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Words of Wisdom!

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As machine embroiderers we have opportunities to use our machines to create and embellish everything from clothing to quilts to home décor and more. Sometimes my motivation to begin a project gets stunted by the fear of failure. That’s right… failure before I’ve even taken the first stitch… or even selected the fabric for the project-to-be.

But one recent afternoon I decided to play with the Calligraphy Project Designer. I like it because it’s simple to use and feeds my need for creativity.

I decided to do an online search for a fun quote. You can easily search key terms like “popular quotations,” “famous quotations,” or even “quotations about <life>,” (you can replace the word “life” with any word you want.)

In my search I came upon a fun quotation from Albert Einstein: “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”

What an inspiring quotation!

Before beginning the project, here are some tips to keep in mind:

  1. Select the hoop size. This will give you boundaries to work within.
  2. If you are working with a long phrase, break it into several individual designs. It makes it easier to manipulate and rearrange.
  3. The <Enter> key is useful. Instead of having one long continuous line of text, break it up by using the <Enter> key.
  4. Consider the alignment. I chose to center all my text.
  5. You may decide to edit as you go or wait until you have all the text on the screen. I chose to make the more creative edits (enlarging and changing the angle of the letters) at the very end. Decide what works for you.

The point is – you need to experiment with the layout. That is part of the creative process!

Here are the steps I used to put the layout together in software.

  1. Open the Calligraphy Project Designer Software.
  2. I chose the largest hoop size my machine could handle.
  3. Click on the Text tool to add text.Design 1: “A person <Enter key> “who never”I centered the design and chose Old English for the text style.Design 2: “made a”I centered the design and chose Old English for the text style.Design 3: “mistake”I centered the design and chose Jester Pro for the text style.

    Design 4: “never tried”

    I centered the design and chose Old English.

    Design 5: “anything”

    I centered the design and chose Old English.

    Design 5: “new”

    I centered the design and chose the Diana-Vs text style.

    Design 6: “Albert Einstein”

    I centered the design and chose Old English. I placed the text further down on the page as I wanted to add a design later.

  4. Rearrange the text into a pleasing format.
  5. Click the Ink Spots button and select the Ink Blotch design. Arrange the design in a pleasing format. Enlarge the design if necessary, by selecting it then dragging one of the corners to expand the size.
  6. I decided to enlarge the first letter “A”. Click on the text icon. Click on Design 1 to select it.
  7. Click on the center of the letter “A”. The letter will now be surrounded by a yellow box.Grab one of the white corner boxes to enlarge the design. Once enlarged, click on the center of the letter and rearrange as needed.
  8. I wanted to have fun with the word “mistake.” I decided to rotate the letter “t”.
    Click on the Text button. Click on the word “mistake” to select it. Click on the center of the letter “t” to select it. Click the arrow to rotate.Click on the sizing box to enlarge the letter.

Final Tips:

  • Rearrange the designs as necessary and experiment with font styles and thread colors.
  • Stitch efficiently! Go to Edit. Click on Resequence by Color.
  • Save the design as an MHF file. (This format is the native format in the software. It will enable you to make edits in the future.). Then save the design in the format your embroidery machine reads and send to your embroidery machine.

Here’s your assignment this week:

We love words of wisdom!  They can inspire, make us smile and motivate!  Share your favorite quote — whether it’s from someone famous, a family member or some pearl of wisdom you tell your children or grandchildren.  We want to know!  One random comment will be selected to win a $25 shopping spree to the Designs in Machine Embroidery website.

The winner of last week’s assignment answered the following question… 

Everyone wants to know what Elfis said to Elfira to make her giggle for the cover shot.  Post a comment with your best guess.  One random comment will be selected to win a one year subscription to Designs in Machine Embroidery Magazine!

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The random drawing winner is… Shauna Kaminsky!  “That silly shelf elf wishes he looked this good!”

Thank you everyone for the laughs!  We enjoyed reading the comments!




  • Linda W

    “Worry brings tomorrow’s clouds on today’s sunshine.”

  • Kristi D.

    When I would give my kids a bath I would always say “It has to be hot enough to burn the barnacles off” It would make them laugh every time.

  • Belinda Germain

    You will always be my friend – you simply know too much!

  • Sharon P.

    “This, too, will pass.” This is one of those sayings which is ALWAYS true. Nothing lasts forever, so we need to enjoy today as long as it lasts!

  • Kristal

    Plan ahea

    (get it…Plan ahead 🙂

  • Carol K.

    There are no mistakes, just happy accidents!!!

    This is my motto when machine embroidering. You can always add something somewhere in the design to make it just perfectly centered and maybe even more and personal!

  • becky3580

    SMILE – It increases your face value. It is the only thing completely unique to you and the only thing you can give away but still keep.

    • Denise Holguin

      Love it! Thanks for sharing!

  • Gail Beam

    Here are two cute sayings for Grandmas.
    “Just ask Grandma, she’ll know what to do.”
    “What Santa doesn’t bring Grandma will.”

  • maga

    I am telling my age here

    “Old age isn’t so bad when you consider the alternative.”- Maurice
    Chevalier, 1888-1972

  • Terri

    Kindness matters.

  • Bernadette

    “Do small things with great love.” – Mother Theresa

  • R. Edwin

    Pray first second and always!

  • Candace

    “Nothing outstanding will ever develop if you remain within the parameters of normal expectations.”

  • Patty

    A good tutorial that I can learn from. This will be saved to my computer!

  • Bonnie Gray

    “Let it go!”

  • Donna Fecteau

    “Life’s a dance you learn as you go”

  • Lori Albrecht

    God, grant me the Serenity to accept the thing I cannot change the courage to change the things I can and the Wisdom to know the difference. I made a embroidery wall hanging in my sewing room with this saying on, so when doing a project that I’m having trouble with I remember this. I also loved it when raising my teenagers!!!

    • Kimbra

      I live my life by this.. I have it in almost every room of my house.. And I do consider myself to be a very serene person.. It works……..

  • Lou Bush

    Sorrow looks back
    Worry looks around
    Praise looks up!

    • Denise Holguin

      Yes, indeed! Thanks for sharing, Lou!

  • Carol Seavitt

    Dad’s quote: if it seems like a good idea, don’t do it. Said usually as I was walking out the door with my date. Years ago.

  • Beverly Schulte

    Mom’s quote: If you don’t have it here (and points to her head), you have to have it here (points to her feet)…..

    I use this quote all of the time too!

  • Terry senko

    The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.
    Pablo Picasso

  • Clem

    In the days before gps, (yes, there was a time it was not available or just too expensive) whenever I would get “lost” while driving, instead of worrying the kids and myself, I would tell the kids “we are not lost, we are having and adventure” There were times when the kids knew they were going to get bored at a certain event we were going to, they asked,” mom, can we go on an adventure before we get there?” It was fun…..

  • Beth Rowan

    I never make the same mistake twice. I make it five or six times just to be sure!

  • Sally Hudson

    Pretty is as Pretty does.

  • Joan Shriver

    I’m going to embroider an apron for my daughter-in-law for Christmas that says “Your comments were not in the recipe” Every dinner one of the children has a complaint!

  • Jimelle

    Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.

  • Tamara Evans

    “Argue your limitations and, sure enough, they’re yours.” Richard Bach

  • Berenice

    Integrity is always doing the right thing even when no one is looking.

  • Donna G.

    “Live each day with integrity and trust”

  • Doreen

    If I can stop one heart from breaking, I have not lived in vain.
    Emily Dickinson

  • Carolyn

    When my kids would be arguing, I would say, “If either of you cannot prove your point right now, you are ‘arguing ignorant’. Wait until you are where you can prove your point.” At lease I’d have some peace and quiet, and by the time we got home, they would either have forgotten what they were arguing about, or they would research the answer.

  • Pam

    To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.
    Joseph Chilton Pearce

  • beth daniels

    Waste not, want not. This phrase is all about waste things and time and energy spent on something you really do not want.

  • Janet Dunn

    My lovely mother will always tell me that whatever I did, just I do it with “style and grace”.

  • Pat

    “Stuff Happens, Deal with It”

    The sanitized version of a saying from a few years back, and my response to the saying. Whatever “it” is you have to “deal with it” somehow, even if dealing consists of ignoring it. Problem is, you still have to deal with it, sometime.

  • Suzanne V.

    “Never stop learning”

  • Jan

    “The last time I cooked, hardly anybody got sick.” Perfect for aprons, although my husband doesn’t like it very well.

  • Kathy

    Finished is better than perfect

  • Marian Madryga

    From a friend at a reunion (who had been diagnosed with Mutiple Sclerosis in recent years), commenting on how people who hadn’t seen her recently reacted:

    ” I never lost any friends, I just found out WHO THEY WERE”.


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