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Digitizing Practice – Father’s Day

New Floriani FTCU Digitizing Practice! Have fun creating this cute Father’s Day design using the FTCU Satin Stitch, Applique and Text tools.

best dad image with tie and greeting for fathers day

Fill out the form at the end of this lesson and the image and a PDF guide will be sent to your email inbox.

Download the image from your email and use your creativity to trace and digitize the image, however you would like.

The PDF guide will include a numbered digitizing plan and suggestions and tips for tracing the image.

Create A Digitizing Plan

Decide which shapes to trace first – look at the image and think of it as layers. Trace the layers in back first. Trace the shapes that should stitch first and leave the details for last.

3 planning steps diagram for floriani FTCU

Digitizing suggestions

The following notes are a few suggestions to help you follow a digitizing plan for this image.

These notes include the order in which I suggest you trace the shapes and the stitch tools that would be the most appropriate for the that shape.

Of course, I encourage you to use your creativity and use whatever stitch and thread colors that you would prefer! That is the benefit of digitizing our own designs. No two will ever be the same!

Digitizing Plan:

Here is a suggested digitizing plan for you to follow:

shirt outline

  • trace the outline shape of the shirt using the first satin tool or the classic satin tool – the outline varies in width so either of these satin tools would be the most successful
  • challenge yourself to trace the outlines in an order to minimize the amount of jump stitches


  • trace the tie using the applique tool – this will allow you to make your design very creative with a cute fabric


  • use the text tool to add the “Best Day Ever” text (or change it to your own idea)
  • choose a font that you prefer

Digitizing Steps

Follow these 4 digitizing steps for each shape, as a guide, to get you started.

4 digitizing steps diagram for Floriani FTCU


Embroidery Gatherings Members

For those of you who belong to the Embroidery Gatherings Membership Club, I will be posting a video inside the membership to show you my version of digitizing this image. The video will be posted in a week or so. I do not post the videos immediately because I want to challenge you to do it yourself first. You can find all of the Digitizing Practice videos on the Watch Me Digitize page HERE.

Need help?

Here are two ways to get the help you need to digitize your own designs.

  1. Have a digitizing question?

Join the Embroidery Gatherings Facebook group and ask your questions, anytime.

  1. To receive lots of extra TLC with FTCU digitizing….

You can get one-to-one digitizing help by joining our Embroidery Gatherings Membership Club. There are over 75 step-by-step written lessons and videos to help you learn to digitize your own embroidery designs using the FTCU software. We can create a personalized “journey” for you to learn to digitize!

Click HERE to find out more information.

Join the Embroidery Gatherings Membership Club and learn to digitize with Floriani FTCU

Share your design!

After you have finished, you are welcome to share your design image with our Embroidery Gatherings Facebook group. We would love to see your creativity!

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