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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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 board options icon.

I set my hoop size to be a stitch field of 125 x 175 which is a 5 x 7 inch stitch field.  You may choose to set your stitch field (greeting card size) to whatever size you want. Be sure to click the OK in the bottom of the box.

In the options box, set the embroidery edge stitch to running stitches and the embroidery fill stitches to no fill. Click OK to set the design properties at the bottom of the box.

Most of my design will not be filled when I create my shape.  For the areas I do want filled, I can do that on the stitch tab later.  It is easier to add fill stitches than to remove them once they are placed.

On the artwork tab,  click on the rectangle tool to select it.

The advantage of using the rectangle tool over the polygon shape tool is that on the properties bar for the rectangle tool you can change the corner edges to be rounded if you would prefer that to a sharp corner point.

We are creating a card shape so you need to define the placement line, tack down line, and edge stitch.

On the artwork tab, move the cursor over to the drawing area and click/hold/drag/release a rectangular greeting card shape.

This shape will be the placement line for the card.

While the shape is still selected, click on the clone selected objects icon on the properties bar to place another shape on the artwork tab.  This will be our tack down line.

Click on the stitch tab at the bottom of the screen and then apply a different color to each of the lines with the set thread tool so that the machine will know to stop between each outline shape.

Click on the artwork tab and then select each shape with the pick tool .

Center the objects on the hoop area by clicking on the center selected objects icon on the properties bar.  Move the cursor over to the shape line and click once to move the shape to the center.  NOTE: The two objects will now be stacked one on top of the other.

At this point in the design process you can add whatever shapes or text you want for your greeting card.  I created simple circles on the front of my card.

Click on the stitch tab at the bottom of the screen.  Use the set fill stitch icon on the toolbar to select and set some textured stitches on the circles for added interest. Move the cursor over to the circles and click on the elements you want filled.

Click on the set thread icon and color the design shapes.

You need two more greeting card shape outlines to complete the card design.

Click on the artwork tab at the bottom of the screen.  Using the pick tool, click on the card shape outline and clone it two times.  This is now a second tack down line and the edge stitch.

Center the objects with the center selected objects icon on the properties bar.  The shapes will all be stacked on top of each other.

Click on the stitch tab.  Click on the Move Up/Down icon on the toolbar.

Since we created two shapes and stacked them before we applied stitch properties and thread colors, we need to use the move tool to get the objects to the top layer of the design to set these properties.

Click on the second shape in the move up/down properties box.  It will be highlighted with a bright green outline.

Click on the move up arrow at the bottom of the box to move it to the top.  You can now color the stitch line with the set thread tool.

Repeat this same process of moving the second shape to the top and applying new stitch and color properties.

This is the final edge stitch of the design so change the edge stitch setting to a steil stitch on the properties bar after selecting the set edge stitch icon on the toolbar.

Click once on the stitches to set the new edge stitch property.

Add the design to the sketchbook when complete.

This is the front side of your card.  Repeat the entire process in a second hooping and add a text message for the inside of the card.


1.  Hoop tear away stabilizer only

2.  Stitch the first card outline on the stabilizer only.  This is a placement line.

3.  Cut out a piece of timtex (pellon peltex) or similar product to add stiffness to your greeting card.  Place this directly into the outline greeting card area on the stabilizer.

4.  Float a piece of fabric larger than the outline shape and stitch the next line of stitches.  This is the tack down for the fabric and helps to hold the timtex in place.

5.  Now proceed to stitch the pattern design you created.  When finished with the pattern design, remove the hoop from the machine.

6.  Place a piece of fabric on the back of the hoop that completely covers the design area.  Use a little spray adhesive to hold it in place.  Return it to the machine making sure you do not move the fabric on the back of the hoop while reconnecting it to the machine.

7.  Stitch the next line of stitches.  This is your tack down line to hold the back fabric in place.

8.  Remove the hoop from the machine and carefully trim the excess fabric from the design close to the outline stitches on both the top and back of the hoop.

9.  Replace the hoop into the machine and finish stitching the steil stitch edge stitches.

10.  Remove from hoop and tear away the excess stabilizer from the greeting card shape.

Repeat the entire process with a new hooping for the inside card message.  Sew the two shapes together along one side to complete your customized greeting card.


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


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

EQStitch Sunday Stitch December 2016

Posted 12-18-2016 by | Posted in: EQStitch   Favorite Posts   Sunday Stitch  

Reverse engineer, un-sew, do over, all are terms to work backwards.  You can start with a pre-made block and then determine your embroidery to enhance the block.  Often, you create the embroidery design first and make it into a quilt block, but in this case we can work backwards.  Remember, there is always more than one way to create a design and you can determine which way works best for you. I started with a pieced block that I know the finished size is 6 inches.  Therefore, I create an embroidery design on a 6 inch hoop layout size so I can see the exact placement of the embroidery design. My block has a 4 inch corner block with an asymmetrical border of 2 inches on each side.  From here I know the measurements I need to work with for my embroidery to fit the block exactly. Open the stitch

EQStitch Sunday Stitch November 2016

Posted 11-20-2016 by | Posted in: EQStitch   Favorite Posts   Sunday Stitch  

Want a great idea to inspire children at Christmas?  Consider stitching linear designs with the embroidery machine and have the children paint in the design areas with fabric pens.  You could easily make a series of designs in a theme that your child loves (dolls, toys, trains, trucks, etc.).  You can use the artwork from the EQ7 libraries and bring them into EQStitch to use for the coloring pages of a special sewn book of coloring created just for them.  You could also use the stitch files all ready created in the EQStitch library.  It could not be any easier!  What a great keepsake item this would be for the special child in your life. Launch you program from the desktop  On the embroidery worktable, click on the drawing board options box to open it. Set the embroidery edge stitch to a ‘bean stitch’  with an edge stitch of 2.0