As a quilter and machine embroidery individual, I learned very quickly that I could do so much more with my computerized machines if I knew how to use the computer and all the different programs that support our quilt designing and machine embroidery designing. I had already retired from my career as a dental hygienist of 40 years to now become even busier with my career of teaching sewing and all the related topics.

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EQStitch Sunday Stitch December 2017

Posted 12-17-2017 by | Posted in: EQStitch   Favorite Posts   Sunday Stitch  

Are you using your EQStitch to design Christmas gifts?  Adding that special touch to a design with a monogram, custom design, or unique message makes the gifts we give mean more.  It shows we thought about the receiver of the gift while designing and stitching their gift.

Using the features of EQStitch, you can double check your digitizing work before you go  to the machine.  This is especially important when time is limited.  Catch your errors and correct them before spending precious time stitching away only to find you are less than happy with the results.  You can rely on EQStitch to help you immensely in the digitizing process.

Open your EQStitch program.

Click on the stitch worktable icon and then select embroidery as the new design type from the drop down menu.

Click on the oval tool from the toolbar and select the heart shape.

Move the cursor over to the drawing board and click/hold/drag/release to place a heart on the design page.

The default for the program is to show the heart as a closed patch.  Since this is a closed shape we can fill it with stitches and edge stitches.

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

On the stitch tab, we can edit and preview our stitch design.  This is where you should ask yourself a series of questions about how you want the finished stitched design to look.  It is on the stitch tab that we make our decisions about what would work best for our design.

Click on the set fill stitch icon on the toolbar.  Choose any decorative pattern by clicking on it and then click once inside the heart shape to apply the stitch type.

Now you need to consider what will happen at the machine.  What type of fabric are you stitching on?  What type of thread are you planning on using?  Will a decorative fill stitch look better than a flat filled stitch?  Will the design stitches change the drape of the fabric I am using?  All of these types of questions will change the way you use the stitch properties to create your design.

If I decide I want to use metallic thread, I would most likely have a less dense design if I use it as a fill.  I may decide to have metallic thread on the edge stitch and fill the center with another type of thread.  Which thread I choose makes a difference as to how I would digitize it.  I chose to have a textured fill stitch with standard 50 weight embroidery thread (high sheen polyester) and a metallic edge stitch.  Since I have a textured stitch I will use a light colored thread as the light color shows the texture better than a dark colored thread.  My metallic thread is thicker so I will make my edge stitch properties on the properties bar a the top of the screen set to  a less dense stitch line.

By making decisions at this stage, I can use my EQStitch program to edit my design to reflect the type of finished design I want to stitch.

Lets say I want to stitch this onto a card stock paper to send as a greeting in the mail.  I would need to decide if I can stitch this directly onto the card stock or if I need to stitch it onto stabililizer first and then glue it to the card paper.  If I choose to stitch it onto stabilizer, I may want to change the stitches yet again for the best result.  Using tear away stabilizer would make it easy to remove, but the density of the design may just punch holes in the stabilizer and it will fall out of the hoop while stitching.  I could decide to leave the design as it is and stitch it on cut away stabilizer.  In that case I would use pinking shears and trim closely to the design yet leave the pinked edge to show as a second layer of  the design.  If I truly want it to be a clean edge and keep the same design properties, I may choose to hoop two layers of tear away stabilizer with a layer of bridal tulle between the layers to help stabilize the stitches so they don’t fall out of the hoop while stitching.  After stitching I would tear away the stabilizer and trim the bridal tulle.  You could use a burning tool to melt the bridal tulle away and it would also help to seal in the edge stitches.  All of this decision making with one simple design!!

My point is this–think ahead to your finished project and what the properties of that project will be.  Now rely on your EQStitch properties settings to reflect your decision making.  Editing on screen is so much more time efficient than re-stitching when something does not turn out the way you thought.  I use this same thought process on every design I digitize.  There is no such thing as one correct way of doing something.  We are creative people and we need our programs to be flexible to meet our creativity challenges.  EQStitch does this for us.

EQStitch Sunday Stitch November 2017

Posted 11-19-2017 by | 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


Posted 10-15-2017 by | Posted in: EQStitch   Favorite Posts   Sunday Stitch  

Sometimes the simplest designs have the highest impact on a quilt.  Consider the modern quilt movement.  Very little print on the fabric and very few design elements on the quilt allow the quilter to showcase the stitches themselves.  Why not make a simple applique a focal point on a rather plain quilt and highlight that applique with some embroidery stitches.  Applying the applique to a whole cloth background as an embroidery element can bring the quilt to life. Click on your EQStitch icon on the desktop to launch the program. Click on the stitch worktable icon. Click on STITCHING>New Design>Machine Applique. Click on the drawing board options icon on the project bar at the top of the screen. In the options box, click on the machine applique setting and select and ‘E’ stitch with the following properties.  Be sure to click on the ‘OK’ in the bottom of the box


Posted 09-17-2017 by | Posted in: EQStitch   Favorite Posts   Sunday Stitch  

Coloring and sketching/doodling is now seen as being a relaxing meditative hobby that aids in overall health.  Who knew??  I wanted to see if I could actually ‘sketch’ an embroidered design.  This can be a little tricky as stitches are precise with a defined type, width, length and texture.  I was able to draw something that I felt was similar to a ‘sketch’ with stitches using my EQStitch. Open the EQStitch program. Click on the stitch worktable icon to open the stitch features. Click on the tracing image tab at the bottom of the screen. Bring in an image onto the image tab and size it to the size of the hoop you will be using.   You could also use a motif image from the block library if you wanted to.  The image is up to you. Add the image to the sketchbook so it is available for tracing


Posted 08-20-2017 by | Posted in: EQStitch   Favorite Posts   Sunday Stitch  

When joining two shapes in EQStitch you will always have a start and stop point (tie off) of each of the shapes. To make them join seamlessly you need to draw them in one motion so they connect without a tie off. Using any shape tool, create a closed shape on the drawing board area. Now use the line tool and create lines around the object that appear to be connected. Click on the stitch tab at the bottom of the screen and fill the center shape with the set fill stitches tool. Color each of the lines with the set thread tool. You will see that when you click on a line to apply the color it does not color all the lines at once. This is because the lines are not really connected to the object shape in the center. Each of the elements of the drawing will

EQStitch Sunday Stitch July 2017

Posted 07-16-2017 by | Posted in: EQStitch   Favorite Posts   Sunday Stitch  

There are so many components to digitizing.  One of the obvious issues with some designs is the density.  Some stitch outs are so dense they are bullet proof and some are so loose in density you see spaces between your fill stitches.  The EQStitch program has a pre-set for the density and underlay stitches to be applied to any shape you create.  You can alter this in the properties bar on the stitch tab. Consider the design where there is one object layered on top of another.  A face would have this issue.  The face background is made first then the eyes, lips, nose, etc. are added details on top of the face background.  This creates several layers of stitches when using the program default settings.  Consider the artwork below.  The face has elements on top of the background.  The eyes have a pupil on top of the eye shape

EQStitch Sunday Stitch June 2017

Posted 06-18-2017 by | Posted in: EQStitch   Favorite Posts   Sunday Stitch  

I refer to the EQStitch digitizing program as ‘the little program that could’.  It may be a basic entry level auto-ditigizing program, but you can create pretty spectacular results with it.  The drawing tools are easy to use the and options give you a great selection to add interest to your designs.  I can make just about anything I set my mind to with this little program. Open your EQStitch program. Click on the stitch worktable icon and then select the embroidery worktable from the drop down menu. Now using the shape tools only, see if you can create a simple design.  I have made a little puppy dog using the shapes only. This design is quick and simple to draw.  You can teach a young child how to create their own expressive ideas using the shape tools only in the program. After you have created your design, click on