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7 steps to successfully hoop fabric for machine embroidery

 

Yesterday on QUILTsocial we imported a digital image into THE Dream Machine 2 and it converted that image into an embroidery design. We used the edit screen to make the design larger and now we’re ready to start embroidering!

But first we need to prepare and hoop the fabric we will be stitching on. Here are 7 simple steps to successfully hoop fabric for machine embroidery.

 

THE Dream Machine 2 from Brother
THE Dream Machine 2 from Brother

 

Step 1 – the stabilizer

The first step is to add stabilizer to the back of the fabric. I chose to use Tear-Easy Sulky stabilizer for my project. Make sure that you cut your stabilizer larger than the hoop you are going to use. This stabilizer isn’t fusible, so I’ll pin it to my fabric but if you choose to use a fusible stabilizer such as Sulky Totally Stable, then iron it on to the back of the fabric now.

 

The stabilizer and hoop
The stabilizer and hoop

 

Step 2 – remove the inner frame

Lift up and loosen the frame adjustment screw on the outer frame so that you can remove the inner frame.

 

The stabilizer and hoop
The stabilizer and hoop

Loosen the frame adjustment screw

 

Step 3 – mark the center

If you’re concerned about getting the design centered perfectly on your fabric, mark the center of the fabric square with two chalk lines.

 

Marking the center of the fabric
Marking the center of the fabric

 

Step 4 – the embroidery sheet

Select the correct sized embroidery sheet for the hoop you’ll be using and place it on the inner frame of the embroidery hoop.

 

The embroidery sheet
The embroidery sheet

 

Align the guides with the marks made on the fabric.

 

Align the guides with the marks
Align the guides with the marks

 

Step 5 – gently stretch the fabric

Gently stretch the fabric so there are no folds or wrinkles. Press the inner frame into the outer frame and then remove the embroidery sheet.

 

Press the inner frame into the outer frame.
Press the inner frame into the outer frame.

 

Step 6 – Insert the frame in the correct orientation

When re-inserting the inner frame make sure to align the triangle symbols on the inner and outer frames.

 

Aligning the inner and outer frames
Aligning the inner and outer frames

 

Step 7 – Tighten the outer frame

Gently stretch the fabric while tightening the frame adjustment screw.

 

Gently stretch the fabric while tightening the screw.
Gently stretch the fabric while tightening the screw.

 

In order to make sure that the outer frame is very tight, the adjustment screw on the outer frame can be tightened using the multi-purpose screwdriver included with THE Dream Machine 2.

 

Tightening the adjustment screw
Tightening the adjustment screw

 

Now that the fabric has been hooped, the embroidery frame can be attached to carriage of the embroidery unit of THE Dream Machine 2.

 

Attaching the frame
Attaching the frame

 

For my pillow embroidery I’m using the “Valentine Kisses” thread pack from WonderFil. This thread pack contains spools of both Splendor (a 40wt rayon thread) and Spotlight (a 40wt metallic thread). I have DecoBob thread in the bobbin.

 

The "Kisses" thread pack from WonderFil
The “Kisses” thread pack from WonderFil

 

Here’s the stitched out embroidery from THE Dream Machine 2.

To make the pillow, first remove the fabric from the hoop and trim the fabric square. Cut a second fabric this same size for the back of the pillow and then follow the directions from my December 20th QUILTsocial post to finish the pillow.

 

The stitched out embroidery
The stitched out embroidery

 

Here’s the finished Valentine’s pillow, embroidered with THE Dream Machine 2 from Brother.

 

The finished pillow
The finished pillow

 

Thanks for joining me this week. I’m having so much fun learning about THE Dream Machine 2 and using all its amazing features – next month I’ll be back with another project using this amazing machine!

 

This is part 5 of 5 in this series.
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I have been designing and publishing quilt patterns for the last 16 years under the business name Fairfield Road Designs. My patterns range from fusible applique and piecing to felted wool applique and punchneedle. You can see all of patterns on my website www.fairfieldroaddesigns.com.

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