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Monogram of the Month

Spend a few inspiring minutes browsing embroidery boards on Pinterest and you’ll spot a monogrammed shirt pocket. Define your search a bit to monogrammed pockets and you’ll find dozens, maybe hundreds of images. Inspiration abounds!

Here’s how to add a monogram to a pocket. And yes, it does involve a seam ripper. Remove the pocket from the shirt. Leave the stitches at the top left pocket in place to make it easier to align after the embroidery. Find and mark the center of the pocket. I used a target ruler and target sticker.

Hoop adhesive tear-away stabilizer or water-activated tear-away, I used water activated tear-away. Sponge a little water over the hooped surface to activate the adhesive. Place the hoop under PAL, the Perfect Alignment Laser, aligning the laser crosshair with the hoop’s horizontal and vertical center marks. Slide the pocket onto the stabilizer, aligning the target sticker with the laser crosshair. Smooth the pocket onto the sticky surface.

Gently lift and carry the hoop to the machine. Attach the hoop to the machine and support the weight of the shirt on the machine table. Do not let the shirt extend over the table. As the monogram stitches, make sure the shirt stays out of the sewing field.

Remove the hoop from the machine.

Carefully remove the excess stabilizer. Press the pocket and reposition it on the shirt. Topstitch the pocket to the shirt in matching thread.

Here’s your assignment this week:

What embroidery product on the Designs in Machine Embroidery website is on your wishlist?  Who knows, maybe you’ll see that product go on special in the near future! Post your comments for a chance to win a 1 year subscription to Designs in Machine Embroidery magazine.

The winner of last week’s assignment is:

How many times has this happened to you? Share your story below and one comment will be chosen to receive a $25 gift certificate to the DIME store.

The winner is…Dianne D.
“Oh yes, this happened to me. I sent a sample photo of the monogram for a monogrammed baby gift and they OK’d the design. I then went to stitch it out and decided to make it a little smaller, so I retyped the name, made it smaller, stitched it out, took pictures of it, admired my work, and shipped it to the happy Mom. Sent photos to the Mom after it was shipped and right away she emailed me and said you spelled the name wrong. Talk about humiliation and I am a perfectionist. Don’t know how I missed it. Of course I sent her another one right away and she was very pleased and wrote me a beautiful review. Thank goodness.”






  • Frances Powell

    I would love to have either the Debra Jones DVDs for stabilizing or hooping. I have no problem with stabilizing for applique, but for regular embroidery on woven fabrics I sometimes have problems.

  • Chris Carter

    Love the font that was used for the shirt pocket monogram. Where can it be purchased? Thanks.

  • Valerie Gwara

    Books!!! “Ask the expert”
    “Contemporary Machine Embroider Fashions”
    “Contemporary Machine Embroider Accessories”
    “Travel Gear Made Easy”
    “Nancy Zimmermans Machine Embroidery with Confidence”
    and more!

  • Cindy Garner

    I want the laser for lining up in the machine. The photo you showed makes it look like a definitely needed item in my sewing room.

  • Janie Mason

    Is the sticky stabilizer enough ? And what size needle is best to use? I love your blog

  • Aurore Stubbs

    Your “Snap Hoop Monster” is on my wish list…
    This would be such a help for bath towels embroidery and monograms.
    Thank you for all your posts and for all the tutorials.
    Kind regards,

  • Monica

    <3 the PINK 🙂

  • Sue

    I would love the monster hoop in a large size. I want to do my quilts with it. Currently I use a small magnet hoop (not one of yours) that I got for my machine but it isn’t big enough for everything I want to do. I like to do the boarders and I want it to be able to stitch continuous designs or more than one in a hooping. With my small magnet hoop it makes it very difficult. At the full price of the monster hoop is $189.00. My hubby would have a heart attack if I spent that much on a hoop!

  • Charlee Turner

    The “Designer Necklines” is way cool…the tools (rulers, especially) would get a workout…I guess I just like/want/wish for everything! 🙂

  • Linda W

    There are several products I’d like to have, but Perfect Alignment Software would be my first choice.

  • Joyce Hardiman

    quick snap for multi needle machine.

  • Virginia Frazier

    I would love either the perfect placement software or the t-shirt placement collection.It is always so difficult to get designs correct on t-shits.

  • susanj

    I stocked up at a recent Stitching Sisters event, but that was before the Hoop Guard was introduced, so now that is on my wish list.

  • Jane Jarvis

    PAL, I stress over placement. Your perfect placement templates are my favorites. I use them all the time.

  • jennifer allen

    1st of all, Virginia Fraziers Mispelled word cracks me up bc im ALWAYS afraid I will spell it like that. Lol! Thanks for a good laugh tonight.

    I would love the Pal to make alignment a breeze!

  • Gwynn McKenzie

    I would love the PAL 2. My alignment is getting better but this would really take some of the pressure off me!

  • CarolKE

    I love the stipple designs . Also designer knock off bags.

  • becky3580

    I would love a 2 or 3 year subscription to Designs in Machine Embroidery on a special; that way I have a little of everything and I LOVE EVERY ISSUE!!

  • Bonnie Gray

    Snap Hoop for my Bernina artista 630

  • Laurie

    My wish list is for the quick snap extension arm! For my six needle machine. I love my monster hoop and I think the extension arm will help give me somemore support.

  • Tracy Payne

    The Perfect Alignment Laser would be first on my list.

  • Kay

    I love the Quick-Snap frames for multi-needle machines. I probably have some of the first sets made and replaced adaptors several times. But they are still the hoops I use the most. Of course I have two of the monster hoops, too and am anxiously waiting to see what Eileen will come up with next. I have the support arm, too and it is a very good investment. It is excellent for a machine that has no support table. And speaking of placement kits, I have the multi-purpose one and the children’s. They are both well-worn.

  • Sandy Roberts

    My dream item from the DME site is QuickSnap for the Babylock 6-needle machine. That would make my life so much easier and really provide relief from the pain and awkwardness rheumatoid arthritis has caused in my hands. Some days traditional hoops are more than I can handle, and the ease of use of the QuickSnap would be heavenly.

  • Carolyn H

    The book-Contemporary Machine-Embroidered Accessories

  • Jeanne Raffaele

    I would love the Perfect Alignment Laser so I can be sure my designs would be positioned properly. Thank you for you great tutorials!

  • Wanda H Leffingwell

    I would love to have the placement tool! I need all the help I can to align my designs!

  • Donna G.

    I ‘d love the handbag set. It looks like so much fun!

  • Gail

    PAL – as I am new to machine embroidery, there are a lot of goodies I would like to have but this is one item that is going to be a near future purchase! Love your talent Eileen!

  • Nancy Weber

    I am very interested in the latest product, the neckline projects. I find cutting into a shirt a bit daunting and would love to learn the correct technique and also new ideas so I can do different designs on my shirts. Hugs. Nan

  • Patty Schrock

    I have a HUGE wish list but since I have so many grandchildren to sew for the monster hoop would be first. thanks

  • Betty

    Magna Hoop Jumbo for Ellisimo! Bought one for Ellegante, now it
    sits all alone…can’t use it. Miss the easiest way to embroidery
    towels and bulky items.

  • Sheila

    QuickSnap for the Babylock 6-needle would be fantastic!

  • Anne Henry

    I wish to purchase an Embroidery Tool Kit I will pay either by Pay Pal or a U.K. credit card and have the article sent to U.K.address. Can you advise additional postal/courier cost.
    I can be contacted at [email protected]


  • Odette

    The perfect alignement laser looks like a must have !;-)

  • Teresa Rizzo

    I want so many things but top of my list is the PAL.

    • Teresa Rizzo

      Thank You, Thank You! I can’t wait to get my PAL!

  • Becky

    I haven’t purchased any of the Deborah Jones’ DVD’s yet but I would love to have them all. Her classes on Craftsy are very informative. I love your magazine and have subscribed for years. I would love to win a free year.

  • Judy G

    I would dearly love a Monster Snap Hoop.

  • Donna N.

    I think the Designer Necklines would be helpful.

  • Carole D

    I would love to have the magna hoop 8×8 for my Ellismo Gold.

  • LeAnne L

    Snap Hoops and PAL are on my wish list.

  • Debe

    I would like to try the Snap hoop. I looks like a great product.

  • Vicki Becker

    Calligraphy Project Designer – and it’s on special!

  • Clem

    I can’t remember the difference between the snap hoop and the quick hoop? I would love either one of these for my 10 needle. I would also love the designer neckline. Do you have anything for placement for above shirt pockets or shirts without pockets? I have seen one or two, but it seems the sizes only go as large as the xl. I know several people who are 3x and 4x. Thanks

  • Tonya Taylor

    I bought a lot of things at the Stitching Sisters show in Augusta Ga. But did not get the Childrens Perfect Placement Kit & Embroiderer’s Helper Bundle. Would love to have these.

  • Kristal

    I have to choose just one?! 🙂 Since I am fairly new to machine
    embroidery, I would say my top five are 1) Perfect Placement Kit, 2)
    Perfect Alignment Laser 3) Target Stickers 4) the book Machine Embroidery in 6 Easy
    Lessons and 5) the book Embroidery Studio Organization in 6 Easy Steps.
    Thanks for all the great information on your blog. You are my number one
    go-to site for great information and inspiration!!

  • joyce

    My wish list includes the new Calligraphy software or the designer neckline placement kit.

  • Emily Maybank

    I love the font and find it so interesting how different fonts appeal to different people. I own an Ety shop called Southern-Linens and so far my work only includes monogrammed linens of all kinds. I haven’t attempted a shirt pocket yet, but you make it look pretty doable.