One of the first things everyone wants to do when they get an embroidery machine is to put letters together to create words and to stack words on patterns. Whether you want to embroider your new grandchild's name on a bib or put your son's name on a t-shirt with his favorite sports icon, you need a way to create words that the embroidery machine can sew.
This article describes three different simple methods for creating words and a manual method that is more difficult.
1. Built-in fonts
Using the fonts built into your machine is the simplest method and does not cost anything extra. All embroideries come with built-in fonts to create words. It is easy to select the letters you want one at a time on the control panel. The machine puts them together and depending on the capabilities of the machine, you can resize them or perform editing functions such as rotating them.
The number of letters or words that you can embroider at once is limited by the machine's maximum embroidery frame size. Some machines can configure multiple lines, while others can only do one line at a time.
The downside to the built-in fonts is that styles tend to be pretty stodgy or not to your taste when you want something special. So sooner or later you want something else.
2. Digitized fonts
You can find many beautiful fonts that have already been digitized in embroidery designs for free on the Internet or at a reasonable cost on Etsy or many other websites. A good set will have all the letters, numbers, punctuation marks and some special symbols – all intended to be joined together and stitched perfectly.
Each letter is an individual embroidery design file. You need a way to combine them with words. Some embroidery (usually the more expensive, advanced machines) can combine patterns directly on the machine. If your machine does not have this feature, you must use embroidery that runs on your computer to merge your letters and / or images and then save them in a file for sewing.
3. Computer fonts
Many embroidery software also converts fonts from your computer to embroidery patterns. This gives you a wide range of letters, but if you want something really nice, you still need to find a digitized design.
You can also combine the letters and patterns manually. This is boring and difficult, so I don't like doing it. But you also do not have to buy extra software. The tricky bit is getting the letters erected and separated properly. You set up your bridges and embroider a letter at a time. You may need to re-hoop or move the tape. Repeat with all the letters and patterns you want.
Lettering is a fun way to add pizazz to a project especially when combined with embroidery to create smart words.