EQStitch Sunday Stitch November 2017

Posted 11-19-2017 by Yvonne | Posted in: EQStitch Favorite Posts Sunday Stitch

Those pesky jump stitches!  Not all embroidery machines automatically trim jump stitches.  The newer models of machines can be set to trim jumps over a certain length.  But, older model embroidery machines do not always trim jump stitches for you.  All machines will cut and tie off the threads when going from one color to another.  Did you know that EQStitch can help you to trim those stitches even for an older model machine?

Consider text designs.  You most often stitch all the text with one color thread.  That means a jump stitch from letter to letter.  Often the jump stitches can be small and hard to get hold of to trim later.  Digitizing effectively can help with that.

Open your EQStitch program.

Click on the stitch work table icon.

Click on STITCHING>New Design>embroidery.

On the embroidery work table tool bar, click and hold the little black button at the bottom of the toolbar to get the fly out menu.

Click on ‘add/remove buttons’.

Place a checkmark in front of all the tools to add them to the toolbar.

Click anywhere in a white space on the screen to close the selection box.

Click on the text tool to select it.

Move the cursor over to the drawing board area and click/hold/drag/release a text box onto the worktable.

On the text properties bar at the top of the screen, use the drop down arrow and select any font you wish to use.  Set the approximate size to be about 10.00 mm.

Move the cursor to the inside of the text box and double click to see the flashing cursor.

Now type the words ‘HAPPY THANKSGIVING’.

Add the text design to the sketchbook.  By adding the design to the sketchbook it converts the text to patches that can be filled with stitches.

Click on the stitch tab a the bottom of the screen.

Click on the ‘set edge stitch’ tool on the toolbar at the right.

On the properties bar at the top of the screen click on the red ‘X’.

Move the cursor over to each of the letters and click once on each one to remove the edge stitches leaving only the fill stitches.

Click on the ‘set thread tool’ on the toolbar at the right.

Click on any color of your choice and color every other letter by clicking on it.

Select a different color and color every other letter.

NOTE:  You may need to click on the refresh tool as you color the objects to see all the text clearly.

Add the colored design to the sketchbook.

Click on STITCHING>Export Stitching File

In the pop up box, use the drop down menu to choose your file type for your machine and select where on the computer you want to save your file. (You could choose to write directly to your USB stick).  Click on the word ‘save’ in the box.

The program will ask if you want to sort the color threads to reduce thread changes.  Select ‘NO’ for this option.

Now the design will stitch each letter and tie off and clip the thread at the end of each letter.  You can always choose to use the same thread color for all the letters at the machine, but it is programmed into the designs’ digitizing properties to clip the thread after each letter.

Voila!! Jump threads handled for any type of machine with digitizing!

EQ8 Top 10: #2 See a Large Preview of the Fabric!

Posted 11-15-2017 by Sara | Posted in: EQ8 EQ8 Top 10 Favorite Posts

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing our top 10 favorite features in EQ8. Subscribe to this blog and follow us on social media (Facebook and Instagram with #EQ8Top10) to see all 10! See the complete list of features on our website. #2 – See a Large Preview of the Fabric! The fabric palette is full of small swatches of your fabrics and colors that are currently in your Sketchbook. Because the swatches are small, it’s often hard to tell what the print really looks like when making your selection. In EQ8, you can now see a larger preview of the selected fabric while you’re designing! With the Fabric Tools selected, click on the Detach button in the fabric preview. This will remove the fabric preview from the palette, and open it in a small window on your screen. You can move and resize this window in an empty

EQ8 Top 10: #3 Patchmaker Tools!

Posted 11-10-2017 by Jenny | Posted in: EQ8 EQ8 Top 10

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing our top 10 favorite features in EQ8. Subscribe to this blog and follow us on social media (Facebook and Instagram with #EQ8Top10) to see all 10! See the complete list of features on our website. #3 – Applique Patchmaker Tools Create stars, posies and quilting stencils with simple-to-use controls. No drawing involved! These new applique tools make creating these shapes easy and fun! These new tools will be available when you choose the Shapes tool on an applique block or motif (StencilMaker only available for Motifs). StarMaker Play around with the settings to see the different star shapes you can create! PosieMaker Quickly fill a basket with different kinds of flowers! StencilMaker (only available for motifs) Add these original stencil designs to layer 3 of your quilt! See the complete list of features on the Electric Quilt website.

Club EQ – Your First EQ8 Quilts!

Posted 11-01-2017 by Heidi | Posted in: Club EQ

We’ve updated Club EQ! Now you can follow along with a lesson on the challenge! Also, entering is even easier because all you need is an image file. (We won’t be sending out project files anymore so no more worrying about uploading or compressing files.) Here is more info on how to submit your quilt(s)! November Challenge: Your first EQ8 Quilts! We want to see them! What are you making in EQ8?!? Here are some of my first quilts that I made in EQ8. Both are from Quick Quilts! Here is how I did the first one: File > Open a Quick Quilt Project I chose T-Shirt Quilts and clicked OK. I like the first layout so when it opened in Sketchbook I clicked Edit. Now this says it’s for a t-shirt quilt but I want to use photos. So, under the Design Tab, I clicked Photo Tools Then I

EQ8 Top 10: #4 Get Dimensions with a Click of the Mouse!

Posted 10-31-2017 by Sara | Posted in: EQ8 EQ8 Top 10

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing our top 10 favorite features in EQ8. Subscribe to this blog and follow us on social media (Facebook and Instagram with #EQ8Top10) to see all 10! See the complete list of features on our website. #4 – Get Dimensions with a Click of the Mouse! In previous versions of EQ, there was no easy way to know the dimensions of a block, border block, cornerstone or sashing. To get these dimensions, you would have to select the block on the quilt, then go to Print > Block and view the dimensions from the print dialog. Now, on the Print & Export tab, you simply click on any block space, and the size pops up in a convenient little box. Click on a different space and the box updates with the new block’s dimensions. The images below show this awesome new feature in

EQ8 Top 10: #5 Post Quilt Designs Directly to Facebook!

Posted 10-27-2017 by Sara | Posted in: EQ8 EQ8 Top 10

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing our top 10 favorite features in EQ8. Subscribe to this blog and follow us on social media (Facebook and Instagram with #EQ8Top10) to see all 10! See the complete list of features on our website. #5 – Post Quilt Designs Directly to Facebook! Let your friends see what you’re working on! EQ8 has a new feature that lets you post your quilt designs directly to your Facebook page. When you have your quilt finished, click Print & Export, then click the Export button on the ribbon. Then click on Facebook. A dialog will appear asking you to login to your Facebook account. Once logged in, there are several options. If you have multiple Facebook Pages, you can choose on which page to post your quilt by clicking the “Posting as” drop-down menu. Check the checkbox to also post your quilt to our

EQ8 Top 10: #6 Quick Quilt Projects for Quilt Labels and T-Shirt Quilts

Posted 10-25-2017 by Sara | Posted in: EQ8 EQ8 Top 10

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing our top 10 favorite features in EQ8. Subscribe to this blog and follow us on social media (Facebook and Instagram with #EQ8Top10) to see all 10! See the complete list of features on our website. #6 – Quick Quilt Projects for Quilt Labels and T-Shirt Quilts If you owned previous versions of EQ, you may recall the pre-designed Quick Quilt projects available from the Project Helper window. These are theme-based projects that you can start with and edit to make them your own. The EQ8 Quick Quilts have been updated with new projects that will really jump-start your designing! You can find the projects by clicking File > Open Quick Quilt Project. Here are a few of our favorite projects! See the complete list of features on the Electric Quilt website.

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