Software Techniques

All You Need to Know About Lettering in Perfect Embroidery Pro

February 21, 2015
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One of the mottos that I live by is using time well. Let’s face it, we all try to cram as much into a day as possible. So when I have a choice about how to spend my time, I want to learn something. If I learn one thing when I read a book,...

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Resizing Quilt Blocks in My Block Piecer

February 14, 2015
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It’s so simple to customize the size of the 1,200+ quilt blocks that are stored in Inspiration’s My Block Piecer’s quilt block library.  All it takes to learn this Software Saturday’s lesson is to watch a quick two-minute video. You’ll learn how to resize in the block library or on the editing screen.  Check it out!...

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Webinars – Watch Anytime, Anywhere and Learn

January 24, 2015
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Webinars – Watch Anytime, Anywhere and Learn

Did you watch Tuesday’s webinar with our new presenter, Katherine Artines? If you did, I’ll bet you learned a few tricks to make your embroidery stitch flawlessly. Katherine has been writing for Designs for several years and is the author of Posh Pincushions – a reader favorite. She brings creativity to the technical side...

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Monogram of the Month – January 2015

January 21, 2015
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Create a monogram for Nancy Zieman? The stress mounted as I thought about the assignment. I opened EmbroideryWorks™ software and started experimenting. There’s a unique quality about Nancy Zieman’s initials that I hadn’t considered. Rotate the N and it becomes a Z. Rotate the Z and it’s an N. I started out with the...

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Software Saturday – True Type Fonts

January 10, 2015
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Want more embroidery fonts?  All you have to do in Perfect Embroidery Pro is click on File, Import TT Text and you’ll find every font that’s installed on your computer.  Just click, type and convert!  It’s that easy.  Learn how here: If you can’t view the video here on the blog, use this link...

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January Update – Buttonholes!

January 3, 2015
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January Update – Buttonholes!

I love machine embroidered buttonholes! Why? Control. Machine embroidered buttonholes give me total control over the length of the buttonhole and the placement. Starting with a digital file guarantees perfect duplicates since I don’t have to guide the fabric under the foot. So let’s take a look at how easy it is to create...

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A Clutter-Free Digital Workspace

December 27, 2014
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A Clutter-Free Digital Workspace

It’s common to feel the urge to get organized in January– purge closets, cabinets and drawers. Many sewers feel the same way. We want a fresh start in the New Year, often pledging to finish projects, clear the cutting table, and tame our stashes – fabrics, stabilizers and threads. The goal is to follow...

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Last minute thoughtful holiday gifts!

December 24, 2014
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In the middle of summer my friend and I went hiking at Lost Maples State Park.  We’ve hiked before but neither of us realized what we were getting into.  The walk was difficult from the start.  I tried to distract myself by admiring the rocks.  They were pretty white rocks! We walked for several...

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The Best Way to Learn Your Software

December 20, 2014
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The Best Way to Learn Your Software

People ask me, “What’s the best way to learn my software?” My answer is always, “Use it!” You can read, watch videos and go to classes but until you start using your software as often as possible (ideally everyday!), you really won’t be comfortable. You just have to get in there and do it!...

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My Most Rewarding Embroidery Task

December 12, 2014
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My Most Rewarding Embroidery Task

Yesterday, I had the honor of embroidering my daughter’s white coat for her graduation ceremony at University of Texas, Pan American. Janelle has completed her Master’s degree and will be a certified Physician’s Assistant. It’s been a long journey. Her path included several semesters spent in a cadaver lab during her undergraduate studies where her...

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