Since we’re celebrating 100 issues of Designs in Machine Embroidery magazine, I thought I would share one of my favorite projects: curved, double decker applique letters. I love everything about this project: the teal hoodie (so comfy), the split applique (trendy) and the double layer of applique (the perfect fabric combo: white felt outline and tiny bright print).Make one of your own in Inspirations’ Perfect Embroidery Pro. Open a new screen and select the Text tool, type LOVE in the Properties Box. Select High School Applique font from the drop down menu. Size the design to approximately 8” x 3.25”.
With the Text tool selected, push the green circle at the center bottom of the text box to curve the letters.
Select the text, right click and select Break Up Text.
The letters will now be four individual appliques. Grab the L and O and move them to a new screen. Select the L, right click and select Create Outline from the menu. Change the distance to .25. Click OK.
Select the outline, right click and select Convert To Applique.
Change the color of the new applique.
You’ll have to do this twice for the letter O. For the outside, repeat the steps above. For the opening inside the O, select Inside when you create the outline and change the distance to .50.
Resize the outline to fit inside the letter.
Right click and Convert to Applique. In the Properties Box, change the Applique width to 2.5 to fit in the narrow space. Save the design as LO and go back to the original file and complete the steps for the VE.
You can find the actual stitching instructions in Vol 97, March/April 2016 of Designs in Machine Embroidery. Enjoy!