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This book will get sewing machine users thinking about machine embroidery, using ready-made designs, in a whole new light. It provides everything you need to know, from the types and formats of embroidery design available, how to get them off the internet and into your machine, how to stabilize fabric, which threads and needles to use to get the best results, and of course how to use these designs creatively for beautiful results. It will also help you make the most of the built-in embroidery stitches that most sewing machines offer, but which are mostly forgotten about!
Also included is an invaluable quick reference section, with expert advice on troubleshooting some common problems, and a guide to what to look for if you are thinking of buying one of these fabulous machines.
Chapter One / All about sewing machines that can embroider (10pp)
Chapter Two / Computer basics for machine embroidery (18pp)
CHapter Three / Machine embroidery designs (20pp)
Chapter Four / Needles, threads, and stabilizers (10pp)
Chapter Five / Fabric choices (6pp)
Chapter Six / Design placement (18pp)
Chapter Seven / Decorative embroidery stitches (20pp)
Chapter Eight/ Common problems and their remedies (6pp)
Chapter Nine / Buyer’s guide (8pp)
Index and Credits (3pp)
If you have a computerised embroidery machine or are thinking about getting one then this comprehensive guide will be incredibly useful. Packed with all the information you need to add a decorative touch to your projects there are also in-depth tutorials for choosing and transferring designs, downloading designs from the internet and the computer skills required to get your chosen designs onto your machine. There are photographs and step-by-step instructions for a huge variety of techniques including motif designs, heirloom designs, free standing lace, cross stitch embroidery and photo stitch, amongst many others, and an all inclusive troubleshooting guide will answer any queries or problems you may have. Having this handy book to refer to will ensure that you get the most from your machine.
This book includes types and formats of embroidery design, how to get designs off the internets and into the machine, how to stabilize fabric, which threads and needles to use plus how to get the most from a sewing machine using inbuilt stitches. It's great for all machine models, packed with advice, techniques, ideas and tips.
If you only arm yourself with one book for your journey as a machine embroiderer this will have to be the one. Liz carries through the meticulous attention to detail we have come to expect trough her projects in Flair magazine.
The nine chapters cover everything you need to know to produce perfect projects. Right from the basics of what these fantastic 'sewing' machines can offer you and what level of machine would suit, through clear descriptions of the basics of the process, to what tools and supplies you ought to invest in, and which are superfluous. She also cracks the mystique of the computerised aspect so that you'll soon be happily downloading, editing and designing to unleash your inner creativity.
If you absorb the background knowledge of this book and add it to the projects you find in Flair magazine there will be no stopping the machine embroidery you.
By Kristen Dibbs
By Poppy Treffry