Ask you and you shall recieve...after months of people asking me how to cut embroidery applique patterns with Silhouette, I'm finally giving the people what they want. Actually, I've called in an expert: Terri from Terri Johnson Creates blog. As much Silhouette is 'my thing', embroidery applique is not; but it is Terri's and she's here at Silhouette School to share her expertise with us today! I'll let her take it from here.
Hi! I'm Terri & my blog is Terri Johnson Creates - where I share tips & tutorials for Silhouette and machine embroidery! I am so excited to be a guest at Silhouette School today, and share with you about cutting Machine Embroidery Applique with your Silhouette! This is what got me started with Silhouette -- which then opened up a whole new world!
I have 3 little grandsons -- 2 of which have been born in the last six months! So, this holiday season, requires lots of embroidery for their "firsts", along with matching Christmas PJs -- And of course, co-ordinating outfits for the oldest one! So, anytime I am cutting machine embroidery appliqué -- but especially when I am doing multiples -- I cut on my Cameo!! There are two methods that I use - depending on what embroidery software you have.
Method #1: Since Silhouette Studio won’t open embroidery designs, we have to do a "work around" by saving the appliqué as a jpg and tracing it in Studio.
First - you need to open the design in your embroidery software — whatever software you are using! I am using Brother's BES Lettering 2 for this tutorial -- but the technique will work in any embroidery software where you can isolate the color sequence. This cute little design is from Planet Applique.
Then, in your color sequence guide, isolate the first color stop of the applique – the placement stitch: (In BES, you simply click on the placement stitch in the Sequence View, right click & select “Hide Other”). Be sure the Grid is turned off & design deselected.
|Placement Stitch for "Eyes" in the Turkey|
Now — you need to capture this image as a jpeg — and open it in your Silhouette Studio software! So, to do this, open the “Snipping Tool” in Microsoft Windows and draw a box around the image — If you want to learn more about the Snipping tool — just visit this page at Microsoft. Once you’ve “snipped” the placement stitch, just paste it into the Studio software. (Its a little hard to see -- but its there!)
Next, in the Silhouette Studio, open the Trace Window, Select Trace Area, and draw a box around the jpeg file you pasted onto the workspace. You’ll see that the area turns yellow. Uncheck the High Pass Filter, increase the Threshold up to 97% — then click on Trace Outside Edge. You are left with only the Cut file. (Its the red lines).
Now, in this particular file -- you are going to see the Trace of the jump stitches between the eyes. Just "Release Compound Path" in the Studio software, and delete those little lines between the eyes.
At this point, move over the jpeg file — and then delete it! You’re done with it! Now you just have to size it to the correct size to fit into your machine embroidery file. Go back to your embroidery software & be sure to note the size and then size your Silhouette cut file to be 1 mm larger in both width & length – This allows for all edges of the fabric to be caught when embroidering. When its sized — Send to Silhouette!
Fuse either Heat & Bond lite or Silhouette Sewable Interfacing to the back of your fabric, remove the paper backing, stick it on your mat & load the mat into the machine! The Silhouette will cut your fabric & you are all ready to embroider!! The appliques are fused & ready to be placed into your embroidery! No cutting in the hoop!! I love it!! Repeat this process with all of the other pieces in the design & you are ready to embroider.
Method #2: So -- while I love cutting my applique in Silhouette Studio - -there are several steps with this method -- I often hoped that Silhouette would open embroidery files. However, the brilliant folks at "Embrillance Software" have teamed up with the awesome folks at Silhouette America to allow us to save our Machine Embroidery Applique Cut Files as a Studio Cut File - right in the embroidery software!!!! It is awesome!! So, rather than try to explain it with words -- I'm going to share this video with you! Watch it & be amazed!! But that's not all!! This embroidery software runs on a MAC Computer!!!! It is awesome! (Can you tell I'm excited about it??) I've created a little video here for you to see how its done!!
Now -- to make this even better - I have a 10% Promo Code for the Silhouette School! Simply link from this page on my blog - and enter the Promo Code TERRI1214 to receive 10% off this already reasonable Software. But, remember -- you must link from the "Class Promo Page" for the code to work! This code is good until Friday, Dec. 5th
With BOTH methods - you can load all of your files to the workspace, & place the fabric all on the mat to be cut at one time! Be sure to select the cut settings for Fabric - thin like Cotton. If you are cutting more than one (like I am) - you can duplicate this & cut it all at once!
That's it! It's such a time saver! Thanks for stopping by my "Silhouette Class" today - -and if you have
any questions, just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. And if you found this helpful, I'd love for you to pin it! Thanks, Terri
It's Melissa again popping in to say I'm like super impressed with this and I'm so thankful Terri shared her tutorial on cutting machine embroidery applique patterns using Silhouette CAMEO (and Portrait) with us!
Thanks for coming to class today at Silhouette School. If you like what you see, I'd love for you to pin it!