of summer. Its funny how the days grow shorter and the embroidery project list grows longer in in the fall. What exciting fall projects do you have in store?

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The winner of the last assignment answered the following question:

Schmetz needles are available at retailers nationwide. Whenever I’m in my local sewing machine dealer, I make sure I pick up a new pack of needles.  I’m building my stash so that I’m prepared for future projects. How about you? Do you have trouble planning properly? Do you jump right in and then regret it later? Or do you approach projects with caution and prepare accordingly?

The winner is:  

Barb: “I do some of each. If I find something I really am excited to try–I jump right in. Other times I may have a pattern that I am “scared” of and I try to plan it out the best I can so hopefully I won’t have too much trouble.”

Multi-Needle Monday: Month by Month Onsie Gift Set (Part 2 of 3)


Last Monday I shared the first portion of planning the process for the “Month by Month Onsie” gift set and now we continue with the embroidery steps.

  1. Position the labeled squares of fabric on your work surface near the embroidery machine. Place crisp tear away in your largest hoop, make sure it is taut like a drum.onsie4BL Crisp tear away will tear clean when removed from an appliqué design.
  1. This design was created in my embroidery software in the appliqué drop down menu. The size measures 3 inch in diameter. Insert the text “Months” into the circle design. The font used was “freehand” from my Perfect Embroidery Pro software. Adjust the text to fit inside the circle in the bottom area. Each month number will be added into the circle at the machine using the lettering at my embroidery screen. designscreenshotBL Send or save the embroidery appliqué design to your machine.
  2. Do not stitch the satin stitches while creating the appliqué circle designs. Stitch color 1-placement, color 2- tack down and last color -text. The satin stitch will be embroidered when all appliqué designs are attached to the onsies.
  3. Adjust the circle appliqué design to fit as many designs in one hoop as possible (you will need twelve total). For the first month onsie the text should read “1 Month” not “Months”. This project does take some time and I suggest working on the appliqués first, remove from hoop and trim excess fabric and then attaching the circle appliqué designs to each onsie.onsie5BLonsie6BL
  4. Notice how I only trimmed the fabric from the circle design that will built up to for the remaining designs? If you have a digital cutting machine (Brother Scan and Cut or Silhouette) you could easily cut the circle designs ahead of time.onsie8BLonsie10BL


Next week I will share the remaining steps!


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Multi-Needle Monday: On the Edge Embroidery with the Scanner

High tech inventions make precise embroidery placement so easy. I like to use the scanning feature that is included on my 10 needle embroidery machine to place text on baby items and other accessories.

Step 1

Use soft tear away stabilizer in a 4×4 or 5×7 hoop. Place the item (in this blog a baby lovie is used) with the lower edge of lovie taut in the hoop. Use blue painters tape to hold down the bottom section of the satin edge. Place another piece of painters tape along the top portion of satin to highlight the stitched seam. When the fabric is scanned it can be difficult to view the plush blanket fabric from the satin if they are the same color.lovie1bl

Step 2

Measure the height of the satin edge and use text to fit inside. Scan the hooped lovie.lovie2bl

Step 3

Use the jog keys to position the text exactly where it is planned. Rotate and resize the text if necessary.

Step 4

Select the correct color thread and embroider the text.lovie5bllovie6bllovie9bl

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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.
    3. Satin stitch.dkron3bledit


  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

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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


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.  


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!


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.


Now the little princess is ready for her party!


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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.

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

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

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