Looking for a fun project for the cold winter months. Here is an idea for a Blue Heron wall quilt. I was inspired by a Baby Lock article on the wall quilt they made using an embroidery and sewing machine. I also found a free Singer Blue Heron embroidery that can be used in “other brand machines”. I even found clip art you can use to auto digitize you own embroidery. I posted the project page on my web site and here is the link to all 3 projects. If you need to convert and save a design here is a link to the free Compucon EOS viewer format conversion tool. Interested in Compucom embroidery software? Here is a link to read about Compucon products and watch video.
I am looking forward to a New Year and my hope is it will give us all a new beginning. The Serenity Prayer keeps coming to mind so I thought it might be time to share the words with you!
I have created a lace pocket using the Singer Futura auto punch and advanced editing . Designs for a lace pocket and a floral lace pocket were saved in FHE format for the Singer Futura. Click on the pictures to download these designs for free. A 3 part video on how to create a lace pocket in the Singer Futura using auto punch and editing was also made. Here is video #1, #2, and #3. Lace pocket designs can be used with monograms and embroidery combinations or you can use it as a simple lace pocket. Lace pocket measures about 4″. Embroider the pocket on a white or colored organza with a wash away stabilizer. Trim the organza to the satin stitch edge.
Here are some hints when using the Futura multi-hoop technique.
Recently I was practicing multi-hooping for an upcoming class and would like to pass along some hints I discovered while doing multi-hooping. Multi-hooping is used with designs that are bigger then the large hoop which is about 6″ X 10″. The total hooping area of each hoop is a little smaller, but each design can measure approximately 9 1/2? X 18?.
The picture of the purse is a project Singer had posted a few years ago on multi-hooping. It is a great exercise to use when trying multi-hooping.
The Singer Futura now has a positioning feature for perfect placement of your large embroidery. In the software program, under tools, you can set your parameters to align a single large hoop and multi-hooping. If your design is larger than one hooping, the software will split the design into multi-hoops and aid you in re alignment of the multi-hoopings. Make sure you read my Futura multi-hoop article and watch the video!
My hints are to use a stabilizer like “Fuse and Tear” or “Sulky Totally Stable” for most items that do not have to be reversible. I am stocking 20″ wide “Totally Stable”. The stabilizer can be a temporary fuse. It will cover the back of the whole design.
Another tip is to mark the right side of the fabric very accurately. I used a 15″ square Omni-grid ruler so I could make sure everything was square when I marked the X and Y and center axis. When you hoop, make sure the marked line is inside the hoop limits.
Multi-hooping is the best way to get perfect alignment. The last tip is to place your embroidery in the hoop using a grid and zoom so you can plan the split to you best advantage.
If you are looking for ways to use your embroidery machine, the bow tie pillow is a wonderful and decorative treat for any room. Embroidery Library has done a brief free tutorial on how to set up and use your embroidery machine to decorate the knot of the bow. I recommend EOS free program to browse all your embroidery files, open any design you may have, and print out a template. EOS is a free part of the Compucon Stitch and Sew program. This program is a must for all who do not have an embroidery software for their machine. Here is a link to the software and video plus a link to additional software you can purchase and use from Stitch and Sew. Save an additional 10% off our Stitch and Sew software and most items in our shopping cart now to March 31st 2016. Use code JENMarch16 on checkout.
Jenny’s Sewing Studio has created several photo embroideries to give you some ideas of how to create a good, bad, ugly and great embroidery photo. If you own the SINGER Futura or the Compucon Stitch and Sew option called Photo Stitch you can add the photo stitch option for a very smart price. Now you can take a photo of your pet, your grandchild or even yourself and stitch it out.
The secret to a great embroidery photo is a clean background and a photo closeup. If you consider the hoop is only 4.5″ X 6.75″ it will help you relate to the artwork. If you have ever done cross stitch you know the count, or the number of pixcel determines the clarity of the finished product. Take a look at the designs we illustrated here! Notice how close-up we are! The cat was the hardest design to do as the contrast was minimal however the result was great. If you desire photo embroidery consider the Photo stitch option for the SINGER Futura. If you have the older Futura you may consider upgrading to get the new line design feature in the photo stitch option.
Here are the 3 options in the photo stitch. You can do running stitch which is our 1st example. You can choose 4 color, which sews faster, you can add special cropping, and the design is less intense with great results. This is the second example. Lastly You can choose monotone for the hint of the image. It all depends on the effect you want. Here is a video of how photo stitch works. This demo uses the Compucon version.
I am always on the outlook for new and useful products. Here are a few new products I have added to the web site cart.
Blue Fig has introduced a new designer series of sewing machine luggage. Check out these lovely color combinations in contemporary Purple, Yellow and Grey. The combo includes a trolley, a project bag and a notions bag.
I have also added a new sewing light. This flexible light is great for close up sewing with dark fabrics and ripping. I hope you do not have to rip, but I know I do. Place a spotlight on your sewing.
Embroidery Compass makes placement and stabilizing easy. This unique tool will help all embroiderers choose the correct stabilizer, topping, needle and technique for any project. Just dial the pointer to the type of fabric to be embroidered and the chart give you suggestions for each step of the embroidery process. Click here for a quick video on how the compass works.
Embroiderer’s Helper is a tool used to position embroidery on multiple sizes of shirts so the embroidery is accurately placed at the front breast area. Especially helpful for Tee shirts and sweatshirts. Embroiderer’s Lil Helper is a tool used to position embroidery on multiple sizes of shirts so the embroidery is accurately placed above the pocket area. Watch the video to see how these to placement tools work.