I was nervous about trying machine embroidery, but I have been lucky to have Pam Olney, good friend and machine embroidery expert, on speed dial. Pam’s expertise was invaluable in writing this article.
What are those plastic sheets with printed grids that came with my embroidery machine? Those are handy machine embroidery hoop templates that help you center and line up your machine embroidery designs. When you want to place your design in an exact location on your project, these hoop templates are the way to go. And they’re easy to use! This step-by-step tutorial shows you how.
If I am using a purchased machine embroidery design, how do I know where the true center is?
Professionally designed machine embroidery has the true center marked, often with a + symbol. Design measurements will also be in the description, so that can help you with placement.
Do I need to know where the center of my design is if I am using a hoop template?
Nope! All you need to know is where you want the design centered on your fabric. Mark the center (with a removable marker that you have tested to make sure the marks come out). With a ruler, draw a vertical line through the center mark, then draw a horizontal line through the center. Make sure that the lines are truly perpendicular. A quilter’s ruler can help with this. Now all you have to do is match the horizontal and vertical lines on your fabric with the horizontal and vertical center lines on the template.
Related articles on machine embroidery:
- Machine Embroidery Basics
- Center a Machine Embroidery Design with Adhesive Spray
- Placing Embroidery on a T-Shirt
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