How to work with a large quilt? I HAVE ANSWERS!!!

I do have a ton of experience stitching and creating embroidery, I have not done much sewing. If I could program the embroidery machine to sew for me, that was a good day! Then McDreamy came along (he is my Brother Dream Machine 2) and everything changed! The DM2 is an incredible embroidery machine, but also one of the best sewing machines out there. So now I have to learn to sew and quilt!

I am still working on sewing…I generally give it a try and then pick it out until I get it right. Yep, trial and error. I am getting better at it each time I try, and I do learn something new. How am I supposed to move the quilt around? What about embroidery???

My big problem was sewing and quilting LARGE QUILTS. It is hard to get the whole quilt moved around so everything lines up, sew a bit, and then do re-arranging again and a bit of sewing again. It is a lot of hard work! Since I am not an amazing quilter or sewer, just about anything will make my stitches crooked. So. What the heck can I do to make this easier? I don’t want to give up. I found the solution, and I am super happy.

What solves all of my large quilt quilting problems?

THE WEIGHTLESS QUILTER, BY DIME!!! (here is the link if ya wanna check it out https://www.shop.dzgns.com/collections/quilting/products/weightless-quilter )

The best part? you don’t need any additional equipment to get this to work – it is adaptable to any desk and any sized quilt. Even better, it has a small footprint, so if you only have a smaller working space like I do, the Weightless quilter fits right in! I was so happy to make quilting easier for me. Check out my set up!

Sew easy to set up and use
Sew much easier – no pulling and stress on arms and shoulders
I can do this!!

How will this work for embroidery? After all, that is what I do best! All you have to do is make your quilt sandwich (same steps as sewing) and grab your Snap Hoop Monster – the biggest one you have!!! and find a gorgeous machine embroidery quilting design. Press start. Watch the magic happen!!!

This is going to look amazing!

I am loving this solution – it is FANTASTIC and so easy to use! I will be working more with the Weightless Quilter, so stay tuned for more embroidery experiments and tests. So far, this is EXCELLENT!

I am so happy!

Until next time,

Sue Brown

(a happy weightless quilter)

The BEST way to hoop!

It’s hoopapalooza month at Designs in Machine Embroidery. It’s all about hooping. I am up for that, I thought. So I went hoop shopping. Oh, so much fun!! If only I had a ton of money, I would have ALL of the magnetic hoops for both of my machines. Well, I guess I had better get saving.

I decided to get the hoop that I use most often, the 8×8 quilt hoop. I do a lot of quilt squares and mug rugs, and other designs of course, and that seems to be my go to hoop, so it made sense to get that one in a magnetic hoop and make everything easier.

YEP. It sure does make everything easier. I do have different magnetic hoops for my 10 needle Brother PR1000E embroidery machine, and while they are easy to use my only issue with them is that the machine doesn’t recognize them and they are often a different size and shape from the standard hoops. Not really a big deal, but usually I am rushing around to get a video going on, and I just seem to opt for the hassle free “never hit the hoop and break your machine” option of the standard hoops.

That has all changed now that I have my hands on this Snap Hoop Monster. Aside from it being magnetic, there is another really really awesome thing with these hoops for the single needle: THE BROTHER DREAM MACHINE 2 RECOGNIZES THE HOOP! It is the exact same size sewing field as the original hoop from Brother. Yeah, I am sooooo happy about that. It means that you can use the snap hoop monster the same way as you would use a regular hoop – the machine will know what hoop you have on, and it will let you know when your design will not fit. I think this is the best part.

With a snap hoop monster you can easily unhoop by lifting the top magnet hoop up, reposition your fabric, and then place the top hoop back on, and voila! you are ready to get stitching again!! This hoop will be amazing for endless hooping, all over hooping and border hooping.

It should be noted that you CAN purchase a bulky border hoop for both the PR1000e and the Dream Machine 2, but they are really pricey and difficult to use. We paid $400 for the larger border frame hoop for the 10 needle brother….and I don’t like it very much. I am not happy with it’s space limitations and how you have to load and move the fabric. Had I known this, I would have purchased a snap hoop monster instead – I could use it for border designs AND anything else I needed. It would have been a great purchase. Honestly I would have done the same with my Dream Machine 2 – I must have all the hoop sizes on a machine (meh, it’s so expensive) so we ordered as many different hoops that we could for my single needle embroidery machine. Yes, they are expensive…I would love to return them all and get the same sizes in snap hoop monster hoops! I wish I had known how awesome the snap hoops are two years ago!!! I would have been much happier with the magnetic hoops.

Check out my video as I unbox the 8×8 Snap hoop monster for McDreamy. Yep. I am happy and I love the hoop.

Take my money, please. LOL

How to place designs, Part 2

Do you have issues with proper placement of your designs? Tired of measuring and second guessing yourself? I have answers to all of your issues!!

If you are having issues with embroidery design placement, Designs in Machine Embroidery has an economical and easy answer: THE PERFECT PLACEMENT KIT. This is a fantastic way to quickly and properly place your embroidery designs – I am going to show you the whole Perfect Placement Kit and how easy it is to use.

Here is the link for this awesome kit: http://www.shop.dzgns.com?p=Hk_7ciicV

Here at oml embroidery, I love to try out new tools, new techniques and let you know how they work or if they work. You can see everything that is in the kit and exactly how to use it. I will be using this kit in my videos, it makes everything easy – no measuring, no guessing, no mistakes. The perfect placement kit just works for any machine embroidary designs.

This Kit will work perfectly for placement of any embroidery designs – stitched, applique and placement for embellishments like a monogram on an in the hoop project.

in my opinion, this would be a perfect kit for embroidery beginners just learning the skill of embroidery and more experienced embroiderers. If you know a beginner embroiderer, introduce them to perfect placement kit and save them tons of embroidering time, and of course embroidery mistakes.

Once you get the perfect placement using the templates, then you can take it to your embroidery machine. I have a Brother Dream Machine 2 and a brother PR100E embroidery machine, so I can either use the snowman stickers that get recognized by the machine, or you can use the placement stickers that come with the kit. If you are using the placement stickers, then you can either use the camera to line it up, or drop your needle to get everything perfectly aligned. Yep, it’s really that easy!

Make your embroidery look amazing – on towels, the corner of napkins, burp cloths and even pillow covers – if your embroidery is placed properly, your final embroidered product is going to look the best it can! You can use the templates for all of your machine embroidery projects.

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Make old jeans new again with some LACE!! (it’s so pretty)

You can do this too!!

In this video, I am going to show you how to repurpose old ripped jeans into show-stopping lace embroidered jeans! I am using embroidery designs from Angela Wolf’s Lace Collection 1 for the designs – and I create my own design using elements from the collection so I can strategically place the embroidered lace on the jeans to cover up the tear. The lace is finished completely in the hoop and then you can use your sewing machine or hand sew the lace onto the jeans. You can embroider directly on the jeans, but it is difficult to do on skinny jeans unless you take the seam out. I used some tulle and water-soluble stabilizer (WSS). Well, I should have used tulle or organza, but I was trying to work on a budget and used “fabric” from the Dollar store, Dollarama. I thought it was organza, but it turns out to be different. At the machine, this fabric looks great, but not so great when I needed to trim it out. Embroidery Lace takes a long time to stitch out – but the gorgeous results make it worth the time you spend stitching. Angela Wolf’s Lace collection is simply gorgeous! Once your designs have finished stitching on your embroidery machine, you can simply cut it out. I did run into some issues with the fabric that I picked out – it turns out that this fabric works for embroidery, doesn’t work for detailed lace for trimming the lace. It was difficult to get it trimmed close to the embroidered lace. If you use tulle or organza you will find this step much easier to complete. Once you have everything trimmed out, you need to soak the lace to get rid of the water soluble stabilizer (WSS) from the back of the lace – and all you will be left with is the tulle and the embroidered lace. Once your lace is dry, you can place it on your jeans. I placed the lace that I designed over the hole in the jeans – to fix the jeans and to give the ripped jeans some strength. You can use your sewing machine with matching thread to sew the lace on to the jeans, or you can hand sew the lace around the edges. Use a zig zag or single stitch to follow the outline of the lace. I used a zig zag stitch in different directions to reinforce the rip in the jeans and because I am using the same thread, it doesn’t show at all! MACHINE EMBROIDERY EDUCATION. FOR EVERYONE. LEARN. STITCH. SMILE. DESIGNS IN MACHINE EMBROIDERY PRODUCTS: Please use the code or link for ANY PURCHASES: SUSAB58 or this link: http://www.shop.dzgns.com/OML IF YOU WANT TO GET EMBRILLIANCE OR UPGRADE EMBRILLIANCE, Please use my affiliate link: https://bit.ly/2SdMvx2 . All $$ will be rolled back into this channel in the form of giveaways, new tools, more tech to make better videos! SUPPORT THIS CHANNEL by subscribing to the channel, liking the video and sharing the video to let us know you want MORE! Turn on notifications so that you won’t miss a video! Lots of cool videos and classes coming up soon and everything is FREE. I have lots of classes and some BIG MACHINE EMBROIDERY ideas coming up, so make sure you subscribe and support me on this journey together! Don’t worry, everything is free – and embroidery fun, too!