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with Terri Johnson
Online Class

Embroidering Monograms by Machine

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Engage with a timeless tradition and put a unique touch on almost anything! Join embroidery expert Terri Johnson and learn how to use any machine to create and embroider monograms with or without software, using correct etiquette and placement, and following both traditional guidelines and modern adaptations. No matter your machine or your fabric, Terri will point out a variety of aspects to consider, so that you can get flawless stitching results every time. Learn how to maximize fonts and decorative elements to create unique arrangements, and align multiple hoopings for big-impact monograms. Terri will even show you how to tackle the trickiest items, from zippered boots to baseball hats and beyond. Plus, you’'ll receive elegant letter designs from A to Z, created exclusively for this class! With this impressive bevy of techniques, you'’ll have all the skills you need to add a simple, personal touch no matter the occasion.


  • intermediate
  • 7 episodes
  • 2h24m

Included in this Class

1. Introduction

1. Introduction

Meet your instructor, embroidery arts educator Terri Johnson, and enjoy an engaging introduction to both traditional and modern adaptations of monogram etiquette. Next, Terri illustrates a variety of monogram styles that you can choose from, and shares pointers on what to consider when placing your designs.

2. Designing Monograms on the Machine

2. Designing Monograms on the Machine

Explore the built-in fonts that come with your machine's software as you try your hand at modifying font size and density. You'll love the ease with which you can change the look of your projects with simple clicks of a button, as well as Terri's helpful tips for testing your designs. Next, you'll learn simple techniques for expanding your monogram, even if you only have a 4" x 4" hoop, and great tips on how to hoop and stitch your fabric exactly where you want your monograms to go.

3. Designing Monograms With Software

3. Designing Monograms With Software

Now that you've had the chance to practice with built-in fonts, you're ready to create and edit your own monogram designs. Terri uses Embrilliance software to demonstrate design techniques that apply to all types of software, including tips on modifying size, adjusting density and testing pull compensation to create a seamless stitch. You'll finish the lesson with a better understanding of how to space, arrange and stitch out your designs.

Recommended with this class

  • Embroidery machine
  • Variety of stabilizers
  • Optional: Embroidery software for editing files, such as Floriani Total Control or Embrilliance embroidery software