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Projects >Tutorials > Tips and Techniques for using Embroidery Design TemplatesIt is possible to print templates from various Brother™ software programs such as the PE Design® familyof software, and the Lettering and Monogramming family of software. Using a printed template providesfor perfect placement of embroidery designs. In addition, using a template allows you to visualize thedesign as it will look when stitched. This is particularly helpful when you wish to combine embroiderydesigns and build embroidery layouts that are larger than your largest hoop. Use templates to auditionyour designs prior to stitching them. Templates allow you to create embroidery layouts that are bigger andbetter than you thought possible!Materials and Supplies Figure #1 Brother Software Program for printing templates
Embroidery Sheet. also Brother Embroidery Machine with included embroidery frame known as the Plastic set. Template Grid
SA530 Brother Center Placement ruler. Embroidery Frame Set, SAEPS2 Brother Snowman Embroidery Positioning Marker® also known as the Note: These only apply to specific Brother machine models. combination of the Inner Hoop Ring and the Check your manual for details. Outer Hoop Ring, Transparent vellum paper or transparency film to print design templates. Refer to your specific printer manual for the proper type of transparency film
Wash away marker or wash away chalk for marking fabric
Note: The embroidery frame set consists of the inner and outerhoop ring and the embroidery sheet, commonly called the plastictemplate grid. *See Figure #1
General information About Embroidery Design Templates: Figure #2Print a template using your Brother software program for a life Example of templatesize “picture” of the actual design. There are a variety of options printed usingdepending on your individual software program. We have PE Design Next® andincluded just a few examples in this tutorial. PE Design Plus®
Generally, it is recommended to print the template using atransparent product. Check your specific printer for options. Atemplate printed on vellum paper or special transparency willallow you to view your fabric, as well as any previously stitched Figure #3embroidery designs through the design template. This makespositioning multiple designs easy and accurate. It is also possible Example of templateto print templates on ordinary computer paper. However, the use printed usingof a see through medium allows for the greatest amount of PE Design Next®accuracy when creating layouts. with the added Snowman Marker® option
Print the template including cross hairs or axis marks. TheseNorth/South and East/West lines define the exact center for theheight and width of your motif. *See Figure #2, #3, and #4 forexamples of printed templates. Figure #4NOTE: When using the added Snowman Marker® option it is Example of templaterecommended that you tape a piece of white paper under the printed using Pacesettermarker if you are using transparency. As an alternative, you can BES® Lettering Software
affix a Snowman Embroidery Positioning Marker® on top ofthe marker printed on your transparent template
Designed exclusively for you from theBrother Education Department Projects >Tutorials > Tips and Techniques for using Embroidery Design TemplatesOnce printed, cut the template just outside the center lines or usean eyelet punch to make a hole along each printed cross hair line
Place your printed template in position on your fabric and thenuse a wash away marker to mark the points at each end of the Figure #5alines or make dots through the holes. It is also helpful to mark anarrow to designate the top of your design. Use the centerplacement ruler to mark the lines from end to end
*See Figure #5a and #5b
Now, to accurately hoop your fabric, begin by selecting the innerring of the hoop and the included plastic template grid. Note thateach hoop has an arrow or arrows to indicate the top of the hoop
First, place the template grid so that it settles inside the innerhoop ring. Check to make sure you have inserted the plastictemplate so the right side is facing up
Place the outer ring of the hoop underneath the fabric in the areayou have marked for the embroidery position. Next, place theinner hoop ring and template over the marked lines on yourfabric, having the center lines matching. Lift the fabric, holding Figure #5bthe inner ring of the hoop, having your fingers on the outsideedge and having the fabric pulled smooth underneath. Carefullysettle the inner ring into the outer ring of the hoop, setting it intothe top end first and then pushing the hoop ring down into thebottom end. Adjust the tension screw if necessary until it is snug
It is not uncommon to need to re-align and re-hoop a secondtime. In fact, it is a good idea to hoop your fabric and stabilizerthe first time as a trial run, without regard for exact placement
This allows you to set the hoop screw tension to accommodate Figure #6the thickness of your chosen fabric and added stabilizer. When Fabric is secured between the inner andyou hoop the second time you can be specific in lining up the grid outer ring of the hoop. The cross hairswith your markings. Having hooped the first time as a trial run, marked on the fabric should align withyou should have little or no adjustment to the screw the second the center lines on the plastic template grid. The dashed lines indicate thetime you hoop. With this method you have essentially pre-set the alignment of the two
tension for the fabric and the added stabilizer layer during thetrial hooping so that it is appropriate for your actual hooping priorto stitching. Therefore, when hooping fabric for the actualstitching, the inner ring of the hoop should snap in tightly withlittle or no additional adjustment made to the screw. In mostsituations this eliminates the need to tug on the fabric after it isset into the hoop, thus avoiding fabric that is stretched too tightlyin the hoop. *See Figure #6
As a final step, remove the template grid and stitch your perfectlypositioned design. Repeat the process as many times asnecessary to create a combination design. Once you begin usingprinted templates you will wonder how you ever embroideredwithout them!Designed exclusively for you from theBrother Education Department
To print templates on ordinary computer paper. However, the use of a see through medium allows for the greatest amount of accuracy when creating layouts. Print the template including cross …
Place the template on your fabric or garment in the location where you would like to place the embroidery. For projects with multiple designs, mark all designs before beginning embroidery. Adjust as needed. You can spray the back of the template lightly with temporary adhesive spray to hold it in place as you work.
Cut around the outside of the design template. Cut a small slit along the x and y axis at the center of the design. Fold back two corners of these slits. Place the template on your fabric or garment in the location where you would like to place the embroidery. For projects with multiple designs, mark all designs before beginning embroidery.
You can print your own template for your design from your embroidery software. Be sure that you are printing the design at 100% of the actual size and that you have told your software to print the center of the design. Cut around the outside of the design template.
Some designers even offer one product in multiple sizes. Each download also boasts a selection of formats such as JEF, VP3, VIP, EXP, DST, PES, XXX, AND PCS. Bespoke instructions are generally included; however, you will likely need an embroidery machine like Brother or Singer to work with these free embroidery design downloads.