So, when I got my Brother PE500 I wasn't sure of everything that it could do...so I started experimenting (and since I am sick I have had lots of time to do this). I wanted to see if I would be able to do an applique with my machine...so I looked it up on YouTube. I came across this video, so now I know I can do it, but the real question is can you do a monogram applique...well, the answer is YES!! I am so excited to share this with everyone!
I wasn't sure how applique fonts worked, so I just purchased one that was a good deal and would be perfect for me (I also didn't want to spend a lot of money if I wasn't able to do it! I ended up purchasing a circle applique font from an Etsy Shop. It was inexpensive and great for what I want to do! So, first I formatted the font with my software making everything the right size and the right spacing etc...
Now for the applique part of this project, it is kind of timely, but it is worth it! Doing the applique is more complicated with the monogram than it was for the woman in the video, who just did a small cloud, there are a lot more steps. Make sure you use self adhesive stabilizer so that your letters will stick to your shirt when you go back to embroider the final outline (it will make sense later).
The first thing you want to do is take your fabric of choice and outline your letters. You have to set your machine to do this by skipping the 2nd and 3rd step of the applique on each specific letter.
After you have done this step, cut all of the letters out.
Set your shirt/item up in the section you would like the applique to be. Now, if you remember the last time I monogrammed a shirt it was off a little so I adjusted the hoop this time to accommodate for the imperfections last time, not that there wont be any this time!
The next thing is for your machine to out line the letters for you on the shirt, I forgot to take a picture of this, I'm sorry! Once you have outlined pull the stabilizer off of the back of your letters and stick them to the shirt inside the outline.
Set your machine to finish the final outlines, and then let it go!
Once your applique is complete take it off of the machine and pull the stabilizer off. Yay, your applique is complete!
The applique will take longer than a monogram because there is so much more work to do with it than just hitting the green button! I hope as time goes on my applique becomes more and more perfect so that I am not so nervous to do them for other people!
Feel free to ask any question, I will try to help the best that I can!