Machine Embroidery on an iPad? YES PLEASE!

Get ready for a Wilcom Tutorial that will change how you see embroidery designs – literally!! In this video, I am going to show you how to view, resize and convert embroidery designs right on your iPad or Android device. Don’t believe me? Check out the video! Do you need to convert a PES file to a commercial DST stitch file on the fly? Grab your iPad and convert it! IT’S A FREE EMBROIDERY SOFTWARE FROM WILCOM: Do you want to view your machine embroidery designs on your iPad? How about resizing, mirroring and converting your machine embroidery designs. Add in printing out an embroidery template with all of the embroidery design’s information and you have your answer: WILCOM TRUESIZER WEB EDITION! In this OML video, I am going to show you exactly how awesome Wilcom’s embroidery program is, and exactly how to use this program. Remember that this embroidery program is NOT digitizing software – you are not going to be able to create an embroidery design from the beginning, but you can view, rotate, enlarge and convert embroidery designs on your iPad. Amazing! here is the link: https://www.wilcom.com/ All you have to do is register for an account – don’t worry, it’s easy to do, and then log in and BAM it’s done – you can view your embroidery designs on your iPad!! DID I MENTION THAT IT WAS FREE? Yep, totally free. all you have to do is provide them with your name, address and email address and you are in! It’s really that easy.

HERE IS A VIDEO THAT ANSWERS ALL OF YOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT HOW TO USE AN IPAD FOR EMBROIDERY.

Embroidery on an iPad from Wilcom.com

Take an old hoodie and make it amazing!

Check out this gorgeous sweatshirt that I made using Anita Goodesign Monogram designs!! In this video, I show you how to set up your designs and HOW TO HOOP THE SLEEVES!! This sweatshirt repurposing designs were created in 6 hoopings, including 3 for the sleeves, and ends up with a wow factor for the entire embroidery design, and my old sweatshirt looks amazing! I take you through step by step on how to set up your designs by printing out the templates and making sure they are straight on the sleeve, marking their position and then hooping. Hooping may take some time, but it is worth the time when you see the end result. Even if you don’t have large hoops, you can still do most of this layout with smaller hoops – it will take a few more hoopings to get the front done – I merged a few of the single designs and came up with a symetrical design that looks so pretty! You can position each of the single designs and mark the center and then hoop it as many times as you need to – it will still look great and no one will know how many hoopings you did! If you don’t have a sleeve hoop as I do, you can take apart the sleeve so you can have a flat surface to do the embroidery designs. This is a lot easier and you have more of the sleeve to work on – I could think of many ways to embroider an open sleeve so that it looks great!! I hope you guys like my hoodie and I hope that you will try to repurpose your old sweatshirts too! after all, if you don’t like the design that you create, you can simply toss an old sweatshirt, right?

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Learn how to style, set up and hoop different areas of a sweatshirt INCLUDING HOOPING SLEEVES to take your hoodie from meh to WOW with the Victorian Monogram designs by Anita Goodesign! Here is the link to the set: https://www.anitagoodesign.com/product/victorian-monogram/

Valentine’s Week Begins NOW!

Welcome to the first day of Valentine’s Week! The first project that we are going to work on is a beautiful applique quilt square that you can add your own creativity to and create a one of a kind square!

Create your own Valentine’s quilt square

check out the video and learn step by step in Hatch Embroidery Software, PE Design 10/11, Embrilliance and Embird Studio! You can create this design in ANY software!!

Add some lettering, give the lettering some style, and you have a quilt block!!

Until next time,

Happy Valentine’s stitching!

Sue

Easy Press for Better Applique

I have found a solution….the Cricut Easy Press 2.  Yep, I am loving this little gadget.   It fits nicely on my desk, in the hoop (yes, actually in the hoop) and the pad is just a bit bigger than the press itself.  That really works for me and my workspace!

The easy press is designed primarily for pressing on heat transfer vinyl or HTV for short.  Heat transfer vinyl is fantastic, and can work very well with embroidery.  So why not for applique and fabric?  I thought I would grab one and check it out.  You can get different sizes – I have the smallest one – its only 6×7, so it fits perfectly into my hoops – so one press and you are done.  It doesn’t take up a ton of space and has some handy features that make it easy to use.  

The first part that I like is the stand.  Plunk the easy press down and you are done.  It is flat so you don’t have to worry about anything falling over.  You won’t accidently burn yourself because the hot part is down and completely covered by the stand.   It has an auto off feature, a timer setting as well as a temperature setting.  Lots of safety, little space.  My kind of embroidery accessory. 

This accessory was designed for putting HTV on small items such as onesies or small children’s clothing.  If you have this awesome press, you can add cute designs to your list for customers!!  Onesies are hard to hoop and hard to stitch.  Pressing onsies with a cute design that you cut on your cutter in HTV takes no time at all – and it is just as cute!  You don’t have to worry about hooping, being off center, hooping accidents or watching your machine like a hawk.  Cut, press and peel – that’s it.  

If you are like me, I tend to get a bit lazy when it comes to ironing…so I leave my iron out, in full view, but I still don’t use it nearly enough!  I don’t have enough room for the pad to cover my desk to protect it, and I am really not going to go across the room to get to the ironing board.  I have 3 dogs, and they get playing, and I worry that they will bump the ironing board and the hot iron will fall.  Maybe that’s just me.

Check it out, keep and open mind – I find this tool helpful and it is really nice to have pressed fabric and finished products so easily.  Also, HTV can be sparkly and bright.  Also a bonus. 

Until next time,

Sue,

The Queen of Embroidery Gadgets and Accessories.

I’M BAAAACK!

After taking a week off because of medical issues, I am back and jumping in with both feet!

Today’s video is pretty cool – I am trying to cover as much as I can, for each cutter that I have.  I have the newest Cricut Maker, Silhouette Cameo 3 as well as the Brother Scan N Cut DX225 Innovis edition.  If you have one of those cutters, you will be in luck for getting videos!  Ha!

IN this video, I create an SVG in Hatch – there are more than one way to do this – and I am using Corel to help me create it.  Because why not?  Corel is there, might as well use it!

Once I have my nice SVG – remember that it is a SCALABLE vector graphic, so you will be able to resize it – I take it in to each of the 3 different software and make a cut file!

So easy, and your applique will never look the same!!

Enjoy!

WELCOME TO MY VLOG!

I get so busy with sharing everything and answering questions in the OML Embroidery University facebook group, I always forget to blog!!  Today, I remembered!  yay!  I will try to blog more, I have a whole bunch of blogs that are already written that I need to post.

OK, so for today, here is my Vlog.  Hopefully, it will also count as a blog post 🙂

Until next time

Happy Stitching!

 

Sue

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CRAZY QUILTING 101: LET’S GET STARTED!

Have you ever wanted to learn how to crazy quilt in machine embroidery?  Here is your chance to get learning!

Crazy Quilting came about in the early 1800’s and was really popular.  The idea of crazy quilting came about by using up every scrap of very expensive fabric so that there would be no waste.  Back then, rich fabrics were really expensive, so every piece counted.  Literally!  people who could not afford such rich fabrics used whatever they had on hand, and then embellished it to make it look pretty.  Some of these quilts were actually sewn together using an old table-cloth as the foundation!  Whatever they had around would work!

Embellishments:  same thing as the fabrics, whatever embellishments you had would work.  They used buttons, small pieces of lace, ribbons and of course beautiful embroidery thread in different colors.  Pretty much anything worked, and the end results are very pretty!

Old Traditions:  there are a few old traditions that were applied to these hand-made crazy quilts.  There was usually saying on the front of the quilt or a name and date of the quilter.  More often than not, there would be a fancy initial somewhere on the quilt – either for the person receiving the quilt or the person who made the quilt.  There were special stitches that were used, and certain ways that the squares were divided.

I did quite a bit of research and looked at some stunning, beautiful quilts made with lavish and intricate embellishments.    I decided that it would be really fun to do these quilts on the embroidery machine.  Of course people have been doing this for years, and the results are awesome.  I thought it would be a great YouTube series to learn how to crazy quilt.  Here is the first video – basically an introduction and how to set up your blocks.  There are 3 parts to this block, so make sure you watch all of the videos.

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What do you know about nodes? Save time with editing nodes!

Working with object nodes will save you time in the end.  If you make a mistake digitizing, you don’t have to start all over again – simply edit the nodes!!

Nodes are those little points that you place down every time you click the mouse when you are making an object.  Left click makes a straight node, and a right click makes a curved node.  What happens if you make a mistake, or want to change something in your object?  That is when the nodes come in handy.   Let’s go over a few things with nodes that will make object editing easier and faster than ever.

Once you have completed your object, and you want to make changes, the first thing you need to do is select the object (by clicking on it) and then click on the Reshape Icon  at the top left of your screen (this works for Wilcom E4 and Wilcom Hatch, but your sofware will be similar – look for editing nodes, nodes, edit button.   Once you click on that, the nodes will appear!  Now you can start working with the nodes to change or fix your embroidery object.

how to select nodes

There are two different kinds of nodes:  straight nodes and curved nodes.    The small yellow square indicates a straight node that forms a straight line or a cusp.  The light blue circle indicates a curved line.  Pretty easy to remember, right?  Square for straight, and circle for curves.

how to make curvesTo work with a specific node, you need to select that node first.  You can also select a bunch of nodes by left-clicking and dragging a bounding box around a group of nodes.  Once you click on a node, the node should turn dark blue – that is the darker blue color that lets you know that the node is now selected .  The other nodes will appear yellow.  These colors apply for Wilcom Hatch and Wilcom E4 – your software may have a different color scheme, but once you play around in “node mode” you will figure out the difference between selected nodes and non selected nodes.

Once you have selected that node, you can click and hold down your left mouse button and drag that node around and change your object.  If you were not precise enough in your node placement, you can quickly hop into reshaping (select your object first) and align your nodes,  and zoom right in and place them where they need to be placed!

Another thing you can do with nodes is change their type!  Yes you can – you do not need to delete and start your object all over again, you can do some fixing.  You can change your node from a curve to straight (circle to square) and vice versa – from a straight to a curve!  All you have to do is select the node (make sure it is dark blue) and hit the spacebar, and the node will change for you!  Of course, that will make big changes to your object, so if you don’t like it, hit spacebar again and it will go back to where you started – either back to a straight node, or a curved node.

There are a few more things you can try.  What happens if you add too many nodes or have nodes that you don’t need?  Select the node and hit the delete key.  It is that simple – select and delete and your node is gone!  What if you want to add more nodes to finesse your embroidery object even more?  When you are in reshape, just left click on the place where you want the node, and it will be inserted.  If you want the opposite node that was inserted, then select and hit spacebar to change it.

So instead of starting all over again on an object that isn’t quite right, try fixing your object using nodes – it is fast and easy and once you get the basics down, you will find its very easy to make adjustments and make better embroidery.

Happy Digitizing!

Now you know more about nodes!

SueB

Not enough time in the day for Embroidery

Lots of people say that there is not enough time in the day for embroidery!  I fall into that category as well, there just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day!  I have 10 million projects that I want to do, and I have ideas in my head that I need to do!  So many ideas, so little time.  On the bright side in my life, I do get to do embroidery all day – we create and embroider patches, so my day is filled with embroidery!  And I absolutely love it!  Some days, I really just want to sit and digitize all day.  I “work watch” movies and TV and listen to music while I digitize,  and I do find it relaxing as long as there are no time frames for my work to be completed.

So how do you fit in time for embroidery every day?  Here are a few ideas to make a bit of time to add in some embroidery time:

LEARN SOMETHING NEW EVERY DAY.   A little learning each day adds up in the end.  I do this every day – whether I learn something new about the program, a new way of doing things, a new process or using a new thread or style properly.  Something little each day adds up to good working knowledge in the end.

SET SOME QUIET TIME:  I know this is hard for everyone, including me, but I try and set a few minutes each day for some quiet time to give my brain a rest.  During this quiet time, I usually turn to embroidery digitizing.  Start off small  with even 20 minutes and work up from there.   You may not be able to finish a whole design, but you can at least work on it.

LEARNING IS IMPORTANT:  to make good use of your time and learn your embroidery program – if you get a feel for what you are doing then you will have much less frustration in general working with embroidery.  I do suggest that people know the program before they start working on a project.

KNOW YOUR PROGRAM:  no matter what software you are using, get to know the program as much as possible before starting a project.  I get a good feel for a new embroidery program, and then take a learn- as-I-go approach to it.  I know most of the tools, and if i want to do something and I can’t figure it out, instead of trying a whole bunch of things I will always look it up on the Help guide and find the right way the first time.  This saves a ton of frustration and makes learning happy.

SET GOALS:  I set personal goals for myself every day – the things that I want to accomplish in the day – and that always includes a bit of learning time – whether on Embird, Tajima DG15 Photoshop or any other program that I use.  They don’t have to be huge goals, but something simple and workable.  If you don’t have enough time to finish a whole project, set the goal to get one part of it done, and the next day another part until your design is finished.

So remember, you are never too old to learn something new!  Go for it – set yourself out a bit of time each day and start tackling that embroidery to-do list and feel accomplished.

HAPPY DIGITIZING!