Software Saturday: Using the Reflections Template

March 14, 2015
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Quick Tips: Did you know there are free design downloads every month in Perfect Embroidery Pro?  Every time you open your software you’ll see the My Inspiration Today window.  Click on the images of the free designs to install the designs on your computer. Did you miss a month or two?  The designs are...

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Behind the Scenes with the Volume 91 March/April 2015 issue

March 11, 2015
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Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog

Here’s a never-before-look at what goes on at a planning meeting for a magazine photo shoot! New projects arrive at our offices to be featured in upcoming issues of Designs in Machine Embroidery.  But what happens between the time the project arrives and the photography shoot?  One word:  Planning! In fact, planning, coordination and...

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Quick Alignment on Towels

March 9, 2015
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Quick Alignment on Towels

Purchase terry towels with a dobby border to make alignment a breeze. The border is a visual aid that simplifies hooping. Here’s how I stitch perfectly matched (and square) terry cloth towels. I use the towel template from the Perfect Placement Kit to place a target sticker on each towel. I mark all of...

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Converting Designs in Perfect Embroidery Pro

March 7, 2015
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Inspiration’s Perfect Embroidery Pro has a unique feature – batch conversion. This handy feature quickly converts one, two, several or dozens of machine embroidery designs from one embroidery format to another. It all happens in the blink of eye – which lets you get to the fun part of embroidery – the actual stitching!...

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Monogram of the Month – A tribute to a friend

March 4, 2015
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How do you cope with the end of life of a dear friend?  It’s never easy – especially when life seems to have been cut way too short.  Whether you’re an embroiderer, sewer, crafter or other form of artist you have an opportunity to use your skills to create something special to honor the...

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Multi-Needle Monday: Drawstring Backpack with Tote Bag and Purse Hoop

March 2, 2015
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Multi-Needle Monday: Drawstring Backpack with Tote Bag and Purse Hoop

Recently, my sister Marie Zinno was explaining to me how she hoops a drawstring bag. And I told her I use a different hoop but I think she should share her technique with you. So here’s what she had to say… If you own a multi-needle embroidery machine I am sure you have encountered...

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Software Saturday – The Backdrop Tool in My Quilt Embellisher

February 28, 2015
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Software Saturday – The Backdrop Tool in My Quilt Embellisher

One of the helpful features of Inspiration’s My Quilt Embellisher is the backdrop tool. The backdrop tool allows you to bring an image on to the screen and audition embroidery in actual time. It’s a surefire way to design beautiful blocks. First, take a photograph or scan an image of your quilt into your...

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