I have a huge dog named Atlas and he loves his bandanas. We have about 10 different colors and we switch them out weekly for him. He gets so excited whenever I go to the bandana bin, so I decided to embroider his name onto them, so that everyone he meets will get to see his name and know that he is friendly.
In this tutorial, I will show you how to embroider words using the built-in fonts that come with the Brother SE-400 sewing machine.
Prior to starting, review my tutorial on how to use the Brother SE-400 sewing machine for embroidery and monogramming found here, which reviews the sewing machine setup and the proper positioning of the embroidery loom.
In this tutorial, I will be using the built-in embroidery fonts to complete my monogram.
On the home screen, select the icon for the embroidery font function.
Next, you will be taken to the built-in font screen below. There are 5 built-in options to choose from. In this tutorial, we will be using font #2.
MODIFYING EMBROIDERY SIZE:
After selecting your desired font, begin typing in your first word. In this tutorial, I will be embroidering the name “Atlas”.
We will start with the first few letters. Start by typing A-t-l.
There is a weird feature on the sewing machine that does not allow you to type more than three letters due to size. If you try to type in the fourth letter, a message will pop up on the screen that says “The pattern is too large for the embroidery frame.”.
The work around for this is to change the size of the letters. Hit “Close”. Your screen will then look like this …..
Select the “Layout” button, to change the size of your font.
Next, select the “Size” icon and make your image smaller.
I dropped mine down from 3.3 to 1.2.
Next, hit the back button twice to return back to your alphabet page.
Next, add in your remaining letters. In this example, it was a-s. You now have the entire name “Atlas” typed out. To modify the size of all five letters together, select the “Adjust” icon. Followed by LAY-OUT.
You will then see all five letters displayed. You can modify the size of all of the letters using the “Size” button. In this tutorial, I made my monogram 2.6 in size, which is the biggest I can make the word within the 4 x 4 embroidery loom.
The final setup for my word, “Atlas”, is below:
Atlas- 2.6 + 0.00, 10.0 + 0.00
Once you have your sizing preferences, drop down the Q foot and hit the green arrow button to begin your embroidery.
Next, its time to begin your embroidery on your baby blanket.
SEWING MACHINE SETUP:
Step One: Layout Bandana: Layout your bandana and determine the positioning of your monogram.
I always find it beneficial to iron out any wrinkles in the fabric, so that it lays flat in the embroidery loom.
Step Two: Apply Stabilizer To Fabric And Embroidery Frame: Apply a stabilizer to the back of the fabric. This provides a more smooth embroidery outcome. I prefer using a tear away stabilizer for my embroideries, like the one below. After your finish your embroidery, the stabilizer tears away easily, leaving the finished product.
Step Three: Position Fabric In Frame: Position your fabric into the embroidery frame. Use your plastic guide as a template for positioning where you want your monogram to be applied on the fabric. In this example, I chose for my monogram to be in the bottom corner of the bandana.
Step Four: Complete Your Embroidery Design: Following the steps above, type in your letters for Atlas and complete the sizing and modification steps above.
Complete the embroidery using the values below:
Atlas- 2.6 + 0.00, 10.0 + 0.00
Put your embroidery loom into the sewing machine and hit the “Green” button to embroider your word, “Atlas”.
Your sewing machine will embroider all five letters, A-t-l-a-s, automatically.
Your completed design will look like this:
Remove your newly embroidered fabric from the sewing machine and trim the edges. Tear your interfacing/stabilizer from around your design.
Trim any of the excess thread and remove the bandana from the embroidery loom.
Your finished product will turn out like this.
Now you have a custom embroidered bandana for your furry friend.
Check out another bandana I made for Atlas below.
Stay tuned for additional tutorials on how to use embroidery fonts for at home monogramming using the Brother SE-400 Sewing Machine.
P.S. You’re like really crafty!