Archive of ‘Hooping’ category

How to Apply Rulers on Snap Hoop Monster

Now’s a good time get your new Snap Hoop Monster out of the box and apply the rulers. Here’s a quick solution for precision placement of the adhesive rulers on your Snap Hoop Monster magnetic frame. Download the Crosshair design (click here) and send it to your machine.

Hoop stabilizer in Snap Hoop Monster.  Align the top frame with the bottom frame. Attach the hoop to the machine. Select the Crosshair design and stitch it in black (or other dark thread).   Make sure you do not move the design before you stitch it.

Remove the hoop from the machine and place it on a flat work surface.

With PAL

If you have Perfect Alignment Laser (PAL), turn on PAL and align the beams with a cutting mat or the DIME hoop mat.

Place the hoop under PAL.  Align the stitched crosshair with the laser beam.

The beam will extend over the frame. Remove the protective paper from the wrong side of the rulers. Place the rulers on the frame, centering the zero on each beam.

Firmly press the rulers to the frame.  Trim the excess off the ends. Done!

Without PAL

Use a ruler to extend each leg of the stitched crosshair to the frame.

Remove the protective paper from the wrong side of the ruler. Place the ruler’s zero mark at the extended crosshair.  Press the ruler to the frame.

Join me Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 1:00 PM CDT on Facebook Live and YouTube Live.  We have lots to talk about and I can’t wait to share some of the April #DimeDoors that you’ve been stitching! See at 1:00 tomorrow!

 

Hoops, Cheater Quilts, and LACE

Hey Embroidery Friends!

We hope you all are staying safe, healthy, and creative! We had an absolutely wonderful time with our good friend Reen Wilcoxson of Embroidery Garden today on our live session. We talked about her collaboration with DIME’s My Lace Maker software on her lace collection, her new space, all the new monster hoop sizes, the ways you get to “cheat” with a cheater quilt, and more!! We even had a giveaway (;

If you missed us live and need something fun to do while at home, watch our rebroadcast below!

Snap Hoop Monsters and Cheater Quilts on sale now HERE.

For our Hoop Compatibility Chart CLICK HERE.

Now is the perfect time to catch up on your #DIMEDOORS! If you missed stitching January through March, CLICK HERE. If you didn’t see your door shown on one of our lives yet or would like to again, make sure you post your door onto YOUR personal page with hashtags #dimedoor and #dimesewalong so we can find you!

Most of our recent events have been postponed to later this year. Please check out our Inspired by Dime website for details when you CLICK HERE.

Next week, we will have special guest and renowned YouTuber, Becky Thompson. We can’t wait to chat with her and share more amazing embroidery with all of you.

Happy Stitching!

 

Happy National Quilting Month!

Hey Embroidery Friends!

March is National Quilting Month and to celebrate we’re kicking it off by discussing our best selling Snap Hoop Monsters! We will show you how easy it is to quilt inside the hoop with your embroidery machine, answer your snap hoop questions, and reveal the first round of March #dimedoors!

Take advantage of our special offer on ALL our hooping systems going on NOW for a limited time only HERE. Use code FSHIPSHM36 for FREE shipping up to $15 in the US!

Today was particularly special because right after our live we guest starred on SewingMachinesPlus.com LIVE with Blaine Austin to discuss exciting upcoming events and learned some new information on Eileen’s beginnings in embroidery.

Check out below!

How to Select Quilting Designs

I’ll bet you have a quilt top or two waiting to be layered and quilting. I know I do. Join me tomorrow at 1:00 PM CST on Facebook Live and I’ll share some guidelines on how to select quilting designs. I’ll discuss the difference between overall quilting and custom quilting and when to choose one over the other. 

Bring your quilting questions and let’s get those quilt tops transformed into finished quilts!  See you on Facebook Live or YouTube.

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.

Start creating your best embroidery yet when you get Quilt With An Embroidery Machine in 8 Easy Lessons on sale now for a limited time only! Use code FSQEM8EL117 for FREE shipping up to $10 in the U.S.

See you next Thursday at 1pm CST!

What is a Hooping Throne?

Hey Embroidery Friends!

Learn from Eileen what a hooping throne is, how do you hoop, and where do you hoop in today’s live. We also talk about exciting, upcoming events!

Also keep stitching and share your finished January Doors with us by posting on your social media with the hashtags #dimedoor and #dimesewalong (this is important so we can find your beautiful artwork). We shared the door creations of the first two ladies to complete theirs in the live below!

Take advantage of our AMAZING studio basics bundle deal (Hoop Mat, PAL, AND Perfect Placement Kit) for a limited time only when you CLICK HERE Get FREE shipping up to $10 in the U.S. no promo code required.

 

Apollo 11 Embroidered Patches

Patches on the moon?  Not only did they go to the moon on Apollo 11 but they were made in Dallas, Texas!  Not only made in Dallas, Texas but made in the factory owned by the father (Marvin Gardner) of my business partner (of 21 years) Gary Gardner. We have the patches to prove it along with a personally signed letter from President Richard Nixon. How cool is that?

Don’t believe me?  Click on the video below to hear the whole story, see the history of making patches and learn just how many men have walked on the moon.

Since we showcase a special product in every Facebook Live, our brand new Hoop Mat is the week’s star. Click here to learn more about the mats.   They’re on sale Now! 

If you were alive in 1969, leave a comment telling us about your experience watching Neil Armstrong walk on the moon. Hard to believe it was 50 years ago!

A Very Cool Tool

Wouldn’t you agree the planning process is the most time-consuming and challenging part of machine embroidery?  Well, you’re not alone.  One of our team members thought previewing a design on fabric would streamline the planning process and after several months of development, we now have a way to do that.  Check out this cool new tool.

The Maximum View Projector, or MVP, is your solution for intricate design placement. The MVP comes with MVP software that converts any embroidery design into an image – sized perfectly – to audition on your fabric.

It’s so easy to use.  Let’s take a look at the process.  Download and install the software. Attach the projector to a work surface with the included clamp.  Measure the projector’s image area which will be up to 14″. Enter the measurements into the software.

Load the embroidery design (any format).  Then save the design in Color, Silhouette Positive or Silhouette Negative.

Save the image(s) to a USB stick and insert it into the projector.  Use the remote (included) to view the images. Slide your fabric under the image, moving the hooped fabric until you are satisfied with the placement of the embroidery.

The leaves and stem are printed features of the fabric while the flower is the image of the design. Notice the 3-d embroidered flower in the finished block above.

 

Align a Target Sticker (included) with the image’s crosshair.  Attach the hoop to the machine and center your needle over the Target Sticker.  It’s just like using a template without the hassle of a printer.  You can watch a video demonstration here.

I’m sure this will be a hot topic during our Wednesday, June 26 Facebook Live session at 1:00 CST.  Not only will I take questions on the MVP but I have a very special guest joining me – Christine Conner of Amelie Scott Designs and author of Edge to Edge Quilting.  Christine is helping me wrap up Hoopapalooza month as she’ll be sharing tips for edge to edge plus custom quilting.  I can’t wait to hear what she has in store!

Please follow us on Facebook to get a reminder for our Live session.  See you on Wednesday!  https://www.facebook.com/DesignsInMachineEmbroidery/

Top 10 Hooping Tips with the Stitching Sisters!

Happy HOOPAPALOOZA! My Stitching Sister and co-author of Hoop It Up, Marie Zinno and I just did our first Facebook LIVE as the Stitching Sisters! We shared our Top 10 Hooping Tips and some special news on our hoops this month.

Watch below!

Receive a FREE gift ( our e-book Quilting Continuous Line Designs plus TWO designs) and FREE shipping when you purchase our Snap Hoop Monster 🤩
Use Code: SHIPHOOPFREE 😎

Look Closely…

Did you know there’s a speedy auto sizing feature in all Inspirations software programs?  It’s practically hidden but once you know how to find it, you’ll make it a habit to use all the time.

Open a design in any Inspirations software program such as Perfect Embroidery Pro, My Quilt Embellisher, My Block Piecer, Word Art in Stitches and more.  Click on the Hoop icon (on the left tool bar).

Click on the hoop you want to use from the drop down menu.  Use the scroll bar on the right to see all the hoop options.

The design appears centered in the hoop but it’s much larger than the hoop I intend to use.

Click on the arrow under the Hoop icon and select Auto Fit.

Instantly, the design is resized to fit in that hoop! Of course, the stitches have been recalculated so there’s no worry about the design being too dense due to resizing.

Auto Fit is such a time saver!  The feature evens provides a little wiggle room so you don’t have to struggle during the hooping process.

Speaking of hooping, it’s HOOPAPALOOZA at DIME this week!  If you’ve had a Snap Hoop Monster on your wish list, this is the time to take advantage of our low price, free shipping and gift with purchase.  You can learn more here. 

Join me on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 1:00 PM CST on Facebook Live. Marie Zinno, my Stitching Sister and co-author of Hoop It Up will be joining me in the studio. We’ll share our Top Ten Tips for Hooping. Follow us on Facebook to get a reminder here https://www.facebook.com/DesignsInMachineEmbroidery/

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