Archive of ‘Embroidery Techniques’ category

One of My Top 3 Favorite Projects

When you create and design for over 20 years, you’re bound to have some favorites.  Join me tomorrow on Facebook Live at 1:00 CST to take a look at one of my top 3 all-time favorite projects.  This project, actually, a group of projects, is something you can use everyday. Boy, can I testify to that!  I have one that has traveled everyday with me – for over nine years!

Wondering what it is?  Well, tune in tomorrow to find out. Hope to see you there – cause Facebook Live is definitely more fun when you join in and say hello!

You can also watch Live on YouTube, just subscribe to our YouTube channel and you’ll be notified when you start to broadcast. Click here to subscribe to the Designs in Machine Embroidery YouTube channel.

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!

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!

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!

Holiday Gift Countdown: #7

Hey Embroidery Friends!

Who’s ready to add a little sparkle and shine to their holiday projects this year? Well we revealed number seven on our Holiday Gift countdown that will do just that and more: Kingstar Metallic Thread!

Watch our live video below with special guest Deborah Jones to see some of the wonderful projects you can create with this high quality thread.

Use code SHIPMT6PK for FREE shipping up to $10 on all U.S. orders when you take advantage of our special metallic thread sale HERE.

Also be sure to tune into Facebook LIVE this Saturday October 26th at 2pm CST to watch Eileen share another exciting Vendor Walk at Quilt Market. Hope to see you there!

Quilting Big Quilts on an Embroidery Machine

There are several ways to handle the bulk of a large quilt. How large is large?  In my book, large is any dimension beyond a crib size quilt (36″ x 52″).  Once a quilt is wider than four hoopings, it’s time to pay attention to the weight of the quilt.

A few weeks ago, I discussed handling a large quilt in my Facebook Live session on the Weightless Quilter. You can watch that broadcast here.

Tomorrow at 1:00 CST, I’ll demonstrate the shortE – the Embroidery Short Arm with a Long Reach.  Since it’s quilting month here at DIME, I figured it was a good time to have a live Q&A on the topic.  The shortE is set up in the studio so you’ll get a good look at it and you can watch the quilting process.  I’ll discuss how to prepare a quilt when using the shortE, how to ‘work the quilt’ and what’s the difference between quilting on the shortE vs. the Weightless Quilter.

 

 

Quilting Small Projects with Big Impact

Join me tomorrow on Facebook Live at 1:00 CST for a tutorial on quilting small projects.  Even though we’re talking small – table runner or smaller, the details make a difference.  We’ll start with the base and look at tone-on-tone, large scale and micro prints.  Then we’ll discuss the quilting designs – what to look for, how to multiply your stash, and how to achieve different moods with a variety of threads.

After we finalize those details, we’ll get to the nitty gritty of fabric prep, hooping and stitching.  I hope you’ll watch and participate!  That’s the beauty of Facebook Live! You can ask questions and get answers during the broadcast!  What a world we’re living in today!  See you tomorrow at 1:00 PM CST.  Just log onto https://www.facebook.com/DesignsInMachineEmbroidery/

 

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