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How to import and modify an embroidery design on the Brother Dreamweaver XE

Yesterday on QUILTsocial we made quilt labels by embroidering words on ribbons. Today, I’ll use the Brother Dreamweaver XE to design a badge that I’ll embroider on felted wool tomorrow.

The Dreamweaver XE from Brother.
The Dreamweaver XE

I downloaded an embroidery design for free online and added words and a frame around it, so I first need to select Embroidery Edit on the home screen.

Select "Embroidery Edit"
Select “Embroidery Edit”

After I downloaded the design onto my laptop, I saved it on a USB stick. In order to access it, first I need to press the USB key on the memory screen.

Press the USB key in the memory screen to access files that are on a USB stick inserted into the Dreamweaver XE.
The USB key

Here’s the list of embroidery files stored on the USB stick attached to the machine. Only .pes, .phc and .dst embroidery data files can be used with the Dreamweaver XE. As you can see the .pes files show up with an actual image of the design while the .dst files show up with just the name of the file. When you click on the file name or thumbnail, a larger image of the design will show on the screen.

Here's the list of embroidery files that are stored on the USB stick attached to the Dreamweaver XE.
USB files

I’ve selected the thread and needle design, now I’ll just select the SET key at the bottom right of the screen.

Select the desired file on the screen of the Dreamweaver XE and then select SET.
Select file.

Sometimes when using embroidery data from other sources, the colors will change when downloaded to the machine. Press the ‘Thread Palette Key’ to change the thread colors in the embroidery design.

Press the Thread Palette Key on the Brother Dreamweaver XE to change the thread colors in the embroidery design.
Thread Palette Key

The thread colors that will be used in the design are listed down the right side of the screen. You can change the first thread color by either pressing the desired color box in the palette or by using the arrow keys on the right-hand side to select the color that you want. I’m changing the spool thread color to brown.

Changing colors.
Changing colors.

Once I’ve decided on the color for the first thread in the design, I press the “+” or “-” to move to another color on the list. I change that color the same way as before and then move to the next one. When all of the colors are as I want them, I press the CLOSE button.

To advance to the next thread color in the design, just press the "+" or "-" buttons on the Dreamweaver XE display.
Advance to next color.

Now I’ll select the ‘Frames’ grouping on the embroidery design page of the Dreamweaver XE.

Select the 'Frames' grouping on the embroidery design page of the Dreamweaver XE from Brother.
Select ‘Frames’

I select the shape I want for the outside edge of the badge. All of the basic shapes available are listed across the top – circle, square, diamond etc. Once I highlight the shape, the different options show up below. I’ll select the circle made by a single line of stitching.

Select the circle made by a single line of stitching on the frames page of the Dreamweaver XE from Brother.
Single line circle

Next, I need to select the SIZE button on the embroidery edit screen, so that I can make the circle big enough for the spool to fit inside.

Select the SIZE button on the embroidery edit screen of the Brother Dreamweaver XE.
Select SIZE

I press the ‘enlarge all directions’ key on the Dreamweaver XE to make the image proportionally bigger in all directions.

Press the 'enlarge all directions' key on the Dreamweaver XE to make the image proportionally bigger in all directions.
Enlarge all directions button

Here’s the single stitch line after it has been enlarged. This line will be stitched onto the wool and will act as a guide for me to trim the wool background before the edge is satin stitched.

Here is the single stitch line after it has been enlarged on the LCD screen of the Brother Dreamweaver XE.
The single stitch line

Tomorrow I’ll add text and the outside frame to my design and stitch it out with the Dreamweaver XE from Brother.

This is part 4 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 3: How to use an LED pointer to perfectly place your embroidery design

Go to part 5: Use the right size needle to ensure machine embroidery success

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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