Machine Embroidery - Beyond The Basics

Posted by Joanne Winn on 2 February 2015 | 0 Comments


Joanne Winn shares some insights of her class Beyond Basic Digitizing. This is a theory class on editing and perfecting your embroidery machine digitizing and one of six Joanne teaches at the Academy of Quilting. 

Here she shares some useful tips that all embroiderer's should know:

After you have saved your design always do a test stitch out before stitching a design. This lets you see if:

  • there are any jump stitches
  • you like the colors you have chosen
  • you like the Fills in the objects, and outlines and colors
  • the overall design pleases you

Quilt Blocks: This design is one you manually digitize in class. 

Crewel Flowers block1 Crewel Flowers block2

This is a striking design when you use the wreath tool to make a large quilt block. The Wreath tool is located on the bottom left of the program screen in the Arrange menu bar. This tool allows you to duplicate a design in the shape of a wreath with an option to use the attached Kaleidoscope tool. Both will give you up to 50 repeats. It is so much fun to play with. Quite often you get a real surprise while playing. Beginners and as well as advanced students will find this very easy to use.

I can picture a wonderful quilting or scroll type design in the center. Try several different combinations using the Wreath Tool.

... Joanne Winn

Joanne has so much more to teach you when you enroll in class. See you there!

About Beyond Basic Digitizing: If you use your digitizing software but would like to go beyond what you have learned in guide classes, Joanne will teach you techniques for manual digitizing. Bernina Artista Designer Plus V5 and, V6 is used for step by step instructions with photos. This class is meant for anyone who owns Bernina Artista Plus software, regardless of the brand of embroidery machine you have. Students can Save As or convert the embroidery designs to the format for their machine. There will be no instruction on Autodigitizing. Check the Outline on the Supply Page for complete list of topics covered in class. Find out more...


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