Embroidery Techniques

Monogram of the Month: A Reason to Celebrate!

July 2, 2014
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Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog

I was very excited when Eileen gave me the opportunity to write this month’s Monogram of the Month feature.  I’ve had my eye on the banner designs from JoAnn Connolly’s book, Sweet Stitches – and decided instead of monograms today I’d do a fun banner.   I’m quite fond of quick and easy projects that...

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Discreet is the Word – Monogramming for Men

June 11, 2014
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Discreet is the Word – Monogramming for Men

It’s not too late to show your dad how much you care about him. And nothing says it better than stitches. Just remember to keep the embroidery subtle. Here’s a few timely tips on stitching for men. Materials Men’s shirts Adhesive tear-away stabilizer Perfect Placement Kit Perfect Alignment Laser If there’s one word to...

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My Go-To Gift

May 28, 2014
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My Go-To Gift

If you think you don’t have time to stitch a last minute gift, think again! Let me show you how to stitch six napkins in no time. Mark the location of the corner monogram on each of the six napkins. I use the Napkin On-Point template from the Perfect Placement Kit – no math,...

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Multi-Needle Monday | Applique and Onesies – Oh, My!

April 28, 2014
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Multi-Needle Monday | Applique and Onesies – Oh, My!

Applique and stitching on onesies have always challenged my multi-needle machine skills. First, trimming applique in those deep standard hoops is tricky on a small item. I can’t seem to get my scissors to trim close enough to the stitch line in those hoops without nipping the base fabric. And of course, hooping a...

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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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Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog

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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