Yvonne

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 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 that is on top of the face shape.  EQStitch will automatically add underlay stitches to the fill stitches of each closed object.

Embroidery programs usually add a pre determined density based on industry standards.  The standard is for a light underlay pattern to be laid down with a fill stitch density of approximately 114 stitches per inch.  It is assumed that an embroidery thread of 50wt. will be used for the stitching.  Using a lighter weight thread will have gaps in the fill and a heavier weight thread will cause a more heavily filled design.  The needle you use may not be able to penetrate multiple layers of stitches with thicker thread if the design has many layers of stitches on top of each other.

To correct this issue of a design being too dense, you can change the stitch density on stitch tab.

Click on the set fill stitch tool and select a stitch type to be applied to the various regions.  Move the cursor over to the objects and click once on each area to set the stitches in place.

Click on the set thread tool and select a color for your stitches.  Move the cursor over to the stitch areas and click once on each area to set the color of your choice.

Since the face background all ready has stabilization stitches (underlay) and top fill stitches, the area is perfectly stable.  When adding the other elements to the face, you can remove the underlay stitches completely from the added shapes.

Click on the set underlay stitches tool and then go to the properties bar at the top of the drawing area and turn off the underlay properties by unchecking them.  Move the cursor over to each of the elements on the face and click once to remove the underlay stitches.

Click on the simulate stitching tool and play the stitching forward on the properties bar and watch the stitch out to confirm you have indeed removed the underlay stitches from the facial features only.

Use this method when you are sure there are multiple layers and it will affect the stitching quality of your design.

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

EQSTITCH SUNDAY STITCH MAY 2017

Posted 05-21-2017 by | Posted in: EQStitch   Favorite Posts   Sunday Stitch  

Lately, when there is a holiday, you see all kinds of messages on the internet.  Mothers Day just passed and there were messages on facebook, tweets, instagrams, text messages, and so much more.  Most of the messages you see are generic and not very specific to the individual they were meant for.  Do you remember running to the mailbox to see if there was a letter or card for you?  Perhaps you were looking for something someone spent a little time on creating to be delivered to you?  Those days are all but gone now.  I still love a little thoughtful card or hand-written message from someone.  You can make simple greeting cards in your embroidery hoop and give it to someone special for any occasion.  It will be a real keepsake. Open your EQStitch program. Click on the stitch worktable icon. Click on STITCHING>New Design>Embroidery Click on the drawing

EQSTITCH SUNDAY STITCH APRIL 2017

Posted 04-16-2017 by | Posted in: EQStitch   Favorite Posts   Sunday Stitch  

Happy Easter everyone!  Safe travels to each of you who are attending the EQAcademy in Ohio this week.  Enjoy your time as you learn the EQ program and get to meet the EQ staff while you are there. I am not a big chocolate eater, but I do like jelly beans.  Let’s draw a woven basket and some heaps of jelly beans for our special treat this week. Open your EQStitch program. Click on the stitch worktable icon and select the embroidery worktable from the stitching menu. Set your drawing board options to be a smooth fill and no outline for the embroidery settings. Be sure to click the OK at the bottom of the box to set the new options. Use the last polygon shape from the fly out selection of  polygon shapes  to draw a basket bottom. Select the ellipse tool and click and drag an oval for

EQ STITCH SUNDAY STITCH MARCH 2017

Posted 03-19-2017 by | Posted in: EQStitch   Favorite Posts   Sunday Stitch  

Even the most basic of designs can be enhanced to create depth by selective use of color, texture, edge stitches, and layers.  All of these components help to give a design interest. Recently, I was watching a program on TV and they were talking about mapping out how cells in the body look.  Cells have depth and edges to them to aid them in combining with other cells.  Scientists were requesting a 3-D image of cells to better help them create medicines to bind correctly with the outer edges of the cells.  The programmers took the idea of origami paper folding art to use a flat image (piece of paper) and create a 3-D image by adding intricates folds to make the shape have depth.  They then applied that technique to visualize the cells in the body.  Absolutely fascinating!! I took this idea and tried to create origami looking embroidery

EQStitch Sunday Stitch February 2017

Posted 02-19-2017 by | Posted in: EQStitch   Favorite Posts   Sunday Stitch  

I love taking simple artwork and making it interesting by editing and adding elements to the artwork to make it my own.  Lately I have been working on creating shadow applique (along with other applique options).  I am using the artwork from the stencils and applique stitch designs all ready in our EQStitch program. Open your EQStitch program. Click on the work on stitching worktable icon at the top of the screen.  On the properties bar at the top of the screen, click on the drawing board options box icon to open it. In the dialogue box, set the embroidery edge stitches to be a bean stitch and the embroidery fill options to be a no fill selection. Be sure to click the OK in the bottom of the drawing board options box to apply the new settings. Click on LIBRARIES>Stitching Library>Machine Applique>Flower Garden>Flower 6 Select the Flower 6 by

EQStitch Sunday Stitch January 2017

Posted 01-15-2017 by | Posted in: EQStitch   Favorite Posts   Sunday Stitch  

The simplest designs to create are silhouette designs.  You just define the shape and fill in with stitches.  Your eyes will tell your brain what you should see there and the image makes sense.  You do not need to spend a lot of time creating stitch details with silhouettes.  You can add one small element of contrasting color for added interest. You can use any image from the EQ7 program or from your own files. Bring the image into the EQStitch embroidery worktable. Set the drawing board options to be an embroidery design with no outlines and select one of the textured fill stitches. Choose a textured fill stitch from the drop down menu.  Textured stitches add interest to a simple shape.  Be sure to click the OK in the bottom of the box to set the preferences. Click on the tracing image tab at the bottom of the screen