Hat Hoop news for the Futura

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A few weeks ago one of my Futura students recommended the Hat Hoop as a way to embroider hats. I ordered a hoop from hathoop.com . Today while the weather was terrible, I tried the hoop and will show you my test results in a video. The embroidery was not perfect, in fact my placement was way too high. The embroidery needed to be closer to the brim. One of the factors could have been the type of hat I was using, it had a very low profile. High front profile hats are much easier to embroider because they give you more broader embroidery area. I was also not really registering in my brain how my template was placed on the hat. (Senior moment) I should have tried on the hat with the template pinned in place for a true view.  If it was not right, I needed to move the design down in the software, save and reprint a template to pin on and try again. Here is the video!

The hoop works by removing the inside hoop and placing the hat hoop inside the hoop instead. I transferred the notch markings from my inside hoop to the hat hoop.

I hooped sticky paper and then scored the release sheet to prepare the hoop for embroidery. The hat was positioned on the sticky paper using a template and the brim was clamped in place. Carefully pull the hat and hoop on the machine to embroider.

The printed template will give you placement of the design on the hat. I used and awl to punch holes in the template at the center mark and on the cross marks. You can connect the dots for a better view. I draw the cross hairs from the top hoop in permanent ink on the sticky paper.  Align the centering marks on the hat with the drawn marks on the sticky paper.

I have given you  a square 4″ outline embroidery to use with design sizing and placement. The hoop has a 5″ hole so the outline design gives you a 1 inch margin from the edges so you do not strike the hoop and break a needle while embroidering.  When you embroider your hat just skip the 1st color so you do not sew the square.

I am also giving you my monogram embroidery design which you can edit with your own monogram using advanced editing.

Do not forget I carry Peel and Stick which is perfect for stabilizing you hat project. I have already decided I am making everyone a Monogrammed hat for Christmas next year.

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Perfect Placement of embroidery is now available

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Designs in Machine Embroidery has been hard at work revising Perfect Placement to be a very valuable tool and software to use with your machine embroidery of garments. Using sticky paper in the hoop, you will embroider the garment outer shape on the sticky paper.  Next you can perfectly place the shirt collar or cuff or pocket and make it positon perfectly to receive the lovely embroidery you desire to place there. The concept is easy. There is a video for you to watch and in our gallery you can see the shapes provided in perfect placement software.

 For purchase information click on the link provided.

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New Sewing, Knitting, Crochet and Quilting Classes at Jenny’s Sewing Studio

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Jenny’s Sewing Studio has a brand new class schedule ready for February, March and April at Hancock in Salisbury, MD.

To encourage our beginner Knitter’s and Crochet students I have started a Crochet and Knitting circle to meet a few times a month at Hancock Fabrics.  Each meeting is $15.00 and you will receive the featured project pattern and instruction.  Take a look at our first couple of  projects. You will find a Crochet Purse, Crochet Flowers, Knitted Slippers, Blue Ripple Afgan, and a Crochet wash cloth.

Do not miss our next Rigoletto scarf class Monday February 25th from 1:30-3:30pm! Call Hancock at 410-677-3461 to enroll.

Here are some of our recent students ! If you have not joinned the fun in class please enroll for our next session. If you are out of town, join us at Pinterest where you will find free pattern links and pictures of thing that interest Jenny.

 

 

 

 In the next couple of weeks I have many quilting classes starting. Learn the Quick Trip, Log Cabin and Braid in a Day quilts and make a quilt top in a day. Finish the quilt top in our 2nd class called “ Finish the Quilt” . Learn how to quilt, and bind the quilt for a perfect finish.

These and many more classes are available at this link. Hope to see you there.

Jenny

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Stitch it Straight and Snap Ease

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CNPISstitchitstraightStitch It Straight is formerly the Embroider’s Friend!  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.

CNSEZL tacony 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.  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.

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Quilting by embroidery machine

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I have some great quilt designs for you to download for free.  These designs are all in the .xxx format so you will have to reformat them with your embroidery software.  The collection is too extensive for me to add conversions. Once you take a look at these designs you will love them as much as I do.  There are 1000’s of quilt block ideas here to combine and built on.

Open up your software and then open the design. Print out a template. You can also open addition designs to combine into the layout. Make sure you “save as” each time you make a new layout so you can make quick layouts. If you design a block that is too big for your hoop you can still make the block by embroidering each single design using the template for acute positioning.

The” hoop it all” will help you create your quilt block by giving you a larger hooped area. Slide from one embroidery area to another using the hoop it all slide action.

Challenge yourself using the new Singer XL400 or your Singer Quartet. The multi hoop feature is perfect for quilting on the sewing machine. Built your embroidery design and save as. The machine will split the design to multi-hoop. Here is a link on how multi-hooping works. Interested in a Singer XL400 Futura? See Jenny’s Sewing Studio!

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Embroidery design perfect placement

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The secret to perfect embroidery design placement is all in the planning. Sticky paper and templates are the key. Remember to center your design in your software before you “save it as”.  Print off a template and tape it to your garment to set the stage. Stand back and look at the effect before you decide to embroider.
Sticky paper stabilizers definitely have their place in the embroidery world. I have relied on sticky paper as long as I have been doing machine embroidery and that has been over 20 years ago. Jenny’s Sewing Studio offers several brands. Here is a roll of Peel N Stick and here is Stitch and Tear. Either brand works well for the machine embroidery perfect placement. If you are using sticky paper with a napped fabric, fuzz can build up on the needle. Use a cotton ball and some rubbing alcohol to clear the needle occasionally.
Place the sticky paper in the hoop, shiny side up and hoop. Score the top side making a big X and peel off the shiny paper to reveal the sticky side. Print off a template from your software. Draw a cross hair on your garment to mark the design center. Draw a cross hair on your sticky paper using a permanent marker.  Align the 2 cross hairs an push the garment into the sticky paper so it is flat. Use the software trace feature to check the placement before you embroider.
Another way to enjoy perfect placement is to use Place and Stitch Amazing Design software. In the software you can pick the outline of your garment and place the embroidery into the outline area. Watching the video you will see how perfect the outline works to achieve Perfect Placement. If you have the Futura CE 100- 350 you may need to modify the designs. I have a video of the editing software.
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