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Gallery Connection February 2010

Writing MonogramWorks

As I write this, I am stealing precious moments from the final development of MonogramWorks. You’ll see it soon. It has been a large project for me and everyone here at Designer’s Gallery, and I thought the process might be of interest to you. Continue Reading…

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Gallery Connection January 2010

10 Tips for Digtizing

It’s January and “Thank heavens all those holiday projects are mostly memories.” Yes, only mostly. Have you ever given something to someone before it was fully completed? I’ve heard this more than a few times over the years, but this year I heard it a lot. It’s the New Year, after all, so you might as well get them back and finish them up!

This year Designer’s Gallery will be 10 years old. It’s gone by in such a flash. And the worst part is that each year goes by successively faster. I’ve always held a 5 year plan for products I’d like to make, and that used to seem like a long time in advance, but now it doesn’t. Is there an appropriate response to the feeling that you’re getting older, and that time is winning out? Yes there is – salute Father Time with the middle digit! Then celebrate every opportunity to participate – make something special for every occasion.

Lately I’ve been doing a lot of digitizing. So I thought maybe I could put up a few pointers on that topic. Now, I don’t claim ownership of these – I’ve learned a few things on my own over the years, but some friends of mine have said things more clearly than I managed to do, so I use their wisdom here as well, with their permission. Continue Reading…

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Gallery Connection December 2009

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but sometimes words are all you’ve got.  This month let’s talk about the letters used in embroidery. Specifically, there are two basic types of lettering used in embroidery: Pre-digitized letters and True-Type auto-digitized letters.
 Let’s start with True Type letters. True Type letters, originally developed by Apple Computers are the mainstay fonts used in computing. There are also OpenType fonts, a later Microsoft and Adobe technology, which are similar.  The fonts describe the letters by drawing the outline of the letter. This outline can be used to create an embroidered letter. The sample below was created using the Letter tool in MasterWorks with the TTF option on an Arial Bold font:
 TT as Satin FIll Continue Reading…

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Gallery Connection November 2009

Overcoming the 7 Fabric Challenges
I’ve never seen a succinct list of the fabric ‘issues’ in embroidery, so let’s make that list and discuss the problems and solutions:
1.) The fabric ‘pulls’ or ‘puckers up’ because of the tension applied to embroidery thread.
2.) The fabric ‘pushes out’ from being squished flat under the embroidery.
3.) The fabric is a loose knit or weave, therefore stitches that are close together wind up in the same needle-hole.
4.) The fabric has a nap which can poke up in-between the embroidery stitches.
5.) The fabric gets perforated by the needle which can weaken or even cut out a hole.
6.) The fabric slides around in the hoop.
7.) The fabric gets marks from the hoop, A.K.A. ‘Hoop Burn’. Continue Reading…

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My Trip to Missouri and Illinois

I was in St. Louis last week. Got to see the arch during a nice little traffic jam. It made for an interesting place to be stuck in traffic – here’s the iPhone photo:

Traffic at the Arch

Traffic at the Arch

Also I went over to Calico Country in Carbondale, IL. (Go Salukis) We had a couple nice days and the events went well. We talked about Interactives, CustomWorks II and MasterWorks. There was a glitch with serial numbers on the DensityWorks boxes, but by now that’s been resolved.

Coming home Sunday morning, I took Hwy 3. It was beautiful! Even got to see Chester, IL, home of Popeye.

Thanks to all my new friends in Southern IL!

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Sew Vac Event in Maryland

Janice at Sew-Vac, Ellicott City, MD

Janice at Sew-Vac, Ellicott City, MD

We had a great event on Saturday at Sew-Vac in Maryland!  We got a chance to explain and show the Designer’s Gallery products and Adorable You!  We even made a shirt together.

Thanks to everyone who attended!

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I Taught at Convention After All

So after some worrying about it, Chris came up with a solution – for me to teach the classes at BLT via Webex. So we tried it and it worked! Three days of Selling Designer’s Gallery classes with no significant tech problems. The only issue with teaching this way is that it is hard to get feedback from the audience. You can’t see their faces and they tend not to respond because they forget that you’re ‘live’. Anyway I’ve had lots of positive response so we pulled it off successfully. Still, I’d rather have been there.

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Sally Cheney posted some photos of my event…

I always have fun when I’m hanging out with Sally and Lee. After the last event I did in Nashville, Lee took me out on his sailboat. He even let me have a good long turn with the tiller!

Sally put up some photos from the event, so I thought I’d put the link in here.

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Gallery Connection Sept ’09 – Editing Basics

I thought it would be useful to cover the basics of editing designs, merging them together, sizing them, etc. It’s one of the most requested and used features of our software, so much so in fact, that you can do some editing in virtually any of the programs. Let’s take a visual tour of what’s available…

Home Sweet Home

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Gallery Connection August ’09 – Project Advisor

Hi Everyone!

Last month we took our Stabilizer Quiz, “Which stabilizer were you?” They are all great and very much necessary! And that thought led me to think about the project types out there. There’s a lot available to use an embroidery machine on. And how do you do it? What changes when you go from a structured hat to an unstructured one? Maybe you just stick some stabilizer in either of them anyways, right? “The more the merrier,” right? Er, well not really. Continue Reading…

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Gallery Connection July ’09 – Take the Quiz!

It’s time for some fun. I was recently asked about doing a Facebook application. You know, Facebook, one of the social sites on the internet. Where people who haven’t seen each other can chit chat and generally make a nuisance of themselves. It’s a good way to keep your friends and family close…at a distance, if you know what I mean? Continue Reading…

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The Gallery Connection June ’09 – UFOs revisited

One of the most enjoyable parts of my job is meeting you, our customers. Recently I had the chance to attend an event with around 250 people, men and women, from all walks of life, with at least one thing in common; they love to embroider. I was shown so many examples of their creativity, that I was once again surprised at the uses of our products. I never get used to that. Continue Reading…

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Gallery Connection May ’09 – Jargon Junket part 2

Gallery Connection May 2009

                Hi everyone!  Last month I took you on a jargon junket, exploring the mysterious language of computer hardware and specifications. My plan was to expose the terminology in an accessible way, or at the least with some entertainment value.  Since it was to be a two-part series, perhaps I better continue, lest our editors take offense. Continue Reading…

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Gallery Connection June ’08 – Personalizing with Lettering

Ah, Spring – it’s already here in the Southwest as I write this. Mothers’ Day is just past – and I’m sure breakfast in bed would’ve been nice, but maybe you at least got a nice brunch out of it. And if you were lucky, perhaps you got a call from the kids. But now that it’s all over, take some time for yourself. Hang out in your sewing room, spend some time with Nancy (Did you know there’s DVDs available for when she’s not on air?) and maybe do a little bit of quilting or finish up a UFO. (Heaven forbid!)

Now, if you’ve got the itch to make something simple, there’s always an embroidery project that you can do with lettering. It helps to keep the creative juices flowing to create some lettered projects. If you need another excuse, it’s also good to get the gears of your machine into motion. Continue Reading…

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Gallery Connection April ’09 – Geoffrey Chaucer Explains The Computer

As I begin to write this April Gallery Connection Article, Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales come to my mind. It is pure wordplay, not at all informative, but fun nonetheless: The producers of the e-news have tasked me with providing some useful computer knowledge to you. I couldn’t resist inserting something beautiful into an article that will surely test the limits of your endurance for things technical. Continue to bear with me please, as this computer info is part one of two; the second will bring the embroidery software lingua franca under scrutiny, and this monograph will prepare you for that undertaking.

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Gallery Connection Nov ’08 – Holidays are Here Again

Hi, Friends!

         At an event recently I asked if we had any crazy quilters with us in the audience. Now you can read that any way you like; “Crazy” quilters, of whom I am sure there are some, or “crazy quilters” who use decorative stitching on their projects. Me? Well maybe I am both! Continue Reading…

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Lindee Goodall is our Spokesperson

We are thrilled to have Lindee as our Mac Embroidery spokesperson! She is the original founder of Cactus Punch embroidery, a super -duper digitizer and an internationally-recognized instructor.

Visit our Mac website: www.MacEmb.com

To learn more about Lindee, visit her website: LindeeGEmbroidery.com

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Gallery Connection Sept ’08 – New Toys to Play With!

Hi all! This month I have a few things on my mind that I want to share with you. This is an exciting month for the sewing industry. We have so much new stuff to play with including our newest top-of-the-line sewing and embroidery machine, the Baby Lock Ellisimo! I can’t wait to get that machine going. Also we have a new Interactive design collection for you, Gifts Galore! More on that in a moment, but I’ll let you know now that it has a terrific price making Interactive Gifts affordable for everyone. Continue Reading…

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Gallery Connection July ’08 – HoopWorks Revisited

Some years ago, I think it was 2001, I noticed a trend: People wanted bigger designs from an embroidery machine with a smaller hoop. At the time, software was really just becoming popular and the idea of using software to ‘split’ a big file into smaller ones was not too farfetched. Soon 3-day workshops were being taught and it seemed that the future of embroidery was to be Large. Continue Reading…

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Gallery Connection Mar ’08 – Help and Support

This month’s Gallery Connection is dedicated to education and all those wonderful people who help us get more use and enjoyment out of our products. Thank you!

 If you get the “Gallery Connection” then you probably surf the web on a regular basis. It’s truly amazing, isn’t it? How did we live, only ten years ago, without being hooked-in? How did we live without forums, online chat, email, live web casts, driver downloads and iTunes®? Continue Reading…

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