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Holiday Gift Countdown: #8

Hello Embroidery friends!

We released number 8 on our Holiday Gift List countdown: The Patch Maker Kit!

Watch the rebroadcast of Eileen’s live tutorial below to see a couple of different ways you can use these versatile patches!

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Monograms for Men

illThere are countless ways to arrange the letters but I’ve focused on three versions of the three-letter monogram. The traditional diamond shape: first name initial, last name initial and middle name initial. The two outer letters are proportionally smaller than the middle letter. DiamondThe standard order: first, middle and last initial – all the same size. StandardOn the pocket flap, go for a contemporary approach with the first initial stacked over the middle initial. This ‘tower’ of letters is equal in size to the last initial. Take this approach when the garment is a casual shirt like flannel, worn every day. ContempLet’s take a look at how you do it.

POCKET FLAP

Find the vertical center of the flap. Place a target sticker just right of the edge of the flap. Hoop sticky stabilizer and place the hoop under the Perfect Alignment Laser. Turn on the laser and center the hoop under the laser. Position the flap on the sticky stabilizer. Smooth the flap on the stabilizer making sure the shirt is not caught under the flap.Flap1Support the weight of the shirt while transporting the hoop to the machine. Attach the hoop on the machine and verify the needle is centered over the target sticker. Remove the sticker and embroider the monogram.

CUFF

Button the left cuff and place it on a flat surface.Cuff2Place the Perfect Placement Kit Cuff template on the cuff, aligning the fold with the template fold line and the topstitching line with the topstitching. Slide a target stickerunder the template – use A for sizes small and medium and B for Large and extra-large.CuffUnbutton the sleeve and pull the sleeve inside out. Hoop adhesive stabilizer and center the hoop under the Perfect Alignment Laser. Slide the cuff under the beam, aligning the crosshairs. Attach the hoop to the machine and embroider the monogram. These small precise monograms take under three minutes to stitch – you could do a whole wardrobe in an afternoon!

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Heirloom Hankies

My colleague, Richards Jardin, founder and owner of EmbroideryArts.com recently gifted me his private collection of 700+ hand embroidered handkerchiefs.  To say the least, it was a humbling experience to open the boxes and view this fabulous collection.  My intention is to share them with you over the next year in the pages of Designs in Machine Embroidery and occasionally, here on the blog.

In the January/February 2019 issue, I shared this beauty and talked about a conversation I had with another passenger on an airplane. My seat mate was a mature, refined woman. She carried an embroidered linen handkerchief and told me she never left the house without one. And she has done this her entire life. She considers them a sweet reminder of how to treat yourself well, find joy in the small things life offers, pay attention to the tiny details and appreciate the time spent in creating a small, lovely gift such as an embroidered handkerchief.

I’d love to know if you remember using an embroidered handkerchief? Or maybe you still do. If not you, then does it evoke memories of a family member? Possibly, your mother, grandmother, aunt or even father? My mother didn’t carry a linen handkerchief but my father did. And no matter what time of day it was, when he pulled it out of his pocket, it was crisply folded and clean. I found that quite amazing.

Isn’t it beautiful? Such a small work of art. I love the chain of leaves and each precisely-placed tiny flower. It’s colorful yet charming. And to hold it in my hand, it’s so delicate. The thread is soft and supple and has not changed the drape of the luscious fabric.

I wish we still carried these…they are a reminder of the joy of simple luxuries. Oh I know, they are not sanitary, but they sure are beautiful. And they make a lovely gift – unlike no other. As machine embroiderers, aren’t we always on the look out for a quick gift that’s personalized?

I would hoop a plain linen handkerchief with Sew ‘n Heat and select a delicate embroidery design. After the embroidery, the Sew ‘n Heat would dissolve under the heat of a household iron. Simple enough!

Design Bigger than Your Hoop? Split it!

Serious machine embroiderers never let hoop size hold them back. When they think big, they stitch big. But that doesn’t mean they have to have a big hoop. No, they just need the right software and some handy notions (okay, the notions are optional but really helpful!) to get the job done.  Here’s how to do it.

Select a large design. My sample is the letter M from http://www.EmbroideryArts.com, Arabesque 9 XL.  I enlarged the design to a height of 262 mm – a whopping 10.31” in Inspirations Perfect Embroidery Pro. Now that it’s so big, it won’t fit in my largest hoop.  But Perfect Embroidery Pro has a great splitting feature. Open the design in Perfect Embroidery Pro. Click on the Split Design icon. 

The Split Design screen appears. Click on the arrow in the Hoop field and select your largest hoop.  I entered 200 x 300. 

The preview screen shows two hoopings: 1:1 and 2:1. 

Click in either hooping to move the split. Toggle between the first and second hooping to view each individually.  Look for a natural break in the stitches. for instance, I would avoid splitting the column of satin stitches.  It’s better to have one leg of satin stitches in one hooping, and the second leg in the second hooping. Once you’re satisfied with the split, click Save and the software will save the design into two separate files. Print a template of each design and send the designs to your machine.

Place the templates on the left side of fabric (allowing room for the second hooping).  Slide a target sticker under template Hoop 1:1 and align the target sticker’s and template’s crosshairs.  Remove the template. Hoop the fabric with tear-away stabilizer, centering the target sticker.

Stitch the first design: Hoop 1:1. The last color is a vertical basting line (placement line) which will align with the second hooping. Stitch the line in a contrasting color to make alignment easy. 

Remove from the hoop.  Hoop another piece of tear-away stabilizer. Stitch color 1, the placement line, of Hoop 2:1 on the hooped stabilizer. Remove the hoop from the machine. 

Place the hoop under PAL, Perfect Alignment Laser, aligning the stitched placement line with PAL2’s beam.  

Spray the wrong side of the embroidered fabric with temporary adhesive.  Slide the embroidered fabric under the beam aligning the stitched placement line with PAL2. Finger press the fabric to the stabilizer. 

Attach the hoop to the machine and restitch color 1 to verify the design is aligned. 

Stitch the remainder of design Hoop 2:1. Wasn’t that easy?  I often approach splitting designs with a bit of intimidation but I’ve learned if I take my time and pay attention to the details (like aligning the fabric with the laser crosshair), the results come out as planned.Splitting designs is very rewarding – people will think you’re an embroidery rock star!

Mega Monograms

Mega Monograms by Eileen Roche

On the cover of the January/February 2017 issue of Designs in Machine Embroidery magazine, mega monograms were shown.  The monograms are huge – 8″ tall – and are complex fill letters.  They were created in Inspirations’ Perfect Embroidery Pro are the magazine included the step-by-step directions for some of the pillows. Recently, I had a reader ask how to transform the letter B into complex fill.

Here’s how. First, select the Text tool and type in the letter.  Enlarge the letter to the size you want, my sample is 8″ tall.  Select the Run tool and trace the outside of the letter B.Trace around each opening.

Select all three lines and click on Combine.

Select the letter, right mouse click, and select Convert to Complex Fill from the drop down menu.Once the letter is converted, you can add a border. Select all three elements and click on the Combine tool. Now the letter is filled.

Select the letter, right mouse click and Add a Border.You can change the border to Steil for a crisp outline on the letter.  If you’re wondering why we didn’t add an outline, here’s why:

It’s All About Perspective!

If you’ve ever gone on a road trip you’ve probably seen roadside attractions.  Imagine the excitement when the denizens of Tiny Land discovered enormous 1” pillows.

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This new roadside attraction draws crowds of people who stop to get their photos taken.  If you take a closer look, the Flamingo’s legs are the letters “J” and “L”

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About the “Pillows”
The scene was inspired by Eileen’s beautiful assortment of pillows on the cover of Volume 102 January/February 2017.  I wanted to see what a miniature interpretation would look like.

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If you look closely, I even coordinated some of the same decorator fabrics Eileen used on her cover project.

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The really fascinating part about the pillows is the tiny lettering.  The “SAS” monogram is only ¼ of an inch tall.  Perfect Embroidery Pro includes an assortment of fonts digitized for small applications.

Whether you need to stitch large embroidery fonts (like Eileen’s oversized pillows) or very small fonts as seen in Tiny Land, Perfect Embroidery Pro has you covered!

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Font:  Arial Small

Additional features:

  • Symbols were incorporated, including the Top Hat, Flamingo and Pine Tree.
  • I used the Bridge Convex Top envelope shape for the “TRB” monogram.

22 new symbols are available to all Perfect Embroidery Pro software owners.  Just run the latest update (Version 9.35) and you’ll find 22 new symbols installed in your software!

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Multi-Needle Monday: Automatic Appliqué on the Brother Entrepreneur and Baby Lock Enterprise

As owners of the Baby Lock Enterprise and Brother Entrepreneur, we are so fortunate to have the latest and greatest technology at their finger tips. We have the scanner and live camera along with automatic basting file (shown in an earlier blog for embroidering t-shirts) and another helpful, quick technique the automatic appliqué feature. The automatic appliqué can create any shape, text or embroidery design into an appliqué without using embroidery software. There is an icon on the screen to convert each design into an appliqué.

I created a simple three-letter monogram inside a diamond shape design right at the embroidery screen; no embroidery software needed. The steps below will guide you how to create your own appliqué once a design, text or shape is shown on the screen.

Step 1. Select the shapes icon under Exclusives and choose the diamond shape.

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Resize the diamond shape to approximately 4″ wide or the size you wish to embroider and select Edit End. diamond mono3

Step 2. Click the blue shield icon; this will add the automatic appliqué around the diamond shape.

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Step 3.Use the select key and highlight the black diamond shape as shown in photo (the original shape) and delete it.

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Go to “Add”. Choose the monogram icon.

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Step 4. Select the letters for the monogram; left, middle and right letters to fit properly inside the shape.

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Resize the letters to fit inside the satin stitches.

Step 5. Hoop the fabric and stitch the placement color (1st color). Add the fabric on top of placement color. diamond mono13diamond mono14diamond mono15Remove hoop from machine and trim excess fabric from around diamond shape.

Step 6. Replace the hoop on the machine and stitch the satin stitch and monogram. diamond mono16

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Instant applique! Right at your fingertips!

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Multi-needle Monday: Pocket Top Embroidery Placement

I would like to share one of my favorite techniques for embroidery above the pocket on a dress shirt. Through my business I work on a variety of different garments and accessories. A popular request is always the top of pocket placement for a corporate logo. My customer is the president of a business and likes to dress professionally in quality dress shirts; he also knows how important it is to promote your business when in public. He wears a company logo on many items especially when he attends tradeshows.

Before I owned my multi-needle embroidery machine, this technique was challenging. I would print a template, tape it on the shirt and use a target sticker to mark my center. Then I would use the trace feature and align the needle with the crosshair on the target sticker. (This technique is still very practical if you do not have a scanner). Now of course, technology has improved immensely in the last few years and the tools at our finger tips are invaluable. My days of “tracing” and actually printing template for small jobs are over.

Here are a few important tips to remember when planning the embroidery above the pocket on a dress shirt:

The logo or text should not exceed 4 inches in width as a rule; this is because most pockets are less than 4 inches wide. Button all of the front placket buttons and place the shirt on a clean flat surface. Use the small Target Ruler (Embroidery Tool Kit) and target stickers.

Press wrinkles from the pocket area. Use the smallest hoop that will fit the embroidery design(4×4 hoop), along with poly mesh cut away stabilizer. Use two pieces of stabilizer if the design is a bit dense, but usually medium weight poly mesh cut away will work fine.

Test your logo on fabric that is similar in weight to the final product. I like to keep an old performance fabric polo or a cotton woven shirt to test my corporate logos before I stitch them on the provided shirt.pocket top1BLpocket top2BLpocket top3BL

Lay the small target ruler above the top edge of the pocket, precisely lining up the center and side edges. The logo should be at least ½ inch above the top edge of pocket. Hoop the upper portion of the pocket in the lower section of the hoop as shown.pocket top4BLpocket top5BL  Place a small piece of blue Painter’s Tape along the top edge of the pocket. The painters tape will give a clear visual guide for you to see in the scanned image. Use the “scan” feature if available on your embroidery machine (looks like a camera icon). Adjust the design if needed as viewed on the screen.pocket top6BLpocket top7BL Unbutton the upper buttons on the shirt and place the hoop on the embroidery machine as shown above. Let the fabric hang down under the machine so it is not caught under the hoop.

Embroider the design and remove the hoop. Trim the thread tails (as you can see in the photo) and carefully trim the excess stabilizer from the back of the shirt. Always leave at least a ¼ of an inch of stabilizer around the embroidery design.

* Have the customer sign a Customer Supplied Garment Waiver to cover yourself in the case of a mishap (they only happen on expensive and sentimental items) Haha.

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Multi-Needle Monday: Custom Monogrammed Dining Room Chairs

My latest order from an interior decorator consisted of 6 large monograms embroidered on expensive damask fabric for dining room chairs. The monogram is created by the designer and is sent to me to be digitized into an embroidery file.chair monoBL

We usually correspond back and forth a few times so I can gather the following information: fabric content, end use of fabric to be stitched and size desired.  These three key factors are crucial when planning the embroidery process.  As I mentioned in a past blog, I always embroider a sample stitch out (which the decorator will pay for) to be certain that the monogram size and thread color are exactly as planned and envisioned.

The fabric is cut by the designer large enough for me to hoop easily and shipped to me along with the work order form. Most people have no idea how we actually embroider fabric, so you need to be specific and mention the measurements needed to fit the fabric in certain hoops etc. They always mark the fabric for me, as the “face” of the fabric can be confusing sometimes (subject for another blog one day). The thread color has been determined and I purchase at least 4 spools so I can have both machines running simultaneously. Therefore I can quickly move ahead to the embroidery when the fabric arrives. The following photos will show you how I prepared for multiple embroidered monograms.

The intertwined “D” monogram measures 9 inches wide x 6 inches tall, the stitch count is 31,000 stitches and takes approximately 48 minutes to complete. Since I have 2 multi-needle embroidery machines I can easily accomplish this order in under 3 hours if all things go as planned. (bobbin change, thread breaks, and possible other interruptions always expected).

Measure and locate the exact center of the cut fabric sections, fold and iron the fabric in half vertically and horizontally. Place the large target ruler on top of the fabric and slide a target sticker in the center hole. The monogram has to be embroidered in the “exact” area of damask pattern for all 6 chair backs (more pressure).chairmon1BLchairmono2BL

I selected to use a medium weight cut away stabilizer because the fabric will be stretched and stapled (upholstered) on to the chair backs at the designer’s work room and also because of the high stitch count of the embroidery design. The fabric can be easily hooped in my 300 x 200mm size large embroidery hoop.chairmono3BL I always double check under the hoop before it is placed on the machine for excess fabric that could be caught in the bottom frame. Notice how my 2 machines are happily working side by side when I took this photo? sewingroom1BL

Before stitching a special job like this I change the needles that will be used and start with a fresh bobbin in both machines so they will end at the same time. Make sure to leave space around the embroidery machine especially when using the large size hoops.

Next week I will show the finished photos of the embroidered monograms. I am happy to share that they turned out great!

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Multi-Needle Monday: Popular Christmas Gift

If you have a machine embroidery business, I am surprised you even have time to read my current blog this week. The Christmas season is the busiest time of the year for custom gifts, and for the people who make it happen. I would like to share one of my popular, super quick to stitch embroidered gifts: the personalized Christmas ornament design. It is perfect for t-shirts, sweatshirts, baby onsies, aprons and even terry cloth towels. Last year my go-to embroidery design was the snowman face from http://www.embroiderygarden.com and this current embroidery design; Christmas ornament, is just as versatile and can be found at http://www.planetapplique.com . Of course, you do not have to own an embroidery business you can still stitch a simple design like I suggested on a t-shirt, towel or other item. The trick is to test the design, use proper placement and add interesting fabric for the appliqué.

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Many of my customers request a simple embroidery design to be stitched on long sleeve t-shirts or sweatshirts for the children in their family. The t-shirts look great in photographs and are so festive at a family gathering. Use the last name initial if possible, in the center of the ornament, to make sizing a bit easier for all of the siblings or family members.

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We would love to hear about one of your go-to embroidery projects that you sell or make for gifts during the Christmas season.

Happy stitching!

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