Monday, January 21, 2013

Embroidering using Digital Brushes


A few years back, I was lucky enough to receive a Singer Futura CE-250 Embroidery Machine—a gift from my husband!  Since then, I’ve made plenty of projects using this crafty machine--either embroidering projects using online purchased files but mostly using it as a regular sewing machine—it’s pretty fantastic.  The reason I wanted it originally was that it came with software that allowed you to make embroidery designs using your own images and fonts or images found online, etc.  Well, not only did I find that machine embroidering is a major task to undertake and learn but learning to digitize is difficult and I’ve fallen short trying to figure it out on my own.  Basically, I think I moved onto other things due to frustration, etc. 

I decided to give digital brushes a try and found some success.  Again, I used one of Nancie Rowe Janitz Designs’ upcoming brush sets in PSE and saved it as a jpg. The jpg was retrieved using Autopunch (the software that came with my machine) and then digitized.  The machine embroidered the sentiment onto some canvas fabric—Yay!  However, I would like to find out how to change the style of stitches in the digitizing process, like something with a vintage feel to it.   Maybe I’ll figure that out in the next couple of years—Lol! In the meantime, this style will have to do.  After my machine stitched the design out, I used it to make a drawstring bag to hold some goodies for Valentine’s Day. 

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