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Manipulating Designs in Perfect Embroidery Pro

Even if you don’t digitize, you can most certainly manipulate designs to get the look you need. All you need are building blocks. What are building blocks? Building blocks are designs – designs that are stashed in Perfect Embroidery Pro.

Let’s take a look at a design from the Monogram catalog. 2

Click on the Monogram catalog icon and select Mon10683.3

Select and Ungroup the design (right mouse click or use the Ungroup icon on the tool bar). Select the branch on the right. 4

Copy and paste the branch. Move it to the upper right, connecting the bottom scroll to the original branch. 5

Let’s close the space at the top between the original branch and the new one. Zoom in to get a magnified view. Select the Shape Tool and move the last two black dots to expose the blue squares underneath (the points). 6

Select and pull the blue squares down to the original branch. 7

Position the black dots back on top of the blue squares, this sets the direction of the satin stitches. 8

Hit Enter on the keyboard to extend the satin stitches. 9

Select the new branch, copy, paste and mirror image the section. Move it to the opposite side. 10

Voila! A perfectly shaped design for a child’s neckline.11







Designing Quilt Blocks

Designing quilt blocks has never been easier. Just click on the Block icon in My Quilt Embellisher and take your pick. I chose the Broken Stone block under Curved Blocks, Miscellaneous. 1

I like the shapes but not the colors so my first step is change the colors of the block. Even though the block shows just two colors, you can select each patch and transform a two-color block into a three-color block or more! Click on the Fabric Library and browse through the hundreds of swatches. Select a fabric and click OK. Repeat this process for each patch. 2

You can color multiple patches at one time by holding down the CTRL key and clicking on each patch. When you select a fabric in the fabric library, all selected patches will be colorized. 3

Now, let’s add the quilting! Click on the Embellishments icon. When the drop down menu appears, select Elegant06. 4

Elegant06 is a great choice for this block because it features a center medallion and corner motifs that complement the patches. 5

First, delete the artwork outline (the blue outer line). Now, delete the scrolls because they do not fit in the curved patches. 6

Select, rotate and enlarge the center medallion to fit the inner block. 7

Select the curved patches. 9

Click on the Combine icon to treat the patches as one. 10

Click on the Texture icon. 11

Select texture 144 and click OK. 12

Play with the pattern length setting in the properties box to make the circles larger or smaller. I chose a pattern length of 15.0. Save the block as BlueGold. 13

Now that the block is designed, let’s see how the whole quilt will look. Select the block and right click, select Group. Copy and paste the block. Repeat as necessary. Save this file as BlueGoldQuilt. Now you have two working files – one of the block and one of the quilt. 14

When I save designs that I’ve created in My Quilt Embellisher, I create a new folder titled the name of the quilt, in this case, BlueGold. I save all working designs in that folder. That makes it easy for me to find the block and quilt files if I need to make adjustments – and the work is done!

Virtual quilting is fun – almost as much fun as actual quilting. But nothing beats quilting with fabric and thread!



New Features in Perfect Embroidery Pro

Wow! October’s free updates in Perfect Embroidery Pro are amazing. I’ve prepared seven short videos so you can see what’s coming on Monday. My Block Piecer and My Quilt Embellisher also will have new updates – I’ll report on them in future posts. Just click on each image to view the video.

3D motif

Variable size motifs in run paths.

Search feature in catalogs

Placement marks for hoops

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Enhanced Zoom Feature

Add a note to an embroidery file

Have fun playing with these new features!


Diamond to Leaf in 7 Mouse Clicks

I know many embroiderers do not consider themselves artists because they struggle with the artwork side of digitizing. Creating beautiful artwork is a talent – a gift – and if you don’t have it, digitizing can be daunting. But many pretty embroidery designs are made of simple shapes so it’s wise to explore the tools that are packed into Perfect Embroidery Pro. I’ll show you how to start with a diamond and end with a leaf in seven mouse clicks.

Select Diamond from the drop down menu on the artwork tool. Diamond1

Left mouse click and drag the cursor to draw the diamond. Diamond2

Click on the Shape tool.Diamond3

Hold the control key on the keyboard and left mouse click on the two side points. Right mouse click and select Smooth from the drop down menu.Diamond4

The diamond is now a leaf shape. Diamond5

Take it a step further and add a little more personality to the leaf. With the Shape tool selected, hover the cursor over the line, right mouse click and select Add Point. Diamond6

A node will appear. Diamond7

Drag on the node and handles to give it shape.Diamond8

Click on the Select tool and convert it to a run stitch. Diamond9

The leaf looks a little lonely so copy and paste the leaf several times and align them in a path. Diamond10

Select the run stitch and draw in a meandering vine. Diamond11

Imagine what else you could draw with the simple shapes provided in the Art tool.  Once the shapes are drawn, you can convert to complex fill, satin outlines, filled satins, applique and more.Diamond1

And if you’re artistically gifted, then by all means, use the pen. So many possibilities! What will you create today?











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.

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.
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
You have dozens of fabrics to choose from the library. CQ12_7
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!

Auditioning Crazy Quilting Stitches in My Quilt Embellisher


My Quilt Embellisher features 50 crazy quilt stitches that can be combined, sized, rotated and morphed to create hundreds of gorgeous stitches.  The stitches are so easy to add to any quilt block – just select a block from the block library and then left click on the Crazy Quilting icon. CQ2

Select a stitch from the drop down menu. One of my favorites is Stitch10.


Once selected, the cursor changes to a small crosshair. Left mouse click and drag the mouse to create the motif. The longer you drag, the larger the motif. Each motif can be dropped individually creating an organic, hand-stitched look.


Let’s take a look at how fun it is to play with the stitches and blocks. Click on the Block Library icon, Circle Blocks and Dresden Plate #3. CQ4a

The block appears on the screen. CQ5

Let’s remove half of the block by selecting (left mouse click) and deleting (delete on the keyboard) each section. CQ6

Select the Shape Tool and click on the circle to show the points. CQ7

Select half of the points by dragging the cursor over the points. CQ8

Left mouse click and select delete points. CQ9

Now that the block appears as desired it’s time to embellish. CQ10

Select the Crazy Quilting icon and select Stitch04 from the drop down menu. Position the cursor over the first seam line, left click and drag the cursor to the end of the seam. Release the mouse. Repeat for each seam moving in a methodical manner around the plate. Start at the inner point of a seam and travel to the outer point. Release the mouse and move it to the next seam line. Left click at the outer end of the seam and move to the inner point. Applying the stitches in this manner will command the machine to stitch efficiently. CQ11

To apply stitches around the curved outer edge, select the run stitch icon. In the properties box, select Motif, number 178. CQ12

Apply the first point at the edge of the plate. Move to the center of the scalloped edge, hold the CTRL key while left clicking on the mouse to apply a curved point. Continue around the outer edge of the plate. When complete, right click to set the stitches. How easy was that?

My Quilt Embellisher opens a world of opportunities since many of us struggle to quilt our quilts. Control over the stitches allows us to turn our embroidery machines into longarms! You’ll be learning more about that in upcoming weeks and months as I’ve been working on a number of exciting new techniques to share with you. I really appreciate your patience as we grow our Inspired by DIME division. Our dealer network is growing every day so if you haven’t received notice from your dealer, please be patience, it’s coming to a dealer near you very soon!



6D™ Embroidery Software

6D™ Embroidery System software is the next step for machine embroidery software; technically advanced and sophisticated, but easy to use. A key feature for many embroidery enthusiasts is to be able to view their project with real world perspective before actually creating the project. Life View In 6D™ Software gives a real-world, three-dimensional view of your embroidery project. With Life View you are able to move the embroidery and twist it as you would to see it in real life! You can also see special effects such as Puffy Foam right on the screen. Audition your project backgrounds and any appliqué fabrics, too.

Design Player allows you to watch your design “stitching” on screen, so you can see the way your project will be embroidered. New in 6D™, multiple windows allow you to adjust, modify and create an unlimited number of designs, lettering and projects “side by side”. Design parts stay separate when you open, copy and save so you can easily adjust your project on another day.

The 6D™ Embroidery System harnesses the full power of Windows® technology to make embroidery more intuitive. It supports touchscreen gestures to zoom, move, resize and rotate designs. You can also view embroideries and design files as thumbnail images with their stitch and color information in Windows® Explorer! Search for designs, convert and print them with the 6D™ Explorer Plug-in.

Quilting is a passion for so many of us, and with the QuiltBlock Wizard you can create a filled or outline quilt block automatically and even surround an embroidery with a quilting fill! Create shapes for your pieced quilt with just a few clicks, and choose from a huge variety of fills: Stipple, Channel, Diamond, Motif, Contour and Shape effects. The new Echo fill repeats your embroidery with a shadow effect.

These are just a few of the amazing new features in the 6D™ Embroidery System. Personalizing is a central feature: Choose from over 145 specially created fonts (including six fonts for Puffy Foam) to create multiline text or the perfect monogram! Alternatively, use the 6D™ QuickFont Wizard to create lettering automatically from most TrueType® and OpenType® fonts on your computer. Fonts, SuperDesigns and Frames are now displayed in galleries for easy selection. Adjust spacing between letters and resize individually. Embellish your lettering or any design with over 500 frame and flourish options. Add an automatic border or decorative motifs.

Editing, design creation and so much more is faster and more intuitive than ever. Reshape and restyle your embroideries with object editing or emboss your own “stamps” on designs. Create heritage cross-stitch, lace, appliqué, greetings cards, and embroideries from cherished photos or a chart from your family history – You Won’t Believe Where It Takes You.

The 6D™ Software is available in three packages: 6D™ Premier, 6D™ Embroidery Extra and 6D™ Embroidery. Visit your local authorized HUSQVARNA VIKING® retailer for a demo or to purchase the 6D™ Embroidery System package of your choice. Or visit for more information.

Here’s your assignment this week:

Tell us how you use your embroidery software and what you like most about it. One lucky reader will win $25 to spend at the DIME store. Thank you and good luck!

The winner of last week’s assignment is:

It sounds like Joanne’s mother taught her all the right things. If you finish the sentence: My mother taught me…4 lucky jewels of wisdom will be chosen to receive a $25.00 gift certificate to Katelyn’s Kreative Stitches.* Good luck!

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And the winners are…Barbara, Laurene S, Shirl R, and Nancy D


We’re So Proud!


Toot, toot!  Beep, beep! A special digital issue of Designs in Machine Embroidery is free for you – just click here to access. You’ll find projects, free embroidery designs, videos from our sponsors and access to leading companies in the embroidery industry.

Wondering what’s inside? It’s packed with educational material for newbies, intermediate and advanced embroiderers. Devour the expert information on stabilizers and how to embroider on ribbon, polos and t-shirts! Learn to create continuous embroidery with confidence; stitch a little something for the man in your life and develop your designer’s eye – all in this one special issue!


Download the familiar .zip file, unzip and inside you’ll find an exciting interactive Adobe Acrobat PDF file you can read and enjoy from the convenience of your desktop computer or laptop. Use the free Adobe Acrobat reader to achieve full interactivity and flip through the pages, zoom in on projects and print whatever you’d like. Use the arrows on your keyboard to navigate through the pages: advance by clicking the arrows pointing down or right while the arrows pointing up or left will take you to a previous page.

WP-IconWP-PlayLook for the mouse icon and click on it to activate the zoom feature and more.  View the embedded videos by clicking the play button and enjoy.

We made it simple to navigate, easy to view and inspirational to read – I think you’ll see why we’re so proud of our new digital issue. My hat is off to the whole Designs team for making this happen – led by Sam Solomon, Denise Holguin, Stephanie Smith and Sandy Griggs. Designs wouldn’t be here without that team – they’re awesome! I think you’ll agree when you see what they’ve created.

A very special thank you to our valued sponsors: Brother, Embrilliance, Embroidery Library, Five Star Fonts, Janome America, HoopSisters, SWAKembroidery and Urban Threads –  Enjoy!

Here’s your assignment this week:

Download our FREE digital edition of Designs in Machine Embroidery magazine. Give it a read and enjoy all of the interactivity, photo zooming abilities, videos and beautiful photography captured for each stunning project. Then, come back and leave us a comment on what you think about it – good or bad, we can take it. One lucky reader will win a gift certificate to Designs in Machine Embroidery for $25!

You can use that $25 to buy anything on our website including a 1 year subscription to our print magazine offered at the special price of $24.97 for a limited time only.

The winner of last week’s assignment is:

Go over and give Craftsy a looksy! Tell us what classes interest you or if you’ve already taken a class on Craftsy – tell us what you love about it. One lucky reader will receive a link for a complimentary download of Eileen’s new class, The Machine Embroidered T-Shirt!


And the winner is…“I’ve been checking out Craftsy website, and some of the free classes. My sister told me about this site, she had taken a class and loved it! I would really LOVE to win the chance to take the T-shirt class. I have a fear to try new things, but I’m sure taking the class would give me more confidence. Thanks for sharing your embroidery expertise.” – Jane B.

Congratulations Jane, we hope you enjoy your class and share your experience with us!

We’ve Been Busy!

Placing embroidery on a shirt has got to be the most challenging task an embroiderer can face. Oh, there are many solutions to the fairly easy job of left chest placement but when you want to really decorate a neckline, cuff or yoke, things can get tricky.  Nancy Zieman and I first addressed this problem in our Designer Necklines DVD. Designer Necklines has been a continuous best seller and what we’ve learned from customers is they love the technique but wish it was more flexible.  So Nancy and I have taken their concerns to heart and developed a very handy software program that has all the flexibility they need and more.  It’s called Perfect Placement. We included 30 placement guides (collars, necklines, pockets, cuffs and …) and 72 scalable fashion embroidery designs.  The software is so simple to use:


Select a placement guide.


Merge the design(s), resize and position until you’re satisfied then send it to the machine.


Stitch the first color, the placement guide onto hooped adhesive stabilizer.


Place the garment edge on the placement guide and smooth the garment onto the sticky stabilizer.  Stitch the embroidery designs.


Everything stitches exactly as planned!

Of course Perfect Placement Software is also a powerful editing program. You can size (it recalculates the stitches), copy, paste, mirror, delete sections, recolor, group and ungroup, select a grid and/or hoop and print templates. It’s everything you need to edit embroidery designs without learning how to digitize.

I’ve been having a blast using the designs in Perfect Placement Software – in fact, I’ve stitched more garments in the last three months than I have in a year. Here are just a few examples featuring Perfect Placement Software.

If you’re like me, you’ve probably had a few embroidery ‘fashion disasters’ in the past. You know what I mean. You plan the embroidery as best you can, hoop the garment, stitch the designs and then slip the garment over your head. Yikes! When you look in the mirror you’re greeted with embroidery sitting in the underarm area or right at the bust point or just off center enough to be annoying.  I’ve had this happen too many times – so now I rely on Perfect Placement Software to help me, well, prefect my placement!


Here’s your assignment this week:

Share with us a fashion disaster that happened in your sewing room and you could win a copy of Perfect Placement Software. Just leave a comment and you’ll be entered into the drawing.


The winner of last week’s assignment is:

John Deer’s Adorable Ideas is giving away FIVE $20 Design Points! To win simply leave us a comment below and tell us what you’re working on and how these Designs Points could help you. Good Luck!

And the winners are… Vicky I., Shannon C., Donna G., Barbara, and JoAnne F. Thank you to everyone that shared your projects with us. Keep reading for more giveaways and great tips and insight from Eileen.

7 Ordinary Towels – One Fabulous Gift Part 1 of 2

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Vintage Elegance

Elevate a humble days-of-the-week towel set with charming embroidery, ruffled trim and ribbon.  The fun is in the making – truly – I had a blast working on this set of towels.  Hidden in a drawer for ages, the days-of-the-week towels popped into my mind just as I was scrambling for the perfect bridal shower gift for a young, kitchen-comfortable bride!

The bride, my niece Kim, has been an avid cook since she first learned how to make homemade pasta at the ripe old age of 8. And she’s got an arsenal full of kitchen equipment. So it’s natural I thought of her kitchen –and the joy she derives from cooking up concoctions in there when I wondered what gift I would give.

These towels are as charming as Kim. A multi-talented, humorous, intelligent woman, no plain-Jane simple terrycloth towels for her. Oh no, her towels need to make a statement – to shout to the world, this kitchen and cook are fun-loving serious foodies.

It started with adorable embroidery designs. A touch of vintage elegance, the utensil designs were snatched at  The collection name is “A Classic Kitchenware Design Pack.  I opened each one in Floriani software and had a bit of fun with the lettering. Did you know lettering doesn’t have to sit on a straight line? You can curve it, bend it, shape it any way you want.

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My next post will give you the step-by-step instructions for adding the ruffles and ribbon. For now, let’s concentrate on the embroidery. Before you get started, take my advice and buy the ribbon to match the towels, then select the fabrics and finally the thread for the embroidery.  Finding the right ribbon was the biggest challenge – it’s easier to match everything to the ribbon instead of hunting for the perfect shade of ¾” wide ribbon.

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In a nutshell, here are the steps. Buy the towels. Find the ribbon. Design the embroidery. Select the fabrics. Select the threads. Prewash the fabrics and towels (if you have the time). Stitch all embroidery. Make the ruffles. Sew the ruffles to each towel. Finish with the ribbon.

Measure the width of the towels. One third of that measurement is the limit for the width of each embroidery design. After creating the personalized embroidery designs, size them for the towels.

Open Embroidery Library design F8031 in Floriani software.  Size the design to the appropriate width.  Click on the Text icon and select the Diana-Vs font.  Type Celebrate! in the text window, click Apply.

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Place the cursor over the center green circle and pull the circle down towards the spoon.

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The text will curve. You can adjust the curve by sliding the circle.

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Save the design.

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Let’s step it up a bit by adding three words – Stir with Love.  Open design F8029 and write Stir in the text box.  Now grab the green square on the lower right corner. Pull the square down towards the whisk.

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Enter ‘with’ in the text box.  Place the cursor over each yellow square to move the individual letters closer together.

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Pull the green circle in the bottom center down towards the whisk.

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Nestle the word just above the stem of the whisk.

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Enter ‘Love’ in the text box and click Apply. Select the ‘L’ by clicking on the yellow square in the L. Move the letter to the left. Select the green circle on the upper right corner and rotate the L so that the base is parallel with the whisk’s handle.

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Move and rotate each individual letter so that they connect and wrap along the top of the handle.

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Save the design.

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Make seven different designs and have fun with the sayings. Keep the gift recipient in mind and personalize, personalize, personalize!

Now that the designs are ready, mark the embroidery placement on each towel.  I used the Hand Towel with Border template from the Perfect Towel Kit. Slide a target sticker into each hole.

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Hoop the towels in a 5” x 7” hoop with tear-away stabilizer and center the needle over the target sticker.

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Remove the target sticker and embroider the design.

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Press the towels on a fluffy terrycloth towel, pressing from the wrong side.  Set them aside for now. We’ll work on the ruffles and ribbon on this Friday’s blog post!

This week’s assignment:

Tell me what is your ‘go-to gift’ for bridal showers?  Post a comment and we’ll select TWO random winners to win a $35 gift voucher courtesy of Designs by Hope Yoder!

The winner of last week’s assignment answered the question:

If you were to create fabric fortune cookies for an upcoming event, tell us what the event would be and share one question you would include in the fabric cookies. One random comment will be drawn and the lucky winner will receive a $25 shopping spree on the Designs in Machine embroidery website.

The winner is…Patty C.
What a great idea. Wished I had known of it 2 weeks ago when we hosted my husband’s 60th birthday party. Instead we played a version of Jeopardy. Categories were segments of his 60 years of life…Early years, Golden years, Grindstone, etc. We had fun but the fortune cookies would have worked great with our family.

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