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Multi-needle Monday: Personalized Christmas Stocking

It’s that time of the year again….time to handle the tricky task of stitching a Christmas stocking. Every year I am approached by customers who need their family Christmas stockings personalized. There are endless styles, sizes, and fabrics of stockings and I have embroidered them all. I will share my quick and painless technique for stitching the cuff area of a Christmas stocking. I always use a Target Ruler and target stickers.

Products used: Tear away stabilizer, Target Ruler contained in Hoop it Up book, target sticker, Snap Monster Hoop for Quick Snap (4X4, 5X7 combo with attachment).

Step 1: Find the exact center of the cuff by using our Target Ruler, insert a target sticker into the center hole (make sure the arrow on cross hair is facing in the proper orientation for the name to be stitched). Remove the ruler and keep the target sticker in place.stocking1BLstocking2BL

Step 2: Turn the stocking inside out with the target sticker still in place. stocking3BLstocking4BLMake sure the stocking cuff will slide over the Monster Snap Hoop frame. Remove the arms of the embroidery machine and attach the metal attachment of the Monster Snap Hoop.stocking5BLstocking6BL

Step 3: Measure the opening of the metal frame to make sure the text will fit inside the hoop.stocking7BLAlways use the “trace” feature before adding the garment or stocking onto the hoop . The embroidery machine does not “read” this hoop so you have to be certain the embroidery design or text will fit inside and adjust it if needed.

Step 4: Add a piece of tear away stabilizer to the top of the metal frame and hold in place with tape under the frame; slide the cuff onto the frame.stocking8BLRotate the text to stitch in the right direction.stocking9BLRemove the target sticker when the needle is aligned with the cross hair on target sticker.stocking10BLstocking11BLstocking12BL

Step 5: Embroider the text or name and remove the stocking from the hoop. Turn right side out.

*Sometimes you only have one hoop size that will fit over the stocking cuff. Therefore, adjust the text size to make the job easier to embroider. Always use the trace feature to double check that the embroidery will fit inside the hoop selected before stitching.

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Multi-Needle Monday: Camper Pillow

Do you just love stitching something special and unique? I know I do, especially when I have the chance to create a specific design from a photograph. The majority of finished embroidered items that I sell are usually personalized with monograms, text, and business logos so this request was really fun to recreate.

A close friend of mine wanted to give a simple pillow to a family member as a thank you gift. The pillow was going to have a design of their newly remodeled camper along with text.  My friend had a photograph of the camper and texted it to me to see if I had anything in my design collection that would be similar to the photograph. I realize with my Perfect Embroidery Pro software I could digitize the design if a stock design was not found. Unfortunately the deadline was just a few days away and many jobs to work on in addition to the pillow. Through my search for the exact camper I did find a few designs that could work. Generally I like to send 3 choices to a customer. I might have 10 or more designs to choose from but that is far too many items for the average person to consider. Here are the choices I emailed to her:camper1blcamper3blcamper4bl The perfect embroidery design was located at http://www.EmbLibrary.com

My friend decided on the design I thought she would.camper4blThe sample colors were almost the same as the final photograph. The design was very dense so I selected cotton duck fabric for the pillow which was stable enough to support the 20,000 stitches. I also used a poly mesh cut away stabilizer along with a soft tear away stabilizer.

My friend was very pleased with the final finished product and I am sure the pillow will be used on many road trips to come.camper2blcamperpillowbl

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Mulit-Needle Monday: Your First Little Black Dress

I want to share an adorable and simple to make baby onesie that I created this week. It is a purchased black cotton baby onesie in the 6-12months size embroidered with the text “My Little Black Dress” in white thread at the center chest with a black tulle tutu added at the waistline. This was a special request from one of my loyal customers.

The elegant text was created in my Perfect Embroidery Pro software. The font selected was Diana-VS and it measures 6.62″ x 2.41″. The onesie will have to be embroidered in a 5″ x 7″ hoop in order to fit the wide text.

Cut fusible polymesh cut-away larger than the 5″ x 7″ frame. Turn the onesie wrong side out and adhere the fusible mesh to the center front.   Turn the onsie right side out and place it on flat surface. Use the Center Chest (3-6, 6-9, 9-12 month) template from the Children’s Perfect Placement Kit. Center the template on the onesie, aligning the template’s bold curved line on  the onesie neckline. Slide a target sticker in the hole with the crosshair’s arrow pointing to the top of the garment. Remove the template and keep the target sticker in place until hooped and aligned with the correct needle.blackdress1BLblack dress2BL

Insert the magnetic bottom frame of 5×7 Multi-Needle Monster Snap Hoop into the leg opening of the onesie.  Add the top metal frame and make sure the target sticker is centered in the hoop. Slide the hoop onto the machine, threading the machine throat through the onesie neck opening. Make sure no excess fabric is caught underneath the hoop. Feel free to smooth and tug the fabric because it is stabilized with the polymesh cut-away.   The stabilizer prevents stretching of the fabric.

Notice how the fabric is taut and centered?black dress hoopBL

Double check the orientation of the text on your screen. Line up the target sticker with the needle bar and remove the target sticker. Add a piece of water soluble stabilizer to the top of the fabric and hold in place with the basting file or tape.

Embroider the design and remove the hoop from the machine when complete. Trim thread tails and re-iron the wrong side of the fabric to release the excess stabilizer, trim ½” around the embroidery design.

The black tutu was simply made from bridal tulle which is sold on 6 inch wide rolls at most fabric stores in many colors. Measure the waist of the onesie while placed on a table, double that measurement and add 12 inches to make a soft skirt , make two layers.black dress10BLYou could make a removable tutu by sewing the tulle on a narrow band of elastic. I opted for the permanent skirt and used a long basting stitch 4.0 to attach the 2 layers. Sew the basting stitch 1″ from edge.blackdress11BLPull the bobbin thread at one end gather the tulle to make soft folds. Hold in place with a pin and stitch the short ends of tulle together to form the skirt.black dress12BL

Pin the tutu to the center waist of the onesie, sew the skirt by gently holding the top of the tulle. Do not over stretch the onesie. blacl dress13BL

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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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Hacked Fan Wear for the World Series

 

Yeah! It’s October which means World Series time. As you might recall I live in Ohio. If you follow baseball, you should know which two teams are in the World Series: Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs. Both cities are extremely passionate and thoroughly excited to be in the World Series to say the least. As you can imagine getting to the World Series is a huge accomplishment and the process is very stressful for the fans as well.

Our Cleveland Indians had to beat the Boston Red Sox in order to win the American League Pennant, which they proceeded to do last week. Just before they clinched the title we had a family birthday celebration in Florida to attend. My brother in law is an avid, passionate Red Sox fan and life- long Bostonian. The entire family was going to be together in Florida for the party and watching one of the baseball playoff games. I had a fabulous idea of altering a purchased Red Sox hat with the following symbol over top of the famous Boston Red Sox “B”.redsox1bl

I know…brilliant! Before I left for Florida, I decided to “hack” the Boston hat to aggravate my brother in law.

I purchased two Boston Red Sox hats and used my software to create the “no symbol” design. I used my hat frame attachment on my 10 needle embroidery machine and actually stitched the symbol directly on top of the “B” in red thread.

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Simple steps to follow:

  1. Measure the existing logo on the purchased hat. The hat hoop has height limitations and you will need to be sure the “no -symbol “will fit.
  2. Create the no –symbol in software. Select a circle and insert a straight line on a diagonal. Save the new design as symbol1.
  3. Hoop the hat in your hat hoop frame and center the symbol design. Use the trace feature or live camera to properly position the symbol design on top of the existing logo.

*Remember this design was used for personal use and will not be sold in anyway. Licensed merchandise is trademarked and cannot be reproduced for sale.

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Multi-Needle Monday: Changing the Background Display

If you are a lucky multi-needle embroidery machine owner, you probably took your time reading the manual about how to change the needles and setting the thread color display among other instructions. As you gained confidence the manual has been pushed aside to make room for projects, hoops and stabilizers. Occasionally I like to experiment with the background grid options on my display screen. I also have started to change the background color display to help me visualize the way my final project will look. The Babylock Enterprise and Brother Entrepreneur machines are shipped from the factory with the default setting of a gray background color for the display screen. You can easily follow the steps in your manual for changing the background color but I will show you with my step by step photos how quick and easy it is. Check your manual if you are using a different model of embroidery machine for display screen options.

For example: My current project is a black tote bag with a tennis ball design and a handful of accent colors stitched on the pocket. I appreciate the ability to change thread colors at the machine if I change my mind (which is more often than not). Using the background color display quickly shows how the color changes will look on the finished product.

At the bottom left corner on the home screen, touch the paper icon.  display1BL

You will notice 7 pages of setting options.

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Look at the bottom of page 1 and touch select “Background Color”.

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Scroll through the color display area (there are 66 color display options). For my tote bag I changed my background color to black. Touch the desired color and touch “Close”.

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Your background screen display will now always remain the color you selected, and can easily be altered as needed for different embroidery jobs.

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Multi-needle Monday: Using the Positioning Sticker

 

The needle camera and positioning stickers are one of the most efficient tools included in many Brother and Baby Lock embroidery machines. The higher end sewing/embroidery and multi-needle embroidery machines contain this fascinating technology. The live needle camera actually displays exactly what is placed under the needle such as: hooped fabric or even your hand (not while in operation please!)

The positioning stickers are included with the machine when purchased and are to be used in combination with the live camera. Baby Lock refers to the stickers as “positioning stickers” and Brother refers to them as “Snowman stickers”.To properly place an embroidery design, print a template on tracing paper or velum from embroidery software.sticker1BL Place the template on the garment. Locate the exact location for the embroidery design to be stitched. Slide the positioning sticker under the template cross hair mark and remove the template.sticker2BLsticker3BLsticker4BLsticker5BL

Hoop your item in the correct size hoop to fit your garment; in this case a 4×4 hoop is the correct hoop to use for a baby onsie.sticker6BL Select the embroidery design and always take notice of the actual size on the screen; the size 3.09×3.23inches. The design will fit in the hoop.sticker7BL Touch the positioning sticker or Snowman icon on the screen.sticker8BL The screen will most likely tell you the “the design extends out the pattern area”. Your first thought is to re-hoop the onsie in a larger hoop. But go back to the edit screen and decrease the size a bit.sticker9BLsticker10BLsticker11BLsticker12BL Now touch the positioning icon once more and it will fit as needed. You might have to re-adjust the size a few times at the screen, but it is easier than re-hooping a baby onsie. The reason for this message appears because the machine wants the ability to completely rotate the embroidery design within the hoop. If the positioning sticker is not completely centered in the hoop (especially if using a small hoop) it will want you to re-hoop the item.

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Multi-needle Monday: On the Edge Baby Blanket Embroidery

I would like to share with you one of my favorite gift items to embroider; on the edge baby blanket embroidery. The purchased minky dot baby blanket is personalized on the top and bottom satin trim borders with the baby’s name and birth date. The quick, easy and practical way to embroider the edges is to hoop the blanket in a large hoop along with soft tear away stabilizer. The hoop is scanned and the text is stitched right on the satin. I do not rip out the seam to “hide” the thread. The blanket may have stretch to it, but the satin trim does not, therefore a soft tear away stabilizer is used. The stabilizer will easily tear away from the back of the embroidery without pulling on delicate text.

Using the scanning feature is a fool proof way to precisely place the text. Before I purchased the multi-needle machine with the scanner, I had the use the “trace” feature. The trace technique worked well enough but this so much faster.

Find the exact center of the top of the satin trim border by folding the blanket in half and place a target sticker on the fold. edge blankie1BLedge blankie2BLHoop the top edge as shown in the hoop with the stabilizer. Place a piece of blue painter’s tape along the stitched seam of the satin and fleece.edge blankie3BL Attach the hoop to the machine and open the text for the blanket “scan” the blanket. edge blankie4BLedge blankie5BLedge blankie6BL The blue tape gives you a straight reference line to precisely place the text. Remove the tape when pleased with the layout.

Stitch the text and remove the blanket from the hoop.edge blankie7BLedge blankie8BLedge blankie9BL Follow the same steps for the bottom of blanket and make sure the text is in the proper orientation.

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Multi-needle Monday: Create Professional Looking Embroidery

As I have mentioned before, it is so important to plan your embroidery. As a business owner, I really stress over the execution of my embroidery. The moment I accept a job, the planning begins. If you are a machine embroidery hobbyist, I am sure the same situation comes into play. Although I try to avoid embroidering on customer supplied items, there are exceptions.

The most challenging jobs I have handled are always the property of interior designers. The semi-finished item (usually a pillow sham, chair back fabric etc) are sent to me with a specified thread color, monogram size and a short deadline. I like to tackle the difficult jobs early in the morning and use the proper tools to precisely place my embroidery.

For example, silk pennant style window treatments arrived a few days ago. There are four pennants which will have an “S” in the Sydney font, embroidered in black thread. The pennants were sewn in a tubular style. Right away, I planned my hooping technique. The size of the initial is 3 inches tall, therefore my 5×7 Monster Snap Hoop will have to be used.

Measure the pennant front with the large Target Ruler, place the target sticker inside the hole on the target ruler.pennant 1BLpennant 2BLpennant 3BL The placement of the initial was discussed with the designer ahead of time. Follow the same steps for the remaining pennants. The silk fabric can have a bit of stretch to it so I selected to use poly mesh cut away stabilizer inside the pennant.pennant 4BLpennant 5BL The teal frame of Monster Snap Hoop is inserted into the pennant with the magnets facing up(New MSH have covered magnets). Place the metal frame on top and align with the target sticker’s crosshair.pennant 6BLpennant 7BL

Carefully place the hoop on to the embroidery machine with the silk fabric fitting over the bobbin throat. For this particular job a multi-needle embroidery machine must be used.pennant 8BLpennant 9BL Always check the orientation of the embroidery design at the touch screen along with the thread color before removing the target sticker.pennant 10BL

Repeat the same steps for remaining pennants; turn the fabric wrong side out to trim the excess stabilizer.

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Multi-needle Monday: It’s Never too Late to Try Something New!

In my year of turning 50, I am trying to do at least 50 new things. My list consists of a few mundane things such as trying new foods (yes I like octopus now), running a 2 mile race on July 4th(not very exciting but glad I did it with my daughter and husband), and something centered around embroidery. Yes, I finally pieced and machine embroidered a jelly roll quilt. Drum roll please!

A few weeks ago the DIME staff hosted a workshop for their educators and we had the opportunity to have a Jelly Roll Race.(I think I won because I was the only person to actually complete the entire quilt). Eileen showered us with the pre-cut jelly roll fabrics and of course we had the top of the line embroidery/sewing machines at our disposal. The workshop was held at a tremendous quilting retreat in the Texas countryside. We enjoyed 4 days of sewing /embroidering/ quilting and meeting new friends.

Although Eileen and I have taken a hiatus from our Stitching Sister events we continue to work and laugh alongside each other and this retreat was no exception. She likes to tease me about my lack of knowledge in some things such as: quilting. She loves to create new quilts and I generally do not. This time however, was an exception. The pre-cut jelly roll fabrics are so fun to work with and you are so surprised at the outcome when all the strips are sewn together.jelly roll 1BLjell roll2BL

The endless sewing of fabric strips finally takes a productive turn when the rows are assembled (the actual directions are found on Youtube) and actually starts to look like a quilt top. After the top was complete I had to “quilt” it with my embroidery machine. jelly roll4BLjelly roll 5BLjelly roll 6BL

I layered the batting and backing and used the ShortE and the Monster Snap Hoop. Eileen would talk endlessly about the shortE while we were traveling the past 2 years. I know my eyes would start to glaze over during these conversations, now that I see how efficient it is for the home embroidery enthusiast, I really get it.jelly roll 7BLjelly roll 8BLjelly roll 9BL The secret is to use the magnetic hoops which eliminate the difficult task of hooping a quilt. The frame sits underneath the embroidery machine and holds the bulk of the fabric to evenly distribute the weight. The embroidery design selected for my quilt is a simple full size stipple; I printed a template and placed it on the pieced quilt top. The easy to use camera function and laser light on our machine assists you in placing each design. We had many “experts” attend the workshop and sometimes it is very difficult to learn in this atmosphere. I was humbled and enjoyed learning about the pieced binding, mitered corners and everything in between. I am proud to share my first “machine embroidered” quilt. (I even have an embroidered badge).jelly roll11BL

The quilt is a gift for my daughter who will be moving into her first apartment at the University of Cincinnati this week and she was very pleased with the result.jelly roll 10BL

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