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Get two classes in one--Fundamentals of Machine Embroidery plus Machine Embroidery Techniques I. Find out more in the Class Description below.

Krista Southern
Machine Embroidery Techniques I
Krista Southern, Instructor
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Machine Embroidery Techniques I FAQ

I have just purchased my first embroidery machine. Is there a more basic lesson to get me started?Expand

Fundamentals of Machine Embroidery now comes as a bonus with the Machine Embroidery Techniques I class. It goes over the basics of machine embroidery, including threads, stabilizers, needles, etc. It would be a basic class to start your machine embroidery experience. The combination of the two classes would allow you to grow with your machine, progressing from the basics to special techniques.

If you don't have or can't find Angelina could you use something else?Expand

You could use Sparkle organza or any other fabric with a shine instead of Angelina.

How can I download the designs in this class?Expand

To download the stitch files, click on the Drawings Tab. To download the color charts (in PDF format), click on the Documents Tab.

What affordable software for this would you recommend?Expand

I use Pfaff/Viking 5D system, which I really like. Just like with a machine, however, I would purchase a software system where you can get dealer support. There is a learning curve to using the software and classes are very helpful.  In addition to dealer support with the 5D system, there is also online support, both through the company and independent instructors. I don't think you will be disappointed with 5D.

You used the word "affordable." Unfortunately, none of the embroidery software programs are cheap. Go to your local machine dealers and ask for a demonstration of their software and ask about classes and support.

How do you attach the lace design when completed on the edge of a napkin or whatever you want to use it on with the cut away of the material that it is replacing?Expand
  • Hoop 2 layers of water soluble stabilizer very tight in your hoop. Please do not try to use a hoop larger than 5" x 7" and do not stitch more than one motif in a hooping.
  • Stitch out the motif.
  • Cut away excess stabilizer.
  • Align the motif on a napkin corner. You can use pins or a basting stitch.
  • Stitch the lace with your sewing machine to the fabric using a zigzag stitch width 2.5mm and density 0.5.
  • Cut the excess fabric away at the back.
  • Soak in warm water until the stabilizer has dissolved.
  • Apply a bead of Fray Block to the cut edge of the napkin on the back side.
FREE -- Class Overview
FREE -- Introduction
Materials & Tools
Applique Designs
Cutwork Designs
Lace Designs
Embroidered Redwork
Mylar Designs
3-D Angelina
Class Wrap-Up
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Class Project Photos

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4 out of 5 (Reviewed by 23 customers.)

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February 16, 2018
Connie S M
Could have included more information for a beginner, however the information on stabilizers was very helpful, also the the needle instruction. A little more division of segments would have been helpful. Overall this was very informative and worth the purchase.
June 21, 2017
Greta K
I've been embroidering, on and off, for a while now. I enjoyed hearing about the different stabilizers, threads and needles and I felt the instructor gave us a lot of information on each. For a new embroiderer, I believe this class should be used on a lesson by lesson basis, where the student watches a section and then practices the technique, if at all possible. There was a lot to digest and someone new to embroidery could easily get confused. Good job and a great reference.
February 17, 2017
Nc L
This is a terrific class. I'm using the designs on clothing, toweling, gifts, etc. I have learned a lot about machine embroidery. Thank you!!
February 7, 2017
Pat S
It needed more info and explanation on how to do the embroidery. Did not tell what type of stabilizer to use with the redwork. Did not give enough information for the mylar. This class is not for a beginner.
November 28, 2016
Betty R
I have really enjoyed this class especially learning the different stabilizers and needles to use. I have an embroidery machine but haven't used it much because of lack of knowledge. I appreciate the opportunity of being able to go back and watch this over and over again. I also appreciate very much the half price sale. I love that. I am really enjoying the opportunity of being able to buy these classes from Annie's. Thank you so much.

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