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Resizing the January Door for 5″ x 7″ Hoops

During Thursday’s Facebook Live session, several viewers expressed an interest in making the January Door in a 5” x 7” hoop. I mentioned you can resize the design to fit your hoop. If you do not have embroidery software, you can download our free embroidery software, Embroidery Tool Shed, just click here

Embroidery Tool Shed allows you to resize (and recalculate the number of stitches), copy, paste, mirror image and more.  Once you download and install the software, click the Embroidery Tool Shed icon on your desktop, and click on Open a Design.  Locate the January Door design, select the .C2S version and click Open.

Click on the Select tool. The Select tool is a red arrow, circled in green below.  Select the design by holding down the left mouse button and dragging the cursor over the design.  You will know it is selected when the design is all blue with a boundary box around it.

To resize, click on the Transform tab in the Properties Box.

Change the height to 7”.  Since there is a check mark in the Maintain aspect ratio, the software automatically resizes the entire design keeping the original proportions.  You’ll also notice there is a check mark in the Regenerate stitches box, that ensures stitches are removed when a design is shrunk and added when a design is enlarged.  Always keep that box checked. Click Apply.

The design now measures 4.30” x 7.01”.  The size is displayed at the top of the screen.

If you want to completely fill your 5” x 7” hoop, you will lose the original proportion. Follow the next steps to see the results. It’s best to start with the original 6” x 10” file.  Go to File, Open and locate the original January Door.c2s file.

Select the design, remove the check mark from Maintain aspect ration box and enter 5” in the width box and 7” in the height. Click Apply.

The design will fill the hoop but be a bit wider than the original.  If you like it, use it! Regardless of the size you choose, go to File, Save As and save the newly-sized January Door as JD_Small in the appropriate format for your machine.  Send the design to your machine and you’re ready to stitch!

Before you move to the machine, I suggest getting familiar with this handy, free software. – you’ll find many uses for it.  Just click on the shopping cart in the lower right corner of the screen (red arrow below) and click on the ellipse next to Embroidery Tool Shed (green arrow below).  You’ll be taken to 10 tutorial videos on YouTube by Inspiration’s Educational Consultant Ashley Jones.  Watch each one to learn how to get the most out of Embroidery Tool Shed.

 

 

 

Finish Those Quilt Tops LIVE

Happy Thursday Embroidery Friends!

Today we had our best LIVE yet! It was so much fun engaging with all of you and Eileen loved answering all of your questions. We also featured more of your #dimedoors for our #dimesewalong ! The creativity is inspiring. Check out the video below to see for yourself and get some questions you may have about magnetic hoops and quilting answered!

Need assistance applying your ruler to your Monster frame? Download the cross hair embroidery designs by CLICKING HERE.

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See you next Thursday at 1pm CST!

Finish Those Quilt Tops!

Quilt with your embroidery machine?  Yes, you can!  There’s so many ways to quilt in the hoop.  You can quilt and applique in one hooping, or custom quilt individual blocks or finish a whole quilt with overall quilting. Join me on Thursday, January 16 at 1:00 PM CST on Facebook Live. We’ll have fun exploring all the possibilities so bring your questions, I’m happy to help you finish your quilt tops. See you on Facebook Live or YouTube.  All you have to do is log on at 1:00 on either site to join in the fun.  See you at 1:00!

DIME Door Sew Along

Happy New Year Embroidery Friends!

We just had our first live of the New Year and it was fantastic! We love when you all are there to engage with us so keep inviting your friends to watch with you! We revealed one of our goals for 2020-a Dime Door Sew Along!

Every month we will reveal a new, FREE door design that you can download right here on the blog. Once you download, stitch, and personalize your door design, take a picture and post it to your social media with the hashtags #dimedoor and #dimesewalong ! We will be looking for everyone’s participation and sharing to our pages.

Download the January Door Design by CLICKING HERE.

To get the beautiful wire frame that comes with the door design for under $30, CLICK HERE.

If you missed us LIVE, watch the detailed tutorial Eileen gives on how she made the door below!

Be sure to take advantage of our special offer this week on one of our most helpful books, Machine Embroidery in 6 Easy Lessons, that comes with a bonus of FOUR placement tools! Use code FS13ME6EL for FREE shipping up to $10 in the U.S. for a limited time only.

 

 

 

A New Year’s Gift for You!

Join me tomorrow on Facebook Live at 1:00 PM CST where I’ll kick off 2020 with a New Year’s gift for you.  Watch the broadcast to see this fun in-the-hoop project.

It’s just one hooping but it’ll last for the whole month as I’ll be making a new 6″ x 10″ design every month.  And sharing the designs with you!  That’s right they will be free, – all year long!

There’s tons of opportunity for you to personalize it by fabric selection and well, you’ll have to watch tomorrow to see the details.

See you at 1:00 CST, January 2 at https://www.facebook.com/DesignsInMachineEmbroidery/.  If you’re not on Facebook, you can watch on YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/user/dzgns.  Subscribe to our YouTube channel and you’ll notified when a new video or live broadcast is released. Hope to see you there!

Expanding Your Quilting Designs

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Today Eileen demonstrated how to turn quilting designs into magical applique using Pebble Passion and Fiber Markers! We talked about what we are releasing in 2020 (an entirely new decade) and even showcased an incredibly realistic Santa Claus design by our very own Roy Garland III. Get your FREE Santa Claus design when you CLICK HERE.

If you missed our live, watch below and be sure to catch us in the New Year on January 2nd, 2020 at 1:00pm CST as we reveal a very special project.

For more embroidery inspiration, be sure to follow/like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube channel Dzgns.  If you already follow us and are subscribed to our channel, tell a friend!

Jingle Bell Rock your way to our special offer (going on for a Limited Time Only) on Pebble Passion and Fiber markers using code FSPPFM1220 and get FREE shipping up to $10 in the U.S.

DIME wishes everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Mistake Cover Up!

On Thursday’s Facebook Live session, I revealed not only my top gift to make for the 2019 Holiday season but also how I goofed on one of the PJs.  I selected a font that sunk into the lightweight knit pajama top – yikes.  I should have known the stitches would be too small for that flimsy knit. From previous experience (ugh!), I knew there was no way to remove those stitches from a lightweight knit.  So, I had two choices: throw the garment away or cover it up.  I went with option 2.  I selected a fun cotton print and made a new pocket – right in the hoop.  Here’s how you can do it in Inspiration’s Perfect Embroidery Pro:

Take a photo of the pajama top – I masked the pocket painter’s tape so that I could see it more clearly in the photograph.

Since I neglected to put a ruler in the photo, I measured the actual pocket and sent the image to my computer.  In Perfect Embroidery Pro, I selected the Backdrop tool and located the image.  The image loads on the screen.  Since I neglected to include a ruler in the photograph, I measured the pocket on the garment (4” wide) and then inserted that number into the Define Scale tool.  The image (backdrop) is now in actual size. Select the run tool and trace around the pocket and above the monogram. 

Select the outline, right click, Utility, Create Outline.

Place .25 in the settings window for seam allowance.

Select the Font tool and choose Classic Monogram.  Type the letters and click Apply.  Save the design and send it to your machine in the appropriate format.

Apply No Show fusible cutaway stabilizer to the wrong side of the cotton fabric.  Hoop the fabric and stitch the design.  Remove from the hoop.  Trim the pocket on the outer stitched line.  Place the pocket wrong side down on a pressing surface.  Fold back the seam allowance on all edges and press.  Use starch or sizing spray to form crisp edges.

Looks like I need to straighten those edges! Once that’s done, pin the new pocket over the old, covering the monogram.  Stitch the pocket to the top. Not a bad fix!

You learn more about handling other tricky fabrics by watching Facebook Live.  Just click here.  

I’ll hope you’ll join me on this Thursday Dec. 19th at 1:00 CST for more embroidery tips and techniques!

Our Number One Holiday Gift: Monogrammed Pajamas

Today we revealed our final and favorite Holiday gift; Monogrammed Pajamas! This gift list has been SEW much fun and we’re happy to end it with such a lovable and cozy idea.

Missed today’s live? No worries! Catch up  when you watch below.

Watch past shows by subscribing to our YouTube channel, Dzgns by clicking HERE.

Grab our special offer on one of the embroiderer’s most helpful tools, the Embroiderer’s Helper Bundle, when you use code: FSEHBUN1213

The Final Countdown Ends Tomorrow!

Hey Embroidery Friends!

Our number one holiday gift on Eileen’s Top 10 Holiday Gift list will be revealed tomorrow, December 12th at 1:00 pm CST on Facebook and YouTube LIVE.

Invite your friends, tell a family member, and prepare for our most fun gift idea yet! Make sure to “like” and “follow” our Facebook page @Designs in Machine Embroidery and subscribe to our YouTube channel Dzgns, HERE. We will upload new videos weekly (with the exception of holidays) that educate, inspire, and are loads of interactive fun!

 

Hope to see you tomorrow at 1:00 pm cst !

Lofty Monograms!

Gift #2 on my top 10 gifts to make for the 2019 Holiday season was a personalized throw. There’s such a wide selection of throws available at every price point and in many different fabrics. In Thursday’s Facebook Live session, Deborah Jones and I reviewed four different throws: a fleece buffalo plaid, a nubby and stretchy chenille, a poly/wool blend tweed and a faux suede with a Sherpa back.  The trickiest one to embroider was definitely the stretchy chenille because of its thick yarns and open weave.  But I am thrilled with the finished results.  Let me walk you through the process so you can duplicate this at home.

Open a new file in Inspiration’s Perfect Embroidery Pro.  Select the Text tool and type in your monogram.  Select the Fan_Scr font and click Apply in the Properties Box.

With the Text tool selected, click on the monogram and the kerning tools will appear.  Drag the blue diamond between the letters to change the spacing.

Click on the Select tool, right click and select Utility, Nap Blocker from the dropdown menu.

Leave the default setting at 4.0 mm and click OK.

The Nap Blocker, or low density fill, will now be the first color of the embroidery design.

Its function is to hold down the fabric’s nap and create a delicate, yet solid base for the beautiful monogram.  Without it, the monogram would slip between the chenille’s yarns. The end result would be less than professional!

Change the color of the Nap Blocker to match the fabric and select the color of your choice for the monogram.

Click on the Auto Baste tool to add a basting outline around the design.  It will stitch in the first color.  Send the design to the machine.

Hoop the throw with Piece & Stitch Tear Away Wash Away stabilizer.  Place water soluble topper over the design area to allow the embroidery foot to glide over the surface.  Without it, the foot would caught in the loops.  (Hmm…wonder how i figured that out!)  Stitch color 1, the basting outline.  Stitch color 2, the Nap Blocker.

Finally, stitch the monogram.

Remove the throw from the hoop. Snip the basting stitches and remove.  Tear the excess Piece & Stitch stabilizer from the wrong side of the throw. Tear the water soluble topper away from the monogram.

If you hate those pesky bits of water soluble stabilizer that are trapped in the small openings, then you’ll love Deborah Jones’ tip for getting rid of every last speck. Watch the Facebook Live session from Thursday, Dec. 5.  You can watch here on YouTube or over on our Facebook page.

I love this throw and think it will definitely put a smile on someone’s face at Christmas!

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