This book will get sewing machine users thinking about machine embroidery, using ready-made designs, in a whole new light. It provides everything you need to know, from the types and formats of embroidery design available, how to get them off the internet and into your machine, how to stabilize fabric, which threads and needles to use to get the best results, and of course how to use these designs creatively for beautiful results. It will also help you make the most of the built-in embroidery stitches that most sewing machines offer, but which are mostly forgotten about!
Also included is an invaluable quick reference section, with expert advice on troubleshooting some common problems, and a guide to what to look for if you are thinking of buying one of these fabulous machines.
Captivated from the first time she saw an embroidery machine at work some fifteen years ago, Elizabeth Keegan's passion for machine embroidery has not diminished, and she has gone on to launch, compile, and edit the Flair machine embroidery magazine (www.flairmagazine.co.uk). The journey from absolute beginner to accomplished exponent, tutor, and lecturer has never lost its fascination, and in this new book,.Liz has gathered together all the knowledge acquired over the years into this one essential guide to help, educate, and inspire machine embroidery enthusiasts everywhere.
Prelims (5pp) Introduction (4pp) Chapter One / All about sewing machines that can embroider (10pp) Chapter Two / Computer basics for machine embroidery (18pp) CHapter Three / Machine embroidery designs (20pp) Chapter Four / Needles, threads, and stabilizers (10pp) Chapter Five / Fabric choices (6pp) Chapter Six / Design placement (18pp) Chapter Seven / Decorative embroidery stitches (20pp) Chapter Eight/ Common problems and their remedies (6pp) Chapter Nine / Buyer's guide (8pp) Index and Credits (3pp)