Do you ever feel like a mushroom, hidden away in darkness wondering where was I? Today I had a very enlightening class with a student learning the Singer Futura XL400. She has been working with her Futura for some time and found a hathoop web site that makes hoops for the XL400 and all current model Futura. That was exciting. The web site is hathoop.com
I have ordered a hoop for my Quintet and plan to make a video on how I would use the hat hoop on my Singer Futura. I will let you know next week how I do with my hat.
Hathoop has hoops for most home embroidery machine so if you are in need of a hat hoop, this is the place to shop.
If you need sticky paper for your hat hoop project shop Jenny’s Sewing Studio at this link.
Embroidery Library just published a wonderful video on how to embroider on lightweight fabrics. If you are looking for the stabilizer used, Jenny’s Sewing Studio sells it. Here is the link to “Sew and Wash” and more wonder video on wash away stabilizers.
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.
“Sew and Heat” is used as a topper and a stabilizer on fabrics you can not wash. Of course it can be washed but the beauty of Sew and Heat is that you can remove small remaining topper with the heat of your iron. Watch as Debra Jones demonstrates how to use Sew and Heat.
Moisture-management fabrics are lightweight knits that are designed to wick moisture away from the body – and to challenge embroiderers. A kit has been designed and contains 50 pieces of each of two types of stabilizers used successfully by many embroiderers to prevent puckering, drifting outlines and other challenges associated with this fabric type.
– 50 Pieces of No Show Mesh
– 50 pieces of Medium Firm Tearaway
– 50 pieces of Poly Pro Performance
– Kit includes 20 70/10 Titanium extra slim ballpoint needles (This kit is designed for commercial embroiderers as the needles included do not have the flat back and cannot be used on the home machines)
See how the poly pro stabilizer works.
You can purchase the Poly pro kit at Jenny’s Sewing Studio today.
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 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.
Jenny’s Sewing Studio has the perfect products to help you embroider a terryÂ towel. Nancy’s Notions has a great video to show you how.Â Need the Perfect Placement kit with target stickers and placement templates? Jenny’s has it..
Jenny’s has several ways to help you with lettering. Personalize N StitchÂ from Amazing Designs a great lettering program product and gives you wonderful lettering options. You will find 126 lettering styles and 2 monopgram styles in the program. Click on the product link for a free trial.Â Others lettering programs that are super deals are Monogram It and Letter It.
Stitch N Sew lettering fonts gives you a font engine plus many ways to customize your lettering. Watch the video to see how. You can pick from 35 or 71 fonts with monogram choices.Â Here is a window from Compucon that lets you click on a lettering style and scroll over to see it displayed.Â Stitch and Sew lettering and Editing allows you the ability to customize everything. Also look at Hyperfont option which is available as a stand alone from Stitch N Sew. Hyperfont gives you the ability to add True Type fonts to yourÂ letter editing program through a wizard. It is so easy. Â To purchase any of the Stitch N Sew products click at this link.
Towels can sometimes be very bulky and large so instead of setting them in a hoop it is possible to stick them in place. Mark the center of the towel and use target stitchers to keep the markings accurate. Align the markings with your hoop cross hairs.
For more information about stabilizers click here. Jenny Carries a nice starter kit of the basic stabilizers you will use most. We also carry stabilizers from Madeira and Hoop it all