What’s on Your Bucket List? by Eileen Roche

What’s on your embroidery bucket list?  Want to get the whole embroidery experience?  Then write an embroidery bucket list.  You’ll find if you write it down, you’re apt to tackle some of those easy-to-put-off complicated embroidery projects. And once you do, y... [More]

Reversible Applique Towel

Take your applique to the next level by making it totally reversible. It is really easy to do with m [More]

Embroidery Advisor Presents: Ice Cold Beer

Football season has begun and you know what that means!  A lot of us will be glued in front of our HD TV screens watching and cheering on our favorite football teams and Fantasy players.  Sipping on an ice cold beer can really enhance the viewing pleasure though while your favorite team an... [More]

Keeping It Simple - Is it a Snake or a Caterpillar?

Now, here is a fun idea, complete with designs to make it, that would make a great stocking stuffer or busy bag learning toy for any preschooler on your list.  My daughter was looking for ideas one day and came across one of these cute little guys that had been made with colored felt squares.&n... [More]

Embroidered Notebook Covers

Make this from this    and this! It is almost back-to-school time and this embroidered notebook cover is a quick and easy project using a standard 50-cent composition book. It takes about a half-yard of fabric, or two fat quarters, and a few scraps for the applique. Best of all, you c... [More]

Simple Casserole Carrier

              These casserole carriers are simple to make and are perfect for upcoming pot luck gatherings.  You can make them different by using an assortment of fabrics (maybe from your “stash”) and embroidery designs. Materials: 2 pieces o... [More]

All Tear-Away is Not Created Equal

      There are differences in tear-away stabilizer besides their weight. I find that most embroiderers are very familiar with "firm" or "crisp" tear-away. But a wonderfully supportive tear-away is "soft" tear-away. Crisp or firm tear-away is made fr... [More]

Cutwork Poinsettia Napkin or Basket Liner

Cutwork is so very elegant, and it looks much more difficult than it really is. This project creates a holiday napkin or a gift basket liner or dinner roll cover. The poinsettia is part of the Christmas Cutwork Encore embroidery collection by Dakota Collectibles and it is available from Ann the... [More]

Keeping It Simple - Pillows with Flapped Edges

Our girls love to read.  So much that our daughter is making a special reading nook out of a closet in her schoolroom area.  The seven year old, who always wants to add her thoughts to a project brought me a picture.  The pillow had these different,  flapped edges and she asked i... [More]

Celebrate Christmas in July

We’ve just passed the halfway mark of the year, so it is time to get a jump start on your holiday projects. Whether you like to create to give or make things to decorate your home, this Christmas Tray is sure to please. Featuring the Baby Lock Enterprise 10-needle embroidery machine, our ... [More]

Hooping T-Shirts for Embroidery

Hooping and embroidering garments that don't open down the front, such as T-shirts and sweatshirts, can be challenging. Even when you get them hooped, it can be hard to get them on and off the machine. Watch this video for tips on how to do this more easily and take at least half the work ... [More]

How To Embroider Those Adorable Stuff Animals!

Following are the instructions for embroidering these cuties!  You'll need the following: Embroiderable Cubbie of your choice Temporary Adhesive Spray Water Soluble Stablizer Medium Weight Tearaway Stabilizer       CHECK OUT ALL CUTE CUBBIES AVAILABLE HERE

Holding the Tough-to-Embroider Items

If you think that you can't embroider items that you can't get into a hoop, or hold with self-adhesive stabilizer, think again. There's another method that will let you hold big, bulky items under the embroidery needle. I embroidered this tote bag on my single-needle home embroide... [More]

Sewing Box Hero

As a Quilter and Sewer I know how important it is to find products that make my projects better and easier without blowing my budget or potentially damaging my work by using something complicated or harsh on fabrics.  It is a balancing act when shopping for supplies, tools, and accessories ... [More]

10 Household Tools for the Machine Embroiderer Part 2

By Eileen Roche We received such a positive response from my recent blog: 12 Household Tools for the Machine Embroiderer that I decided to revisit this subject. JoAnn Connolly of Garden of Daisies Embroidery thinks craft foam and a cardboard carton are great reusable items ... [More]

Keeping It Simple - Keeping Track of the Camera Lens Cover (and more)

My daughters and I love to take pictures.   With digital cameras  we take lots and lots.  However with three little ones almost always in tow one big problem I now encounter is keeping  track of the lens cover.  And Andrea is always looking for hers, digging i... [More]

Caring for Antique Linens

Beautiful embroidery goes hand in hand with beautiful linen, and this is the perfect time of year to find antique linens at flea markets, estate sales, and yard sales. There’s nothing like the feel of antique linen. It could be that it’s pure nostalgia. More likely, it is because it is ... [More]

12 Household Tools for the Machine Embroiderer

By Eileen Roche We are excited to have Eileen Roche, Editor of Designs in Machine Embroidery share this content with you, which was originally posted on Eileen’s Machine Embroidery Blog Digital Camera– best design tool in the house (besides pencil and paper). I use a digital ca... [More]
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Digitizing Training ~ The RUN Stitch

Digitizing Training ~ The RUN Stitch

Sorry for taking the week off .. I really like to prep for Mother's Day .. after all, my Mom is THE Queen and I really like to dedicate the whole weekend to her .. cooking, cleaning, taking her shopping and and out to a nice dinner and maybe a movie (though there isn't much at the movies her or I feel comfortable watching together these days!).  There is an interesting wrinkle in this year's Mother's Day .. my mother-in-law to be ..  I'm not sure about protocol, so I will be looking to YOU for some guidance!!  DON'T steer me wrong here people!!  We're not getting married until September, but, do I still graciate her with a card, present, phone call??!!  HELP !!

Oh well, on to the important things at hand.  This is a quick lesson about the run stitch, it's properties and proper usage.

Q:  What is a run stitch?
A:  The run stitch can be called many different names:  run, travel, walk, basting stitch, etc.  We use the Run Stitch for digitizing lines, moving from one segment to another, it is used as underlay for fills and satin stitches.  Run stitches can also be made bolder by doubling up or even tripling up.  We call the doubling up of a run stitch a repeat, this is where we run from point A to point B and then back from point B to point A.  You can triple up the run by then again going from point A to point B again, or, when you triple a run stitch, we typically call this a bean stitch and we use a different tool and digitize it exactly as we do a run.  You typically repeat a run or use a bean for outlining areas. 

The run stitch is, as mentioned before, is a row of single stitches along a line, straight or curved.  The distance that each needle penetration is apart is set by digitizer if the default set by the software manufacturer is not proper for the run stitches application.  The run stitch measurement is typically in millimeters.  If the area the run is to be used is a tight fitting area, a smaller LENGTH will be used, but if it is roomy or the run stitch has to travel from one end of the design to the other, the length will be longer.  The minimum and maximum lengths I try to "abide" by are 1.8 mm and up to 5.0 mm.  Five millimeters is just smaller than 1/4 inch, and that is quite long for a run stitch by itself. 

The diagram below shows the makings of a run and a bean stitch.  The run stitch is pretty self-explanatory, so, let's disect the bean stitch.
You'll notice that the first stitch [1] moves from west-to-east, stitch 2 back from east-to-west and stitches 3 and 4 make two moves from west-to-east at a length determined by the segments parameters.Run Stitch Diagram

There are so many uses for the run stitch:  Travelling from one part of the design to another, used as underlay under satin stitches as an edge walk or center run, used as underlay under fill stitches as a light density fill or doubled up at 90 degrees to make a lattice underlay.

It is safe to say the run stitch is the base of all your embroidery designs and the most used of the three stitch types.

If you have any questions about the run stitch and how it is best used in different situations, please don't hesitate to post a question below.

Best regards,

Rick Macali / 407 509-2400


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Comments (4) -

I am a mother-in-law and the best gift I get is  for my son and daughter-in-laws to be a wonderful mate for my children and terrific parent for my grandchildren.

A little something, like a plant is nice, but the bottom line is that who they are is more important that what they give.


msbeliever 5/9/2009 2:24:24 PM

I could really use some help and advice.  I am just starting into machine embroidery (still learning how to digitize so I have your instructions for that, thanks!) and want to start creating my own lace, on material and FSL, but I have no idea what to do once I have the digitized design.  Could you please give me a easy-to-understand step-by-step instruction on what to do?  I do have Embrid and Embrid Studio.  Thanks so very much.

Maria van Duinhoven

Windsor, Ontario Canada

Thank you for your on-line digitizing training.  And for your Mother-in-law to be:  A call is good, a card that isn't too personal is ok.  Unless you have a really close relationship already.  In that case, just remember you will be setting a standard that you will have to meet or exceed in years to come!

Maria, a. I apologize for NOT getting to your question sooner and b. I'll answer that in next weeks blog !!  I was planning on a whole month's series of the different stitch types, their uses and values .. but your question is intriguing ..

Come back this weekend for your answer.

Rick Macali / 407 509-2400


New site coming MONDAY!!!!  www.embdesignsnow.com

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