Embroidery Techniques

Multi-Needle Monday | Text Editing on the Multi-Needle Machine

March 24, 2014
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Multi-Needle Monday | Text Editing on the Multi-Needle Machine

Want to add a bit more interest to some of your purchased designs? Then follow this simple tutorial on curving text right at the machine. You can apply this technique to many embroidery projects. Retrieve your embroidery design, this whisk is a popular design from Embroidery Library.  Once on the screen, touch Rotate.  Rotate...

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Down & Dirty; Quick & Easy Applique Circle

February 24, 2014
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Down & Dirty; Quick & Easy Applique Circle

Here’s a quick method for making a circle applique with the machine’s built-in stitches. In a later post, we’ll discuss the auto-applique feature but for now, this is a ‘down and dirty, quick and easy’ way to applique. On the main screen, touch the square and heart key.  Select the circle with the running...

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7 Steps to Improve Your Embroidery

February 19, 2014
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7 Steps to Improve Your Embroidery

1. Print a template(s) of your embroidery design so you can plan the embroidery layout. Place it on the item (garment, home décor, craft or quilt) and critique its placement and size. 2. Build a test stash. Keep a test polo shirt, stretchy t-shirt, terrycloth towel and common items that you embroider on all...

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Multi-Needle Monday: Assigning Thread Colors, Part I

January 27, 2014
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Multi-Needle Monday: Assigning Thread Colors, Part I

Many of you expressed an interest in learning how to assign thread colors to the needles.  I’ll share how I do it. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m self-taught – I’ve never had a lesson on a multi-needle machine. For quite some time, my only exposure to the multi-needle machines was at...

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Multi-Needle Monday: Basic Threading

January 13, 2014
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It’s Multi-Needle Monday!  This week we cover Basic Threading Techniques. Hmm…what color thread goes on what pin? On the Baby Lock Enterprise and the Brother Entrepreneur®, you’ll see an LED light under each thread pin. Use the LED lights as a guide, selecting a matching spool of thread for that pin.  Just like embroidering...

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Stitching Lettering on Fur

December 20, 2013
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Stitching Lettering on Fur

I know thousands of embroidery machines will be humming right up until December 24th. So here’s how to handle tricky faux fur – a favorite last minute gift item. Scroll lettering has a tendency to disappear when stitched on faux fur.  Here’s how I tackle that problem. I used Floriani Total Control Pro to...

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Holiday Linen Update 2

November 27, 2013
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It sounds like the blog favorite font of last week’s picks is font C. I agree it’s a beautiful font – very fluid, traditional and yet, warm and inviting. Let me show what I’ve done with it. The font, Cursive is a built-in font in Floriani Total Control Pro digitizing software. If you don’t...

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Doodles!

August 12, 2013
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Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog

Have you checked out the free design in the August Designs Plus Newsletter?  Our sponsor, EmbroideryOnline donated a design from one of their newest collections, the Doodle Line Quilting collection.  The Doodle Flowers Centerpiece is yours free to download and enjoy from the Designs Plus Newsletter!  (Read on to find out details!) We were...

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Need an embroidery miracle? Then you need friends in high places!

July 24, 2013
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Where do you turn when you need a solution to an embroidery dilemma? It started innocently enough with “Honey, can you embroider my name and phone number on this strap?” I naively responded, “Oh sure, I’ll bet it’ll be an easy thing to do.” Then he hands over the ‘harmless’ strap. From afar, it...

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Upscale Bed Linens

July 5, 2013
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Upscale Bed Linens

I love embroidered bed linens. They are such a treat to slide between as you end a long day. Here are some tips for stitching gorgeous machine embroidery designs on sheets. Tips for Success • Take the time to prepare the design and the sheets. It’s well worth the effort. • Purchase an extra...

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