Single stitched continuous line embroideries can be used to add quilted designs to your projects. Perfect placement is easy when you use this paper template technique. You will be hooping the project and you will not use any stabilizer. The underside will be visible so plan to use appropriate thread in the bobbin.

Basting rectangles and paper placement templates are used in this technique. The basting rectangles are easy to remove and ensure that you will succeed getting your project hooped accurately! Not only can the corners of the basting rectangles be used like registration marks when you are stitching out a line of designs for a border, but the basting rectangles plus the paper placement templates ensure exact positioning for all of your designing needs! My digitized embroidery designs are set up for the process described here. Each one includes a digitized basting rectangle that matches the rectangle on the paper template (print it from the pdf file included with each download).

Please take a look at your thread colour chart that comes with each design. It will explain which thread colour is the first colour of the design. On designs that were digitized before 6/1/2009, the second thread colour is the first colour of the design. On designs that were digitized after 6/1/2009, the third thread colour is the first colour of the design. I made this change so that those of you who want to combine my designs with your own software to stitch out in your Mammoth Mega Monster hoops can do so and can remove the basting rectangles easily if you so choose.

If you like this process, you can easily use it with the designs you already own. Just add a basting rectangle to any digitized design in your embroidery library. Click here to get the free download of two sizes of machine embroidery basting rectangles (5"X7" and 100mmX100mm). The download includes these file formats: HUS, DST, EMD, JEF, PEC, PES, VIP, and XXX. Delete the file formats that you do not want.

Easy Step by Step Instructions

1. Make a fabric sandwich using first your main exterior fabric (can be pieced or whole cloth), then low loft cotton quilter's batting, and lastly your backing fabric. Secure with pins or quilter's safety pins.

2.Print your placement templates. Print an extra of each style. Cut out placement templates. A rotary cutter, mat, and quilter's ruler make this fast and accurate. The paper won't dull the blade.

3.Pin the placement templates onto the project.

4.Put double-stick cellotape on the bottom of your inner hoop.
5.Tape a matching placement template to the plastic hoop placement grid EXACTLY aligning the vertical and horizontal lines of the paper template and those on the placement grid. Note the cut out "V" notches at the cross-hair lines. Put the plastic hoop placement grid in the inner hoop.

6.Place the inner hoop over the placement template that is pinned to the project. Exactly align the taped template with the pinned template and press the inner hoop down so the double stick tape adheres to the fabric. Carefully slide the outer hoop under the project and attach to the inner hoop. Verify that the two placement templates are still aligned. Remove the plastic hoop placement grid.

7.Attach the hooped project to the machine. Verify that the design orientation on the machine's screen matches the design orientation on the pinned template. Remove the pinned template and embroider the design.
8.Use the stitched basting rectangle for reference when placing the next placement templates. The designs shown are staggered (like bricks). Placement is much easier using the templates and previously stitched basting rectangles.

9.Stitch all of the designs before removing the basting rectangles. The corners of the basting rectangles can be used as registration marks if you are embroidering a border. In addition, the use of two placement templates (as described here) can verify ANY design's position quickly and accurately.
10.Remove the basting rectangles from the back side. Clip the bobbin thread at two diagonal corners. Gently pull the threads out from the other corners.

11.Turn over and admire your work!