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 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 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!

EQSTITCH SUNDAY STITCH OCTOBER 2017

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

EQSTITCH SUNDAY STITCH September 2017

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

EQSTITCH SUNDAY STITCH August 2017

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

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