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What is a Stitch Map?

Posted by Anna Pritchett on

If you've been in embroidery a while, you may remember life before fancy PDF tutorials. Back in the olden days, we had to rely on the stitch map files. These files are helpful to know how to read even with the existence of full tutorials. You can print the stitch map and add your own notes as you stitch the file so that you remember what you did in your own words.

Let's look at the Seaside Top Zip Clutch Zipper Bag.

This is the inside of the main folder once I unzip the file and add it to my POP folder.

 

Here is the inside of the Seaside Top Zip folder. What a mess! The files are all jumbled up. 

 

Click on the Type tab and the folder will sort itself by file type.

 

The stitch map files will have a BMP or JPG file extension. In this case, they are BMP type files. Let's select the 5x7 size. 

 

Here is the 5x7 stitch map. When you click on it to open, your computer will open it in whichever default photo viewing app or program you've designated. In the upper left corner of the stitch map, you will see the file name, the stitch count, the exact size in inches and millimeters, the location at which the design begins and ends in the hoop, the number of colors and thread stops, as well as the date the file was saved.

 

The rest of the stitch map is literally a *map* to what your machine is going to stitch. The steps are illustrated and numbered. Step 1 is almost always going to be a placement stitch when you are doing an ITH or in the hoop design. 

In the recent tutorials, there is now a "cheat sheet" on page 5 or 6. If one is not included in the design, you can create your own. I print only this page of the tutorial, and I will add  notes to remind myself of important details, such as where to add personalization, and when to open the zipper. 

When you look at the stitch map for the Seaside Top Zip Clutch Zipper Bag before sewing, you will realize that the fabric you put down first at Step 3 will be the "shell" of the design, and the bottom shape is an applique added later. There's no need to guess what is going to happen next in any POP design (or any designer whose files include stitch maps). Taking a few minutes to review the stitch map will save you time and frustration! 

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New Sports Balls Zipper Bags, Magical Sports Snaptabs, and Sports Charms

Posted by Jenny Chesnick on

New Sports Balls Zipper Bags, Magical Sports Snaptabs, and Sports Charms

POP's back to school game is strong this week with two new sports ball zipper bags, Magical Sports Snaptabs (Set 1), and Sports Charms (Set 1). Yes, these are only set 1, so more sports are coming soon!
 We have a new Golf Ball Zipper Bag and Tennis Ball Zipper Bag for you, and we updated and refreshed our Basketball, Volleyball, and Soccer Ball Zipper Bags. If you have already purchased the older designs, simply log in to your account and download the updated files from your existing order.
Magical Sports Snaptabs Set 1:
Sports Charms Set 1:
 
Designs featured this week:

Supplies used:

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The Daybreak Zipper Bag Video and Supply List - In the Hoop Zipper Bag

Posted by Jenny Chesnick on

The Daybreak  Zipper Bag Video and Supply List - In the Hoop Zipper Bag

Thanks for joining me today as we ran the Daybreak Zipper bag live.  If you are not a member of our Facebook group you can join us to re-watch the video now. 
 
Here are links to the supplies used in the video as promised!
Zipper from ZiptIT (use code POP10 and save 10% at checkout)
Stabilizer used was tearaway from Amazon, I buy in bulk HERE
Interfacing by Thermoweb, Medium and Lite
 
Not used in the video but everyone asks! This is the hardware and tool I use to set my keyfobs:
 
 
 

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