embroidery tips from nancy zieman



Personalized embroidery and kids’ clothes go hand in hand. Yet, some embroidery designs are too large for small sizes. Learn how to perfectly place the embroidery. Plus, scale down the size and stitch count of the embroidery with just a simple push of a button. You can watch online.

Here’s a summary of the steps

First Step: Choose Your Design

  • I selected a cupcake embroidery motif and one of the two fonts included in the Children’s Perfect Placement Kit. I selected the lower-case letters. 
  • The cupcake motif is a free download. Since I choose a small knit onsie, the embroidery was too large. Using Baby Lock’s upgrade, I was able to resize the design and reduce the stitch count with the touch of a button. You’ll enjoy watching and learning that step!


embroidery tips from nancy zieman



Second Step: Position the Shirt in the Hoop


embroidery tips from nancy zieman




embroidery tips from nancy zieman



  • Hoop a sticky-backed stabilizer in the hoop. I used Sticky Back Tear-Away Stabilizer.
  • Remove the paper-backing within the hoop area. The video features a tip on that process.


embroidery tips from nancy zieman



Third Step: It’s Time for Placement!

  • After the front of the shirt is positioned on the sticky stabilizer, use the Center Chest template from the Children’s Perfect Placement Kit.
  • Place a positioning sticker, that comes with the kit, or use Baby Lock’s positioning sticker, within the opening of the template.


embroidery tips from nancy zieman



  • In the video, I’ll show you how to nest the back of the knit shirt around the design and then how to center the embroidery spot over the sticker. Wait until you watch the machine’s camera find the sticker, and then align the design! Magic!


embroidery tips from nancy zieman



Fourth Step: Embroider!

  • This is easy! Organize your thread colors, thread the machine, and push start. Watch as your machine does the work for you.


embroidery tips from nancy zieman



There are more steps, but why repeat them when you can easily watch! Just click below.

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