I LOVE Machine Embroidery — and especially Applique Designs! And my newest “creative love” is the Silhouette Cameo! It cuts just about everything! Lately, I’ve been cutting my machine embroidery appliques on my Cameo – and it cuts your embroidery time in half!! No more pulling the hoop off of the machine & trimming in the hoop!! So, today — I’m going to share with you how I do this. There may be other ways, but this one works well & is easy — once you know a few tips!
Remember — this can be done with ANY MACHINE EMBROIDERY APPLIQUE FILE!! Either with one you’ve created — or purchased! Its all the same.
Open your Embroidery design in your Embroidery software – I am using BES Lettering 2 for this tutorial — but this can be done in most softwares. Then, you need to isolate the 1st color stop – placement stitch. (In BES, you simply click on the placement stitch in the Sequence View, right click & select “Hide Other”). Be sure the Grid is turned off & design deselected.
Now — you need to capture this image as a jpeg — and open it in your Silhouette Studio software! So, to do this, open the “Snipping Tool” in Microsoft Windows and draw a box around the image — If you want to learn more about the Snipping tool — just visit this page at Microsoft. Once you’ve “snipped” the placement stitch, just paste it into the Studio software.
Next, in the Silhouette Studio, open the Trace Window, Select Trace Area, and draw a box around the jpeg file you pasted onto the workspace. You’ll see that the area turns yellow. Uncheck the High Pass Filter, increase the Threshold up to 97% — then click on Trace Outside Edge. You are left with only the Cut file. (Its the red lines).
At this point, move over the jpeg file — and then delete it! You’re done with it! Now you just have to size it to the correct size to fit into your machine embroidery file. Go back to your embroidery software & be sure to note the size and then size your Silhouette cut file to be 1.5mm larger in both width & length — This allows for all edges of the fabric to be caught when embroidering. When its sized — Send to Silhouette!
Fuse Heat & Bond lite to the back of your fabric, stick it on your mat & load the mat into the machine! The Silhouette will cut your fabric & you are all ready to embroider!! The appliques are fused & ready to be placed into your embroidery! No cutting in the hoop!! I love it!!