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Machine Embroidery General Information and Tutorials

These techniques make machine embroidery easy! Learn to accurately attach fabric to hooped stabilizer so you can create advanced machine embroideries that look perfect. These instructions work for Viking, Pfaff, Elna, Janome, Brother, Babyloc, Bernina, and Singer.
How to Add Quilting with Your Embroidery Machine How to Download Zipped Embroidery Files and Unzip Them
These embroidery tips explain using paper placement templates for machine embroidery accuracy when adding quilting designs to projects with your embroidery machine.
How to download zipped embroidery files and unzip them
How to Organize Your Computer Filing How to Print Paper Templates
How to Organize Your Computer Filing
Printing paper templates true to size is important! Adobe Acrobat has been recently updated and there are more bells and whistles. Read this short tutorial to make sure that all the Acrobat options are set correctly to achieve true to size printed paper templates every time.
How to Use Paper Templates How to Use A Machine Embroidery Layout Template
These embroidery tips explain using single paper placement templates for machine embroidery accuracy. Control the exact design placement so your design stitches as planned.
Master layout templates make multiple hoopings required for large embroidery designs accurate. Here is how to transfer the layout information from the layout template to the project so paper templates are perfectly positioned.
How to Machine Embroider a Quilt Top
Dying to add machine embroidery to your quilt projects? Here are some great tips!

I designed (and digitized) all of the machine embroidery designs offered here (along with all the Sewing Whimsies and the sewing patterns & projects). I got into digitizing embroidery so that I could embellish my projects. The digitizing is somewhat addictive, I confess. Evidently, I have a knack for it. So anyway, I do hope you enjoy the designs. Please check back often as I have a lot of new projects and embroidery designs in the works! So many ideas, so little time.... They just keep coming to me when I least expect it.


Susa Glenn in her Garden

I am really excited about my process that I have devised to work with templates! Please take a look at the "Embroidery Tips" information above to read more about it.  I include additional tips for successful embroidering with many of my downloads and CDs. If you like this way to work with templates, you can easily make your own templates for other embroidery designs in your embroidery library. A bonus of working with this template placement method is that it makes combining designs together to make large advanced embroidery designs easy!
Each digitized embroidery design is set up so that you can also use the more traditional method of marking the center of the design for placements if you prefer to work with the other method. The first and last digitized stitches are in the center of each design.

All downloaded instructions are in pdf format. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open them. Click on the link on the left of the page to get it for free. Go to the collection of your choice by clicking on the pictures above for more information. Detailed instructions for how to download are provided below. 

Happy Stitching!
Susa Glenn

The files available here have been compressed into .ZIP format. You can UnZIP them using WinZip or WinRAR, or WinXP's 'Extract To' feature.