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Getting Better Mileage from Your Designs

I’m always on the lookout for new ways to use a design and the best way to do that is to edit in Perfect Embroidery Pro, Inspirations’ digitizing program. Let’s take a look at a lace border design from Inspirations’ Timeless Lace Border collection, design #Lc7x2 4. BL1blog

Ungroup the design. BL2blog

Click on the small arrow under the Select tool and click on Lasso. Left mouse click around the scallop area, right mouse click to close the circle. BL3blog

Copy, paste and move the scallop away from the original design.  Go back to the original design and group it. BL4blog

Select the extra stitches and delete them. BL5blog

The edited scallop should look like this. Group the scallop. BL6blog

Now, let’s put the pieces together. Copy, paste and mirror image the original design. Rotate the unit 90 degrees. Move the scallop into the open end. BL8blog

Rotate and size the scallops to fill the space between the borders. BL9blog

Select the Shape tool and click on the horizontal satin bar to reveal the stitch nodes.  Slide the two black nodes back to reveal the blue squares.  Insert BL10BL11blog

Select and pull the blue nodes towards the original design.

Slide the black nodes in place and repeat on the opposite side. BL12blog

Change the color of the original designs and move them to color 2 as you’ll want the new bridge to stitch first. BL14blog

The addition of the scallop makes an elegant finish on a continuous border. BL15blog

This editing process is the first step in a wedding table runner that I’m working on for my daughter.  You’ll see more in upcoming blogs and DIME articles. I’d love to know what you need help on in your software.  Leave a comment in I’ll add it to my to-do list.

6D™ Embroidery Software

6D™ Embroidery System software is the next step for machine embroidery software; technically advanced and sophisticated, but easy to use. A key feature for many embroidery enthusiasts is to be able to view their project with real world perspective before actually creating the project. Life View In 6D™ Software gives a real-world, three-dimensional view of your embroidery project. With Life View you are able to move the embroidery and twist it as you would to see it in real life! You can also see special effects such as Puffy Foam right on the screen. Audition your project backgrounds and any appliqué fabrics, too.

Design Player allows you to watch your design “stitching” on screen, so you can see the way your project will be embroidered. New in 6D™, multiple windows allow you to adjust, modify and create an unlimited number of designs, lettering and projects “side by side”. Design parts stay separate when you open, copy and save so you can easily adjust your project on another day.

The 6D™ Embroidery System harnesses the full power of Windows® technology to make embroidery more intuitive. It supports touchscreen gestures to zoom, move, resize and rotate designs. You can also view embroideries and design files as thumbnail images with their stitch and color information in Windows® Explorer! Search for designs, convert and print them with the 6D™ Explorer Plug-in.

Quilting is a passion for so many of us, and with the QuiltBlock Wizard you can create a filled or outline quilt block automatically and even surround an embroidery with a quilting fill! Create shapes for your pieced quilt with just a few clicks, and choose from a huge variety of fills: Stipple, Channel, Diamond, Motif, Contour and Shape effects. The new Echo fill repeats your embroidery with a shadow effect.

These are just a few of the amazing new features in the 6D™ Embroidery System. Personalizing is a central feature: Choose from over 145 specially created fonts (including six fonts for Puffy Foam) to create multiline text or the perfect monogram! Alternatively, use the 6D™ QuickFont Wizard to create lettering automatically from most TrueType® and OpenType® fonts on your computer. Fonts, SuperDesigns and Frames are now displayed in galleries for easy selection. Adjust spacing between letters and resize individually. Embellish your lettering or any design with over 500 frame and flourish options. Add an automatic border or decorative motifs.

Editing, design creation and so much more is faster and more intuitive than ever. Reshape and restyle your embroideries with object editing or emboss your own “stamps” on designs. Create heritage cross-stitch, lace, appliqué, greetings cards, and embroideries from cherished photos or a chart from your family history – You Won’t Believe Where It Takes You.

The 6D™ Software is available in three packages: 6D™ Premier, 6D™ Embroidery Extra and 6D™ Embroidery. Visit your local authorized HUSQVARNA VIKING® retailer for a demo or to purchase the 6D™ Embroidery System package of your choice. Or visit for more information.

Here’s your assignment this week:

Tell us how you use your embroidery software and what you like most about it. One lucky reader will win $25 to spend at the DIME store. Thank you and good luck!

The winner of last week’s assignment is:

It sounds like Joanne’s mother taught her all the right things. If you finish the sentence: My mother taught me…4 lucky jewels of wisdom will be chosen to receive a $25.00 gift certificate to Katelyn’s Kreative Stitches.* Good luck!

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And the winners are…Barbara, Laurene S, Shirl R, and Nancy D


7 Steps to Improve Your Embroidery

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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.

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2. Build a test stash. Keep a test polo shirt, stretchy t-shirt, terrycloth towel and common items that you embroider on all the time in your test stash. Use this resource when testing a design for a final project. Fill every available inch with test designs then toss it when there’s no more room for additional tests.If you’re stitching on plain fabric, always buy more than you’ll need so you have material to use for a test stitch-out. So many problems can be avoided by stitching a test of the design with the fabric, stabilizer and thread combo that you’ll be using for the final project.

3. Press the fabric – use starch and steam to get the fabric to behave. Press the stabilizer if it’s wrinkled so it will lay flat behind the fabric.

4. Hoop on a flat, sturdy surface, not your lap. Ironing boards work in a pinch but best results are achieved when hooping on a solid surface, such as a cutting table and mat. Use the lines on the mat to square the fabric in the hoop.

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5. Select the right hoop for the job. The best hold is achieved with the smallest hoop for the design. For instance, a 4” x 4” hoop is the best choice for a 2 ½” x 3” design.

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6. Insert a fresh needle when starting a new embroidery project.

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 7. Learn how to use simple embroidery editing software. You probably don’t need a full-blown digitizing system but a simple sizing and editing program can do 75% of daily embroidery tasks. Rotating, merging, mirror imaging and sizing designs are the top four chores I do to almost every design I stitch.

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Here’s your assignment this week:

Summer is almost here! Leave us a comment about your plans for summer vacation and tell us if they involve embroidery. One comment will be chosen to receive a copy of Machine Embroidery in 6 Easy Lessons written by Eileen Roche! Eileen demystifies embroidery machines and tools, designs, placement, hooping, stitching and finishing in easy to understand segments. It’s a great book for beginners or seasoned embroiderers alike. Good luck and thank you for reading!

The winner of last week’s assignment is:

Leave us your ideas for items that would be perfect to put in totes for women in chemotherapy treatment. Two readers will receive this beautiful butterfly pin created on behalf of the Brookharts family in memory of their wife and mother, Joanne. If you’d like to pick up one for yourself or a friend you can do so here.

Thank you to everyone for sharing your thoughtful suggestions and touching stories. This week our two lucky readers are:

Mary Ann – “Maybe a box of note paper and stamps. For one who likes to write, a journal can be therapeutic. Also, light weight gloves for cold hands. Thanks for all the great ideas!”

Nell S. – “My mom has to take dialysis three times a week and she likes word puzzle books, a light weight lap blanket and ear plugs!”

6 Easy Steps Blog Tour

Welcome to the first day of my Machine Embroidery in 6 Easy Steps Blog Tour! During the next two weeks, 6 Easy Steps will travel around the internet and make 11 stops, visiting some popular blogs. It’s a great opportunity for you to explore new blogs and win some giveaways on each stop. Each blogger is free to review the book, use the tools, inspire others with the information and make readers happy with giveaways!  So stop by these blogs and see what the bloggers have to say!

Today and on the final day, I’ll give away an autographed copy of Machine Embroidery in 6 Easy Steps plus the Sewing with Nancy DVD of my appearance with Nancy. You’ll have all you need to master machine embroidery! 

One of my favorite chapters in 6 Easy Steps is Chapter 3, Placement.  Placement is what separates shoddy work from professional results. It’s all in the planning; after all, these wonderful machines do the hard part – the stitching.  I never take a stitch without seeing the stitches first. The easiest way to do it is to print a template of the design in embroidery software.


Don’t have embroidery software?  Then stitch a template on sheer fabric or cut-away stabilizer.

Either way, you’ll have an image in actual size that you can use to place on a garment, home décor item or fashion accessory.  Now you’ll know where to hoop the fabric! 

You’ll find a target ruler in the back of 6 Easy Steps which really helps when centering a single design on a finished item, such as a napkin, quilt block, placket or cuff.  Target rulers are handy tools for every embroidery studio.  Position your template on the item; drop a target ruler over the template aligning both cross hairs. Then slip the template out of the way.  Drop a target sticker (also found in the back of 6 Easy Steps), in the opening of the target ruler and you’re ready to hoop.

Templates are priceless when planning continuous embroidery projects and you’ll learn how on page 30. If you’ve ever had fabric pop out of the hoop midway through a design, then you might already know how helpful templates can be to get you back on track.

Visit these fellow bloggers on the dates below but tell me what embroidery task you find most challenging to win an autographed copy of Machine Embroidery in 6 Easy Steps and the Sew with Nancy DVD.

31 Eileen Roche
1 Hoop Sisters
4 Think Crafts
5 Indygo Junction
6 Hope Yoder
7 Embroitique
8 Riley Blake
11 Machine Embroidery
& Digitizing
12 Nancy Zieman
13 Sealed With A Stitch
14 Eileen Roche

Here is your assignment for this week:

Tell me what embroidery task you find most challenging to win an autographed copy of Machine Embroidery in 6 Easy Steps and the Sew with Nancy DVD.


The winner of last week’s assignment is:

Share with us a fashion disaster that happened in your sewing room and you could win a copy of Perfect Placement Software. Just leave a comment and you’ll be entered into the drawing.

And the winner is… “When I got my first embroidery machine I was, of course, putting embroidery on anything that didn’t move. Well, I embroidered a beautiful tiger on my son’s black sweatshirt. The stitching was great but no one would really know that since it ended up just under his arm. Haha…I’ve learned a lot since then, but the Perfect Placement software sounds like a wonderful tool and I can’t wait to try it out.” – Becky

Congratulations Becky!


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I’ll be the first to admit my digitizing skills are quite limited but the more I try, the easier it gets. Lately, I’ve been playing with digitizing software on how to make embossed monograms for lofty fabrics. Follow along as I show you how to do it in Floriani software.

Click on the Text icon. Type the monogram in the text box. Select Arial Run under the Font drop down menu. Click Apply.

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Select the Artwork tool and draw a rectangle encasing the monogram.

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Select the rectangle and right click on it. Scroll down the menu to Convert To Run.

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Select the rectangle again, copy and paste a second version. Change the color to Color 3.

Select the first rectangle. Right click and convert it to Complex Fill.

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Select the complex fill rectangle and change the density to 2.00 under Fill in the Properties menu.

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Select the Shape tool and select the black dot at the top of the rectangle. This dot represents the direction of the stitches.

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Slide it over to the left, creating an angle.

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Select the rectangle. Copy, paste and mirror image the rectangle horizontally.

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Your design should look like this.

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Select the monogram. Right click and select Remove Overlaps.

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Now your monogram is visible but the R needs a little work.

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Select the Run tool

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Use the Run tool to trace the inside of the R. Select the traced line and convert it to Complex Fill, density 2.0.

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Select the Shape tool and change the direction of the stitches.

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Copy, paste and mirror image the complex fill.

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Now select the rectangle (color 3) and convert it to Steil.

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There you have it! Wow – how fun was that? Test it on your fabric before stitching on the final project. I match my thread to the fabric when stitching the complex fill areas but I do select a thread that contrasts a bit with the base fabric when stitching the frame and actual monogram. This gives some added lift to the design.

Here’s your assignment this week:

I’d love to know what digitizing program you use – and maybe you don’t! Tell me that too. Just leave a comment and let me know if you do or don’t digitize and if you do, what program you use. You could win one of my favorite embroidery editing programs, Perfect Alignment Software.

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The winner of last week’s assignment answered the following question:

It seems as embroiderers, we’re always focused on making gifts for others, so I’m wondering how many of you have treated yourself to monogrammed/embroidered napkins. Tell me what you stitched for your table this holiday season and you could win a Perfect Placement Kit which will make your next set of napkins a breeze!

This week’s winner is… Mary Heil!

“I’m working on holiday napkins and table runners for my family members.  First I added embroidery to the napkins I had on hand for next month.  Then I purchased a couple of large tablecloths (on sale) that I will cut up and embroider as needed for each person to match their taste and home decor.” – Mary Heil

Congratulations Mary!

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