How to Monogram a Vintage Apron with 4D Monogram & Vision Software

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JenniferStern Jennifer Stern, contributor
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Heres my vintage apron all ready to go into the box to send to my mom!
I think the mix of fonts that make up the monogram combined with the delicate design above and below really work well on this apron.
Heres what you get in the box--Installation CD (including the latest update to the 4D Embroidery software), instruction and inspiration booklet, product license code (dont lose that!) and the dongle (the key to the program--dont lose that either).
Heres my vintage apron all ready to go into the box to send to my mom!

Here's my "vintage" apron all ready to go into the box to send to my mom!

Photo: Jen Stern
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The number one thing that many sewers want to do with their embroidery machine involves letters--whether you're looking for the perfect font to embroider a name, or a monogram that goes beyond the "run-of-the-mill", you'll find it in this amazing software! Here's why I'm excited about this new program. First, it's really easy to use without skimping on features. You can personalize your monogram by selecting which letter(s) will stitch out smaller than the larger, full size letter(s)! Plus, you're not limited to a straight or diamond orientation. Choose among many different letter silhouettes--stack your monogram vertically or array it like a fan, it's up to you. To add even more interest mix up the fonts. Choose one for the larger letters and another for the smaller ones. You can also design two-letter monograms or a single initial.

One of the most frustrating things I've experienced when I'm embroidering fonts is that sometimes the spacing between the letters is not alway attractive. Not only can you move the letters closer or farther apart (in millimeter increments), but you can also move the balance of a name or word until it's in perfect alignment with the first letter. This is especially helpful when you pick an uppercase letter that has a lot of detail. Now you can snug the rest of the word right into perfect position!

If you are software-shy, there are excellent step-by-step tutorials included right in the program. All you have to do is click on the 4D Embroidery Learn Center button--It's located on the right side of the work screen so you don't have to search for it!

I have a vintage inspired apron that I've been meaning to embroider as a gift for my mom. I thought it would be the perfect project to show you how to use this software.

What you'll need:

  • 4D Monogram & Vision Software from Pfaff
  • A vintage (or not-so-vintage) apron to monogram
  • Embroidery threads of you choice
  • Soft tearaway stabilizer of your choice

Before we get started, I want to point out that you won't be able to see the tiny details in these screen grabs. I included them because they do show the process. There are two larger icons in the upper left edge of the computer screen--The top one is the ExpressMonogram Wizard and the bottom one is the Background Wizard. Click on the top icon to open the ExpressMonogram Wizard.

Choose lettering or pick a monogram style

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