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Peacock Paradise Tutorial

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Materials
  • Peacock embroidery design
  • Fabric of choice
  • Acetate Sheet

  • Designs used in this project

    Preface:
    General Information

    1. The completed peacock design measures 11.56” high and 16.01” wide. The four sections are to be done in order. AIPC130A, AIPC130B, AIPC130C, and then AIPC130D.

    2. Open the designs in your software for printing. We highly recommend that the designs should be prined 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.

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

  • Outlines
  • Stitches
  • Extents box around design

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

    4. 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 file.

    5. Hoop the fabric. Use the template to position the fabric within the hoop. Each time you re-hoop for subsequent files B, C and D, 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 always have a guide. Use the grids that come with your machine to make sure it is lined up.
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    Step 1:
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    Cut your fabric. Cut fabric larger than finished embroidery size for hooping. Mark the center of the fabric which will be the center of your finished peacock design.


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


    Step 3:
    Use a no-show mesh backing when hooping fabric.


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


    Step 5:
    Place hoop into machine. In order that embroidery starts in correct place you will have to drop your active needle in the exact center of the design that you are running. This should show on your acetate as a cross hair in the middle of the design.

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    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 cross where you have marked the center of the complete design. Proceed to embroider the remainder of file A.

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    Step 7:
    Remove fabric from hoop. Turn over and trim the no-show mesh around embroidery.


    Step 8:
    Turn fabric right side up and place acetate sheet (file B) over the fabric. Match up the embroidered cross with the lower cross on the acetate. Tape into place and hoop.


    Step 9:
    Once you have hooped your fabric, use a large ruler to ensure that your design remains straight through all the steps. Use the horizontal line of the cross hair as a guide. Use grid provided with machine to ensure design remains straight.


    Step 10:
    Place hoop into machine. In order that embroidery starts in correct place you will have to drop your active needle in the exact center of the design that you are running. This should show on your acetate as a cross hair in the middle of the design. Remove the acetate and commence embroidery for file B. Embroidery will start and place a small cross exactly where there was a cross embroidered in file A. If you notice that it is slightly off within the first few stitches adjust accordingly manually. Keep this in mind when running the remaining files. The last color in file B will place a small cross, which will be the placement for file C.

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    Step 11:
    Remove from hoop and remove the first cross that was embroidered (be careful that you do not remove the last cross embroidered). Trim the no-show mesh from back of design.

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    Step 12:
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    Turn fabric right side up and place acetate sheet (file C) over the fabric. Match up the embroidered cross with the upper cross on the acetate. Tape in place and hoop.


    Step 13:
    Once you have hooped your fabric use a large ruler to ensure that your design remains straight through all the steps. Use the horizontal line of the cross hair as a guide. Use grids provided with machine to ensure design remains straight.

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    Step 14:
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    Place hoop into machine. In order that embroidery starts in correct place you will have to drop your active needle in the exact center of the design that you are running. This should show on your acetate as a cross hair in the middle of the design. Remove acetate and complete embroidery of file C. The last color of file C will place a cross which will be for placement of file D.


    Step 15:
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    Remove fabric from hoop. Turn over and trim no-show mesh around embroidery.


    Step 16:
    Turn fabric right side up and place acetate sheet (file D) over fabric. Match up the embroidered cross with the cross on the acetate. Tape into place and hoop. Once you have hooped your fabric use a large ruler to ensure that your design remains straight. Use horizontal line of the cross hair as a guide. Use grids provided with machine to ensure design remains straight.

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    Step 17:
    Place hoop into machine. In order that embroidery starts in correct place you will have to drop your active needle in the exact center of the design that you are running. This should show on your acetate as a cross hair in the middle of the design. Remove acetate and complete embroidery of file D.

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    Step 18:
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    Remove fabric from hoop. Turn over and trim no-show mesh around embroidery.


    Step 19:
    Remove the remaining two crosses that were used for placement.

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    Step 20:
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    Congratulations. Your peacock is finished.


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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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