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.
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.
Have you been wanting to expand your embroidery font library? Compucon has an excellent lettering program that offers a font engine and extra fonts for monogram and decorative floral lettering. This is a font engine that allows the user toÂ shape and edit the letters as they wish. Arc, rotate and add texture, create 2 color fill in your letters, manipulate each letter individually,Â even make lace letters. If you have Hyperfont or the complete studio you can also add to your font library for unlimited font function. Unlike the Futura program, with hyperfont and lettering options Compucon gives you a feature to add true type fonts permanetlyÂ to the font library.Â Compucon also gives you editing built in to the lettering program so you can change the texture of the lettering or outline it or change it’s shape. Another editing function that I like to use is the “Â change font feature” found in editing.Â You can create a style and edit the lettering too.
See a complete video on how the lettering program works. You can purchase the smaller 35 font option or the 71 font library option. Both options are will be great additions to your embroidery machine and the lettering created can be saved in almost any format for any make or model. Here are few more video links.
Hoop it all has several hoops that will add function to your embroidery machine. Even if you have a small hoop machine I can show you how to plan and execute a long banner design when you only have a 4″ X 4″ hoop. Here are some things to remember.
1. Hoop it all works on a slide bracket and with sticky paper.Â Cut the correct paper size to fit the hoop and remove the release paper topper sheet as you place the sticky paper to the back of your hoop.Â Mark the center of the hoop by drawing it on the sticky paper with a permanent marker.Â Mark the design centers on your projectÂ using a temporary water soluble marker. Match the center lines up on the sticky paper and position theÂ project to the hoop center marks. Â Put the slider bracket on your machine. Next you can slide your hoop to the center of each embroidery with ease.Â
2. You need some way to print out a template ofÂ each embroidery that fits your stitch out area. I am providing a link to free software that is offered by Compucon Stitch and Sew. You can open your embroidery in the softwareÂ and print of the templates to mark your fabric with.
Here is a link to the software video and link to the download. Download the software and openÂ the desiredÂ embroidery in the software. Watch the video and try the software for yourself. Compucon makes many great options for embroidery.
I have also prepared a video on the Hoop it all .
3. Hoop it all is made for most makes an models of embroidery machine. The hoops are custom made so allow about 2 to 3 weeks delivery time.
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.
Save the date!Â Jenny will be demonstrating embroidery machines, software and serger sewing at Hancock fabrics.Â Join me November 26th from 9:30am to 11:30am for a free demonstration on gingerbread man ornaments at Hancock Fabrics in Salisbury, MD. Free downloads of the embroidery designÂ are now available at our video, design and photo gallery.
I ask you to register so I can have seating available. Call Hancock at 410-677 3461, it’s free!
Join Jenny Saturday November 26th from 2-4pm for a free demonstration on serger quilting.Â The “Log Cabin” and the “Layer Cake” scrap quilt will be demonstrated. I ask you to register so I can have seating available. Call Hancock at 410-677 3461, it’s free!
Our next demonstration will be held December 7th. Free Motion Machine Quilting 10:00 -12:00 and serger sewing for the holiday 2:00- 4:00pm. See you in class.
Make sure you check out our upcoming sewing class schedule. Here is one of my recent sewing students learning to sew.Â Tony is now creating pillows for his chairs. He said he saw a man sewing his daughters wedding gown and decided he could sew too. Come join us in class.
Â Yes, Compucon has a free conversion tool on line for download. I have written a brand new video for you to watch and see all the features available.Â It’s Amazing! You can change colors, colorize in your thread palette, Â print off a template, view your hoop, make a grid, measure the design, and save in your format so the design is ready for you to use.Â It is Free!Â Â To find the viewer go to www.compuconusa.com
The Stitch and Sew options all have the viewer included as part of the program. Using our new viewer will give you a unique view into how easy the software is to use.
The viewer is also used to view the “Embroidery Anthology” by Compucon. The Anthology has over 4,400 designs to use.
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