Darlene’s Thread: Advanced Embroidery Tips and Tricks
The Futura Quartet is Singer’s top-of-the-line embroidery machine at HSN. It has a large slide-on hoop, 125 new built-in designs and multi-hooping capability. When you combine the two or four multi- hoop ability with the built-in basic editing, you can get a wide range of results. The first example, the placemat was stitched using four hoopings and one design from the Garden Dreams embroidery CD by Bertina Studio and DarStar Productions.
Once you have the size you want, go to DESIGN/REPEAT DESIGN/click horizontal once/MIRROR IMAGE/apply and close.
Now highlight the two hooped mirror imaged design and go back to DESIGN/REPEAT DESIGN/click vertical once/ MIRROR IMAGE/apply and close.
Now you should see four hoops and your new design. If it is off-center, Highlight the design/click DESIGN/CENTER DESIGN and it should reposition in the hoops on your computer’s screen. Stitch out as prompted after making sure that all the points line up.
The second example is a t-shirt embroidered with a single design. I chose a butterfly from the DOT BUTTERFLY embroidery CD by Bertina Studio and Darstar Productions.
Once the design is imported into your hoop, Click DESIGN/CHANGE SIZE/ click the % box and increase to 149% and APPLY. Do this again…and Do this again! You should be asked if you want a second hoop. Say YES!
Now highlight the two-hoop design and go back to DESIGN/CHANGE SIZE/click the % box and increase to 149% /APPLY. repeat as necessary to enlarge the single design until it fits into four hoops the way you like.
Stitch out as prompted. It’s so nice to have options and with Singer, sewing is always a new adventure!
No one’s perfect! That’s why having a set of permanent markers will come in handy! For starters, you can add color, accent, contour or highlight different areas of a quilt with pigments that won’t wash out. You can also use your fine tipped rainbow of colored markers to fill in any tiny gaps that may have occurred in machine embroidery. You may not be Picasso but you can still feel like an artist! If you’d like to add them to your shopping basket with your next order, check out items #938472 or # 904782.
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