I wanted a totally different look from the Thread Painted Words stitched earlier that I am ultimately covering up, so I decided to use one of the decorative monograms included within the brains of my machine (Janome Horizon 8900).
Now I know not all machines have monograms. I also know that it's sometimes THE reason we buy a machine. It's so seductive, this idea of stitching words on things! At least while you're in the store buying the new machine.
Yet I've never actually USED this machine function! To be honest, I've never even used the memory stitch function so this entire idea was throwing me for a major loop. To stop being so afraid of it, and to challenge myself to learn something new, I created this video:
As I said in the video, most machines will have different buttons and settings. This is really just the settings and buttons for the 8900, but the idea behind the tutorial remains the same - stitch out samples first, get everything spelled right!, get your phrases stored in the memory, and be able to reliably recall them on command.
Definitely refer to your manual for more tips on using decorative words and even multiple alphabet styles that machines are now programmed with.
Once you get the hang of that, go play! I have to say, I loved learning this because it was such a challenge to overcome my fear of "messing it all up". Sometimes just jumping in with a practice sandwich is all you need to do to go from scared and confused to having it all figured out and confident of the next step.
Now my bathroom is being ripped out today and I'm needed upstairs for a design decision. After 6 years of wanting to remodel my main bathroom, it's finally happening! Whoo hoo!
Let's go quilt,