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Digitizing Practice – You Win Hearts

New Floriani FTCU Digitizing Practice! Happy Valentines Day to everyone! Here is a cute valentine to digitize for your sweetie!

This is a mini lesson to encourage you to practice FTCU each week. For more detailed lessons,  join the Embroidery Gatherings Membership Club. Click HERE for more info!

digitizing-practice-you-win-heartFill 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:

1- red lines

  • trace the red lines using the Steil stitch tool
  • TIP: use single run travel stitches to minimize jump stitches
  • edit the shapes as needed


  • trace the text letters using the TEXT tool
  • edit the sizes as needed
  • choose a font that you prefer

3- hearts

  • trace one of the heart shapes using the Fill stitch tool
  • edit the shapes as needed
  • copy and paste to the other 2 hearts

4- pink x

  • trace one of the X shapes using the Steil stitch – (use single run travel stitches to minimize jump stitches)
  • edit the shapes as needed
  • TIP: copy and paste to the other locations

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Digitizing Steps

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

4 digitizing steps diagram for Floriani FTCU


Need help?

This lesson is a “mini lesson” to encourage you to practice FTCU each week. For more detailed lessons, join the Embroidery Gatherings Membership Club.

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. Join the Embroidery Gatherings Membership Club. There are over 75 written lessons and videos to help you learn to digitize your own embroidery designs using the FTCU software. The lessons inside the membership club are more detailed step-by-step instructions to help you use all the tools in FTCU.

    And, there are 3 learning levels to choose from: Independent, Guided and Coaching.

    To receive lots of extra TLC with FTCU digitizing….

    You can get one-to-one digitizing help by joining the Coaching level of Embroidery Gatherings Membership Club.

    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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2 thoughts on “Digitizing Practice – You Win Hearts”

  1. I don’t know why, Paula, but I’ve sent numerous times for the PDF of the February 10th and 17th digitizing challenges, but I’ve not received them in my email on my laptop, iPad or iPhone. And I haven’t made any changes to my email or computer either.

    I hate to bother you, but I’m at a loss. Thank you for your time and all your do for us.

    1. Hi Nancy,
      Glad you asked. I just checked your email requests and my service provider has posted a note that they are having technical issues and there is a delay in sending emails for some reason. It says they are working on it.
      I am going to send them manually to you in just a few minutes through my personal email.
      ~ Paula

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