How to Get Accurate Hoop Placement Quickly & Easily!
What's the first thing you notice about embroidery on an item? Placement!
What's the second thing you notice about embroidery on an item? That it's smooth, wrinkle and ripple free, and that it has good registration (no gaps).
I'm constantly asked the following questions about embroidery software:
- What software do you use?
- What software do I need?
- Do I even have to have software?
Is Color Sorting Destroying Your Designs?
Ask most any novice embroiderer and they'll tell you they love color sorting.
Bernina thought it was so wonderful that they built it into one of their machines as a “feature” for when you combine multiple designs. Ask any embroidery software developer and they’ll sing it’s praises too.
Me? It makes me want to sing “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown!”
Many of us are under the illusion that embroidery is just the stitching that happens at the machine and I think that impression comes from that first demo at the dealership.
A small piece of fabric is quickly hooped, some thread is loaded, a few buttons are punched, and VOILA! An embroidery design magically appears. All focus is on the machine stitching and the rest of the process is ignored.
I often see posts on Facebook where users are raking various digitizers over the coals because of "too many jump stitches." In some instances, the complaints are well deserved but that's not always the case!
Novice digitizers and poorly digitized designs frequently have too many unnecessary jumps due to poor planning. However, just because there are jumps or even a lot of them, doesn't mean it's a poorly digitized design.
Just this week I had 3 people email me about how to deal with "thick" designs or what is commonly known in the industry as "bullet proof embroidery." The major complaint was puckering and bulky design.
Each of them had thrown all sorts of stabilizers and multiple and too many stabilizers at the design, which did nothing for the puckering and only added to the thickness.
One person adjusted the machine tension to control the thickness. Unfortunately, these are not the solutions!
It's easy to get overly excited when you start embroidering. You're anxious to get started and get your project done.
But as the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and just an extra minute checking over everything can save you hours of "unembroidering" or an unsalvageable mess.
So here's my pre-embroidery checklist. I recommend you keep it near your machine as a reminder!
May is the eleventh month in our Birth Month Flowers of the Year series and therefore the next to last block in this block of the month quilt.
I saw these hand towels while out shopping and had to snap them up. I knew that with the contrasting border stripes, a monogram would be perfect. Of course, the challenge was getting them hooped accurately!
Looking for high quality machine embroidery fonts that are keyboard-friendly?
Keyboard fonts, those embroidery fonts you can insert by simply selecting a font from a menu and typing as you would in most any computer app, instead of combining individual design files consisting of one character per file, are infinitely easier and more efficient to use.
Subway art - best described mini posters with a collage of words - are all the rage. And with the abundance of fonts available to embroiderers
it makes it easy to create your own.
The texture, type and weight of thread can dramatically impact the appearance of an embroidery design – are you making the right choices for your projects?
Join the online Craftsy class Thread Savvy: Stitch Flawlessly With Any Thread with me, expert embroiderer Lindee Goodall, and discover everything you need to know to achieve professional results with traditional and decorative threads alike!