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Multi-Needle Monday: Kindergarten Rocks!

Through my embroidery business I have stitched hundreds of corporate logos, team items and unique baby accessories. I am always open to new ideas; once in a while a customer will bring me a special request. This time the request was for a kindergarten t-shirt. The mother’s youngest of 4 children was starting kindergarten in a few weeks and she wanted a special send off outfit for her 5 year old.

Check in with me for next week on Software Saturday to learn how I created the text for the Kindergarten Rocks t-shirt. Below I list the steps for embroidering a child’s t-shirt with the requested text. The Children’s Perfect Placement Kit was used to align the design centered on the t-shirt.

1. Pre-wash a purchased child’s t-shirt (youth size medium was used) and press before stitching. Position the t-shirt on flat surface and place the template labeled: center front youth small/ medium on the t-shirt. Line up the black bold lines on template with the bottom of the t-shirt ribbing.school1BLschool2BL


Place a target sticker in the center hole of the template. The target sticker will designate the center of the embroidery design.

  1. I sized my embroidery design to fit in a 5×7 Monster Snap Hoop (check DIME for hoop sizes and models to fit your multi-needle machine) to make hooping easy and quick. Embroidering a child’s size t-shirt is so simple with a multi-needle embroidery machine. The bulk of the fabric hangs in front of the machine and out of the way of the embroidery attachment.
  2. Use fusible cut away poly mesh stabilizer on the wrong side of upper portion of t-shirt. Lay the magnetic frame of the Monster Snap Hoop on a flat surface and cut the stabilizer larger than the frame. school3BLMake sure to iron the stabilizer centered in the area to be stitched. school4BLschool5BL Turn the t-shirt right side out and slide the magnetic, teal frame inside the t-shirt (magnets facing the top). Attach the metal frame on top with target centered within the metal frame.school6BLschool7BL
  3. Slide the frame onto the multi-needle machine with the neck area placed over the bobbin throat. Use your hands to feel underneath the t-shirt for any excess fabric. Line up the target sticker with the correct needle bar (this is a great time to use the live camera if available on your machine).school8BL
  4. Remove the target sticker and add water soluble stabilizer (light weight type) to the top of the fabric. Use the automatic basting feature to tack down the stabilizer.school9BL
  5. Embroider the t-shirt and remove after stitching is complete. Turn t-shirt wrong side out and clip the basting files carefully.school10BL
  6. Re-iron the cut away stabilizer from the wrong side of t-shirt. The adhesive is deactivated and can be trimmed.scholl11BLschool12BL
  7. Turn t-shirt right side out and spritz with water to remove excess water soluble stabilizer from the text design. school13BL

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Multi-Needle Monday: Same Embroidery Design, Different Product

Have you ever thought about how many embroidery designs you actually own? I know I try not to. I do however try to make the most of my current designs by eliminating certain elements or changing the appliqué option into an outline. Appliqué is a great technique to use when you are trying to cover a mistake or stitch a large size design without a high stitch count. However, it does take some patience and time to select the fabrics and trim excess fabric during the stitching process.

Recently I purchased an adorable pontoon boat embroidery design for a client and used the same design on tote bags and terry cloth towels. I had two reasons for eliminating the appliqué fabric. First, I was leaving for vacation in a matter of hours and needed to get the order out the door. Second, I thought the wear and tear of a tote bag (for a boat owner) would be more practical without fabric.

On my multi-needle embroidery machine I quickly changed the colors accordingly to “pop” on the different color tote bags and towels. The black tote bag was stitched with a gray thread color for the pontoon portion and on the white tote bag I used black thread for the pontoon section.pontoon2BL

The terry cloth navy blue towels were embroidered with the appliqué fabric and will hold up well with repeat laundering because I pre-washed the appliqué fabrics and dark colored towels. I also suggest testing the design before stitching it on the final product to check the density.pontoon4BL


Take a look at some of your current designs and use the tools in your embroidery software to change or alter the design as needed. I choose to delete the placement and tack down thread colors so the machine would only embroider the final satin stitch colors.  As multi-needle embroidery machine owners we have the technology to quickly change the thread colors in an embroidery design right at our finger tips.

Multi-Needle Monday: Back to School Accessories

The three new products that I will debut for the upcoming back to school season for college students are: laundry bag, cosmetic case and a towel/shower wrap. All the items are purchased from the same vendor therefore extra shipping costs are minimal. My research for colorful, quality and easy to embroider items led me to the cotton waffle weave accessories. Take into consideration the vendor’s inventory; call and ask or look at the inventory levels online if the website supports that feature. Sell items that can be bundled with each other as a set. Think of other products in your inventory that might help with add on sales to this set in the future.

The design selection for my sample was a simple monogram that I like to call a “stacked” monogram. The first and middle initials are stacked on top of each other and the last name initial is increased to be the same size as the two stacked initials.monogram3BL

Get into the habit of always testing your embroidery design first on a sample fabric to check for density and appropriate size. The cosmetic case monogram measures 3 inches tall but the laundry bag is 4 inches tall so save the design in two sizes.

Towel/shower wrap: I used the large target ruler for precisely placing my monogram along the bottom edge. The Multi-needle Monster 5×7 hoop was used to hold the bulky waffle weave fabric without over stretching the fabric towel wrap. Place the hoop on the machine so the bulk of the fabric is hanging in front of the machine and not in the back. Position the needle directly over the cross hair on the target sticker and remove the target sticker. Add a piece of water soluble stabilizer on top of the fabric to hold down the pile and medium tear away stabilizer.

Cosmetic Case: Locate the inside side pocket and mark the opposite side for embroidery. cosmetic1BLcosmetic2BLPlace the large target ruler on the front of the cosmetic case and position the target sticker in the center hole. You can use a standard 4×4 hoop to embroider the case. Slide the bottom frame of the hoop inside the case and attach the top frame. Keep the target sticker in place until the cross hair on target sticker is aligned with the needle.cosmetic3BLThe bag portion of the case fits easily around the bobbin throat. Medium tear away stabilizer was used.

Laundry Bag: Use the large target ruler for positioning the embroidery along with the target sticker. Increase the size of the monogram to 4 inches tall. Medium cut away stabilizer was used because of the size of the monogram. Place the monogram approximately 10 inches down from top edge of bag and centered. Notice the handle strap should be placed in the back of bag. Hoop the bag in the 5×7 Multi-needle Monster magnetic hoop. Position the bag so the bulk of the fabric is hanging in front of the embroidery machine.laundrybag1BL

The Target Ruler and target stickers are included in the Embroidery Tool Kit available from DIME.

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Multi-Needle Monday: Embroidering Multiple Towels

If you follow this blog I would assume many of you own the multi-needle embroidery machine because you have an embroidery business. Although some owners of a multi-needle machine use it primarily for the convenience of thread color changes and durability and do not have a commercial embroidery business. In either case, you will encounter embroidering towels at some point. We have covered proper hooping of towels in recent blogs but not simple logo placement on multiple towels.

One of my clients is a country club tennis team and they love the quality velour team towels (hand towel size) in a variety of colors. My most recent order was for 20 towels with the logo embroidered on the bottom portion of the towel.

Monogram or logo placement on towels with a woven border is actually easier because you have a straight reference point to align the design. Embroidering towels without a woven border are rather difficult because there is not a reference point to guide you. I will share with you my simple steps to embroidering towels with perfect design placement.

Step 1: Select the embroidery design and test stitch it on a similar weight towel. Check the design for stray fibers of terry cloth poking through the stitches. If this is the case, increase the density or add “under lay” foundation stitches.

Step 2: Use the Perfect Placement Kit- Hand Towel Without Border template and position the template on the hand towel at the bottom center mark.hand towel2bl Fold the towel in half lengthwise and place a target sticker at the bottom fold.hand towel3blhand towel5blInsert the target sticker in the center hole of the template. Remove the template and follow the same directions for the remaining towels, keep all target stickers in place until the cross hair on target sticker is properly placed under the needle.hand towel6blUsing the template minimizes the guess work of the actual placement of the logo and eliminates wasting time measuring the embroidery location for each towel.

Step 3: Hoop the hand towel in either a standard hoop or Monster Snap Hoop (my favorite) along with tear away stabilizer. Position the hoop on the machine and line up target sticker’s cross hair with the needle. Remove the target sticker and add a piece of water soluble stabilizer to the top of the towel. Use the basting file to hold the WSS in place. (You can create a basting file in software if your embroidery machine does not offer it on screen.). Embroider the towels; remove stabilizer and trim thread tails when embroidery is 7blhand towel8bl

*Machine embroidery business owners always purchase one or two extra sets of hoops per embroidery machine. Having multiple hoops speeds up the hooping process and total time devoted to set up.*


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Multi-Needle Monday: On the Edge Embroidery with the Scanner

High tech inventions make precise embroidery placement so easy. I like to use the scanning feature that is included on my 10 needle embroidery machine to place text on baby items and other accessories.

Step 1

Use soft tear away stabilizer in a 4×4 or 5×7 hoop. Place the item (in this blog a baby lovie is used) with the lower edge of lovie taut in the hoop. Use blue painters tape to hold down the bottom section of the satin edge. Place another piece of painters tape along the top portion of satin to highlight the stitched seam. When the fabric is scanned it can be difficult to view the plush blanket fabric from the satin if they are the same color.lovie1bl

Step 2

Measure the height of the satin edge and use text to fit inside. Scan the hooped lovie.lovie2bl

Step 3

Use the jog keys to position the text exactly where it is planned. Rotate and resize the text if necessary.

Step 4

Select the correct color thread and embroider the text.lovie5bllovie6bllovie9bl

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Multi-needle Monday: Visor Embroidery

As summer time approaches the request for hats and visors really start to multiply. In my embroidery business, I supply a number of local country club tennis teams with uniforms and accessories. Hats and visors are very popular. I struggle when embroidering visors and have had to make adjustments to the design and hooping technique.

Step 1: Use a heavy weight tear away stabilizer (2.5 oz). This stabilizer is also used for hat embroidery. Use spray adhesive if needed to hold in place. Cut the section of stabilizer large enough to extend to the upper area of the visor.visor1bl

Use small binder clips to tightly hold the stabilizer to the visor at the top edge.

Step 2: Use the large target ruler to mark the center of the visor, hold the ruler in place with painters tape or clips and position a target sticker in the hole.(Hats have a center stitched seam, but visors do not) Remove the ruler and keep the target sticker in place until the crosshair on the target sticker is lined up with the needle.


Tear away excess stabilizer carefully from back of visor after embroidery is complete.visor2bl

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Behind the Scenes: Volume 92 May/June 2015

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Our team of writers submitted beautiful, creative and unique projects—it definitely makes us excited to present them to you!

So grab a cup of tea, sit back and enjoy today’s Behind the Scenes at a Photo Shoot feature!

Katherine Artines, wowed us with her quilted tote that features channel quilting with fabric confetti sprinkled in for added color and whimsy.

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Sometimes a breeze is needed to gently tousle the model’s hair.  That’s when a fan comes in handy.  The model is wearing Nancy Zieman’s “Quilting for Texture” project.  The garment features flawless allover embroidery.  Be sure to check it out in the current issue.

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Creative Director, Sam Solomon, stays focused to make sure we have the right shot for the magazine.

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Stylist, Andrea Huffman prepares the cheese and fruit platter for the next shot….the Oui, Oui! Quilt by Diane Kron.  We are all anxious to snack on these goodies after the shoot!

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Oops!  We caught Eileen playing around!

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Managing Editor, Denise Holguin, looks like a tourist in Paris.  Oui, oui!

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Hmmm… one of these things does not belong…  I can also assure you the cheese and grapes disappeared fast!

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We love how the embroidery designs coordinate so well in Joanne Banko’s, “Color Play Pillow Set.”  Read her article to learn her tips.

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Although we are hundreds of miles away from a beach, the photography studio is able to bring the beach to us!

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Andrea prepares the scene.

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Denise managed to incorporate a miniature campsite.

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Andrea found the perfect backdrop for the Pocket Journals from Stitch Soup.

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The Pocket Journals are enchanting.  Denise made it her goal to show you every possible angle so you can fully appreciate the craftsmanship and creativity… and the “oh my gosh, how cool!” factor.

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A close-up look at the spines of these embroidered books.
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Denise enlisted the help of her tiny crew to showcase the details on these beautiful journals.

Looks like George found the key to the journal!

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Mildred prepares for a trip abroad.  She will be able to document her travels quite easily.

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Hans and Charles are busy closing the books for the day.
Eileen's Machine Embroidery BlogDietrich makes an important announcement he wants all to hear:

“Ladies and gentlemen, when you make your own version of the Pocket Journals, please post them to our Facebook page.  We can’t wait to see your approach!”

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All this and more can be discovered in the latest issue of Designs in Machine Embroidery! Pick up the Volume 92 May/June 2015 issue from your favorite local retailer or order online!

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Here’s your assignment this week:

Fun trivia!  The May/June issue is the first time we’ve featured a cover of the magazine on the cover!  Identify which Volume of Designs in Machine Embroidery is tucked away in Marie’s beach tote featured on the cover.  Post your answer in the comments section and one lucky person will win a Stipple Sea Life collection.

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

Inspiration can be found everywhere and in everything. For today’s blog, Denise’s inspiration came from a restaurant’s graffiti wall. What has been your most peculiar source for embroidery inspiration?Post a comment below and one very lucky winner is going to score BIG by winning a one-year subscription to Design in Machine Embroidery magazine!

And the winner is: Cathy K. – “My most peculiar design is my husband’s airplane! I am going to make it into an embroidery design and put it in on his shirt as a surprise. I am a real newbie, so I hope I can do it!”


Multi-Needle Monday: Replacing the Needle

All multi-needle embroidery machines require you to change the needle at some point during ownership. Believe it or not I have been asked this question more than once! Some owners have NEVER changed a needle. I do not know how they have been stitching quality embroidered items without ever changing a needle.

I suggest you read the manual that is included with you machine when purchased. Follow the directions for your brand of embroidery machine and purchase the recommended needles. The tool supplied by my brand of machine is a small Allen screw driver. The screw driver fits into a hole at the top of the needle shaft. One of my cherished tools is a pair of beading tweezers. The tweezers are used to hold small beads, chain links or clasps; I have found them to be extremely helpful to hold the needle in place until I have the screw driver inserted. Always double check that the needle is secure and pushed as far up into the shaft as possible.

Step 1. Allen screw driver and pack of needles- flat back type.needle1bl

Step 2. Beading plastic coated tip tweezers-found at craft stores in beading or jewelry making section.needle2bl

Step 3. Always make sure the embroidery machine is turned off before changing a needle. Locate the hole above the needle to be changed and insert the Allen screw driver into the hole. Turn the screw driver counter clockwise, hold the needle with the tweezers and gently remove from shaft.needle4blneedle5bl

Step 4. Insert new needle into the needle shaft with flat portion facing back of machine, hold in place with tweezers and push all the way to the top of needle stopper.Use the Allen screw driver to tighten the screw; do not over tighten.needle7blneedle8blneedle9bl


*I should point out that Baby Lock/Brother multi-needle machines have a specific tool called the Needle Changing Tool for this function; however I have found that using the plastic tip tweezers works better for me.

If you are having multiple thread breaks and uneven looking stitches change your needle. And always double check your owner’s manual for exact needle suggestions and instructions.


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Multi-Needle Monday: Personalized Baby Bloomer

This week on the Multi-needle Monday blog we will discover how easy it is to hoop a pair of baby bloomers or diaper covers. The standard 4×4 embroidery hoop is used along with the Children’s Perfect Placement Kit to guide you as to where to place the embroidery.bloomer1bl


Step 1. Press the bloomers and place the template labeled Bloomer/Diaper Cover on the back portion of the bloomer. Align the stitched seam within the center of the template. Slide a target sticker in the center hole opening and remove the template.bloomer2bl


Step 2. Place the bottom section of the hoop into the bloomers with a piece of tear away stabilizer; position the top section of embroidery hoop on top bloomers. Keep the target sticker centered in the hoop frame.bloomer4bl



Step 3. Attach the hoop to the embroidery machine with the bloomer opening at top of frame. Use the jog keys to line up the target sticker’s crosshair with the needle bar.bloomer7bl

Step 4. Embroider the name or monogram. The font shown is the Dot Font which is included in Children’s Perfect Placement Kit.bloomer8bl

  • Tear away stabilizer is used unless the diaper cover/bloomers have some type of stretch fabric content. Use a poly mesh cutaway if the fabric contains some stretch.

Children’s Perfect Placement Kit contains two complete alphabets, 16 templates and target stickers along with helpful stabilizer and embroidery size recommendations.

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Top Five Applique Techniques for Plush Fabrics


Most embroiderers love appliqué designs. Appliqué can be used when a large embroidery design is needed but using a high stitch count design is not feasible. Appliqué can also be used to tame thick plush fabrics; such as terry cloth, fake fur and plush velour. In my embroidery business I add appliqué frames in combination with beautiful monograms to lounge chair towels, blankets and baby items. Here are some helpful techniques for creating professional looking appliqué when stitching on plush fabrics.

  1. Pre-wash all appliqué fabric before embroidering.
  2. Use a fusible light weight interfacing to the wrong side of appliqué fabric.
  3. Match the satin stitch thread to your background fabric.
  4. Test the appliqué design on similar fabric before stitching to check the density and quality of design. Adjust design in software if necessary.
  5. Place the embroidery hoop on a clean flat surface when trimming the excess fabric.


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