Thursday, January 17, 2013

My First Applique

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! 

33 comments:

  1. What monograming software do you use? And how do you like it?

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    1. I use Embrillence, at first it is a little complicated but once you get used to it is is very simple and easy to use, I like it a lot.

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  2. Can I ask where you got your software and exactly what "edition" i love what you did here!!

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    1. Hi, I purchases my software on http://embrilliance.com, and I have purchased the most updated one at the time and just update it when it becomes available.

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    2. well i saw that they have the alphatricks, essentials and thumbnailer?

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  3. Hello there!
    How do you "skip the 2nd and 3rd setting" on the machine??

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    1. Hi, to skip to the next letters you hit the back button on your machine and go to the screen where you see the +/- options...from there you select the spool of thread with the + or - to go forward or backwards to do each step. I hope this made sense and helps!

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  4. Love your tutorial on this, but I am not sure on pulling off the stabilizer on the letters. How do you do that when it is sewed on from doing the first outline? I hope that makes sense. I know I did something wrong.

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    1. That makes perfect sense, I had the same problem. What I do is use the small scissors that came with my machine and try to cut a small hole between the paper and sticky part and then just pull it off very carefully. This is the most tedious part, but I have found that you don't need all of the paper off just enough to keep it down, so I take off the corners and the middle, if it comes unthreaded, don't worry, it will be covered, the point of the sticky is to keep it down while the thicker stitches are completed. You could also use iron on stabilizer and iron it onto the item your are putting the applique on. I hope this helps!

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    2. The stabilizer that I used is the one that you have iron on. So do I the outline of the initials without a stabilizer, then once I cut it out use the stabilizer? I am so new to this! :)

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    3. I have never used the iron stabilizer, but yes, you would do the outline of the letters and then iron on the stabilizer and cut it out around the letters again. I suggest cutting after you iron on!

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    4. How much was your software? Will it allow you to increase the size of appliques or are you still limited to the 4x4 hoop?

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    5. Hi, the software I purchased was about $150. When using the 4x4 hoop you cannot increase the size of the appliqué! I hope this helps!

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  5. Thank you! So if I have a larger hoop then i could do larger monograms with thesoftware you have? Just bought my Brother pe500 last month, and I'm loving it! I wish that I could do some things bigger.

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    1. Yes, if you purchase the larger hoop you would be able to do larger embroidery. I think there is one size hoop above the 4x4, I believe it is a 4x6 but I am not positive!

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  6. Hi Madison just wanted to say you site is extremely helpful! I recently purchased Embrilliance software for my mac but after i click 'Save Stitch File As" I cannot get it to show up on m brother PE500. Just wondering if you had any tips! Thanks!!

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  7. What software do you have? Im trying to find a good software for a mac computer

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  8. Anyone know if this software works on Mac?

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  9. Does the embird program allow you to transfer the appliques to the program so that you can manuever the names? I am new to this and the only program I have to the monogram wizard plus.

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  10. It looks amazing, I am crazy about this blog and it works. Really its so good and i am very thankful to you. In very informative and useful for me. Thanks for share.

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  11. Is there a way to purchase letter appliques that you do not need a computer software to use?

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  12. ok so how do you know the project is centered for the machince? I am still new to this, and already have problems monogramming a T-shirt so its where it needs to be on the left chest! so I'm sure that i will mess this up any tips?!?

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    1. If you are using a software you can center it on there, and then it will monogram in the center of wherever you place the hoop. Doing shirts are hard to get it in a good spot in the left center, what I do it try and put the hoop on and then hope it up and see where it falls, sometimes you can put the shirt on if you are very careful. Most of the time it ends up being a guessing game until you do a few shirts and then you have a better idea! I would suggest getting a few inexpensive shirts from wall mart, or old shirts that you don't mind messing up first! Hope this helps!

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  13. How did you get the letters to line up exactly, after you cut them out! I love this look :)

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    1. If you are using a software you can center it on there, and then it will monogram in the center of wherever you place the hoop. Doing shirts are hard to get it in a good spot in the left center, what I do it try and put the hoop on and then hope it up and see where it falls, sometimes you can put the shirt on if you are very careful. Most of the time it ends up being a guessing game until you do a few shirts and then you have a better idea! I would suggest getting a few inexpensive shirts from wall mart, or old shirts that you don't mind messing up first! Hope this helps!

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  14. help! first time monogram applique and part of a letter did not get "under" the zig zag stitching. I know it will ravel when washed, is there any fix for this?

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  15. I found your blog last night. I can't wait to take a better look at everything. Hugs, joann www.sassyraggedy.com

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    1. Love it! Please comment or email if you need any help or tips!

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  16. what is the spacing between each letter ?

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    2. The spacing is just there for you so that you can see each letter of the monogram. I suppose you do not have to have the pacing but if not, the letter would overlap.

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  17. A bit of advice when stitching applique There are three rounds of stitches. Hoop your piece. Stitch the first round that marks where your applique is going to be. Now place a piece of fabric to cover the stitches and see again. That'll secure your applique fabric to your piece. Gently remove your hoop from the machine. Do NOT remove the fabric from the hoop. Take a pair of applique scissors and gently trim the fabric close to the stitches without cutting the stitches. Place Hoop back in machine and sew the third round which should be your satin Stitch around the applique. That's how easy.

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