Design a Reverse Applique in My Design Center

I can hardly sew up any garment without some form of embellishment, including my favorite A-line skirt! THE Dream Machine has a built-in embroidery design center called My Design Center, that is great for creating your own unique embroidery designs. You will be amazed at the possibilities! Let’s get started.


THE Dream Machine® Innov-ís XV8500D
/THE Dream Machine® 2 Innov-ís XV8550D


  • My Design Center


  • 2 different fabrics – one for the outer fabric and one for the under fabric
  • Embroidery thread
  • Sharp scissors
Fabrics chosen - Reverse Applique A-line skirt I will be using my skirt pattern for this project, but you can use any pattern. This would also be a great embellishment for pillows, bags, and other home dec accessories!
  1. Cut each pattern pieces out of both the outer and under fabrics.
Pattern pieces Reverse applique photo - My Design Center - 141
  1. Mark the placement for the embellishing with a fabric marking pen or tailors chalk (I shown the marked side with a finished side so you can get a better idea of what to mark).
Applique placement - My Design Center
  1. Hoop both layers of fabric. Note that my fabric is a medium-weight cotton-linen blend, so I don’t need to use any embroidery stabilizer. If your fabric is lightweight or has a stretch, use an embroidery stabilizer such as a medium weight, fusible cut-away.
Hooping Fabric - right side up - photo 2 Fabrics layered in hoop Hooped fabric - Back side, inside fabric photo 4 Here is the stabilizer I would use: SA5931 Stabilizer Roll, medium weight, fusible cut-away
  1. Open My Design Center.
Select My Design Center
  1. Click on the SHAPE icon. Choose the CIRCLE icon.
Click on SHAPE. Choose Circle.
  1. The circle shows up on the screen, but it’s quite large. At least for my skirt design. 😊 Click on the SIZE icon and adjust the size to what would look good on your project.
Click on SIZE icon to adjust circle size.
  1. Click on the DUPLICATE icon.
Click on the DUPLICATE icon
  1. Adjust the size of the new circle. Continue to add more circles and adjusting the sizes to fit the design.
Add and adjust circles


  1. Set the embroidery up for a RUNNING STITCH and SCAN the fabric. Move the design around to the desired placement. Save the design.
Set running stitch. Scan. Adjust design pacement.
  1. Embroider.
Embroidering circles 29Embroidered Circles


  1. Leave the fabric in the hoop. Using sharp scissors, trim the top layer of fabric close the edge of the embroidered circle.
Don't unhoop. Trim fabric inside circles.
  1. If you left the fabric in the hoop, bring up the saved design.
Bring up saved design
  1. This time, choose SATIN STITCH.
select satin stitch
  1. Move the design around to cover the previous circles.
Move the design around to cover the previous circles.
  1. Embroider.
DESIGN NOTE: If you want to get creative on the circle finish, look at the circle designs built into the machine. For example, this blanket stitch would be cute! In this case, you would ADD each circle and resize it to each of the previous embroidered circles. blanket stitch
VERSION WITH THE BLANKET STITCH: This turned out a little rough around the edges. I would have left more of the top layer of fabric for a rough finish – think of distressed jeans. VERSION WITH THE SATIN STITCH: With this particular fabric, the satin stitch looks a little more polished. Adjust the width of the satin stitches as needed. Have fun with this one! I can think of a few items of mine that need restyling and this will be the perfect embellishment! Be sure to share photos of your reverse applique projects #AngelaWolf #BrotherSews Cheers, Angela angelas-sig