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Monogram of the Month – September


When you select a font for monogramming do you consider how it was made? As you watch the letters stitch on your machine, do you wonder why the needle travels here, there and finally back here? And if you’re like me, you are impressed with the final outcome.

What a sense of satisfaction seeing a beautifully stitched monogram completed on the hooped fabric. Often, I pat myself on the back for the selection of the font, the stabilizer, fabric and thread. In reality, it has very little to do with my selections. The beauty is in the actual letters. After all, they are much more than a mere A, B or C. They are works of art. And my art – my stitched monogram – would not be so impressive if it weren’t for the digitizer’s fine-tuned attention to detail.

SNF: Romanesque Monogram Set 7 and Gothic Monogram Set 9

SNF: Romanesque Monogram Set 7 and Gothic Monogram Set 9

My hat goes off to the font digitizers who have devoted their life’s work to producing professional embroidery designs. They shun the auto-digitizing functions in their software and they place every stitch in every letter of every font (you do the math!) with the user in mind. How will this font be used? What type of fabric will it be stitched on? Other technical questions include the consideration of underlay, column width and specialty effects. The digitizer’s goal is to always set the user up for success without adding unnecessary stitches that result in heavy designs and wasted time and materials.

H: Flourishes Monogram Set and Arabesque Monogram Set 13

H: Flourishes Monogram Set and Arabesque Monogram Set 13

This commitment gives us, the embroiderer, confidence to get creative with fonts. When we know the letters will stitch beautifully, we are free to incorporate several styles in a monogram. Add a splash of color and elegant accents for a customized, personal monogram.

AW: Moderne XL Monogram Set 5 and Flourishes Monogram Set 1

AW: Moderne XL Monogram Set 5 and Flourishes Monogram Set 1

In celebration of a lifetime of devotion to detail, is offering Designs in Machine Embroidery readers a $10.00 coupon off any online purchase until October 15, 2014. When you browse their library – now at an impressive 200 fonts – I’m sure you’ll find good use for that $10.00 savings. Choose any product or products with a total value of $ 10.00 or more and add the product(s) to your shopping cart. On the shopping cart page, enter coupon code DIME200 in the coupon code field and click “Apply” before completing your order.

*Coupon has no cash value.


Here’s your assignment this week:
After you’ve taken advantage of the great deal from leave a comment below about the three most used items in your sewing room. One blog reader will be selected to receive a $25 gift certificate for use on the DiME website. Thanks and good luck!
The winner of last week assignment:
September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness month. Throughout the month we will feature a Tapestry of Life Quilt project created for a young woman recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer. What have you created with your embroidery or sewing machine to support and comfort a friend or loved one faced with cancer? For each unique user comment below we will donate $1 to the Be The Difference Foundation, up to $820! Thank you for your support and don’t forget to come back for our Tapestry of Life Quilt project.
Tapestry-of-Life-Quilt_logoAnd the winner is the Be The Difference Foundation! Thank you for your comments in support of this wonderful organization. 

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  • Lori E

    The three most used items in my sewing room are 1)Sewing Machine, 2) Iron, 3) Seam Ripper!

  • Cheryl Greenleaf

    Cutting mat, rotary cutter & sewing machine

  • Marilyn Weiss

    My favorite pair of snips, a very, very inexpensive ruler with a marking guide and then it’s a toss-up between my embroidery machine and my embroidery threads! Any day that I get to touch these things is a good day.

  • Laurie Anderson

    Most used items are my thread snips as I don’t like to use the thread cutter and then have to cut the threads again. My long handled tweezers for pulling embroidery thread through needle around the open toe foot and on my serger and rotary cutter.

  • Nancy N

    Seam ripper, seam quide and embroidery/sewing machine. the Oliso iron is a fourth

  • Ellen

    Sewing machine, rotary cutter with mat, and ruler

  • Sandy

    Most used – probably the embroidery machine, thread snips and the rotary cutter/mat.

  • Nancy Taylor

    Seam Ripper, Emb Machine, and rotary cutter

  • Marianne Myrick

    Most used items – embroidery scissors, rotary cutter/mat, ruler.

  • Marianne Myrick

    Most used items: embroidery scissors, Rotary cutter/mat, ruler.

  • Sharon

    My 3 most used items are my Singer Futura CE-250 sewing machine, my iron, and (unfortunately) my seam ripper. Just as I strive to follow the rule to measure twice, cut once, I need to read instructions completely through twice, then review the step I am on, then sew once.

  • Rita

    My Embroidery machine, mini ruler with that little slide on it, and the computer with ???? designs

  • Donna Siler

    Most used?? My PAL 2 light, Perfect Placement Target Stickers and my Monster Snap Hoop! All these great products make my embroidering a Snap 🙂

  • Whitney

    My sewing machine, my iron, and my computer are the most used things in my sewing room.

  • CarolKE

    I would say that my rotary cutter, my embroidery machine, and the trusty seam ripper.

  • Shirley Clark

    Three things I use the most are my seam ripper, my 5″ duck bill applique scissors, and my snippers!

  • Diane Willey

    The three things that I use the most in my sewing room are sewing/embroidery machine, scissors and computer.

  • Kristal

    The three most used items in my sewing room are my embroidery hoops, stabilizer, and my computer.

  • Dacia Reid

    My three most used items would have to be my computer (all my designs and ideas are stored here, also fabric purchases etc.)my embroidery machine and my small embroidery scissors.

  • Nancy Johnson

    My seam ripper, serrated scissors and stilletto.

  • joyce

    My sewing/embroidery machine,scissors and seam ripper.

  • Linda Hassett

    The most used things in my sewing room are my embroidery machine, my hoops, rotary cutter and mat. Of course just as important is my chair, thread, and stabilizer.

  • Cathy

    Embroidery machine, snips, and thread.

  • Pam Morrow

    Sewing machine, rulers and computer. Actually, the computer is probably used more than the sewing machine for checking blog posts, reading tutorials, searching for fabrics, or patterns, or how-to information, getting advice from friends (invaluable for sending a photo of a project in progress and getting a second opinion), not to mention using it for setting up an embroidery design and either watching a movie or listening to iTunes while I’m working. Twenty-first century sewing – love it!

  • Linda W

    Three most used items in my sewing room — embroidery machine, computer and embroidery scissors.

  • Celeste Sledge

    sewing machine, scissors, and embroidery machine

  • Mel

    Scissors, sewing machine and, unfortunately, my seam ripper.

  • R. Edwin

    The three things I wish I use the most in my sewing room are my ideas, my skills and my stash but what I end up using is the laundry machine, doing the mending and Ironing.

  • Dianne D

    I use my embroidery machine, pal, and my imagination. Then of course my camera so I can capture all my creations. Just became a first time Grandma, so want to teach the new little girl the enjoyment of sewing/embroidery. Must keep the generations going!!

  • Randy case

    Sewing machine, design wall & rotary cutter

  • Elaine Carroll

    Craft lamps (strategically placed on the work areas) , a mini Vacuum and laptop

  • Connie Walsh

    It’s tough to narrow down to only 3, but I guess it would all have to start with my Computer, Digitizing Software, and Embroidery Machine.

  • Debra

    1. My Husband, if he can’t figure out what I have done to the software,no one can.
    2. My overhead light
    3. The big folding table my husband made, the U.S. and metric rulers insets and self healing mats, on a shelf underneath.

  • Laurene Shewan

    Chair, computer and trash basket!

  • Shea Marshall

    My 3 most-used items are my Viking sewing/embroidery machine, thread snips and PAL which is the greatest thing since sliced bread. Thanks for the discount – I LOVE fancy monograms!

  • Mary Baker

    My three are my Brother sewing/embroidery machine, seam ripper and computer.

  • LeAnne L

    Besides my embroidery machine and lots of thread, it’s my Frixion pen, Embird, and double curved scissors.

  • Saundra Romanus

    I love my Babylock Machine! My other two favorites are the little tool that tightens the screw on the hoop and the humongous box of embroidery thread that I received free when I bought my machine. It is so nice to have all those different colors without having to purchase them!

  • Sandi Babcock

    My sewing machine(including serger and embroidery machine also), my iron and my cutting table.

  • Melody Goggin

    My Embroidery machine, sewing machine and iron


    Sewing/Embroidery machine, scissors, painter’s tape. Pins just don’t cut it in my world so I use painter’s tape to secure my “stuff” in the hoop.

  • Anne Marie Reilly

    My embroidery machine, scissors and tweezer for holding jump threads taut while I cut them.

  • mad14kt

    Sewing Machine, Serger, Sewing Gauge 🙂

  • Bonnie Gray

    Computer, embroidery machine. curved scissors. Love Embroidery Arts. When I first started machine embroidery quite a few years ago, I had them digitize the logo of my husband’s company. I am still using it to embroider his cuffs and above pockets and whatever else could use our logo. Always stiches out great!

  • Becky

    My computer, my small Horn scissors, and my embroidery machine.

  • denise

    I use my embroidery machine, thread,stabilizers, embroidery blanks and snips the most! Sorry I could not stop with 3 🙂 Denise

  • Judy

    Embroidery machine, fast frames, centering rulers by Eileen

  • Pamela Beeth

    Sewing machine, serger, iron, and tool box (it is full of essentials)

  • Paula Watson

    Three most used things in my sewing room: Iron, scissors, embroidery machine.

  • Marcia Nation

    The three most used items in my sewing room are;
    Vacuum cleaner
    I have not sewn in a few months and new items keep showing up taking away my space! I cleaned it out just this morning and hope to make big changes to the list above PRONTO.

  • Fern Mick

    My sewing machine, cutting mat and rotary cutter.

  • Donna Fecteau

    The three most used items in my sewing room. The rotary cutter, the cutting board and my iron.

  • Sher Mattison

    My 3 most used items in my sewing room are my sewing machine, my fiskar’s cutting mat and rotary cutter.

  • Eunice Hill

    6″ruler, scissors and seam ripper but that is sometimes used
    for holding in place the fabric under the presser foot.

  • debe

    After my MC15000, rotary cutter & mat, iron & my Dritz hem guage.

  • Elaine May

    Number One My Baby lock embroidery machine -rotary cutters-& mat.It’s really hard to stop at three.

  • Lindae

    Fiskars scissors, cutting mat and ruler

  • Gail Beam

    Embroidery machine,sharp manicure scissors, and scotch tape.

  • Colleen Bell

    Okay, the sewing machine is a given, so my 3 other most used items are first those adorable nippers.

    No kissing up here, but next is the original PAL. My Babylock dealer tried to talk me out of it because I have that amazing camera, but seriously, I’m cheap and love to cut it close, which means so many times I can’t move that design in the hoop, so it needs to be right on the mark when I hoop. Then it is indispensable when I frame all those gorgeous embroidery designs. Before…well let’s not talk about what they looked like before I bought it.

    Then last but not least is my “couldn’t-do-without” tool – my graphic art see-thru ruler. In my former life, I used it and had to buy one for my sewing room. I can use it to make sure things are centered directly on my Elliisimo Gold’s screen, my computer screen, framing, you name it can measure the minutest spaces and with it’s see-thru nature it is invaluable.

  • PRandolph

    Blue painter’s tape, wooden lazy susan (to spin hoop around while cutting appliqué fabrics) and my metric ruler!

  • Donna Klug

    I think we all would list our sewing and/or embroidery machine first. Besides that, my most used items are my seam ripper, rotary cutter, and snips. Recently, i learned how to use the rotary cutter and now prefer it over sewing shears. I should really list my large seam ripper, my medium seam ripper, and my tiny seam ripper! It seams that I spend a lot of time ripping out stitches. (No pun intended.)

  • Amanda

    New to embroidery (so embroidery machine will slowly win over sewing, so far sewing machine, thread, fabric.

  • Jackie Washington

    Most used are sewing machine, rotary cutter and embroidery scissors