All About Machine Embroidery: Day 24 – Embroidering Letters and Monograms

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Welcome back to All About Machine Embroidery. Read the whole series here.

Machine Embroidery: If you are thinking about getting a sewing machine that includes Machine Embroidery then you will want to read All About Machine Embroidery. I have 31 posts that cover every possible thing you could want to know.Today, through the end of the month, I will be highlighting different types of embroidery.

Most embroiderers find they prefer just a few types of embroidery. I happen to love monograms and applique.

Today, I will highlight embroidered lettering, names, and monograms.

Here’s a great example of embroidering manners on napkins from this store on Etsy.

Day24-1How cute is that! Embroidering words and phrases is almost limitless. If you can think it up, you can embroider it.

Imagine if everything your baby owned was embroidered with his or her name. I found these lovely embroidered burp cloths on here on Etsy.
Machine Embroidery: If you are thinking about getting a sewing machine that includes Machine Embroidery then you will want to read All About Machine Embroidery. I have 31 posts that cover every possible thing you could want to know.So simple, yet so elegant. Lucky Juliet.

A monogrammed name turns something inexpensive like a burp cloth or baby bib into an elegant gift. Now, imagine the possibilities.

have spent the majority of my life living south of I-10. Because of this, I have an affinity for embroidered towels.

Like these kitchen towels from peggydaviddesigns on Etsy which I totally love.

Machine Embroidery: If you are thinking about getting a sewing machine that includes Machine Embroidery then you will want to read All About Machine Embroidery. I have 31 posts that cover every possible thing you could want to know.Pottery Barn has built a part of their business on monogrammed towels. Elegant, elegant, elegant.

Machine Embroidery: If you are thinking about getting a sewing machine that includes Machine Embroidery then you will want to read All About Machine Embroidery. I have 31 posts that cover every possible thing you could want to know.

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If monogramming is your embroidery thing, then you may want to purchase additional fonts after overusing the ones that come loaded on your machine.

For me, almost all of my font sets have been purchased through Etsy sellers or SWAK.

There are a few software programs that are fonts only. These would be available at a sewing machine dealer. They are pretty expensive, but the programs come with more size options. If you plan to embroider lots of monograms, you may want to look into this.

I know that these ideas barely scratch the surface. That’s the idea. You need to come up with things you want to monogram.

The possibilities are endless.

Tomorrow’s topic: FillDesigns

Thinking about purchasing an Embroidery Machine? Check out my Embroidery Machine Reviews.

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14 Comments

  1. Hi Leslie I reall enjoy read yor post I have purchased me a PE 770 Brother Embroidery Machine after during a few project on it I lerned that I was to go further with images that on my machine can you tell me what kind of software I need to transfer file from computer and to b able to see the tranfer before transfer ?

    Thanks, Annette

  2. I wish I had read this before I bought a used machine which I discover has a card reader. After looking around the machine for a good while, I discover there is no where a sewing foot plugs in so I assume this machine has to be hooked up to a computer to work. Never having had experience with embroidery machines, I guess I walked right into this one. Can I still get it working hooked up to my computer?
    I would hate to think I just threw $200 away for nothing. Can you help me out with some info on this White machine. TIA

    1. All is not lost here. You will need to contact a local dealer that sells your machine’s brand. They will tell you which type of card reader to purchase. There are lots of them for sale used (see Yahoo Groups: ​SewItsForSale) and say you are looking for that particular one. Someone will likely have one you can purchase. There are also several sewing brand (Bernina, etc.) Facebook groups for selling and buying used equipment.

      Be patient and something will come along.

  3. Funny thing. You mentioned living south of I-10 and loving the embroidered towels. I live north of I-10 and I do like the towels, but am more partial to designs on clothing! Never knew there was dividing line for the types of patterns and items one gravitated toward! You learn something every day!

  4. I have a Bernina 560 Sewing/Embroidery machine. Do I have to have additional software in order to use the many fonts you can buy online? My machine has a few nice fonts and it makes it easy to combine the letters to make words, but if I wanted to use purchased fonts that are not built into my machine, do I have to have software in order to do this? I have a Mac computer. Is there any software you can suggest that is compatible with a Mac? That isn’t too terribly expensive?

    1. Yes, you will need additional software in order to use purchased fonts. Fortunately, Bernina offers a free software that you can download from their site (berninausa.com).

      As for the Mac computer (which I also use), the software isn’t compatible. You will need to call Apple, they recommend some sort of software that you can use that will allow you open PC programs like Artlink.

      Another option for Macs that isn’t too expensive is the Embrilliance Software. Email Brian and tell him your needs and he will recommend the right software for the types of projects you plan to do.

      1. Yes I knew it had to be in the embroidery software. I just wanted to know “where” specifically. I called the shop where I purchased my machine, and they helped me. In case someone else asks where the what symbol to use when spacing between letters, it’s the “_” (underscore) option.

      2. I am struggling with proper placement and spacing on my Brother we 400
        How do I figure this out? My husband have spent hours trying to space properly and still aren’t happy with the end product. I’m sure there’s a simpler way. Please help!

        Marie

        1. I recommend you visit your local Brother dealer and see if they can offer you help with placement. Most stores have embroidery experts who are very knowledgeable.

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