machine embroidery in 6 easy lessons nancy zieman eileen roche

Machine embroidery could possibly be your passion, or maybe it’s something you’d like to try. If you’re a newbie or want-to-be embroiderer, Eileen Roche, Sewing With Nancy guest and friend, along with Nancy Zieman show you how to learn Machine Embroidery in 6 Easy Lessonson this two-part series.

Machine Embroidery in Six Easy Steps by Elieen Roche and Nancy Zieman

The embroidery process comes down to six key learning points. Learn lessons 1–3 in this first episode.

Lesson #1—Embroidery Basics

Begin with the embroidery basics. Eileen shares her checklist of what to look for in a machine and supplies in order to begin your embroidery journey.

  • If you are overwhelmed with all the features available on embroidery machines, no fear, Eileen and Nancy tell you what basic features are needed.

Machine embroidery in 6 Easy Lessons Nancy Zieman Eileen Roche

  • A list of supplies and notions will be shared to help you in your embroidery journey—like painters tape. How unique is that! (The photo features a onesie that is hooped and ready for embroidery.)

Machine embroidery in 6 Easy Lessons Nancy Zieman Eileen Roche

Lesson #2—Types of Designs

The star of your embroidery is obviously the design. Knowing the types and categories of designs—there are many—can help you make wise embroidery choices. Lesson #2 of Eileen’s Machine Embroidery Class is simply, Types of Designs.

  • Eileen starts with showing how designs are stitched. Think of it as an anatonomy of embroidery!
Machine embroidery in 6 Easy Lessons Nancy Zieman Eileen Roche
  • When it’s time for monogramming, learn how stitch underlay of designs is so important. (Side note: Monogramming is the most popular type of embroidery. After all, who doesn’t like monogrammed towels?)
Machine embroidery in 6 Easy Lessons Nancy Zieman Eileen Roche

Lesson #3—Placement

Machine embroidery is easy; it’s the placement that can be the tricky part! For that reason, Eileen chose Embroidery Placement as the 3rd Lesson in this series. Without perfect placement, even the most beautiful embroidery doesn’t make the grade.

  • Begin with the elementary way of placing embroideries, making a template from a stitched design. When embroidery machines were first introduced, this was our only creative option for perfect placement. Now there are many alternatives.

Machine embroidery in 6 Easy Lessons Nancy Zieman Eileen Roche

  • Eileen and Nancy also show speedy placement options such as the Embroidery Helper.

Machine embroidery in 6 Easy Lessons Nancy Zieman Eileen Roche
You’ll find all machine embroidery guidelines in Eileen’s book, Machine Embroidery in 6 Easy Lessons.

Machine Embroidery in Six Easy Steps by Elieen Roche and Nancy Zieman

Discover the ins and outs of embroidery from the embroidery industry’s leading expert, Eileen Roche.
Plus, there are more details from Nancy’s Notions Sewing Advisors:

  • Machine Embroidery in 6 Easy Lessons Book with Tools
    • Learn to avoid the pitfalls and common mistakes that can ruin an embroidery project.
    • Eileen demystifies embroidery by breaking the process down into easy to follow lessons including many useful tips and techniques.
    • Book includes 4 essential tools: angle finder, centering ruler, target ruler, and target stickers.
    • Six easy to follow lessons include:
      • Beginning basics covers the top six machine features required to make machine embroidery possible and basic supplies needed.
      • Embroidery designs lesson helps you understand the basic elements of every embroidery design to assist in the selection of stabilizers and fabrics.
      • Placement lesson covers techniques for perfect placement on common projects.
      • Hooping lesson discusses different hooping techniques and tools for a perfect embroidery design.
      • Stitching lesson covers some fine-tuning items that should be done just prior to stitching out the design.
      • Finishing is the final lesson; it includes critiquing, trimming threads, removing the stabilizer, and pressing.
    • Full color photographs and illustrations
    • Step-by-step instructions
    • Soft cover, 64 page book by Eileen Roche
    • Essential tools:
      • Angle Finder: This determines the exact rotation necessary for any design to be stitched accurately in the hoop.
      • Centering Ruler: 12″ ruler measures left and right from the center to easily locate the center of any area in the hoop.
      • Target Ruler: 6″ x 6″ ruler measures from the center out (in four directions) with an open hole at the center to place a target sticker.
      • Target stickers: These sheets of pressure-sensitive adhesive stickers have cross-hairs for hoop alignment; there are 15 round (3/4″ diameter), and 5 text (3/4″ x 4″) stickers.

Watch Machine Embroidery in 6 Easy Lessons (Episode One and Episode Two) on Sewing With Nancy online.

For a chance to win a copy of Machine Embroidery in 6 Easy Lessons from Eileen Roche, simply leave a comment sharing which type of item is your favorite to feature embroidery designs.

Machine Embroidery in Six Easy Steps by Elieen Roche and Nancy Zieman

Nancy Zieman's Giveaway Winner

The randomly selected winner of a copy of Quick Stitch to Wear Again, is Chris.

Her comment is, “Though I’ve been sewing for over 50 years, I never knew the ‘trick’ about sewing on a button over a toothpick/stir stick! It makes a lot of sense, especially wrapping the shank before tying the knot at the end. Of course, learning the new techniques for replacing zippers was fabulous, as well. What a blessing that we all can still learn from Nancy even after her passing!”

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