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Coral Reef Tutorial

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  • Underwater Scene embroidery design
  • Sea life embroidery design
  • Fabric

  • Designs used in this project

    Final Product: What You Will Create

  • General Information

    1. The completed Coral Reef design AITF131 A/B/C is 11.60” high and 11.69” wide. The three sections are to be done in order AITF131A, AITF131B, and then AITF132C. 2. The completed Coral Reef design AITF132 A/B/C is 11.47” high and 13.77” wide. The three sections are to be done in order AITF132A, AITF132B, and then AITF132C.

  • 3. Open the designs in your software for printing. We highly recommend that the designs should be printed on transparent (acetate) that is made for printers. Purchase the correct one for your printer – Inkjet or Laser. The acetate is expensive, but can be saved and reused.

    4. To print from within your embroidery software go to the Print Setup; choose Landscape not Portrait for the page setup. Under information to print click the box None, Click on the boxes: current color way 1.0 (This is the scale to print at actual size.)

  • Outlines
  • Stitches
  • Extents box around design

  • To create a template you want to print the design at actual design with the start and end points clearly visible. If they are too faint you can go over them with a fine tip permanent marker.

    5. The first color of the first file embroiders a cross. This will come down where you have marked the center of the complete design and is also the placement mark for the beginning of the second design.

    6. Hoop the fabric. Use the template to position the fabric within the hoop. Each time you re-hoop for subsequent files B and C, you must make sure the fabric is totally straight so the parts will align properly. We suggest you draw crosshairs the length and width of your fabric so you will always have a guide. Use the grids that come with your machine to make sure it is lined up.

    Step 1:
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    Cut your fabric larger than finished embroidery size for hooping. Mark the center of the fabric which will be the center of your finished Coral Reef design.

    Step 2:
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    Place the acetate sheets file A through C on the fabric so that you can see how they will line up when completed.

    Step 3:
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    In this example you can see the red applique material being placed under the denim which is our garment material. Hoop the garment this way and place on machine. You don't need stabilizer since the design only consists of running stitches.

    Step 4:
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    Place first acetate sheet (file A) on fabric matching the upper crosshair on the template sheet with the center of the finished design that was marked on the fabric. Use transparent tape to secure acetate to fabric, then hoop. The acetate should be within the hoop to ensure that the embroidered design can be placed correctly.

    Step 5:
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    Place hoop into machine. In order that embroidery starts in the right place you will have to drop your active needle in the exact center of the design you are running (file A). This should show on your acetate as a crosshair in the middle of the design. If you find that it is too faint you can darken with a fine tip permanent marker.

    Step 6:
    Once you are assured that the active needle is in the correct position remove the acetate from hoop and start the machine. Embroidery will start and place a small crosshair where you have marked the center of the design. Proceed to embroider the remainder of file A.

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    Meet The Author: John Deer
    John Deer is owner of Punch Perfect/Art-Sew-Perfect, a digitizing, stock design and educational firm. He is a third-generation embroiderer with 19 years of digitizing experience and has personally won 30 awards in trade publications.

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