Parker on the Porch — in the hoop
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Recently in the POP Facebook group, we asked members to share their favorite tips, tricks, products and tools. There was so much excellent information that we decided to organize it here for everyone!
TIPS AND TRICKS
Never take your eyes off the machine ~Holly T.
Iron your zippers ~Heather S.
Watch the POP videos! ~Holley H.
Use a short USB extension to plug flash drives in/out to save the port on the machine ~Shari C.
Pull your bobbin thread up with each start ~Patti McP.
Clean your machine! Lint and thread fibers cause lots o’ problems ~Melody C.
Have a pair of scissors on every work surface so you don’t waste time searching for scissors ~Kendra R.
Don’t forget to open the zipper! ~Donna D.
Change your needle often! ~Katie F.
Don’t be afraid to try! ~Terry R.
Run new designs through your software’s stitch simulator to get a feel for what is going to happen in the design before you start stitching. ~Laraine L.
ALWAYS read the instructions first! Lisa S.
Always check that your underside pieces aren’t folded over before beginning stitching ~Kimberly P.
Measure twice. Cut once. ~Barbara D.
I keep a file in my phone of the sizes of the cut material/vinyl for the bags I do often so I can pre-cut them and have them handy and ready to go when I get a chance to stitch! ~Kristi B.
Use Dollar Tree mini hair bands keep thread spools tidy and thread won't unravel. ~Donita W.
Pick up glitter vinyl pencil bags at Dollar Tree - nice vinyl and a ZIPPER! ~Sue M.
Cut felt from the back and vinyl from the front. Felties and such always look better cut from the back if they are actually felt. Vinyl is better cut from the front. ~Amy P.
When cutting snap tabs and the like, turn the fabric not the scissors! ~Nat R.
I use soap to mark with, and I use either a lint brush or spray a spray bottle of water to remove soap marks after I'm done. ~Missy S.
I use an empty prescription bottle with a hole in the top for storing broken needles. Best tip I can pass along is get to know the sounds of your machine. Often you can hear a problem before you can see it. ~Teresa S.
Use an empty Tic Tac container for storing old needles ~Maria B.
When turning corners trim corner on an angle then fold one side in, fold other side of the corner on top of that, hold this with thumb and index finger of one hand and turn right side out. My corners always look neat when I do this. ~Denise W.
And the award for my favorite tip goes to Lora A.:
Keep a jar near your workspace, and if you swear, put money in it to go toward more things you need. I've made $5 this week!
PRODUCTS AND TOOLS
Tape, Pins, and Clips
Supaclips (for Fast Frame style hoops)
Washi Tape (check clearance bins at craft stores!)
Wash Away Wonder Tape for positioning zippers
Tools for poking corners and/or holding items in the hoop
Fix the OOPSIES
Snag-Nab-It (this is also a personal favorite for fixing loops)
General sewing tools and supplies
Tiny USB Powered Vacuum
Small Tabletop Trash Can
And the award for Most Suggested Tool goes to...That Purple Thang
Posted by Anna Pritchett on
We frequently get posts in the POP Facebook group saying, "Help! I'm making the Clutch 2.0 bag, and my design has only 9 steps instead of 11. Where is the satin stitching?!" So let's take a closer look at the design options.
Here's the unzipped Clutch 2.0 folder:
When you open the highlighted folder, you'll see two sub-folders:
Many people simply open the first folder, select their design, and send it to the machine, not realizing which option they've chosen. We are going to open the stitch map for the Bean Stitch option. (New to stitch maps? We talked about what they are and how to read them in another blog post.) Select the stitch map for the desired size.
You'll notice that the 5x7 Bean file contains 9 steps instead of 11. The applique tackdown is a triple stitch or "bean stitch" instead of the satin you may be expecting.
Here is an example of the Clutch 2.0 with Bean Stitch applique:
The Clutch 2.0's other option, the Satin applique, has 11 stitching steps. Step 7 is the blanket detail, and Step 8 is the traditional satin applique stitch.
Here's an example of a completed Clutch 2.0 with satin stitch applique:
If you loaded the Bean Stitch file by mistake, don't panic! Stop your machine after Step 7. Go back to your computer, open the main folder for the design, and open the Satin sub-folder. Select the same size that you have started in the Bean format. Send that file to your machine. Make sure it's oriented the same direction as the initial file and lines up with the existing stitching. Forward through to Step 7 of the Satin file, and stitch the Step 7 blanket detail right over the bean stitch. Finish your clutch as directed in the tutorial.
The original front-zip Clutch design also comes in both Bean and Satin stitch applique options.
If you would like to see the original Clutch being stitched, check out the Panda Kisses video tutorial of this design. Join the POP Facebook group to see a (formerly live) video tutorial of the Clutch 2.0. Links to videos are in the pinned Announcements area of the group!
And if you ever wonder where POP gets the supplies used in the design listing photos, click through the blog's Supply List archives.
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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 designs this week:
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Good Morning! POP is taking you BACK TO SCHOOL this week with our new ID Case Zipper Pouch, Pencil Pouch, Script XL Alpha Charms, and Science Charms. I will link all Supplies used below.
Today's new ID Case Zipper Pouch comes in a 5x7 hoop size. The Script XL Alpha Charms and Science Charms will work in 4x4 hoops and up. The Script XL Alpha Charms are the third in our must-have series of alphabet charms, and they are perfect for personalizing all of your in the hoop projects. The Science Charms make any bag smarter.
The Pencil Pouch design has three sizes (for 5x7 and 6x10 hoops) and a see-through clear vinyl window to keep track of your school supplies.
Winter Wonderland Penguin Squishy Stuffie Hot Pad Mug Rug Snaptab Charm Supply Post
FAQ Series: Will This Design Fit in My Hoop?
Midtown Top Zip Zipper Bag and Midtown Sunglasses Top Zip Zipper Bag Supply List
Brush of Color Top Zip Zipper Bag and Pencil Rainbow Snaptab & Charm Supply Post
Fresh Mesh Top Zip Zipper Bag and Island Fun Charm Set Supply List
- bean stitch
- charm set
- double zip
- double zipper
- fusible vinyl
- in the hoop
- key fob
- satin stitch
- snap tab
- splash bag
- stitch map
- supply list
- top zip
- waterproof oxford
- zipper bag
- zipper pouch