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How to Apply Rulers on Snap Hoop Monster

Now’s a good time get your new Snap Hoop Monster out of the box and apply the rulers. Here’s a quick solution for precision placement of the adhesive rulers on your Snap Hoop Monster magnetic frame. Download the Crosshair design (click here) and send it to your machine.

Hoop stabilizer in Snap Hoop Monster.  Align the top frame with the bottom frame. Attach the hoop to the machine. Select the Crosshair design and stitch it in black (or other dark thread).   Make sure you do not move the design before you stitch it.

Remove the hoop from the machine and place it on a flat work surface.

With PAL

If you have Perfect Alignment Laser (PAL), turn on PAL and align the beams with a cutting mat or the DIME hoop mat.

Place the hoop under PAL.  Align the stitched crosshair with the laser beam.

The beam will extend over the frame. Remove the protective paper from the wrong side of the rulers. Place the rulers on the frame, centering the zero on each beam.

Firmly press the rulers to the frame.  Trim the excess off the ends. Done!

Without PAL

Use a ruler to extend each leg of the stitched crosshair to the frame.

Remove the protective paper from the wrong side of the ruler. Place the ruler’s zero mark at the extended crosshair.  Press the ruler to the frame.

Join me Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 1:00 PM CDT on Facebook Live and YouTube Live.  We have lots to talk about and I can’t wait to share some of the April #DimeDoors that you’ve been stitching! See at 1:00 tomorrow!

 

Quilting LIVE with a Special Guest!

Hey Embroidery Friends!

We hope you enjoyed today’s LIVE session with special guest Becky Thompson! We had a lot of fun sewing our giant quilt with the help of the Weightless Quilter, revealing our new April #dimedoor, and sharing tips with Becky.

Eileen took the reigns as director of this live and did a great job! Catch the rebroadcast below:

Download ALL the previous #dimedoors and the NEW April door HERE.

Create your best quilting yet when you hop onto our Weightless Quilter deal using promo code FREESHIPWQ for FREE shipping up to $15! Plus get the Perfect Placement Quilt Templates Bundle completely FREE. CLICK HERE.

 

April Door Reveal

I’m wrapping up National Quilting Month with quilting projects: one large and one small. I’m quilting a large – and I mean – large quilt! It’s 90″ x 90″ and I’m quilting it on my embroidery machine. I spent weekends in March piecing Red Ribbons by Kaffe Fassett and added extra borders as the original size of Red Ribbons is 68″ x 68″.  You can find the pattern in his Quilts in America book.

Truth be told, when I’m piecing a quilt, all I think about is the next step – the quilting – as that’s my favorite part of quilting!  I love seeing the design come to life and watching the quilt morph into a dimensional, cozy quilt sandwich.  The texture of the quilt completely changes as the stitches are added and the end of the task comes into view.  It’s motivating!

But there are quite a few challenges along the way – like what design to select, what hoop to use and how to handle the bulk of the quilt.  Tomorrow, on Facebook Live you can watch the process as I’ll be quilting the second half of the quilt.  I finished the first half this past weekend.  Come see for yourself how you can handle a 90″ x 90″ quilt on single needle embroidery machine!

And…meet Becky Thompson, from San Antionio, TX, my guest on tomorrow’s Live session. Becky is the force behind Power Tools with Thread (fun name wouldn’t you agree?). She’s so passionate about machine embroidery, I just had to introduce her to you.  We’re going to have fun because she’s going to be quilting an Edge to Edge design in her studio while I’m quilting in my studio!  Join us at 1:00 CST PM on Facebook Live!

But wait there’s more!  My small quilting project is the big reveal of the April Door!  If you’ve been looking for a breath of spring – you’ll find it in the April Door. I can’t wait to share it with you tomorrow on Facebook Live.  See you at 1:00 PM CST on March 26, 2020.

 

Hoops, Cheater Quilts, and LACE

Hey Embroidery Friends!

We hope you all are staying safe, healthy, and creative! We had an absolutely wonderful time with our good friend Reen Wilcoxson of Embroidery Garden today on our live session. We talked about her collaboration with DIME’s My Lace Maker software on her lace collection, her new space, all the new monster hoop sizes, the ways you get to “cheat” with a cheater quilt, and more!! We even had a giveaway (;

If you missed us live and need something fun to do while at home, watch our rebroadcast below!

Snap Hoop Monsters and Cheater Quilts on sale now HERE.

For our Hoop Compatibility Chart CLICK HERE.

Now is the perfect time to catch up on your #DIMEDOORS! If you missed stitching January through March, CLICK HERE. If you didn’t see your door shown on one of our lives yet or would like to again, make sure you post your door onto YOUR personal page with hashtags #dimedoor and #dimesewalong so we can find you!

Most of our recent events have been postponed to later this year. Please check out our Inspired by Dime website for details when you CLICK HERE.

Next week, we will have special guest and renowned YouTuber, Becky Thompson. We can’t wait to chat with her and share more amazing embroidery with all of you.

Happy Stitching!

 

LIVE with Special Guest Reen Wilcoxson!

Hey Embroidery Friends!

We hope you’re staying safe and cozy in your homes during this unprecedented time. What better way to take a load off your mind with something fun and worthwhile then by joining our live as we bring on our very special guest, Reen Wilcoxson!

Reen is the founder of Embroidery Garden and she is an absolutely brilliant creator for embroidery enthusiasts everywhere. We will discuss her lace collection, our #dimedoors, HOOPS, and so much more!

Follow Embroidery Garden on Facebook HERE.

Make sure you’re following DIME on Facebook and YouTube so you won’t miss out on all the fun!

See you tomorrow at 1:00 PM CST !

Micro Lettering Isn’t Just Small

Micro lettering isn’t just smaller than standard embroidery fonts, it’s digitized completely different.  If you want professional results in small embroidered text, then you have to start with professionally digitized micro fonts.

You most certainly can create a text phrase in a standard embroidery font and shrink it.  But the results will not be pleasant.  The stitches will pile up at the column intersections, small openings will collapse and the lettering will be illegible.  So why waste your time, energy and materials?  Start with a true micro font and you’ll be pleased with the results. Let’s take a closer look.

At a quick glance, the two letters look very similar except for size.

But if you look at the framework, you’ll notice the areas where the columns meet are treated differently.  On the large letter, at the top of the A, the columns actually overlap.  That’s important on standard size letters to avoid gaps between the columns.

It’s not just the peak of the A,  overlapping is also visible where the horizontal column connects with the vertical columns as shown in the highlighted areas below.

On the Micro A, the top of the A is a wider satin, rather than two angled and overlapped satin columns.  The horizontal column stops at the edge of the vertical columns. This digitizing technique allows the tiny lettering to stitch with crisp edges making it legible.

The underlay is also different as the columns are narrower and the stitch count is smaller in micro fonts. You can purchase 11 Micro Fonts with full editing abilities in Inspiration’s Embroidery Tool Shed.  Just click on the shopping cart at the bottom right of the screen. Scroll down to Micro Fonts.

Click on the ellipse to purchase.  This week, the Micro Font Pack of 11 fonts is on sale for $179.99, a savings of $20.00.  That’s only $16.37 per font and each font includes upper and lower case along with numbers and punctuation.  You’ll use these fonts on every quilt label, recipe, logo, bible verse, birth announcement and more.  You can learn more here. 

The Micro Font Collection works only in Inspiration’s Embroidery Tool Shed.  If you already own Inspiration’s Word Art in Stitches, you already own the 11 Micro fonts.

Special Live with Christine Conner & Ashley Jones!

Hello Embroidery Friends!

Today we we expanded on National Quilting Month with a VERY special LIVE  joined by innovator Christine Conner of Amelie Scott Designs and our brilliant educator Ashley Jones! We revealed more March #dimedoors, talked everything quilting, answered more of your Snap Hoop Monster Questions, and SO much more! It was fantastic!

Grab a notepad, invite a friend, and prepare to learn from the best of the best ! 🤩🎉🥰

Special offer on Micro Fonts going on for a limited time only now! CLICK HERE.

Get Embroidery Tool Shed HERE.

Subscribe to Ashley’s YouTube channel HERE.

Bring Your Questions!

Two embroidery experts are joining me tomorrow on Facebook Live at 1:00 PM CST, Christine Connor of Amelie Scott Designs and DIME Inspiration Education Consultant, Ashley Jones.  It’s going to be so much fun as I continue to celebrate National Quilting Month.  They will both share their secrets on quilting on their embroidery machines – from Christine’s Edge to Edge quilting  techniques to creating the perfect quilt label.

Hope to see you there – it’s going to be fun and packed with tips and techniques to help you quilt those quilt tops!  You can watch on Facebook Live or YouTube Live at 1:00 PM CST. Bring your questions, we’ll be happy to help.

Happy National Quilting Month!

Hey Embroidery Friends!

March is National Quilting Month and to celebrate we’re kicking it off by discussing our best selling Snap Hoop Monsters! We will show you how easy it is to quilt inside the hoop with your embroidery machine, answer your snap hoop questions, and reveal the first round of March #dimedoors!

Take advantage of our special offer on ALL our hooping systems going on NOW for a limited time only HERE. Use code FSHIPSHM36 for FREE shipping up to $15 in the US!

Today was particularly special because right after our live we guest starred on SewingMachinesPlus.com LIVE with Blaine Austin to discuss exciting upcoming events and learned some new information on Eileen’s beginnings in embroidery.

Check out below!

How to Select Quilting Designs

I’ll bet you have a quilt top or two waiting to be layered and quilting. I know I do. Join me tomorrow at 1:00 PM CST on Facebook Live and I’ll share some guidelines on how to select quilting designs. I’ll discuss the difference between overall quilting and custom quilting and when to choose one over the other. 

Bring your quilting questions and let’s get those quilt tops transformed into finished quilts!  See you on Facebook Live or YouTube.

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