Embroidery Tips

Monogram of the Month: A Reason to Celebrate!

July 2, 2014
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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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Love that Zoom Tool

June 9, 2014
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Love that Zoom Tool

I’ve met many Baby Lock and Brother machine owners (both multi-needle or single-needle machines) who didn’t know how to get a close-up look at an embroidery design before actually stitching. The tool is accessed at the top of the editing screen on my multi-needle machine (and single-needle machine). Once I’ve aligned my designs, I...

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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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Multi-Needle Monday | Who’s on First?

March 3, 2014
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Multi-Needle Monday | Who’s on First?

You are!  Sure to be a hit with all baseball fans, here’s a little baseball stitching to get you into the mood for the season.  Celebrate Opening Day 2014, whether you’re a major league baseball fan or tee-ball devotee, by wearing this design. It doesn’t have to be on the back pocket of a...

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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: Monochromatic Stitching

February 10, 2014
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Even though you can stitch 10-color designs without blinking an eye or changing a spool, there are still occasions when you want to stitch an entire design one color. Wonder how you do that? Very simply! Let’s walk through it. Retrieve your design. Touch Sewing. The three-color design appears. To assign the desired needle...

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