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Floriani FTC-U Total Control User's Group

Want to learn more about your Floriani software? Join other owners of Floriani's FTC-U for a monthly meeting to share ideas, discuss projects and view presentations from the RNK Software  Club. 

Don’t have Floriani software, but want to know more? Register as a guest and see what it's all about.

If you are just joining us, please review the FREE 'getting Started" videos from Trevor Conquergood here.  

Our classes tend to be informal.  Each month includes a review of some basic functions, a Question & Answer period, and time for show and tell.  

For 2024, we will start with a review of basics, so if you are new to FTCU, please join us.  The topics below will be covered, but may fall into a different month based on how quickly the class moves.

Jan - registering your software, resources, workspaces, thread charts, opening files, saving files, loading free monthly designs
Feb - program preferences review, properties box, sequence view, changing purchased designs - color, size, selecting pieces; setting up workspace - grid settings, background color, ruler, etc., zooming, item selection
March - thread charts; browser, library, and design tabs, merging two designs (intro), reducing stitch count
April - adding text to designs, font play
May - printing, more on text: circle text, vertical text, text on a path, monograms
June - types of artwork, artwork tools, run stitches
July - satin and fill stitches, converting artwork to stitches
August - creating applique, including creating files for your cutting machine
Sept - lace
Oct - presets, symbols, motifs   
Nov - tbd

Please note that dates for specific topics are subject to change.  Any topics not covered one month will be discussed the following month.

Past topics:
January -  Underlay - why and how much, importing designs, workspaces, preparing to update your software, Q&A
February - New update review
March -  Applique fundamentals, creating SVG for cutting machines, project: applique tote bag
April - Advanced applique - overlapping, converting from other design types, correcting problems, project: applique placemat
May - text tools, including true type fonts, font importer, project: recipe towels, quilt labels
June - contours and outlines, presets, symbols, project: simple zippered bag
July - converting artwork to different types of design styles (redwork, applique, etc.), project: fully lined zippered bag
August - lace, lacework tools.  Project - FSL heart or other shape
Sept - Photo 2 stitches
Oct - My Design Album 
Nov - U Design It, autodigitizing wizards
Dec - Same artwork, different stitches (fill types, etc)

Requirements: Floriani Total Control-U
Instructor: Melody Kasprzak
Instructor Bio: Melody was taught to sew when she was 10 by her mother and has been sewing ever since. Her mom also taught her to embroider, including crewel and counted cross-stitch. Melody has tried other needle crafts, such as needlepoint, knitting, crocheting, and quilting. However, machine embroidery is her current favorite. Melody worked in the Information Technology field for over twenty five years, and has experience in most aspects of software (design, programming, testing, installing, etc.) So it was only natural that she would enjoy working with embroidery software. Melody has over eight years experience with the Floriani software and enjoys working with it and sharing her knowledge with others.
Annual registration available at a discount. Please call 302-397-8091

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This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.
To adequately prepare for classes and events, we ask that you please register at least 2 weeks prior to the start date.  Your space in class will not be held withhout payment.  Each class has a minimum, and maximum, number of students and may fill, or be cancelled, prior to your payment.

If a
minimum number of students is not met, you will be notified, and your class fees refunded, at least 1 week prior to the class start date.  If you need to cancel cancel, please call the store at least 1 week prior to class for a full refund. No refunds of class or kit fees will be issued for cancellations under 1 week before the class start date. No shows will forfeit class and kit fees.

Upon registration you will be emailed a list of supplies needed for the class. All supplies should be purchased prior to class. Classes typically do not include time to purchase supplies. Unless otherwise noted, all supplies are available at Sew What! Inc.  Students will receive a 10% discount on all supplies listed.

We are diligent about enforcing copyright laws; if a book, pattern or embroidery design is required for a class, each student must purchase their own copy. There are no exceptions.

Students should bring their sewing machine with all of the appropriate parts (including the instruction manual, foot control and power cord). Students must be familiar with the basic operation (i.e. winding a bobbin and threading the machine) of their machine for creative classes, and the machine must be in good working condition. Alternatively, a student may pre-register to rent a sewing machine (when avail;able) for creative classes at a rental rate of $15 per class session.  Students who experiences great difficulty with their sewing machine during class may need to rent a machine.

Please be considerate of others. Do not bring children to class, wear heavy perfume or use cell phones during class. Please be prepared to start class on time.  Our doors typically open 30 minutes prior to your class start time to allow you to set up your sewing space. Classes begin and end promptly at the scheduled time.