How to make an embroidered mug rug using mySewnet news-feed

Welcome back. Isn’t the Husqvarna Viking Designer Brilliance 80 an exciting sewing/embroidery machine? I’m in love with the amount of customization that you can do with the machine and also the WiFi connectivity.

Today, I’ll make one of the projects from the news-feed of the mySewnet blog. I’m excited to see how this turns out.

Let’s check it out.

Husqvarna Viking Designer Brilliance 80

Using the buttons on the top navigation bar, I selected only the projects (Sewing Instructions) from the mySewnet blog news-feed. Hmm – cute stuff – seasonal projects, kids projects, and some with techniques that I’ve never done before. Let’s try one of those.

I selected a mug rug using the Texture Hoop which I’ve never touched before. Matter of fact, the box had never been open. Should I say that out loud? Nothing like the present to learn a new technique.

The sewing instructions for the mug rug from the mySewnet blog

As you can see in the photo above, there’s a complete list of supplies needed for the project, including product numbers. If you don’t happen to have a product, having those numbers will make it easy to order from your dealer. The sizes of the various fabrics are also included and notice the sizes are listed in both metric and imperial so that’s a good thing. No need to get the calculator out and convert.

I ran around my studio and collected all the necessary supplies. Choosing the fabric and ribbon color was the hardest!

The sewing instructions for the mug rug from the mySewnet blog

Here’s the Texture Hoop. Thankfully, the instructions are included in the box so if you’ve never touched that hoop before, it’s quick and easy to learn. I did read them and it made a difference knowing what I was doing. Funny how that works out. I’ve attempted things in the past without reading the instructions and well – the results were not so good.

The Texture Hoop and accessories

The link to the embroidery design is included in the sewing instructions. I simply had to touch the link and the file downloaded directly to the embroidery machine. Fast and easy – just the way I like it. This is AMAZING!

Now that everything else was in order, I set up the Designer Brilliance 80 for machine embroidery. I changed the needle to an embroidery needle, changed the stitch plate to the straight stitch plate instead of the general one with the wider opening and I installed the Sensor Q-foot.

Embroidery needle, Straight Stitch plate, and the Sensor Q-foot installed and ready to embroider

I took off the extension table and attached the embroidery arm. A quick tap on the upper right of the multi-touch screen and I got this “Welcome to Embroidery Stitch Out” screen. It’s a check list to make sure you’ve set up the machine correctly for embroidery.

Stitch plate, foot, hoop size and type, and a couple of questions about how the embroidery will stitch out. This check list is awesome. There shouldn’t be any mishaps if I follow the list. No need to handwritten notes from a class, no need to call someone – the information is right there on the screen.

Welcome to Embroidery Stitch Out screen

Here’s the embroidery design. Technically you could stitch the design without using the texture hoop and the ribbons, but I wanted to try this technique. To help me place the ribbons correctly in the hoop, I added a grid to the background of the virtual hoop on the screen. There are multiple size options for this grid so you get to choose what you’re comfortable with.

The embroidery design from the sewing instructions on mySewnet blog

I also used the placement guide that came with the Texture Hoop to help position the ribbons. As per the instructions, I hooped the fabric and the stabilizer first, then I positioned the three ribbons in the hoop.

Using the placement guide to position the ribbons

A water-soluble stabilizer is placed over the top of the ribbons to prevent the Sensor Q-foot from catching on the ribbons.

A water-soluble stabilizer is placed over the ribbons to prevent the Sensor Q-foot from catching

If you noticed in the “Welcome to the Embroidery Stitch Out” screen, the option to “Baste around the Hoop” was chosen. This will secure the water-soluble stabilizer to the fabric and prevent everything from shifting and ensures the Sensor Q-foot won’t get caught on the ribbons.

A line of basting stitches secures the water-soluble stabilizer to the fabric

Then I followed the instructions for thread changes on the multi-touch screen and pretty soon, the embroidery design was finished!

The embroidery design is finished!

I removed the stabilizer from the front and back of the embroidery. Then I soaked the embroidery in warm water to dissolve the remainder of the water-soluble stabilizer.

All the excess stabilizer from the front and back are removed and ready to be soaked

Once the piece was dry, I trimmed it. I thought about trimming it to a square but then decided to follow the instructions and cut it a bit wider. You can do whatever you want with it once the stitching is complete. This way, I can put my mug on the empty space and still admire the beautiful design.

The embroidery is trimmed and ready to finish

The instructions called for a self-binding using the backing fabric. I’m not good with the self-binding technique so I choose to make a regular binding.

The binding and the three layers of the mug rug are ready to be finished

I didn’t do any quilting on the piece but you could do a little bit if you wanted to. Make sure to quilt BEFORE you trim the batting and backing. I chose not to add some quilting. The piece is not that large. But I did choose to use the Edging Foot J on the Designer Brilliance 80 and do an overcast stitch to hold all three layers together to make applying the binding a little bit easier.

Using the Edging Foot J to secure the three edges of the quilt sandwich together

I used the Interchangeable Dual Feed Foot, which comes with the Designer Brilliance 80 to attach the binding. I attach all my bindings (both sides), no matter how big or small with the sewing machine.

OH – if you look close, you’ll notice that the binding is already sewn on. I was having so much fun and that binding was small, that I forgot to take a picture while I was in the process of sewing the binding on. So let’s just pretend!

Using the Interchangeable Dual Feed foot to attach the binding

I feel that I’ve perfected the binding by machine technique. I’ve covered many different techniques for binding in previous QUILTsocial posts. Here’s one post on binding a quilt to check out if you haven’t read it already. Also, type “bindings by Elaine Theriault” in the search box and you’ll get them all. I think there are 12 in total!

Look at the front and back of the mug rug. If you get a good thread color, there’s no easier way to have a beautifully finished piece. The Designer Brilliance 80 makes the process so easy.

The binding on the front of the mug rug

The binding on the back of the mug rug

Here’s the completed mug rug! That’s the first time I’ve made a project from a design file within a sewing machine. That’s pretty cool and as more and more projects become available – well, there’ll be more to choose from. I love that idea!!!

I have a feeling that we’ll see a lot more development in this area. I wonder what they’ll bring us next?

A perfect mug rug to keep my desk looking clean

The whole concept of the WiFi connectivity for the Husqvarna Viking Designer Brilliance 80 is amazing and this is just the beginning of some very interesting times. What will be nice is that machine software upgrades will continue and we’ll be getting more and more information/projects and tips through this newsfeed. I’m super excited about that!!!

Tomorrow, I’ve got another project using some more great features and embroidery as well as recycling something. Be sure to come back for that.

Have a great day!


This is part 3 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 2: Personalizing the Designer Brilliance 80

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Jo Booth June 7, 2020 - 12:46 am
I recently bought a Brillance 80 and it keeps jamming and won’t sew through thru thicker layers for piecing. Any suggestions?
Angelina Jimenez July 20, 2019 - 12:23 am
Love your Brilliance 80 Series. Just bought mine a month ago and need some instruction. How do I navigate to the 4th in this series? Angelina
Elaine Theriault July 26, 2019 - 12:00 pm
Angelina - did you find the 4th in the series??? THE link should be right at the bottom of the 3rd link. You can navigate forwards and backward through the posts that way or there is a calendar on the right hand side. Hope that helps and hope you're having fun with the Brilliance 80. It's a great machine!!
Anna brown December 2, 2018 - 1:12 am
Ty for shring this idea and love the orange...
Denniele November 29, 2018 - 9:53 am
Great tutorial!
Cecilia November 28, 2018 - 6:40 pm
Great project! Your machine looks amazing. Thanks for sharing!
Deanna Ellett November 28, 2018 - 4:41 pm
Love my Husqvarna, sure wish it could do all the Brilliance can do.
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