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Thread: machine embroidery from a novice

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    machine embroidery from a novice

    I am incredibly ignorant about the Brother 770 embroidery machine I have had collecting dust for several months. My DD just brought me 4 shirts for her husband to embroidery a company logo on from a jpg photo she sent. I can't do this, can I? I thought I had to have a specific embroidery pattern downloaded to the machine rather than just a photo downloaded onto a flash drive & uploaded to the machine. If I'm right is there somewhere I can have the photo converted to an embroidery pattern? These are rather expensive shirts at $50 each, I don't want to take a chance on messing them up. Thanks to all those knowledgeable embroidery folks out there.

    Sandee in MO

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    Yes, you are correct, you cannot download jpeg to machine. Must take jpeg into a digitizing program and digitize logo. I would have photo digitized by company that will do this. However I do think you must be the owner of the logo before someone will do it for you. I am sure others more knowledgeable will jump in with more information.

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    Can you embroider just the company name or is that not what she wants? My son just asked me to do some t shirts for him with his Company logo but it is an easy one to duplicate and if I needed permission it is easy cause he works for a local company and a friend. We already know his boss would think it was wonderful that he was advertising for him but if it is a national company I would get permission. I know my son has had sweatshirts screen printed at the local shop but we are a very small town so everyone knows everyone! ( and everyone's business)

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    No, it is an actual company designed logo. Permission wouldn't be hard to come by cause he works for the owner, who is a relative, & he wants some, too. Is there someplace on line that would digitize it for me? (see how ignorant I am about this, shouldn't even be allowed to own an embroidery machine)

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    You might want to contact someone who digitizes Maybe try This one at Artistic Threadworks not sure if this link will work

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    I don't think this worked but one of the embroidery sites may know someone who would digitize.
    Last edited by Up North; 02-29-2016 at 08:02 PM.

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    I might have it emb by a professional at first till you get more familiar with the machine and all about embroidery. I used to be a professional embroider. I did caskets for a regional casket company here in NY. The shirts are expensive and you need too know how to back the shirts with the proper backing and possibly topping, like a wash away or heat away to dissolve the topping. If it's a heavy thread count, it could really dissolve the shirt. You need to get it professionally digitized, and that could cost you. I'd go to a professional shop for these, and work your way up to it by emb on plain cotton and get your placement correct too. is it a left or right or both on the front. is it on the back and where to place it. is it on the sleeve also. different backing for different fabrics and applications. I to have the PE770. it was all I could afford last year. Good luck.
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    Do not tackle this. 50.00 is too much yo waste......tell your daughter to take to a professional. Perhaps after learning, you can do a practice piece with a digitized logo.......have you done embriodery prior? If the answer is no.....that is what you need to say for now.

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    What you need to do is get a letter from the company that owns the logo saying that you can digitize the logo. I have never had a small company deny this request. Then you can get the logo digitized. I would suggest embroidering on a sample. Most designers will tweak the design until it is to your liking
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    I have been embroidering for 12 years and there is a lot to it like Lynnie mentioned in her post. It is a lot harder than just loading a design, hooping and sewing it out. Stabilizers, toppings, thread choices and placement of the logo are all important. My advice is to have it done by a professional and then you really should dust off the machine and use it and practice on all types of fabrics with different stabilizers and threads. Purchase different types of garments from a thrift store and practice on them.

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    I own a PE-770 and I wouldn't attempt this. If you're new to embroidery there is a learning curve and I'm still learning. I would do as Lynnie suggests and take it to a professional. A $50 shirt is too expensive to mess up.
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    No offense to you but if they're going to spend $50.00 for a shirt, it needs to be done by a professional embroiderer who has the right software and tech savvy to handle it. And also the company's permission for the logo.

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    One of my embroidery machines is a brother. The first time I tried to put Mickey Mouse on a shirt, it was upside down. So it takes times to get through the learning curve!!! Practice!

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    I would send the shirts to professional as others have suggested. I too have the same machine and love it. I practiced and practiced on it for ages. I kept all the sample designs I made and use them in projects.

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    Although it would be fun to do this for your daughter, it surely does not sound like a job for a first project. "What Linnie said"

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    I agree with everyone else. I'd take it to a professional. Even for those of us who have done it and can digitize, there is so much involved. Once you get the design,you have to pick out the right stabilizer, find some similar fabric to do test samples on to make sure you get a good match, you have to do a few samples to make sure each one is right. Even then it could get messed up. I wouldn't do it on $50 shirts even for my daughter, you might up going in the hole when you have to replace those shirts.
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