Tips and Tricks Creating Templates

Templates are essential to exact positioning of embroidery designs, especially if you are creating projects that require multiple hoopings, like quilting edge to edge. Check out the ATG blog showing how Sew Inspired by Bonnie used her Snap Hoop Monster magnetic hoop to quilt across a baby blanket.

You can print templates on paper or even on a medium tearaway stabilizer. Stitching on stabilizer (without thread in the needle) is an extremely accurate way to make a template but sometimes hard to see through when positioning multiple times.

If you are not supplied a PDF template with your design purchase, you can print one off using design editing software like Embrilliance.  Be sure to print template PDFs at 100% or actual size. Make sure that you include crosshairs on your templates which help with properly lining up designs on garments and fabric.

Stabilizer is much easier to work with than a paper template because it is semi-transparent, allowing you to somewhat see where you are placing it over your fabric. That is very helpful when you are positioning designs in specific places, whether it is by themselves or multi-hooping in coordination with other continuous stitch designs.

What works even better is DIME’s new and improved Print and Stick Target Paper. Just print your template, peel it away from the backing, and place it on the fabric.

The entire template adheres to your project without shifting and can be easily repositioned for multiple uses.

Because it is translucent, you can see fabric and embroidery while aligning your designs. When your machine needle is in position, remove the template and stitch. Place the template back on its backing to store and use it again later.

Another game changer!

Debbie SewBlest

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