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A Comprehensive Guide to Machine Embroidery
• Stabilizer/Fabric/Needle Chart
• Placement Guidelines
• Hooping Techniques
• From Computer to Stitches Guide
• Troubleshooting Tips
• Special Embroidery Techniques
• Embroidery Ideas & Projects
Machine embroidery offers an endless opportunity for creativity. You can add your personal touch to almost anything from a whimsical t-shirt to a French Heirloom Christening gown.
It is possible to successfully embroider a whimsical t-shirt by simply sliding some cutaway stabilizer behind the t-shirt and following the directions that came with your machine. However, it wouldn’t be long before you want to use various fabrics and techniques that pose problems. Hundreds of new stabilizers, threads, and needles have been introduced to make machine embroidery easier and more beautiful. Our aim in this book is to simplify the embroidery process so your embroidery turns out the way you want every time. After teaching hundreds of students and seeing many embroideries with puckers, we have developed strong opinions on some issues, e.g. hooping.
In addition to simplifying which types of products to use and when to use them, we clarify which type of embroidery designs to use on which fabrics and where these designs should be placed. Most of us know enough not to place two sunflowers in certain spots on the front of a t-shirt, but many wonder exactly how many inches up from the hem of the towel the monogram should be placed? This book also covers organizing designs on your computer and transferring designs from the Internet to your computer and then to your machine.
In case you still have problems after following all of our recommendations, we have a troubleshooting section. You simply look down the list of problems until you find your concern, e.g. Thread Breaking, then several possible causes and solutions are listed.
Lastly, we cover many Special Embroidery Techniques, e.g. Appliqué Embroidery, Cutwork Embroidery, and suggest ideas for using embroidery as well as giving directions for several projects.
The topics are organized following the steps used to embroider a project: 1. Design Selection
2. Thread Selection
3. Needle Selection
4. Stabilizer Selection
5. Placement Guidelines
6. Hooping Techniques
7. Stitching the Embroidery (Helpful machine functions)
In “From Computer to Stitches” we explain how to get a design from a CD to your Embroidery Machine. Our “Troubleshooting Tips” try to unravel the embroiderer’s problems.
Special Embroidery Techniques covers a variety of things, from appliqué to cutwork and more.
Embroidery Ideas and Projects gives many suggestions for using embroidery.
Country Stitches, a Husqvarna Viking and PFAFF retailer in Lansing, MI, has been publishing the Foot Book for years. Husqvarna Foot Book and the PFAFF foot book are amazing foot reference guides. This store also publishes the Comprehensive Guide to Machine Embroidery.