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Sewing Machine Gifts 2012- A SeriesI used embroidery files on my machine a lot more this past Christmas to make gifts. However, if you don't have an embroidery machine or even a machine that can do a zig-zag stitch, you could make these without the letters by simply stitching squares with a straight stitch.
First I enJOYed several hours at the Sewing Forum site downloading FREE embroidery files. You do need a free log-in.
Then I made some super simple coasters out of denim fabric from old jeans.
I used my Master Works Lite software to create multiple squares of a simple stitch.
Get my free PES file vs.9 here for 6 blank squares for largest hoop.
Get my free PES file vs.9 here for 6 squares with letter M- Tinker Toy font.
If your machine cannot use PES version 9 file, there are some free converter programs you might use. I haven't tried them because my software lets me convert the major files I find.
You might try: TrueSizer by Wilcom or the online converter at Embroidery Designs.com.
I did have to use my software to make the 'M' a bit more dense.
That took some time for this otherwise should have been fast project.
After the single stitched square and the monogramming was completed,
I cut out the squares 1/4 inch from the stitched edge with the rotary cutter.
Each were laid on top of another piece of denim to cut out a copy for the back.
Then stitched over the single stitch line again.
Thanks to FREE
GIMP for cropping & other digital effects
Photoscape for downsizing & watermarking photo