You will need the following:
• Your fabric. In this case the piece for the top of the stocking.
• A piece of stabilizer. Stabilizer prevents the stitching from puckering the fabric.
• A sharp sewing machine needle
• Machine embroidery thread. Rayon is slightly shinier than Polyester but much more expensive. I got mine at http://www.metroemb.com/store/
• Design files on a flash drive
• A threaded bobbin
Step 1: File Setup
Kayelee sent me a zipped file that contained a separate file for each letter and number.
Make a folder on your flash drive called EmbF5 . Place a folder inside that folder called MyDesign. (No Space) Copy the design files that you purchased inside that folder.
Step 2: Fabric Set-up
Determine how large your final words will be and then pick the appropriate size hoop for your project. My project was small, so I choose the A Hoop, the smallest one. My fabric fit in the hoop. Note that if your fabric is smaller than the hoop, you can pin it to a larger piece of stabilizer fabric. The hoop will hold the stabilizer and the pins will hold your fabric. Place the fabric and the stabilizer in the hoop and tighten the screw. Lock the hoop into the machine by matching the holes on the hoop and the machine and turn the knob.
Step 3: Embroidery Design Setup
Tell the machine what size hoop you are using by click on the edit button, and then the hoop button. See the picture.
Click on the letter you want to use. It will appear in the center of the screen. Use the arrows on the screen to move the picture of the letter to the correct place on the grid.
If you want slightly larger letters than the original design, use the Size button to increase the size of each letter. I increased them by 10%. See the picture.
Continue to add letters to the screen and move them into place. Make sure the letters are lined up horizontally. Use the on screen grid as a guide. I also found it helpful to make the letters touch, to make sure they were lined up and then move them away from each other. Once you hit OK you can move the words around the screen as a group, but you can no longer move individual letters, so make sure they are lined up, or you will have to start over (by hitting cancel).
Use the Trace button to have the machine show exactly where it plans to sew your letters. It won’t sew them, but go over the spot – trace – where they will go. That way you can adjust where to place your letters within the hoop precisely.
Step 4: Start Sewing
Sit back and watch. If the thread breaks or the bobbin runs out, you can fix the problem and and the machine will start where you left off.
Once the pattern is done, take the hoop off the machine and take the fabric out of the hoop. Trim the stabilizing fabric away from the design on the back and you are done.
I made this at TechShop San Jose, CA.