Floriani FTCU applique lesson

Floriani FTCU Applique Tool

This beginner tutorial will show you how to trace an applique with the Floriani FTCU Applique Tool.

Applique stitches are one of the basic digitizing stitches. This lesson will show you how to trace a satin stitch applique and a blanket stitch applique.

Skill Level: Beginner

Digitizing skills in this tutorial, Floriani FTCU Applique Tool:

  • applique tool – satin border and blanket stitch border
  • editing thread colors
  • adding Fill stitch details
  • working with artwork shapes

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Before you start this lesson, I suggest that you set your FTCU workspace settings to match mine. Then, when you are working through the steps in the lesson, you will see the same view that I am showing you.

I recommend these settings when you are first learning to digitize. Later, you can change your preferences to some of the Advanced settings and give those a try.

OPEN THE IMAGE:

You will be tracing an image from the Backdrop Library in Floriani FTCU.

  • click on NEW page icon  on the top tool bar (under the word FILE).
  • click on the Backdrop Library tool (on the toolbars at the top)
  • scroll to image FBD017. click on the image and OPEN.

Resizing the Image

In the properties box, you can see the size of the artwork image. It shows that it is only about 1.5 inches wide and 1.3 inches in height. That is a very small image for an applique.

Resize the image to fit a 4×4 hoop following these directions:

Digitizing – Satin Stitch Appliques

For this segment, you will be using the Applique Tool.

After tracing the segment, the software will generate 3 individual segments of stitches for your machine to stitch.

Each segment will be a different color of thread so that your machine will stop between each one.

  • thread color #1 – placement line stitches – this will be a single run stitch to show where to place your applique fabric piece (your machine will stop after this stitch so that you can place your fabric over this outlined area)
  • thread color #2 – tack down stitches – this will be a single run stitch to stitch down the fabric and hold it in place (your machine will stop after this stitch so that you can trim the fabric close to the edge of the stitching line)
  • thread color #3 – satin or blanket stitch – this will be the decorative stitch to cover the edge of the fabric

Step 1: Choose the stitch:

  • left click on the Tool icon on the top toolbar
  • in the flyout menu, left click on the APPLIQUE stitch tool

Step 2: Choose a thread color:

  • left click on any BLUE thread color choice – it doesn’t matter the color
  • you can edit this later

Step 3: Trace the shape:

  • trace around the rabbit using LEFT clicks to place anchor points
  • LEFT click on the Close shape tool (left toolbar) after placing the final anchor point.
  • enlarge screen to 200% or more, if needed to see details
  • notice that I only placed a few nodes, you will edit those next

Step 4: Edit the shape

  • in the sequence view, click on the plus sign to open the stitch (if not open)
  • click on APPLIQUE to select the stitch
  • click on the EDIT SHAPE tool (on the left toolbar)
  • hover the cursor over one of the traced lines of the segment
  • drag the lines to adjust > drag the nodes to adjust
  • enlarge the screen to 200% or more to see the details
  • RIGHT click when finished to set the changes

Step 4: Edit the applique thread colors

In the sequence view, click on the + in front of the APPLIQUE to open the stitch sequence.

Your sequence view will look like this: (with different thread colors)

Change SATIN stitch thread color:

  • click on the #3 thread color to select it
  • left click on the thread color that you choose for the SATIN STITCH in your design
  • NOTE: you can change any of the thread colors but they need to each be a different color to insure that your machine will stop to allow you to place your fabric for the applique process.

Step 5: Edit the COMMANDS:

In the sequence view, select APPLIQUE > in the properties box > click on COMMANDS tab

  • set the tie in: basic (default)
  • set the tie off: basic (default)
  • click APPLY

Changing the Outline to a Blanket Stitch or Motif Stitch

  • in the sequence view, click on the Appliqué to select.
  • in the Appliqué properties box, choose Blanket stitch or Motif stitch.
  • click APPLY.

Digitizing the Rabbit ears

I measured the rabbit ears using the RULER TOOL. The tool suggested a FILL stitch. The ears are so small that an applique would not be appropriate and would be difficult to trace.

To use the Ruler tool:

  • left click on the RULER TOOL on the left tool bar
  • on the end of the cursor you will see a + sign and a small ruler icon
  • left click on the edge of the shape and drag a line across
  • you will see a TIP suggesting the type of stitch that FTCU recommends
  • if may help to enlarge your screen to 200% or more

The tip is suggesting to use a FILL stitch to digitize the rabbit ears.

To finish this design using a Fill stitch:

Step 1: Choose the stitch:

  • left click on the Stitch Tools icon on the top toolbar.
  • in the flyout menu, left click on the FILL stitch

Step 2: Choose the thread color:

  • left click on a dark pink thread color

Step 3: Trace the shape

  • trace around the shape using left clicks to place the nodes (see image)
  • place the last node directly on top of the beginning node to close the shape
  • RIGHT click on the workspace to finish
  • notice that I only placed a few nodes, (you will edit those in the next step)
  • TIP: enlarge screen to 200% or more – if needed – to see details of the shape

Step 4: Edit the shape segment

  • in the Sequence View, click on the plus sign to open the stitch (if not open)
  • click on FILL to select the stitch segment
  • click on the EDIT SHAPE tool (on the left toolbar)
  • hover the cursor over one of the traced lines of the segment
  • drag the lines to adjust or drag the blue nodes to adjust (as needed)
  • adjust the angle line (as needed)
  • enlarge the screen to 200% or more to see the details
  • RIGHT click when finished to set the changes

Edit the Fill Pattern

  • in the sequence view, make sure the FILL is still selected
  • in the properties box, click on the drop down arrow and choose a FILL TYPE and PATTERN that you would like to use
  • you can experiment with different combinations – Be CREATIVE!
  • click APPLY to set the changes

This is the FILL PATTERN that I choose to use:

Step 5: Edit the COMMANDS:

  • in the Sequence View, click on the segment > in the properties box > click on COMMANDS tab
  • set the tie in: BASIC
  • set the tie off: BASIC
  • click APPLY

Repeat the above FILL STITCH steps to digitize the other rabbit ear.

Here is how your design will look:

Digitizing the Rabbit Eye

This segment can be digitized a little differently. Because it is a circle shape, you can draw an artwork shape and then convert it to FILL stitches.

Step 1: Choose the stitch:

  • LEFT click on the CUSTOM SHAPE tool (on the top right tool bar)
  • from the flyout, click on the ellipse (circle)

Step 2: Choose the thread color:

  • left click on the black thread color

Step 3: Trace the shape:

  • on your computer keyboard, press the CONTROL key and hold (this will give you a round circle)
  • start near the end of the shape, drag and draw a circle shape to fit while still holding down the control key.
  • you can adjust the shape when you let go of the control key.
  • left click on the shape > hold and drag it to position it over the eye.

Converting to Fill stitches:

  • In the sequence view, click on the ARTWORK to select it.
  • on the very bottom of the screen you will see the “stitch effects” tool bar.
  • LEFT click on the STANDARD FILL tool

Your artwork circle is now a FILL stitch!

Step 4: EDIT the shape – as needed

  • In the sequence view, click on the plus sign to open the stitch
  • click on FILL to select the stitch segment
  • click on the EDIT SHAPE tool (on the left toolbar)
  • hover the cursor over one of the traced lines of the segment
  • drag the lines to adjust > drag the nodes to adjust > adjust the angle line
  • enlarge the screen to 200% to see the details better
  • RIGHT click when finished to set the changes

Edit the Fill pattern

  • in the sequence view, make sure the FILL is still selected
  • in the properties box, click on the drop down arrow and choose a FILL TYPE and PATTERN that you would like to use
  • click APPLY to set the changes

Step 5: Edit the COMMANDS:

In the sequence view, select the segment > in the properties box > click on COMMANDS tab

  • set the tie in: BASIC
  • set the tie off: BASIC
  • click APPLY

Your applique is finished!

Here is how your sequence view will look:   (you may have different thread colors)

I hope this tutorial has been helpful to learn the basic Stitch Tools.

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