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Embroidery Machine Instructions for Beginniners

TutorialMegan Bottomly

Machine Embroidery is a hobby that can grow with you through time and eventually turn into a small business if you are inclined.  It is a hobby with endless creative possibilities which is both exciting and overwhelming when you are getting started. After you choose and purchase an embroidery machine the first thing to identify is what format your machine accepts or "reads".  The format is easily found by looking at your instruction manual or simply googling your embroidery machine make and model on the internet and looking for the "format needed".  Most embroidery machines accept PES, DST, EXP, JEF, VIP, XXX, and EXP.  Herrington Design on Etsy sells fonts and designs including all of these formats.

Once you identify what format your machine accepts you will be faced to consider the idea of investing in an embroidery editing program.  There is a wide range of editing programs on the market in varying price points.  My recommendation is always Embrillance Essentials.

If you are not interested in purchasing an editing program there are a few other options for you as well.

The first is to have myself or another digitizer on Etsy create a custom monogram for you that is ready to load directly onto your embroidery machine.  Simply send me the letters you need in order (First, Last, Middle) the size and the format.  Just convo me through Etsy prior to ordering and I'll give you a price estimate and the time estimated before completion.

The second option is to load the files directly onto your USB port and then open them on your embroidery machine.  Most machines will only read one letter at a time in a hoop.  This method will require you to "rehoop" your fabric after each letter or reposition your needle.   (If you want your monogram to be "interlocking" an editing program or a custom monogram will be the easiest option.)

If you choose to load the files directly onto  your USB port without using an editing program or having a custom order created, just remember to only load the format of files that your embroidery machine accepts.  Loading other formats onto your machine will just result in a blank screen on your embroidery machine.

Hope this helps and happy stitching!

 

Step By Step Picture Instructions on How to Create a Banner using an Embroidery Machine

TutorialMegan Bottomly

When I designed my Banner or Bunting Embroidery files, I realized that written instructions are good, but pictures are even better.  So, I decided to write a post with step by step picture instructions on creating embroidery machine banner. Before you begin.  Using an editing program merge your embroidery font onto your banner embroidery design.  If you don't have an embroidery editing program I have another post that talks about which one I prefer.  You can also just convo me on Etsy and I can set up your custom Banner and email the files.

Step 1.  Hoop your stabilizer.  Use Medium or Heavyweight soft stabilizer.  This means, not the crinkle kind or paper type.  If you use Medium weight, it may be good to use two sheets of stabilizer.  You will not unhoop your stabilizer until the final step has been completed.

Step 2.  Spray your fabric of choice for both the front and back with spray adhesive and lay gently over the top of your hooped stabilizer.  Many people choose to use one fabric on the front and one on the back.  I used white felt for both front and back.

Step 3.  Turn on your machine, secure hoop on machine and run the first stitch.  It should run two times with a running stitch. It may stop between stitches to give the user a chance to cut away extra fabric if needed.  You can either cut after the first or second running stich.

Step 4.  After your machine has done one or two running stitches, remove the hoop from the machine and cut both the top and the bottom fabric along the stitch.  This pic is of my felt that has been stitched with the running stitch and then cut using applique scissors.  It has not been finished with the satin stitch yet.  Just the running stitch.

5.  When the shape has been cut on BOTH top and bottom of your hoop, gently secure the hoop back onto your machine.  Press the green button and let your machine finish the the shape of your banner.  It will continue with a tack down stitch and then the satin stitch to finish.

6.  If your file has an additional frame option, this is the time to stop the machine by pushing the green button and remove the hoop from your machine.  Gently place your second or third piece of fabric on the top of your hoop using spray adhesive as in step 2.  After the fabric has been placed on both top and bottom of the hoop (if desired), secure your hoop back in the machine and push the green button.  It will begin your secondary frame stitch.  (this particular design comes with a simple frame option, not a satin stitch as in the outside stitch of the banner.)

7.  Trim around the outside of the secondary frame on both sides using applique scissors.

8.  Secure the hoop back into the embroidery machine and push the green button.  The ribbon holes will begin to stitch.

This is the time to pick a new color of thread for the font if desired.  Otherwise just push start again and watch the machine stitch out your font!

After this has been completed, you may now unhoop your design and trim the stabilizer from your banner.

Happy sewing!

My banner embroidery designs are available at my Etsy shop for $1.50.  Custom digitizing available for $5.00 (which includes adding letters to create a custom banner.)

How to create a Monogram with Embroidery Files

Embroidery SoftwareMegan Bottomly

If you are new to Embroidery and have a program that will help you edit your fonts and resize, you have everything you need to create a custom monogram or name. Different programs operate in different ways, but the one way that most programs can be guaranteed to work the same is by clicking the "File" tab under your programs header bar.  Scroll down and then click "Merge Files".  It should then give you the option to upload a new letter of your font to existing font or blank page.  You may have to simply start the program by clicking on the font letter to have the page opened with the letter in the center of the screen.   Then you can go to File and click down to Merge Files  or something of the like.

Once your letters are in the correct format, you can re-size each letter according to your needs by clicking on them and then dragging the surrounding box according to the size desired.  I have a preference to Embrilliance Essentials for this particular feature because it recalculates the stitches for you and fills in where needed as you adjust the size of your font.

Just remember that your combined design or monogram may not be larger than 3 13/16" wide or high for a 4x4 hoop or it will not load on the machine.

4 13/16 x 6 13x16" on a 5x7 hoop

6 13/16 x 11 13/16 on a 7 x 12 hoop

There are endless possibilities with a good editing program.  Hope this helps answer some questions!

 

Embrilliance Essentials Embroidery Editing Software for MACs and PC computers

Embroidery SoftwareMegan Bottomly

When I first started embroidery a few years ago, I ran into several issued with editing software because I am a loyal MAC user.  One of the first Applications that I purchased was "Embrilliance Essentials".  It was created for those who love MAC computers but need editing and reformatting software for their Embroidery machines.  I have been a huge advocate for this program for most of my Etsy Shoppers. Yes, it is $150.  However, you can buy fonts that are less expensive that only come in one size and then resize them to suit your needs.  Their new updated version actual recalculates your stitches for you however large or small you wish to make your design.

The Embrilliance Essentials company is great at responding to questions and concerns.  It is always my first choice when referring customers new to embroidery that use MAC computers.  Just make sure you keep your serial number handy for updates!

To purchase Embrilliance Essentials, just click on the links above or below:

Embrilliance Essentials