Textured fabric digitized using Embroidery Gallery motifs






  • Piece of fabric approximately the size you require for your project: pillow? Part of a garment such a collar, cuffs or pockets? Part of quilting project? etc. Plan on embroidering a slightly larger piece of fabric than you think you may need so that you are not short of textured fabric. Smaller pieces left over can always be used in another project.   Type of fabric: depends on the project. I used cotton, organza and (poly) satin. 

  • Washaway stabilizer for each hooping. This type of embroidery project requires a STURDY stabilizer that will wash away. Tearaway will not be suitable as you will be unable to tear away the bits behind your embroidery as the entire fabric gets embroidered in this process. 
  • Choose tone on tone embroidery thread and matching bobbin thread unless you specifically want your embroidery to be a different colour to the fabric colour. 
  • Janome Red or blue tip needles. 
  • Janome Digitizing software. I used DigitizerMB version 3

  • Paper template printed from Digitizer software for each design stitched. The pics show just one hooping of each design digitized. However, to create yardage of fabric, you will need to embroider multiple hoopings so the paper templates and a Janome Clothsetter are ABSOLUTELY VITAL  to achieve a successful project. SEE THE NEXT BLOG POST FOR HOW TO USE THE CLOTHSETTER AND ACHIEVE THESE MULTIPLE HOOPINGS EFFORTLESSLY ANF PERFECTLY……..remember ONLY Janome has the unique Clothsetter.


More textured fabric on black satin using Embroidery Gallery motifs, Circular and cornering Tool arrangements



    Open Janome Digitizer software and select the machine and hoop you intend to use. I used the MC11000 Square hoop as it gives a nice large 8 inch square area to work with.


More Embroidery gallery motifs - actually just one repeated and stitched on organza

  • Now select one or more of the Embroidery Gallery motifs. Embroidery > Embroidery Gallery.
  • Arrange these in a row or other pleasing arrangement on the computer screen.
  • In 2 of the samples, I used motifs arranged in a row which was then copied & pasted to form 2 rows. These were grouped together (under the Edit drop down menu) and copied again etc until the entire Square hoop was filled with rows of the same motif.  In the 2nd black satin sample, the motifs were arranged in a circle using the circle feature as well as the corner feature: Copy and mirror to corners and Copy to Circle.
  • Once the motifs are arranged satisfactorily, save the design. (Remember to save your design as both a .JAN and .jef. The JAN file is necessary for future possible editing and the .jef file is for sending to the embroidery machine).
  • Do a test stitch out if desired. Alternatively, print a template of the design including the clothsetter marking.  
  • Punch holes in the clothsetter marking with an eyelet punch. 
  • Use the template to mark the position on the fabric where you want the first hooping. 
  • Hoop up the water soluble stabilizer and fabric. You could use the AQ or ASQ hoops with magnets and hard templates as an alternative to the square hoop and clothsetter if you wish. Both will work well. 
  • Stitch out the first hooping. 
  • Use the paper template and clothsetter to line up the second and all subsequent hoopings of your motif design. Try to avoid having little gaps between the hoopings: if you are accurate with your template and clothsetter this should work well. See next blog post for more on this topic. 
  • Continue embroidery until you have covered your fabric with TEXTURE. Use your textured fabric in your desired project.  

    Compare the cost of your embroidery with some quality mass produced textured/embroidered fabrics available in fabric stores. Yours will be totally unique and exactly what you require to embellish your project. It will not be some “cookie cutter” alternative that may cost many $$ per meter.  

    About lizafrica

    I am the National Education Manager for Janome & Elna Canada (including Artistic Creative products) and I LOVE to sew! I have been employed full time in the sewing and quilting industry for almost 30 years so I bring a wealth of sewing knowledge & expertise to this blog. I enjoy all forms of sewing from quilting to sewing garments to machine embroidery and software. Pretty much everything in my life is seen through the eyes of a passionate sewer! I am constantly on the look out for fun, innovative and inspiring ideas to share with you all on this blog. I also love to read, knit , travel and spend time with my family and friends.
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