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Template Placement Tips

Each machine embroidery design from Ballyhoo Creations comes with a .pdf file of templates and terms of use. In that document you will find templates that you can use for perfectly placing your designs on your own projects.

embroidery template example
embroidery template example

Make sure you print the templates at 100% and DO NOT use the “fit to page” or scaling options when printing them. To check that your printout is the right size, sometimes there is a one-inch square on the template pages If those squares measure one inch with a ruler, your printout sizing is good.

The template has center lines for both vertical and horizontal markings. The center where those 2 lines meet is where your machine needle will start. It’s also useful that the center vertical line has an arrow pointing AWAY from you when the hoop is on your machine.

Cut out the template, either square which indicates your hoop, or just the design part, and play around with where you want the design on your project. You can poke a hole at the center of the template and use a fabric-safe marking pen.

After you have your center marked and you know the orientation of the design on your project, you can hoop your project and make sure the center goes in the center of your hoop. Most machines come with hoop template to help with this. If you get the center CLOSE enough, you can use your machine placement controls to nudge the hoop until the needle is aligned over the center point you marked from the design template.

Then stitchout your design and go to town!

animated embroidery
Stitch simulation of a doll head


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