Learn Machine Embroidery (Digital Edition)
Machine Embroidery made easy with Marta Alto
Watch how to create perfect stabilizing, perfect hooping, perfect stitching, plus creative ideas for clothing, the home, children, and accessories. (1hr 43mins)
7 Steps to Learning Machine Embroidery!
Learn Machine Embroidery - Video Class Preview
Are you thinking of buying an embroidery machine?
Do you own one, but rarely use it?
Did you buy an embroidery machine, but haven’t taken the embroidery unit out of the box?
Let Marta explain seven things that will simplify machine embroidery!
Marta Alto started experimenting with embroidery machines about 15 years ago when they were not nearly as user-friendly as they are today. She has taught machine embroidery workshops at the Palmer/Pletsch Sewing School in Portland, Oregon. She and other Palmer/Pletsch instructors have shared information over the years as machines have gotten more features. Many Palmer/ Pletsch books and DVDs feature Marta. She is well known for her no-nonsense teaching style.
Machine Embroidery Basics
Machine Embroidery Design Placement and Hooping
Stabilizers for Machine Embroidery
Ideas for Embroidered Garments
Learn Machine Embroidery is...
A tour of machines — Overview of the machines plus a tour of the latest technologies with Brett Moore at Portland, Oregon’s Montevilla Sewing Center (which made us want to trade up!). Be sure to tour your local dealer!
Needles and threads—choices and characteristics – What needles to use. What makes it an “embroidery needle” and what other options do you have? All about embroidery threads—fibers, size, uses.
Stabilizers — Oh, the confusion! There are so many! Cut- away, tear-away, water-soluble, and melt-away—uses for each. Also, Marta’s secret favorite stabilizer most stores don’t sell.
Designs — Built into the machine; designs that come with the machine; designs to buy and use with your machine. Stitching out the designs for reference; making a notebook of stitched-out designs.
Test Samples — Why test? Size, color, stabilizer, density of design. Testing made easy. How to hoop. Specialty fabrics like knits and terry cloth. Special challenges: ready-mades and pattern pieces not large enough for the hoop, such as pockets.
Design Placement — On ready-mades, on fabric to be embroidered before cutting out the pattern pieces, and on a tablecloth. Avoiding seam allowances and mirroring designs.
Now Embroider! — Marta embroiders a child’s very small T-shirt. She shows the finished embroidery on a child’s taffeta dress, placing pattern on already embroidered fabric from the previous segment, and mega hoops.
Creative Ideas — Marta shows inspiring embroidered jackets, blouses, dresses, and home-dec items in the introduction. At the end are tips for embellishing a round tablecloth and a jacket lapel.
A peek inside the video...
Machine Embroidery Design and Placement
Bonus Class PDF: Download Chapter List
This digital edition includes a bonus PDF Chapter list so you can follow along and skip back and forward to specific parts of the video presentation. Be sure to download and print out this handy guide today.
Video Class Instructor: Marta Alto
Marta Alto’s sewing experience stems from her study of home economics at Oregon State University, combined with several seasons sewing costumes for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Marta is co-author with Pati Palmer of The Palmer/Pletsch Complete Guide to Fitting, Pants for Real People, and Jackets for Real People. She stars in most Palmer/Pletsch DVDs. During the past 30 years she has taught sewing throughout the US, Canada, and Australia. See our workshop pages for the four-day Fit workshops Marta teaches.