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.
Click Here for a video on how the Embroider’s Helper and Embroider’s Lil Helper works!
I am including some pictures of projects I have recently embroidered. I have a couple of reminders to pass on to all of those who love to embroidery as much as me.
December 13th and 14th Saturday and Sunday is my next 2 day Futura Seminar at Hancock in Salisbury, MD. To enroll call 410 677 3461. The class is small and jammed packed with all the basics of machine embroidery. Learn how to make the most of your auto punch, editing, hyperfont, photo stitch and cross stitch embroidery. Do monograms, create fancy letters, learn how to position your embroidery and more.
Do not miss the great buy in embroidery I am offering for the gift giving season. Buy the new embroidery only Studio S10 and receive a USB filled with auto punch, editng, hyper font and 2800 designs. The USB is worth at least $600 in free give aways. Singer will be shipping until December 15th for Christmas 2014 and then they will be closing from Christmas till the 2nd week in January for inventory. Do not wait for the best deal of the year!! I have prepared a video on the basics of the program and on auto punch. Take a look. I have also add a new project for you to try using my free embroidery made with the Singer auto punch. Here is the red flower download.
Here are some of my embroidery projects.
You can download a free pattern of my sewing machine cover.
Make a crazy quilt pillow.
Hope to see you soon at your embroidery machine. Jenny
What is Multi-hooping? When you have a large design layout, you can plan and execute the marking, hooping and embroidering one area at a time to build the large design. A good example would be embroidered borders. I Multi-hoop using printed design templates. This technique can be done on most embroidery software. If you need a program to print your design template download EOS for free. Open your design, center and print the design at 100% of size.
First center the design.
Print of each design template in your embroidery software.
Tape the printed templates together to form the completed design. This will allow you to visualize the complete size and how much fabric you need. ( completed Border repeat or Quilt Block, Pillow Case border Belt or Purse Strap etc.)
Using an awl or hole punch, punch 5 small holes to locate the center. (center, and one on each of the 4 cross hair ends.)
Lay the new and larger template on your fabric and mark the centers and cross hair and connect them to form the design centers.
When hooping the fabric I use sticky paper. Remove the release sheet after the paper is hooped and mark the cross hair with a permanent marker on the sticky paper. Align the cross hairs of the marked garment with the sticky paper marking.
Here is a video I did a while ago on a quilt block planning using the Futura software . The embroidery multi-hooping technique is pretty much the same no matter which software you use.
Here is a video of the hooping technique using a hoop it all.
See Super Long Hoop it Alls!
I am sure you have thought about placing lettering and embroidery designs on straps, ribbon, and webbing. I will show you how to do this embroidery technique using tools in the Futura embroidery! I have used auto punch and editing and lettering options and show this in a brand new video. Take a look!
A lot of these technique involves sticky paper. We sell “Stick it All” and “Peel and Stick”. Both sticky papers will help you embroider items that can not be hooped. To see technique on stabilizers and hooping read this prior article on design placement. I have loaded a link for Singer video to watch on proper hooping and stabilizer techniques.
Learn more about using your Futura software in our upcoming Futura Seminar December 13th and 14th 2014 at Jenny’s Sewing Studio in Salisbury, MD. The class is small for personal attention. Class is a 2 day event and held at Hancock fabrics. To enroll call Hancock’s at 410-677 3461.
Stitch It Straight is formerly the Embroider’s Friend!Â This is a great tool for the person who loves machine embroidery and is looking for a tool to make positioning more professional and accurate. The “Stitch it Straight” holds all brands and sizes of hoops exactly in position and perfectly straight for all flat items and women and mens garments. Table lip fits securely in place on the edge of a table. Grooved center line aids in keeping the garment straight. Universal brackets hold most hoops in position for accurate hooping. Works with the Snap Ease. Formerly “Embroider’s Friend”. To see how the Stitch it Straight works watch the video produced by Embroider’s Friend.
Â The SNAP EASE ( standard size)- This Embroidery Accessory eases the stress of hand hooping with household embroidery machine hoops. It cuts the fatigue of hooping, reduces the risk of carpel tunnel syndrome and simplifies alignment of your work. No more tired and sore hands, wrists and forearms from hand hooping. Use the Snappy with almost all brands of household embroidery machines.Â Also in Large hoop size. Watch the video to the formerly Snappy to see how this tool works.
Embroidery Placement tool is a must have product for all who want to embroider shirts, tees and blouses. It provides perfect industry standard positioning for left chest, center front and other embroidery placements. It comes in adult and child’s sizes.