Number of Lessons: 3
Price: US$ 30.00
Tutor: Joanne Winn
Start Date: To Be advised
Weeks Open: 5.5
You bought a sewing machine with an embroidery module and you've never figured out how to use it, right? Now you can. In this process class, you will learn how to stitch the designs that came with your machine, download designs from the internet, save them in design files, print PDF Color Charts and plan design placement using those files. In over 30 years of teaching, Joanne has learned how many different kinds of sewing and embroidery machines work. She will be able to help you learn about your embroidery machine and how to use it with your computer. Screen shots in this class use Windows XP and Windows 7. If you use something else, you should be familiar enough with your computer to adjust. Level: Beginner.
This class is not for any special brand of embroidery machines. I do not know everything about every kind of embroidery machine but I have over two decades of experience. I will do everything that I can to help you use your embroidery machine to its fullest capabilities.
There is no hoop size restriction for this class because you will use designs that are included with your machine and designs from the internet for the first two lessons. I will provide the embroidery designs for Lesson Three. There is a 5. 5" x 5. 5" center design and a related smaller design. One of the exercises in Lesson Three will show you how to resize an embroidery design. There is also an exercise in Lesson Three on planning a design placement project and this could be done using the small design.
Fabric - This is a process class and you can use any fabrics that you already have on hand. You will need scraps or yardage totaling about one half yard, unless you get really busy and stitch a lot of designs for each lesson. Batiks and high thread count fabrics work out well for embroideries.
Stabilizers - a tear away and an iron-on stabilizer, about 1/2 yard each
Embroidery needles - There is usually a package of machine needles included with your machine. These will be the brand and type of needle that your machine manufacturer recommends. Embroidery needles are usually the type of needle that is used for machine embroidery. If you have had your machine for a while and do not remember which brand is recommended, check it out in your manual.
Threads - You will need approximately five different colors of thread. Polyester and cotton threads are my favorites for anything that I am going to quilt. Rayon looks pretty but is a much softer fiber and does not wear as well. Choose this for items that will be displayed only.