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I know the eyes are the trickiest part of my applique patterns. I’ve got a video here showing some tips for outlining them, and I have a tutorial here showing a cheater-pants way to stitch the very small Paper Doll quilt eyes on many regular sewing machines.
But I’ve heard from several of you who have embroidery machines and want embroidery files to satin stitch those eyes – including the larger ones.
That would be awesome! But I don’t have an embroidery machine and I have no idea how their files work. 🙁
We were chatting about this in one of the video Q&A sessions, and Ceil followed up after the session by putting me in touch with Titania Creations – someone who specializes in designing patterns for embroidery machines.
Titania Creations created a set of files for oval eyes that I’m giving away for free here.
Yep – free!
The eyes are all ovals in various sizes – from 1/8″ tall (great for the Paper Dolls quilt pattern) up to 1 1/4″ tall (great for the Silly Sloths quilt pattern).
Here are the details. . .
- 01 = 1/8 inch tall
- 02 = 1⁄4 inch tall
- 03 = 1⁄2 inch tall
- 04 = 3⁄4 inch tall
- 05 = 1 inch tall
- 06 = 1 1⁄4 inch tall
- PES – Brother / Babylock
- XXX – Singer
- JEF – Janome
- VIP / VP3 – Pfaff / Husqvarna
- HUS – Husqvarna
- EXP – Melco / Bernina (Bernina also uses .ART but this is not available commercially)
- DST – Tajima / Industrial machines. Any machine can use DST format but most home embroiderers don’t like to use it because it does not retain any colors.
So if you need a 1/2″ tall eye and you have a Janome embroidery machine. . .
- Go to this link.
- Double click on folder 03 for the half-inch eyes.
- Download the file ending in JEF.
- Wave a magic wand to get that file onto your embroidery machine.
- Stitch your eyes.
You can see that my knowledge of this process breaks down at Step #4. I’m hoping that if anyone has a question they can ask it in the Shiny Happy People group and someone who actually HAS an embroidery machine will be able to help. 🙂
Oh! And these files can also be used to machine-embroider eyes on softies, for those of you making them for kids too young for the safety eyes. Hooray!