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Using color shuffling for machine embroidery designs on THE Dream Machine 2

 

THE Dream Machine 2 by Brother showing the home screen
THE Dream Machine 2 by Brother showing the home screen

 

Let’s explore how to use the color shuffling feature using one of the designs that’s already in THE Dream Machine 2 library. Here’s how to get started.

Open an embroidery design so it appears on the LCD screen. I chose this fish design, but you have hundreds of designs to choose from when using THE Dream Machine 2.

Here’s how the design looks using the default colors.

One of the built-in designs on THE Dream Machine 2 showing the default colorings
One of the built-in designs on THE Dream Machine 2 showing the default colorings

 

Press the edit key, then the thread palette key (it looks like a spool of thread) and the color palette comes up. You’ll also see the color shuffling key on the right side of the screen.

Press that button to see all the color options – random, gradient, vivid and soft. Press any of those buttons to see all the color variations. You’ll have dozens to choose from!

Screen showing available color options
Screen showing available color options

 

Here’s how this design will look using the soft variation. You can see there are 9 variations of this coloring.

"Soft" coloring variations for the fish design
“Soft” coloring variations for the fish design

 

Here are 9 more designs using the vivid variation.

"Vivid" coloring variations for the fish design
“Vivid” coloring variations for the fish design

 

And here it is with the random variation.

"Random" coloring variations for the fish design
“Random” coloring variations for the fish design

 

You can also put in your own favorite colors. Touch one of the thread colors (spools) on the right side of the screen, choose a different color from the color palette at the bottom of the screen, and the color automatically changes in the design. Of course you can also re-size the design and add other designs to it by pressing the add key at the bottom of the screen.

Press any color key to change the colors in the design
Press any color key to change the colors in the design

 

Another design idea…

I recently took a half-day class usingwatercolor pencils on fabric. This is another great way to use embroidered designs.

While learning to use the embroidery features on this machine, I made lots of samples using different techniques. I made machine embroidered outlines on THE Dream Machine 2 and enhanced them with the watercolor pencils. Below are some samples.

Machine embroidered designs colored with Inktense pencils
Machine embroidered designs colored with Inktense pencils

 

I have really enjoyed using THE Dream Machine 2 by Brother over the past few weeks.

I had never used an embroidery machine before, but it was easy to learn the basics by reading the manuals and “playing” with all the edit screens. There’s so much more that this machine can do.

My fellow blogger, Christine Baker, will be posting more features on QUILTsocial in December through February, you’ll want to see what she discovers and makes on THE Dream Machine 2. Thanks for joining me on my embroidery machine adventure!

 

This is part 5 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 4: Creating machine-embroidery wonders using the fill stitch feature

Jean has been designing and publishing patterns since 1997. For the past 10 years she has been designing patterns for new fabric collections by Northcott Fabrics. Her work has been published in several magazines in both Canada and the United States. Jean holds a Fiber Arts Certificate in quilting and has taught extensively throughout Canada, including six national Quilt Canada conferences. She was named "Canadian Teacher of the Year" in 2003 by the Canadian Quilters Association and has won numerous awards for her quilts.

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