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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.

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

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 #2: Embroidering on Throws!

Hey Embroidery Friends!

We had a lot of fun with our favorite embroidery experts, Eileen Roche and Deborah Jones, as they shared invaluable tips for embroidering on throws and even informing us how long they’ve been in the machine embroidery industry!

Don’t miss the replay below!

They used the handy Embroiderer’s Compass to guide them in perfectly embroidering these beautiful throw blankets. Use code FSCOMPASS126 for FREE shipping and grabs yours!

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Holiday Gift #4: Vintage Clutch Collection!

Today we unveiled our Holiday Gift #4: our vintage clutch collection! With this collection you can create timeless, boutique-style clutches on your embroidery machine.

Watch the broadcast below to see Eileen talk in detail on this thoughtful gift idea:

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Counting Down to Our Gift #4 Reveal

Hey Embroidery Friends!

We’ve been having a great time here at DIME gathering and unveiling our Holiday Gift list. Tomorrow we’re excited to share our fourth gift on the list which is……well you will have to tune into our Facebook Live tomorrow to find out!

Join us on Facebook or YouTube (you will need to subscribe to our channel Dzgns on YouTube) at 1:00pm cst to watch the live broadcast as we share gift #4 and answer any questions you may have!

We look forward to interacting with you and helping you with your holiday gift list this year. See you soon!

Holiday Gift Countdown #5!

Fall into the spirit of the holidays when you uncover what number 5 is on the Holiday Gift Countdown! Eileen was super excited to share this one and we all couldn’t help but be excited with her as the countdown narrows down.

Watch the rebroadcast of her live below!

Be sure to take advantage of gift number 5 when you use code SHIPTSRS10 for FREE shipping up to $10, CLICK HERE. 

Digitizing for Metallic Threads

Last week, I provided some tips on digitizing for metallic thread.  Reader Janis O’Connor asked for some clarification on how to stitch the underlay of a complex fill in polyester thread and finish the decorative layer of the fill with metallic. There may be a better way to do this but this is how I do it. Let’s walk through the process. Draw a hexagon with the artwork tool. Select the design, right click and convert to Complex Fill.

Click on the Redraw tool, and notice the underlay that’s automatically added to the complex fill. Below is a screen capture of the underlay only.

Of course, in Inspiration’s Perfect Embroidery Pro, you have control over the type and density of the underlay.  Click on the Underlay tab in the Properties Box and note the underlay is Perpendicular with a density of 3.0.  Remove the underlay by clicking on the check mark next to Perpendicular. Click Apply.

Now, select the hexagon, copy and paste it.  Change the color of the first hexagon to pink, this will serve as the underlay.  Select the pink hexagon.  The Fill tab will be open in the Properties Box.  Change the density to 3. Click Apply.

The pink hexagon is the same density as the original underlay but the stitches are traveling in the same direction of the blue hexagon.

Change that by selecting the Shape tool and moving the black circles to the opposite sides of the hexagon. 

Now the underlay will be perpendicular to the complex fill providing a stronger foundation.

Small changes to run stitches and satin columns help light reflect off the metallic thread resulting in eye-catching sparkle. Lengthen short running stitches to provide more metallic surface.  Just change the stitch length in the Properties Box to 2.8 or even longer.

Add curvy edges to satin columns. Use the shape tool to move the nodes on each side of the column.  If your column doesn’t have a node, place the cursor where you want to add one, right click and Add Point.

The image below shows an exaggerated example as just a little movement can make big changes in a metallic design. 

So go ahead, add a little sparkle to your stitches!

Get More Sparkle from Your Designs

It’s sparkle time!  You can add a shiny element to many designs but you should set yourself up for success.

Use your digitizing software to change some elements into metallic-friendly details.  In Inspirations’ Perfect Embroidery Pro digitizing software, lengthen run stitches.  My normal stitch length for quilting designs is 2.4.  For metallic threads, I increase the length to 2.8.  The longer stitch length lets the metallic thread shine on the fabric while shorter stitch lengths, tend to hide the pretty sheen.  Imagine how pretty those longer stitches will look on a dark fabric.

Reduce the density of a complex fill.  The stitches should lay right next to each other without overlapping. The density default setting is 5.0, type in .80 and click Apply.

If your design requires underlay, consider making the underlay a separate color.  Stitch the underlay first in a coordinating polyester thread, then switch to the metallic to add the top layer.

Satins – think curves!  Metallics really shine when light bounces off the thread at different angles.  So curve your satin columns, and adjust the widths to take full advantage of the light.

The satin column on the right will reflect more light than the blue, straight column.

When digitizing for metallic thread, schedule some extra time for testing your digitized designs.  I hope you had a chance to watch our Facebook Live session this week. Embroidery expert Deborah Jones and I shared ideas for using metallic thread and there’s a special offer on a holiday 6-pack of Kingstar Metallic thread. Click here to take advantage of the special price.

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