tracing embroidery with your own light box
Did you know that you have a light box for tracing embroidery patterns? It's true! Your computer screen comes with that feature, and the manufacturer didn't even tell you about it.
I used to think of using my computer monitor for tracing patterns as a lazy way of doing it, but avoiding printing and tracing on a window has some real benefits!
1. Saves paper...no printing needed!
2. Easily resize...reduce or enlarge a PDF pattern to any percentage!
3. Works any time...no more waiting for the sun to shine through your window!
Pull up your pattern on your computer. (This one is from the latest set to go out to the Pattern of the Month Club!) Use masking tape to hold your fabric onto your screen.
Use a water-soluble marker to trace your design. (I recommend a marker, because you won't have to press very hard, which is helpful depending on the type of screen you have.)
Pull your fabric down, and you're set to start stitching!
Now, there are some things about this that aren't ideal. Some monitors (like my iMac) have a layer of glass which means you really need to work straight on, otherwise your image might be off. Touch screens can be a bit tricky to work with (though not impossible) and not all fabrics work so well, but overall, I like this method!
Give it a try and let me know what you think!