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Adjusting machine embroidery fonts to the hoop – Dreamweaver XE

Yesterday on QUILTsocial I talked about 4 easy steps for using Sulky Sticky + self-adhesive stabilizer for embroidering small pieces of ribbon, fabric, caps, etc. that do not fill a hoop.

The hoop is locked into the carriage of the Dreamweaver XE from Brother and today I’ll show you how to set up the desired lettering to embroider on the ribbons. The ultimate purpose of the embroidered ribbons is they will be quilt labels.

The Dreamweaver XE from Brother.
The Dreamweaver XE

On the home screen, select the Embroidery Edit key.

Select Embroidery Edit on the home screen of the Brother Dreamweaver XE. A tutorial on how to make quilt labels using machine embroidery and ribbons using the Brother Dreamweaver XE
Select Embroidery Edit

Now select the Character patterns (font) key on the embroidery edit screen.

Select Character (font) Patterns key on the embroidery edit screen of the Dreamweaver XE. A tutorial on how to make quilt labels using machine embroidery and ribbons using the Brother Dreamweaver XE
Select Character (font) Patterns key

I now select the desired font.

Select the desired font key on the Brother Dreamweaver XE. A tutorial on how to make quilt labels using machine embroidery and ribbons using the Brother Dreamweaver XE
Select font

I type out the words using the same steps outlined in my QUILTsocial post on December 19th, 7 simple steps to add words to your machine embroidery designs.

Here’s the lettering I’m using for my ribbons.

The lettering is set on the LCD screen of the Dreamweaver XE from Brother. A tutorial on how to make quilt labels using machine embroidery and ribbons using the Brother Dreamweaver XE
Set the lettering

Once I’m happy with the lettering, I press EMBROIDERY on the LCD screen of the Dreamweaver XE.

Press EMBROIDERY on the LCD screen of the Dreamweaver XE from Brother. A tutorial on how to make quilt labels using machine embroidery and ribbons using the Brother Dreamweaver XE
Press EMBROIDERY

If the selected embroidery design is too big to fit in the hoop, this warning will pop up on the LCD screen. Since I’ve already set up the ribbons in the smaller hoop, I’ll need to adjust the size of the design.

The warning screen on the LCD screen of the Dreamweaver XE tells us that we need to use a larger hoop for the selected design. A tutorial on how to make quilt labels using machine embroidery and ribbons using the Brother Dreamweaver XE
Warning screen

One easy way to do this is to press CLOSE to exit the warning screen and then press the SPACING key.

Press the SPACING key on the screen of the Dreamweaver XE from Brother. A tutorial on how to make quilt labels using machine embroidery and ribbons using the Brother Dreamweaver XE
Press SPACING

Make sure that the desired line of words is highlighted and then press the decrease spacing button (the one with the arrows pointing in) to make the letters closer together. The other button will spread the letters out.

Press the decrease spacing button on the Dreamweaver XE to make the letters closer together. A tutorial on how to make quilt labels using machine embroidery and ribbons using the Brother Dreamweaver XE
Decrease spacing

The modified design on the Dreamweaver XE screen shows how the letters in the top row are now closer together, making this line the same length as the line below it.

The modified design on the Dreamweaver XE screen shows how the letters in the top row are closer together. A tutorial on how to make quilt labels using machine embroidery and ribbons using the Brother Dreamweaver XE
The modified design

Now press the EMBROIDERY key to see if the smaller design will work with the selected embroidery frame.

Press the EMBROIDERY key on the Dreamweaver XE to see if the smaller design will work with the selected embroidery frame. A tutorial on how to make quilt labels using machine embroidery and ribbons using the Brother Dreamweaver XE
Press EMBROIDERY

Since the warning screen didn’t pop up, I’m good to go! Tomorrow I’ll get stitching with the Dreamweaver XE.

This is part 2 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 1: 4 simple steps to using Sulky Sticky + self-adhesive stabilizer

Go to part 3: How to use an LED pointer to perfectly place your embroidery design

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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