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How 2 Stitch a Large Monogram in Two Hoopings

Posted by Janay on 7/7/2017 to How 2
As designed, completed monograms using the 5.5”, 6", 6.5" and 7" sizes of our Stacked Monograms are square, so they are too wide for a 5x7 hoop. However, individual letters from those monogram sizes DO fit in a 5x7 hoop, so you can achieve a completed monogram in two hoopings! For this tutorial I used the 6.5" size of Stacked Sans Sketch.

You can create the needed design files and print templates in the software of your choice. If you do not have embroidery editing software, then you can use the included BX installer files with free software from Embrilliance to do it, which is what I will use below.
Full details for downloading the software, installing the BX files and creating lettering objects can be found here: http://www.theitch2stitch.com/How-2-Use-the-BX-format-with-Embrilliance_b_6.html
We have numerous videos showing how to use our fonts in Embrilliance, and this one is specifically about Stacked Monograms: How to Use Stacked Monograms in Embrilliance

First, make sure your hoop is set to the 5x7 hoop. Click the yellow button to open the Preferences Window, then under Environment > Hoops select the 130x180mm PES hoop (or the proper hoop for your embroidery machine).

Click the A button to create a lettering object. Type the capital letter you need for the right side of the monogram and select I2SStackedSansSketch 6_5in. Hit the “Center” button to make sure it is centered in the hoop. Then "Save As" a new name (I chose TSansSketch6_5in.PES) and select your preferred machine format. 

Note the height of your capital letter (I find it most exact to have the units set to mm).
Go back to the dialog box and now type the two lowercase letters you need for the left side of the monogram. Take advantage of the multi-line text option and put the two letters on different lines. Adjust the "line space" slider so that the combined height of your two letters matches the height of the capital letter. Hit the “Center” button to make sure the combined design is centered in the hoop. Then "Save As" a new name (I chose dvSansSketch6_5in.PES)

Now print templates for both designs. Under File->Print, select from pages 1 of 1, and print. 

Trim both templates out, being careful to preserve the axis marks on the four sides of each template. Using a ruler align the horizontal axes, spacing them so that the distance between the left edge of the left side of monogram and the right edge of the right side of monogram is exactly the same as the height of the monogram. In my case, the edges are 6.5" apart because I am using the 6.5" monogram. Tape the papers together and mark the combined center (in my case, halfway across is at 3.25")

Lay the template down on your item exactly where you want it. For my towel, I found the center of the towel and aligned the marked center of my template.

Now lay your hoop template over the left side printout, aligning the center marks perfectly. Mark the dots with a water soluble pen. Then carefully reposition the hoop template to mark the other half of the printout.

Remove the paper template and mark the remaining dots:

My preferred hooping method for my single needle is to float the item over hooped stabilizer, so that is the method I will demonstrate here. If you would like to see a video of this process, please join our Facebook Group, The Itch 2 Stitch Fans. There I have a video showing how I hoop an infant body suit on a 4x4 hoop. The basic process I show there is what I am using here!

Hoop the stabilizer of your choice. For this towel I hooped medium weight tearaway stabilizer. Use the template to mark those same spots on the stabilizer, then spray with adhesive.

Float the item over the hooped stabilizer, using the dots on both the item and the stabilizer to perfectly align it. I lay my hoop on a pressing mat and use straight pins to make sure it’s in the exact right spot.

Then pin the item to the stabilizer outside of the stitching area for extra security. (I also included a layer of water soluble stabilizer on top at this time.)

Before hitting start on the machine, make sure you have selected the correct half of the monogram for the position you have hooped, and that the design is oriented the right way

After stitching the first half of the monogram, remove item from stabilizer and repeat the hooping process for the other half.

Second hooping is complete, now I just need to clean it up!

Step back and admire your work! A 6.5" wide monogram completed with a 5x7 hoop!

The information above is for the traditional Brother 5x7 hoop which measures 130x180mm. Depending on your machine brand/model, your hoop dimensions may vary and different sizes of the large Stacked Monogram may or may not fit.
I used Stacked Sans Sketch Monogram in this tutorial, but you can also use this technique with Stacked Sans Large, Stacked Sans Applique, Stacked Sans Zig Zag Applique, Stacked Sans Floss Applique, and Stacked Serif Sketch Monogram.

I have been a single-needle user for over ten years. 99% of the time I only hoop stabilizer and use adhesive spray/pins to attach my item to the hoop. I personally find this the easiest way for me to perfectly place designs and get large designs on tiny items. I hoop medium weight tearaway, and on wearables I fuse a layer of polymesh to the item before hooping. However, for perfect stabilization it is always best to hoop your item with cutaway. Proceed at your own risk. If you have never used this technique, please practice before embroidering on an expensive blank. You will note that my hoops are ugly from spray adhesive buildup... that is a side effect of this technique :)

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