Tuesday, October 22, 2013

TC Tuesdays

Good Morning everyone - at least it is morning here in Tampa, FL!  Have you upgraded your software yet?  Remember the newest version is 7.08!

I have a 'quickie' tutorial today!  I found the perfect dingbat font for creating what I call "cutesy" Halloween critters!  Click on the link and it will take you to site where there are TONS of free downloads!

The font that I download is called MTF Sweet Halloween Dings

Here is the link if you want to go straight to the Details of the font.  The details will give you the keystroke to use when you want the load the particular character. Install the font onto your computer and then open up your software and find this font listed under the True Type fonts.

Don't forget the wonderful learning center available to all who own this software. You can find the link to it here... click on the Lettering section and view how to use True Type fonts.

Here is another great video to help you understand how to use True Type Fonts!

Here is a picture of my first Floriani software project.   I was so excited to create this little Halloween bib just in time for the holiday!

If you look carefully at the font above, you will see this cutesy little pumpkin!  It is the letter "E" on your keyboard...

You can find the FREE file here.  You must have a BOX account to access this file.  It is easy!

AND sew on....


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

"TC Tuesdays"!

Welcome to TC Tuesdays!  Each Tuesday I will post new information about the Floriani Total Control software.

Exciting NEWS coming !  The NEW 7.08 update is almost ready!! (Actually my software was updated last night!)

You can find more information regarding the update here  BUT I am excited that they added the Bernina hoops in this update!!

check it out...

6 - Hoop Sizes Added
  • We have added some new hoops into the software:

    • Bernina 72x50• Janome 200x230• Pfaff 120x120 Round
    • Bernina 260x400• Janome 125x90• Pfaff 50x80
    • Bernina 150x400• Janome 125x140• Pfaff 250x225
    • Bernina 40x60• Janome 140x200• Pfaff 225x90
    • Bernina 100x130• Pfaff 200x260• Singer 50x150
    • Brother 130x300• Pfaff 350x360• Singer 210x430
    • Brother 300x378• Pfaff 200x200• Singer 250x450
    • Brother 100x172• Pfaff 100x180• Singer 130x240
    • Elna 125x90• Pfaff 33x9• Viking 200x260
    • Janome 140x140• Pfaff 166.5x60• Viking 150x360
    • Janome 200x280• Pfaff 80x80 Round• Viking 350x360

    Do you know how to update your software?  It is easy really!  Just use the dropdown menu in the Help tab.  If your computer is attached to the internet, it will find the update immediately as soon as you open your software.

Don't forget!!!  PLUS, if you have already signed up there is a webinar tonight by Walter Floriani...  There still may be room left to sign up ...

Here is the link  


Friday, October 11, 2013

What are "Hot Keys"?

I asked the presenter at the Bernina Floriani event if there were "hot key's" for the Floriani Total Control Software.  And the answer is YES!

Floriani Total Control - Professional Embroidery Software

I am a big fan of "Hot Keys" as they make my life easier when operating the different software programs that I own!  I found this information on their web site and now I am going to print off the sheet and keep it handy...  P.S.  They can be found on the last page of the software workbook! Here they are...

Hot Keys are keyboard shortcut keys that allow you to access features faster.

Hot Keys

 Manual Stitch - 1
 Run Stitch - 2
 Satin Stitch - 3
 Classic Satin Stitch - 9
 Steil Stitch - 4
 Complex Stitch - 5
 Applique Stitch - 6
 Cross Stitch - 8
 Sequin Run Stitch - 7
 Artwork Tool - 0
 Text Tool - T
 New Design - Ctrl+N
 Open - Ctrl+0
 Save - Ctrl+S
 Cut - Shift+Delete
 Copy - Ctrl+C
 Paste - Ctrl+V
 Undo - Alt+Backspace
 Redo - Ctrl+Y

Print - Ctrl+P
Insert - Ctrl+I
Delete - Delete
Select All - Ctrl+A
Transform - Ctrl+T
Refresh - F5
Slow Redraw - Ctrl+R
Pan - P
Draw 3D - Ctrl+3
Ruler - R
Backdrop - Ctrl+B

While you have a digitizing tool selected you can change the digitizing mode:
Freehand mode - F
Bezier mode - B
Simple mode - S

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The NEW Bernina 880!!

Can you say "Awesome"???

Check out this video here...

How to easily combine letters and stitches!.....

What type of learner are you?

After 5 exhausting days, I am sitting here drinking my coffee and perusing the internet.  I ran across this website that is PERFECT for all of my sewing peeps! 

Throughout my teaching career I was subjected to an immense number of trainings but the one that transformed my teaching style was  "How the Brain Learns".  (Ironically I also remember the beautiful grey dress and the expensive shoes she wore.)

This morning I read an article on the 'Sew Mama Sew' blog's here titled "What Kind of Learner Are You?"  I will highlight a few pieces from the article BUT it is well worth reading!

Here are the FOUR Learning styles!  I just want to comment that many of us are a combination of these learning styles.......

1.  Auditory Learners - learn best by hearing.  - if you were at the Floriani training this past weekend, you learned alot!!

2.  Print-Oriented Learners - learn best by reading...  ( This is why it is so important to have a handout or pattern for everyone to follow!)

3.  Visual-Spatial Learners - learn best by looking at visuals, patterns, samples of the technique etc.

4.  Tactile-Kinesthetic Learners - learn best by doing

The ideal teaching model is to combine all of these learning styles into the class. Personally this has been my teaching style since this inspirational training in the late '80's!

When you take your next class think back to this article and then you will be able to decided for yourself why you enjoyed ( or did not enjoy!) the class!

"sew on......."

Tuesday, October 1, 2013