Positioning Embroidered Metallic Letters

October 12, 2016By Angela WolfEmbroidery, Projects, Tips & Tricks, Tutorial 11 Comments Opinion by Paid Consultant

Positioning Embroidered Metallic Letters
with Brother Innoveye® 2 Technology and Droplight™ LED Embroidery Positioning Marker

THE Dream Machine

Built-in Embroidery Features:

  • Letters
  • Size Adjustment
  • Rotation

Droplight™ LED Embroidery Positioning Marker
Innoveye® 2 Technology

Supplies Needed:
Brother Metallic thread
Standard bobbin thread
#14 Denim Jean Needle
Tailors Chalk
Adhesive tear-away stabilizer or medium weight tear-away stabilizer with temporary adhesive spray
Tear-away vinyl for topping

When embroidering letters or monograms to a project, it is very important that the placement is right where I want it. I am embroidering the word “NAILS” to be used for a bag to hold my nail polish for travel.


Start by changing the sewing machine needle to a #14 denim jean needle and thread the machine with metallic thread. Use standard bobbin thread for the bobbin and choose a color similar to the fabric or the color of the metallic thread.
I’m using a cotton sateen fabric. This fabric has a 4% stretch and a light sheen to the fabric. I applied a fusible interfacing to the back of the fabric before I began for added stability and to keep it from stretching out of shape.
If I were to hoop this fabric, I’d run the risk of hoop markings. To be safe I am not going to hoop the fabric. Instead, hoop the medium weight adhesive tear-away stabilizer. Score the paper and place the fabric onto the stabilizer. Line up the center of the fabric with the center of the hoop.

Add letters and adjust the size. Scan in the fabric using the Innoveye®2 Technology so you can see the center chalked position.

Use the Droplight™ LED Embroidery positioning marker to line up your placement.

On the screen, change the color of the thread to match the metallic thread.
Rotate and move the design around as needed until it’s placed where you want it.
Add a tear-away vinyl topping onto the hoop as shown in the video.


Embroider the letters twice for extra fullness.
That’s it! Simply remove the basting stitches and tear-away the embroidery backing and vinyl topping.
The fabric is ready to go.

Check out the video for an in-depth tutorial and tips on using metallic thread. You’re in LUCK! We’re doing a Video Sew-A-Long utilizing this embroidery here on Stitching Sewcial. Be sure to click on over and follow along to make the entire bag! Be sure to share photos and tag them #BrotherSews and #StitchingSewcial, I would love to see what your bags look like!